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Commercial & Bankruptcy Law News

Posted on: Jun 18, 2019

From the American Bankruptcy Institute:

Recently, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Mission Product Holdings Inc. v. Tempnology LLC, 17-1657 (Sup. Ct.), reversed the First Circuit and held that rejection of an executory trademark license does not bar the licensee from continuing to use the mark. As Justice Elena Kagan said, “A rejection breaches a contract but does not rescind it.”

The opinion was almost unanimous, with Justice Neil M. Gorsuch dissenting; he believes the petition for certiorari should have been dismissed as improvidently granted. In his view, the Court could not grant effective relief.

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