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When a Bee Is a Fish in the Eyes of the Law

Posted by: Anna Price

Last month, a California court held that for the purpose of receiving legal protection under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA), the act’s definition of “fish” is broad enough to include bees. At first blush, this decision may cause some head-scratching, so let’s begin with a brief background of the laws at play in this …

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Upcoming US Law Webinars – May 2022

Posted by: Anna Price

We regularly publish blog posts on court decisions both new and old, as well as foreign and multinational cases and courts. If you are interested in learning more about strategies legal researchers use to find court cases and materials, please join us for next month’s U.S. Law webinar on case law research. Webinar attendees will …

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A Tour Through Yellowstone: Tracing the Park’s Legislative History on Its 150th Anniversary

Posted by: Anna Price

Today marks Yellowstone National Park’s 150th anniversary. On March 1, 1872, President Grant signed into law a statute creating Yellowstone, making it America’s first national park. To celebrate this occasion, we have compiled legislative materials related to the park, including 19th century survey reports of the Wyoming Territory, bill texts, debates and votes on the …

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A Cheese by Any Other Name: The Legal Challenge over “Gruyere”

Posted by: Anna Price

On December 15, 2021, the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia upheld an administrative decision finding that, in the United States, “gruyere” is a generic term for a type of cheese, and therefore ineligible for legal protection through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Gruyère is a geographic region of Switzerland …

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Upcoming US Law Webinars – March 2022

Posted by: Anna Price

In March, we are introducing a new addition to our orientation to legal research webinars. To date, this series has included recurring classes on navigating legal resources from the U.S. government’s three branches: statutes, administrative laws, and court opinions. Our new class on federal legislative history will offer a deeper dive into a bill’s lifecycle, and …