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Franek Olstowski developed an excimer lamp using krypton-chloride to detect sulfur with ultraviolet fluorescence while he was employed by Petroleum Analyzer Co., L.P. He developed the technology on his own time. Later, Olstowski and Petroleum Analyzer discussed a licensing deal but failed to come to an agreement. Petroleum Analyzer filed a lawsuit claiming Olstowski’s technology as its own. The arbitration panel labeled Olstowski as the owner of the technology.
Three years after Gilbert Gonzalez installed siding on Norman Hamilton’s house the house was damaged in a fire. Hamilton and his insurance provider alleged the fire resulted because Gonzalez hammered nails through an electrical wire during the course of his work. Gonzalez’s commercial general liability policy at the time underwritten by Mid-Continent refused to defend or indemnify Gonzalez. Gonzalez sued Mid-Continent.
Acadian Diagnostic Laboratories, L.L.C., (Acadian) and Quality Toxicology, L.L.C., (QT) entered into two agreements to create a reciprocal testing arrangement. In each arrangement, QT was to collect the funds for testing and pay Acadian an agreed-upon percentage. QT, however, failed to pay Acadian the full amount owed. Acadian filed a lawsuit for breach of contract.
Janice Williams worked for MMO Behavioral Health Systems, L.L.C. (MMO) for fourteen years with an unblemished work record. In 2015, Williams took an approved medical leave for bone spurs and plantar fasciitis. Williams claims upon her return to work management began to harass her. On July 5th, 2015, MMO accused Williams of falsifying her timecard and terminated her employment. A year later, Williams brought multiple suits against MMO including a defamation claim.
When a fire destroyed Mariette and Ebert Joachin’s home, they filed a claim with their insurance company. The Joachins, however, were not yet residing in the home, a requirement of their insurance policy. The Joachins filed suit against the insurance agent who sold them the policy. They were honest about not living in the house, and they allege the agent sold them the wrong policy.
Nick Gavrilides, the owner of two restaurants in Lansing, Michigan, claims the Michigan stay-at-home order interfered with the use of his restaurants. He filed a business interruption claim with his insurance company, Michigan Insurance. His policy, however, covered only “direct physical loss or damage to the [insured’s] property”.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) declined Booking.com B.V.’s application to register “booking.com” on the Principal Register for travel-related services. Booking.com, a digital travel agency, took the case to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia which relied on new evidence in its decision that “Booking.com” was not generic, but instead had acquired secondary meaning. The USPTO appealed to the Fourth Circuit.
In mid-July, Virginia became the first state to issue mandatory COVID-19 workplace safety rules. The decision by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board comes after the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declined to propose nationwide safety measures.
Following the 2007-2009 recession, trade secret cases increased to between 7,000 and 9,000 cases per year compared to 770-1,100 per year during the recession. As the United States faces a new economic crisis, companies should prepare for increased trade secret cases in the coming years. Typically these cases start to rise three years after the end of a recession.
According to Tennessee law, when a party involved in a legal dispute moves for summary judgment they bear the burden of submitting evidence to negate the other party’s claims. After Penny Wilson slipped and fell in the parking lot of Weigel Stores, a gas station, the store lost both the witness’s contact information and the surveillance camera video. Wilson filed suit against Weigel for the injuries she sustained in the fall.
On March 4, 2015, the vehicle driven by Jeremy Baird (Jeremy) stuck and killed Angela Gray. The vehicle driven by Jeremy was owned by his father and employer Terry Baird (Mr. Baird). Angela Gray’s husband Shawn Gray filed a wrongful death suit against both Jeremy and Mr. Baird. The trial court granted summary judgment to Mr. Baird. Gray appealed.
As the economy reopens, employers are focused on both keeping their employees and customers safe while returning to business. Before employers implement plans to test employees for COVID-19, they should be aware of the risks. Find best practices and other considerations here.  
Following a storm in Liberty, Mississippi, Allstate Insurance Company contracted with Pilot Catastrophe to inspect and evaluate the damage to the roof of Henry Peak’s house, their insured. Pilot dispatched Michael Cohee to complete the inspection. Following his typical procedure, Cohee climbed on Peak’s roof despite being able to determine rotting in the roof from the ground. Cohee fell through the roof during the inspection and sustained numerous injuries.
In a split decision, the Mississippi Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission on a case featuring an injured nurse. Angela Jones, a nurse at Baptist Hospital, alleges she felt a “pop” in her back at the end of her shift on March 21, 2015. Over the next six months, Jones sought care from three different doctors.
Companies in all industries are experiencing supply chain disruptions due to COVID-19. Contracts in place with your customers and suppliers will determine when and how you can terminate the contracts or negotiate payment or credit terms. Contracts which require a supplier or customer to provide indemnification could provide some financial protection. Now’s the time to review your contracts and determine what protections you may have moving forward.
In one of what is expected to be the first of thousands of COVID-19 legal cases, Pittsburgh-based restauranteur Joseph Tambellini filed a lawsuit against his insurer Erie Insurance Exchange. Tambellini alleged his company’s commercial property policy should provide coverage for business income losses allegedly due to mandated business restrictions related to COVID-19. Erie disagreed.
Last month, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (the CARES Act) to offer financial assistance to US businesses. The CARES Act includes multiple programs aimed at businesses of various sizes and industries. Learn more about these programs, which ones apply to your business, and how to receive funds in this overview.  
As businesses realize the current and future impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their business, they are turning to their insurance policies for coverage. Exactly what and how much is covered varies by policy and will likely be the topic of much litigation in the coming months and years. Identifying the cause of business losses is the first step to determining whether or not your policy provides coverage.
Based on the language in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) that applies to federal employees, the United States Supreme Court has ruled federal employees have a discrimination claim if age discrimination played “any part” in 
As events around the world are postponed or canceled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, organizers have experienced multimillion-dollar losses. A few, like Wimbledon, had infectious disease clauses in their insurance policies. Days after the Committee of Management of The Championships announced the cancellation of the 2020 tournament, reports surfaced that Wimbledon would collect around $141 million from its insurance policy.

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