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Court Rules on German Debtor’s Patent Licenses (access required)

In recognizing a German insolvency proceeding for a German semiconductor manufacturer as a “foreign main proceeding,” the bankruptcy court did not abuse its discretion in limiting the German insolvency administrator’s ability to unilaterally reject licenses to the 4,000 U.S. patents ...

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Witness-Tampering Instruction Was ‘Harmless Error’ (access required)

Although a jury instruction at defendant’s trial for witness tampering misstated the federal nexus required for the offense, under a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court decision that came down after defendant’s conviction became final, the jury instruction was “harmless error” and ...

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Gun’s Serial Number ‘Altered’ for Sentencing (access required)

A firearm serial number that is made less legible is “altered” for purposes of applying a four-level sentencing enhancement for “an altered or obliterated serial number” on a firearm, and the 4th Circuit affirms defendant’s 105-month sentence for his conviction ...

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