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We've been hearing a lot of security data breaches lately -- some would say too much. From the Target and Neiman Marcus debacle to last week's Heartbleed bug, we now know why cybersecurity is on the minds of general counsel not just in the U.S., but worldwide.

Based on a recent district court decision, the data breach itself may be the least of a company's problem. What may be worse is not only the media and consumer fallout, but the possibility of FTC enforcement actions, and private litigation.

Please pass the Advil. 

We like Newegg's style. When confronted with patent trolls in the past, the company has refused to settle, even when the cost of doing so would've been miniscule in comparison to fighting the case all the way through the Federal Circuit.

The company previously took down Soverain's "shopping cart" patent through litigation. This time, it's part of a coalition of companies, including Geico Insurance, that has taken on Macrosolve, a company that allegedly turned troll when other revenue channels collapsed. According to Newegg's Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng, Macrosolve received more than $4 million in settlements before the coalition banded together and refused to pay even the miniscule amounts requested ($50,000 to $100,000) as a matter of principle.

Geico dealt the death blow, initiating an ex parte re-examination of the patent, which covered using questionnaires on a mobile app. The patent claims were rejected, and now Macrosolve is dismissing defendants, reports Ars Technica.

This troll must have missed the memo about suing only those who can't defend themselves.

The basic patent troll business model is this: Get patents, sue small businesses that can't afford to pay for legal defense, and negotiate nuisance settlements. It's easy, it's effective, and if you get enough settlements, you can rake in a decent revenue stream without filing any lawsuits, even if your patent is junk.

The problem for Personal Audio is that they sued Adam Carolla, of "Loveline" and "The Man Show" fame. He's not only a celebrity, but he's a frank, outspoken, and willing crusader.

The New York Attorney General ("NYAG") originally filed a complaint against Fed Ex in December, and on Sunday, filed an amended complaint against the shipping giant. The controversy surrounds FedEx's alleged untaxed shipments of cigarettes, that according to the NYAG, results in a "'direct tax loss' of more than $10 million, reports InsideCounsel.

The Complaint

In the complaint, the NYAG alleges that FedEx shipped over 140 tons of contraband, untaxed cigarettes between 2005 and 2012. The complaint states nine claims for relief under federal, and state laws, including violations of: (1) trafficking in contraband cigarettes; (2) RICO; (3) conspiracy under RICO; (4) failure to label cigarettes; (5) unlawful of shipment of cigarettes; (7) public nuisance; and (8) violation of the assurance of compliance. In addition, the NYAG is seeking injunctive relief, the appointment of a compliance monitor, and nearly $76 million in damages and $163,435,000 in penalties.

If the news of lean finely textured beef ("LFTB"), a/k/a "pink slime," being sold and used as food brought to mind images like this, then you are not alone. Well, Beef Products, Inc. is not having it. They stand behind their beef, and in 2012 they sued ABC, and the scientist who dubbed LFTB "pink slime," asking for $1.2 billion in damages resulting from plant closures and layoffs, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Procedural History

The 27-count, 257-page complaint included the following claims: defamation for false statements, defamation for false implications, common law product disparagement for false statements, common law product disparagement for false implications, statutory product disparagement for false implications under South Dakota law, and tortious interference with business relationships.

Graffiti artist turned Contemporary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has become a pop culture phenomenon since his death from a heroin overdose in 1988, at the age of 27. In his short life, he caused a stir in the art scene, dated Madonna before she was the Queen of Pop, and was best buddies with Andy Warhol.

The Adler Collection

On March 3, 2014 was supposed to host an online auction of Basquiat's works from Alexis Adler's collection. Adler, a former lover and roommate of Jean-Michel Basquiat acquired the work when he moved out and left the items behind. Having sensed the time was right, she decided to put the collection up for auction, through Christie's and stated: "I am releasing it to the world. ... It is no longer appropriate for me to be holding on to this," reports WCBS.

Albertsons and Safeway Merge Into Mega Grocery

Cerberus Capital Management agreed to buy Safeway for more than $9 billion and plans to merge it with Albertsons.

Safeway, the second largest grocer in the U.S., will merge with Albertsons, the fifth largest grocer, which Cerberus bought from SuperValu last year, Forbes reports. But this deal may not be in the (brown paper) bag quite just yet.

In-House Counsel: Review Your Company's Security Check Process

Does your company compensate workers for time spent going through a security screening?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently granted a petition to review whether workers in a Nevada warehouse, which fills orders for Amazon, may be entitled to compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act for time spent going through security screenings while off-the-clock.

The Court's ruling could set a de facto national standard on post-work security screening compensation.

Keurig, a subdivision of Green Mountain Coffee, makes single-cup pod-style coffee makers. Until 2011, they held 100 percent of the legitimate market, as they had a patent on the cups.

Until 2011.

And late last year, Green Mountain's attempt to use method patents to stop the burgeoning third-party pod market was shot down by the Federal Circuit, putting the company's $2.4 billion cash cow at risk. The Federal Circuit called the strategy an "end-run around exhaustion," dismissing the company's argument that their method patents applied to the brewers, end-users were violating those patents, and that competitors were inducing infringement.

Exhibit A of why patent reform is needed: White Castle.

The family-run, slider-slinging burger joint has apparently been targeted by not one, not two, but three different patent trolls in recent years. And no, the patents have nothing to do with steamed buns or circular-shaped chicken rings. (How do they do it?)

White Castle received demand letters regarding their digital menu boards, the use of QR barcodes on their packaging, and about putting a hyperlink in an email, reports Legal Newsline. Patent claims over menus, barcodes, and hyperlinks -- this is why we need patent reform.