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Southern Stories: A Quick Lesson in Evidence and Changes of Venue

This week a Florida judge in the case concerning the shooting of Trayvon Martin ruled that details about Martin’s possible marijuana use and suspensions from school could not be used in opening statements, despite the defense’s contention that the drug use and suspensions made it more likely that George Zimmerman shot Martin in self-defense.

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Can a Biotech Company Own Your Genes?

Can a Biotech Company Own Your Genes?

Yesterday Angelina Jolie revealed in a brave and candid op-ed in the New York Times that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy earlier this year after discovering that she carried a “faulty” gene that placed her at an increased risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The faulty genes referenced in Ms. Jolie’s article are called BRCA1 and BRCA2 and are currently a source of dispute in the medical research community. Ms. Jolie’s article comes in the wake of oral argument last month before the Supreme Court in Association for Molecular Pathology, et al. v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al. (Docket 12-398) regarding the right to patent the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.

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What Are the “Cool Kids” Wearing? A Brand With A Lot of Potential Liability On Its Hands

What Are the “Cool Kids” Wearing? A Brand With A Lot of Potential Liability On Its Hands

Abercrombie & Fitch’s CEO Mike Jeffries and his controversial comments from a 2006 Salon article are back in the hot seat. Jeffries told the magazine, “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids…”

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Update: The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, 100 Years Later, and the TSCA: Responsibility as Opportunity

On May 3, 2013, we reported on the Bangladesh garment factory collapse at Rana Plaza and its connections to the Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911. Since then, the Rana Plaza tragedy has deepened as the death toll has soared to over 1,000, placing it among the worst workplace disasters in history

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Copyright Infringement: a Novel Song

Copyright Infringement: a Novel Song

This month is less than half over and already, two well-known works have been subject to different lawsuits dealing with copyright issues.

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, 100 Years Later, and the TSCA: Responsibility as Opportunity

On March 25, 1911, 148 garment workers, mostly poor, Jewish and Italian immigrant women, died in a catastrophic fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s factory in New York City. More than one hundred years later, in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh which killed at least 386 people, and a fire at the Tazreen Fashion factory in the capital city of Dhaka last year which killed 100 people, garment workers’ safety and working conditions clearly remain of serious concern.

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Warner Bros. vs. Universal Pictures vs. Dead Man: Bourne Identity Edition

Warner Bros. vs. Universal Pictures vs. Dead Man: Bourne Identity Edition

Have you ever wondered what Jason Bourne would have looked like if The Bourne Identity had been made in 1980? No? Well, Warner Brothers probably wonders. In 1981, the film rights to Robert Ludlum’s 1980 spy novel, The Bourne Identity, were acquired by Winwood/Glen Productions (WGP), owned by Anthony Lazzarino and Henry Morrison. WGP sold the rights to Warner Bros’s predecessor Orion Pictures in exchange for a 3.75% interest and presentation credit.

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Public Interest Law Group Claims Dry Cleaning Underwear is Necessary Litigation Expense

Public Interest Law Group Claims Dry Cleaning Underwear is Necessary Litigation Expense

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) the domain of what is “necessary” for litigation includes dry cleaning underwear and so much more. In the past, the SPLC has fought courageous battles which have helped end discriminatory, violent, and demeaning practices by community organizations, county payroll departments, and vigilantes. Yet, the SPLC today bears a poor resemblance to its former self, seemingly embodying a culture of greed and excess more than one of devotion to a just cause.

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You Stole My Idea!

You Stole My Idea!

What if you are a writer and come up with your own completely original take on the island castaways theme, share it with some friends, one of whom happens to be a television producer, and then a few years later you see your idea is a new Fall season pilot on a major broadcast network? Do you have a claim?

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Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, LP: Employers Must Pay Piece-Rate Employees Minimum Wage for Waiting Time

Gonzalez v. Downtown LA Motors, LP: Employers Must Pay Piece-Rate Employees Minimum Wage for Waiting Time

The California Court of Appeal filed an opinion earlier this month that confirms employers’ obligation to pay a separate hourly minimum wage to any automotive service technician compensated on a “piece-rate” basis for time spent waiting for vehicles to repair or performing other non-repair tasks directed by the employer.

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