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May 2019 Archives

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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