The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on March 24 that Trial Trademark and Appeal Board (TTAB) decisions “can be weighty enough” to preclude a district court from litigating the likelihood of confusion between trademarks in a subsequent infringement suit. The decision in B&B Hardware, Inc. v Hargis Industries, Inc. may not settle the nearly 20-year dispute between the owners of the SEALTIGHT and SEALTITE marks; however, the ruling is likely to increase the importance of TTAB proceedings. In certain circumstances, federal district courts may be bound by TTAB determinations that trademarks are confusingly similar under the doctrine of issue preclusion. Issue preclusion prevents the same issues from being litigated more than once, saving time and resources.
The Supreme Court of the United States on Tuesday ruled in favor of several Milwaukee-area companies who are challenging natural gas companies over alleged price fixing.
Milwaukee's Harbor District, one of the city's most opportunistic areas for ongoing development, will evolve quicker if state authorities and others continue to streamline remediation policies and procedures.