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Tiffany v. Costco

Costco began branding in store rings as ‘Tiffany” rings. In doing so Costco infringed upon Tiffany, a well-known and classic jewelry companies, trademark. Due to this infringement, the court granted summary judgement in favor of Tiffany in 2015, finding Costco liable for the trademark infringement and awarding Tiffany over 19 million in damages for the infringement.

Robocalls: Charvat v. Carnival

The most recent case Charvat v. Carnival et al. Class action came about from persons who received pre-recorded telemarketing calls from a third-party travel agency Resort Marketing Group. These calls were made between July 2009 until March 2014 which offered free cruises to those is called from Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and Carnival.

Accutane Case

The Accutane litigation was argued in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division on July 8th, 2017. This case is a multicounty Litigation (MCL) case consisting of 2076 products liability cases. The Plaintiffs’ contend that they have developed Crohn’s disease as a result of taking Accutane. Accutane is a prescription acne medication manufactured by defendants, Hoffman La-Roche Inc. and Roche Laboratories Inc.

Cheese

What were the plaintiff’s arguments: A total of 50 lawsuits were filed. Plaintiffs argued that they had been cheated by deceptive labels saying “100% Parmesan” sold by Kraft Heinz, Walmart, Target, Albertsons and others. 1/10th of the products were found to be made up of cellulose after it was tested by the FDA. After the judge dismissed the case the plaintiffs’ attorneys argues that reasonable consumers should not be expected to understand “intricacies relating to the shelf life and processing of” grated cheese. But the judge still insist that a reasonable consumer would not be naïve enough to think that there really isn’t anything else in their product.

Bitcoin and the SEC regulation

In the simplest terms, a Blockchain is what forms Bitcoin. A Blockchain is basically a public ledger that cuts out the middle-man who would generally record a transaction between parties. Instead, there are certain people in the world who are considered bitminers. These miners have thousands of dollars in equipment and computers that track the transactions of Bitcoin and publish them on a public site called Blockchain.info. These computers essentially use logarithms to keep track of the transactions being made with Bitcoin. This public “ledger” is more secure and open than our current system of money exchange.

Nexium

This is a Multidistrict Litigation case (MDL) involving a pharmaceutical drug called Nexium. Nexium is an acid reflux medication, which is designed to treat heartburn. Nexium is a Proton Pump Inhibitor, which means it decreases the amount of acid the stomach produces, ultimately relieving heartburn. The overall goal of MDL is to determine where the 161 cases of product liability actions can be centralized and handled in an efficient manner.

Taylor Swift

This case is being tried in the U.S. District Court because neither Mueller of Taylor lives in the same state. Taylor Swift is an iconic country/pop musician that has made a name for herself throughout all of America. She has a number of songs recognized by almost anyone who listens to the radio, and has dated major actors/musicians as well. David Mueller, a former disc jockey and radio host, was posing with Taylor for a pre-concert photo shoot.

Bill Nye Lawsuit

His science background: he use to be a mechanical engineer for Boeing. He wond 19 Emmy Awards. He graduated from Cornell University. He became the CEO of the Planetary Society and helped develop sundials for the Mars Exploration Rover missions. He has his own documentary called Bill Nye: Science Guy.

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