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  • February 24, 2017

    After Rare Mandamus Order, Google Patent Case Leaves Texas

    A Texas federal judge on Friday transferred a patent case against Google Inc. to California court after the Federal Circuit granted a rare writ of mandamus a day earlier, finding in a split decision that the initial ruling had unfairly weighted the transfer factors against the technology giant.

  • February 24, 2017

    Acting SEC Chair Sets Sights On Disclosure 'Avalanche'

    Acting U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Michael Piwowar said Friday that the agency should focus on what he called the “forgotten investor” and take a second look at policies like disclosure requirements, high corporate penalties and accreditation rules he says have adversely impacted investors.

  • February 24, 2017

    Google Strikes $22M Deal To End AdWords 'Dead Sites' Action

    Google Inc. struck a $22.5 million settlement with a proposed class of advertisers who claim the tech giant placed their purchased ads on unused or inactive websites, bringing an end to a nearly nine-years-long litigation in California federal court, according to a Thursday court filing.

  • February 24, 2017

    4th Circ. Won't Take New Look At Ex-Massey CEO’s Conviction

    The Fourth Circuit refused Friday to rehear former Massey Energy Co. CEO Don Blankenship’s appeal of his conviction for conspiring to violate mine safety laws before a 2010 coal mine explosion that killed 29 people, declining to re-examine claims that that the jury was given faulty instructions.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trans Student To Push Forward In High Court Bathroom Fight

    Counsel for the transgender student challenging a policy barring him from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school said Friday he intends to push forward with his case in the U.S. Supreme Court after the high court asked both sides how they wanted to proceed.

  • February 24, 2017

    Lehman Brokerage Trustee Seeks OK For $228M Distribution

    Lawyers handling claims brought by creditors of Lehman Brothers Inc., the failed investment bank’s broker-dealer unit, asked a New York bankruptcy court on Friday to approve as much as $228 million in new distributions to unsecured creditors, saying asset sales and cost reductions had freed up more funds.

  • February 24, 2017

    RJR Gets New Trial In Engle Case Where Jury Awarded $23B

    R.J. Reynolds won a request Friday for a new trial in an Engle progeny suit where a jury originally awarded $23.6 billion in punitive damages, as a Florida appeals court said the plaintiff's closing arguments crossed proper boundaries "repeatedly, flagrantly, and often in defiance of the trial court’s admonishments."

  • February 24, 2017

    New Exxon CEO Makes Case For US Carbon Tax

    The new chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil Corp. on Thursday reaffirmed his company's support of a U.S. carbon tax, calling it an effective way to tackle climate change without significantly harming the economy.

  • February 24, 2017

    Trump Orders Agencies To Create Deregulation Task Forces

    Flanked by some of the nation’s top manufacturing executives, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday directing federal agencies to create task forces to identify burdensome regulations ready for the chopping block, promising the end of “an impossible situation” for U.S. companies and new economic growth.

  • February 23, 2017

    Google's Driverless Car Unit Accuses Uber Of IP Theft

    Google's self-driving car unit Waymo LLC filed a lawsuit in California federal court Thursday accusing Uber Technologies Inc. of stealing trade secrets and infringing patents over its proprietary laser system used to help guide driverless vehicles.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ex-Fugitive Comverse CEO Gets Prison For Options Scam

    The former chairman and CEO of Comverse Technology Inc. on Thursday was sentenced to a record two-and-a-half years in prison for backdating the telecommunication software company's stock options, after a 10-year stretch on the lam in Africa.

  • February 23, 2017

    Tilton, Patriarch Fail To Shake $45M Fraud Suit

    A New York state appeals court on Thursday affirmed a decision that left a fraud claim by a German bank in play against Lynn Tilton and her investment firm Patriarch Partners LLC, saying early signs that the funds in question were not what they appeared didn’t start the clock on the statute of limitations.

  • February 23, 2017

    BigLaw Partners Uneasy About Trump Judiciary Comments

    Members of the legal community including partners at several BigLaw firms on Thursday expressed concern over statements made by President Donald Trump toward federal judges and courts in the aftermath of an order temporarily blocking his immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the remarks could have “grave consequences.”

  • February 23, 2017

    Ex-Valeant, Philidor Execs Deny $40M Kickback Scheme

    Ex-Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. executive Gary Tanner and former Philidor Rx Services LLC CEO Andrew Davenport on Thursday in Manhattan federal court denied charges that they participated in a $40 million merger fraud and kickback scheme.

  • February 23, 2017

    VW Exec Pleads Not Guilty To Emissions Scandal Charges

    A Volkswagen executive — arrested in Miami last month in connection with the automaker’s emissions scandal — on Thursday pled not guilty to charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, alleged violations of the Clean Air Act and wire fraud in Michigan federal court, according to court officials.

  • February 22, 2017

    Trump Scraps Trans Student Bathroom Access Guidance

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked an Obama administration guidance requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and other facilities that match their gender identity, just weeks before the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on another trans rights case.

