Judge Sam Sparks of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas recently raised eyebrows and questions by ordering the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) to expedite a reexamination of three patents
In a troubling case for employers, a California court of appeal held in Pantoja v. Anton that it was prejudicial error for a trial court to exclude so-called "me too" evidence of sexual harassment of other employees.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently issued a unanimous decision upholding a $13.5 million jury verdict and permanent injunction in a federal false advertising suit involving comparative advertisements targeting a direct competitor.
A federal judge in Virginia held last month that a plaintiff in an age discrimination case was entitled to discovery of her former employer's emails, personnel files, performance reviews, and RIF-related documents.
On June 3, 2010, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that federal copyright law preempts common law breach of confidence and implied contract claims in situations where plaintiffs attempt to retain rights to share profits and credit in the underlying works.
The Ninth Circuit’s recent opinion in Vinole v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., F.3d , 2009 WL 1926444 (9th Cir. July 7, 2009), established precedent in this Circuit.
In SprintUnited Mgmt. Co. v. Mendelsohn, the United States Supreme Court held that "me too" evidence of discrimination is neither per se admissible nor per se inadmissible in an age discrimination lawsuit, and trial courts are required to engage in a balancing test to determine whether such evidence should be admitted.
The Federal Circuit recently held that the Supreme Court’s MedImmune decision did not alter a patentee’s ability to avoid declaratory judgment claims by dismissing its claims and issuing a covenant not to sue.
On June 21, 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that provides welcome news to any public company, officer or director facing the prospect of a securities class action lawsuit.
In a detailed and thoughtful decision and one that is certain to be cited frequently in the months ahead Judge William Alsup has dismissed a shareholder derivative complaint against various officers and directors of CNET Networks, Inc. based on allegations of options “backdating.”