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  • March 02, 2021

    NY, Calif. Lead 16-State Push For Stronger Ozone Protections

    A group of 16 state attorneys general say the Trump administration ignored relevant evidence and science when it decided not to strengthen ozone air quality standards last year, and has asked the Biden administration to rethink those policies.

  • March 02, 2021

    Ex-Hong Kong Agency CEO Joins Wilson Sonsini

    A Hong Kong Agency CEO and ex-U.S. Department of Justice antitrust official has joined Wilson Sonsini's San Francisco office, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 02, 2021

    EBay, Adevinta To Drop UK Classifieds To Wrap Up $9.2B Deal

    Online marketplace eBay and its Norwegian counterpart Adevinta said Tuesday they will offload their main U.K. classifieds units to appease antitrust regulators' concerns that eBay's $9.2 billion sale of its global classifieds business to Adevinta would decrease competition.

  • March 01, 2021

    PwC Whistleblower Had 'Combative' Streak, HR Mgr Testifies

    A former PwC employee suing the auditing giant for retaliation following his purported whistleblowing activities had "emotional outbursts" in response to professional feedback, a PwC human resources manager testified in a California federal bench trial Monday, saying his communication style with clients verged on "abusive."

  • March 01, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Judges Unlikely To Nix 'Bed-In-A-Box' Patent Ruling

    Global mattress and furniture company Zinus Inc. faced a steep climb Monday after two Federal Circuit judges seemed dubious of its request to reinstate its patent on a "bed-in-a-box." 

  • March 01, 2021

    Amazon Flex Driver Fights Attempt To Arbitrate Privacy Claims

    An Amazon Flex driver has blasted Amazon's attempt to arbitrate, dismiss or pause privacy claims against it in California federal court, in a suit alleging the e-commerce giant wiretapped private Facebook groups in which drivers discussed working conditions, strikes, unionization and more.

  • March 01, 2021

    'Breakfast At Tiffany's' Remake Suit Stays In Federal Court

    A California federal judge ordered Friday that a lawsuit over a "Breakfast at Tiffany's" remake will not be sent back to state court, ruling that the complaint from Truman Capote's trust against Paramount Studios is not only about contractual issues, but also alleges copyright violations only a federal court can examine.

  • March 01, 2021

    Pot Co. Canndescent Copied Packaging, Ex-Vendor Says

    A company that makes childproof packaging says in a new federal lawsuit that California cannabis brand Canndescent stopped placing orders for its products just before beginning to use identical packaging that infringes its patents.

  • March 01, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Tries To Pin Down Novelty Of Data Storage IP

    Federal Circuit judges conjured up images of perusing neatly organized library stacks for just the right book as they examined Monday whether a software firm broke new ground in inventing a way to store and locate computer files.

  • March 01, 2021

    Menu Patent Biz Fights Domino's Fee Win, Says It's No Troll

    Ameranth Inc. has argued that a California federal judge should reconsider granting Domino's bid to collect millions in attorney fees after Ameranth brought a case the judge had called "especially weak," saying the judge's view that it is a so-called patent troll is untrue.

  • March 01, 2021

    Insurer Must Face Hotel Investors' $40M Virus Coverage Suit

    A California federal judge has ruled that Endurance American Specialty Insurance Co. cannot escape a $40 million suit brought by a Boston hotel's investor group seeking COVID-19 loss coverage, finding that the investors were not required to meet a $100,000 deductible for cleanup costs before tapping into business interruption coverage.

  • March 01, 2021

    Black Knight Says PennyMac Waived Arbitration

    Black Knight Inc., a provider of mortgage servicing software, told a Florida federal judge Monday that PennyMac Loan Services LLC should not be able to demand to arbitrate its antitrust claims after opting to litigate them for more than five months.

  • March 01, 2021

    GE Urges High Court To Skip Sailors' $1B Fukushima Case

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. and General Electric Co. have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to ignore sailors' petition to revive a $1 billion lawsuit against the companies over alleged radiation injuries they suffered during their response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

  • March 01, 2021

    SoftBank-Backed Blank-Check Co. Drops IPO Goal To $280M

    SoftBank-backed blank-check company SVF Investment Corp. 3 is downsizing its initial public offering to $280 million and changing the kind of securities it plans to offer, according to an updated registration statement disclosed Monday.

  • March 01, 2021

    Facebook Looks To Arbitrate Instagram Biometric Data Suit

    Facebook wants to force a proposed class of Illinois Instagram users to arbitrate claims that the social media app wrongly collects and stores their biometric data, arguing that the plaintiffs agreed to arbitrate when they signed up for Instagram.

  • March 01, 2021

    Donor Disclosure Aids 1st Amendment, Justices Told

    Disclosures of large nonprofit donors serve a First Amendment interest in keeping the public informed and can therefore survive exacting scrutiny, a Yale Law School institute told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in a dispute over California's disclosure law.

  • March 01, 2021

    9th Circ. Affirms That Farm Bill Nixes Marijuana Offense

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday stood by its finding that an Arizona man's prison sentence was incorrectly enhanced on the basis of a prior marijuana conviction, rejecting federal prosecutors' bid for a rehearing.

  • March 01, 2021

    Calif. Net Neutrality Law May Open Floodgates Of State Action

    Internet service providers across the country could face a crazy quilt of state regulation after a California federal judge gave the state permission to enforce its net neutrality law.

