The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has sided with Beyonce in a battle over the trademark rights to her daughter's "Blue Ivy Carter" name, rejecting a case filed by a small company that owns a registration for "Blue Ivy."
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Beyonce Wins 'Blue Ivy' Trademark Battle

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has sided with Beyonce in a battle over the trademark rights to her daughter's "Blue Ivy Carter" name, rejecting a case filed by a small company that owns a registration for "Blue Ivy."

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Trump Commutes Sentence Of Longtime Ally Roger Stone

President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his friend and adviser Roger Stone, who had been ordered to serve 40 months in prison following his convictions for witness tampering, lying to Congress and obstructing probes into Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

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LinkedIn Stole Data From Apple Devices' Clipboard, Users Say

Social networking site LinkedIn has programmed its iPhone and iPad apps to pirate users' sensitive data from Apple's Universal Clipboard without permission, according to a proposed class action filed Friday in California federal court.

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Hollywood Agents Target Remaining WGA Antitrust Claims

Hollywood's major talent agencies urged a California federal judge on Friday to dismiss the Writers Guild of America's remaining counterclaims alleging antitrust violations over so-called "packaging fees," rejecting the WGA's assertion that the agencies are seeking to relitigate arguments the judge has already ruled on.

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Jay-Z-Backed Pot Business Got Millions In PPP Money

A cannabis company backed by music mogul Jay-Z and football legend Joe Montana received millions of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program loan money, U.S. Treasury data shows.

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GOP Convention Draws Lawsuit Over COVID-19 Risk To Fla.

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in Florida, seven Jacksonville residents and business operators have asked a state court to block or significantly restrict plans to hold the Republican National Convention at the city's VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in August, saying a large crowded event would threaten their health, welfare and property rights.

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SUPREME COURT REVIEW

Feature

The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.

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Feature

The Majority Of One: How Roberts Is Shaping The Court

The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.

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Feature

Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.

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LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

Atty Can't Revive Dorsey & Whitney Defamation Suit

The Second Circuit declined to revive a lawsuit by an attorney accusing Dorsey & Whitney LLP of defaming him in a blog post, saying the post clearly expressed an opinion and was therefore not defamatory.

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DEALS

Deals On Blistering Pace In 2020 Even As Virus Fears Linger

Capital markets deal teams are starting the second half of 2020 ready for more business after a record-breaking six months of activity that seemed impossible at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, although questions persist over how long robust times will last.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

COVID-19 IP Catch-Up: NY Trial Finally Starts, Texas Holds Off

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a drug patent trial in New York to go remote and again delayed a media streaming patent trial in Texas. Meanwhile, 3M settled a fraud suit tied to its N95 masks, and Jeff Dunham received pushback from a company selling face masks with his image. Here are some recent intellectual property updates tied to the outbreak that you may have missed.

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Brand Battles: Casper The Ghost Takes On Mattress Startup

In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, a Universal unit that owns "Casper the Friendly Ghost" is asking to block an application filed by popular mattress company Casper — plus five other new TTAB cases you need to know.

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Analysis

The Top Cybersecurity And Privacy Rulings So Far In 2020

From a Maryland federal judge recognizing the value of personal data in today's economy to a Virginia court sending companies scrambling to keep post-data breach discussions secret, it's been a busy few months in cybersecurity and privacy litigation. Here are five rulings worth revisiting as we head into the year's second half.

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INSURANCE

Insurer Says COVID-19 Not 'Physical Loss,' So No Coverage

The Cincinnati Casualty Co. is asking a Pennsylvania federal court to throw out claims that a bar and restaurant is owed coverage for losses after the state closed nonessential businesses in response to COVID-19, saying the policy only covers physical damage, not a virus transmitted from human to human.

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PERSONAL INJURY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Trump Rape Accuser Says High Court Tax Ruling Boosts Case

A columnist who claimed President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s cited the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling on Trump's tax records Friday in her argument that the president is not immune from her defamation lawsuit.

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Harrah's Must Face Patron's Suit Over Fall In Pool Area

A New Jersey state appellate panel has revived a personal injury suit against Harrah's Resort Atlantic City after finding that a trial court was wrong to conclude that a patron failed to show that the step where he slipped was wet, citing the visitor's deposition testimony about his fall.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Pai Predicts Video Gaming Will Be 5G's Big Winner

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has told business leaders in India that he sees a booming gaming sector in 5G's future because the multibillion-dollar industry is fueled by technological advances.

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REAL ESTATE

Property Manager Seeks Exit From Mural Destruction Suit

A real estate property manager asked a Pennsylvania federal court to grant the company a quick escape from a lawsuit filed by a Pittsburgh mural artist over the destruction of his artwork.

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HOSPITALITY

Pa. Amusement Parks Hit With ADA Suit Over Mask Policy

The parents of several children with disabilities such as autism sued three Pittsburgh-area amusement parks in Pennsylvania federal court on Friday, claiming their mandatory mask policies related to COVID-19 violate the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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TAX

Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Wachtell, Debevoise

In this week's Taxation With Representation, KKR snaps up financial services company Global Atlantic for $4.4 billion, Uber gobbles up food-delivery service Postmates in a $2.65 billion deal, and Blackstone takes a stake in three Hollywood studios.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

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Future Fraud Defendants Can Overcome 2nd Circ. FIFA Ruling

Although the recent Second Circuit decision in U.S. v. Napout — upholding fraud convictions of FIFA officials — expansively applied U.S. law to attenuated foreign conduct, it leaves room for future courts to reach a different outcome in similar cases, say Ashwin Ram and Brittany Prelogar at Steptoe & Johnson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Firms Wanted PPP Money, But Will It Prevent More Cuts?

Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.

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Law Firm Leaders' 3 Biggest Worries For The Rest Of 2020

After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.

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Brown Rudnick IP Litigation Team Leaves To Start New Firm

The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.

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Miller Canfield Lays Off Attorneys Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

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NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.

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Chicago Federal Court Extends Remote Hearings To Mid-Sept.

The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.

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LA Labor Partner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Associate

The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.

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DOJ's DuCharme Named Acting US Attorney For EDNY

U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.

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Study Noting 'Racial Tension,' 'Nepotism' Shakes Philly Courts

Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.

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Flynn Case Paused, DC Circ. Weighing Judge's En Banc Bid

The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Absolutely (Not) Immune

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.

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Client Says Hagen Berman Pulled Fast One On Special Master

A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.

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