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Menlo Park Startup Plays Matchmaker to GCs and Outside Counsel

By David Ruiz |

A Menlo Park company is trying to find a better way to bring GCs and outside counsel together, but some GCs remain reluctant about the idea.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Supreme Court Ends Laches Defense in Patent Cases

By Scott Graham |

To the surprise of no one, the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled laches is not a defense to patent infringement suits that are brought within the Patent Act's limitations period.

Joseph D. Wargo.

Alston & Bird Sued: Client Alleges Bad Advice, Cover-up Led to $7.6M Tax Bill

By R. Robin McDonald |

An Atlanta-based private equity investment firm is suing longtime legal counsel Alston & Bird over claims that Alston lawyers provided bad legal advice based on a multimillion-dollar math error—then allegedly attempted to cover it up.


Lawyers Sound Off on First-in-a-Decade Class Action Changes

By Amanda Bronstad |

Here's what plaintiffs lawyers, public interest groups, class action critics and claim administrators have to say about proposed amendments that would crack down on serial objectors and promote modern means of communicating with class members.

Robin Cohen, partner at McKool Smith in New York City.

When Insurers Refused to Pay Verizon’s $48M Legal Bill, This Lawyer Hit Back

By Greg Land |

McKool Smith insurance recovery practice head Robin Cohen won big in Delaware, forcing insurers to pay Verizon's massive legal bill to several elite firms that successfully defended the company after a failed spin-off.

Some of Varsity Brands' designs.

Did SCOTUS Miss Chance to Fine-Tune IP Protection for Apparel?

By Scott Graham |

While the U.S. Supreme Court's copyright decision on cheerleader uniforms strengthens IP protection for fashion designers, some copyright lawyers said the high court missed a golden opportunity to provide more clarity.

Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Trump's Deregulatory Push Hits a Snag at Product Safety Commission

By C. Ryan Barber |

In times of presidential transition, it is common across the federal bureaucracy for agency heads to resign and allow the incoming administration to appoint new leadership. At the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Elliot Kaye has stayed put. The dynamic has not simply staved off Trump's pro-business, deregulatory push. The commission's three Democrats appear poised to seize on the waning days of their majority and move forward on safety regulations—and their call for higher penalties against companies.

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IBM's Watson Makes New Inroads Into Legal With Discovery, Business Research Offerings

By Rhys Dipshan |

IBM's announced expansion of Watson Discovery Service and the launch of Watson Company Profiler looks to further the AI platform's e-discovery and search technology.

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In-House Legal Technology Adoption Often Pivots on One Key Variable: Project Sponsors

By Rhys Dipshan |

It is often up to general counsel and legal operations managers to support, and closely manage, their department's technology adoption.

Peter Stris of Stris & Maher  and Jeffrey L. Fisher, co-director of the Stanford Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.

Supreme Court Weighing Microsoft Case Over Class Certification Appeals

By Amanda Bronstad |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday grilled lawyers in a high-profile class action about a controversial procedural tool that allows plaintiffs to appeal a class certification order by dismissing their own case.

How Do I Secure My World? Keeping Info Safe as Lines Blur Between Personal, Professional Lives

By Ian Lopez |

IBM CISO Shamla Naidoo said at ABA Tech show that much of preventing organizational cyber threats hinges on the individual.

U.S. Supreme Court building

Patent Lawyers, Anticipating a Shake-Up, Warily Watch SCOTUS

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to reassert a previous interpretation of the rules, which limited patent suits to the districts where companies are incorporated.

U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C.

Here Are The Hill Lawyers Behind Obamacare Repeal Efforts

By By Kristen Rasmussen |

Here are some of the congressional attorneys playing a role in the health care legislation efforts, representing both parties, both chambers and various committees. They include Kim Brandt, chief oversight counsel, Senate Committee on Finance; Nick Bath, health policy director, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP); Mike Bloomquist, deputy staff director House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Karen Christian, general counsel, House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Allison Halataei, general counsel, House Committee on Ways and Means; and Jane Lucas, legislative director for Sen. John Thune, R-South Dakota.

