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Whistleblower Reward Is $63.9 Million In JP Morgan Mortgage Fraud Case

A whistleblower will receive $63.9 million for providing information to the government that lead to a recovery.

Considerations to Filing Bankruptcy

Filing bankruptcy ought to just be thought about after the other options have been tired. Bear in mind the fact that a number of services for debt consolidation are in fact illegal and will cause you more issues. Keep the suggestions from this post in mind in order to make ideal financial decisions and keep away from debt.

Personal Bankruptcy And Harassing Creditors

Just about everyone who gets a little behind on their bills will get a friendly reminder call from a creditor. But once in awhile, those calls turn out to be not so friendly. While there are certain laws to protect the consumer from harassing calls at home and at work, not every debt collector plays by the rules.

Are Neutral Experts the Key to Complicated IP Litigation?

Judge Richard Posner is taking a novel approach to the upcoming patent litigation between Apple and Motorola. He is using court-appointed witnesses to explain complicated subject matter.

What Does Neil Young Have Against MP3s? Rock Legend Seeks Trademark for New Audio Format

Legendary rocker Neil Young reportedly does not like how his songs currently sound on his iPod. To remedy the problem, he is working on a new, high-resolution audio format to replace MP3s, as evidenced by several trademarks applications recently filed on his behalf.

Who Supervises the Property Management Company on a Triple Net Lease?

Real Estate Litigation lawyers should be aware of their client’s Property Management Company and what their responsibilities are in a Triple Net Lease and hold them accountable.

Federal Whistleblower Complaints Can Be Filed Online

Whistleblowers are now able to file certain complaints online. Whistleblower complaints that are overseen by OSHA can be filed online.

USPTO Issues Guidance to Patent Examiner in Wake of Prometheus Decision

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued a memorandum to its patent examiners regarding the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. The memorandum provides preliminary guidance to the Patent Examining Corps. in light of the Court’s decision, and also indicates that further guidance will be forthcoming.

Has Louis Vuitton Gone Too Far to Protect Its Trademark?

The intellectual property world is buzzing about the trademark dispute brewing between luxury brand Louis Vuitton and University of Pennsylvania Law School. Louis Vuitton recently sent a strongly worded cease and desist letter demanding that the school remove posters advertising the Pennsylvania Intellectual Property Group’s (PIRG) annual symposium on fashion law because the posters "misappropriated and modified" Vuitton's trademarked monogram design.

The California Coastal Commission Reviews Fracking Along the California Coast

Whether the California Coastal Commission Eventually Regulates Fracking On the Outer Continental Shelf Will Have More to Do with Federalism than Science

Vesting of Contingent Compensation in Pay or Played Television Director Agreement

One of the issues in negotiating director agreements in television is whether contingent compensation provision applies in situations where a director is pay or played off a film. The question becomes will the director be entitled to any portion of the negotiated contingent compensation since she has been terminated and is no longer with the project.

U.S. Gymnasts Are Not the First “Fab Five”

If the U.S. women’s Olympic team wants to capitalize on their gold medal win, they may need to hire an experienced trademark attorney. The group’s famous nickname—the Fab Five—is already trademarked by NBA player Jalen Rose.

Elder Abuse Hurts Families

The cycle of violence is hard to break. Problems can occur when a child that was abused becomes the caregiver for the parent that did the abusing. Elder abuse can be the result when a child that was abused is forced to take care of a parent later in life.

Whistleblower False Claims Case Settles for $6.5 Million

A $6.5 million dollar settlement has been reached in a federal whistleblower lawsuit. There were allegations that a military contractor had submitted inflated bills to the government.

China Leads the World in Patent Filing

China was the world’s top patent filer for 2011, according to a new Thompson Reuters report. The significant uptick is attributed to the country’s desire to transform from a "made in China" to a "designed in China" market.

Workers' Compensation Dependents

Not everybody is entitled to survivor benefit. Individuals who might be thought about dependents for the purposes of workers' compensation death benefits are specified in Labor Code. It enumerates two classifications of people who might certify as dependents: (1) those who are good-faith members of the departed staff member's family or family, and (2) those with specified marital, blood or embraced relationships with the decedent.

Copyright FAQ: What Is a “Useful Article?”

