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Supreme Court Ruling on Disparaging Trademark Name Case

Aug 2017 09

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that words may be registered as trademarks in the United States Trademark Office even if the words are offensive and disparaging. A federal law that prohibited registration of offensive or disparaging words as…

Texas Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Wrongful Death Case Against Oilfield Drilling Contractor

Mar 2017 13

The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that may have important consequences for oilfield workers. A drilling contractor working at a remote location refused to put a bunkhouse on its drill site so that its crews could rest on site. Instead,…

Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Trademark Case

Jan 2017 19

1/19/17 - UPDATE - The United States Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a case that will probably determine whether the Washington Redskins football club will be allowed to re-register “Redskins” as its federal trademark.

Ohio Federal Jury Awards $10.5 Million in Punitive Damages Against Dupont

Jan 2017 05

An Ohio federal jury has awarded $10.5 million in punitive damages in a case involving cancer caused by dumping chemicals into the Ohio River. An Ohio man brought suit against chemical giant, DuPont, showing that, for decades, the company had dumped an…

Trial Judge Reduces Jury’s Punitive Damages Award

Jan 2017 05

The federal judge who presided over trial against Johnson & Johnson has now reduced the $1 billion punitive damage award by nearly one-half, to approximately $510 million.

Oregon Supreme Court rules witness to injury or death of family member can bring suit

Dec 2016 31

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a person who witnesses injury to or death of a family member caused by the negligence of another may bring suit to recover money damages for serious emotional distress caused by the event.

$21 Million Judgment in Pipeline Explosion Being Appealed

Dec 2016 07

A man working at a Texas oil storage facility was killed and several of his co-workers were seriously injured when a pipeline on which they were working exploded because the storage company that owned the pipeline had not cleared the line of dangerous…

Federal Jury Awards More Than $1 Billion in Case Involving Artificial Hips

Dec 2016 05

A federal jury in Dallas has entered a verdict of $1.04 billion dollars against the giant pharmaceutical corporation, Johnson & Johnson, in favor of six patients with artificial hips that were manufactured by a subsidiary of the corporation.

Update To Important Trademark Case In Supreme Court

Nov 2016 17

The nation’s largest attorney organization, the American Bar Association, has submitted a brief to the United Stated Supreme Court in a case that may determine whether Washington’s NFL team can continue to register the name “Redskins” as its trademark.

Briefing Begins in Case Affecting Washington Redskins Trademark

Nov 2016 14

The United States Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in a case that will affect the “Redskins” trademark used by the Washington team in the National Football League. In 2014, the U.S. Trademark Office cancelled the football team’s trademark at the…