Mexico state AG arrested in San Diego on narcotics conspiracy charges
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Mexico state AG arrested in San Diego on narcotics conspiracy charges

[By:Rachel Gerber] Attorney General Edgar Veytia of the state of Nayarit, Mexico, has been arrested on charges of international narcotics trafficking conspiracy, according to court documents filed by federal officials on Tuesday. The gist of the grand jury indictment obtained on Veytia earlier this month is that Veytia “together with others, did knowingly and intentionally…

Judge Allows Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Over ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster
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Judge Allows Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Over ‘Iron Man 3’ Poster

[By: Eric Gardner] The body armor, though, is too common in the comic book or superhero genre. On Monday, Marvel Entertainment pierced a lawsuit brought by Horizon Comics Productions, successfully getting a judge to reject copyright claims over Iron Man‘s body armor. However, the entertainment giant will still need to defend the way that Iron Man star Robert…

Will a Class Action Over ‘Pokemon Go’ Redefine What It Means to “Trespass”?
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Will a Class Action Over ‘Pokemon Go’ Redefine What It Means to “Trespass”?

[By: Eriq Gardner] The game’s developer urges a federal judge not to give landowners a new right to refuse placement of virtual objects on property. The hype around Pokemon Go, the augmented reality game encouraging players to visit various real-life locations in order to discover, capture and train digital creatures from the Pokemon universe, has…

Supreme Court Uses Imagination in Ruling Cheerleader Uniform Designs Can Be Copyrighted
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Supreme Court Uses Imagination in Ruling Cheerleader Uniform Designs Can Be Copyrighted

[By: Eriq Gardner] At least one justice can’t conceive of stripes, chevrons and color blocks as being anything but useful. F-I-G-H-T. Some say fight, fight, fight. We say COPYRIGHT.On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Varsity Brand in the argument that the company’s arrangement of stripes, chevrons and color blocks on cheerleader…

Protecting Cannabis Brand Names
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Protecting Cannabis Brand Names

By Oliver Herzfeld and Jared Mermelstein Marijuana’s classification as an illegal substance makes brand protection under trademark law problematic and uncertain. But it is not impossible for cannabis companies to protect their brands. It just takes some creative problem-solving! As a growing number of states permit activities specific to the possession, use, production and distribution…

Washington state court upholds law allowing unionization of app-based and for-hire drivers
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Washington state court upholds law allowing unionization of app-based and for-hire drivers

[By: Mark Casper] King County Superior Court Judge Beth Andrus upheld a Seattle city ordinance on Friday allowing app-based and ride-hailing drivers to vote to unionize. Specifically, the ordinance allows individuals making at least 52 trips in a three-month period—called “driver representatives”—to vote on whether or not they should be able to unionize. Uber has…