The Supreme Court closed the door to removal to federal court for third-party counterclaim defendants.  Only the defendant the original plaintiff sued has the privilege of removing under 28 U.S.C §1441 and § 1453(b).  As for defendants to counterclaims or
Continue Reading Home Depot v. Jackson: Further Refining Who Has the Power to Remove a Case to Federal Court (Authored by Faruki Summer Associate Raika N. Casey at rcasey@ficlaw.com)

In June of this year, in Iancu v. Brunetti, 139 S.Ct. 2294 (2019) the Supreme Court struck down the statutory prohibition on federal registration of a so-called “scandalous” trademark — in this instance, “FUCT” – as conflicting with the First
Continue Reading Supreme Court: Refusing to Register Offensive Trademarks Is Offensive to the First Amendment

Erin has significant experience defending state and federal class actions, and frequently assists clients navigate a variety of contract issues (e.g., non-compete, non-disclosure, non-disparagement, employment, licensing, distribution, trade secrets, entertainment).  She also leads the firm’s media and communications practice, which
Continue Reading Faruki Partner Erin Rhinehart Added to National List of Influencers

For the year 2019-2020, Erin Rhinehart has been selected as Vice President for the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (“OWBA”).  The OWBA was formed in 1991 to build a community of lawyers who are interested in the issues that uniquely affect
Continue Reading Faruki PLL Partner, Erin Rhinehart, Selected as Vice President of Ohio Women’s Bar Association for 2019-2020

In Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela, No. 17-988 (Apr. 24, 2019), the Supreme Court held that because of the “fundamental” differences between individual arbitration and class arbitration — i.e., a class action claim that is determined in an arbitration proceeding
Continue Reading Supreme Court: Like School on Saturday, an Ambiguous Arbitration Agreement Has No Class (Arbitration)

If you’ve ever eaten at a Burger King in Ohio, it may well be one that is owned and operated by Carrols LLC, the largest franchisee of Burger King restaurants in the United States.  Carrols and its related entities own
Continue Reading What’s an Employer to Do About its Standard Arbitration Agreement in all of its Employee Contracts in Ohio – Arnold v. Burger King and Jones v. Carrols, LLC d/b/a Burger King