Leading Voices Weigh in On TIKD Antitrust Suit
April 4, 2018
In December of last year, we wrote an article about an Antitrust case concerning the Florida Bar and TIKD, a tech startup that makes legal services (e.g., handling traffic tickets) accessible to Florida residents through a smartphone app. Since then, the DOJ has filed a Statement of Interest in the suit, solidifying its interest in the matter and aligning its position with that of companies like TIKD, LegalZoom, and Avvo that are seeking to compete in this market. We interviewed some of the leading voices in this case to get their take on this issue. Read on to learn more.
When a Musical Misstep by Disney Means Millions, It’s Hard to Let It Go!
December 27, 2017
How many times have you heard your kids singing Let It Go!, the pinnacle and pivotal song from Disney’s $1.3B hit, Frozen? Even with an Academy Award for Best Original Song, Chilean artist, Jamie Ciero, in his recent copyright infringement suit against Disney over the song that’s worth millions is claiming: it is not original. We’ll let you decide.
The Florida Bar Faces Antitrust Suit: How Many Lawyers Does It Take
December 5, 2017
In a recent lawsuit filed in Florida, an internet-based ticket-handling service app, TIKD, claims the Florida Bar, in conjunction with the Ticket Clinic, have conspired to drive TIKD out of business. With allegations of unauthorized practice of law, antitrust, conspiracy in restraint of trade, and tortuous interference at stake, we have to wonder: How many lawyers is it going to take to prove or defend these claims?
What Can an Emoji Expert Do For You?
October 12, 2017
“Mr. Smith, when you sent this winky face to my client on the day of the merger, what did you mean by it?” Can’t you just see this now? Inquisition over emojis. It’s coming. The more IM shorthand is finding its way into court, the more you may start to wonder: What can an emoji expert do for me?
SmartWatch: Too Generic to Trademark
April 18, 2017
Genericness is not a term that comes up often in trademark infringement litigation. Likely, because most producers are trying to create a mark so unique it doesn’t encompass generic association. Test your smarts with a recent opinion out of the Ninth circuit and a fun, fictional, and “smart” hypothetical.