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Panama Papers law firm sues Netflix for libel over portrayal in Meryl Streep film

Updated: The hacked Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and its two name partners have sued Netflix for libel over their portrayal in the film The Laundromat.

The lawsuit claims…

Afternoon Briefs: Sentence in killing of tax lawyer; SCOTUS lawyers get 2 uninterrupted minutes

Former city council member sentenced for killing his tax attorney

An 84-year-old former city council member in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was sentenced to 55 years in prison Thursday for killing…

Lawyer sanctioned for repeated deposition objections, ‘prolonged and unnecessary argument’

A federal magistrate judge in New York has sanctioned a lawyer and his client because of the lawyer’s repeated objections during a deposition.

ABA amicus brief urges SCOTUS to rule willfulness isn’t required to award trademark profits

The ABA filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday that urges the justices to rule that judges may award profits for trademark infringement without the need to show willful infringement.

‘Taco Tuesday’ too common for LeBron James to trademark, US patent office says

On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied Los Angeles Lakers basketball player LeBron James’ attempt to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.”

Afternoon Briefs: Judge says state violated ADA; Notorious B.I.G.’s sampling is fair use, court says

Mississippi violated ADA in its treatment of people with mental illness, judge says

U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled this week that Mississippi’s failure to provide community-based mental health care…

Afternoon Briefs: Ex-White House counsel acquitted; lawyer pleads guilty in alleged attack on colleague

Former White House counsel is acquitted on false-statement charge

Federal jurors on Wednesday acquitted former White House counsel Greg Craig on a charge of making false statements to the government…

Afternoon Briefs: First Step Act frees crack cocaine offender; judge vacates port-of-entry asylum rule

A San Antonio man sentenced to life in prison for dealing crack cocaine has been freed under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform measure that reduces…

Founder of The Slants talks about the band’s free-speech fight

When Simon Tam booked the first gig for The Slants, the band did not technically have any other members yet. Eleven years later, the all-Asian American band faced a larger obstacle: Winning a free-speech case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Afternoon Briefs: Bar associations battle over trademark; New Jersey judge rebuked over rape case

Even though the Association of Trial Lawyers of America changed its name to the American Association for Justice in 2006, the Washington, D.C.-based bar association is suing the California-based…

Ban on scandalous trademarks violates First Amendment, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Lanham Act's ban on immoral or scandalous trademarks violates the First Amendment because it disfavors certain ideas.

Bud Light ads can’t mention rival beers and corn syrup without these qualifying words

A federal judge in Madison, Wisconsin, is barring Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Bud Light, from running advertisements that fail to give context to its ad claims about rival MillerCoors’ Miller…

Dentist may pursue infringement case over cribbed before-and-after smile photos, 11th Circuit says

Copyright Law

This is not your father’s firm; suit pits dad against son over right to use first and last name

A personal injury law firm in South Carolina founded by George Sink Sr. contends in a federal lawsuit that Sink’s son, George Sink Jr., has no right to use the…

After ‘aloha’ restaurant dispute, Hawaii pushes to protect cultural intellectual property

“Aloha” means hello and goodbye and signifies love, compassion and kindness. Since last year, the Hawaiian word also has been legally connected to poke, a bowl of diced raw fish.

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