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March 2015
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Musicians Ordered to Pay Millions for “Blurred Lines”

Last week, a jury in California ordered musicians Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to pay $7.4 million total forcopyright damages plus profits attributable to infringement. Both escaped statutory damages as the infringement was found not to be willful. The copyright infringement was for their song “Blurred Lines,” which the court found to be improperly drawn Read More

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Severance Agreements and Employment Termination

What is a Severance Agreement? A severance agreement is a contract between an employer and employee that sets out the terms of termination of employment. It is also known as a “separation” or “termination” agreement. What Does a Severance Agreement Look Like? A severance agreement can look like a typical contract or it can be Read More

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California Court Upholds Dismissal of Transportation Case

The U.S. Court of Appeals in the Ninth Circuit upheld a prior dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the California Construction Trucking Association (CCTA) against the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) diesel engine emissions regulations. The judges in the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the case based on a lack of Read More

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Seeing Both Sides of the Minimum Wage Debate

On July 1, California’s minimum wage went from $8 an hour to $9. Just days later, the San Diego City Council voted to raise the city’s minimum wage and mandated that companies give employees five sick days each year. It isn’t just San Diego–San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Richmond are pondering similar hikes. With so Read More

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Macy’s Tries to Win Back Trademarks in California Court

Macy’s Department Stores has been purchasing a multitude of other stores over the last few years, including Marshall Field’s, Filene’s, Abraham & Strauss, and Jordan Marsh. Many of these stores were rebranded as Macy’s regional stores, but a lawsuit filed by the company in California says that a rival company has infringed upon thetrademarks of Read More

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