Case: Gentry v. Superior Court of Los Angeles Co. (Circuit City Stores, Inc.), No. S141502 (Cal. Aug. 30, 2007)

The One Sentence Summary: The California Supreme Court held that class arbitration waivers should not be enforced if a trial court determines that class arbitration would be a significantly more effective way of vindicating the rights

Proposed Legislation: Senate Bill 1957, Design Piracy Prohibition Act

The One Sentence Summary: The proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act would provide copyright protection to fashion designs, whereas existing law only protects fashion labels from being copied by counterfeit merchandisers.

Summary of Legislation:

  • Senate Bill 1957 would provide copyright protection to a “fashion design,” which is

Case: Grocery Outlet Inc. v. Albertson’s Inc., No. 06-16380 (9th Cir. 8/9/07)

The One Sentence Summary: Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s granting of a preliminary injunction to Albertson’s, based on the possibility of irreparable injury and the strong likelihood of its prevailing on the merits despite competitor Grocery Outlet’s asserted defense of abandonment

Case: Angelucci v. Century Supper Club, 41 Cal. 4th 160 (May 31, 2007)

The One Sentence Summary: The California Supreme Court held that a plaintiff is not required to allege that he or she requested equal treatment and the retailer refused in order to state a claim under the Unruh Civil Rights Act for

Case: Abercrombie & Fitch Co. v. Moose Creek, Inc., No. 06-56774 (9th Cir. 5/22/07)

The One Sentence Summary: District court erred in denying Abercrombie & Fitch’s motion for a preliminary injunction against Moose Creek’s use of new marks by (1) misapplying the doctrine of judicial estoppel, and (2) erroneously concluding that the parties’ trademarks were

Case: Belton v. Comcast Cable Holdings, LLC, No. A112591 (Cal. Ct. App. 6/8/07)

The One Sentence Summary: California court of appeal rejected blind customer’s claim that Comcast’s policy requiring purchase of television cable services in order to obtain cable FM or music services violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, because the plaintiff was not