Pabst v. MillerCoors: Battle of the Brews Heading to Trial

Somewhere in between the time when Pabst Blue Ribbon was just Frank Booth’s favorite beverage and when it became the go-to can of every skinny-jeaned hipster from Bushwick to Silver Lake, production of the beer itself was taken over by conglomerate MillerCoors. That production agreement, signed in 1999, is set to expire in 2020, and …

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Is Herbal Essences ‘Herbal’ Enough? Procter & Gamble Fail to Wash Hands of Shampoo Lawsuit

We live in a day and age when marketing products as either organic, all natural, or environmentally friendly influences sales. Eco-conscious consumers are looking to vote with their dollars, and, whether those products are actually better than their synthetic counterparts, we feel better about ourselves for buying the “good stuff.” But what happens when you …

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‘Right to Repair’ Movement Wins Landmark Victory

If your car breaks down, you can take it to just about any repair shop you want. You might even have the know-how and the parts to fix it yourself. The same hasn’t always been true for smartphones and other electronic devices with embedded software. U.S. copyright law prohibited bypassing, breaking, or hacking digital rights …

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Drafting Enforceable User Agreements and Liability Waivers

We’ve all seen user agreements, terms of service, and liability waivers, and, more often than not, we’ve signed or clicked our assent without even thinking. As a small business owner, you may even have one for your products or services. Lime and Bird, two electric scooter companies have user agreements that — they hope — …

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Caught on Video Shoplifting From a Cashierless Store: Is This Traffic Cam 2.0?

A customer walks into a store and only sees merchandise. No cashier. No security cop. And about 30 cameras watching his or her every move, using behavioral data, to decide if that customer will buy, steal, or forego that candy bar. Cashierless stores are the next brainchild in the marriage between self-automation and artificial intelligence. …

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Boring Company Gets Approval for Garage-To-Hyperloop Elevator Shaft

No, not like an unexciting company; like the Boring Company, Elon Musk’s serendipitously-named tunneling company. The same company that just got approval from the Hawthorne City Council to build a shaft from a local residence that would go down to part of the company’s tunneling laboratory, a shaft that would one day house an elevator …

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Is a Restaurant Liable for a Customer Choking on Food?

Choking is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths, accounting for over 5,000 deaths in 2016. Unblocking an airway within minutes can be the difference between life, death, and extremely impaired quality of life. When choking occurs, time is of the essence, and it’s a natural human instinct to want to help. If choking …

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