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UPDATE: Intellectual Property Lawsuits in the News

Uber Knew Fired Exec Had Info at Center of Google Theft Case

http://www.newsfactor.com/story.xhtml?story_id=120008XPLVW0The lawsuit maintains that Uber then transplanted the intellectual property allegedly stolen by Levandowski into its own fleet of self-driving vehicles.

This is a charge that Uber has adamantly denied since Waymo filed its complaint in federal court four …

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Uber Fires Former Google Engineer at Heart of Self-Driving Dispute

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/30/technology/uber-anthony-levandowski.htmlTravis Kalanick, the chief executive of Uber, left, with Anthony Levandowski, a vice president of technology at Uber, whose firing was announced to staff members on Tuesday.

Uber said Tuesday that …

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YETI Alleges Promo Drinkware Violates Intellectual Property Rights

https://www.asicentral.com/news/newsletters/promogram/june-2017/yeti-alleges-promo-drinkware-violates-intellectual-property-rights/YETI Coolers believes that companies in the promotional products industry are infringing on its intellectual property rights through the selling of alleged knockoff drinkware products and related marketing that aims to cash in on the Austin, TX-based …

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PhishMe® Files Second Intellectual Property Enforcement Action Against Wombat Security Technologies, Inc.

LEESBURG, Virginia
PhishMe Inc., the leading provider of human-phishing defense solutions, announced today that it has filed a second patent infringement lawsuit against Wombat Security Technologies, Inc. (“Wombat”) in the United States …

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Qualcomm’s chairman calls out Apple for its iPhone chip royalty lawsuit

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/20/qualcomm-jacobs-calls-out-apple-for-its-iphone-chip-royalty-lawsuit.html“People want to get around, they see intellectual property as a cost in their billable materials, and they just want to pay less,” he said.

“But for us, we want to continue to drive technology forward, and importantly, we want to spread it across a …

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MU wins round in lawsuit with professor – Columbia Daily Tribune

http://www.columbiatribune.com/news/20170620/mu-wins-round-in-lawsuit-with-professorThe ruling doesn’t end Suppes’ legal battles with the university.

On Aug. 25, a trial will be held in a lawsuit dating to 2009 where Suppes and the university dispute claims to intellectual property.

Suppes has another lawsuit pending in federal court …

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Holdout J.Crew Lenders File New Lawsuit to Block Restructuring Bid

https://www.wsj.com/articles/holdout-j-crew-lenders-file-new-lawsuit-to-block-restructuring-bid-1498166484J.Crew Group Inc. lenders are asking a New York judge to block a restructuring transaction they say would move the retailer’s intellectual property, including its brands, beyond their reach.

Eaton Vance Management and Highland Capital Management LP …

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Arthur Andersen accuses Andersen Tax of forgery

https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/arthur-andersen-accuses-andersen-tax-of-forgeryIn the lawsuit, the French firm claimed that Andersen Tax acquired the trademarks from a company called SAW IP NA NV that was formed under the laws of Curacao and was liquidated in November 2010, “without any assets at the time of its liquidation …

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UPDATE: Environmental Lawsuits in the News

Green Advocates File Lawsuit Against Environmental Protection Agency and Trump Administration

http://kunm.org/post/green-advocates-file-lawsuit-against-environmental-protection-agency-and-trump-administrationThis is just another example of the Trump Administration working to undo Obama-era regulations, she said.

The lawsuit claims the EPA does not have the authority to pull the plug on the standards and that methane emissions expose people to adverse …

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Judge: Federal laws don’t shield Oregon from timber lawsuit

http://www.wallowa.com/wcc/capital-bureau/20170608/judge-federal-laws-dont-shield-oregon-from-timber-lawsuitFourteen counties and roughly 130 tax districts are involved in a $1.4 billion lawsuit that accuses Oregon’s government of insufficiently logging state forests.

A judge has ruled federal environmental statutes don’t shield the state from potential damages.