Regulators Seek Rare Lifetime Ban for Two Bankers

By Sue Reisinger |

The Federal Reserve Board wants to ban from banking for life two former managing directors of JPMorgan Securities in Hong Kong in connection with violations of bribery and other anti-corruption laws.


US DOJ Probing Whether Big Insurers Overcharge Medicare, Qui Tam Suit Reveals

By Kristen Rasmussen |

In a qui tam health care fraud lawsuit against UnitedHealth Group Inc., the U.S. Department of Justice filed a document last week stating that it is investigating allegations that Health Net Inc., Aetna Inc., Cigna Corp.-owned Bravo Health Inc. and Humana Inc. fraudulently collected millions of dollars in Medicare payments by claiming patients were sicker than they actually were.


From the Ground Up: Inside Oracle's Knowledge Management Project

By Rhys Dipshan |

Ameen Haddad, ‎assistant general counsel at Oracle and head of its knowledge management project, discusses KM's complexities and opportunities.

McDonald's Trump Tweet Reveals Social Media Dangers for Legal

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A recent tweet from McDonald's shows how important it is to have a plan to handle—and sometimes vet—social media at companies.

Waymo's Tekedra Mawakana

Google’s Self-Driving Unit Hires New Public Policy Lead

By David Ruiz |

Google's self-driving car division, Waymo, hired a former eBay Inc. executive Tekedra Mawakana as president of public policy and government affairs as the company wrangles with lawmakers over self-driving car regulations and also battles Uber Technologies Inc. over claims that a former Waymo engineer hired by Uber stole trade secrets.

10 Ways to Avoid W-2 Phishing Schemes

By Cinthia Motley, Sedgwick |

Cybercriminals are taking advantage of tax season to lure valuable W-2 information from vulnerable businesses.

Statutory Damages: The Future of Cybersecurity Litigation

By Thomas G. Rohback and Patricia M. Carreiro |

After 'Spokeo', some courts took the decision to be an exclamation point on their continuing dismissals of cases for lack of standing where there hasn’t been concrete harm. Other courts, however, recognized the subtle but significant distinction raised by 'Spokeo' where a claim is based on a statute providing a private cause of action and a remedy of statutory damages for a violation.

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Patent Owners Face Increased Fraud Liability Risk

By Michael R. Fleming, Glenn K. Vanzura and William K. Briggs |

New legislative and court-driven developments in patent law have increased the risk of securities fraud liability for public company patent owners. Such patent owners and their securities counsel are therefore best advised to understand these developments, their intersection with securities law, and how they may affect some public disclosures.

Women in Cybersecurity

No Woman's Land: Cybersecurity Industry Suffers From Gender Imbalance, Discrimination

By Rhys Dipshan |

A PwC survey finds that women face wage, education and culture barriers in an industry heavily comprised of males.

Brian Finch is the co-lead of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s cybersecurity team.

Should Your General Counsel Worry About Wikileaks?

By Brian Finch, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman |

Perhaps the best way to describe the latest CIA-hacking revelations from Wikileaks is this: extraordinarily unsurprising. Spy agencies after all are tasked with, well, spying.

Creating a Legal Event Team

By Brian E. Schrader and Barry Schwartz |

A well-designed and well-managed Legal Event Team can ensure not only that an organization isn’t consumed with litigation activities, but more importantly, can provide the best and most powerful defense against the types of problems that can lead to sanctions, bad publicity, and other adverse events.

Instacart Strikes Deal to End Worker Classification Suit

By Ben Hancock |

The grocery delivery service will pay $4.625 million to resolve a nationwide class action but won't change the way it designates workers.

ZTE Corp. Pleads Guilty to Violating Iran Trade Sanctions

By Sue Reisinger |

Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. pleaded guilty Wednesday to illegally shipping communications and surveillance equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. export controls, and agreed to pay record penalties that could reach $1.2 billion.