  • February 22, 2017

    White House May Introduce Tax Changes For 2018 Fiscal Year

    The White House gave its first concrete indication of the timeline and process for overhauling tax laws when press secretary Sean Spicer said on Wednesday that legislative changes could be forthcoming for the 2018 fiscal year.

  • February 22, 2017

    Pruitt Emails Show Ties With Fossil Fuel Players

    As Oklahoma’s attorney general, recently confirmed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt worked closely with fossil fuel industry groups and similarly minded academics and political organizations to fight federal government environmental and energy regulations and policies, according to thousands of pages of emails released Wednesday.

  • February 22, 2017

    Justices Limit Reach Of Law On Overseas Patent Infringement

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Federal Circuit was wrong to hold that shipping a single component of a patented invention to be combined with others overseas can be infringement, deciding that multiple components must be shipped in order to infringe.

  • February 21, 2017

    DHS Releases Guidance On Immigration Executive Orders

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued memos Tuesday implementing two executive orders from President Donald Trump related to immigration, with the agency laying out the administration’s expanded enforcement targets, calling for more officers and suggesting new policy is coming on expedited removals.

Expert Analysis

  • Dissecting The Supreme Court Ruling On Health Care Reform

    John Bentivoglio

    For the business community, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is a mixed bag. While it lessens the uncertainty that hung over the entire health care industry in anticipation of the ruling, the decision to uphold the act means increased regulatory requirements and costs for employers generally and for specific sectors within the health care industry, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate... (continued)

  • Election Year Expectations For Energy, Environment

    Christopher Rissetto

    As U.S. Congress and federal agencies consider, and possibly decide, a number of budget, funding and regulatory matters over the next few months, energy and natural resource client interests can be carefully advanced by recognizing the currents on Capitol Hill, and the recognized imperative to accomplish certain legislative and administrative goals, say Christopher Rissetto and Robert Helland of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Apple's Trademark Fight In China: The Saga Continues

    Toni Hickey

    In its ongoing battle to secure trademark rights to the iPad trademark in China, Apple Inc. has appealed a decision of Shenzhen’s Municipal Intermediate People's Court, which ruled that Proview Technology is the owner of the iPad trademark. It appears that this fight is far from resolved, says Toni Hickey of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Gupta And The Future Of Insider Trading Policy

    Thomas Gorman

    There should be little doubt that the Rajat Gupta case will propel the war on insider trading forward. The verdict is likely to bolster the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s insider trading program, and may embolden the SEC’s push on the contours of what constitutes insider trading, says Thomas Gorman of Dorsey & Whitney LLP.

  • An EPA Victory In Greenhouse Gas Regulation

    Kevin Poloncarz

    In Coalition for Responsible Regulation v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the D.C. Circuit has affirmed the EPA's approach to regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act — a sharp rebuke to industry and state petitioners who have been attempting to overturn these rules, say Kevin Poloncarz and Michael Balster of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Why FCC V. Fox Should Launch FCC Enforcement Actions

    Morgan Bennett

    Even though the U.S. Supreme Court sidestepped the First Amendment question in its Federal Communications Commission v. Fox ruling, there is no apparent lack of support from the court majority regarding the FCC’s ability to regulate indecent speech on the pervasive airwaves of broadcast media. The FCC should now turn to vigorous enforcement of indecency law, say Morgan Bennett and Patrick Trueman of Morality In Media Inc.

  • The In Re IPhone App Dismissal Order: Key Holdings

    Mali Friedman

    A California federal judge's recent dismissal with prejudice of most claims asserted by consumer plaintiffs in In re iPhone Application Litigation could have a far-reaching effect in limiting plaintiffs’ ability to use the Stored Communications Act and the Wiretap Act to pursue alleged harms arising out of online data collection and use, say Shel Abramson and Mali Friedman of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • An Imprecise Measure Of Loss — At Best

    David Marcus

    The U.S. Sentencing Commission recently issued a proposed amendment to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines for securities fraud and similar offenses in response to the Dodd-Frank Act. If the amendment is implemented, use of the calculation would lead to frequent misstatements of the actual harm that the alleged fraud caused to the public and, hence, would lead to unfair sentencing, say David Marcus, Greg Eastman and Marina Martynova ... (continued)

  • Challenging Tribal Land-Into-Trust Acquisitions

    Heidi Staudenmaier

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak has a much wider impact than on just the Gun Lake Casino. The ruling could lead to other challenges of tribal land acquisitions, which, in turn could inhibit would-be investors who might otherwise lend to tribes or invest in gaming projects, say Heidi McNeil Staudenmaier and Erin Szajna of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • Section 102: A Dead Letter For Qualifying Claims

    Anthony Kuhlmann

    The desire of the Prometheus court to avoid rendering as a dead letter the "law of nature" exception to § 101 patent-eligibility has, apparently unwittingly, rendered § 102 a dead letter for certain types of claims, say Anthony Kuhlmann and Barry Wilson of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.