9th Circ. Won't Undo Airline Price-Fixing Settlement Payout
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The Ninth Circuit affirmed an order granting attorney fees and a secondary distribution of a $104 million settlement in a long-running airline price-fixing case, finding the objectors who claimed the funds were wrongly sent to those who already got their first-round share lacked standing to challenge the order.  ..read more
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6th Circ. Rules Copyright Law Is For 'Dull' Stuff, Too
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The top appeals court judge at the Sixth Circuit has issued a precedential opinion insisting that "all manner of works," even stuff that's boring and "run-of-the-mine," can be protected by copyright law, affirming a judgment that stuck a business with more than $1 million in damages and fees for copying the terms and conditions used by a car-dealer loyalty program ..read more
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Textron, DJI End Texas Drone Patent Case After $279M Verdict
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A Texas federal judge has signed off on a notice by Textron Innovations Inc. and Chinese aerospace company SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd. that they've agreed to dismiss a case in which DJI was found to have infringed Textron's drone patents and told to pay $279 million last year — the fourth-largest patent damages award of 2023 ..read more
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Brazilian Airline Approved For Ch. 11 Loan Worth $1B
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GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes SA received final bankruptcy court approval Wednesday for a debtor-in-possession financing package that has grown to $1 billion after achieving consensus with creditors that previously objected to the package ..read more
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9th Circ. Says DOL Could Use Other Region's Data For Wages
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The Ninth Circuit said the U.S. Department of Labor could use data for a higher-paid Nevada region when it sorted out prevailing wages in the state, turning down a bid by three construction industry-related organizations to consider geographic limitations for wages ..read more
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What's At Stake In Pending Fed. Circ. Design Patent Test Case
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The full Federal Circuit recently heard argument in LKQ v. GM Global, a case concerning patent obviousness in the aftermarket for auto parts; the court's decision will likely influence how design patents are obtained, enforced and challenged, and affect the broader innovation ecosystem, says Larry DeMeo at Hunton ..read more
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Alaska Airlines Says Religion Didn't Factor Into Worker Firings
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Alaska Airlines urged a Washington federal judge to toss two Christian flight attendants' claims that they were pushed out of work due to bias against their religious beliefs by the company and their union, saying they were actually fired because they expressed their beliefs in a discriminatory manner ..read more
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​​​​​​​Fiat Says Drivers Can't 'Pick And Choose' Warranty Terms
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A putative class of Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep vehicle owners cannot hold Fiat Chrysler to a promise of lifetime free repairs when the customers failed to hold up their end of the bargain, the automaker argued Wednesday at a hearing in Michigan federal court, asserting that the drivers failed to get required inspections ..read more
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NC Biz Court Pares Feud Over Costly City Streetcar Expansion
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The North Carolina Business Court narrowed a general contractor's $115 million lawsuit against the city of Charlotte stemming from a streetcar line construction project, saying the city isn't immune but that a swath of claims were otherwise filed too late ..read more
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Pair Can't Sue Over Crash Caused By Chase, Ga. Court Says
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The Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought against the state's Department of Public Safety by a married couple who alleged a state trooper's reckless disregard for safety during a high-speed pursuit resulted in a crash that injured the husband ..read more
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