Quiz: Test your knowledge of August's top legal news

Recapping the most significant--or just plain strangest--news stories of the past month

August

Another month gone, another InsideCounsel news quiz. Read through the following 10 questions, then click through to the next page to discover how much you remember about August's most significant--and strangest--top legal stories.

 

1. Which Ivy League school was sued by South Korean Dongguk University over mistakenly confirming an art professor’s graduation from its university?

  1. Princeton
  2. Yale
  3. Dartmouth
  4. Harvard

2. Maybe not everybody can put on a happy face: Which retail giant is being sued by a group of former women employees for gender discrimination related to their pay?

  1. Target
  2. Costco
  3. K-Mart
  4. Wal-Mart

3. He knows you want… a lawsuit? Which summer smash hit is at the center of a New York lawsuit, which the song’s artists filed after being accused of copying both Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways”?

  1. Blurred Lines
  2. Get Lucky
  3. We Can’t Stop
  4. Can’t Hold Us

4. Which U.S. professional sports league is facing litigation from 10 former players, including five Hall of Famers, over use of their likenesses in league promotional material?

  1. NBA
  2. NFL
  3. NHL
  4. MLB

5. Which west coast city is currently embroiled in a fight over intellectual property rights concerning the city’s line of roadside bathrooms?

  1. Portland
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Francisco
  4. Seattle

6. Which one of these major U.S. airlines is not currently facing a Department of Justice antitrust suit following an attempted merger?

  1. U.S. Airways
  2. American Airlines
  3. Southwest

7. Which August film was at the center of a copyright suit against Millennium Films by Arrow Productions, which claimed violated copyright?

  1. We’re the Millers
  2. Ender’s Game
  3. Lovelace
  4. One Direction: This is Us in 3D

8. Which popular food brand was accused of falsely advertising its product as “heart-healthy”?

  1. Cheerios Cereal
  2. Triscuit Crackers
  3. Campbell’s Soup
  4. Land O’ Lakes Butter

9. Nothing can be certain other than death and … no taxes? Which online retailer has petitioned to the Supreme Court to hear a case that would allow it to not charge New York customers with state sales tax?

  1. Overstock.com
  2. Amazon.com
  3. Buy.com
  4. EBay.com

10. The Chinese banking market is growing exponentially, and it seems like every major firm wants a piece. But which banking giant ran into trouble in August for allegedly bribing Chinese officials in exchange for government contracts?

  1. Bank of America
  2. Citigroup
  3. Wells Fargo
  4. JPMorgan Chase

 

Yale

 

1. Which Ivy League school was sued by South Korean Dongguk University over mistakenly confirming an art professor’s graduation from its university?

  1. Princeton
  2. Yale
  3. Dartmouth
  4. Harvard

2. Yale

Dongguk was none too happy when it determined art history professor Shin Jeong-ah had faked receiving a doctorate from the Ivy League school. And Dongguk was furious when it realized that it had called Yale for confirmation of Shin’s degree, and Yale had mistakenly confirmed her attendances. But a 2nd Circuit judge ruled that Yale was not guilty of negligence, defamation and reckless conduct in the case, since its administrators did not act with actual malice when confirming the degree.

 

Wal-Mart

 

2. Maybe not everybody can put on a happy face: Which retail giant is being sued by a group of former women employees for gender discrimination related to their pay?

  1. Target
  2. Costco
  3. K-Mart
  4. Wal-Mart

4. Wal-Mart

But the going for the plaintiffs won’t be easy. In Dukes v. Wal-Mart in California, the group of women had originally intended to proceed as a class, but a U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled in early August that the plaintiffs did not show they had enough in common to proceed with class certification.

 

Thicke

 

3. He knows you want… a lawsuit? Which summer smash hit is at the center of a New York lawsuit, which the song’s artists filed after being accused of copying both Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” and Funkadelic’s “Sexy Ways”?

  1. Blurred Lines
  2. Get Lucky
  3. We Can’t Stop
  4. Can’t Hold Us

1. Blurred Lines

Robin Thicke and his “Blurred Lines” cohorts, T.I. and Pharrell, know more than just how to make good music. They also know how to file for declaratory judgment in court, looking to prevent lawsuits from Gaye’s family or Bridgeport Music (the label for Funkadelic) in relation to copyright over the song. As of this writing, no judgment has been passed down, and the two potential suits from Gaye’s family and Bridgeport Music remain simply threats.

 

NFL

 

4. Which U.S. professional sports league is facing litigation from 10 former players, including five Hall of Famers, over use of their likenesses in league promotional material?

