Tag Archives: Supreme Court

Financial Daily Dose 6.30.2020 | Top Story: Supreme Court Allows President to Fire CFPB Director, Lets Agency Remain

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 30, 2020

By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court has ordered the restructuring of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “ruling the agency’s structure was unconstitutional because its director held too much unchecked power.” The fix, according to the Court, is allowing the President to remove the CFPB’s director “for any reason,” which it deemed sufficient to reject … Continue reading

Financial Daily Dose 6.16.2020 | Top Story: Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision Protecting LGBTQ and Transgender Workers

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 16, 2020

On Monday, the Supreme Court delivered a surprising and monumental win for LGBTQ and transgender Americans, ruling 6-3 that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 applies to protect “gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.” The “vastly consequential” decision extended workplace protections to the millions of workers in states where, until yesterday morning, “it was … Continue reading

SCOTUS Strikes Down Ban on “Immoral” and “Scandalous” Trademarks

BY: Michael Kolcun | June 27, 2019

The Supreme Court has handed another loss to the USPTO by finding a First Amendment violation with the Lanham Act’s prohibition from registering “immoral” and “scandalous” trademarks. Iancu v. Brunetti was brought by an artist and founder of a clothing line who was denied trademark registration for his brand, FUCT. While he claimed the brand … Continue reading

ReDigi Wants a Re-Do at the High Court

BY: Carly Kessler | May 22, 2019

ReDigi, an online platform that allows users to buy and sell pre-owned digital content directly from other consumers, is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ruling finding that its services were not protected by the Copyright Act’s first sale and fair use doctrines. Have you ever sold old or unworn clothes? Think of ReDigi … Continue reading

Centuries of Precedent are Little Help as IPR Constitutionality Divides Justices

BY: Cyrus Morton | November 28, 2017

This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the heavily anticipated case of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC on the question of whether AIA trials at the patent office, such as inter partes reviews (IPRs), are constitutional. Oil States led by arguing that patent validity has been decided in court … Continue reading

Supreme Court Rejects Louis Vuitton’s Request for Appeal Against Parody Tote Bag Company

BY: Carly Kessler | October 17, 2017

Louis Vuitton is no stranger to the court. For years, the luxury fashion label, headed by creative director, Nicolas Ghesquière, has battled high-profile cases over parody bags. Those cases have involved dog toys, Super Bowl car commercials and a pop star’s music video. In its most recent action, Louis Vuitton sued My Other Bag (“MOB”), … Continue reading

The Supreme Court Holds the Lanham Act’s Disparagement Clause Unconstitutional

BY: Michael Kolcun | June 22, 2017

In a closely watched decision, the eight participating members of the Supreme Court unanimously held that the so-called disparagement clause of the Lanham Act violates the First Amendment. The high-profile case of Matan v. Tam was brought by the frontman of an Asian-American rock band who was denied trademark registration for the name of his … Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

BY: Michael D. Reif | June 26, 2015

In addition to the landmark ACA decision yesterday, the Supreme Court also upheld the use of statistical evidence to bring unintentional discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act in a 5-4 decision that may “embolden the government and private plaintiffs” and “may have cemented regulators’ use of lending data to go after discrimination under other … Continue reading