Did this Duct-Taped Banana Infringe on a Copyright?

As both a lawyer and an artist, I’m particularly interested in copyright infringement lawsuits by artists who claim that another artist stole their idea. The latest lawsuit was filed against Maurizio Cattelan, who duct-taped a banana to the wall at Art Basel Miami in 2019 and called his piece “Comedian”. I happened to see and […]

GTECH Files Mandamus and Motion for Continuance

GTECH Corporation, (n/k/a IGT Global Solutions) has filed a Petition for Mandamus and a Motion for Continuance in the Fun 5’s lottery lawsuit pending in Austin, TX. A Petition for Mandamus is an action in which a party asks a court of appeals to overturn an order of the trial court. In this case, the […]

Judge Orders GTECH to Produce Documents

The Honorable Amy Clark Meachum, presiding judge in the 201st Judicial District Court in Travis County, Texas, has ordered GTECH (n/k/a IGT Global Solutions) to produce documents to the plaintiffs and intervenors in Steele et al. v GTECH Corporation. The lawsuit involves over one thousand lottery players in Texas who purchased Fun 5’s scratch-off tickets […]

“Shark Tank” Star to be Deposed in Ponzi Scheme Case.

A Florida federal judge has ordered Mark Cuban, the billionaire star of “Shark Tank” and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, to be deposed in a proposed class action. The proposed lawsuit accuses Cuban of promoting an alleged Ponzi scheme by Voyager Digital Holdings, a cryptocurrency brokerage. Investors say the company conned them out of billions. I […]

Dry Shampoo Products Recalled Due to Benzene and Its Link to Leukemia

I’m a six-year survivor of AML leukemia thanks to the doctors, nurses, and researchers at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. As a trial lawyer and a leukemia survivor, I am keenly aware that exposure to benzene has a strong causal association with leukemia. Lately, many consumer spray products containing benzene have been recalled […]

Court Rejects GTECH’s Opposition to Mediation

GTECH filed an opposition to the court-ordered settlement mediation conference in Steele et al. v. GTECH Corporation. In summary, GTECH argued that a mediation at this stage, given the large number of plaintiffs and the large amount of money at stake, would not be a worthwhile use of time. The Court rejected GTECH’s argument and […]

Port of Houston Not Immune From Injury Suit

The 14th Court of Appeals in Houston has ruled that the Port of Houston Authority can’t claim sovereign immunity to avoid liability in a personal injury lawsuit. The suit arises out of the collision between a gantry crane operated by an employee of the Port of Houston and a truck driven by an independent truck […]

Medicaid Lien on Future Expenses Complicates Injury Settlements

The United States Supreme Court recently decided Gallardo et al. v. Marstiller, an opinion that changes the way Medicaid liens may be calculated in personal injury settlements and judgments. In a seven to two opinion, the Justices held that Medicaid may seek recovery not only of past medical expenses paid on behalf of a Plaintiff, […]

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