A Texas federal judge has thrown out a patent suit against Samsung seeking more than $300 million, holding that former in-house Samsung patent attorneys stole the company's confidential documents and used them to aid the patent owner, in misconduct he called "repugnant to the rule of law."
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Samsung Beats Patent Suit Due To Misconduct By Ex-Attys

By Ryan Davis

A Texas federal judge has thrown out a patent suit against Samsung seeking more than $300 million, holding that former in-house Samsung patent attorneys stole the company's confidential documents and used them to aid the patent owner, in misconduct he called "repugnant to the rule of law."

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Analysis

Software-Aided Price Fixing Under Antitrust Assault

By Matthew Perlman

Claims that companies in the same industry are using software middlemen to fix prices are percolating in federal courts around the country, with cases targeting major operators in residential real estate, hospitality and health insurance, among other areas.

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Uvalde Families Say Call Of Duty, Meta Groomed Shooter

By Lauren Berg

Families of schoolchildren shot at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in 2022 alleged in a pair of lawsuits Friday that Meta Platforms' Instagram, the maker of first-person shooter video game Call of Duty, and a manufacturer of assault rifles helped inspire, train and equip the teenage gunman.

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Bungie Cheat Code Sellers Hit With $63K Copyright Verdict

By Rachel Riley

A federal jury said Friday that people behind a video game cheat code owe Bungie about $63,000 for replicating a sci-fi shooter's code to make the cheat software and peddle it on the internet, capping off a nearly weeklong copyright trial in Seattle.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Live Nation Ticket Buyers Follow Feds With Antitrust Suit

By Lauren Berg

Live Nation and Ticketmaster were hit with a consumer antitrust proposed class action Thursday accusing them of monopolizing concert promotion and ticketing for major concert venues following their 2010 merger, which comes on the heels of the U.S. Department of Justice's own lawsuit.

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Malware Backdoor Found In Software Used By Courtrooms

By Lauren Berg

Software created by a company that provides digital audiovisual technology to courtrooms, jails and other facilities contains a backdoor associated with malware that disguises itself as a normal update, analysts at a cybersecurity firm reported, warning that "users are at high risk and should take immediate action."

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Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Analysis

NYSE Companies Could Face Heat If Business Focus Changes

By Tom Zanki

A New York Stock Exchange proposal seeking additional authority to delist companies that enact wholesale business changes after going public could subject certain companies to more scrutiny, attorneys say, though such drastic actions are expected to be rare.

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Senate Republican Eyes Tutor.com's China Ties, Data Use

By Joyce Hanson

The top Republican on the U.S. Senate's health and education committee has launched an investigation into Tutor.com, a Chinese-controlled web service of The Princeton Review that offers students online tutoring, saying China's Communist Party may be exploiting users' sensitive data.

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E-Rate Growth Needed As Other Funds Wane, FCC Chief Says

By Christopher Cole

Calling the E-Rate program for subsidizing broadband in schools and libraries a "quiet powerhouse," the head of the Federal Communications Commission is looking to build support in Congress to expand it to cover off-campus learning after pandemic rescue funds dissipated.

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FCC Republican Knocks Plan To Require AI Ad Disclosures

By Jared Foretek

A Federal Communications Commission Republican is slamming a commission proposal aimed at limiting the use of artificial intelligence in political advertisements, saying the push is a politically motivated effort to stop Republicans from using AI.

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FCC Calls For Fresh Comments On Orbital Debris Rulemaking

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Communications Commission is hitting the "refresh" button on orbital debris rulemaking, issuing a new call for public input on potential agency rules.

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FCC Probing Unauthorized Navigation Satellite Signals In US

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Communications Commission is continuing its investigation into U.S. phones receiving unauthorized Russian and Chinese navigation satellite signals, but FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel told lawmakers last week that she didn't have much more to share on the inquiry.

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New Minnesota Law Removes Barriers To Public Broadband

By Christopher Cole

Public broadband advocates on Friday lauded Minnesota's enactment of a state law making it easier to deploy community broadband networks.

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LITIGATION

Sony Denied Early Bid To Block PlayStation Antitrust Class

By Henrik Nilsson

A California federal judge Friday denied Sony's preemptive bid to deny class certification in a suit accusing it of overcharging PlayStation Store users through a monopoly on downloadable game cards, saying Sony has yet to show that the plaintiffs are bound by class action waivers, or it can enforce arbitration.

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Apple Can't Wipe Out 2 Fintiv Mobile Wallet Patents At PTAB

By Andrew Karpan

Apple wasn't able to persuade a panel of administrative patent judges to invalidate any language in a pair of patents issued to the founder of a failed cloud-based mobile financial services startup.

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Electric Car Co. Execs Hid Supply Issues, New Suit Claims

By Katryna Perera

A shareholder of ChargePoint Holdings Inc. alleged Friday that current and former officers and directors of the electric vehicle charging station company misrepresented the company's business prospects and failed to disclose supply overruns for charging products, causing a stock drop when the truth was finally revealed.

