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Equity Firm Offers Cash-Out for Remington Shares; Supreme Court Rules on Felon Firearm Transfers

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 Firm Offers Cash Out to Investors who Own Shares in Remington Outdoor

May 19, 2015; Private equity firm Cerberus Capital issued a letter to its investors on Friday, advising them that they are permitted to sell their stakes in Remington Outdoor (formerly known as Freedom Group). Investors now have thirty days to make a decision as to whether they want to sell their shares in the country’s oldest firearm manufacturer.  Despite its public commitment to sell Remington Outdoor following the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Cerberus itself has not yet done so, chiefly citing that it has not found an acceptable offer. Investors who decide to not sell their shares will have their shares transferred to a separate financial entity, as Cerberus is planning to remove Remington from its main private equity funds.

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Corporations Consider Registering Trademarks in Cuba as Trade Relations Expand

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April 28, 2015: As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to transform, corporations are beginning to realize the potential to expand their businesses into a country that once was off limits. Selling goods and services in Cuba means that corporations will want to have their brand name and products trademarked in Cuba as part of a brand protection strategy. Of note, Cuba has a different trademark system than the United States. The United States has a first to use trademark system whereby using the trademark gives the owner rights, even if the trademark is not formally registered. In contrast, Cuba utilizes a first to file system where priority stems from the applicant being the first to register the trademark with the Cuban trademark office. This system creates more of a race to submit applications and ensures that you are the first to file your mark.

Those who already have trademark rights through the Madrid Protocol may request an extension of protection into Cuba, which is a member of both the Madrid Agreement and Madrid Protocol. Brand owners may also file applications through Cuba’s national application.

As trade relations expand, we strongly recommend considering registering your trademarks in Cuba; and to act sooner than later. The Cuban trademark process is notoriously slower than the U.S. process; sometimes taking years to obtain a registration.

For more information about trademarks or other intellectual property issues, please contact John F. Renzulli or Julianna Orgel-Eaton.

Recent Claims in Sandy Hook Shooting Should Be Barred By Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act

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January 2, 2015:  On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza murdered twenty-six people and injured an additional six people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.  Representatives of the estates of eight of the people he killed, and one person who was injured, filed a lawsuit in the Connecticut Superior Court on December 13, 2014.  Rather than suing Adam Lanza’s estate, however, they filed suit against the manufacturer, wholesale distributor and retail dealer who sold the Bushmaster XM15-E2S Modern Sporting Rifle that he used in the shooting.

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Spotlight on Asbestos Litigation

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March 5, 2015: The current New York asbestos litigation landscape is changing. There are approximately 3,101 active cases pending in New York City Asbestos Litigation (“NYCAL”), ongoing negotiations on the Case Management Order (“CMO”) which seeks to change the current New York City asbestos litigation procedures and a sharp increase in the number of asbestos-related commercials on television. One of the most significant changes is the inclusion of punitive damages as a viable remedy for plaintiffs. Since 1996, New York City asbestos litigation has been the only jurisdiction in New York State in which plaintiffs have been unable to recover punitive damages from defendants.

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Renzulli Law Firm, LLP Successful on Appeal in New York Labor Law Case

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January 2, 2015: Renzulli Law Firm, LLP recently obtained a complete dismissal of all claims against a premises owner and large contractor on an appeal to the New York Appellate Division, First Department.  In a lawsuit titled Brown v. New York Hospital Medical Center, a case previously pending in the New York Supreme Court, County of New York, our firm represented the defendant general contractor and the property owner.  Plaintiff claimed that he was injured due to defendants’ violation of New York’s statutory Labor Law and Industrial Code.

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Inconsistencies Amongst NY SAFE Act "Database" and Ammo Laws Frustrate Many

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December 16, 2014: Provisions governing ammunition sales within the NY SAFE Act have caused unrest amongst firearm retailers and consumers who want to insure that they are selling/purchasing ammunition legally. 

An open letter in early 2014 from NY State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico noted, in pertinent part, that "the [SAFE Act] requires that as of January 15, 2014, all ammunition transfers take place in person, including internet sales, which must be facilitated by a New York State ammunition seller," and "the law will also require retail sellers to do background checks and record sales once a New York State database is established and operational."

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TTAB Rules In Favor of Anthropologie In Trademark Opposition Proceeding

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December 16, 2014:  In a recent determination by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) (Opposition No. 91204412), Happy Green Company’s LLC’s application for “ANTHRO” in international class 3 for bath salts; bath soaps; cleaning and washing preparations; cosmetics and makeup; deodorants and antiperspirants; fragrance etc. was held to be too close to the trademark “ANTHROPOLOGIE” registered by Anthropologie, Inc. and U.O. Merchandise, Inc. ANTHROPOLOGIE is registered in several classes for retail department store services, clothing, handbags, and clothing and fashion accessories. The Board refused registration of the “ANTHRO” trademark on the grounds that a likelihood of confusion exists between the two marks.

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