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Skilled in the Art: A Few Scandalous Trademark Takeaways + ND-Cal May Need a Reset on Patent Eligibility

Wed, 2019-06-26 00:16

It's hard to imagine a less surprising outcome than Iancu v. Brunetti, Monday's Supreme Court decision striking down the Lanham Act's prohibition on registering "immoral" or "scandalous" trademarks.

         

Relativity Names LinkedIn's Mike Gamson as New CEO, Sieja to Executive Chairman

Wed, 2019-06-26 00:01

The e-discovery giant is set to make its first CEO change in the company's history, as founder Andrew Sieja moves to a role working more deeply with product and technical teams.

         

'Not a Friendly Subpoena': Mueller Will Testify July 17 in US House

Tue, 2019-06-25 22:08

“We look forward to hearing his testimony, as do all Americans, the leaders of the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees said. Mueller had expressed an unwillingness to testify about his work as special counsel.

         

Skilled in the Art: A Few Scandalous Trademark Takeaways + ND-Cal May Need a Reset on Patent Eligibility

Tue, 2019-06-25 21:16

It's hard to imagine a less surprising outcome than Iancu v. Brunetti, Monday's Supreme Court decision striking down the Lanham Act's prohibition on registering "immoral" or "scandalous" trademarks.

         

Compliance Hot Spots: Parsing Walmart's FCPA Settlement; FedEx Sues Commerce Dept.; Mueller Lawyers Get Scooped Up; Who Got the Work

Tue, 2019-06-25 21:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, where we highlight notable partner and in-house moves, regulatory and white-collar trends and more. Thanks for reading!

         

New Association of Corporate Counsel Benchmarking Report Lets Legal Departments Measure Up

Tue, 2019-06-25 18:40

In-house lawyers can compare their team's size and spend in a new report from the Association of Corporate Counsel.

         

Bankruptcy Judge Denies Madoff Trustee Summary Judgment in Clawback Suit

Tue, 2019-06-25 18:07

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Stuart M. Bernstein nixed trustee Irving H. Picard's motion for summary judgment on his fraudulent transfer claim to recover transfers from Legacy Capital Ltd.'s account with Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities that were made within two years of its founder being arrested for securities fraud in 2008.

         

Law Firm CEO Dead After Biking Accident

Tue, 2019-06-25 18:02

Timothy Thornton, CEO of 150-lawyer Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, was biking Sunday when he was struck by a pickup truck.

         

Justice Dept. Accuses Omarosa Manigault Newman of Ethics Violation

Tue, 2019-06-25 17:31

The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleged Newman did not file a "termination" financial disclosure, a required filing for many executive branch employees after they leave public service.

         

As Michigan State Awaits General Counsel, It Votes for Independent Nassar Probe

Tue, 2019-06-25 17:26

The university said June 21 it is hiring McDermott Will & Emery to conduct a probe three years after convicted ex-doctor Larry Nassar's arrest in 2016.

         

Opus Bank Names Former Banc of California Top Lawyer as General Counsel

Tue, 2019-06-25 16:56

Angelee Harris, most recently the general counsel of Banc of California, began her role as the top lawyer at Opus Bank earlier this month.

         

The Stuff Greg Craig and Prosecutors Don't Want Talked About at Trial

Tue, 2019-06-25 16:12

The government is resisting the former Skadden partner's move to call Arnold & Porter's Amy Jeffress as a defense expert witness.

         

Stradley Lawyer Resigns From State GOP Leadership in Wake of Sexting Allegations

Tue, 2019-06-25 15:56

Val DiGiorgio stepped down from his position as chairman of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania hours after The Philadelphia Inquirer published a report on his messages with a City Council candidate.

         

Judge Grants More Time for a 'Novel Idea' to Settle Opioid Cases

Tue, 2019-06-25 15:51

At a Tuesday hearing, plaintiffs' attorneys who proposed a "negotiation class" to settle all the opioid lawsuits agreed to give more time for objections, some of which have come from distributors, pharmacies and state attorneys general.

         

MLB General Counsel Mike Mellis Trades Role for Yankees Front Office

Tue, 2019-06-25 15:22

Mellis, who has worked at some iteration of Major League Baseball for more than 20 years, will join the New York Yankees as executive vice president and chief counsel in mid-July.

         

Lawyers Wrote 'Polite F-U Letters' to Help Big Pharma Fix Drug Prices, AGs Claim in Unredacted Suit

Tue, 2019-06-25 14:56

A newly unredacted complaint made public Monday appears to show several Big Pharma companies conspiring to fix prices. Here are some of the key takeaways in the lawsuit by 44 states against Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Pfizer Inc., Sandoz Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. and other corporate and individual defendants.

         

Shaking Up Big Law, Harvard-Founded Student Group Goes National

Tue, 2019-06-25 14:29

The Pipeline Parity Project, which is working to end mandatory arbitration among legal employers, has rebranded as the People's Parity Project and unveiled plans to establish law school chapters across the country.

         

US Appeals Court Says Census Plaintiffs Can Explore New Evidence

Tue, 2019-06-25 14:03

The ruling by a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit allows additional proceedings in the Maryland trial court, where a judge said this week new evidence paints a "disturbing picture" of alleged discriminatory motivations by the Trump administration.

         

Golf Is Good for Business, So Tee Up, Ladies

Tue, 2019-06-25 14:00

Instead of racking their brains about how to gain access to male networks, why aren't women playing the big boys' favorite sport?

         

How I Made Partner: Morgan, Lewis & Bockius' Terry Johnson

Tue, 2019-06-25 11:59

"At the end of the day, a law firm is a business. And with the rapidly changing legal landscape, law firms have to constantly be thinking of strategic and innovative ways to keep up with the times, and, in fact, to stay ahead of the curve."

         

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