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An Unexpected Outcome of Legalized Pot - Part I

MGM just filed a trademark infringement lawsuit against M Life Inc., a company with an application to operate a marijuana dispensary in Las Vegas under the name M’Life Wellness. “M life” is the name of the MGM’s frequent gambler/customer rewards program that is used at 15 of the company’s properties. In the lawsuit, MGM claims trademark dilution, unfair competition and cybersquatting in the defendant’s use of MGM trademark.

An Unexpected Outcome of Legalized Pot - Part B

Hershey has won a trademark infringement lawsuit against a start-up Colorado-based company that makes marijuana-infused edibles that, the lawsuit alleged, resemble Hershey products. In its lawsuit, Hershey claimed that TinctureBelle manufactured and sold several products – Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hashees and Dabby Patty – that too closely resembled Hershey's Almond Joy, Heath, Reese's peanut butter cups and York peppermint patty candies. In the settlement, the defendants agrees to no longer use those product names or Hershey’s brown, yellow and orange coloring in the their products packaging.

A Different Type of College Rivalry

The rivalry between Michigan State University and Ohio State University is long-standing and well known. For example, Ann Arbor (where Michigan State University is based) does not celebrate Columbus Day because Ohio State University is in Columbus.

They Should Make Him an Offer He Can’t Refuse

Frank Silvero (who, like Mr. Eaton, we never heard of) appeared in "The Godfather: Part II" and "Goodfellas." He is now suing Fox Television Studios Inc. for $250 million claiming that a character in "The Simpsons" is based on his performances in those two movies. 

Everybody Does It, So It’s Okay

That is essentially the defense that singer Robin Thicke and his producer, Pharrell Williams, has put forth in a California federal trial in which they are charged with copyright infringement by the estate of Marvin Gaye. The Gaye estate claims that Thicke and Williams’s hit song “Blurred Lines” infringe on copyrighted material. 

That’s Why They Call Themselves “Beastie Boys”

The band Beastie Boys won a $1.7 million jury verdict against Monster Energy Co. in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Beastie Boys asserted that Monster Energy used the group’s songs in a promotional video. 

Jay-Z Tries to Wriggle Out of Copyright Royalties

Rapper Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records LLC, his record label, lost out in their request for quick dismissal of a lawsuit claiming that Jay-Z and Roc-A-Fella Records owes Dwayne Walker (who claims he helped design the singer’s logo back in 1995 in return for a $3,500 upfront and a 2% royalty on sales) $7 million! 

Thanks to “The Big Bang Theory” Most People Now Know Who Stan Lee Is!

Back in 2012, Stan Lee Media Inc., owner of the Marvel Comic Book characters created by Mr. Lee – such as Spider Man and the X-Men – sued the Walt Disney Company for copyright infringement. Disney owns Marvel Comics, but Stan Lee Media (with which Stan Lee himself is no longer affiliated) claims it owns the copyrights to the actual characters created by Mr. Lee.

Woody Allen Was Right

Woody Allen has been oft quoted as saying that “80% of success is showing up.” Well, 100% of failure is NOT showing up. 

Push-Up Bra Insert Patent Dispute Raises a Critical Issue

Runberg Inc. (that does business as “Zephyrs”) filed a $5.9 million malpractice lawsuit against law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP claiming that the attorneys’ patent-drafting errors allowed Amazon.com and Victoria’s Secret to infringe its invention for bra push-up inserts. Zephyrs claims that drafting errors rendered U.S. Patent No.