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Chad Snyder

A bad sign?

By | business

From the offices here at Rubric HQ, we can see one of the signs mounted high on the new Wells Fargo towers near the Vikings stadium. Because of an injunction issued by a federal court on June 23, 2016, however, we may not be able to see that sign much longer.
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Multi-Time Machine, Inc. v.

By | Copyright & Trademark

It often seems like 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

Insurance policies are contracts

By | Insurance

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

“If it’s on the internet…”

By | Copyright & Trademark

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

Star Trek & copyright infringement

By | Copyright & Trademark

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

When the Music Stops—Insurance When Your Business Has to Close

By | Business Insurance

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

Legal History in Song and Dance

By | Uncategorized

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