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The appeals court overturned a 2016 decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that the "Zero" brand name served as a source-designating trademark for Coca-Cola. (AP)

Coca-Cola Loses 'Zero' Trademark Case At Fed. Circ.

The Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday that The Coca-Cola Co. might not be able to register its “Zero” brand as a trademark, ordering more proceedings on whether it’s just a generic term for calorie-free soda.

  • New FTC Weighing Need To Alter Policies For Digital Economy

    The Federal Trade Commission’s newly minted chairman, Joseph Simons, said Wednesday that the agency will conduct a series of hearings to help shape its policy approach to hot-button antitrust and consumer protection issues including privacy, big data and the potential for enforcement against large technology platforms.

  • CBS Investor Suit To Continue Alongside Directors' Claims

    A minority investor in CBS Corp. will be allowed to pursue its suit against controlling shareholder National Amusements Inc. after a Delaware Chancery Court judge declined to stay the proceeding Wednesday and said the case could progress in coordination with an earlier-filed suit from the directors of CBS over their efforts to issue a stock dividend.

  • Jury Told Of Business Shakedowns By NY Senate Leader, Son

    Former New York state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos and his son used the once-powerful politician’s office to strong-arm businesses for illicit payments to the younger Skelos, prosecutors told a Manhattan federal jury Wednesday during opening arguments in the pair’s corruption retrial.

  • Gawker Auction Set For July After Stalking Horse Offer OK'd

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the $1.1 million stalking horse offer and bidding procedures for the Gawker.com domain name and its archive of old stories, clearing the way for an auction scheduled for next month.

  • W.Va. Justice Charged With Fraud, Taking Desk

    A West Virginia Supreme Court justice was indicted Wednesday on charges of fraud, lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and tampering with a witness related to his alleged misuse of state funds and property.

  • Ex-Chrysler Worker's Benefits Dispute Revived At 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday revived a former Chrysler employee's suit over the denial of his bid for an early retirement supplement, holding that the worker didn't need to prove that the company intended to deceive in order to seek a rewrite of the plan.

  • Ex-Jones Day Partner Tapped For US Atty In San Diego

    A former partner at Jones Day who was shut out of a bid to become San Diego's U.S. attorney under the last Republican administration got the White House's nod for the job on Wednesday, as did three others in Colorado, New Orleans and Detroit.

  • More Law Firms Follow Cravath's Lead On Associate Pay

    Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Baker McKenzie, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP and Brown Rudnick LLP have raised associate pay in the U.S. to match the new scale set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP last week, offering first-year associates a salary of $190,000, according to internal memos that have become public. 

  • Judicial Nominees Talk Cocaine, Incest At Bizarre Hearing

    At times echoing a law school classroom, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday probed judicial nominees for the Fourth Circuit and a Florida district court about the limits of government power, asking about the ability to crack down on cocaine use and stop incest.

  • Trump Signs Order To Stop Immigrant Family Separations

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday that takes a step toward ending the administration's practice of separating immigrants from their children in detention following broad public outcry, while doubling down on the administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” of prosecuting all unauthorized border crossers. 

  • NY, Mass. AGs To Sue Over Association Health Plans Rule

    The attorneys general for New York and Massachusetts on Wednesday said they will sue the Trump administration over the U.S. Department of Labor's final rule on association health plans that they say will shrink "critical consumer health protections."

  • NY Hits Deutsche Bank With $205M Fine Over Forex Business

    New York’s banking regulator said Wednesday that Deutsche Bank AG has agreed to pay a $205 million penalty as part of a settlement resolving state banking law violations stemming from an investigation into the German bank’s foreign exchange trading business.