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October 2013 Archives

NFL sued for copyright infringement.

A group of photographers has filed a federal lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the National Football League for copyright infringement issues. The plaintiffs assert that the NFL has used their photos in violation of their copyrights and without their consent in advertisements, products, promotions and news stories appearing in Ohio and elsewhere.

Ex-wife of Van Halen member sued for using name

Whether a trademark is held in Ohio or California, it is often a valuable asset for any organization. Kelly Van Halen was married to Alex Van Halen, the drummer for the rock group Van Halen, from 1984 to 1996. When the couple split up, she kept and continued to use her legal, married name. Now the rock group is suing her for using the famous name on a line of children's blankets, swimsuits and interior design services.

Internet cafe firm found guilty in Ohio

In October, a judge commanded a firm to pay more than $615,000 for misdemeanors relating to the company's sale of IT products to Internet cafes. The business litigation brought by the Ohio state attorney general claimed that the firm failed to adhere to state regulations in the way that it marketed its products.

$100 million charity fraud trial

A trial has begun in an Ohio courtroom in which the defendant has been charged by the state of conducting a $100 million multistate charity fraud. The state alleges that the defendant defrauded donors to the United States Navy Veterans Association. The defendant's attorney denied the allegations and claimed that his client's activities followed all federal tax regulations related to charities.

World intellectual property dispute in 19th round

Companies in Ohio that do business internationally may be affected by the ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and 11 other countries over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. The TPP talks, which involve countries lining the Pacific rim, seem to be stuck over intellectual property issues that could lead to business litigation, forcing negotiations into their 19th round. These trade negotiations would be considered game-changers in how the U.S. does business with those parts of the world.

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