The European Union’s top appeals court ruled Tuesday that food tastes cannot be protected by copyright law, rejecting a Dutch cheesemaker’s effort to copyright a type of cream cheese.
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Food Tastes Not Covered By Copyright, EU Top Court Says

The European Union’s top appeals court ruled Tuesday that food tastes cannot be protected by copyright law, rejecting a Dutch cheesemaker’s effort to copyright a type of cream cheese. Read full article »

Blue Bell Investors Can't Reargue Chancery Claim Dismissal

Limited partners of ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries LP will not be able to reargue a motion to dismiss its claims against the company after a Delaware Chancery Court judge said Tuesday that they raised the same arguments in their bid to have the motion heard again as they did the first time around. Read full article »

Mike And Ike Slack-Fill Suit Dismissed After Deal Reached

A Missouri federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a proposed class suit against the maker of Mike and Ike and Hot Tamales candies alleging it underfilled boxes of the sweets, citing a settlement the candymaker reached with the proposed class. Read full article »

Consumers Want Nestlé 'No GMO' Label Suit To Go Forward

A proposed class of consumers has told a California federal court to keep a suit alleging Nestlé USA Inc. uses a misleading "No GMO Ingredients" seal of approval issued by the company itself, saying Nestlé's motion to dismiss brings in arguments and evidence that are inappropriate at such an early stage of litigation. Read full article »

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Kramer Levin, Milbank Tweed Steer $1B Hotel-Casino Buy

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP represented REIT Vici Properties Inc. on its acquisition, alongside Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming Inc., of a Detroit hotel and casino from Rock Ventures LLC and Jack Entertainment LLC for a combined $1 billion, a deal announced Wednesday and in which Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP helped Penn National. Read full article »

Cargill Units For Sale As La Coop Antitrust Worries Crop Up

Four Canadian retail locations belonging to Cargill Ltd. will be sold off to deal with antitrust concerns surrounding the company's grain business merger with La Coop fédérée. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

In Leap To Plaintiffs Boutique, Munger Vet Makes Rare Move

It's uncommon for attorneys to jump from the world of defending corporations in bet-the-company litigation to pursuing those same suits, but former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP partner Marc Dworsky has made that 180-degree turn and says he's thrilled with the decision. Read full article »

5 Law Firms Named The Savviest At Social Media Marketing

Five BigLaw firms have been named the savviest at social media marketing this year in a report released Wednesday that compares the Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and online thought-leadership skills of the largest firms in the United States. Read full article »

Ex-Paul Weiss, Munger Atty Tapped For Calif. High Court

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday picked his own senior adviser, who previously worked at both Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, to fill an associate justice seat on the California Supreme Court. Read full article »

Avenatti Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charge

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her now-dismissed defamation suit against President Donald Trump, was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday. Read full article »

Most Law Firms' Cybersecurity Not Up To Par As Risk Grows

Most law firms are underprepared for cybersecurity threats, despite a sharp spike in cyberattacks against the industry in 2017, according to a new report from information technology consulting firm LogicForce.  Read full article »

White & Case Revamped Parental Leave Policy For 2018

White & Case LLP rolled out a new parental leave policy in 2018 for its U.S. offices that offers 12 weeks of paid leave to all legal and business employees regardless of their gender, the firm confirmed on Wednesday. Read full article »

9th Circ. Creates New Role To Tackle Workplace Harassment

In a first for the federal judiciary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has created the new position of director of workplace relations to confront workplace harassment issues in the appellate, trial and bankruptcy courts within the circuit’s jurisdiction. Read full article »

Ex-Dewey Exec Trying To Ax $1M Fine Deserves Jail, DA Says

Counsel for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP's former chief financial officer will square off Thursday in Manhattan with prosecutors who claim the ex-executive should be jailed after asking a New York state judge to toss or reduce the $1 million fine he was sentenced to pay following his fraud conviction last year. Read full article »

Law Firm Leaders: Brownstein Hyatt's Adam J. Agron

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP managing partner Adam J. Agron spoke to Law360 in the final year of his six-year tenure as firm leader about the challenges facing the legal industry and why he believes the Denver-based firm is well positioned to grow its success. Read full article »

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