M&A Year in Review: 2022 Marched in Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Despite the precipitous drop in M&A activity during the second half of 2022, many law firms kept busy with new deals during Q4. From geopolitical turmoil to rapidly increasing interest rates, companies’ appetites for acquisitions cooled – but not without many deals proceeding nonetheless. Matterhorn’s...

Github and Microsoft Press Court for Dismissal of Developers’ OpenAI Software Piracy Class Action

On Thursday, defendants GitHub and Microsoft moved to dismiss a copyright lawsuit filed by two anonymous software developers alleging that the companies...

NutraClick Beauty and Health Subscription Fraud Victims See Nearly $1M in Refunds from FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is returning nearly a million dollars to consumers from the cosmetics and supplements subscription service NutraClick LLC....

YETI Sues Sellers of Imitation Tumblers for Trade Dress Infringement

On Wednesday, YETI Coolers, Inc. filed a complaint to the Western District of Texas against Love Deals Inc. and Endliss Technology Inc....

M&A

Featured Viewpoints

APCT Acquires Advanced Circuits as U.S.-China Chip War Escalates

Circuit board manufacturer APCT, Inc. announced its acquisition of Advanced Circuits, Inc. in an all cash merger valued at $220 million. APCT...

Black Gold: Cactus Acquires FlexSteel as U.S. Oil Production Booms

2023 has kicked off with a flurry of M&A activity, including Cactus, Inc.’s $621 million acquisition of FlexSteel Technologies Holdings, Inc. The...

Could 2023 See the Next M&A Boom?

After a steep slowdown during the second half of 2022, M&A activity will likely pick up in the coming months – if...

SEC Says Gold Mining SPAC Ex-CFO Orchestrated $5M Fraud Scheme

According to court records, Cooper Morgenthau has pled guilty to embezzling funds from the three SPACs he founded. For violating the Securities...

M&A Year in Review: 2022 Marched in Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb

Despite the precipitous drop in M&A activity during the second half of 2022, many law firms kept busy with new deals during...

Flying Cameras: Gaps in Drone Regulation and How Courts Can Fill Them … at Least for Now

Drones have rapidly transformed dozens of industries since hitting the commercial market. International aid groups use medical drones to deliver life-saving medications and vaccines...

VIEWPOINTS: Settlement Changes Calculus for Gunmakers’ Insurers

On February 15, 2022, Remington Arms, manufacturer of the Bushmaster AR15-style rifle, agreed to pay $73 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the...

VIEWPOINTS: M&A Transactions Face Heightened Government Scrutiny

In the latest signal of the antitrust regulation’s renewed teeth, the Senate confirmed Jonathan Kanter to lead the U.S. Department of Justice’s...

VIEWPOINTS: COVID at the Gate – Tracking Merger and Securities Litigation Through the Pandemic

Logan Beirne, CEO of Matterhorn Transactions. The United States mergers & acquisitions (M&A) market has faced a...

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Emerging Tech

Github and Microsoft Press Court for Dismissal of Developers’ OpenAI Software Piracy Class Action

On Thursday, defendants GitHub and Microsoft moved to dismiss a copyright lawsuit filed by two anonymous software developers alleging that the companies used developers’ software code to create an AI-based coding assistance product called Copilot. The defendants...

Private Suit Follows SEC Action Against Genesis Capital

In the wake of a similar suit brought by regulators, a group of investors has filed a class action complaint against...

Nexo Latest to Settle with SEC and States over Unregistered Crypto Offerings in $45M Deal

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and separately, ten state attorneys general announced agreements with Nexo Inc. and Nexo Capital Inc. (together,...

Founder of Crypto Exchange Bitzlato Arrested for Laundering of Over $700M of Illicit Funds

According to the Department of Justice, Anatoly Legkodymov, a Russian national was arrested in Miami, Fla. on Tuesday for operating a China-based...

Artists Take on AI Image Generator Stability AI for Copyright Violations

A lawsuit filed in San Francisco, Calif. federal court last Friday challenges two artificial intelligence-powered (AI) image generators as modern collage tools...

Health

NutraClick Beauty and Health Subscription Fraud Victims See Nearly $1M in Refunds from FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is returning nearly a million dollars to consumers from the cosmetics and supplements subscription service NutraClick LLC. The FTC alleges that contrary to a 2016 agreement, NutraClick continued its practice of charging customers without their consent. In...

FTC Fines LasikPlus for Bait-and-Switch Eye Surgery Ads

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3–1 to file a complaint and accept the consent agreement with LCA-Vision. They allege the company...

N.D. Cal. Dismisses Securities Class Action Against BioMarin Pharma

On Thursday, the Northern District of California issued an order granting BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.’s motion to dismiss the class action securities lawsuit...

Plaintiffs Receive Favorable Ruling in Melatonin Supplement Mislabeling Suit

Judge Charles Breyer, of the Northern District of California, has largely denied Zarbee’s Inc.’s motion to dismiss a suit alleging that the...

Food & Agriculture

False Ad Class Action Scorches Fireball Maker

Damien Patterson filed a class-action complaint against the Sazerac Company, Inc for false advertising. He argues that Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and Fireball Cinnamon Malt Drink have labels that are confusingly similar.  Patterson purports in the filing to be fond of Fireball Cinnamon...

Chipotle Receives Telemarketing Complaint After Spamming Customers with Offers

Last week , a class action lawsuit was filed against restaurant chain Chipotle in the Central District of California. The lawsuit, brought...

