• December 04, 2023

    Feds Accuse Texas Rehab Clinic Of $2M Workers' Comp Scam

    Federal prosecutors accused a physical therapy clinic in Texas and its owner of billing thousands of false claims to a federal workers' compensation fund, alleging that they defrauded the government of $2 million.

  • December 04, 2023

    BREAKING: Fed. Circ. Vacates VLSI's $2.2B Win Over Intel

    The Federal Circuit on Monday vacated a $2.18 billion infringement verdict against Intel Corp., saying the tech giant was wrongly barred from raising a defense that it had newly acquired a license to the computer chip patents owned by VLSI Technology LLC.

  • December 01, 2023

    Split 5th Circ. Says Texas Must Move Rio Grande Barrier

    A split Fifth Circuit panel on Friday upheld a lower court's order requiring Texas to move a floating barrier in the Rio Grande intended to prevent migrant crossings from Mexico, saying the barrier obstructs navigability and poses a risk to human life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Texas Firm Can't Duck Fla. Estate Planning Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge has shot down a Texas law firm's bid to toss a malpractice lawsuit alleging it bungled property transfers that ended up increasing its former client's property taxes.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Google Ends 2 Patent Cases In Western Texas

    Google lawyers managed to hash out their legal fights with two patent-licensing outfits represented by the same powerhouse Delaware patent law firm, over a year after U.S. District Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas sent one of the lawsuits to the Northern District of California, but months after he decided to keep the second in Waco. 

  • December 01, 2023

    Albright Sets Post-Trial Hearing In Intel Case After VLSI Prods

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright has scheduled a post-trial conference with Intel Corp. and microchip patent licensing outfit VLSI Technology LLC for Dec. 11 after VLSI sought entry of a final judgment on a Texas federal jury's year-old $949 million patent infringement verdict against Intel.

  • December 01, 2023

    Texas Tries Again To Stop Border Razor Wire Cutting By Feds

    Texas has launched a new bid to block federal agents from removing razor wire on the U.S.-Mexico border as the state appeals a Texas federal judge's order denying a preliminary injunction on disturbing the fencing while a lawsuit against the Biden administration plays out.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    Assa Abloy Loses PTAB Challenge To Biometric Patent

    No claims in a biometric security patent challenged by Swedish manufacturing company Assa Abloy AB were unpatentable as obvious, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board has ruled.

  • December 01, 2023

    Cloudera Attacks Numbers Used To Back $240M Patent Verdict

    The cloud software company Cloudera wants U.S. District Judge Alan Albright in Texas to give it a new trial after a jury was swayed in October by "unreliable and speculative testimony" that used numbers from an old licensing offer that Facebook rejected to support the idea of paying patent licensing outfit StreamScale $240 million.

  • December 01, 2023

    Judge Wants More Info Before Picking Barretts Mineral Venue

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Friday told counsel for Barretts he will need to hear more arguments before he can decide whether the talc miner's Chapter 11 case belongs in a Texas courtroom.

  • December 01, 2023

    Executions Concentrated In 5 States As Fairness Doubts Grow

    Only a handful of states executed people in 2023 as more Americans think the death penalty is carried out unfairly than fairly for the first time, according to a year-end report released Friday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

  • December 01, 2023

    Mass. Lab Execs Guilty Of Bloodwork Kickback Conspiracy

    Five health care executives have been convicted by a Texas jury of conspiring to pay Lone Star State doctors bribes for referring patients' bloodwork to a Massachusetts lab in a complicated multistate scheme to get inflated payouts from federal insurance programs.

  • December 01, 2023

    Whirlpool Injunction Row Raises Circuit Split, Chinese Co. Says

    A Chinese company embroiled in a trademark dispute with Whirlpool Corp. over the latter's iconic KitchenAid stand mixers has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether personal jurisdiction is required for preliminary injunctions, saying a Fifth Circuit decision that prohibited it from selling its products "creates a dangerous precedent."

