A California federal judge overseeing the trial of an ex-Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia persuaded the parties on Monday to proceed with a trimmed jury panel after one juror dropped out with COVID-19, saying the risk of others catching the disease meant the trial faced "a ticking time bomb."
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Twitter Spy Case Jury Deliberates Amid COVID-19 'Time Bomb'

A California federal judge overseeing the trial of an ex-Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia persuaded the parties on Monday to proceed with a trimmed jury panel after one juror dropped out with COVID-19, saying the risk of others catching the disease meant the trial faced "a ticking time bomb."

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Apple Expert Testifies Pinn Is Tone Deaf To How AirPods Work

A wireless technology expert testifying for Apple Inc. told a California jury on Monday that the company's AirPods do not infringe Pinn Inc.'s wireless earbud design patents for a number of reasons, including that Apple's so-called charging case does not technically charge the earbuds despite its "catchy name."

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Robinhood Inks $9.9M Deal To End Users' Outage Claims

Stock-trading app Robinhood has agreed to pay $9.9 million in cash to a proposed class of users suing over repeated service outages, according to documents filed in California federal court Monday.

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Patent Co. Run By Russ August Attys Has Suit Axed By ITC

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled Friday that a patent licensing company controlled by attorneys from Russ August & Kabat cannot sue NetApp over a former Nokia patent, saying the case is barred due to a separate license agreement with RPX Corp.

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Fraud Retrial Denied Despite Erroneous Theranos Reference

A Manhattan judge has declined to grant a new trial for a former nanotech company CEO convicted of lying to investors, rejecting his claim that a witness' erroneous reference to the infamous Theranos fraud case had prejudiced the jury.

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NTIA Wants More Coordination In FCC Rural Internet Program

A Commerce Department branch has urged the Federal Communications Commission to make sure that expansion of a rural connectivity program aligns with congressional mandates for broadband deployment included in a new federal spending package.

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Claims Court Won't Redo IP Ruling Over Night Vision Goggles

In a dispute tied to hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. Army headset contracts, a federal judge has refused to rethink a ruling that scratched language in a government contractor's patents covering night vision goggles.

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Claims Court Has Authority But Ends Other Transaction Case

A Court of Federal Claims judge has ruled that the court had jurisdiction over the protest of an Other Transaction Authority agreement for power units, but found that the U.S. Army reasonably rejected the proposal of protester Hydraulics International Inc.

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Ill. Sky Zone Franchiser Freed From Ex-Worker's BIPA Suit

A Sky Zone franchiser doesn't need to face an employee's proposed class action over allegedly improper fingerprint scans because the company never took an active step to collect, store or use workers' biometric data, an Illinois federal judge said Friday.

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Class Attys Get Reduced Fees In $60M Morgan Stanley Deal

A New York federal judge granted final approval to a $60 million data breach settlement between Morgan Stanley and a class of former and current customers, but significantly reduced the award to class counsel, granting $13.6 million of the requested $20 million.

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Insurers Must Face Smartsheet's Securities Coverage Bid

Insurers for Smartsheet cannot duck its bid for coverage of underlying litigation alleging investors weren't told about its initial public offering when they sold their shares at a reduced price by claiming the litigation was related to an earlier claim, a Washington federal court said Monday.

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PayPal Beats Investors' Suit Over Federal Probes, For Now

A California federal judge on Monday tossed for now a proposed securities class action accusing PayPal and its executives of misleading investors about two federal investigations into some of its credit and debit products, saying the complaint doesn't plausibly allege that the financial company misrepresented anything.

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Uber Must Face Minn. Suit Over Auto Collision Injuries

A Minnesota appellate panel on Monday revived a suit seeking to hold Uber liable in an auto collision which injured two passengers visiting from California, saying the plaintiffs submitted multiple valid reasons for letting the suit proceed despite their failure to meet a court deadline.

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Class Attys Want $1.9M In Google's Virus-Tracing App Suit

Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein LLP attorneys are asking for $1.9 million in attorney fees as part of a nonmonetary deal with Google to end a proposed privacy class action claiming that a COVID-19 contact-tracing tool was exposing unwitting Android users' sensitive information.

