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Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the nation’s first genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling law on May 8, 2014. Within a mere day, national trade organizations announced plans to sue and overturn it.

The law, which would take effect in July of 2016, requires any food available for retail sale to be [...]

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In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Middle District Court recently confronted the issue of racial discrimination in reality television.  Plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson—two African American men who were denied the opportunity to be cast as The Bachelor in ABC’s reality-based dating show of the same name—filed [...]

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The world-famous magician Teller has secured a major victory in a Nevada Federal Court, winning his copyright suit against a copycat magician.  Teller filed his copyright suit against Gerard Dogge, a Dutch magician who uploaded YouTube videos of himself performing Teller’s famous, and copyrighted, performance of “Shadows.”  While this is not [...]

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Although Pandora may have won a single battle against the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), the recent decision has left many questions about music royalties unanswered. Pandora originally filed suit against ASCAP in the Southern District of New York, petitioning the court to set “reasonable” licensing fees through 2015. The [...]

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One day in 1985, Smokey Robinson said to his then wife Claudette Rogers “I wanna leave you, don’t wanna stay here . . . . Don’t wanna spend another day here . . . . I wanna split now.”

Now, there’s some sad things known to man, but ain’t too much sadder than [...]

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Aereo’s Unique Chance

On March 13, 2014 By Doruk Onvural

This just in: The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals just whacked the grin off Aereo’s face. Aereo is a technology company that provides live and time-shifted (think DVR) streams of TV shows to devices that connect to the Internet. Basically you get to watch True Detective or The X Factor on your [...]

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Last week, the Sixth Circuit upheld a state law that requires Ohioans who own lions, pythons, and other dangerous animals to implant them with a microchip. The case, styled Wilkens v. Daniels, was a challenge to Ohio’s Dangerous Animals Act brought by a group of exotic animal owners who challenged the [...]

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Shufflin’ to the Courthouse

On February 26, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Who knew “shufflin’” could be such a problem? LMFAO’s catchphrase — “every day I’m shufflin’” — from the 2010 smash hit “Party Rock Anthem” is the source of a lawsuit filed by Rick Ross. Ross claims the song is an unauthorized derivative work under 17 U.S.C. § 106 (2) and alleges LMFAO [...]

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No Hugs for a Friend

On February 24, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

Four years after audiences left the theater with damp handkerchiefs and thoughts of their favorite childhood toys, Disney is embroiled in a legal battle over the rights to the huggable villain who was set on thwarting Woody and Buzz’s return to their best friend Andy in Toy Story 3. New Jersey’s Diece-Lisa Industries (DLI), which holds [...]

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Bottom of the Pyramid

On February 18, 2014 By Chastity Bobo

A few weeks ago, the cheerleaders for the Oakland Raiders (known as the Raiderettes) sued the Raiders franchise for illegal payment practices. The allegations include withholding all pay until after the end of the season, only being paid for a portion of hours worked, and forcing the cheerleaders to pay many of their own [...]

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