Can Gingrich Emerge a ‘Survivor’ in “Eye of the Tiger” Copyright Infringement Case?

GOP candidate Newt Gingrich and his campaign were sued for copyright infringement in federal court yesterday for reportedly playing the band Survivor‘s “Eye of the Tiger” song at Gingrich campaign events, but without obtaining rights to do so (Read the lawsuit below). Plaintiff Rude Music, Inc. is a music publishing company created by Survivor band member Frank M. Sullivan, III,

FDA Scientists & Doctors: Agency Read Our Personal Emails For Alerting Public About Medical Device Safety

A lawsuit filed by current and former employees of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration charges that the agency accessed and spied on their personal e-mail accounts after scientists and doctors alerted Congress and the media that certain radiation-emitting computer detection devices may not be safe or effective. The lawsuit filed by scientists and doctors charges that nine FDA employees

Facebook IPO Legal Docs Being Filed Next Week: Report

Facebook is readying its initial public offering (IPO) by preparing an S-1 registration statement for filing with the S.E.C. next week, and is said to be anticipating a $75 – $100 billion valuation for the social networking giant. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, unnamed sources maintain that Morgan Stanely is likely to be chosen as the

Writer’s Weekly Picks

Our Daily Opinion Summaries writers chose these cases to highlight this week. From the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, we have In Re FEMA Trailers Formaldehyde Products Liability Litigation (1/23/12). This case is about the “toxic trailers” issued by FEMA in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Plaintiffs sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act for

Facebook, Washington State Lawsuits Charge Adscend Media with ‘Likejacking’ Affiliate Marketing Spam

Facebook and Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna filed lawsuits today (see below) accusing affiliate marketer Adscend Media, LLC along with company co-founders Jeremy Bash and Fehzan Ali of engaging in ‘likejacking’ a/k/a ‘clickjacking’ to deceive and trick users into giving out their personal information. “Likejacking” describes the sleazy practice of tricking Facebook users into clicking a Facebook “Like” button

Retired Players Battle the NFL on Eve of Super Bowl

Some football players consider concussions to be part of the game, much like sprains, strains, and other common football injuries. When the San Francisco 49ers benefitted from a collision that sent New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas out with a concussion, its players characterized the hit as an effective way to send a message. However, when an opposing team

Hidden Phone Antenna Patent Among Many in New Motorola Lawsuit Against Apple

Don’t the patent wars involving Apple, Samsung, and Motorola Mobility feel like they’re being waged almost daily? Motorola Mobility filed the latest salvo with a new patent infringement lawsuit against Apple in a Florida federal court (see below). The new case accuses Apple of, among other things, violating its patent for a "Receiver Having Concealed External Antenna." Motorola Mobility claims

Supreme Court: Warrantless GPS Tracking Violates 4th Amendment

The Supreme Court ruled today that the government cannot use warrantless GPS tracking devices because doing so violates a suspect’s Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted search and seizure. Writing for the Court, Justice Scalia held: that the Government’s installation of a GPS device on a target’s vehicle, and its use of that device to monitor the vehicle’s movements, constitutes a

Silicon Valley’s Most Embarassing HR Antitrust Case Begets a Class-Action

You would think that Silicon Valley giants would compensate their employees well, support their professional growth, and know that a time will come when they leave for greener pastures. C-level execs at Apple, Google, Adobe, Pixar, Intel, Intuit, and Lucasfilm apparently thought, acted, and communicated differently, however, according to newly revealed legal documents in an employee class-action lawsuit (see below).

Writer’s Weekly Picks

Here’s a round-up of interesting cases from this week, as reported by our Daily Opinion Summary writers. From the US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, Ochoa v. Workman, which looked at the Atkins standard of mental retardation in a capital case. In that case, the petitioner argued that the trial court erred in applying the Atkins test to