United States

Barbara Grzincic

2nd Circuit revives copyright lawsuit against shuttered fashion website Polyvore

Apr 18 2019

Commercial photography service BWP Media will get another chance to prove that the former fashion-collage website Polyvore infringed its copyright on images of celebrities such as Ryan Gosling, Selena Gomez, Kim Kardashian and scores of others, a federal appeals court held on Wednesday.

Avoiding licensing fees not grounds for vicarious liability in copyright infringement case

Apr 17 2019

A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a jury’s verdicts of vicarious and willful copyright infringement against a financial-services consultant whose website developer uploaded three photos without obtaining a license for them.

Supreme Court lets New York, Illinois nuclear power subsidies stand

Apr 15 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away challenges to state-mandated subsidies for nuclear power generators, declining to hear certiorari petitions filed by Donald Verrilli on behalf of the Electric Power Supply Association.

Supreme Court to hear fight over standby wages for oil-rig workers

Apr 15 2019

An oil-rig roustabout and his former employer will square off Tuesday in the U.S. Supreme Court over the proper measure of overtime compensation for workers who spend two weeks at time on the massive offshore platforms.

Sale of contaminated buildings triggers ‘arranger’ liability under CERCLA – 8th Circ.

Apr 12 2019

Two affiliated manufacturing firms acted as “arrangers” of hazardous waste disposal by selling several buildings without telling the buyer that they contained pollutants or notifying the Environmental Protection Agency of the transfer, a federal appeals court held on Thursday.

Air-disaster law firm not entitled to crash photos, autopsy reports – judge

Apr 11 2019

A law firm representing plaintiffs in seven airplane-crash cases cannot force the National Transportation Safety Board to turn over crash-site photographs, autopsy reports, cellphone videos taken in a plane’s cockpit, or “pre-decisional” reports from investigations that the NTSB has completed, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday.

Trump, hunting groups shoot down challenge to elephant-trophy permits

Apr 10 2019

In a win for the Trump administration, the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International, a federal judge on Tuesday said that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can issue permits that allow individual hunters to import African elephant trophies without public notice or comment.

11th Circuit adopts ‘implied threat’ standard in FDCPA action against LVNV, debt collector

Apr 08 2019

Collection agencies may run afoul of consumer protection laws by offering to resolve a debt after the statute of limitations on it has expired, a federal appeals court held on Friday in a case of first impression for the circuit.

8th Circuit upholds FDIC use of public-private joint ventures

Apr 04 2019

The FDIC’s broad authority to take over failed banks and dispose of their assets includes the power to create a public-private joint venture and transfer the bank’s assets to it, a federal appeals court held on Thursday.

Bank of America’s reading of HOA lien law was right on the money - 9th Circuit

Apr 04 2019

A federal appeals court on Wednesday struck down a ruling that Bank of America’s $290,000 mortgage on a Nevada residence had been wiped out by a homeowners’ association foreclosure to recover less than $2,000 in unpaid dues.

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