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Lawsuit challenges Forest Service project in Elkhorns

http://helenair.com/news/natural-resources/lawsuit-challenges-forest-service-project-in-elkhorns/article_b530e516-bf9f-56b5-89d9-4304a476af0d.htmlThe lawsuit argues that use of a categorical exclusion is inappropriate and the Forest Service should have completed further environmental analysis.

Specifically, the councils contend that the agency must consider cumulative impacts of the project in …

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Cayuga County Farm Bureau to county legislators: Don’t support lawsuit against DEC

http://auburnpub.com/news/local/cayuga-county-farm-bureau-to-county-legislators-don-t-support/article_9b39c382-d096-53cd-aae2-2bf2602c43e8.htmlEarthjustice, a nonprofit environmental law organization representing multiple advocacy groups, filed a complaint against the DEC in April regarding the state’s updated Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation permit for large farms operating in watersheds.

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Environmental groups try to block Montana mine expansion

WildEarth Guardians and the Montana Environmental Information Center say in their lawsuit that the U.S. Interior Department’s environmental review was shoddy, and argue the federal official who authorized the Spring Creek Mine expansion didn’t have the …

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Group sues Virginia environmental agency over pipeline permitting

http://www.richmond.com/news/group-sues-virginia-environmental-agency-over-pipeline-permitting/article_e782a890-1a30-544f-8e27-235273adcf42.htmlThe state can issue a certification for the Nationwide Permit 12 program only “if it can assure that the activities authorized by the corps permit will uphold state WQS (water-quality standards),” the lawsuit says.

“If the state cannot make this …

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Court of Appeals favors Saginaw residents in Dow Chemical dioxin lawsuit

http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/06/court_of_appeals_favors_sagina.htmlSAGINAW, MI
The Michigan Court of Appeals has favored property owners along the Tittabawassee River last week in a lawsuit nearly 15 years old.

Michigan environmental regulators reported that Dow Chemical’s dioxin pollution in the river in 2002 and …

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Trump’s EPA hit with lawsuit over suspension of oil- and gas-drilling rules

http://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/05/conservation-groups-sue-epa-over-stay-of-oil-and-gas-drilling-rules.htmlA group of conservation organizations sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday, saying the agency unlawfully suspended Obama-era rules to cut methane pollution.

The lawsuit is another sign that environmentalists intend to use the courts to …

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UPDATE: Environmental Lawsuits in the News

Utah reimbursed for Gold King Mine spill’s initial costs; lawsuit weighed

https://www.deseretnews.com/article/865676148/Utah-reimbursed-for-Gold-King-Mine-spills-initial-costs-lawsuit-weighed.htmlSALT LAKE CITY
State environmental regulators said Tuesday they have been fully compensated for their initial costs incurred during the response to the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, but a lawsuit against the federal government remains under consideration.

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US judge signs Peabody bankruptcy exit after environmental deal

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/20/us-judge-signs-peabody-bankruptcy-exit-after-environmental-deal.htmlA U.S. judge formally approved Peabody Energy’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy after the coal producer struck a settlement with the U.S. government.

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Judge to decide if environmental groups can intervene in coal-export lawsuit

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article138888458.htmlThe former Reynolds Metals smelter in Longview, Washington, is the proposed site for a new coal export terminal.

The terminal would create an additional 16 train trips a day – or eight round trips daily, according to the state Department of Ecology …

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Judge Rules Environmental Groups Can Intervene In Cascade-Siskiyou Lawsuit

http://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-environmental-groups-timber-industry-suit-cascade-siskiyou/A federal judge in Medford, Oregon, ruled Tuesday that several environmental groups can intervene in a lawsuit aimed at preventing the expansion the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in southern Oregon.

During his final days in office, President …

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This climate lawsuit the Trump administration doesn’t want to go to trial

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2017/03/09/this-climate-lawsuit-could-change-everything-no-wonder-the-trump-administration-doesnt-want-it-going-to-trial/The move allowed the case to join the ranks of climate lawsuits filed in other nations, which could upend the way environmental advocacy is conducted around the world.