  • December 01, 2023

    Magema Denied New Trial In Patent Spat With Phillips 66

    A Texas federal judge has shot down Magema Technology's bid for a new trial after a jury ruled in July that Phillips 66 did not infringe its oil refinery patents, finding that enough evidence was presented for the jury to make a reasonable judgment.

  • December 01, 2023

    Radisson Hospitality Faces Sex Trafficking Suit In Texas

    A woman says Radisson Hospitality and its subsidiary hotel brands should be held liable for enabling her to be trafficked for sex at their Texas locations, according to a new federal lawsuit that adds to the growing list of actions against hotel operators nationally.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Stinson Brings On Ferguson Braswell Cyber Pro In Dallas

    Stinson LLP has strengthened its intellectual property and technology practice division with an of counsel in Dallas who came aboard from Ferguson Braswell Fraser Kubasta PC.

  • December 01, 2023

    NFL Says Flores Can't Ask 2nd Circ. To Undo Arbitration Move

    The National Football League has urged the Second Circuit to dismiss an appeal of a lower court's decision to compel arbitration by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and others for portions of their racial discrimination suit, arguing they have no right to such an appeal under federal arbitration law.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • November 28, 2023

    Justices Urged To Wade Into Emergency Abortion Care Fight

    Anti-abortion groups and states have told the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate an Idaho law criminalizing abortions in most circumstances while the federal government's challenge to the prohibition proceeds, arguing that the Biden administration has attempted an "end run" around the high court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    Pfizer Overhyped Its COVID-19 Vax Efficacy, Texas AG Claims

    Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a consumer protection lawsuit Thursday in Lubbock County accusing Pfizer Inc. of over-touting the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine, seeking more than $10 million for violations of the Lone Star State's Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

  • November 30, 2023

    IP Forecast: Beauty And The Copyright-Protected Beast

    A federal courthouse in Oakland will be center stage next week for a jury trial over allegations that Disney owes profits from the billion-dollar Emma Watson blockbuster "Beauty and the Beast" remake to ex-Microsoft executive Steve Perlman's digital effects company for infringing copyright-protected software to make the movie's live-action beast. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Tracking MDL Geography

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    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has predominantly selected states east of the Mississippi River as venues for new MDLs — but with half of the proceedings it has created in recent months venued in Arizona and California, the panel is not neglecting the western part of the country, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Why Criminal No-Poach Cases Can Be Deceptively Complex

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    Mark Rosman at Wilson Sonsini discusses the reasons many criminal no-poach cases that appear simple are actually more complicated than they seem, following several jury trial acquittals and two dismissed cases.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • CFPB, DOJ Signal Focus On Fair Lending To Immigrants

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    New joint guidance from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Justice effectively broadens the scope of protected classes under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act to include immigration status, indicating a significant shift in regulatory scrutiny, say Alex McFall and Leslie Sowers at Husch Blackwell.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Questions Linger Over Texas Business Court's Jurisdiction

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    If parties to a case in Texas' new business court do not agree on whether the court has supplemental jurisdiction over their claims, then those claims may proceed concurrently in another court — creating significant challenges for litigants, and raising questions that have yet to be answered, says Ryan Sullivan at Reichman Jorgensen.

  • Cross-Market Implications In FTC's Anesthesia Complaint

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent complaint against a private equity firm's acquisition of anesthesiology practices highlights the controversial issue of cross-market harm in health care provider mergers, and could provide important insights into how a court may view such theories of harm, say Christopher Lau and Dina Older Aguilar at Cornerstone Research.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • 10 Essential Bankruptcy Litigation Tips For In-House Counsel

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    Bankruptcy litigation is a complex and multifaceted area of law that poses unique challenges for in-house counsel, and there are several tools at legal professionals' disposal, like appraisals and understanding jurisdictions, to stay well-informed and protect their companies' interests, says Alison Ashmore at Dykema.

  • Total Stay Of CFPB Small Biz Data Rule Is Boon To Lenders

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    The Southern District of Texas’ nationwide halt of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Small Business Lending Rule would end if the CFPB wins a pending U.S. Supreme Court case, but the interim pause allows valuable extra time for financial institutions to plan their compliance strategies, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

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