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Shout-Out: Covington Beats Back $1.4 Billion Trade Secret Claim Against Lilly

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:30

"We are very pleased that the tribunal acknowledged the innovative and independent work of Lilly scientists," said Covington partner Marney Cheek.


Daily Dicta: Two Prisoners, Two Pleas for Gender Confirmation Surgery, Two Opposite Outcomes on Appeal

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 14:26

In an 85-page per curiam opinion, the Ninth Circuit judges explained at length why they think the Fifth Circuit relied on "an incorrect, or at best outdated, premise" about gender confirmation surgery.


Amazon Gets 3rd Circuit En Banc Review of Liability for Defective Products Sold

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 12:55

An injured user of a dog leash was unable to locate the seller or contact the manufacturer directly, and so she sued, alleging products liability, breach of warranty and duty, and negligence.


Weinstein Sex Crimes Trial Delayed After He Pleads Not Guilty to New Charge

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:57

Prosecutors said the new indictment was needed to bring evidence involving Annabella Sciorra, best known for her work on "The Sopranos." She says Weinstein raped her inside her Manhattan apartment after she starred in a film for his movie studio in 1993.


Masters of the Courtroom: The National Law Journal's 2019 Winning Litigators

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 11:00

The lawyers in our 2019 special report scored big victories for their clients in high-stakes cases.


She's Back: Covington's Beth Brinkmann on Returning to Argue at SCOTUS

Mon, 08/26/2019 - 01:15

Brinkmann made her 25th appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court this year after a 10-year hiatus.


Trump Wants 2nd Circuit to Rehear Panel Decision That Barred Him From Blocking Twitter Followers

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 19:24

U.S. Justice Department lawyers argue that last month's ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit was "fundamentally misconceived" because it conflated his private account with his role as a public officeholder.


Judge Stands by $41M Pelvic Mesh Verdict and His Refusal to Recuse

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 18:21

Judge Kenneth Powell filed an opinion earlier this week contending that defendant Ethicon's numerous issues on appeal are "meritless," and asking the appellate court to affirm the verdict in Emmet v. Ethicon.


Publishers Sue Audible for Copyright Infringement Over New Audiobook Feature

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 17:54

That feature, called Audible Captions, is being challenged over copyright infringement by the publishers, who claim Audible is unlawfully reproducing the work of authors without permission.


Call for 'No More Corporate Judges' Triggers Argument Among Lawyers

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 17:26

Law professors, Big Law lawyers, plaintiffs-side trial lawyers and others weigh in on a proposal to cut "corporate" lawyers from Democratic presidential hopefuls' lists of potential nominees to the bench.


Ninth Circuit Grants Qualcomm's Request to Stay Injunction in FTC Antitrust Case

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 01:52

"We are satisfied that Qualcomm has shown, at minimum, the presence of serious questions on the merits of the district court's determination that Qualcomm has an antitrust duty to license its [standard essential patents] to rival chip suppliers," wrote the court.


Split 8th Circuit Revives Videographers' Claims Against Filming Gay Weddings

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 01:42

Judge Jane Kelly said in her dissent: "Nothing stops a business owner from using today's decision to justify new forms of discrimination tomorrow."


Litigator of the Week: Baker Botts' Streett Scores One for Due Process—and Against the King of Morocco

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 01:21

'While foreign courts need not mirror the U.S. legal system in every respect, those core due process rights are a prerequisite before American courts can enforce a foreign judgment.'


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 01:16

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Selendy & Gay; Pepper Hamilton; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Bracewell and Latham & Watkins.


Burning Man Under Fire for Lack of Sign Language Interpreters

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 20:32

The Burning Man festival bills itself as "an exercise in Radical Self-Reliance," but two deaf California men think the organizers' decision to drop interpretive services for the deaf is a bad sign.


What Makes an 11th Circuit Judge Write 'Sheesh'?

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 18:19

Judge Kevin Newsom of the Eleventh Circuit highlighted the "schoolyard scrap" between sisters underlying a Fourth Amendment case.


Avenatti's Lawyer Says He'll Subpoena Nike in Defense Against Extortion Case

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 17:54

The lawyer who has represented foes of President Donald Trump is facing a November 12 trial date on charges he tried to shake down the shoe company.


CA Appellate Judge Calls Sexual Harassment Allegations at Trial 'Insulting' and Racist

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 17:31

Second District Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey Johnson denied sexual harassment allegations on Thursday, testifying: "I'm at risk of losing my job, because someone's saying I'm talking about the color and size of my penis. It's insulting."


Burford Hit With Class Action Securities Suit After Muddy Waters Dustup

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 16:02

The Rosen Law Firm in New York seeks to represent investors who claim they were damaged by Burford Capital's allegedly false and misleading statements that artificially inflated securities.


'My Wife Is Dying': Lawyer's Misconduct Complaint Claims Judge Demanded Court Appearance

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 15:48

"It almost brought tears to my eyes that anybody, any elected official, much less a judicial officer, would behave in such a manner," said Waco solo practitioner Doug Froneberger, who filed a judicial complaint against Bell County Justice of the Peace Pct. 4, Place 1 Judge Daryl Peters.