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October 22, 2014
Dish, Southwest, Time Warner Targeted in New Patent Blitz

After a brief hiatus—and some promising developments for patent defendants—the patent plaintiff Phoenix Licensing LLC fired off a new round of infringement lawsuits in East Texas federal court, targeting 15 companies ranging from Charter Communications to Honda to T-Mobile.

October 22, 2014
As Patent Case Winds Down, 'Settler's Remorse' Could Add Wrinkle

An NPE wants Judge Claudia Wilken to enforce a $30 million deal struck before a court-appointed expert opined its patents were invalid.

October 22, 2014
Who's Arguing in the DC Circuit Over NSA Surveillance?

Veteran appellate lawyer H. Thomas Byron III will defend the government?s bulk collection of phone records next month in a Washington federal appeals court, according to court papers filed Monday. Byron goes up against Larry Klayman, the challenger and lead plaintiff.

October 22, 2014
On Trial's Eve, Rothstein Feeder Fund Owner Agrees to SEC Settlement

On the eve of trial, the SEC reached a settlement with George Levin, the owner of the main feeder fund for Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

October 22, 2014
Courts Split on Class Arbitrability in Energy Cases

In the wake of a Third Circuit ruling as to whether the court or the arbitrator determines if a case is suitable for class arbitration, two district judges in the Middle District of Pennsylvania split on how to apply the ruling to separate putative class cases involving the same energy company.

October 22, 2014
Patent Law — Best Practices as Seen From the Bench

Three U.S. district judges and a U.S. magistrate participated in a roundtable discussion in Dallas, "Patent Law: Best Practices As Seen From The Bench."

October 22, 2014
Roberta Gelb on Technology Training

Roberta Gelb, president of Chelsea Office Systems, talks about how trends such as cloud computing and bring your own device (BYOD) have law firms realizing the importance of training in the adoption of new technologies.

October 22, 2014
Eric Turkewitz on Legal Blogging

Eric Turkewitz, of The Turkewitz Law Firm and author of the New York Personal Injury Law Blog, offers dos and don'ts for first-time legal bloggers.

October 22, 2014
Twitter: A Sleeping Discovery Giant?

Attorney Daniel Cummins and staff reporter Ben Present discuss the emerging issue of social media law. In this installment, the two discuss the differences between Facebook and Twitter, and whether Twitter posts can be discoverable.

October 22, 2014
Study: Campaign Spending Skews Justice Against Defendants

Skyrocketing spending on television advertising in state supreme court elections has rendered justices less likely to vote in favor of criminal defendants, a new study found.

October 22, 2014
Apple Must Hand Over Damages Report to NPE

Judge Vince Chhabria said Unwired Planet is entitled to the expert report Apple relied on in its epic litigation with Samsung.

October 22, 2014
Judge Tosses Shareholder Suit, Finding No Counsel Conflict

A federal judge in Newark has dismissed a shareholder suit claiming hotel operator Wyndham Worldwide failed to fend off breaches of its computer networks and then declined to litigate against the employees responsible for allowing the breaches based on advice from conflicted counsel.

October 22, 2014
Health Net Looks to Seal Info on $215M ERISA Settlement

Health Net Inc., which provides and administers medical benefits to millions of people around the U.S., is asking a federal judge in Newark to seal information related to a $215 million class action settlement of claims that it under-reimbursed out-of-network health care providers.

October 22, 2014
Feds Lose Fight Over Ancient Mummy Mask

A fight over a 3,200-year-old Egyptian artifact with questionable provenance came to a close last week when the federal government paid $425,000 in attorney fees and costs to Dentons and Husch Blackwell for their work on behalf of Saint Louis Art Museum, which owns the disputed Mask of Ka-Nefer-Nefer.

October 22, 2014
Law schools dominate list of grad schools with highest earning alumni; Santa Clara makes top 10

Harvard Law School graduates earned the highest median salaries among graduate-school alumni at the midpoint of their careers, according to a website that asks users…

October 22, 2014
As fewer law grads become lawyers, the profession shows its age

The legal profession is aging as the percentage of younger lawyers continues to shrink in a decades-long trend. In 1980, 36 percent of the nation’s…

October 22, 2014
Oxycontin marketing suit is Purdue Pharma’s ‘legal nightmare’

A civil lawsuit filed by the state of Kentucky against the maker of Oxycontin could tarnish the company’s mostly successful legal track record in cases…

October 22, 2014
Is your firm’s phone line secure? If not, a hack attack can cost you big bucks

Many small businesses don’t realize it, but their phone system may be a potential gateway for hackers. Large companies that contract for service with major…

October 22, 2014
Las Vegas DA to seek county OK for reality TV show about cold and closed cases

A new reality television show about the work of the Las Vegas coroner could soon be followed by one about its district attorney. Apparently inspired…

October 22, 2014
Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends its own Justice McCaffery, asks for ethics investigation

In a highly unusual order Monday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court invoked its King’s Bench power and temporarily suspended one of its own justices, with pay,…