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Litigators of the Week: The Sullivan & Cromwell Defense Lawyers Who've Kept Truckin' in the 'Clean Diesel' MDL

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 07:30

S&C's Bob Giuffra, Bill Monahan and Tom White did some nifty lawyering to knock out a $325 million damages threat from VW and Audi drivers who sold their vehicles before the "defeat device" scandal went public.

        

Pre-Thanksgiving Litigator of the Week Runner-up and Shout Outs

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 07:25

Our runner-up this week is the team from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr that got an appellate affirmance of the firm's trial win protecting Harvard

        

How a Federal Judge Pulled Over 3 Times for 'Driving While Black' Tries to Keep His Own Biases in Check

Thu, 11/19/2020 - 07:30

"The reality is that race, unfortunately, in America still matters. I wish it were not an issue, but it is," said U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton, speaking as part of a National Judicial College panel.

        

Rudy Can't Fail, but Apparently AT&T Can: Misadventures in Attempting to Cover Election Law

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 07:30

Even as a nonlawyer I knew when the judge asked what standard of review applied, Giuliani's response—"the normal one"—wasn't the answer the judge was looking for.

        

Calling the Election: The Curious Case of the Kirkland Associate Who Obviously Doesn't Read the Litigation Daily

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 07:30

It appears a campaign to call large law firms to account for actions of their clients has inspired a Kirkland associate to make a call to a lawyer for President Trump. That, in turn, has caused at least a minor headache for the firm in a case where it's opposite the Trump campaign.

        

NY Chief Judge Says New Jury Trials Are Not 'Wise or Prudent' During Coronavirus Surge

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 17:34

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore on Monday pointed to New York's worsening coronavirus figures as she discussed the court system's decision to halt new jury trials and new grand juries.

        

'The Acrylic Boom': The Plexiglass Encased World of In-Person Pandemic Trials

Mon, 11/16/2020 - 07:30

Speaking as part of an online summit called "COVID, the Court, and the Future of the Jury Trial," Assistant Chief Judge Kerry Meyer of the Fourth District Court in Hennepin County, Minnesota, said Friday that current courtroom setups make it look like trial participants are "all in our own...

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Litigators of the Week: The Quinn Emanuel Duo Who Scored an East Texas Win for Google with a Streamlined Defense

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 07:30

Facing claims YouTube and Google infringed patents asserted by Personalized Media Communications, the team led by Charlie Verhoeven and David Perlson opted not to argue that the patents were invalid or unenforceable, but simply that their client didn't use them.

        

A Big Bunch of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 11/13/2020 - 07:25

Runners up this week include teams from Cooley, Paul Hastings, Wilson Sonsini, and Winston & Strawn.

        

Why Morgan & Morgan Ads Have Dominated the Florida Airwaves This Year

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 17:54

When the pandemic caused cash-strapped companies to pull TV and radio ads, the personal injury firm swooped in to renegotiate deals, expanding its advertising footprint and bringing in more cases, founder John Morgan said.

        

Is Your Personal Data Property Under California Law? Google Thinks Not. Andrew Yang Disagrees.

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 07:30

In a privacy class action involving Google and its Chrome browser, lawyers at Boies Schiller Flexner filed a brief Tuesday on behalf of the former Democratic presidential candidate saying recently passed state laws make it clear that California consumers have a property interest in their own data.

        

Disbarred Lawyer Objects to Proposed Prevagen Settlement

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 15:35

Out of the three million class members, only one has voiced opposition to the proposed settlement reached with Prevagen maker, Quincy Bioscience an alleged "professional objector" whose license the State Bar of California has revoked, Adam Moskowitz said.

        

Jones Day and the Curious Case of the Client Who Wasn't

Wed, 11/11/2020 - 07:30

Jones Day on Tuesday sought to clarify that it hasn't made allegations of voter fraud on behalf of President Trump or any party affiliated with him.

        

'We Can Try These Cases, We Can Get the Same Result.': 'Holding Court' with Senior Judge Thomas Zilly in Seattle

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 07:30

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Zilly oversaw the first federal civil jury trial handled completely remotely.

        

Split Federal Circuit Orders Texas Judge to Send Patent Case Against Apple to California

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 16:48

The precedential decision appears to open the door somewhat for more defendants to argue that the nation's busiest patent judge has to be more willing to ship cases to other districts.

        

The Careerist: Did Public Shaming Finally Get to Cravath? Yes, Say Some Black Lawyers.

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 13:58

"Shaming is a really powerful tool—it's straight up what millennials and Generation Z prefer."

        

A 'Modern Robin Hood': What It's Like to Rep Someone Who Hands Over $1B in Stolen Bitcoin to the Feds

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 07:30

San Francisco defense attorney Adam Gasner's client, identified in court papers as 'Individual X,' last week handed over a trove of Bitcoin hacked from the long-shuttered online black market Silk Road and walked away a free person.

        

Litigators of the Week: The Latham Team That Whittled DOJ's 'Project China' Case Against UMC Down to a Single-Count Plea Deal

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 07:30

Two years ago Taiwanese semiconductor foundry United Microelectronics Corp. found itself in what we'll call an uncomfortable position. In an indictment

        

Your Weekly Helping of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shouts

Fri, 11/06/2020 - 07:25

Caldwell Cassady & Curry scored another nine-digit patent verdict against Apple for VirnetX. And Wilson Sonsini did something we've never seen done before.

        

The Increasing Threat of Securities Liability Against SPAC Sponsors

Thu, 11/05/2020 - 15:56

WIth the current wave of securities litigation against SPACs, sponsors might want to approach the de-SPAC process more like a traditional IPO even if the process otherwise resembles a merger.

        

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