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Barbara Grzincic

IN BRIEF: Assistant principal’s resignation was voluntary: 7th Circuit

Oct 18 2019

An Indiana high school superintendent did not fire an assistant principal by telling her it was “in her best interest” to resign and preparing a letter of resignation for her, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held on Friday.

Judge vacates ACA rule’s extension to transgender, abortion rights

Oct 18 2019

A federal judge in Texas on Tuesday invalidated protections for transgender health- and abortion-related services under a 2016 rule interpreting the Affordable Care Act, but left open the possibility of further challenges based on a civil rights law that is currently under Supreme Court review.

IN BRIEF: Fed Circuit hits replay on patent-infringement suit against Sirius XM

Oct 17 2019

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday revived a patent-infringement lawsuit against Sirius XM Radio filed by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, a Munich-based research nonprofit, regarding technology used in satellite transmissions.

IN BRIEF: Wal-Mart, pregnancy-discrimination plaintiffs ink $14 mln settlement

Oct 16 2019

Wal-Mart Stores Inc has agreed to pay $14 million to settle a potential nationwide class action alleging that it discriminated against pregnant women by refusing to offer “light duty” assignments for their medical conditions under a national policy the retailer changed in March 2014.

Fed Circuit serves up mixed win in second helping of soup-display patent fight

Oct 16 2019

A federal appeals court on Tuesday affirmed a ruling for a display-rack manufacturer in a patent dispute with the Campbell Soup Company, but sent the case back to the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board with instructions to consider additional challenges that Campbell’s has raised against the patent.

IN BRIEF: Songwriters hope to shake off loss in copyright suit against Taylor Swift

Oct 14 2019

Two songwriters will seek to convince the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday to revive their copyright infringement lawsuit against Taylor Swift over the refrain in her 2014 pop hit, “Shake It Off.”

Claim Google allowed a suspected counterfeiter to continue advertising may proceed

Oct 14 2019

A federal judge in New Jersey on Thursday narrowed a consumer-products company’s patent, copyright and trademark infringement lawsuit against Google LLC, but declined to dismiss it outright or to compel arbitration.

IN BRIEF: 7th Circuit orders discovery in privacy-rights case against Groupon

Oct 10 2019

A federal judge in Illinois must determine whether a complaint against Groupon under the state’s Right of Privacy law meets the diversity requirements of the Class Action Fairness Act, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Wednesday.

IN BRIEF: Fed Circuit shuts down Actavis generic for Horizon’s osteoarthritis drug

Oct 10 2019

Actavis Laboratories UT cannot offer a generic version of Horizon Pharma’s Pennsaid 2% serum until one of the patents on it expires, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held Thursday.

Zimmer Biomet beats former manager’s appeal of defamation ruling

Oct 10 2019

Medical-device maker Biomet did not defame a former employee by including his name on a Restricted Parties List it was required to compile and distribute as part of a 2012 deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, a federal appeals court held on Tuesday.

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