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May 2019 Archives

How to prepare for an upcoming trial

If your court case in San Francisco is heading to trial, it's natural to be nervous. You're worried about saying and doing the right thing. You have concerns about your strategy. You don't want to come across as someone the jury won't like.

Kim Kardashian West involved in licensing dispute

Individuals can utilize their own names, likenesses and reputations to make money. This often occurs through licensing and endorsement deals, which can garner huge contracts. Yet, in order to ensure one gets a fair shake in these agreements, they need to understand exactly what their endorsement is worth. This can be a challenging task, but it can be a much higher figure than many imagine.

Court rules in favor of Disney in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ suit

A U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruled on May 13th that Walt Disney Co.’s screenplays for the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies were not similar enough to a previously rejected screenplay. Two writers and a producer filed a complaint in 2017 accusing Disney of lifting elements from their screenplay, which they submitted to Disney in 2000. Disney subsequently rejected the screenplay.

Trade secret claim filed over electric vehicle batteries

While businesses want to give as much publicity as possible to their products, they often want to keep how those products are created a secret. There's good reason for this, too. When the process by which a popular secret becomes known to others, similar products can be made, perhaps for cheaper, thereby leading to significant market competition. Therefore, businesses oftentimes put a lot of effort into protecting their trade secrets, which sometimes leads to trade secret litigation.

The psychology of jury persuasion

Everyone processes information through the lens of their own worldview. This is not necessarily a bad thing; it makes for differences in opinions and interesting debates. But when people are placed on a jury and are expected to make rational conclusions from huge amounts of information, issues can arise.

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