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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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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Atty Says Loss Of BP Spill Claim Was Client's Fault, Not Firm's

By Catherine Marfin

Texas attorney Brent W. Coon has told a Houston court that his firm's alleged botching of a former client's lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill was actually the client's fault, as he failed to provide the firm with a sworn statement to attach to his complaint per a court's order.

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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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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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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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REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Roundup

Real Estate Authority: Adaptive Reuse, Climate Risk, SFR

By Real Estate Authority Staff

Catch up on this week's key developments by state from Law360 Real Estate Authority — including one BigLaw real estate leader's take on adaptive reuse, the enduring risk of climate change for public companies, and the latest industry player perspectives on the single-family rental market.

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ENFORCEMENT

SEC Says Crypto Firm's Challenge Is 'Fatally Premature'

By Aislinn Keely

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a Texas federal judge on Friday that a yet-to-launch crypto exchange's bid to bar any future enforcement action is "fatally premature" since the firm hasn't identified a final action to challenge.

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OCC Orders Controls Improvements At Comerica

By Sarah Jarvis

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has ordered a Comerica unit to strengthen its asset management controls and address other "unsafe or unsound practices," according to a newly released consent order.

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LITIGATION

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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NLRB Wants 2nd SpaceX Suit Paused Amid Venue Fight

By Braden Campbell

The National Labor Relations Board asked a Texas federal judge to pause SpaceX's second challenge to the agency's constitutionality while another federal court deals with a persistent venue dispute in an earlier, nearly identical suit.

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Logan Paul's Energy Drink Co. Sues Boxer For Defamation

By Elaine Briseño

Prime Hydration, led by YouTube celebrity Logan Paul, has accused boxer Ryan Garcia of defamation in Texas federal court over his ongoing campaign to paint the drink in a negative light, including saying it contains harmful chemicals like cyanide that will "hurt you big time."

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Airline Worker Terrorized 'Countless' Passengers, Suit Says

By Brian Steele

A California man with ties to American Airlines gained access to the private information of regional airline passengers and embarked on a monthslong campaign of harassing them, according to a lawsuit in federal court with 15 plaintiffs.

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Petition Watch: Forum Shopping, Monopolies & Gun Safety

By Katie Buehler

Law360 looks at four U.S. Supreme Court petitions filed in the past two weeks, including the FDA's request that the justices curb an increase in forum shopping at the Fifth Circuit, and two veterinarians who want the justices to allow plaintiffs to pursue antitrust claims for actions allegedly leading to the creation of a monopoly.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT

5th Circ. Clears Co. In Case That Sparked NLRB Remedy Shift

By Tim Ryan

The Fifth Circuit on Friday vacated a National Labor Relations Board order finding an ad software company violated federal labor law by laying off workers without bargaining with a union, but did not weigh in on the legality of the expanded remedies that the board used the case to adopt. 

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5th Circ. Again Upholds Engineers' OT Win

By Abby Wargo

A Fifth Circuit panel on Friday backed for the second time a lower court's ruling that two engineers receiving a weekly minimum salary as part of their compensation package were not overtime-exempt and sent the case back to the district court to determine damages awards.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

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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EXPERT ANALYSIS

One Contract Fix Can Reduce Employer Lawsuit Exposure

A recent Fifth Circuit ruling that saved FedEx over $365 million highlights how a one-sentence limitation provision on an employment application or in an at-will employment agreement may be the easiest cost-savings measure for employers against legal claims, say Sara O'Keefe and William Wortel at BCLP.

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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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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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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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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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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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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baker & Hostetler

Bartlett LLP

Bilzin Sumberg

Brent Coon & Associates

Bruckner Burch

Bryan Cave

Buchanan Ingersoll

Bunsow De Mory

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Clement & Murphy

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Croke Fairchild

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Gibson Dunn

Gillam Smith

Green LLP

Greenberg Traurig

Guerra LLP

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Haynes & Boone

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Israel David LLC

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Kassab Law Firm

KaurMaxwell

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Koskoff Koskoff

Latham & Watkins

Littler Mendelson

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

PV Law LLP

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Polunsky Beitel

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robbins Geller

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Scopelitis Garvin

Seyfarth Shaw

Sherman Dunn

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Spencer Fane

Sullivan & Cromwell

Volpe Koenig

Welsh & Recker

Wilentz Goldman

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Witherspoon Brajcich

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Activision Blizzard Inc.

American Airlines Group Inc.

American Bar Association

American Media Inc.

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Comerica Inc.

Commonwealth Edison Co.

Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

Daniel Defense LLC

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

FCA US LLC

FedEx Corp.

First Republic Bank

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Freedom Mortgage Corp.

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Helix Energy Solutions Group, Inc.

Howard Hughes Corp.

IAM National Pension Fund

Icertis Inc.

Instagram Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

King Street Capital Management LP

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

Morgan Stanley

Mozido LLC

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Association of Realtors

National Collegiate Athletic Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paypal Holdings Inc.

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Princeton University

Prologis Inc.

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Rapid7 Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

StubHub Inc.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

The Western Union Co.

Thryv Inc.

Trump Organization Inc.

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

Western and Southern Life Insurance Co.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Companies House

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Food and Drug Administration

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Labor Relations Board

New Jersey Supreme Court

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Texas Department of Public Safety

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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 Northern District of Texas

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court