The decision by a 9th Circuit panel was hailed by abortion rights groups as a "huge victory" in a state they say has taken one of the nation's toughest stances on the issue.
The settlement between merchants and credit card giants Visa and MasterCard drew fire from Wal-Mart, Gap and 17 other retailers.
A case before the 11th Circuit has important implications for the growing area of law surrounding the classification of independent contractors.
ANTITRUST – In re Se. Milk Antitrust Litig.
ORDER – From a $158 million settlement (plus structural changes to defendants’ business conduct), the court approves attorney fees for plaintiffs’ counsel of $52.8 million plus $800,000 in expenses. Class representatives receive $10,000 each. (E.D. Tenn.)
PATENTS – Ateliers de la Haute-Garonne v. Broetje Automation USA Inc.
OPINION – Plaintiff sued for infringement of a device to deliver rivets through a pressurized tube. The district court found the patents invalid for failure to disclose the best mode for carrying out the invention. The appellate court reversed, finding that the best mode (known at the time) was disclosed; there was no requirement to point out which embodiment was the best mode. (Fed. Cir.)
COPYRIGHT - Eight Mile Style LLC v. Wieden + Kennedy Inc.
COMPLAINT - Musician “Eminem” claims that Facebook infringed copyright on song “Under the Influence” during a highly publicized event introducing “Facebook Home” and advertisement “Airplane.” (E.D. Mich.)
SECOND AMENDMENT - Brady Ctr. to Prevent Gun Violence v. City of Nelson
COMPLAINT - City ordinance requires every “head of household” to own a firearm and ammunition. Plaintiffs complain they are forced to do so against their will. (N.D. Ga.)
INTERNATIONAL TRADE - U.S. v. Adaptive MicroSystems LLC
OPINION AND ORDER - Court of International Trade applied Wisconsin law on liability of purchaser of company for existing unpaid import duties and penalties for misclassified imports of LED panels. Purchaser’s argument that it is not a mere continuation of the old company was rejected.(CIT)
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Edmead allowed a group of justices to press their claim that reducing state contributions to their health insurance premiums amounts to an unconstitutional salary cut.
The city will close hundreds of the dispensaries and hike taxes on those that will be allowed to remain under a ballot measure approved by a wide margin of voters.
Duane Morris hires Bruce Czachor as partner in the firm's corporate practice group in New York; Alison Fethke leaves AbbVie to join Ropes & Gray as counsel in Chicago.
If found guilty, Francesco Schettino could face up to 20 years in jail.
Gerald Koch had been asked to testify before a grand jury that his lawyer says is believed to be probing a small bomb detonation outside a U.S. armed forces recruiting station.
Authorities may use the RICO Act, most commonly associated with prosecutions against the mafia, to move against Steven A. Cohen's $15 bln hedge fund.
Trevor Murray claims he was fired for refusing to publish misleading research reports.
A 3rd Circuit panel said that Ryan Hart, who played for Rutgers from 2002 to 2005, may pursue allegations that the company misappropriated his likeness for its NCAA Football game.
Though the district judge would not comment specifically on the controversial case, he reflected on his judicial philosophy and daily work.
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