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March 2013 Archives

Outcome of patent dispute could determine what tools we will buy

Connecticut-based Stanley Black & Decker has found itself involved in an intellectual property dispute that could prevent the company from distributing or selling certain screw drivers and other devices in the United States. The patent infringement lawsuit was filed by STMicroelectronics (STM) with the U.S. International Trade Commission against a company called InvenSense Inc (IVN).

Connecticut nursing home disputes result in Chapter 11

An ongoing dispute involving five Connecticut nursing homes and its employees appears to have resulted in the nursing homes filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A brief chronology of the dispute is as follows: (1) more than 600 workers at the nursing homes went on strike this past July; (2) a federal judge recently ordered the nursing homes to allow the workers to return to work; and (3) the five nursing homes filed for bankruptcy protection on February 24th.

Firing at U of Connecticut results in employment litigation

An unusual employment litigation matter is currently taking place involving the University of Connecticut. A scientist that worked for the college was accused of faking research regarding health benefits of drinking red wine, and he soon after was let go from his position after an investigation of research misconduct was made. The scientist now feels that the process for removing him from his position was improper and was in violation of his civil rights.

The Implications and Backlash Surrounding the DMCA Cell Phone Unlock Ban

iphone-thumb-139x300-17422.jpgIn October 2012, the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, decided to remove the unlocking of cell phones exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The act went into effect on January 26, 2013, and it made clear that consumers would not be able to unlock their cell phones on a different network without carrier permission, regardless of whether or not the user contract had expired.

Securities fraud case decided by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has just ruled upon the Amgen v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds case. The securities-fraud case was brought by shareholders that alleged Amgen misled them concerning the dangers of particular drugs that it manufactured. Amgen claims that this information was already well known.

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