Quiz: Test your knowledge of November’s top legal news

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

November

 

Think you’re caught up on all of November’s top legal news? Then test your skills right here with our monthly news quiz. Read through the following 10 questions, then click through to the next page to discover how much you remember about this month’s most significant and strangest top legal stories.

1. Which major financial services firm recently completed a $13 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over backing shoddy securities, leading to the 2008 financial crisis?

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

2. The National Labor Relations Board recently charged what major retailer with illegally disciplining and firing employees over Black Friday strikes and protests?

  1. Walmart
  2. K-Mart
  3. Best Buy
  4. Target

3. Which hotel chain is fighting back against the Federal Trade Commission, saying in court in early November that the FTC has no right to police data security standards?

  1. Hilton Hotels Corp.
  2. Best Western International
  3. Marriott International
  4. Wyndham Worldwide

4. Which major search engine is facing litigation from a whole host of Internet and film companies, seeking nearly $49 million in damages for alleged illegal video hosting?

  1. Google
  2. Bing
  3. Yahoo
  4. Baidu

5. Which common food marketing phrase is slowly being phased out as customers file litigation that says products aren’t what they claim?

  1. Low fat
  2. All-natural
  3. Not from concentrate
  4. Low cholesterol

6. U.S. government regulators are now looking towards what platform  of communication  as a source of questionable financial trader activity?

  1. Chat rooms
  2. Twitter
  3. Message boards
  4. Skype

7. Actor Rob Brown has accused the flagship store of what retailer of racial profiling, following similar allegations of clothing store Barney’s just a few weeks earlier?

  1. J.C. Penney’s
  2. Sears
  3. Macy’s
  4. Kohl’s

8. Technology company LightSquared is suing makers of what product, claiming they conspired to block LightSquared’s rollout of wireless networks to underserved areas?

  1. Smartphone
  2. GPS
  3. Modem
  4. Books

9. A guitar from which musical artist may fetch up to $500,000 at auction after a court settlement allowed the guitar’s original owner to be authenticated?

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. David Bowie
  4. Bob Dylan

10. A key prop of what long-running TV show is the subject of an IP dispute between the show’s current parent company and the writer of the show’s first episode?

  1. The Simpsons
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Sesame Street
  4. Power Rangers

Answers are on the next page, so have your scoresheet nice and finalized before clicking through.


All set? Then here are your answers:

JPMorgan Chase

1. Which major financial services firm recently completed a $13 billion settlement with the Department of Justice over backing shoddy securities, leading to the 2008 financial crisis?

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

3. JPMorgan Chase

OK, maybe I started a little bit too easy here. It’s been next to impossible to ignore the ongoing settlement talks between the DOJ and the major bank, and it’s been even harder to ignore the $13 billion settlement between the two parties. According to the DOJ investigation, JPMorgan knew about improprieties as far back as 2006. The deal also represents a major victory for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and is the largest government penalty to a single entity in U.S. history.

 

Walmart

2. The National Labor Relations Board recently charged what major retailer with illegally disciplining and firing employees over Black Friday strikes and protests?

  1. Walmart
  2. K-Mart
  3. Best Buy
  4. Target

1. Walmart

When a union-backed group called “Our Walmart” organized protests at over 1,000 Walmart stores in 46 states last year to ask for higher wages, the company didn’t take kindly to the disruption to Black Friday sales. According to the NLRB, Walmart took action against about 100 employees in over a dozen states, either firing or disciplining them for their participation in the protest. Walmart spokesman David Tovar allegedly issued public threats against employees, saying on CBS News, “If associates are scheduled to work on Black Friday, we expect them to show up and to do their job, and if they don’t, depending on the circumstances, there could be consequences.”

 

Wyndham Worldwide

3. Which hotel chain is fighting back against the Federal Trade Commission, saying in court in early November that the FTC has no right to police data security standards?

  1. Hilton Hotels Corp.
  2. Best Western International
  3. Marriott International
  4. Wyndham Worldwide

4. Wyndham Worldwide

When the FTC filed suit against Wyndham in 2012 over a data breach at the company, the hotelier didn’t take kindly to the litigation. While there was no argument that a data breach had occurred, the company’s lawyers did not believe that the FTC specifically held jurisdiction over the case. “I'm not disputing that data security is an important issue,” said Eugene Assaf, a lawyer for Wyndham said. “My quarrel is that the FTC is actually not the agency that's supposed to be doing it.” In the time since, Wyndham says, the company has severely beefed up its cybersecurity measures.

 

Baidu

4. Which major search engine is facing litigation from a whole host of Internet and film companies, seeking nearly $49 million in damages for alleged illegal video hosting?

  1. Google
  2. Bing
  3. Yahoo
  4. Baidu

4. Baidu

Wait, litigation… and it’s not Google? Baidu, the largest search engine in China, has been largely unregulated since its inception and has drawn fire for violating copyright by illegally hosting a large array of movies and other forms of media. However, a large group of Chinese Internet and film companies have decided enough is enough, filing suit in multiple different courts around the country. “We cannot keep competing because where thieves and robbers are having their way, law-abiding companies cannot survive,” said Charles Zhang, chairman of burgeoning legitimate movie website Sohu.

