Cooley LLP announced Wednesday it has brought in as a partner in its Silicon Valley office a former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the Theranos trial.
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Theranos, Elizabeth Holmes Prosecutor Joins Cooley In Calif.

By James Mills

Cooley LLP announced Wednesday it has brought in as a partner in its Silicon Valley office a former assistant U.S. attorney who successfully prosecuted biotechnology entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes in the Theranos trial.

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Meta's Policy On Threats List 'Sounds Nefarious,' Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins

The California federal judge overseeing claims Meta blacklists certain adult performers questioned the social media giant's practice of keeping its list of dangerous organizations and individuals as a "living document" that changes constantly and isn't archived, saying the policy appears to destroy evidence and "sounds nefarious."

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9th Circ. Rejects Objections To $23M Monsanto Roundup Deal

By Mike Curley

The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a district court's approval of a $23 million MDL settlement to resolve claims that Monsanto failed to warn buyers of the carcinogens in its Roundup weed killer, finding there was no indication of collusion as argued by Missouri-based objectors.

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Barilla Pasta Buyers Win Class Cert. In Italy Labeling Suit

By Gina Kim

A California federal judge on Tuesday certified a class action alleging Barilla falsely labels its pasta as being made in Italy after she rejected the company's argument the class is insufficiently defined since it removed the challenged representation in 2022, finding a well-defined class can include those who suffered no injury.

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Ex-Calif. Atty Cops To Role In $9.5M Crypto Ponzi Scheme

By Jack Karp

A disbarred California attorney has pled guilty in federal court to his role in promoting a $9.5 million cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

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INSURANCE

Nationwide Says Hyundai, Kia Owe $7.7M For Engine Claims

By Hope Patti

Nearly a dozen Nationwide insurers told a California federal court Wednesday that Hyundai and Kia are on the hook for 829 engine failure and engine fire claims totaling over $7.7 million in damages resulting from alleged engine defects in certain 2011-2019 vehicle models.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Google Rips Sonos Bid To Revive $32M Patent Verdict

By Ali Sullivan

Google is urging the Federal Circuit to reject Sonos' claim that a California federal court endangered thousands of patents when it threw out a jury's $32.5 million infringement verdict in the smart speaker maker's favor, with the tech giant arguing that Sonos is not entitled to patent protection for audio features that the company waited years to disclose.

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SPORTS & BETTING

NBA Star's Marketing Biz Says Dish Owes $1.4M

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

A company owned by Los Angeles Clippers point guard Russell Westbrook sued Dish Wireless in Colorado federal court, accusing the satellite television service provider of not paying more than $1.4 million in invoices for marketing services the basketball player's business provided under a 2021 contract.

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EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS

9th Circ. Revives Bulk Of Walmart Worker's Disability Bias Suit

By Henrik Nilsson

The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday reversed most of a district court's ruling in favor of Walmart on claims by a vision-impaired employee that the retail giant didn't let him return to work after a medical leave of absence, saying the employee presented evidence suggesting Walmart lied about the reasons why he couldn't return.

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9th Circ. Affirms Dismissal Of Doctor's Military Bias Suit

By Emily Brill

An Arizona hospital defeated a doctor's discrimination lawsuit for the second time, with the Ninth Circuit upholding an Arizona federal judge's decision to toss the doctor's claims that the hospital showed bias against his military status by not renewing his contract after he deployed.

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Farm Will Pay $100K To End Calif. Agency's Sex Abuse Suit

By Grace Elletson

A fruit farm agreed to provide $100,000 to resolve a suit brought by California's Civil Rights Department in state court alleging its owner sexually harassed a strawberry harvester daily and groped her on the job.

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WHITE COLLAR

Autonomy Founder Pushed Sales Team Hard, Jury Hears

By Bonnie Eslinger

A federal prosecutor cross-examining ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch on Wednesday in a criminal fraud trial over claims the British tech tycoon conned HP into overpaying billions for his software company sought to portray Lynch as an overbearing leader who put intense pressure on his team to generate "revenue revenue revenue."

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SECURITIES & BANKING

Forescout Investors Win Class Cert. Over Tanked Sale

By Sydney Price

A California federal judge agreed to certify a class of shareholders of cybersecurity company Forescout who allege the company deceived investors ahead of a sale that ultimately fell apart, marking the latest win for plaintiffs who previously saw the case dismissed with prejudice three years ago.

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COMPETITION

Google, Apple Say Nothing New To Revive Search Pact Suit

By Bryan Koenig

Google and Apple urged a California federal judge not to revive a private lawsuit accusing Google of paying Apple not to produce its own search engine, arguing the consumers have nothing new in citing months-old revelations from the Justice Department's search monopolization case against Google.

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Microsoft's Post-Merger Layoffs Cited In I-Told-You-So Appeal

By Jared Foretek

A private group of gamers is pointing to Microsoft's recent layoffs of 1,900 Activision and XBox employees as evidence of market harms stemming from Microsoft Corp.'s acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc., as the group seeks to revive a private antitrust suit challenging the merger in the Ninth Circuit.

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NATIVE AMERICAN

NLRB Wants Subpoenas Enforced In Calif. Tribal Casino Row

By Beverly Banks

The National Labor Relations Board has gone to federal court to enforce its subpoenas seeking a list of casino workers in a proposed bargaining unit, saying the refusals of a California tribe and a gaming company to provide the information are impeding an agency investigation.

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CANNABIS

Pot Co. Stiiizy Accused Of Marketing Unsafe High-THC Wares

By Sam Reisman

California cannabis giant Stiiizy has been accused of marketing dangerous high-potency THC products to young people, allegedly resulting in cannabis-induced psychosis in one user who brought a product liability and fraud suit Wednesday in Northern California state court.

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Pot Co. Must Face Calif. City's Counterclaims In License Battle

By Jonathan Capriel

A California cannabis company and entrepreneur can't escape counterclaims that they failed to pay fees associated with a commercial license to sell in the city of Baldwin Park — the same municipality whose officials they claim helped swindle him out of nearly $1 million — a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

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PEOPLE

Greenberg Traurig Adds IP Atty From Eversheds Sutherland

By Adam Lidgett

Greenberg Traurig LLP has bolstered its California bench of attorneys with an Eversheds Sutherland lawyer who has years of experience advising digital health and medical device companies on intellectual property issues.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

And Now A Word From The Panel: Watch The MDL Calendar

One of the most fascinating features of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's practice is the regularity of its calendar, which can illuminate important timing considerations, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

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Series

Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

By Dorothy Atkins

More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

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Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

By Tracey Read

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

By Aebra Coe

After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protesters of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

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NY Jury Eyes Trump Tower 'Conspiracy' As Deliberations Start

By Frank G. Runyeon, Rachel Scharf and Stewart Bishop

Jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, as the panel appeared to home in on testimony about a key 2015 meeting where the alleged scheme was hatched.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

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Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

By Thy Vo

A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

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Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

By Carla Baranauckas

The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

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Wash. Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Judge

By Madison Arnold

A Washington man is charged with intimidating a judge on allegations he threatened to kill Asotin County Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, as well as her dog, Motley, after she oversaw his guilty plea to charges alleging he made threats to shoot up an elementary school and a county fair parade.

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Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

By Jake Maher

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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Interview

6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

By Christopher Cole

A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

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Interview

Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

By Julie Manganis

Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

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Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

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