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The Last Straw for Starbucks? Company Pledges to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020 Starbucks announced on July 9 that it plans to phase out plastic straws from its 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020. This move follows the city of Seattle’s recent ban on plastic straws, where...

While California’s journey to legalizing cannabis began in 1972, the first ballot initiative approved by California voters was the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (also known as “Proposition 215”). Proposition 215 legalized the use, possession, and cultivation of cannabis by individuals with a physician’s recommendation...

Montel Williams Files Suit against Marijuana Retailers for Trademark Infringement The famous talk show host Montel Williams filed a lawsuit against medical marijuana retailers under the Lanham Act and Florida’s right to privacy and publicity statute for using his likeness to propagate fake advertisements and news...

I became interested in water and the Internet of Things (“IoT”) several years ago when I had a below ground water leak at home that resulted in a large water bill. Since I live in the Silicon Valley, California, the high tech capital of the...

ROSE Beer Denied Trademark Application for Being Too Generic The United States Patent and Trademark Office refused to allow a company to register the mark ROSE for its beer based mixed beverages. In order to qualify for registration, a proposed mark must be able to distinguish the...

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination “on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations of any place of public accommodation.” Title III of the ADA contains 12 specific categories of public...

Farms are as American as apple pie. Thus, they have become one of American politicians' favorite businesses. Unsurprisingly, they get tax advantages unavailable to most other businesses. A well-advised farmer should be aware of these advantages, on top of their other governmental subsidies (which have...

Although strict products liability law applies to food products, there are several defenses and exceptions available to defendants facing strict liability claims. We will provide an overview of this area of law as we address the issues related to food contamination.In California, with limited exceptions...

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