A Wisconsin federal judge cut in half a $280 million punitive damages award health care software provider Epic Systems Corp. won against units of Indian superconglomerate Tata Group in a trade secrets case, after the Seventh Circuit said the figure was too high.
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Epic Sees Punitive Damages Award In IP Suit Cut By $140M

A Wisconsin federal judge cut in half a $280 million punitive damages award health care software provider Epic Systems Corp. won against units of Indian superconglomerate Tata Group in a trade secrets case, after the Seventh Circuit said the figure was too high.

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Google To Pay $90M In Antitrust Deal With Smaller Developers

Google Inc.'s deal with smaller developers in a lawsuit in California federal court alleging its Play Store policies violate antitrust law includes a $90 million settlement fund in addition to commitments on fees and other issues.

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Meta Sinks Photo-Tagging Patents Under Alice

A California federal judge has granted Meta's calls to dismiss claims that photo-tagging features on Facebook and Instagram infringe a patent-holding company's technology, invalidating the asserted patents under Alice because they are abstract and lack an inventive element.

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High Court EPA Ruling Stalls 'Right To Repair' Decision Again

A federal judge for the sixth time delayed ruling on Massachusetts' expanded "right to repair" law Friday, citing the need to consider the implications of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision restricting the government's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and "unforeseen" scheduling issues ahead of the holiday weekend.

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Indicted Aerospace Execs Say DOJ Ignoring Legit No-Poach

Six former executives and managers from Raytheon and its outsourced engineering services providers want the criminal indictment against them tossed, telling a Connecticut federal judge the U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors "ignored all evidence of the legitimate, procompetitive reasons for the alleged no-poach agreements."

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Google Vows To Delete Abortion Trip Data In Wake Of Dobbs

A Google executive unveiled a new policy Friday promising to delete user location data related to visits to abortion clinics and other health providers, following calls by Democratic lawmakers for the tech giant to delete data so that prosecutors in states where abortions are illegal can't use it in prosecutions.

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POLICY & REGULATION

​​​​​​​Top 3 Groups Lobbying The FCC

During the month of June, the Federal Communications Commission heard from lobbying groups on numerous issues, ranging from difficulties complying with rules for broadband subsidies to addressing privacy concerns raised about T-Mobile's services for hearing- and speech-impaired mobile customers.

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LITIGATION

Biggest Georgia Decisions Of 2022 So Far: Midyear Report

The Georgia Supreme Court this year rejected pressure from General Motors and the national business community to adopt a discovery framework aimed at shielding top brass from deposition. Here, Law360 breaks down that case and three others that had major impacts on civil litigators in the Peach State.

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Norton Fights Columbia's Atty Award Bid After Patent Verdict

NortonLifeLock Inc. and Columbia University filed a flurry of responses and oppositions Friday after the university won $185 million in May over two anti-malware patents, with the cybersecurity company opposing Columbia's motion for attorney fees and enhanced damages, and the university fighting Norton's bid for a new trial, among other things.

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OnlyFans, Meta Seek To Ax Adult Film Stars' Blacklisting Suit

OnlyFans and Meta Inc. have fired back at a proposed class of adult entertainers that claims the companies conspired to blacklist them from advertising on Facebook and Instagram in favor of OnlyFans users, asking a California federal judge to toss the case over lack of personal jurisdiction and failure to state a claim.

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ATBCoin Investors Seek Class Cert. To Pursue Fraud Claims

Investors in defunct cryptocurrency venture ATBCoin are requesting class certification before they seek a default judgment against the venture's principals, according to documents filed in New York federal court.

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Brand Battles: Shopify Takes Aim At Rival's 'Shopee' TM

In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Canadian e-commerce giant Shopify is trying to block Singaporean rival Shopee's efforts to register its name as a trademark — plus four other cases you need to know about.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

A rising star who once shined in the First State's court of equity was nominated for a spot on the Third Circuit last week, as her former colleagues in Delaware Chancery Court pounded the gavel on a local abortion-related law and dismissed suits involving El Pollo Loco and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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DEALS

Market Conditions Blamed For Canceled Merger, Panera IPO

Panera Brands Inc. and a special-purpose acquisition company backed by restaurateur Danny Meyer ended an investment deal Friday that would have supported the eatery chain's initial public offering, while another SPAC merger was also canceled, both blaming market conditions.

