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3M to Pay $6 Billion Over Earplug Case
August 30, 2023 at 4:00 am

3M will pay $6.01 billion to settle lawsuits brought about by U.S. military veterans and other service members who said they suffered hearing loss from using the company's earplugs. The suit, according to Reuters, became the largest mass tort litigation in U.S. history. 3M attempted to move the lawsuits into bankruptcy court to limit its…

Taiwan Pet Company Accuses Tesla of Copying Cardboard Cat Box Design
August 18, 2023 at 9:12 am

A few days ago, we reported that Tesla was selling a cardboard litter box/cat bed that matched the angular shape of its yet-to-be-released Cybertruck. It turns out, the angles and shape might be coincidental, as a Taiwan-based pet company is claiming Tesla "borrowed" its existing design. According to Focus Taiwan, the Taiwan-based based Hulumao…

Trader Joe's Is Suing Worker's Union Over Merchandise Trademark
July 17, 2023 at 10:56 am

Trader Joe's United, the union representing Trader Joe's employees, has been selling merchandise like apparel, buttons, bags, and coffee mugs as a means of raising funds. However, the grocery store chain is now claiming that the union is infringing on its copyright by using certain imagery and markings on the products.

Artist's Granddaughter Sues Nirvana Over 'Inferno' T-shirt Design
July 6, 2023 at 11:03 am

Nirvana LLC, alongside Live Nation Merchandise, have been selling T-shirts, hoodies and mugs with a design of "Upper Hell" from Dante's Inferno, as drawn by C.S. Scott-Giles. The artist's granddaughter claims that Nirvana illegally used and claimed ownership of the image.