MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Wednesday, October 15, 2014


  • If the Word 'How' Is Trademarked, Does This Headline Need a TM? Who owns How? No, that's not a line from a Dr. Seuss book or an Abbott and Costello routine. It's the question at the center of a bitter legal battle pitting a best-selling author and management guru against America's largest Greek yogurt manufacturer. Go to New York Times Header

  • Asset seizures fuel police spending. Police agencies have used hundreds of millions of dollars taken from Americans under federal civil forfeiture law in recent years to buy guns, armored cars and electronic surveillance gear. They have also spent money on luxury vehicles, travel and a clown named Sparkles. Go to Washington Post Header

  • Court grants inmate class action in Native Hawaiian religion case. A federal judge has allowed a civil rights case to move forward as a class action for Native Hawaiian inmates of a Mainland prison facility in their equal protection case over the exercise of religion. Go to Garden Island Header

  • NFL Defeats Ex-Players' Publicity Rights Lawsuits. Former football players who opted out of a $50 million settlement for "publicity rights" have fumbled. Go to Header

  • The Ohio Sperm-Bank Controversy: A New Case for Reparations? Last month, Cramblett filed a complaint for wrongful birth and breach of warranty against the Midwest Sperm Bank. The complaint reads, "On August 21, 2012, Jennifer gave birth to Payton, a beautiful, obviously mixed race, baby girl." Cramblett is claiming fifty thousand dollars in damages because the company gave her sperm from a donor other than the one she'd requested. Go to The New Yorker Header

  • Private donors, including Target and IBM, supply spy gear to cops. In 2007, as it pushed to build a state-of-the-art surveillance facility, the Los Angeles Police Department cast an acquisitive eye on software being developed by Palantir, a startup funded in part by the Central Intelligence Agency's venture capital arm. Go to MinnPost Header

  • Supreme Court blocks Texas from enforcing law that would close most abortion facilities. The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday [Oct. 14] blocked key parts of Texas' 2013 law that had closed all but eight facilities providing abortions in America‚Äôs second-most-populous state. Go to Dallas Morning News Header

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