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Check out the latest crop of featured cases from Justia’s Dockets.

Hank Azaria v. Craig Bierko et al., (US District Court, C.D. California)

Actor Hank Azaria, well-known for his voice actor roles in “The Simpsons” television show, filed a copyright lawsuit seeking declaratory relief against actor Craig Bierko in a dispute over the voice and other rights of ‘Jim Brockmire,’ a baseball announcer character.

Hank Azaria Sues Over a Character Voice, (11/16/12)

The People of the State of California v. eBay, Inc., (US District Court, N.D. California)

United States of America v. eBay, Inc., (US District Court, N.D. California)

The U.S. Department of Justice filed this antitrust lawsuit against eBay because of its an agreement between the online marketplace company and Intuit, a software company that develops financial and tax preparation software. The non-competition agreement between the two companies prohibits either from hiring employees from the other company. The two companies otherwise compete directly for highly specialized computer engineers and research scientists. California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against both companies under California law, citing the state’s stricter restrictions against anticompetitive behavior.

eBay, Intuit Signed Noncompetitive Agreement, Government Alleges, The Huffington Post (11/16/12)

Chicago Board Options Exchange, Incorporated v. International Securities Exchange, LLC (US District Court, N.D. Illinois)

The Chicago Board Options Exchange filed a $525 million dollar patent infringement lawsuit against a competing options exchange, International Securities Exchange, alleging that three of its Quote Risk Monitor patents are being infringed.

CBOE Sues International Securities Exchange Over Patents, Bloomberg BusinessWeek (11/13/12)

Posted in: Legal Research

I’m sure most of our readers are familiar with Justia’s Civil Dockets, a section on our site which allows users to search through civil dockets filed in the US Federal District and Appellate Courts since 2004. What I’m not sure about is whether folks realize that on a weekly basis our team of editors here at Justia picks out cases from the dockets filings we feel are worthy of being a featured case. Featured cases in this regard include matters grabbing headlines that week in both the national and legal press, patent suits from the tech world, and other noteworthy cases.  When we feature a case, our editors essentially set in motion a process in which the initial complaint or filing is downloaded and we grab the rest of the docket sheet so that our users can (for free) see what has been filed up to that point in the proceedings. Depending on how important we feel a a lawsuit is, we’ll download all the actual filings in a docket and/or set up tracking so that when new filings are added, our users will be able to see or download those as well. Featured cases in Dockets are denoted by a yellow star next to the case name.

We thought it might be a great idea to start up a weekly blog post which lists various cases we’ve recently featured. To the extent we can, we’ll give a brief synopsis of the suit and also link over to any news articles and analysis which more fully discuss the matter.


Posted in: Legal Research

The Justia Dockets & Filings website offers attorneys, journalists, litigants, and legal researchers a simple tool for discovering and tracking litigation in the various federal courts. I find the website to be absolutely indispensable for tracking who is suing and who is being sued.

For example, I subscribe to the following RSS feeds to track lawsuits involving technology companies, such as Google, Facebook and Apple. You will find a routine stream of complaints over privacy, patents and petty consumer grievances. For the latter group, I sometimes wonder about the plaintiffs who cannot resolve minor disputes without resorting to a federal class action. In this day and age of increasing transparency in the legal system, are these plaintiffs giving sufficient forethought to how a potential future employer may view their degree of litigiousness over seemingly trivial disputes?