Messi Scores Purpose in Commerce Mark Dispute: Registering Superstar Names as Commerce Marks

Messi Scores Goal in Trade Mark Dispute: Registering Celebrity Names as Trade Marks

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“ECJ “) has ruled that soccer star Lionel Messi has the right to register his name as a trademark after decades of litigation. This interesting case confirms that celebrities can be registered as trademarks. While there are some advantages to finding such protection, there are also some … Read more

California Voters Develop Industrial Hashish Alternatives Throughout the State: Half II

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This year’s election day proved to be a great step forward in terms of drug policy reform. Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota legalized adult cannabis, Mississippi legalized medicinal cannabis, Washington DC decriminalized a variety of psychedelic plants, and Oregon is a leader in legalizing psilocybin for therapeutic use and decriminalizing the non-commercial possession … Read more

Safety Guard Hits UT-Battelle with Lawsuit, Alleging Violations of Spiritual Freedoms

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An employee at Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently filed a lawsuit against the company over allegations that its religious freedoms are being violated. An Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) employee recently filed a lawsuit against the company on charges that his supervisors “forced him to remove a cross, the symbol of his Christian faith, from … Read more

NJ SORA License: Complete Information


Yes. After completing and submitting your application, you have 30 days to submit your fingerprints. Here is the language, taken straight from the NJ State Police website: You need to get a fingerprint using the MorphoTrust form at the end of the security officer’s application. This form is already filled in with the required information … Read more

Brexit Impacts on Commerce: Aid for Prescription drugs and Recommendation for Contracting

Brexit Impacts on Trade: Relief for Pharmaceuticals and Advice for Contracting

Brexit threatens to have a significant impact on the import and export of goods and services from the UK. Recent legislative moves have freed up more time to implement the Medicines Regulation in Northern Ireland so companies can prepare for batch screening, importation and counterfeit medicines directive requirements, like Adrian Spooner on our blog on … Read more

A Primer on California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (UCRA)

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This summer, I wrote about a Title III lawsuit filed against cannabis company NC3 Systems dba Caliva. As a quick refresher, Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) requires that all businesses remove any barriers that affect a disabled person’s ability to access their products or services online. The plaintiff had filed a … Read more

Petitions of the week: First Step Act, student-athlete compensation, detained bystanders and extra

Petitions of the week: First Step Act, student-athlete compensation, detained bystanders and more

Posted on Friday November 13th, 2020 at 3:59 pm by Andrew Hamm This week we are highlighting certification motions calling on the Supreme Court to review, among other things, the First Step Act reassessment, the amateurism in college sports under the Sherman Antitrust Act, and an exception to the warrant obligation of the Fourth Amendment … Read more