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A Different Type of College Rivalry

The rivalry between Michigan State University and Ohio State University is long-standing and well known. For example, in 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 defence that singer Robin Thicke and his producer, Pharrell Williams, hasput forth in a California federal trial in which they 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.

Do You Really Want to Go There?

Owner of the Washington Redskins, Pro-Football Inc., filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the USPTO’s cancellation of its “Redskins” trademark on the grounds that the term is disparaging to Native Americans. The Pro-Football lawsuit claims that the Trademark Office’s decision is “replete with errors of fact and law” and is unconstitutional.

Was There Really an Uncle Ben? Or a Real Ronald McDonald?

Who knew that there really was an Aunt Jemima! Her real name was Anna Short Harrington, and she was an employee of Quaker Oats who died in 1955. And now her heirs want a piece of a fortune they believe is rightfully theirs.