In a recent copyright infringement case involving Batman’s famous ride, the Batmobile, a U.S. federal judge ruled that the famous car was protected under the Copyright Act because it possessed non-functional artistic elements that could be separated from the utilitarian aspect of the automobile.

Six California Residents Arrested For Financial Elder Abuse Scams

Six California residents have been arrested for scams that targeted senior citizens. The suspects were arrested in southern California.

Three Convictions in Medicare Fraud Case

A federal jury recently convicted three people on charges related to Medicare fraud. The fraud took place during the time frame of 2006 - 2011. The defendants in the case operated a durable medical goods company out of the Los Angeles area.

Premises Liability Claims in California: What Do You Need to Do if You Are Injured in a Retail Store

Shopping in a store is usually enjoyable and fairly uneventful, but, what happens if you get hurt in a mall or box store like Home Depot? If you are injured due to a dangerous condition on the property such as a slippery floor or merchandise stacked wrong that falls down on you, there are things you should do immediately to protect any claims you may later assert for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering related to the incident.

Patent FAQ: Is My Invention Patentable?

A patent is a valuable property right because it excludes others from “making, using, offering for sale, or selling your invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States” for a certain period of time. However, before embarking on the patent process, the first step is determine if your invention can indeed be patented.

Unpublished Authors and The Battle Against Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is a hot topic in the entertainment industry and I have worked on my fair share of cases on this issue. Having testified for both Plaintiffs and Defendants, successful and not so successful writers, the published and the unpublished, the questions remain the same - don’t all authors deserve copyright protection?

Rock Legend Seeks Trademark for New Audio Format

What Does Neil Young Have Against MP3s? Legendary rocker Neil Young reportedly does not like how his songs currently sound on his iPod. To remedy the problem, he is working on a new, high-resolution audio format to replace MP3s, as evidenced by several trademarks applications recently filed on his behalf.

Talking to your Kids About Divorce

Divorce can affect your children, both at the time of the divorce and in the future. Emotional effects can include conditions such as anger, depression and fear. Since divorce can greatly influence your children, it’s important to talk to them and help them cope.

Taxpayer Standing Can Provide a Bulwark Against Government Overreach in California

In California any taxpayer can bring a lawsuit to stop the implementation of a law that she believes is unconstitutional provided that she is a resident taxpayer of the area affected and public funds will be spent to implement the challenged law.

Disagreement About Handling of California Caregiver Abuse Cases

Long -term care advocates and officials disagreed at a recent Assembly hearing.

Strong v. Weak Trademarks: How to Tell the Difference

Strong trademarks are so distinctive that it is easy to prevent a third-party from using the mark. It is subsequently less difficult to both register and defend these trademarks. In contrast, “weak” trademarks are often descriptive and/or already used by others to describe their goods or services. As a result, weak trademarks are difficult to legally protect.

The Importance of Writing Good Legal Content

What is Good Legal Content? Good Legal Content is content that serves two purposes, one it gains the attention of the reader, hopefully one who is a potential client. The content gives them enough information and intrigues them enough to make them want to contact your office for more information, or better yet a consultation.

Addressing The Seventh Circuit’s Concerns Regarding Consumer Surveys in Litigation

In the course of affirming the district court’s decision in Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC v. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc., 2013 WL 6017396, Judge Posner went a step further. While upholding the injunction, he ended his assessment with some comments “for future reference” when it comes to consumer surveys offered to demonstrate consumer confusion in support of a trademark infringement claim

Survivor Death Benefits

The death of an injured worker does not influence the liability of the employer for payment of benefits. If an employee dies as a result of an industrial injury, a company’s liability for momentary or irreversible disability terminates, but the employer remains liable for various other benefits.

Los Angeles Assisted Living Facility Held Responsible for Injuries of Resident

A Los Angeles County assisted living facility has been ordered by a judge to pay a woman who was injured by a fall.

Fair Use in Trademarks

Unlike copyrights, the defense of fair use in trademark law is relatively new and not as developed.

Preserving Evidence after a Motorcycle Accident

Just because a motorcyclist is injured or sustains property damage due to someone else’s negligence and thinks he’s entitled to recover, it doesn’t mean that he will. The injured party must prove his case whether in the early stages of the claim or ultimately at trial. If you’re not careful, some things can slip through the cracks.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals to Decide a Major Occupational Licensing Case

Appeals lawyers assess Underwood v. Mackay - whether occupational licensing applicants must submit to all licensing procedures and be denied a license before they can challenge the constitutionality of those procedures in court.