  • March 01, 2021

    Cura Partners Seeks Early Win In Consulting Fee Fight

    Cannabis company Cura Partners has asked a federal judge for summary judgment in a suit brought by investing consultant Arcadian Capital LLC over Curaleaf's $950 million acquisition of Cura Partners, arguing that the consulting agreement is unlawful and unenforceable.

  • March 01, 2021

    Pot Credit Card Sales Pros Tell Jury No Intent To Fool Banks

    Two businessmen accused of duping bankers into approving $150 million of purchases for federally illegal marijuana pressed for acquittal Monday, telling a Manhattan jury they had no intent to trick anyone and arguing banks and credit card companies have no problem with pot sales.

  • March 01, 2021

    Apple, Epic To Face Off In Person In May Trial Despite Virus

    A California federal judge said Monday that a bench trial in Epic Games' antitrust suit over Apple's App Store fees will proceed in person on May 3 despite risks posed by the pandemic, saying "this case is so significant that it warrants the best the judiciary has to give, and the best is in person."

  • March 01, 2021

    Rocket Lab To Go Public At $4.1B Value In Blank-Check Union

    Rocket Lab said Monday that it's planning to take off on the stock exchange through a merger with a blank-check company that values the satellite launcher at $4.1 billion, including debt, in a deal directed by Goodwin Procter and Kirkland & Ellis.

  • March 01, 2021

    Allen & Overy Adds Akin Gump Team, Expands In LA

    Allen & Overy LLP is expanding its footprint to Los Angeles and bolstering its renewables and project finance practice after snapping up a 19-lawyer team from Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, including six partners, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 01, 2021

    CoStar's $7.3B CoreLogic Bid Aims To KO Competing Buyers

    CoStar Group has raised its takeover offer for fellow real estate analytics company CoreLogic to around $7.3 billion, saying Monday that the updated bid is superior to the target's previously announced agreement with Stone Point Capital and Insight Partners.

  • February 26, 2021

    Squire Patton Boggs Nabs BakerHostetler Data Privacy Pro

    Squire Patton Boggs has broadened its already diverse data privacy and cybersecurity capabilities by picking up the chair of BakerHostetler's U.S. consumer privacy practice, who's spent nearly three decades advising clients on emerging regulatory and compliance issues, including the implementation of California's cutting-edge consumer privacy rules. 

Expert Analysis

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Could Limit Copyright Statutory Damages

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    After the recent Desire v. Manna Textiles decision tossing a statutory damages verdict in the Ninth Circuit, copyright plaintiffs there may no longer be able to multiply the number of available statutory damage awards per work based on the number of downstream infringers, says Matthew Gershman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Employers Must Prioritize Pay Equity

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    The recent federal and state trend toward strengthening equal pay laws is sure to gain momentum, so it is now more important than ever before for employers to develop pay equity strategies, says Erin Connell at Orrick.

  • Series

    Fixing Ch. 11 For Small Biz: SBRA's Puzzling Preference Edit

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    The Small Business Reorganization Act's seemingly straightforward amendment to the Bankruptcy Code, attempting to streamline preference litigation by requiring the trustee to consider parties' reasonably known defenses, actually raises a host of questions regarding due diligence and implications for other bankruptcy provisions, say Joel Cohen at Stout, and Robert Michaelson and Howard Magaliff at Rich Michaelson.

  • Obtaining General Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Insurers

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    A series of recent court decisions illustrate the challenges of litigating against insurers in a state where neither party resides, and demonstrate alternate means of securing jurisdiction, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Compliance Lessons From Newest Fla. Privacy Class Actions

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    To prepare for a new slate of privacy class actions, brought under Florida’s wiretapping statute against retailers using tracking software, companies should be assessing the placement, display and content of their technology disclosures and user agreements, say Ian Ross and Jorge Perez Santiago at Stumphauzer Foslid.

  • What Biden's Ethics Pledge Means For Gov't Revolving Door

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    Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • Transaction Toolkit For A More Litigious M&A Environment

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    As transaction disputes rise amid evolving market conditions, certain strategies can help companies mitigate risk while remaining live to M&A opportunities, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • Financial Institutions Must Prepare For Climate Regulations

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    Banking regulators will likely start issuing regulations and guidance on assessing climate-related risks soon, so bank directors and senior management must incorporate climate change into their risk assessments and mitigation frameworks, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • Opinion

    Time For Federal Action To Ban Noncompetes

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    Now, more than ever, workers should have the freedom to work, so the pro-worker Biden administration should follow some states' lead and end the use of noncompetes, says Gerald Sauer at Sauer & Wagner.

  • How The Remote Sales Tax Legal Landscape Is Evolving

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    As the remote sales tax landscape continues to change, the pandemic-driven shift toward e-commerce will likely hasten the adoption, application and enforcement of remote sales tax laws by state and local authorities, says Liz Armbruester at Avalara.

  • Pandemic Restriction Challenges Face Uphill Battle In Calif.

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    A California appellate court's recent decision in Midway Venture v. San Diego illustrates the steep and narrow path to challenging the state's pandemic-related public health restrictions, even when those restrictions infringe on activities protected by the First Amendment, say Christopher Wheeler and Brookes Degen at Farella Braun.

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