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ADT awarded $4 million in deceptive trade practices suit

A jury in the Southern District of Florida awarded security firm ADT $4 million in damages in the culmination of its deceptive trade practices lawsuit against Alder Holdings, Inc. ADT's dispute with Alder dates back to around 2012 when ADT first accused Alder of encouraging sales staff to falsely present themselves as ADT employees.

Huawei seeks to expedite its lawsuit against the U.S.

Recently, Chinese tech company Huawei moved for summary judgment in its lawsuit against the United States. By doing so, Huawei argues there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law on its claim concerning the constitutionality of section 889 of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act.

What Elon Musk's disputes with the SEC can teach us

Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently settled a case with securities regulators relating to tweets about projected sales numbers. Prior to this deal, the Securities and Exchange Commission demanded Musk be held in contempt over these tweets, alleging they violated a previous settlement agreement.

Apple and Qualcomm settle worldwide after two years in dispute

Tech giants Apple and Qualcomm had just begun trial last week when they announced an agreement to dismiss all lawsuits worldwide. Details of the settlement are scarce, but the deal includes Apple paying unspecified royalties for the use of Qualcomm's patented mobile chip technology for the next six years. Qualcomm will continue to supply Apple with mobile chips for its iPhone products.

Keeping proprietary information safe in business litigation

Discovery is the crucial stage in the litigation process where parties seek to obtain the evidence they need to support their positions. Since parties may generally obtain "discovery regarding any matter that is not privileged and is relevant to the subject matter of the pending action," broad swaths of documents and information are often requested.

Vans and Target in dispute over sneaker design

Canvas sneakers are popular casual footwear in Texas and across the country. This has helped lead to an intellectual property dispute between a shoe manufacturer and a major retail giant. Vans is suing Target in California, alleging that the discount department store's Carmella Lace-Up sneaker infringes on its trademarks for the Old Skool sneaker silhouette. The footwear company said that the appearance of the product is likely to create confusion among consumers about what they are buying.

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