Michael Chase

Michael Chase

About Michael Chase

I enjoy live shows, concerts and sports. I am a big opera fan, and I served for a decade on the board of the Sacramento Opera Company, including a stint as its president.
6 07, 2020

Buckles, Clasps, and Other New Tools for Trademark Enforcement

2020-07-06T23:12:57+00:00July 6th, 2020|Litigation Articles|

Business that use trademarks or service marks now have a more powerful remedy against others who use those marks, or confusingly similar ones, without consent. A new United States Supreme Court decision, issued April 23, 2020, removes the requirement of proving willful infringement to recover lost profits. Plaintiffs in trademark lawsuits can now recover losses by proving infringement alone. This decision Continue Reading

11 10, 2019

I’ve Been Waiting Seven Months for My Copyright Registration. Is My Creative Work at Risk of an Infringement Suit?

2019-10-22T22:29:18+00:00October 11th, 2019|Litigation Articles|

If your business involves creating generating creative expressions (like books, photographs, or even websites) you probably already know you can prevent unauthorized use or copying of your creative works by filing a lawsuit under federal copyright law.  And you may know that, before you can file suit against an unauthorized user or copier (an “infringer”), you must register your copyright in Continue Reading

1 02, 2019

What Do You Mean I Have to Litigate There? Corporate Bylaws May Dictate the Forum of Intra-corporate Disputes

2019-10-22T22:33:36+00:00February 1st, 2019|Litigation Articles|

Corporate bylaws that require intra-corporate disputes to be resolved in a specific forum may be enforceable, even when they call for litigation in distant states.  This can pose a major obstacle to efficient resolution of such disputes.

Background

When you find yourself in a business dispute, and it looks like the only way the dispute will be resolved is through litigation, a major Continue Reading

28 12, 2017

Federal Court of Appeals Rules in Favor of Enforcing Arbitration Agreements

2019-10-22T22:35:23+00:00December 28th, 2017|Litigation Articles|

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles appeals from all California federal courts, recently delivered a blow to Uber drivers seeking to maintain a class action lawsuit against the ride-sharing company. In Mohamed v. Uber Technologies, Inc., the Court held that the arbitration agreements signed by drivers at the outset of their relationship with Uber were largely enforceable.  The Court Continue Reading