A trial such as the Samsung v Apple trial beginning this week in Silicon Valley seems awful ripe for a law blog dedicated to covering the trial and likely appeal.
German-based Puma S.E. brought a trademark infringement lawsuit — based on the similarity of the cat logos — against Minnesota-based Arctic Cat, in the Northern District of Illinois at the end of last year (copy of complaint is here). As we have written about before, sometimes the substance and merits of a trademark fight can take the back seat to first fighting over where the trademark dispute will be decided, and this case illustrates that point well.
Nexen Inc., a Canadian oil company, traded more shares in the week before it announced its deal with China’s largest offshore oil company than it had since 2008. Sound suspicious? As it turns out, it was. The SEC is now investigating allegations of insider trading that occurred prior to the merger of Nexen Inc. and China National Offshore Oil Corproation Ltd (CNOOC), a state owned Chinese oil company.
Richard Cordray, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director, has made it clear that one of his main goals is to restore trust in the mortgage market, which was hurt after the burst of the housing bubble during the 2008 economic recession. One important step toward this goal is creating a simplified mortgage application form and making mortgage procedures and fees more transparent.
According to a recent study released by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF), the number of mobile apps with privacy policies has grown rapidly since September 2011. The study examined the top 25 free and 25 paid apps in the Apple iOS, Google Play, and Kindle Fire app stores, for a total of 150 apps.
It’s time we admitted something. Business development is not complicated. Hard work? Indeed…because it is, at its core, about succeeding at relationships…and we all know — whether we will admit it or not — almost anything having to do with relationships is hard work.
35 U.S.C. § 122(e), adopted last fall as part of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (“AIA”), conditions third party submissions to the USPTO for consideration and inclusion in an application file. Recently, the USPTO published the final rules regulating these submissions by third parties: Changes to Implement the Preissuance Submissions by Third Parties Provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, 77 Fed. Reg. 42150 (2012).
The Energy Policy Act of 2005 established a renewable fuel standard (RFS), which was expanded by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). The RFS requires that transportation fuels contain a blend of biofuels. The amount increases each year. The RFS mandates that 15.2 billion gallons of renewable fuel be blended into transportation fuel in 2012.
On Friday District of Columbia District Court Judge James Boasberg issued an opinion reaffirming his ruling striking down the National Labor Relations Board’s “quickie election” rules in Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America v. NLRB, Civil Action No. 11-2262.
Among the many litigation threats companies face, a couple of specific kinds of cases have recently emerged: the civil action following on in the wake of an FCPA investigation or enforcement action, and the shareholder suit following after a negative “say on pay” vote. Many companies involved in an FCPA investigation or experiencing a negative say on pay vote have been hit with these kinds of suits