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Amicus brief filed on behalf of entertainment unions in landmark Supreme Court file-sharing case

June 2005

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., 545 U.S. 913(2005), that distributors of peer to peer file-sharing computer software (e.g., distributors of Grokster, Morpheus and KaZaA) can be held liable for the resulting copyright infringement. Bredhoff & Kaiser, PLLC filed an amicus brief in support of that result, on behalf of the American Federation of Musicians, the American Federation of Radio & Television Artists, the Directors Guild of America, the Screen Actors’ Guild and the Writers’ Guild of America West.

City-wide negotiations conclude between DC-area hotels and UNITE HERE Local 25

January 2005

Just in advance of an Inauguration Day strike deadline, lengthy negotiations resulted in a new city-wide contract between the Washington, DC hotel workers union (UNITE HERE Local 25) and the city’s largest hotels.

Jury verdict favors class of 800 retired rubber workers

August 2004

A jury verdict was returned on behalf of a class of 800 retired members of the United Rubber Workers Union and their spouses and beneficiaries.  The case concerned the retirees’ effort to force Dayco Products to honor the company’s commitment to pay lifetime retiree health benefits.  The jury found that the health benefits were vested in retirement and could not be changed unilaterally by Dayco.  The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed in April 2006.