Category Archives: Trial Courts

Federal or State Jurisdiction in Tax Exempt Challenge?

Should federal regulations and engaging in “foreign” company management defeat a plaintiff’s attempt to keep a challenge to tax exempt status in state court? That is the question Judge Joy Flowers Conti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania must answer. The City of Pittsburgh has challenged the tax exempt status […]

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Always Make Sure to Comply With A Judge’s Order

The prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky criminal case has accused the defense of failing to comply with the Judge’s order relating to subpoenas. The Judge designed his order to keep the identities of Mr. Sandusky’s victims confidential, and the prosecution alleges that the defense is using the subpoenas to get around the gag order, revealing […]

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Hasboro v. Asus: The Transformer Wars

Rarely does a court have an opportunity to be creative and take full advantage of such an opportunity. The court in the above referenced case did not disappoint. For more on the toy v. computer battle, read here. Thanks, and kudos, to our friends over at Gizmodo for posting this one.

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Make Sure Your Content Is Relevant…

Much of what I do, right now, is in the employment law field. This caution, therefore, hits somewhat close to home. For those of us who like to write and research, always, always make sure you include only relevant content in your filings. According to this story from the American Bar Association, a federal judge […]

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Jury Rules Against Mattel in Doll Case

April 21, 2011 – It is not often you get a guy to pay attention to a case involving dolls. But this case has piqued my interest. Earlier today, a federal jury in California found that Mattel misappropriated trade secrets belonging to MGA Entertainment. These trade secrets involved the sale, manufacturing, marketing, and selling of […]

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