Civil / Business Law

Cheerleading Uniforms At Center of Supreme Court Copyright Infringement Suit

October begins a new term for the Supreme Court and one of the cases on their docket is a copyright infringement case involving cheerleading uniforms. In Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc., Varsity Brands, Inc., an athletic uniform manufacturer sued Star Athletica, LLC , another athletic uniform manufacturer, for selling uniforms that look similar to Varsity Brands’ copyrighted design. According to the case, Varsity Brands sued because they state Star Athletica’s uniforms with color…

The Four Corners of the Contract

When a person is signing a contract, they need to make sure that any and all promises or expectations are outlined in the contract. If guarantees or assurances are made outside of the contract, they essentially can’t be enforced. This is because any dispute will refer to the “four corners of the contract.” In other words, they will look at what specifically is written on the page. Before you sign any contract, it may be…

Employment Law Update

Fired for Facebook? Terminated for Tweeting? One of May Law’s most robust practice areas is employment law, serving both employers and employees, whether in government or in the private workforce. As with any client, we thoughtfully advise those seeking employment counsel based on the law, company rules, what the client has said or done to allegedly violate those rules, and what they should NOT do as we proceed in protecting their interests… So as an…

Supreme Court of Virginia Oral Argument

The highlight of many Viginia lawyer’s careers is an argument before the Supreme Court of Virginia.  Many ask me, what is it like?  Here is the basic procedure for writ panels, which is usually the first step in an appeal to the high court. After a Notice of Appeal and Petition for Appeal have been filed and briefed, the Court assigns a court date without consultation with the attorneys — it presumes that a lawyer…

Frivolous Business Lawsuits Slapped Down by Supreme Court

Imagine being sued by a person for a technical violation of law by someone who suffered no injury but who sued you anyway . . . because he could (and because his lawyer would earn a handsome fee).  Believe it or not, this happens all the time.  Congress has passed a number of complex laws that carry statutory penalties — many of which also carry attorney’s fees.  If one runs afoul of one of these…

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