US law and business press ~ Illegal music sampling, valid "kryptonite" trademark, Westar Energy indictment, Bankruptcy Code limitations

In Wednesday's US law and business press, the ABA Journal reports on a Sixth US Circuit Court of Appeals opinion regarding unlawful music "sampling".... The New York Law Journal reports on a NY district judge's ruling that DC Comics, owner of the "Superman" franchise, owns a valid trademark in "kryptonite" that can be protected from infringement by a bicycle lock company which adopted the name.... The Kansas City Business Journal reports that a TX grand jury has indicted Westar Energy Inc. for donations to a PAC operated by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay.... The Legal Times analyzes potential alterations in the law if the makeup of the US Supreme Court changes following the 2004 presidential election.... The Legal Intelligencer reports on a Third US Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that a financially healthy company going out of business cannot file for bankruptcy solely to benefit from a Bankruptcy Code limitation on recovery for termination of a long-term lease.... FindLaw's Writ features Rutgers law professor Sherry F. Colb's column on hidden sexism in focusing on DNA in fertility clinic mix-ups, as well as attorney Noah Leavitt's guest column on federal judges' key role in curbing excesses in the "War on Terror."

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