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9th Circuit February 2018 News

When one of the nation's largest beer producers decided to rebrand one of the worst beers in the country, they probably didn't think it could get any worse. However, MillerCoors may now be fighting an uphill legal battle as, not surprisingly for MillerCoors, the rebranding team clearly isn't into craft beer and seems to have clearly infringed on one of the biggest craft brewery's IP.

Stone Brewing Company filed suit against MillerCoors as a result of its Keystone beer being rebranded as just Stone. As Stone Brewing explains in the federal complaint, the mass produced beer not only confuses consumers with this rebranding, it harms the craft beer company's reputation because it is an inferior product. Interestingly though, in a video posted by the craft brewery's CEO, he claims that the lawsuit would go away if Keystone just put the Key back in the name.

San Francisco, known for its steep hills, foggy cold weather, high hippies, and high rent, has successfully defended a challenge to its landlord buyout law. It's no secret: Because of the critical lack of housing in San Francisco, as well as the high demand from high income earners, the rent and housing prices are simply out of control.

Complicating matters for landlords, San Francisco has some of the strongest renters' protections in the country, including such strong eviction restrictions that landlords often will pay tenants to move out rather than go through an eviction. And, as you may have guessed, San Francisco even has protections for renters negotiating a buyout with their landlords.

Court: Wyland Didn't Infringe for Crossing Dolphins Art

Peter A. Folkens drew a picture of two dolphins crossing underwater. Robert Wyland painted a similar picture.

The artists appreciate the same marine animals, but they have had different commercial successes. Folkens' drawing, adapted for a Greenpeace card, sells for 1.50 Euros. Wyland's art sells for a lot more.

Folkens thought he could capture some of Wyland's earnings by suing for copyright in Folkens v. Wyland Worldwide. A federal appeals court said there is no copyright in a naturally occuring scene.

Immigration is a hot button issue across the nation, particularly in the current political climate where strict travel restrictions and a border wall are being sought after.

Relying on anecdotes and without citing actual evidence, the acting Director of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement has stoked the flames and placed blame on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for basically encouraging undocumented immigration.

9th Rejects Terror Case Against Twitter

Lloyd Fields and James Creach were training police in Jordan when a local officer started shooting at them.

The Americans were in the country to teach basic police skills, but they died that day in 2015. The Islamic State, a terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack.

Back in the United States, the families of the slain men sued Twitter for supporting ISIS by allowing the group to use Twitter accounts. In Fields v. Twitter Inc., a federal appeals court said the plaintiffs didn't show a connection to their deaths.