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Patent trading exchange debuts first offering

The newly-launched financial market for buying and selling intellectual property rights has debuted its first offering — a portfolio of more than 600 patents covering organic LED lightbulbs owned by Philips. The Chicago-headquartered Intellectual Property Exchange International (IPXI) aims to ...

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Justices: High cost no bar to class arbitration waiver

Supreme-Court

WASHINGTON — Plaintiffs cannot avoid a contractual waiver of class arbitration on the ground that the cost of individually arbitrating their claims exceeds their potential recovery, the U.S. Supreme Court has held in a divided ruling.

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Privacy ruling forces lawyers to handle DMV data with care

Four of South Carolina’s most prominent trial lawyers are facing potential liability for millions of dollars in damages in the wake of Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to broaden the protections afforded personal information compiled by state departments ...

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FAIR HOUSING ACT

Are disparate impact claims cognizable under the Fair Housing Act? See “Does Fair Housing Act permit disparate impact claims?” Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, No. 11-1507. Certiorari granted: June 17, 2013. Ruling below: 658 F.3d 375 ...

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Can airline be sued for employee’s statement about dangerous pilot?

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Air Wisconsin could be sued for defamation after a manager reported that a disgruntled pilot had just been fired and might be armed, mentally unstable and traveling as a passenger on ...

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Attorneys can’t get driver information to solicit clients, justices rule

cars

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the litigation exception to a federal privacy law did not allow four South Carolina trial attorneys to obtain the personal information of drivers for the “predominant purpose” of soliciting new clients for consumer ...

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