 

All-natural

5. Which common food marketing phrase is slowly being phased out as customers file litigation that says products aren’t what they claim?

  1. Low fat
  2. All-natural
  3. Not from concentrate
  4. Low cholesterol

2. All-natural

Thinking twice about the all-natural oatmeal you had for breakfast this morning? Perhaps you should, because according to recent litigation, many all-natural products don’t deliver what they advertise. According to the Wall Street Journal, Unilever, PLC's Ben & Jerry's, Kellogg Co., Kashi, Beam Inc.’s Skinnygirl alcohol drinks and dozens of other brands have been the targets of litigation against their all-natural products. Some, such as Goldfish snacks, will no longer carry the all-natural label as a result. Perhaps as a reaction to the lawsuits, Congress is considering a “food labeling modernization” bill that would eliminate some of these problems.

 

Chat rooms

6. U.S. government regulators are now looking towards what platform  of communication  as a source of questionable financial trader activity?

  1. Chat rooms
  2. Twitter
  3. Message boards
  4. Skype

1. Chat rooms

Thought the use for the chat room went the way of dial-up Internet and MySpace? According to regulators, they are indeed still around and possibly hold a sinister purpose: harboring those who wish to engage in insider trading. According to a government probe, as reported by the Wall Street Journal, chats with titles like “The Cartel” allow traders to openly joke about the influence they wield of the markets, which could be disastrous for these banks if the conversations are linked to illegal activity. Those familiar with government investigations say that RBS, Barclays, UBS, J.P. Morgan and Citigroup have all suspended traders in connection with manipulation of economic markets.

 

Macy's

7. Actor Rob Brown has accused the flagship store of what retailer of racial profiling, following similar allegations of clothing store Barney’s just a few weeks earlier?

  1. J.C. Penney’s
  2. Sears
  3. Macy’s
  4. Kohl’s

3. Macy’s

When Rob Brown, who stars in the HBO show “Treme”, purchased a watch in Macy’s flagship New York City store, he was expecting to simply hand over his money and walk over to his next appearance. However, the store and the NYPD had other plans, accusing Brown of giving a false name and attempting to commit credit card fraud. When the police recognized their mistake, they offered to escort him to his next destination in a police car with flashing lights. However, that wasn’t enough for Brown, who has filed a class action suit against the store for repeated profiling.

 

GPS

8. Technology company LightSquared is suing makers of what product, claiming they conspired to block LightSquared’s rollout of wireless networks to underserved areas?

  1. Smartphone
  2. GPS
  3. Modem
  4. Books

2. GPS

No, the evil Book Lobby isn’t trying to hold those without wireless networks down from being able to communicate. Instead, LightSquared argues, the company was unable to obtain certification for their 4G LTE networks with the Federal Communications Commission, and ultimately had its license to use the wireless spectrum revoked. LightSquared filed suit, saying the license revocation was directly a product of the GPS industry’s lobbying: “The Defendants engaged in a calculated effort to block the deployment of a new wireless broadband network that would serve millions of underserved consumers at lower prices while increasing competition and innovation in the wireless industry.”

 

Bob Dylan

9. A guitar from which musical artist may fetch up to $500,000 at auction after a court settlement allowed the guitar’s original owner to be authenticated?

  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. Elvis Presley
  3. David Bowie
  4. Bob Dylan

4. Bob Dylan

The guitar in question was originally from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival, also known as the first public appearance where Dylan played with an electric guitar instead of an acoustic one. The guitar ended up in the hands of New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson, who claimed Dylan left the instrument on a plane that her father flew. Dylan originally tried to claim that Peterson’s guitar wasn’t the real Newport Folk Festival guitar, but the artist and Peterson eventually came to a court settlement. Dylan will receive an undisclosed portion of the guitar’s auction proceeds in exchange for verification.

 

Doctor Who

10. A key prop of what long-running TV show is the subject of an IP dispute between the show’s current parent company and the writer of the show’s first episode?

  1. The Simpsons
  2. Doctor Who
  3. Sesame Street
  4. Power Rangers

2. Doctor Who

What would Doctor Who be without his famous blue wooden box, the TARDIS? The prop, which stands for “Time And Relative Dimension In Space,” is a famous part of Doctor Who lore, dating back to the show’s first episode almost exactly 50 years ago (Nov. 23, 1963). However, who exactly owns the IP rights to the TARDIS, the BBC or the man who wrote the prop into the show? That’s for British courts to decide after Stef Coburn, the son of the original writer, filed suit in British court claiming copyright rights. As InsideCounsel’s resident Doctor Who expert Rich Steeves wrote, “This is a problem that cannot easily be solved by waving a sonic screwdriver around. It’s ineffective against litigation, after all. And wood.”

 

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