The actress won't be able to pursue a claim that a diet company fraudulently got her to pitch its product. read more
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Canada and South Korea announced agreement on a comprehensive trade agreement earlier today. The focus is understandably on tariff issues, but the agreement also contains a full chapter on intellectual property (note hat the governments have only released summaries of the agreement, not he full text, which is still being drafted). Show More Summary
1-800-411-Pain Referral Service, LLC v. Otto, 2014 WL 904190, No. 13-1167, --- F.3d ---- (8th Cir. Mar. 10, 2014) My discussion of the opinion below. 411-Pain advertises extensively and connects callers to health care providers or attorneys in their areas. Show More Summary
This morning, Senator Dianne Feinstein finally got angry over the abusive practices of the intelligence community that she oversees as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Historically, of course, Feinstein has used her role of "oversight" to actually do everything possible to protect and defend the various intelligence organizations. Show More Summary
In its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the soaps producer lists its biggest creditors. read more
Well, this is interesting. No sooner had FISC judge Reggie Walton shot down the DOJ's request to hold Section 215 metadata indefinitely (supposedly to preserve evidence related to ongoing lawsuits) then another judge has ordered the NSA to preserve this same data as evidence related to two lawsuits the agency is currently engaged in. Show More Summary
When you are fortunate enough to watch skilled advocates make the difficult look easy, try and learn something from them.
Sir Robin Jacob, Daniel Alexander QC, and Matthew Fisher, Guidebook to Intellectual Property (6th ed.): With dry humor, this book surveys British IP law for nonlawyers/business student types. I’m not in a position to comment too much on substance. Show More Summary
The company had attempted to revive the soap operas "One Life to Live" and "All My Children" online -- but then sued ABC, saying the network had sabotaged its attempt. read more
Still working on a long post on Garcia v. Google because ugh, but here I go on a side note: David Post has a post up, Why Google shouldn’t be the copyright court of last resort, which argues that Google shouldn’t screen for bogus copyright notices. Show More Summary
Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Tuesday, March 11, 2014: The U.S. News 2015 Law School Rankings Are Here: Smell The Prestige Saudi embassy claims immunity from contractor’s lawsuit Saudi man gets 10Show More Summary
The Coalition for Court Transparency sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, pleading that he allow cameras in the courtroom. Not sure how well this will go over, thanks to last month’s oral arguments interruption by a protestor. Show More Summary
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.
By Dennis Crouch The debate over attorney fee shifting continues both in Congress and in cases before the Supreme Court. In an interesting new article, Saurabh Vishnubhakat compiles fee award statistics for the past decade. The study reports that prevailing plaintiffs are more likely to receive a fee award, but that the median award of […]
Basquiat Estate v. Christie’s, via the Trademark Blog. Plaintiffs allege ownership of the mark BASQUIAT and copyrights in Jean-Michel Basquiat’s artwork. The Estate formed an Authentication Committee to opine on the authenticity of works attributed to him. Show More Summary
Somehow the word "copyright" is being thrown around in relation to a 500-year-old statue. Any reasonable person would assume the word "copyright" shouldn't come within 350 years of any creation, but that's how the story's being presented. Show More Summary
danah boyd, It’s Complicated : Boyd’s book recounts her ethnographic research on the internet lives of American teens of different races and classes. She challenges many of the simple conclusions popular in the media. Teens do valueShow More Summary
The Supreme Court, 8-1 with Sotomayor dissenting, agrees with a Cato Institute brief (earlier) and disagrees with the government: the feds can’t conjure away landowners’ rights as part of the “rails-to-trails” program. Trevor Burrus explains. Show More Summary
We've covered stories in the past involving students attempting to hack into school networks for the purpose of changing their grades. I'll admit this was something of an obsession of mine when I was younger as well, because apparently...Show More Summary