Companies Challenge Secrecy Protocols for FBI National Security Letters

By Ben Hancock |

The Ninth Circuit heard arguments Wednesday in a long-running battle over rules barring businesses from telling customers when they've received requests for information.

Ian Ballon, Greenberg Traurig shareholder

EBay Cleared of Seller's Alleged Patent Infringement

By Scott Graham |

The underlying case involved users who sold wooden bee traps that allegedly violated a man's patent.


'Uber-izing' the IP Function

By David Kline |

Intellectual property leaders are tapping into powerful on-demand networks to help monetize portfolios.

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Inside Meetup's Decision to Help Coordinate Immigration Ban Protests

By Stephanie Forshee |

When the president issued an immigration ban earlier this year, Meetup and its general counsel leaped into action.

Making Smart Settlements When Insurance Is Involved

By Catherine Serafin |

If your company is sued, and insurance coverage is involved, settling both the claim against you (the underlying claim) and your insurance claim can get complicated. If you are not careful, a settlement of the underlying claim can adversely affect your insurance coverage, as can settling with fewer than all insurers where more than one policy provides coverage for a claim. Here are some common settlement scenarios and practical tips to help policyholders make smart settlements to maximize existing insurance coverage.

Four Pitfalls to Avoid in a Cyberinsurance Policy

By Stephen T. Raptis |

As more and more companies enter the burgeoning cyberinsurance marketplace, they often ask policyholder counsel like me how they can choose the best cyberpolicy when confronted with so many choices. When the marketplace was still in its infancy just a few years ago, this was a considerably harder question because the policy forms, including the scope of first party and liability coverages being offered by different insurers, varied so drastically.

Nearly 10 Percent of World's Most Ethical Companies are Insurers, Ethics Group Says

By Victoria Prussen Spears, Esq., FC&S Legal |

A dozen of the 124 companies recognized this year by the Ethisphere Institute as the “World’s Most Ethical Companies” are insurance companies.

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NY AG Settles With 3 Mobile Health App Makers on Misleading Claims Charges

By Kristen Rasmussen |

The developers of three popular health-related mobile apps have agreed to settle allegations that they potentially harmed consumers by making misleading claims about the accuracy of the technologies' results, the New York Attorney General's Office announced Thursday.

Uber headquarters in San Francisco

In Uber Appeal, Another Test for Digital Arbitration Pacts

By Andrew Denney |

A Second Circuit panel, reviewing a decision from Judge Jed Rakoff, is parsing just how prominently arbitration agreements must appear on an app or website for their terms to be enforceable.

Sullivan & Cromwell partner Jay Clayton testifies before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during his confirmation hearing to become the next Chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington.  March 23, 2017.

Dodd-Frank 'Should Be Looked at,' SEC Nominee Clayton Says

By Melanie Waddell, ThinkAdvisor |

Trump nominee tells Senate committee he has no 'specific plans' for a Dodd-Frank attack, and that mandated rules 'should go forward.'

Deutsche Bank to Refuse to Pay for Trainees and NQ Lawyers After Panel Overhaul

By Anna Ward and Alex Berry |

Deutsche Bank is to stop paying panel law firms for work carried out by newly qualified lawyers and trainees, Legal Week can reveal.

Texas Judge Denies Emergency Request to Block DOL Fiduciary Rule

By Melanie Waddell, ThinkAdvisor |

Plaintiffs failed to satisfy four factors required to obtain an injunction pending appeal.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission building.

Why a Surgical Divestiture May Not Be Enough

By Jon B. Dubrow and Gregory E. Heltzer |

Some business people think that if a competition issue arises in a transaction it can be resolved by a surgical divestiture or other remedy. Proceeding with a deal based on that assumption creates significant business risk. Recently, there have been many high-profile transactions in which the government and courts rejected the remedy offered by the merging parties. Those deals were blocked by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) or the Department of Justice (collectively, the agencies) and/or the courts, and in some cases resulted in multi-billion-dollar breakup fees.