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Personal Jurisdiction Updates From Illinois:

Recently, the Illinois Supreme Court issued a ruling concerning personal jurisdiction in Aspen American Insurance Co. v. Interstate Warehousing, Inc. 2017 IL 121281. This decision finally clarifies the issue of whether simply registering to do business in Illinois is sufficient to consent to general personal jurisdiction. The Illinois Supreme Court also reviewed the Illinois long-arm statute in relation to federal due process standards.

Those letters at the end of your business name mean something

You've done the smart thing and set up a corporation, limited liability company, or other entity for your business. You've taken this precaution to avoid personal liability for the business's debts and losses. Hopefully, the business will be wildly successful, and you won't have to worry about such things, but it's always good to be prepared. Now that you've done what's necessary to cover your bases, don't make a simple mistake that could undo that careful planning.

What happens if my business network gets hacked and my data gets breached?

Written by Jacqueline F. Redmond and Tracy Beckham Phipps

We hear about data breaches all the time on the news and assume it is large businesses like Target or Anthem Healthcare. Small businesses don't think a hacker would bother with them since they are small. However, hackers have breached half of the 28 million small businesses in the US. [2016 State of the SMB Cybersecurity Report] This is something that no business owner wants to go through - network security breached, sensitive customer data taken and business secrets potentially exposed. Will there be lawsuits? Am I in compliance will all government/state regulations? Does my insurance cover this? Is the network vendor responsible?

Defendants Secure Protective Orders To Prevent Waiver of Personal Jurisdiction During Discovery

On August 17, 2017, in Holt v. 4520 Corp., Inc., et al., (1622-CC00844), Judge Dierker of the 22nd Judicial Circuit of Missouri, issued an order finding Genuine Parts Company had waived its personal jurisdiction defense by taking steps to litigate the case on its merits including opposing a motion for a change of judge, noticing a deposition of Plaintiff's expert witness, and possibly other discovery. The Court also noted that over a year passed from when Genuine Parts filed its initial motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction and when the matter was fully briefed and taken under submission by the Court.

St. Louis Judge Declines to Limit Corporate Representative Deposition to Personal Jurisdiction Issues

Recent rulings by the Missouri Supreme Court and United States Supreme Court have brought personal jurisdiction issues to the forefront in many St. Louis City cases.  In the asbestos case of Rex Terrell v. 4520 Corp., et al. (1422-CC09988), Judge Dierker heard Plaintiff's motion to compel the deposition of Goodyear's corporate representative. Decedent worked over 35 years at a Goodyear facility in Texas, and did not testify to asbestos exposure from any Goodyear products. Plaintiff's counsel argued that a complete corporate representative deposition should be allowed in order to determine what products, if any, Goodyear shipped from Missouri to the Goodyear facility in Texas. Goodyear's defense counsel argued this deposition was unnecessary as Plaintiff lacks personal jurisdiction over Goodyear, and if the deposition is allowed it should only proceed on personal jurisdiction issues.

What is required to prove copyright infringement?

To prove infringement, a copyright owner must prove that he or she is the owner of a valid copyright and that someone copied original elements from the copyrighted work. When the work has been registered, a valid copyright is assumed. To prove that someone copied original elements of the work, the copyright owner needs to establish that the copier had access to his work and that there is a substantial similarity between the copy and original elements of the work.

What are the benefits of registering with the copyright office?

While an original work is protected even without registration, there are additional benefits to registering with the Copyright Office. As a general rule, registration is required before one can file suit to enforce the rights granted by the Copyright Act. So while a copyright holder who becomes aware of infringement could send the infringer a cease and desist letter, they could not follow that threat with a lawsuit. Thus, registration provides the copyright holder with the additional protection of the ability to file suit.

We All Must Rethink Personal Jurisdiction in Products Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court in Daimler AG v. Bauman, 134 S. Ct. 746, 754 (2014), (PDF) has forced all of us to reconsider everything we thought we knew about personal jurisdiction. Daimler has had a major impact in products liability and toxic tort cases.

Complying With the Employer Notice Requirement of The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (DTSA) expanded trade secret protections, but also created new requirements for employers to take advantage of those protections, including providing notice of the new whistleblower immunity "in any contract or agreement with an employee that governs the use of a trade secret or other confidential information" for contracts "entered into or updated after the date of enactment of the statute." Employers need to be aware of the breadth of scope of these notice requirements to ensure they receive the full benefit of the protections.

Bad Day for a Billionaire: Sculptor Prevails in Copyright Case

Gene Brockland recently won a significant victory for his client, sculptor Don Wakefield, in a major copyright infringement case. Billionaire Igor Olenicoff and his Olen Properties Corporation were originally hit with a $450,000 verdict. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has now upheld the damage award, and has ordered that the infringing copies be destroyed. 

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