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  • Visa and MasterCard Must Face ATM Fees Antitrust Case, D.C. Circuit Says

    By Zoe Tillman

    A federal appeals court in Washington on Tuesday revived an antitrust case that accuses Visa and MasterCard of conspiring to keep ATM access fees high. Independent ATM operators and ATM users sued Visa and MasterCard over rules the companies put in place that restricted ATM access fees. The rules block ATM operators from charging different fees for the use of certain networks to process transactions, even if it costs the operator less to use a non-Visa or MasterCard network.

  • Trump Sues Celebrity Chef Geoffrey Zakarian

    By Zoe Tillman

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has filed a second lawsuit in Washington that accuses a celebrity chef of breaking a contract to open a restaurant in the new Trump hotel in downtown Washington. The complaint against Geoffrey Zakarian comes days after Trump sued chef and restaurateur José Andrés over his decision to pull out of Trump's hotel project. Zakarian, like Andrés, scrapped plans for a restaurant in the hotel in response to Trump's controversial remarks about immigration.

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Regulation

  • Takata Executive 'Deeply Sorry' for Air Bag Defects

    By Mike Sacks

    A senior executive from Takata Corp. appeared before the Senate Commerce Committee on Tuesday to update lawmakers on the recall of nearly 34 million vehicles installed with the company's air bags.

  • Trade Agency Weighs Banning Import of Nokia Phones

    By Jenna Greene

    Four technology companies tell the U.S. International Trade Commission that banning the importation of some Nokia phones could harm the public interest. A coalition of research and development companies and a U.S. senator took the opposite tack, urging the agency to protect patent rights.

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Litigation

  • Testing New Law, Ray Charles Foundation's Suit Revived

    By Amanda Bronstad

    A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit brought by The Ray Charles Foundation against the musician’s children who sought to terminate copyrights to 51 of his songs. The case, brought in 2012, is among the first to test a provision of the Copyright Act that allows an artist, or his or her surviving family members, to terminate copyrights 35 years after they were granted.

  • Meet the Seyfarth Lawyer in Trump's Restaurant Suits

    By Happy Carlock

    Rebecca Woods, the Seyfarth Shaw partner in Washington who's suing celebrity chefs José Andrés and Geoffrey Zakarian on behalf of a Donald Trump hotel development, is a veteran commercial litigator who's accustomed to multimillion-dollar court fights.

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