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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has frequently been criticized as a "rogue" court, and the Supreme Court has been reining it in of late. (Of course, the Federal Circuit was also helped with the resignation of former Chief Judge Randall Rader, who never met a patent he wouldn't enforce.)

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court took the Federal Circuit down a notch again, in the long-watched case Teva Pharmaceuticals v. Sandoz.

Trademark tacking is a jury question, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court said in Hana Financial, Inc. v. Hana Bank, resolving a circuit split about whether it's the judge or the jury who makes that determination.

The High Court upheld a decision of the Ninth Circuit (take a picture; it'll last longer) finding that it was the jury that should decide whether facts exist to support trademark tacking. The Ninth Circuit, like the trial court, found in favor of Hana Bank.

Last year, the Supreme Court all but destroyed Aereo, a company that made its money by streaming over-the-air broadcasting to people's computers and mobile devices.

Because Aereo, unlike cable TV companies, didn't pay broadcasters and content providers for Aereo's "performance" of their work, the Court found copyright infringement. At worst, the decision could have doomed all streaming services.

Back in 2011, we learned that several Silicon Valley companies agreed not to poach each other's employees, resulting in suppressed wages. The class ended up in federal court and looked close to a settlement by April of last year.

Judge Lucy Koh, however, rejected the proposed $324 million settlement, which would have resulted in $5,000 per employee in the class. Koh said the settlement wasn't reasonable, given that each employee would walk away with $3,750 after attorneys' fees and that an expert for the plaintiffs calculated damages in the billions.

Almost a year later, we have another proposed settlement.

From pomegranate juice to something I understand: beer. Lagunitas, maker of hoppier-than-thou India Pale Ales (IPAs), filed a lawsuit against the other national brewer of IPAs, Sierra Nevada, claiming trademark infringement.

But after negative reaction on social media, Lagunitas owner Tony Magee announced late Tuesday the company planned to drop the lawsuit, SFGate reports.

What was the issue? No, Lagunitas wasn't brazen enough to claim that it owned the letters "IPA." Rather, like POM Wonderful, it claimed that the packaging design on Sierra Nevada's IPA was too similar to Lagunitas'.

Thanks to Apple, Beats Electronics -- makers of those oh-so-hip headphones with the lowercase "B" on them -- has deeper pockets than when it was just Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Apple scooped up Beats, Iovine, and Dr. Dre back in August for $3 billion.

Monster, which formerly designed and made "Beats by Dr. Dre" headphones, wants a piece of that. It's suing Dre, Iovine, and electronics maker HTC for what Monster calls "corporate betrayal" relating to HTC's 2011 acquisition of an ownership stake in Beats.

Back in May, the NCAA, game-maker EA Sports, and plaintiffs reached an agreement over the NCAA's use of college football players' likenesses without paying them.

Earlier this week, video game football was dealt another blow as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals allowed an ex-NFL players suit to proceed against EA for using former players' likenesses without their permission.

In December, the National Labor Relations Board issued a controversial new set of regulations governing union elections. Well, they're controversial if you're a business that doesn't want unions and takes advantage of a longer election timeline in order to disseminate anti-union propaganda.

Tired of being pushed around by the clearly immensely powerful labor unions, business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have filed a lawsuit to stop the new regulations from going into effect.

POM Wonderful Continues Label Litigation Win Streak

It's much ado about pomegranate juice labels. Last year, a little pomegranate juice maker, POM Wonderful, made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The issue? Labeling, and whether they could sue a competitor over that company's deceptive labels.

Last week, they did it again: POM won another labeling case, this time taking down a trademark infringer at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Here's a hypothetical double standard: Airline companies have complex fare systems, designed to be complex, so that you can't really compare what you're paying for. Different classes of tickets have different restrictions, some of which are obvious, and others of which aren't. That's perfectly fine.

Then, a regular person comes along, finds a loophole in this Byzantine fee structure, and now the airlines are suing.