From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember.
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The Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2017

From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember. Read more »

Toshiba And Western Digital Settle, Paving Way For Bain Deal

Toshiba and Western Digital have agreed to settle their legal spat, clearing a path for the multibillion-dollar sale of Toshiba Memory Corp. to a group led by Boston-based Bain Capital, the companies said Tuesday. Read more »

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The Biggest Telecom Developments Of 2017

The advent of the Trump administration had a ripple effect in the telecommunications industry, landing Ajit Pai at the helm of the Federal Communications Commission and teeing up high-profile policy debates. Here’s a recap of some of the year's biggest developments in the telecom industry, including big media mergers, media ownership deregulation and a revived debate over net neutrality principles. Read more »

Flextronics ‘Screwed Up’ By Missing Opt-Out, Judge Says

A California federal judge said Tuesday she doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for Flextronics’ failure to opt out of Maxell, NEC, Panasonic and Toshiba’s $49.85 million settlement with a class of direct purchasers of lithium-ion batteries, saying the electronics manufacturer “screwed up” by missing the opt-out deadline and it’s now scrambling. Read more »

MoFo, Boies Attys To Answer Waymo Queries In Uber IP Suit

Attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP and Boies Schiller Flexner LLP will answer select written questions in Waymo’s lawsuit accusing Uber of stealing self-driving trade secrets after Uber objected to their depositions on the heels of a trial postponement over allegedly withheld evidence, according to an order filed in California federal court on Tuesday.  Read more »

Facebook To Stop Booking All Ad Revenue Through Irish HQ

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it would start booking advertising revenue in each country where it has an office, rather than recording everything through the company’s international headquarters in Dublin, a move that follows scrutiny over the social media giant’s dealings with its Irish subsidiary for tax purposes. Read more »

POLICY & REGULATION

DC, DHS Police To Step Up Security For Net Neutrality Vote

The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Homeland Security Bureau and federal police officers have agreed to monitor the Federal Communications Commission building on Wednesday and Thursday in light of the agency’s upcoming vote on net neutrality, after receiving a request for increased security by the nonprofit organization Free Our Internet. Read more »

LITIGATION

5th Circ. Says CFAA Covers IT Worker's Electronic Sabotage

The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld the conviction of a former information technology manager for violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act by engaging in an electronic sabotage campaign against his then-employer, rejecting his argument that his conduct fell outside the statute because his job gave him the authority to access and "damage" the company's computer system. Read more »

Shipping Co. Battles Qualcomm's $1.8M Fees Win In Fed. Circ.

R&L Carriers argued to the Federal Circuit in an opening brief Monday that an Ohio federal court abused its discretion by awarding Qualcomm $1.8 million in attorneys’ fees in the patent infringement case R&L brought against the company after finding the case is exceptional under Octane Fitness. Read more »

Facebook Rips Uniloc's Message-To-Call System At PTAB

Facebook Inc. and WhatsApp Inc. told the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday that a patent for a system to initiate a conference call through an instant messaging app owned by serial patent litigator Uniloc USA Inc. failed to advance a previous invention. Read more »

Investors In PowerSecure Stock Suit Out Of Tries At 4th Circ.

The full Fourth Circuit on Tuesday summarily rejected an investor’s bid to reconsider its decision not to resuscitate a securities fraud case against PowerSecure International Inc. and its CEO, leaving shareholders who blamed the company when its stock price tanked with little recourse. Read more »

ASBCA Says Co.'s Stock Option Method Not Expressly Barred

Luna Innovations shouldn't have been penalized by the Defense Contract Management Agency for a reimbursement request because the stock option costs included in a cost-pricing proposal were not expressly unallowable, the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals has ruled. Read more »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

A GDPR Primer For US-Based Cos. Handling EU Data: Part 1

While many U.S. companies have already begun work on complying with the General Data Protection Regulation, it has such a long reach that it may encompass many organizations that would not ordinarily expect to be subject to European data privacy laws, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Read more »

Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting. Read more »

Series

40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Read more »

Series

Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Another Boutique Tops Cravath Scale For Associate Bonuses

Two more firms announced in recent days that many of their associates would receive year-end bonuses that either matched or exceeded the market scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard among many BigLaw firms. Read more »

LA Boutique Says Ex-Gibson Dunn Atty Owes $140K In Fees

A former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner skipped out on $140,000 in legal fees owed to Los Angeles-based boutique Brown Neri Smith & Khan LLP for an elderly abuse case, according to a state court suit filed Friday that said the former partner had even praised the boutique’s work with some freshly baked bread. Read more »

Pierce Sergenian Shakeout Produces A Split-Off Boutique

Less than a year into its existence, Los Angeles litigation boutique Pierce Sergenian LLP has been renamed Pierce Burns LLP after two members split to form their own boutique as a result of a clash between the original name partners over their long-term visions, Law360 has learned. Read more »

Senate Sets Up Vote For 'Not Qualified' Trump Judge Pick

The Senate on Monday advanced the nomination of Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel L. Steven Grasz to an Eighth Circuit vacancy, despite Democrats' protests citing his "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Read more »

Fla. Justices To Hear Row Over Judge's Facebook Friends

The Florida Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether a judge should be disqualified from presiding over a case for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, setting the stage for the court to refine the Sunshine State’s laws on judges' social media use. Read more »

Prosecutor Nominees Need To Be More Diverse, ABA Warns

The American Bar Association has urged the U.S. Department of Justice to place an emphasis on diversity when seeking recommendations for nominees to serve as U.S. attorneys, warning that a lack of diversity in the legal profession could erode public confidence in the justice system. Read more »

Analysis

15 Minutes With Pindrop's General Counsel

Clarissa Cerda, GC of voice technology security company Pindrop, shared with Law360 what she's most excited for in 2018 and her thoughts on alternative billing arrangements. Read more »

Feature

What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding. Read more »

News Analysis

Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway. Read more »

Feature

Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon. Read more »

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