Patent Troll Receives Push Back

By | IP Intelligence | June 7, 2013

Over the past eight months, thousands of businesses across the United States received the same five-page letter from “The Licensing Team” of any one of 40 shell companies affiliated with MPHJ Technology Investments, LLC:

DOI Proposing Regulation of Fracking On Federal Lands: Is Such Regulation Coming to a Gas Well Near You?

The Department of the Interior (DOI) has circulated proposed rules that would regulate hydraulic fracking on federally owned lands.  The proposed rules would impose requirements on companies extracting natural gas on such lands, including mandating disclosure of chemicals used in fracking operations.

A Legal Challenge in NSA’s Verizon Phone Record Scandal Would Be Very Difficult—Andrew Hinkes

By | LXBN | June 7, 2013
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In the court of law, having your privacy invaded isn’t enough. It won’t win you damages, and in the case of the National Security Agency obtaining phone records for all Verizon customers, it won’t get them to stop. No, anyone looking to litigate over this must prove direct quantifiable harm (usually monetary) to win in court, and even without that, there’s a number of other reasons it’s unlikely any consumers will be able to bring a successful challenge. Joining LXBN TV to explain why is attorney Andrew Hinkes of Berger Singerman and their blog, the E-Discovery Reporter

No No No…Not in Our Court. Sixth Circuit Uses Dukes V. Wal-Mart to Block Class Certification and Extends It to Bar Hiring Discrimination Class Claims

No No No…Not in Our Court. Sixth Circuit Uses Dukes V. Wal-Mart to Block Class Certification and Extends It to Bar Hiring Discrimination Class Claims

In Davis v. Cintas Corp., No. 10-1662 (6th Cir. May 30, 2013), the Sixth Circuit affirmed the denial of a class certification bid in a sexual discrimination hiring case à la Wal–Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes and dismissed the plaintiff’s individual disparate treatment claim where the plaintiff claimed she was at least as qualified (if not more so) than male candidates who were hired.