Shelby County v. Holder and the Constitutionality of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act

Appeals Lawyers Analyze Shelby County v. Holder and the Constitutionality of Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.

The High Cost of Being Injured in San Francisco

The cost of medical care rendered to seriously injured accident victims in San Francisco is tremendous, especially given the high cost of treatment at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH), to which seriously injured patients are brought by ambulance, and the fact that SFGH and its physician group balance bill the patient for whatever their insurance does not cover.

Who Qualifies as a Dependent for Workers' Compensation Death Benefits?

Determining who qualifies as a dependent for workers' compensation death benefits can be a complicated issue.

Can You Patent a Tattoo? Nokia Says Yes

Patents and patent applications are often the first indicators that a new technology or product is on the horizon. This may be the case with Nokia’s recent patent application for a vibrating tattoo.

Do I Make Too Much Money to Apply For Bankruptcy According to the Bankrutpcy Means Test?

To determine who can file for bankruptcy the court uses what is called the Means Test. The Means test determines who is qualified to file chapter 7 bankruptcy, and who needs to file chapter 13 bankruptcy.

Will EU Ruling on Copyright Protection for Software Impact U.S. Litigation?

The Court of Justice of the European Union recently confirmed that computer functions are not eligible for copyright protection. While the decision is clearly a win for the software industry and its reliance on reverse engineering, its impact on U.S. copyright litigation remains to be seen.

Scammers Offering Free Initial Services Target Seniors for Financial Elder Abuse

In California, senior citizens have been a target for con-artists and scammers. A recent scam has affected seniors in the state and officials want the public to be aware of the scam. This scam has been called the "free inspection scam."

Health Care Industry the Target in Whistleblower Lawsuits

The United States Department of Justice has provided the public with some information regarding recent whistleblower cases. In one of the cases there have been allegations made against Health Management Associates.

The Unfortunate Rise of Civil Asset Forfeiture

The rise of civil asset forfeiture as a means of increasing government revenues.

Trademark FAQ: What Is Dilution?

As we mentioned last week, trademark owners can protect their intellectual property by bringing a trademark infringement action. This post highlights another valuable legal tool—an action for trademark dilution.

California Cities Can’t Avoid Constitutional Liability for A Taking by Dissolving their Redevelopment Agencies

For years local redevelopment agencies were the bane of private property rights in California. Until recently these agencies were clothed with the power to seize private homes through eminent domain and then give that property to private developers like Costco or Wal-Mart, all in the name of community development.

What Do I Do If There Is A Warrant Out For My Arrest?

It may seem as though you are standing at the edge of a cliff and are getting ready to fall off, or maybe the feeling you are getting is one of claustrophobia, or something much worse. When the biggest concern on your mind is “what do I do if I have a warrant of arrest” issued for me, the first response should be to find a good lawyer and get some help.

Do I Need a Lawyer for My Criminal Case?

Criminal charges are defined as charges brought against someone for an illegal act or an act flouting society's rules. There are instances, however, when innocent people are charged for something they don't understand. Do I need a lawyer usually follows the question "what did I do"? The second question should be given some thought, because the definition of criminal charges has wide latitude. To hire a lawyer well versed in criminal law could result in dismissal of charges.

What Should I Do if I Can’t Afford to Make the Bail in My Case?

Over two thirds of present inmates and people locked up right now in the United States are those awaiting trial, not convicted criminals. Many of these people are locked up because they can’t afford to bail or they have no means to pay bail. A bail amount is the amount of money to be paid to secure that the accused will return to trial, and failure many times results in imprisonment in a justice system that embraces the term “innocent until proven guilty”.

Stealing Employees in California

California law protects the right of employees to change employment, and of competitors to hire one another’s employees. Hence a former employee or a competitor may hire your employees. What they can’t do, however, is steal your employees. This article explains the difference.

$48 Million Settlement in Medicare Fraud Case

A California based nursing home operator has agreed to pay $48 million dollars in a settlement related to two whistleblower lawsuits.



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