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Alibaba: King of Retail?

By Mike Sellner On September 30, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Alibaba, the Asia-based online marketplace similar to the American site Amazon.com, went public on Friday, September 19, 2014.  The initial public offering raised over $21 million on the first day of sales.  As of Wednesday, September 25, the offering reached over $25 million raised, making it the largest IPO of all time, beating [...]

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A Sweet Deal for Consumers?

By Jacqueline Meyers On September 29, 2014 · Updated September 29, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Last week, three of the nation’s largest soft drink companies committed themselves to the fight against obesity. Coke, Pepsi, and Dr. Pepper have been facing political pressure for over a decade to join in the nationwide effort to reduce calorie consumption. In the past few years, we have seen [...]

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Monday Morning JETLawg

By Brenan Salgado On September 29, 2014 · Updated September 29, 2014 · Leave a Comment

Constitution

The American Civil Liberties Union files a lawsuit in Arizona challenging Arizona’s “anti-revenge porn” law on the grounds that it restricts First Amendment free speech and freedom of the press protections.

Copyright

North Jersey Media Group sues Fox News over the use of a 9/11 image that [...]

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Un-”like”-ly Property Interests

By Philip Houten On September 26, 2014 · Leave a Comment

As social media has become as ubiquitous in Americans’ lives as commuting or sunsets, disputes over these new concepts have challenged the legal system to adapt archaic legal concepts to govern their use.  One such concept is a Facebook “like,” which allows a user to publicly display his or her affection for a photo, [...]

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With last week’s announcement of the new iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, the tech giant has come under scrutiny from lawmakers, regulators, and the general public. Just one week after Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive officer, introduced the company’s latest offerings, Apple is seemingly running damage control. This may come as no surprise (to [...]

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Unfortunately, imitation—or rather artistic inspiration—has landed R&B singer Robin Thicke and super-producer Pharrell Williams in quite the legal brouhaha.

Since August 2013, there’s been an ongoing legal battle over the similarities between Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” Over a [...]

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Jay-Z Fights One-Syllable Infringement Lawsuit

By Kelsey Zottnick On September 23, 2014 · Updated September 23, 2014 · Leave a Comment

A single syllable could hold major implications for the future of music sampling.

The disputed syllable, “oh,” is the subject of a recent lawsuit filed against rapper Jay-Z, Atlantic Records, and Roc-a-fella. The suit alleges that Jay-Z took the micro-sample from bluesman Eddie Bo’s “Hook & Sling Part I” for use [...]

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Should the NFL Take a Page from the ABA’s Disciplinary Playbook?

By Samara Shepherd On September 22, 2014 · Updated September 22, 2014 · Leave a Comment

The NFL is constantly under scrutiny. This time it is the players’ treatment of family members—rather than the league’s treatment of players—attracting unwanted attention. In the wake of separate scandals involving Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, the NFL has had to determine the appropriate punishment for players’ actions off [...]

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