Attorneys at Winston & Strawn declared victory following a June 14 jury verdict in a copyright and trademark dispute brought by Games Workshop Ltd. over miniature add-on pieces and parts for the Warhammer 40,000 game.
In a case involving more than 200 copyrights and trademarks associated with the tabletop fantasy game, the jury found infringement on more than half of the claims and awarded $25,000 to Games Workshop.
But Chapterhouse Studios LLC, a small company run out of a Texas man's garage, was spared a total shutdown of its business. That's great news for gamers. After all, where else does one get a Pilum Imperial Attack Jet Bike, a Dragon Rhino Door Kit and a Death Angel Storm Shield? — Amanda Bronstad
Texas appellate solo Chad Baruch is now the head basketball coach of Paul Quinn College in Dallas. He says he left a job at a private Jewish school a year ago where he was basketball coach, and mutual attorney acquaintances put him in touch with fellow lawyer and president of Paul Quinn Michael Sorrell. Sorrell has been getting positive press in recent years for improving the once-struggling school by raising academic standards, hiring quality professors and even going so far as turning the school's unused football field into a vibrant vegetable garden. — Texas Lawyer
Alaska native Jesus Mabalot has learned the hard way — twice over — not to feed the bears. Mabalot was visiting a church picnic at Eklutna Lake Campground, and after drinking a bit he went on a bicycle ride, according to published accounts. He took some barbecue meat with him, and when he encountered a black bear he threw some at the animal. The bear then attacked Mabalot, scratching his back and his chin. While being treated for his injuries at Alaska Regional Hospital, Mabalot told a state trooper about the incident. That's when he discovered that it's illegal in Alaska to feed bears or other wild game without a permit. State troopers told the Anchorage Daily News that the fine for the citation is $310. — Richard Binder
Litigation over whether an auction house can sell Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant's memorabilia consigned by his mother was resolved in time for an online auction. Six pieces, including two National Basketball Association 2000 championship rings owned by Bryant's parents, were expected to bring in more than $500,000. Auction head Ken Goldin sued on May 2 for a declaratory judgment after Bryant sent a cease-and-desist letter. He had already advanced Bryant's parents $450,000. — New Jersey Law Journal