Robot Assisted Discovery—ESI and the Use of “Predictive Coding” Software in Civil Litigation

For various reasons, including storage, ease of access, environmental concerns, etc., many businesses have moved away from keeping hard copies of files—and most files are now stored electronically.  The shift from paper to electronic files has created new challenges for litigation discovery—the process of gathering information for a lawsuit.  Increasingly,…

Does the Parody Defense Save “Dumb Starbucks” from Trademark Infringement?

Recently, a coffee shop called “Dumb Starbucks” was opened in Los Angeles, California.[1]  Dumb Starbucks admits to using the store front, name, and logo (apart from the word: dumb) of the famous Starbucks® coffee shops while offering similar goods and services.[2]  Although Dumb Starbucks has apparently been shut for not…