AGs Tell EPA Leaded Aviation Fuel Harms Humans and Environment

A coalition of attorneys general from 12 states, including New York, California, and the District of Columbia, wrote a letter to the...

Northern District of California Issues Mixed Ruling in Class Action Challenging Gerber’s Non-GMO Claims

On Friday, the Northern District of California issued an order denying in part and granting in part Gerber Products Company’s motion to...

Around Law Street

CWA Complaint Filed Against Equestrian Facility Stabling 450 Horses

Plaintiff Orange County Coastkeeper (OCC) filed a citizen enforcement provision Clean Water Act (CWA) suit against defendants Equestrian Services II, Inc. and...

FTC Orders Mastercard to Halt Anticompetitive Business Tactics

According to a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announcement made Friday, the agency is ordering Mastercard Inc. to end illegal business tactics that...

Court Sides with AbbVie by Blocking Biosimilar Patent Dismissal Bid

In an opinion issued on Monday, a Chicago court sided with drug maker AbbVie in its lawsuit against Icelandic biotechnology company Alvotech...

FCC Proposes Forfeiture for Eight TV Station Groups for Failure To Negotiate In Good Faith

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) considered an application for review (AFR) Tuesday by fifteen licensees in eight television broadcast station groups regarding...

Class Action Takes on Southwest Over Holiday Time Nationwide Service Collapse

A suit filed in federal court in Louisiana before the close of the year claims that Southwest Airlines Company (SWA) breached its...

Court Sides with Employee in Medical Billing Retaliation Case

An Eastern District of Michigan judge sided with a magistrate and, by extension, the plaintiff in a case alleging that the plaintiff...

Judge Blocks Trump Administration From Banning WeChat

On Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler of the Northern District of California blocked the Trump administration’s order banning WeChat, the popular Chinese-owned...

Apex Clearing Secures Dismissal of Meme Stock Litigation Claims

The Southern District of Florida has granted defendant Apex Clearing Corporation’s motion to dismiss a securities suit against them. While Judge...

California City Sues County Health System for Failure to Reimburse Medical Transports

In a complaint filed last Thursday in San Mateo County Superior Court, the city of South San Francisco alleged that the San...

Intellectual Property

Wayfair Secures Dismissal of False Advertising Claims in Williams Sonoma’s Furniture Rip-Off Suit

An opinion issued Tuesday by Judge Patti B. Saris said that the majority of Williams Sonoma Inc.’s (WSI) claims against Wayfair Inc....

In Latest TM Suits, Patagonia Sues Gearbubble and MyLocker for Infringement

Apparel company Patagonia filed two related lawsuits against Gearbubble and MyLocker claiming that their trademarked logo was being illegally used to sell...

Brand Battle Between Tech Transportation Tech Cos. Glydways and Glyd Brought in District of Delaware

Glydways Inc., a transportation technology and clean energy company based in South San Francisco, Calif., has sued Los Angeles-based Glyd Inc. over...

Policy

NutraClick Beauty and Health Subscription Fraud Victims See Nearly $1M in Refunds from FTC

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is returning nearly a million dollars to consumers from the cosmetics and supplements subscription service NutraClick LLC....

FCC Takes on Mortgage Scam Robocall Campaign Targeting Homeowners

On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ordered telecommunications companies to refuse suspected illegal traffic from dialing platform PhoneBurner, which reportedly facilitated...

FTC Fines LasikPlus for Bait-and-Switch Eye Surgery Ads

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted 3–1 to file a complaint and accept the consent agreement with LCA-Vision. They allege the company...

Cybersecurity

Cloud Computing Co. Rackspace Hit with Class Action Over Data Breach

Two Rackspace Technology Inc. clients have sued the cloud technologies provider over a data breach that occurred in early December and led...

Class Action Takes on T-Mobile for Latest Breach of Customer Data

A negligence suit filed in Los Angeles, Calif. claims that T-Mobile US Inc. has once again failed to protect its mobile subscribers’...

T-Mobile Data Breach Victims Move for Final Approval of ‘New High-Water Mark’ $350M Settlement

A memorandum filed on Tuesday asked the Western District of Missouri court overseeing the multidistrict litigation to grant final approval to the...

Cannabis

False Ad Class Action Scorches Fireball Maker

Damien Patterson filed a class-action complaint against the Sazerac Company, Inc for false advertising. He argues that Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey and Fireball...

Chipotle Receives Telemarketing Complaint After Spamming Customers with Offers

Last week , a class action lawsuit was filed against restaurant chain Chipotle in the Central District of California. The lawsuit, brought...

AGs Tell EPA Leaded Aviation Fuel Harms Humans and Environment

A coalition of attorneys general from 12 states, including New York, California, and the District of Columbia, wrote a letter to the...

Environment

AGs Tell EPA Leaded Aviation Fuel Harms Humans and Environment

A coalition of attorneys general from 12 states, including New York, California, and the District of Columbia, wrote a letter to the...

Sotera Health Announces $408M Resolution of Ethylene Oxide Suits

Sotera Health Company has announced a $408 million settlement with plaintiffs alleging damages due to an accused ethylene oxide leak. This comes...

Evian Maker Sued Over Carbon Neutral Claims

A California woman who purchased defendant Danone Waters of America’s Evian Natural Spring Water product is suing the company for representing that...