It often seems like Amazon.com sells just about everything. But sometimes it doesn’t have the one thing you’re looking for. Instead, when you search for that one special thing, Amazon shows you a list of similar items it does sell. Maybe you decide to buy one of those instead (ordering from Amazon being so convenient), or maybe you look elsewhere (because you really wanted that one special item).
A company that sells one of those products you won’t find on Amazon didn’t like the fact that Amazon searches pulled up a list of competing products, and so it sued for trademark infringement. It lost. Then it kind of won. And then it lost again. Read More
Insurance policies are contracts.
Though that sounds obvious, it’s worth remembering because the terms of that contract with your insurance company govern whether you get coverage for your loss. And sometimes those terms don’t mean what you (or the insurance company) might think they mean. Read More
Nearly 2 decades into living with the internet as part of our daily lives, a surprising number of people – and businesses – still seem to think that anything posted on the web is theirs for the taking – to copy, put on their own websites, or incorporate into some other publication.
That’s because most of us have a sort of subconscious conviction that “if it’s on the internet, it’s free.” Read More
There are few fans like geek fans. And among geek fans, Trekkies have a pretty good claim to the title of “geekiest” and “fanniest.” Or maybe “most fan-ish”?
Anyway, what I’m saying is that we geeks, and we fans of Star Trek, really love our shows. So much so that we can develop a sense of ownership of our favorite shows and characters.
But a group of committed fans is learning the hard way that a “sense of ownership” is not the same as actual ownership. Read More
My wife and I were at the 7th Street Entry a couple of weeks back (to see The Sudden Lovelys—highly recommended), and I was struck by how quiet it was at First Ave., especially for a Saturday night. The club was still closed after a 30-foot section of ceiling fell during a show in mid-August. No one was seriously hurt, fortunately, but it did close down one of the Twin Cities’ most iconic music venues for a couple of weeks.
Because I’m at least as much law geek as music geek, a silent First Ave. got me thinking about the insurance coverage the club might have or need. That single incident is interesting (at least to an insurance lawyer) because it has the potential of triggering multiple forms of coverage that most businesses should have in place: Read More
Knowing the best interest factors is only part of the story. Minnesota law also tells judges how they are supposed to apply the factors.
Judges must, for example, “make detailed findings on each of the factors.” To help judges make those findings, parents need to come to court with reliable evidence connected to each factor. Read More
The Guthrie’s production of The Scottsboro Boys was everything you expect great theater to be. Heartwarming and heart-rending. Clever, funny, thoughtful, and discomforting. All set to music.
Taking the show in with my wife, though, I also saw something else. Probably because I’m a lawyer, I found myself watching a drama about what can be both tragic and majestic about the U.S. legal system. Read More