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Patent litigation alert: Federal Circuit issues en banc decision in Marine Polymer: no reexamination intervening rights absent textual amendment to claim language

USA - March 19 2012 Should intervening rights apply to claims that were not textually amended during a reexamination proceeding but were effectively narrowed by the patentee’s arguments?...

Heather N. Mewes, Rajiv Patel.

In two recent decisions, California appellate courts refuse to honor employment arbitration agreements

USA - August 16 2011 Last month the California Courts of Appeal issued two separate decisions denying employers' attempts to compel arbitration agreements on the grounds that such agreements were unenforceable....

Michael A. Sands.

Plaintiff whose sales territories were reduced upon pregnancy announcement survives summary judgment in retaliation case against employer

USA - August 16 2011 A recent ruling by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia denied an employer's motion for summary judgment, holding that a former employee's lawsuit under the FMLA should be allowed to proceed to trial....

Michael A. Sands.

Court finds for EEOC in Abercrombie & Fitch hijab suit

USA - August 16 2011 A federal district court in Oklahoma recently held that an EEOC employer must make religious accommodations to its dress code, even if doing so could arguably detract from its "corporate image."...

Michael A. Sands.

NLRB decides non-unionized employees' disparaging statements about employer, made on public television, qualify for protection under NLRA

USA - August 16 2011 The National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") ruled last month that an employer's termination of non-unionized employees who had appeared on a television newscast wearing their uniforms while making disparaging statements about the employer violated the National Labor Relations Act ("NLRA")....

Michael A. Sands.