  1. NBA
  2. NFL
  3. NHL
  4. MLB

2. NFL

“It was a stormy night as the boys of fall strode into the courthouse …” The former players claimed that NFL Films, which is owned by the league, had used their likenesses on film promotional materials without proper compensation. “NFL Films’ continued use of former players’ images is unauthorized, and not consented to,” says the complaint. “It expropriates for itself and usurps commercial opportunities that would otherwise flow to and belong to the former players.”

 

Portland

 

5. Which west coast city is currently embroiled in a fight over intellectual property rights concerning the city’s line of roadside bathrooms?

  1. Portland
  2. Los Angeles
  3. San Francisco
  4. Seattle

1. Portland

Of course it’s Portland; would you expect any less? The “Portland Loo” has drawn rave reviews for featuring open slats at the top and bottom to let police see how many people are inside, as well as an anti-graffiti coating and an outside hand-washing station to promote shorter use. However, Oregon company Romtec Inc. made a similar “Sidewalk Restroom” and attempted to sell it for less than Portland’s model. That drew Portland’s ire, and the city claimed in a lawsuit, “After the success of the Portland Loo, Romtec now seeks to usurp the urban market with its Sidewalk Restroom, which is an obvious knock-off of the Portland Loo.”

 

Southwest

 

6. Which one of these major U.S. airlines is not currently facing a Department of Justice antitrust suit following an attempted merger?

  1. U.S. Airways
  2. American Airlines
  3. Southwest

3. Southwest

U.S. Airways Group Inc. and American Airlines’ parent company AMR Corp. agreed to terms of a merger earlier this year, but the road to a combined company has been littered with legal pitfalls. The most recent came earlier this month, when the Department of Justice filed suit against the merger, claiming the combined company would reduce competition and result in higher fares for American travelers.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement, “By challenging this merger, the Department of Justice is saying that the American people deserve better.”

 

Lovelace

 

7. Which August film was at the center of a copyright suit against Millennium Films by Arrow Productions, which claimed violated copyright?

  1. We’re the Millers
  2. Ender’s Game
  3. Lovelace
  4. One Direction: This is Us in 3D

3. Lovelace

OK, how many people are going to admit to actually knowing this one? Millennium Films, who produced a movie entitled “Lovelace” following the tumultuous life of porn star Linda Lovelace (real name Linda Boreman), won a big victory against the producers of porn film “Deep Throat.” Arrow Productions had claimed that the new film, which profiles Boreman’s rise and fall in the porn industry, unlawfully uses more than five minutes of footage from “Deep Throat,” in violation of Arrow’s copyright.

 

Campbell

 

8. Which popular food brand was accused of falsely advertising its product as “heart-healthy”?

  1. Cheerios Cereal
  2. Triscuit Crackers
  3. Campbell’s Soup
  4. Land O’ Lakes Butter

3. Campbell’s Soup

I wouldn’t eat that entire Cream of Potato quite yet. Consumer Kerry O’Shea is suing Campbell Soup Co. for claiming the soups are more healthy than they actually are. According to the suit, the soup’s sodium levels are higher than American Heart Association (AHA) standards typically allow. The AHA released a statement in response, saying, "Our Food Certification Program regularly conducts laboratory testing to verify that products earning the Heart Check meet our nutritional criteria.”

 

Amazon

 

9. Nothing can be certain other than death and … no taxes? Which online retailer has petitioned to the Supreme Court to hear a case that would allow it to not charge New York customers with state sales tax?

  1. Overstock.com
  2. Amazon.com
  3. Buy.com
  4. EBay.com

2. Amazon.com

Not having to pay sales tax for online purchases is a major part of an online retailer’s business model, and Amazon is ready to go to the Supreme Court to keep that right. The retailer filed an appeal last week to the Supreme Court, saying its New York operations weren’t substantial enough to trigger sales tax levies. This appeal comes after an earlier New York State Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the tax. Amazon says that ruling was in error because advertising through New York-based third parties should not constitute a physical presence.

 

JPMorgan

 

10. The Chinese banking market is growing exponentially, and it seems like every major firm wants a piece. But which banking giant ran into trouble in August for allegedly bribing Chinese officials in exchange for government contracts?

  1. Bank of America
  2. Citigroup
  3. Wells Fargo
  4. JPMorgan Chase

4. JPMorgan Chase

It hasn’t been an easy month for the banking giant, which is still facing the fallout from last year’s “London Whale” scandal that cost the company billions of dollars. But this scandal opens up a whole new front: The SEC has launched an investigation into whether JPMorgan Chase attempted to secure important contracts by hiring the children of Chinese officials to high-ranking positions. In one instance, JPMorgan reportedly hired a former banking regulator’s son to a chairman position. After this hire, the company then received multiple coveted assignments from the Chinese government.

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