Industrial & Manufacturing Blog
- Blog: Antitrust UpdateIndirect Purchasers Cannot Sue Qualcomm Under Federal Law, But State Law Claims SurvivePosted on November 21, 2017 by Kathrina Szymborski, Jonathan H. HatchA federal judge in California has refused to allow indirect purchasers of semiconductor chips—i.e., cell phone consumers—to bring claims against Qualcomm under federal antitrust law. Plaintiffs allege Qualcomm’s patent licensing practices are anticompetitive and constitute an abuse of Qualcomm’s dominant position in the supply of semiconductor chips. As a result of these practices, plaintiffs say, [...]
- Blog: Infrastructure Law and Policy BlogMichigan Legislators Introduce Soo Locks Modernization ActPosted on June 19, 2017 by Andrew J. SwitalskiRecent events at the federal level indicate that the Soo Locks Modernization Project may soon take a giant leap forward. At this month’s Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference, members of Michigan’s Congressional delegation announced plans to introduce legislation to finance improvements to the Soo Locks. The Soo Locks Modernization Act, sponsored by Sen. Stabenow and Rep. Jack Bergman, would direct the Army Corps of Engineers to carry out construction of a second large lock to supplement the aging Poe Lock. As we have previously noted, the Poe Lock is currently the o...
- Blog: Automotive Warranty & Recall BlogDeath Bed Planning From a Different Perspective (Estate of Nancy H. Powell)Posted on May 22, 2017 by Lance HallThe Estate of Powell is a case of aggressive estate planning that failed. While his mother, Nancy H. Powell, was “hospitalized and in intensive care,” her son, under a power of attorney formed a partnership, transferred $10,000,752 into a newly formed partnership, NHP Enterprises L.P. (NHP), in return for a 99% limited partner interest. Her two […]