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ECJ Urged To Let Consumer Groups Sue Facebook On GDPR

Consumer associations should be allowed to sue Facebook under European Union data protection laws without needing a mandate from individual users, an adviser to the bloc's highest court said on Thursday.

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Developer Loses Appeal Over IP For Software Created At Work

A former British police officer who worked for a digital forensic firm does not own the copyright for computer examination software he created on the job — the company does, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

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Broker Escapes Liability In Amro Bank's £34M Cocoa Suit

An appeals court ruled Thursday that two underwriters can't shift liability to a broker in ABN Amro Bank NV's £33.5 million ($45.7 million) cocoa suppliers fraud lawsuit, ruling that the insurers agreed to pay out regardless of misrepresentations the broker made. 

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Financier Can Pause €3.4M German Debt Lawsuit In UK

A financier can pause attempts to enforce a €3.4 million ($3.9 million) German debt judgment against him in England if he hands over the equivalent amount to courts in Germany as security, an appeals court ruled on Thursday.

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DATA PROTECTION

Tabloid Loses Appeal In Markle's Letter Privacy Suit

An appeals court ruled on Thursday against a tabloid that printed extracts from a letter Meghan Markle wrote to her estranged father, saying the violation to her privacy was disproportionate to support assertions that she'd sent him a loving message.

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Broker Can't Get Early Win In Insurer's Suit Over £5M Policy

A judge refused on Thursday to rule immediately that an insurer waited too long to sue a broker for negligence for allegedly binding it to cover properties that breached their agreement.

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ARBITRATION

German Court Affirms Intra-EU Arbitration Clause Is Invalid

Germany's highest court has rejected an investor-state claim brought against Croatia under the country's bilateral investment treaty with Austria, concluding that the claim is invalid under the principles laid out in the seminal Achmea decision.

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Squire Patton Hires Africa Disputes Pro From Curtis

Squire Patton Boggs has hired an Africa projects and disputes specialist from Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle in London in a move to strengthen its international dispute resolution practice.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Hausfeld Welcomes A New Global Leadership Team

Litigation firm Hausfeld LLP's founder is stepping down as chair and handing over leadership of the global firm to three partners, aligning with a leadership transition plan the firm rolled out in 2019.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Investors May Reconsider Arbitration Seats After ECJ Ruling

The European Court of Justice's recent Moldova v. Komstroy decision undermines the attractiveness of European Union-seated investment arbitration as it highlights to investors that such proceedings can be subject to interference from EU courts, says Tomas Vail of Vail Dispute Resolution.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Girardi Clients Have A Bumpy Road To Recover Missing Cash

The myriad former clients of Thomas Girardi who claim the celebrity lawyer and his eponymous firm stole settlement funds they were due have several avenues for trying to recover the money, but nearly all those paths will be difficult to navigate, attorneys say.

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Law360 Explores: A Low Bar In California

Tom Girardi allegedly grifted clients for years and got away with it. But how? In Episode 2 of our podcast exploring the downfall of Girardi, we dig into the conditions at the State Bar of California that allowed wrongdoing to go unchecked.

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Two More Firms Matching Cravath Associate Bonus Scale

Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP and recently launched litigation boutique Glenn Agre Bergman & Fuentes LLP are the latest firms to announce that they are matching Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's year-end associate bonus structure, Law360 Pulse learned Thursday.

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More Spending On Outside Counsel Expected In '22

Mergers and acquisitions, employment disputes and cybersecurity concerns are expected to be among the drivers for growth in the legal industry in 2022, as companies continue to spend more money to outsource their legal work to law firms, a new report shows.

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Senate Panel Deadlocks On 3 Judge Noms, Advances 9 Others

The Senate Judiciary Committee deadlocked on votes for one of President Joe Biden's nominees for the Ninth Circuit and two district court picks Thursday while advancing nine other judicial nominees to the full Senate.

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Senate Panel Approves Privacy Bill To Protect Judges' Info

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced legislation aimed at providing security for federal judges and their families by shielding their personal information online, moving the bill closer to full Senate consideration.

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Biden DHS Intel Pick Reports $13.3M Davis Polk Partner Share

A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner tapped by President Joe Biden to serve as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's undersecretary for intelligence and analysis has reported earning more than $13.3 million from his partner share with the firm since 2020.

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7th Circ. Judge Hamilton Taking Senior Status

U.S. Circuit Judge David F. Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit plans to take senior status, opening up a second vacancy on the Chicago-based appeals court for President Joe Biden to fill.

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Interview

How The Pandemic Made This Judge A Zoom Trial 'MacGyver'

State and federal courts in the Seattle area were pioneers in transitioning to remote proceedings when the COVID-19 pandemic began, and King County Superior Court Judge Matt Williams says there's no turning back now.

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Wash. Judge Shortage May Sway T-Mobile Breach Row Venue

T-Mobile and counsel for consumers suing the telecom giant over its massive data breach squared off Thursday over where to consolidate dozens of lawsuits pending across the country, with plaintiffs proposing five different locations and T-Mobile arguing that judicial shortages in its home state of Washington meant the disputes shouldn't land there. 

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DC Circ. Doubts Atty Can Appeal Disciplinary Panel Referral

A D.C. Circuit panel on Thursday seemed ready to toss a Mohrman Kaardal & Erickson PA partner's challenge to a federal court order referring him to a disciplinary panel over his role in a pro-Trump election lawsuit, saying the ruling is not a final decision that can be appealed.

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