Just last year, a court in the Netherlands ordered the Dutch government to cut …

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BNSF settles environmental lawsuit over coal car spills

http://www.railwayage.com/index.php/freight/class-i/bnsf-settles-environmental-lawsuit-over-coal-car-spills.htmlPuget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper and four other environmental groups brought a Clean Water Act lawsuit against BNSF for dust and spillage from open-top rail cars moving through the Pacific Northwest.

The Fort Worth-based railroad …

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Lawsuit claims poultry processor hurts Suwannee River

http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2017-03-09/lawsuit-claims-poultry-processor-hurts-suwannee-riverEnvironmental groups are filing a federal lawsuit claiming poultry processing is damaging the Suwannee River and causing violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

Environmental activists sued one of the world’s biggest poultry …

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SG Interests files libel lawsuit against environmental activist Kolbenschlag

http://www.postindependent.com/news/local/sg-interests-files-libel-lawsuit-against-environmental-activist/SG Interests, the energy company that held most of the Thompson Divide oil and gas leases canceled by the Bureau of Land Management last year, has filed a libel lawsuit against a Paonia-based environmental activist and consultant regarding a Facebook …

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Greens Threaten Lawsuits Over Rollback of Environmental Regs

https://morningconsult.com/2017/03/07/greens-threaten-lawsuits-rollback-environmental-regulations/Environmentalists warned on Tuesday they’re likely to sue the Trump administration over its anticipated efforts to roll back several key environmental regulations, as groups launch a new front of attack to preserve green-friendly rules signed by former …

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5 Tips To Avoid IP Lawsuits

5 Suggestion To Avoid IP Lawsuits
Intellectual property is commonly considered the lifeblood that makes a company tick and sets it apart from competitors …

5 Idea To Avoid Intellectual and Copyright Infringement Lawsuits
Law360, San Diego (November 20, 2015, 4:07 PM ET)– Intellectual property and copyright infringement lawsuits are commonly used to protect the lifeblood that makes a business tick and sets it …

Cleanup set for Superfund subdivision outside Klamath Falls

Cleanup set for Superfund subdivision outside Klamath Falls
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP)– A three-year cleanup of an asbestos-ridden class outside Klamath Falls is scheduled to start next August.

Widow of man who perished in Pacific near Port Orford sues owners, captain of fishing boat

Widow of man who died in Pacific near Port Orford takes legal action against owners, captain of fishing boat
The Lake Oswego widow of a guy who perished in a boat capsizing last January on the Oregon coast has filed a $9 million wrongful death suit against the owners and operator of the vessel. Dan Zai Self filed the suit today in Medford’s U.S. District Court on behalf of the estate of Albert G. Self, who went missing near Paradise Point State Park, near Port Orford. The captain of the Sea Hunt, Michael Fowler, was looking for some lost crab pots in rough browse on the afternoon of Jan. 25
Chicago Imam Called the ‘Billy Graham’ of Islam Hung on $1M Bond for Alleged Sexual Harassment
This is the 2nd major case of sexual assault against Mohammad Abdullah Saleem, 75, as well as as the previous case is still winding its way through the courts, the Imam now stands accused of the sexual assault of a minor. The new charges originate from the supposed abuse of a 14-year-old woman, starting back in 2001 and continuing till 2003, when the victim transferred to another state to continue her schooling. Saleem has been detained for this most current case and is being hung on a million-dollar bond.
Woman wins multi-million dollar suit after being hit by DASH motorist with risky record
The claim asserted ATC breached its duty by keeping D’Arcy on personnel in spite of several mishaps on her record. The filing asserts she had at least 3 …

Settlement of $211M reached in Gulf oil spill

Settlement of $211M reached in Gulf oil spill
The accident killed 11 employees and sent out oil spewing into the Gulf for 87 days. The almost $211.8 million settlement that Transocean reached with the …
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Ski lift company urges ski resorts to check lifts for flaws

Ski lift company prompts ski resorts to inspect lifts for flaws
PORTLAND, Main: A chairlift company is warning United States ski resorts to inspect their equipment in the aftermath of a weekend mishap that injured seven skiers in Maine.