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Update To Important Trademark Case In Supreme Court

Nov 2016 17

The nation’s largest attorney organization, the American Bar Association, has submitted a brief to the United Stated Supreme Court in a case that may determine whether Washington’s NFL team can continue to register the name “Redskins” as its trademark.

Briefing Begins in Case Affecting Washington Redskins Trademark

Nov 2016 14

The United States Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case that will affect the “Redskins” trademark used by the Washington team in the National Football League. In 2014, the U.S. Trademark Office cancelled the football team’s trademark at the…

Be Aware of "Arbitration Agreements"

Nov 2016 02

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review a Kentucky case to decide whether an "arbitration agreement" in a nursing home contract can be used to prevent a resident or a resident’s survivors from suing the nursing home for negligence that causes injury…

Jury Finds That Talcum Powder Causes Cancer

Nov 2016 01

Juries in three recent Missouri cases have awarded verdicts totaling $200 million to women who alleged that Johnson & Johnson’s talcum powder caused them to suffer ovarian cancer.

Federal Judge Emphasizes Jury's Role in Punishing Corporate Misconduct

Oct 2016 21

A federal judge in Georgia has made a strong statement supporting the role of citizen jurors in punishing corporations for reckless misconduct that injures consumers.

Document Destruction Leads to Significant Verdict Against Hankook Tires

Sep 2016 12

An Arkansas jury recently returned a substantial verdict in a case against tire manufacturer Hankook. A 76 year-old man suffered a fractured leg and hip in a truck crash that was caused by a loss of control that occurred when the tread on the right front…

California Gas Utility Convicted of Crimes for Gas Line Explosion

Aug 2016 10

On August 10, 2016, Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was found guilty by a California federal court jury of criminal activity for violating pipeline safety standards in a 2010 gas line explosion that killed eight people, injured many others, and caused…

Government Proposes Fines for Gas Pipeline Company

Aug 2016 01

The federal agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines has proposed to fine one of the Williams companies $1.6 million dollars for its violations of federal regulations that caused an October 2015 explosion at a gas compressor stations in Louisiana.

County Sues Gas Company to Force Safety Measures

Jul 2016 26

In another example of the oil and gas industry’s lack of concern about safety and the consequences of its profit-making activities, Los Angeles County has been forced to sue Southern California Gas Company.

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

Jul 2016 21

On May 11, 2016, the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 was signed into law and became effective immediately. The Act was passed overwhelmingly by Congress and creates a legal claim in federal court for theft or misappropriation of trade secrets.