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High-Rise Building Copyright Claim Fails (access required)

In this suit alleging the design of a high-rise apartment building in McLean, Va., infringes on plaintiff architectural firm’s copyright for a condominium building in Minneapolis, the 4th Circuit upholds summary judgment for defendant design firm. Plaintiff Humphreys & Partners ...

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No False Ad Claim for ‘Bonded Leather’ Ads (access required)

Defendants, a furniture manufacture, a leather industry trade association and its laboratory and lab director, win summary judgment in a false advertising suit filed by a furniture covering designer that alleged defendants’ advertisements and statements referencing a “bonded leather” product ...

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Bieber Faces Revived Copyright Suit (access required)

A Virginia-based R&B singer/songwriter “DeRico” gets another chance to make his copyright infringement case against Usher and Justin Bieber who recorded several versions of plaintiff’s “Somebody to Love” song; the 4th Circuit reverses dismissal of the songwriters’ suit, saying a ...

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Court Vacates ‘NAACP’ Trademark Injunction (access required)

The 4th Circuit vacates an injunction to halt a foundation’s use of “NAACP,” the trademark of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, to represent an anti-abortion message about the “National Association for the Abortion of Colored People”; ...

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Trade secrets case remanded to district court, defendant settles – $275,000,000 Settlement (access required)

DuPont accused Kolon, a South Korean company, of stealing trade secrets related to Kevlar. The case proceeded to trial in July 2011, and on Sept. 14, 2011, after a seven-week trial, a U.S. District Court jury in Richmond rendered a ...

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Grass Seed Companies Fight Over Ads (access required)

In this Lanham Act suit involving competing companies’ challenges to various advertising claims relating to both parties’ grass seed and combination grass seed products, a Richmond U.S. District Court reaffirms that defendant Pennington Seed’s “twice the seed” and “2X the ...

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Treble Damages Reversed in Paper Towel Case (access required)

In Georgia-Pacific’s suit against defendant manufacturer of a cheaper paper towel for “stuffing” into G-P’s trademarked “enMotion” motion-activated paper towel dispenser, the 4th Circuit reverses the damage award for G-P, saying the trial court applied the wrong legal standards for ...

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No Copyright Dec Action for New Technology (access required)

A Harrisonburg U.S. District Court dismisses this declaratory judgment action filed by three FM radio stations asking the court to declare that broadcasts, made via a geofencing technology yet to be implemented, are exempt from liability for copyright royalties under ...

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