Eighth Circuit Affirms Trade Secret Misappropriation Verdict Against Walmart

September 29, 2020 Walmart has a certain reputation regarding the manner in which it deals with its suppliers and service providers. Therefore, no one was particularly surprised when the facts came out at trial about a fixed fee agreement and Walmart’s almost instantaneous demands that additional work be done outside the scope of the contract […]

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Defense Waives $3.4 Million Defense in Copyright Case

February 27, 2020 In a somewhat baffling case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently remanded a copyright case back to the district court due to an undeveloped record relating to whether the plaintiff was entitled to a $3.6 million statutory damages award based on the infringement thirty-three separate illustrations. Sullivan v. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Copyright Application Insufficient to File Infringement Lawsuit

March 6, 2019 In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that actual copyright registration, as opposed to merely filing an application for registration, is a prerequisite to bringing a copyright infringement claim in federal court. Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, No. 17-571, 2019 U.S. LEXIS 1730 (Mar. 4, 2019). […]

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Beyonce, Playboy, and Tesla Sued By Blind Users For Non-Compliant Websites Under The ADA

February 15, 2019 What do Beyonce’s Company, Playboy, Tesla, and Williams-Sonoma have in common? They have all been recently sued by visually impaired plaintiffs in New York federal court for websites that allegedly violate the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and similar state statutes. The allegations focus on features, which are allegedly missing from the defendants’ […]

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