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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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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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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BakerHostetler, Crowell On Verge Of Settling Client Scam Suit

By Ryan Boysen

BakerHostetler and Crowell & Moring LLP appear close to settling a malpractice suit claiming the firms aided and abetted a network of predatory websites, just days after a Florida federal judge authorized discovery into the former client's Slack messages.

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Chicago IP Firm Accused Of Botching Fetal Biotech Patent

By Celeste Bott

A company that makes technology that can detect fetal asphyxia and distress has alleged in Illinois state court that Chicago law firm Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery LLP cost it millions when it registered the company's patents under one of its former employees, who then used its intellectual property to launch a competing company.

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TikTok Ban Gets Expedited Sept. Hearing Date At DC Circ.

By Gina Kim

The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday agreed to expedite the briefing schedule for a constitutional challenge against a federal law banning TikTok from the United States unless it severs its ties with its Chinese parent company, ByteDance Ltd., with oral arguments set to be heard this fall. 

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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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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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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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New Colo. Law Targets AI Deepfakes In Political Ads

By Daniel Ducassi

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has signed a bill that aims to crack down on the malicious use of artificial intelligence for producing political messaging.

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POLICY & REGULATION

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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House Judiciary Leaders Seek Briefing On FISA Court Access

By Courtney Bublé

The top Republican and Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are looking for an update on a request by members of Congress for access to the secretive proceedings of the court that hears matters on the controversial warrantless foreign surveillance law.

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FCC Chief Floats Plan To Cut Down On Orbital Satellite Debris

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission's chair proposed new rules Wednesday aiming to reduce the chances of spacecraft explosions that leave debris in orbit.

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Fire Chiefs Want FirstNet In Charge Of Revamped 4.9 GHz

By Nadia Dreid

Firefighters across the country want the Federal Communications Commission to know that they're in favor of the agency's plan to turn the revamped 4.9-gigahertz public safety band over to a single, nationwide manager.

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LITIGATION

NY Attys Back Bid For Justices To Hear Double-Patenting Row

By Andrew Karpan

A petition looking to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into a double-patenting dispute has received support from a trade group of New York patent lawyers.

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Fed. Circ. Backs Claim Invalidity In Express Mobile Web Patent

By Adam Lidgett

The Federal Circuit has backed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that a single claim of an Express Mobile website generation patent was invalid as obvious based on earlier inventions.

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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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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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Amazon Shouldn't Escape BIPA Suit, Judge Recommends

By Henrik Nilsson

A Washington federal magistrate judge on Wednesday recommended that the court should not toss a suit alleging Amazon.com Inc. collected facial scans of teens playing a popular video game without proper disclosures or consent, saying the plaintiff sufficiently alleges that Amazon knowingly obtained the data and disseminated it.

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Chancery Pins Down Musk, Tesla On Pay Bid, Del. Jurisdiction

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware's chancellor has nailed Elon Musk, Tesla Inc. and their counsel to assurances that the company won't flee state corporate law jurisdiction and a potentially massive stockholder attorney fee dispute by rushing votes on a struck-down, $56 billion compensation plan for Musk and proposed reincorporation in Texas.

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Chancery Sends Momentus de-SPAC Claims Toward Trial

By Jeff Montgomery

A Delaware vice chancellor refused to dismiss any counts Wednesday in a suit filed by investors in the special purpose acquisition company that took commercial space venture Momentus Inc. public in August 2021, with the court noting that the case will be judged on plaintiff friendly entire fairness standards.

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MGM Gambler's Missing $3M Heads To Mich. Supreme Court

By Thy Vo

The Michigan Supreme Court said Wednesday it will consider whether a state law governing online gambling preempts a woman's lawsuit claiming MGM's online betting arm refused to pay her $3.2 million in winnings from online roulette, after the casino said the payout was a mistake.

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Verizon Urges Court Not To Postpone VoIP-Pal Patent Trial

By Andrew Karpan

Verizon is fighting a bid by patent litigation company VoIP-Pal.com to get U.S. District Judge Alan Albright to delay sending the Texas federal suit against the telecom giant to a jury, amid a feud over getting a "do-over" on VoIP-Pal's $5 billion damages request.

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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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Spotify Listeners Slam Scrapped Music Device As 'Paperweight'

By Lauren Berg

Spotify has suddenly decided to shut down its "Car Thing" device, which connects listeners' playlists to their cars, making the devices obsolete and leaving customers "with nothing more than a paperweight that cost between $50 and $100," according to a proposed class action filed Tuesday in New York federal court.

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CFPB Says Citi 'Wrong' On Wire Transfer Rules In NY Suit

By Jon Hill

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is backing New York's attorney general in a lawsuit accusing Citibank NA of failing to adequately protect customers from online wire transfer fraud, arguing the bank is "wrong" about what rules govern its obligations to scam victims.

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Brief

Robinhood Reaches Deal To End 'Meme Stock' Investor Suit

By Katryna Perera

Robinhood Markets Inc. told a Florida federal judge Tuesday that it has reached a settlement with investors to resolve a suit over the trading platform's suspension of so-called meme stock purchases, saying it anticipates finalizing the deal within the next two weeks.

