It seems like people are finally realizing how truly awful the Concepcion decision is for consumers. Read: scorched-earth, take-no-prisoners, atrociously awful-level bad. David Segal, aka “the Haggler,” wrote in the Sunday New York Times about the of the plight of a war veteran who, like millions of consumers around the country, no longer has the right to bring a class action or any grievance to court regarding an ever-growing array of products and/or services. Full Story
On April 30, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the judgment against former Illinois Governor George Ryan, who was convicted of mail fraud, racketeering, tax evasion and lying to the FBI in 2006, and remanded the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. The Seventh Circuit was directed to further consider its decision to deny Ryan’s habeas corpus petition, in light of the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Wood v. Milyard, 132 S. Ct. 70 (2011). Full Story
Naming contests. Sounds like a good idea, right? A company needs a new name and it decides to engage its employees to come up with a new name. What could go wrong? Well, you could end up with a name like Mondelez. Just to be clear, I’m a professional name developer, so you might think I am against naming contests because they take dollars out of my wallet. Not true.
The General Assembly over the weekend passed a comprehensive bill that permits individuals to use marijuana for palliative purposes. The bill is expected to be signed by the Governor this month. Besides just permitting individuals to use marijuana, it has several important provisions that will impact employers in Connecticut. Unfortunately, as the history of medical marijuana bills in other states has shown, there are still many unanswered questions left.
As set forth in a Federal Register Notice issued April 20, 2012, Congress has asked the USPTO to consider whether it should take steps “to protect economically significant patents from discovery by foreign entities” by extending the current national security screening program to encompass patent applications that may be important to the “economic security” of the United States. Full Story
Last week, the District of Montana ruled on the defendants’ motion to dismiss in Pfau v. Mortenson (the infamous “Three Cups of Tea” class action). The lawsuit alleged that author Greg Mortenson had made up aspects of his biography in writing and marketing his bestselling memoir Three Cups of Tea. Full Story
The rating agencies must defend against claims for negligent misrepresentation in connection with the ratings the firms assigned to a pair of structured investments vehicles, Southern District of New York Judge Shira Scheindlin has ruled in a pair of May 4, 2012 decisions. Judge Scheindlin did grant the defendants’ motions to dismiss claims for negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting, which substantially narrowed the plaintiffs’ claims. Full Story
As of last night, the parents of Junior Seau, who are from the island of Aunu’u, American Samoa, were meeting with Samoan elders to discuss how to respond to requests by researchers for the opportunity to study Seau’s brain. Last Wednesday, Seau, former linebacker for the San Diego Chargers, was found dead in his Oceanside, California home. His death was ruled a suicide. Full Story