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Author’s Suit Against Publisher Dismissed (access required)

An Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses plaintiff’s pro se suit alleging defendant publisher breached a contract to publish plaintiff’s manuscript for a book called “Saving the Company. Because plaintiff’s manuscript was published on Dec. 26, 2006, any breach of contract ...

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Trademark Claim Support Alter Ego Theory (access required)

A softball association has stated a claim against an individual defendant based on a theory that he is the alter ego for defendant softball organization, supported in part by the association’s claims for trademark infringement. Plaintiff York Amateur Softball Association ...

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Former Franchisees Must Pay Attorney’s Fees (access required)

A Norfolk U.S. District Court orders former franchisees, who were required to return to franchisor customer lists, customer tax returns, files and an operations manual for the tax preparation service, to pay $9,261 in attorney’s fees to plaintiff franchisor. Plaintiff ...

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No Jurisdiction Over Unproven Patentee (access required)

In a Massachusetts company’s patent infringement suit against a German company, the Alexandria U.S. District Court dismisses the German company for lack of personal jurisdiction, as plaintiff has been unable to rebut defendant’s affidavit asserting it is not a patentee ...

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Injunction Issued for ‘Diamonds Direct’ Mark (access required)

In this suit involving competing claims to the trademark “Diamonds Direct,” the Richmond U.S. District Court grants a preliminary injunction to defendant, who registered the mark with the Virginia State Corporation Commission after learning plaintiff, who had used the mark ...

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