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Singer / Bea Wins Summary Judgment In Patent Case

Beginning in August 2012, The Tawnsaura Group, LLC (“Tawnsaura”) filed 92 actions in the Central District of California alleging infringement of two neutraceutical patents and immediately began seeking below nuisance value settlements.  Early in the action, our team recognized that the asserted patents had a fatal flaw, they claimed a hypothesis in violation of the patent statute’s enablement and utility requirements.  In other words, the patentee had not provided … full story

Renee Bea appointed to Board of Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

Congratulations to our partner, Renee Bea, who was recently appointed to a three year term on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter.  The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter serves more than 4.5 million people in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and Solano counties.  It works to provide relief to those affected by disasters and empowers individuals in the community to prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.  To learn mo… full story

Benjamin Singer to Speak at Upcoming IP Conference

Our partner, Benjamin Singer, will be one of the speakers at The Seminar Group's upcoming IP conference titled IP Issues in the Food and Beverage Industry.  The conference is scheduled for October 16 and 17, 2014 in Napa, CA.  Topics that will be covered include patent law developments, patents and trade secrets, trade dress protection, trademarks and copyrights, plus more.  CLE Credits will be offered.  

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Benjamin Singer Quoted in Today’s Daily Journal

Our partner, Benjamin Singer, was quoted in today’s Daily Journal in an article titled Patent Holders Moved Lawsuits South about the recent uptick in patent litigations filed in the Southern District of California in 2013.  Read the story here (subscription required).

Singer / Bea settles contentious wage and hour / overtime claim

The California Labor Code is one of the most challenging set of statutes for employers anywhere in the country.   For almost all Labor Code violations, the burden of proof falls on the employer, making the defense of employment claims particularly challenging in California.  The experienced employment law experts at Singer / Bea just settled a wage and hour / overtime dispute involving a complicated set of hour shifting and banked employment credits where the very existence of … full story

Singer / Bea retained in another employment matter

When one of the world's largest environmental engineering and consulting companies--with more than 14,000 employees worldwide--was sued for disability discrimination, they turned to the employment law experts at Singer / Bea to mount an aggressive and rapid defense.  Employment litigation is one of the firm's core practice areas, with our attorneys defending companies against claims of trade-secret misappropriation, disability discrimination, harassment, wage and hour … full story

Celebrity trainer Ashley Conrad chooses Singer / Bea

Ashley Conrad gets some of the biggest stars in hollywood and professional sports ready to do their thing. She understands what it means to be a true master of your craft.  Understandably then, when she was sued for trademark infringement in the Central District of California, she called on the IP experts at Singer / Bea to defend her. "Singer / Bea has a long and successful history defending fitness and supplement companies in intellectual property matters, and we are honored that … full story

Singer / Bea retained to defend Coppola trademark action

Coppola Foods is a nearly century-old, family-owned business based in Salerno Italy. When they were sued in the Northern District of California for allegedly infringing a family marks obtained by Francis Ford Coppola, they selected the experienced IP litigators at Singer / Bea to defend them. Plaintiff and current holder of the marks at issue, a limited partnership named GMYL, is represented by K&L Gates LLP.    

Singer / Bea resolves employment claim

The California legal environment is particularly challenging for employers, especially when it comes to proper classification of individuals as employees or individual contractors.  The firm successfully settled a complex labor lawsuit where the plaintiff claimed that an employee was wrongfully classified as an independent contractor, resulting in adverse tax consequences and an IRS audit.  The plaintiff also alleged causes of action for overtime violations, discriminatio… full story