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June 2012 Archives

Website enjoined for Las Vegas casino trademark infringement

Based on the filing of a trademark infringement lawsuit by a Las Vegas casino hotel, a federal judge has issued an injunction ordering a website operated by Marchex Sales Inc. to be shut down. The order was issued June 22 in federal district court in Las Vegas at the request of American Casino & Entertainment Properties LLC, the owner of the Stratosphere. Similar business litigation asserting trademark infringement claims were recently filed in Las Vegas by the gaming companies Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Shuffle Master Inc. The Las Vegas Sands lawsuit was reported in our May 4 blog post.

Kevin Costner prevails in business fraud lawsuit

Those who read our June 6 blog post may be curious about the results of a lawsuit brought by actor Stephen Baldwin against fellow thespian Kevin Costner earlier in June. We can now report that Baldwin and the other plaintiff have lost their suit after the jury found for Costner and his business partner. The jury did not believe that the plaintiffs established their claim that Costner committed fraud by convincing them to sell their shares in a company that marketed an oil spill cleanup device.

Makeup teachers sue Nevada board over license requirement

Two Nevada residents who operated schools to teach professional makeup application say that they should not have to get cosmetology licenses as required by the State Board of Cosmetology. The women, who encountered heavy fines when they attempted to run their businesses without a license, have filed litigation in federal court against the board, accusing it of violating their constitutional rights.

More accusations in Wynn board member litigation

The legal struggle between Wynn Resorts Ltd. and one of its board members includes new litigation and fresh accusations on both sides. In the latest developments, the board member has filed another lawsuit against Wynn to undo the company's forcible buyback of his $2.7 billion in shares. Meanwhile, Wynn is accusing the board member of ducking service of process for a lawsuit the company filed against him.

Passengers suing over pilot's rant during flight to Las Vegas

A group of ten people who were passengers aboard a JetBlue flight when the pilot entered the cabin saying, "we're all going down," have filed a lawsuit against the airline. Though none of the plaintiffs suffered significant physical injuries during the incident, which ended after passengers and flight attendants restrained the pilot, in the litigation they are alleging that JetBlue's negligently allowing the pilot to fly the plane caused them severe emotional trauma.

Company that owned Las Vegas newspaper copyrights appeals

A nonprofit organization that won dismissal of a copyright lawsuit against a company known primarily for filing no-notice litigation against website and blog owners is asking a federal judge to dismiss the company's appeal as well. The nonprofit is arguing that the company, Righthaven LLC, was not damaged by its use of the copyrighted material and that it is protected by the fair use exception.

Lawsuit over Kevin Costner's centrifuge sale to BP begins

Do readers in Nevada remember the 1995 film "Waterworld"? The now-infamous flop starred Kevin Costner and was about a future world with a shortage of drinking water. It was during the making of that movie that Costner first developed an interest in using centrifuges to separate crude oil from water in the event of an oil spill. Now that inspiration has led to business litigation between Costner and fellow actor Stephen Baldwin.

Las Vegas among leading cities for slip-and-fall scams

Las Vegas is the 30th-largest city in the U.S., but a new study indicates that the city is outpunching its weight class when it comes to dubious slip-and-fall personal injury claims against local businesses. The report, released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau, found that Las Vegas had the fifth-highest number of questionable premises liability claims from the beginning of 2010 through the end of 2011.

Man beaten in Las Vegas casino bathroom sues for negligence

A man who was badly beaten while staying at a Las Vegas hotel and casino in 2010 has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the casino, accusing management of failing to prevent the assault by providing proper security. His attorney says the man suffered bleeding on the brain and subsequent loss of cognitive function as a result of the attack, which took place in a restroom.

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