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June 14, 2016

In the News Today – June 14, 2016

  • SCOTUS Makes it ‘Easier’ for Patent Holders to Win Larger Damages: In a unanimous opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court “made it easier for patent holders to win larger financial damages in court from copycats who use their inventions without permission.” The ruling “overturned a specialized appellate court that had adopted a hard-to-meet legal standard for winning punitive damages, even in cases where the defendant’s patent infringement was willful.” (Wall Street Journal)
  • Attorney Says ‘Natural’ Food Class Actions Are Unjustified, Lawyer-Driven: David Biederman of Perkins Coie LLP, who focuses on mass tort litigation and class actions in conjunction with food and consumer goods, said lawsuits challenging the validity of products using the word “natural” in their labeling are “unjustified” and “lawyer-driven.” He said plaintiffs lawyers pick an ingredient they can challenge, which usually are not chemicals, and are derived from part of plant materials. “The lawyers try to suggest that the way the ingredients are produced make the ingredients not ‘natural.’ They are wrong.” (Legal Newsline

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