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AIPLA Says 'Rare' PTAB Abuse No Basis For Sanctions Policy

The American Intellectual Property Law Association has urged the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to not adopt any new policies to handle abuse as the USPTO director looks into whether companies challenging two VLSI Technology Inc. patents at the heart of a $2 billion jury verdict engaged in unethical conduct.

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Google Fires Off New Suits, Broadening Sonos Audio IP Fight

Google opened a new front Monday in its ongoing patent war with Sonos, filing two infringement suits in California federal court that ramped up its multipronged licensing fight over audio and smart speaker technology.

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Google Broke Promise For Free Workplace Access, Users Say

Google promised early adopters of its Workspace software continuing free access to the product, but this year the tech company went back on its word and told users they would have to start paying, according to a proposed class action filed Friday in California federal court.

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Gaming Platform Sued In Del. Chancery Over $4.4B Merger

Unity Software Inc. stockholders sued directors of the video game animation platform company in Delaware Chancery Court on Monday, seeking to block a $1 billion note issuance to support a $4.4 billion merger with ironSource Ltd., pending fuller disclosures about the deal.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

An increasingly busy Delaware Chancery Court raced to docket new suits last week involving PayPal, Snapchat and the Carlyle Group in between a flurry of Twitter-related filings.

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Vista Equity Will Take Tax Software Biz Private In $8.4B Deal

Investment firm Vista Equity Partners Management LLC, led by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, will acquire Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP- and Perkins Coie LLP-steered tax software business Avalara Inc., in an all-cash $8.4 billion go-private deal, the companies announced Monday.

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Last BitMEX Defendant Takes Plea Deal In AML Case

The final holdout in the Manhattan U.S. attorney's crackdown against offshore cryptocurrency derivatives exchange BitMEX pled guilty Monday to flouting U.S. anti-money laundering requirements, forgoing a scheduled October trial.

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Commerce Hits Chinese Firm For Sending US Tech To Iran

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced Monday that it charged China's largest cable manufacturer with helping another Chinese company deliver U.S-origin telecommunications equipment to Iran, saying the manufacturer knew the company was under investigation for similar export violations.

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FCC Claims Wireless Co. Slowed Data Breach Investigation

The Federal Communications Commission proposed fining a Florida-based wireless provider $100,000, accusing the telecom company of intentionally delaying an agency investigation into potential security flaws in its mobile app.

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GAO Denies Costs After 'Atypical' Protest Withdrawal

The U.S. Government Accountability Office declined to recommend Booz Allen Hamilton be awarded costs for a protest over a $64 million information technology task order the company dropped in unusual circumstances, but said it should be awarded costs for a follow-up dispute.

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Tesla Hires New Deputy GC For Corporate And Securities

Tesla Inc. has brought in Derek Windham as deputy general counsel for corporate and securities, the latest hire in the electric vehicle maker's legal department, which has undergone many personnel changes over the last three years. 

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Walt Disney Atty Jumps To Tech Co. Sabre As CLO

Travel-focused software and technology company Sabre Corp. said on Monday that it has hired Chadwick Ho, The Walt Disney Co.'s most recent TV networks and streaming services associate general counsel, to become its chief legal officer.

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Trump Says FBI 'Raided' His Mar-A-Lago Resort

The FBI on Monday executed a search warrant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, according to the former president, who said his home was "under siege, raided and occupied" by federal agents.

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ABA Clarifies Remote Learning Guidance For Law Schools

The American Bar Association's policymaking body at its annual meeting Monday in Chicago adopted a resolution to clarify its accreditation guidelines on remote learning for law schools, as well as a variety of other proposals.

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Lawyer Bert Fields, Hollywood 'Tour De Force,' Dies At 93

Bert Fields, a legendary entertainment attorney who represented the likes of Tom Cruise, Mel Brooks, Dustin Hoffman, George Lucas and Warren Beatty, has died at the age of 93, according to his law firm Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP.

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Legal Services Co. Moves To Toss Securities Fraud Suit

A Florida legal services company moved to toss a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit filed against it over trusts mostly for disabled Social Security or Medicaid recipients the agency says were managed by a shell company disguised as a nonprofit.

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Judge Orders Sale Funds To Cover Collapsed Condo's Taxes

Former unit owners of the Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, will not have to pay 2022 taxes on the property following a ruling Monday from the judge overseeing consolidated litigation over the building's collapse last summer.

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