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On Tap: Beer Distribution Rights

There’s trouble, right here in River City. Earlier this month, the Institute of Justice and three Texas-based breweries filed a complaint in Travis County against the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, claiming the state’s forcing of brewers to give up their distribution or territorial rights to distributors is unconstitutional.

Per the complaint, prior to 2013, brewers […]

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Paper Chase: Failure to Follow Rule 34

As Judge Paul S. Grewal stated in his order re: motion to compel in Venture Corporation LTD, et al., v. James P. Barrett, while many law professionals may not be familiar with the more obscure Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (ex: Stenographic Transcript as Evidence), they should know Rule 34 well. Such was not the […]

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Wait, Wait, Don’t Pay Them: Amazon Employees Lose Suit

‘Twas a few weeks before Christmas, when … the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor of the employer in Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, et al. The court ruled earlier this week that the temp agency did not have to compensate Amazon warehouse employees for their wait time for anti-theft security screening at the […]

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Posthumous Patents: The Legacy of Steve Jobs

Though Steve Jobs passed away in 2011, he is still very much present — especially in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Per a recent article in MIT Technology Review, Jobs has posthumously won 141 patents, with many more yet to be considered.

The Review states that a large number of these patents “reflect Apple’s […]

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A Strong False-Advertising Lawsuit? Not Eggsactly

Like many this week, you may be consuming turkey sandwiches, turkey soup and more. If you’re spreading mayo on that sandwich, a false advertising lawsuit whipped up by Unilever may be of interest. The maker of Hellmann’s Mayonnaise has brought suit against competitor Hampton Creek Foods and its egg-less mayo.

According to attorney Jonathan Pollard, […]

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A Penalties Feast: U.S. Justice Dept. Hits Record

The Holidays are a time of Thanks and the DOJ has a lot to be thankful for this season: In fiscal year 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice collected a record $24.7 billion in penalties from fraud and other cases. According to a Reuters report, this total trounced 2013’s $8 billion and 2012’s $13 […]

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