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Brief

CFPB Will Ask DC Circ. To Rescue Rule Challenged By PayPal

By Jon Hill

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Friday it will appeal a Washington, D.C., federal judge's recent decision that sided with payments giant PayPal in its lawsuit challenging the agency's extension of certain prepaid card regulations to digital wallets.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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ENFORCEMENT

Feds' Probe Into Waymo Self-Driving Car Finds More Incidents

By Linda Chiem

The U.S. auto safety regulator has said it found nine additional incidents of Waymo LLC autonomous vehicles exhibiting "unexpected driving behaviors" and has asked the company for more information as part of a new investigation.

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PEOPLE

DLA Piper Adds Corporate Ace From Goodwin In Calif.

By Lynn LaRowe

A finance lawyer with deep expertise has joined DLA Piper from Goodwin Procter LLP in its Palo Alto shop, strengthening its offerings in the Golden State.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Supply Chain Considerations For Companies Deploying AI

Many businesses will risk failure by embracing artificial intelligence without fully understanding the risks, and the value of a five-step AI supply chain analysis cannot be overstated, say Brooke Berg and Nathan Staffel at Nardello & Co.

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How Real Estate Cos. Can Protect Their IP In The Metaverse

The rise of virtual and augmented reality creates new intellectual property challenges and opportunities for real estate owners, but certain steps, including conducting a diligence investigation to develop an understanding of current obligations, can help companies mitigate IP issues in the metaverse, says George Pavlik at Levenfeld Pearlstein.

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The Effects Of New 10-Year Limitation On Key Sanctions Laws

Recently enacted emergency appropriations legislation, doubling the statute of limitations for civil and criminal economic sanctions violations, has significant implications for internal records retention, corporate transaction due diligence and government investigations, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

5 Themes That Could Determine Trump's NY Criminal Trial

By Stewart Bishop, Frank G. Runyeon and Rachel Scharf

With closing arguments set for Tuesday morning in Donald Trump's New York hush money case and deliberations on the horizon, here's a look at the themes that have dominated the historic, monthlong trial so far.

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Alito Flag Displays 'Improper' And 'Dumb,' District Judge Says

By Alison Knezevich

A Massachusetts federal judge is calling out U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for controversial flags reportedly seen flying outside his homes, saying such actions erode public trust in the courts.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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CFTC's Johnson Is Under Consideration For FDIC Top Job

By Jon Hill

The Biden administration is considering Kristin Johnson, a Democratic member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as a possible candidate to replace Martin Gruenberg at the helm of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Law360 has learned.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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'Legendary' Former NJ Justice Handler Dies At 92

By Jake Maher

Retired Associate Justice Alan B. Handler, who served on the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1977 to 1999, died Thursday at 92, Law360 has learned.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Adventist Health System Inc.

Aetna Inc.

Agri Stats Inc.

Allegiance Health Management

Alphabet Inc.

American Airlines Group Inc.

American Media Inc.

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Blackstone Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

ByteDance Ltd.

Caesars Entertainment Inc.

Cargill Inc.

ChargePoint Inc.

CoStar Group Inc.

Daniel Defense LLC

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Education Holdings 1 Inc.

Equity Residential

First Republic Bank

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC

Gucci Group NV

HSBC Holdings PLC

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

Hyatt Hotels Corp.

Icertis Inc.

India Globalization Capital Inc.

Instagram Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Kaiser Permanente

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Loews Hotels & Co.

MGM Resorts International

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Michigan State University

Microsoft Corp.

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

Mozido LLC

MultiPlan Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

Nardello & Co. LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Netflix Inc.

New Jersey State Bar Association

Nike Inc.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paypal Holdings Inc.

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Primavera Capital Group

Princeton University

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Rapid7 Inc.

RealPage Inc.

Salesforce.com Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc.

Sotheby's

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Starbucks Corp.

StubHub Inc.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The Cigna Group

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

The Western Union Co.

TikTok Inc.

Trump Organization Inc.

Tyson Foods Inc.

UC Hastings Law

University of Virginia

Waymo LLC

Wells Fargo & Co.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Wynn Resorts Ltd.

Yardi Systems Inc.

Zoho Corporation

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

A&O Shearman

Baker & Hostetler

Bartlett LLP

Bilzin Sumberg

Bunsow De Mory

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Gibson Dunn

Gillam Smith

Goodwin Procter

Greenberg Traurig

Guerra LLP

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Haynes & Boone

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Israel David LLC

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Joseph Saveri Law Firm

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Koskoff Koskoff

Latham & Watkins

Levenfeld Pearlstein

Littler Mendelson

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Milberg Coleman

Motley Rice

Olshan Frome

PV Law LLP

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Perkins Coie

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robbins Geller

Rosen Hagood

Rosen Law Firm PA

Saporito Falcone

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Spencer Fane

Steven Williams Law

Volpe Koenig

Welsh & Recker

Wilentz Goldman

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Zimmerman Reed

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Industry and Security

Central Intelligence Agency

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Companies House

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

European Commission

European Union

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Trade Commission

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Labor Relations Board

New Jersey Supreme Court

Office of Foreign Assets Control

Texas Department of Public Safety

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

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

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

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Nevada