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The unanimous Second Circuit panel said Friday there was no "common purpose" to the crimes alleged by the former ambassador. (Law360)

2nd Circ. Won't Save Ex-Venezuela Ambassador's RICO Case

A former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and anti-corruption consultant who accused two wealthy Venezuelans of paying bribes and defaming him failed to convince the Second Circuit to revive his case, with the court saying Friday the allegations underlying his racketeering suit were barely related.

  • McDonald's Grills Bookkeeping Expert In Unpaid OT Trial

    McDonald’s on Friday grilled an accountant who testified the company could owe potentially $41 million in statutory penalties for arranging overnight shifts at its company-run stores in California so as to stiff thousands of workers on overtime, questioning the accountant’s qualifications and methodologies during cross-examination in the damages trial.

  • DC Circ. Rejects Challenges To TSA Body Scanner Rule

    The D.C. Circuit held Friday that none of the arguments raised in a challenge by several advocacy groups to the Transportation Security Administration’s final rule on airport body scanners merited a published decision, saying the regulation sufficiently responded to their concerns and the panel would defer to the agency’s judgment.

  • Judge Reopens ParkerVision Patent Suit Against Apple, LG

    A Florida federal judge on Friday reopened wireless communications company ParkerVision Inc.'s smartphone patent dispute against Apple, LG and Qualcomm after the end of a related U.S. International Trade Commission investigation.

  • Inheritance Interference Claim Won't Fly, Texas Justices Say

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected the appeal in a family dispute of some heirs of a wealthy landowner who alleged that harmful interference by a Jackson Walker LLP partner caused them to lose out on a 2,400-acre Eagle Ford Shale ranch and underlying interests worth $3 million, holding that Texas does not recognize a claim for tortious interference with an inheritance.

  • Google, DOL Fight Over Withheld Compensation Data

    Google and the U.S. Department of Labor duked it out Friday over whether the tech giant must hand over employee pay data related to the government’s look into Google’s equal opportunity program, with the DOL arguing in a California administrative hearing that Google isn’t “too big to comply” with its data requests.

  • Supplier Pays $95M To End FCA Case In Iraq War Food Deal

    Logistics company Agility will pay $95 million to settle a False Claims Act suit related to alleged overcharging on $8.5 billion in Iraq War food supply contracts, it announced Friday, following the earlier resolution of related criminal and contractual disputes.

  • 4th Circ. Won't Rethink RJ Reynolds Win In $50M ERISA Suit

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday said it would not review a panel decision upholding R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s victory in an Employment Retirement Income Security Act class action alleging that the improper divestiture of Nabisco stock by the tobacco giant’s retirement plan following the 1999 breakup of RJR Nabisco Inc. cost plan participants more than $50 million.

  • J&J's Aveeno Settles 'Natural' Labeling Suit For $6.75M

    Johnson & Johnson will pay $6.75 million and remove an “Active Naturals” label from a line of Aveeno products after consumers complained the name was deceptive since the products contained synthetic ingredients, according to a settlement agreement filed in New York federal court on Friday.

  • Fed. Circ. Won't Rule On Interest In Halo, Pulse IP Case

    The Federal Circuit on Friday dismissed an appeal from Pulse Electronics over a prejudgment interest award on a $1.5 million patent infringement verdict for Halo Electronics in a 10-year-old suit that last year led the U.S. Supreme Court to determine a new standard for enhanced damages.

  • NJ's Top Federal Judge Passing Torch To 1st Hispanic Chief

    U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle will soon hand over his role as the leader of New Jersey's federal court to the soon-to-be first Hispanic chief judge of this busy but understaffed jurisdiction, though Judge Simandle's days of balancing the scales of justice are far from over.

  • Penthouse Must Return Control Of Websites To FriendFinder

    A group of adult websites must be returned to FriendFinder Networks Inc. after a Delaware Chancery Court judge determined Friday they shouldn’t have been included in a sale of its Penthouse business unit in 2016.

  • 2nd Circ. Eyes Trader's Recordings In $83M Lehman Pay Spat

    A fabulously wealthy former Barclays Capital Inc. trader invited the Second Circuit on Friday to order the Lehman Brothers Inc. estate to make him richer by $83 million, but a three-judge panel seemed hard-pressed to ignore once-secret recordings the trader made that prompted lower courts to deny him the extra haul.

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In This Patent Hotspot, Bow Ties Mean Business

By Matt Chiappardi

A wave of patent suits is likely heading to a place where judges could be mistaken for professors, posturing is anathema, and out-of-towners have much to learn. (Editor’s note: This article was first published in March.)

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