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E-cigarette maker beats counterfeiters (access required)

A leading electronic cigarette manufacturer’s battle against counterfeiters has resulted in a default judgment awarding the manufacturer statutory damages and injunctive relief against the overseas counterfeiters. Background Plaintiff filed its complaint on Aug. 24, 2018, against unincorporated associations that are ...

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Probate exception no bar to court’s jurisdiction (access required)

A wife alleging her now deceased and often-estranged husband fraudulently transferred marital assets to a trust can pursue her claims in federal court. Because the federal court complaint was filed before the probate court obtained jurisdiction over the property, the ...

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Claims accrued when plaintiffs signed incorrect annuity contract (access required)

Where plaintiffs intended to enter into an annuity contract that would provide benefits to both spouses but instead, relying on the investment advice of a registered securities representative for the defendant, entered into a single annuity contract that did not ...

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Adjoining property owners both liable for environmental response costs (access required)

Where a property owner agreed to remove mine tailings from the property of an adjoining landowner after the adjoining landowner was notified that the mine tailings were discharging pollutants into a nearby stream, and the delay in removal, coupled by ...

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Lack of pervasive harassment dooms hostile work claim (access required)

Although the record showed the former operating room technician had multiple issues with employees, the alleged conduct, which included three direct confrontations, one overheard conversation and complaints made out of the employee’s presence, was not sufficiently severe or pervasive to ...

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Employees must be compensated for attending job training (access required)

Only the plaintiffs who received right-to-sue letters from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission more than 180 days after filing their EEOC charges could proceed on their discrimination and retaliation claims, but all plaintiffs adequately alleged violations of the Fair Labor ...

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