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Judge Abrams: Viral “Central Park Karen” Failed to State a Claim Against Former Employer

USA - September 27 2022 In a decision issued last week, Judge Abrams granted investment fund Franklin Templeton’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against it by Amy…

Second Circuit: Citibank Can Recoup $500 Million Accidental Debt Repayment

USA - September 12 2022 In an opinion last week, the Second Circuit, reversing a decision by Judge Furman (covered here), held that Citibank could sue to recoup almost $500…

Judge Woods: Retweets Are Not Endorsements

USA - August 15 2022 In an opinion today, Judge Woods ruled, in essence, that retweets are not endorsements. The ruling came in connection with a denial of CNN’s motion…

Tax Preparation Firm Sues the Makers of “Better Caul Saul” For Depiction of Similarly-Named, but Crooked, Fictional Firm

USA - August 3 2022 In a trademark infringement complaint filed on Monday, Liberty Tax Service sued the makers of the TV show “Better Caul Saul” for depicting an…

Judge Engelmayer slashes requested fee award based on “Anemic” lawyering

USA - July 21 2022 In an opinion last week in a Fair Labor Standards Case, Judge Engelmayer reduced the requested fee award for plaintiffs’ counsel from $155,000 down…

Judge Cote concludes that the concept of “hiring a homegirl” for help in social situations is not protectable under copyright laws

USA - June 29 2022 In an opinion last week, Judge Cote dismissed a copyright infringement case brought by the maker of certain “HomeGirl Hotline” TikTok videos against…

Judge Marrero: First Amendment allows attorney grievance complainants to publish their own complaints, notwithstanding confidentiality statute

USA - June 17 2022 In an opinion Monday, Judge Marrero ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of a group of law professors to publish online their attorney…

Judge Crotty: Non-Profit’s Advice on Dealing With Debt Collection Actions Is Protected by First Amendment Against “Unauthorized Practice of Law” Regulations

USA - June 1 2022 In an opinion Tuesday, Judge Crotty preliminarily enjoined New York State from enforcing unauthorized practice of law (“UPL”) regulations against a…

Judge Rakoff: Hermés Can Enforce Its “Birkin” Trademark Against Maker of “MetaBirkin” NFTs

USA - May 20 2022 In an opinion Wednesday, Judge Rakoff allowed the handbag maker Hermés to proceed with a trademark suit against the individual responsible for a…

Judge Swain: Musical Parodying the Misogyny of Grease is “Fair Use”

USA - May 17 2022 In an opinion Thursday, Judge Swain granted judgement on the pleadings to the makers of the musical Vape, declaring that under the “fair use”…