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The Ninth Circuit's Comedy Club, Inc. v. Improv West Associates decision is no laughing matter for franchisors

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
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  • USA
  • -
  • February 25 2009

After obtaining a sweeping nationwide injunction from an arbitrator that enjoined licensee Comedy Club, Inc. (“CCI”) from opening any new comedy clubs until 2019 pursuant to a trademark license agreement, licensorcompetitor Improv West Associates (“Improv”) could not have been in the mood for laughs when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit modified the arbitrator’s injunction by significantly narrowing its scope and breadth

California federal court grants summary judgment for Facebook on its CAN-SPAM Act, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and Penal Code Section 502 claims against social media aggregator

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 29 2012

For the past three years, social media platform Facebook has pursued legal action against social media aggregator Power Ventures ("Power") over what it has viewed as a blatant violation of state and federal law

Big brother can’t ask for access to your “personal” social media accounts either.more social media legislation proposed in California

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 12 2012

Recently, we blogged about the passage of California Assembly Bill 1844, which regulates employers’ ability to demand access to employees’ or prospective hires’ personal social media accounts

Pennsylvania federal court dismisses employee’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claim based upon employer’s alleged improprer access of LinkedIn account: no cognizable damages

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 12 2012

Ownership of company social media accounts has recently become a hot topic in the legal industry, and with its decision in Eagle v. Morgan this past week, the Eastern District of Pennsylvania has added fuel to the fire

Kentucky appellate court affirms authority of Kentucky courts to modify overly broad non-competition agreements in the employment context and sets forth “guiding principles” for future non-compete cases

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 6 2012

In a recent opinion, Creech, Inc. v. Brown, the Kentucky Court of Appeals both affirmed the ability of Kentucky courts to modify overly broad non-competition agreements in the employment context and laid out a six-part framework that trial courts may follow when analyzing the reasonableness and enforceability of non-competition agreements

Trouble in paradise? Trade secret theft alleged in Hawaii surrounding zipline technology

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 15 2013

Ahhh, Hawaii. Crystal clear water, pristine beaches, warm weather - it's the perfect place to relax and enjoy some sun. Well, that is, it's the

Federal Court requires foreign resident to litigate non-compete dispute in Missouri based upon Forum Selection Clause

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • February 26 2013

It's 8,242.7 miles or a 17 hour flight between the Philippines and Missouri. Nobody would dispute that this is a significant distance, but as far the

Illinois federal court strikes down online company's forum selection provision contained in licensing agreement in consumer data collection spat

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 4 2011

The best things in life are free, except for screensavers, games, and other software provided on-line that spy on your computer activity and gather your personal information, at least according to the consumer Plaintiffs in the recent data collectionprivacy suit filed in Illinois federal court captioned Harris v. comScore, Inc., No. 11 C 5807, 2011 WL 4738357 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 7, 2011

Fitness companies spar over unauthorized access of departing employee's personal e-mail accounts

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • January 25 2011

Wrongfully accessing someone's personal email account may cost you $1,000 per unauthorized access, even if that person suffers no injury or loss

President Obama signs Trade Secrets Clarification Act and House of Representatives considers enhancing Economic Espionage Act penalties

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 31 2012

On December 28, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Trade Secrets Clarification Act to ensure that the Economic Espionage Act will cover trade