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REAL ESTATE

Real Estate Rumors: Google, DRA, Salter Brothers

Google has reportedly subleased 300,000 square feet in San Francisco, a DRA Advisors venture is said to have paid roughly $163 million for a Miami office tower, and Salter Brothers is reportedly in talks to buy upward of 10 lodges in Australia.

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ENFORCEMENT

Amazon To Ease Cancellation Process After EU Probe

Amazon has made it easier for users to cancel their subscriptions to its fast-delivery service Prime — with just two steps — to comply with European Union consumer laws, the bloc's executive arm said on Friday.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

The Fed. Circ. In June: A Few Decisions To Know

Among last month's Federal Circuit decisions, Pavo Solutions v. Kingston shows how the line between correcting a typo and construing a claim term is not always a bright one, while Novartis v. Accord shows why counsel should not reject outright the possibility of rehearing, says Paul Stewart at Knobbe Martens.

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Make Room For Serendipity In Your Legal Job Search

Landing your dream legal job gets easier when you cultivate serendipity — which involves expanding and deepening your network, while being flexible, authentic and engaged with the world around you, says Anna Sanders at VOYLegal.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Following Subpoena, Cipollone Agrees To Talk To Jan. 6 Panel

Days after getting a subpoena from the House committee investigating the insurrection at the U.S Capitol, former White House counsel Pat Cipollone has agreed to testify, a source familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

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SRA Takes Steps Toward Probing Dechert Over ENRC Case

England's legal watchdog has taken initial steps toward opening a potential investigation into the conduct of Dechert LLP and its former head of white-collar crime following a damning court ruling over their work for Kazakh mining company ENRC.

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Kang Haggerty Opens Whistleblower Division

Philadelphia-based boutique Kang Haggerty LLC has formed a new division to represent clients with whistleblower claims called The Whistleblower Advocates, the firm announced Wednesday.

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Ga. Justices Disbar Atty For Stealing $41K In Fake Settlements

The Georgia Supreme Court on Wednesday disbarred a former associate general counsel at U.S. Xpress Inc. for defrauding the trucking company of $41,000 after he filed two forged settlement agreements of complaints to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from fake employees.

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Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings Inc.

Alphabet Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Tort Reform Association

Apple Inc.

Belcan Corp.

Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.

Carvana Co.

CoinDesk LLC

Consumer Federation of America

Cyient Ltd.

DRA Advisors LLC

Delta Air Lines Inc.

El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc.

Epic Games Inc.

Epic Systems Corp.

Fenway Sports Group LP

Fitbit Inc.

General Motors Co.

Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Kingston Technology Co. Inc.

Lamb Weston Holdings Inc.

Mercedes-Benz

Meta Platforms Inc.

National Association of Manufacturers

National Telephone Cooperative Association

Nisource Corporate Services Co.

NortonLifeLock Inc.

Panera Bread Co.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Pratt & Whitney

Proximus NV

Public Citizen Inc.

QuEST Global Services Pte. Ltd.

Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Reddit Inc.

Sam's Club

Snap Inc.

State Bar of Georgia

T-Mobile US Inc.

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

The Coca-Cola Co.

The Trade Desk Inc.

Toyota Motor Corp.

U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc.

Union Square Hospitality Group LLC

United Parcel Service Inc.

United States Telecom Association

Volkswagen AG

Walmart Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Allen & Overy

Ballard Spahr

Dechert LLP

Ellis George

EmergeCounsel

Eversheds Sutherland

Farmer Brownstein

Goodman Mooney

Hagens Berman

Haug Partners

Hausfeld LLP

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Hart

Hughes Hubbard

Izard Kindall

Jenner & Block

Kang Haggerty

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Knobbe Martens

Koffsky & Felsen

Latham & Watkins

Levi & Korsinsky

Linklaters

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

McKool Smith

Milberg Coleman

Mintz Levin

Morgan Lewis

Morvillo Abramowitz

Munger Tolles

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker Poe

Petrillo Klein

Quarles & Brady

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Richard Law Group

Shook Hardy

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Snell & Wilmer

Spears Manning

Sperling & Slater

Spotts Fain

Stafford Rosenbaum

Sullivan & Cromwell

Troutman Pepper

Weinberg Wheeler

Withersworldwide

Zeisler & Zeisler

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Georgia General Assembly

Georgia Supreme Court

Serious Fraud Office

Solicitors Regulation Authority

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin