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“We buy houses” trademark invalidated (access required)

Although “We buy houses” is a registered trademark, it is now widely used to describe services provided rather than a source of services, which makes it generic, not distinctive. Background Plaintiff Express Homebuyers has been in the house-buying industry since ...

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Jurisdiction established over health plan’s claim (access required)

The Court of Federal Claims, and not federal district court, has jurisdiction over an employee health plan’s suit seeking a refund under the Affordable Care Act. Background The Electrical Welfare Trust Fund is a self-administered, self-insured employee health and welfare ...

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Airport Authority properly using toll revenues (access required)

The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority defeated a challenge to its use of toll funds for metro services to Dulles airport. Background Appellants here have raised a variety of constitutional and statutory challenges to Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority’s ability to use ...

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Use of cell phone site data in drug case was valid (access required)

Law enforcement officers who witnessed a drug transaction acted in good faith when they sought historical cell phone site location data based on the law at the time, and defendant’s conviction is affirmed. Background After Alexandria police detectives witnessed appellant ...

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