Amazon Search Results Lawsuit may Rekindle Keyword Trademark Litigation

7/7/2015 The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ruled against Amazon on Monday by allowing a lawsuit over misleading search results to proceed in Los Angeles federal court. By a split 2-1 decision, the judicial panel ruled that specialty watchmaker Multi Time Machine (MTM) can pursue its trademark infringement suit against the


White House Department Announces Changes on Biotech / GMO Regulation

7/6/2015 In a move that many consider to be long overdue, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that three federal agencies will be coordinating to revamp the decades-old policy towards genetically modified agriculture (GMO) in order to restore public confidence. The current system, called the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of


NHTSA Announces in Safety Hearing that Fiat-Chrysler will be sanctioned for Recalls

7/5/2015 For the first time in nearly three years, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a public hearing on Thursday, July 2nd. In the hearing, the agency scrutinized Fiat-Chrysler’s handling of 23 recalls involving 11 million vehicles. Acting director of the agency’s Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), Jennifer Timian, began the hearing by


DOJ Investigates Major U.S. Airlines for Collusion, Antitrust Violations

7/5/2015 The Justice Department announced last week that it is undergoing a probe into whether or not several major airlines are colluding to control expansion, limiting routes and seating in order to keep ticket prices high. Although refusing to name specific airlines, Department of Justice Spokesperson Emily Pierce confirmed that the department was investigating “possible


Aetna to Buy Humana in Industry-Altering Deal

7/3/2015 Following last week’s landmark Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, two leading health insurers will be combining to form the second largest company in the industry. Aetna, the third-largest insurer will acquire Humana, the country’s fourth largest health plan provider. Aetna will pay a cash and stock equivalent to


BP Agrees to $18.7 Billion Federal Penalty

7/3/2015 In a joint press conference, the attorneys general for Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi announced that it has agreed to settle the penalty phase regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The spill occurred on April 20th, 2010, when the aforementioned oil rig caught fire, killing 11 people and sent over 3 million barrels of


Will Obama’s new Overtime Rules Help Middle-Class or Kill Jobs?

7/1/2015 President Barack Obama will be speaking in La Crosse Wisconsin on Thursday to highlight a change in federal overtime law that he announced in a Monday night Op-Ed in the Huffington Post. Writing that, “In this country, a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay,” the president announced that the rule change will