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  • Getty Images Sued for Allegedly Seeking Licensing Fees for Photographs Available for Free Public Use

    Getty Images, a well-known stock photo agency used by many news and publishing outlets, has been sued in the Southern District of New York for allegedly seeking licensing fees from individuals and corporations for the use of photographs previously made available for free public use. A number of other stock photo agencies have also been […]

    Supreme Court Upholds University of Texas Race-Conscious Admissions Program

    In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court recently furnished a victory for affirmative action admissions programs. The 4-3 decision in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, written by Justice Kennedy, declared that the University of Texas at Austin’s race conscious admission program passes strict scrutiny. By way of background, affirmative action programs are governed by […]

    Don’t Be Unreasonable: U.S. Supreme Court Sets the Standard for Awarding Attorneys’ Fees in Copyright Cases

    You have just received a cease and desist letter related to something that was posted on your company’s website.  Some person that you’ve never heard of before is threatening to sue you for thousands of dollars for copyright infringement unless you purchase a license or agree to a settlement for some amount of money.  You […]

    Federal Judge Dismisses Defamation Suit Against Rolling Stone After Discredited University of Virginia Profile

    A New York federal judge recently granted a motion to dismiss a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media, and journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely. Three former University of Virginia (“UVA”) fraternity members, George Elias, IV, Stephen Hadford, and Ross Fowler brought the lawsuit alleging that Rolling Stone’s publication of an article titled […]

    Fifth Circuit Expands EEOC’s Ability to Bring Pattern or Practice Discrimination Claims

    In a decision that grants the Equal Employment Opportunity Corporation (“EEOC”) broader discretion to bring pattern or practice discrimination claims against employers, the Fifth Circuit recently held that, at least in that circuit, the EEOC may bring such a claim under Section 706 of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The case, EEOC […]

    Second Circuit Reinforces the Scope of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s Safe Harbor Provision

    In Capitol Records LLC v. Vimeo, LLC, the Second Circuit issued a decision clarifying the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s (“DMCA”) safe harbor provision, which protects certain Internet service providers from liability for copyright infringement when a user of the service provider’s website posts infringing content on the site. The ruling also discussed what constitutes knowledge […]

    Former Yale Basketball Captain Sues University Over Sexual Misconduct Expulsion

    Jack Montague, who was expelled from Yale University earlier this year following his involvement in an alleged sexual assault, recently filed a lawsuit against the University for allegedly mishandling the investigation and his expulsion. The lawsuit names Yale, Angela Gleason, then-Deputy Title IX Coordinator in the Office of the Provost, and Jason Killheffer, then-senior deputy […]

    Uber and Lyft Drivers Bring Class Action against Companies’ Terminating Services in Austin

    Drivers for Uber Technologies Inc. and Lyft Inc. filed two proposed class actions in California on June 9, 2016, after the companies suddenly removed their services from Austin, Texas following new regulations. The two lawsuits stem from a public referendum, known as Proposition 1, which took place May 9 in Austin, which asked voters whether […]

    Delaware Supreme Court Holds that Merely Registering to do Business in the State Not Sufficient to Subject Corporation to General Personal Jurisdiction

    The Delaware Supreme Court recently held that a corporation that simply registers to do business in Delaware without more is not subject to general personal jurisdiction. The court held that a state’s registration statute does not constitute consent to be subject to general jurisdiction.  The case, Genuine Parts Co. v. Cepec, 2016 Del. LEXIS 247 […]

    The EEOC Calls for Federal Judge to Continue with Sexual Orientation Discrimination Case

    The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) asked U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Bissoon in the Western District of Pennsylvania to reject a motion to dismiss in a lawsuit alleging a worker was discriminated against on the basis of his sexual orientation. The lawsuit, originally filed in March by the EEOC, alleges that Dale Baxley, a […]