Olivia Luk Bedi, a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, was quoted in the Bloomberg Law article "Texas Judge Bans Courtroom Slams on ‘Yahoo’ Jurors, ‘Fake News’.” The article explores how an increasing number of words and phrases are being banned by federal judges in an effort to minimize jurors' exposure to inflammatory language in patent cases. Along with 'yahoo' and 'fake news,' other examples of banned words include 'pirates,' 'bandits,' and 'trolls.'
In the article, Bedi comments on District Court Judge Rodney Gilstrap's prohibition of the word “yahoo” in a patent infringement case in East Texas. Bedi states that a motion “to preclude derogatory language is super common," and “that kind of play to the jury isn’t new either."
"But Carter’s use of the term ‘yahoo’ in a self-deprecating way that lumped Carter in with the East Texas jury was something of a twist," she said.
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