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DEALS

3 Firms Build $627M Take-Private Sale Of Medical Device Biz

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Medical device company Surmodics Inc. on Wednesday revealed it has agreed to be bought by private equity giant GTCR for $627 million in a take-private deal built by Kirkland & Ellis, Faegre Drinker and Cleary Gottlieb.

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Israeli Nanotech Startup, Canadian Biotech Plot US IPOs

By Tom Zanki

An Israeli nanotech startup launched plans Wednesday for an estimated $75 million U.S. initial public offering, while a Canadian-listed biotechnology company also filed documents to tap U.S. markets, adding to a recent spate of cross-border listings.

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GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS

GAO Claims Jurisdiction And Denies Novel AI Protest

By Daniel Wilson

The U.S. Government Accountability Office ruled it had the authority to hear a novel dispute over a company's exclusion from an Army prize competition for artificial intelligence technology because the competition could have eventually led to a contract, but ultimately rejected the protest.

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BANKRUPTCY

Genesis Returns $2.2B Of Lending Program Crypto In Ch. 11

By Clara Geoghegan

Former crypto lender Genesis Global Holdco LLC returned $2.18 billion worth of digital assets Wednesday to 232,000 users of an interest-accruing lending program, Gemini Earn, after a New York bankruptcy judge approved Genesis' Chapter 11 plan last week.

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ENFORCEMENT

Feds Dismantle Massive Botnet, Arrest Malware's Admin

By Lauren Berg

Following an investigation by law enforcement in the U.S., Singapore, Thailand and Germany, the U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced it has dismantled a botnet used in cyberattacks, child exploitation, massive fraud and export violations, and arrested a Chinese national behind the malware.

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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

Fintech Compliance Amid Regulatory Focus On Sensitive Data

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's recent, expansive pursuit of financial services companies using sensitive personal information signals a move into the Federal Trade Commission's territory, and the path forward for fintech and financial service providers involves a balance between innovation and compliance, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

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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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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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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.

AbbVie Inc.

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Advent International Corp.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bankers Association

Apple Inc.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service

AstraZeneca PLC

Bank Policy Institute

Barclays PLC

BetMGM LLC

Brandeis University

ByteDance Ltd.

Citigroup Inc.

Community Financial Corp.

Delaware State Bar Association

Digital Currency Group Inc.

Expedia Group Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

GameStop Corp.

GoDaddy Inc.

Google LLC

HP Inc.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Instagram Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Rice & Co. LLC

MGM Grand Hotel LLC

Maxim Group LLC

Microsoft Corp.

Momentus Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

Pattern Energy Group LP

Pinterest Inc.

Reddit Inc.

Rite Aid Corp.

Robinhood Markets Inc.

Savills Inc.

Sonos Inc.

Spotify Technology SA

States United Democracy Center

T-Mobile US Inc.

TD Securities Inc.

TMX Group Ltd.

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Tesla Inc.

TikTok Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Whitley Penn LLP

World Acceptance Corporation

eBay Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abraham Fruchter

Alioto Law Firm

Alston & Bird

Andrews & Springer

Ashby & Geddes

Baker & Hostetler

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Bennett Jones

Bernstein Litowitz

Bird Marella

Bonsignore Trial Lawyers

Bradley Arant

Buchalter APC

Cleary Gottlieb

Clifford Chance

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

Dacus Law Firm

Damian & Valori

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dentons

Dewsnup King

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Eversheds Sutherland

Faegre Drinker

Farrar & Ball

Fenwick & West

Finnegan

Fitch Even

Foley & Lardner

Foley Hoag

Fraser Trebilcock

Friedman Oster

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Goldenberg Heller

Gornitzky & Co.

Grant & Eisenhofer

Greenberg Traurig

Greenspoon Marder

Gunster Yoakley

Hinshaw & Culbertson

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hudnell Law Group

Hughes Hubbard

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

Joseph Saveri Law Firm

Kaskela Law

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Kramer Alberti

Kramer Levin

Latham & Watkins

Law Offices of Lawrence G. Papale

Lee Sullivan Shea

Levi & Korsinsky

Lowenstein & Weatherwax

Manatt Phelps

Mayer Brown

Milberg Coleman

Mishcon de Reya

Mitrani Rynor

Moore Kuehn

Morgan Lewis

Morris Nichols

Munsch Hardt

NechelesLaw

O'Melveny & Myers

Orrick Herrington

Parsons Behle

Patterson Belknap

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Perkins Coie

Pomerantz LLP

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Richards Layton

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Ross Aronstam

Scott & Corley

Shackelford Bowen

Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

Squitieri & Fearon

Steptoe LLP

Sullivan & Cromwell

Tarpey Wix

Tousley Brain

Veen Firm

Weil Gotshal

Wiley Rein

Williams & Connolly

Wilson Sonsini

de Castro PC

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Colorado Secretary of State

Colorado Supreme Court

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Marin County, California

Michigan Gaming Control Board

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New York Attorney General's Office

Office of Foreign Assets Control

Small Business Administration

U.S. Army

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Navy

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office