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Appeals Court Hands PTO a Win in Trademark Row

By Lisa Shuchman |

In a ruling that could handicap trademark applicants fighting to salvage their brands, the Fourth Circuit concluded that the government can recover legal fees from applicants that look to district courts to challenge adverse rulings by the Patent and Trademark Office.

In Replay of FHFA Appeal, Banks Urge Second Circuit To Topple FDIC Claims

By Scott Flaherty |

Can Sullivan & Cromwell's Bob Giuffra succeed where his predecessors failed?

Supremes Take a Pass on Dairy Class Action Appeal

By Scott Flaherty |

The justices rebuffed claims that a California judge ignored prior Supreme Court rulings when he certified an antitrust class of more than 100 million consumers alleging billions of dollars in damages.

Barclays Can't Escape 'Dark Pool' Securities Class Action

By Scott Flaherty |

Barclays' lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell managed to trim but not defeat claims that the bank misled investors about safeguards in its Liquidity Cross dark pool.

AIG Agrees to Drop Trade Secrets Case for $72 Million

The deal comes three years after AIG accused billionaire Steven Udvar-Hazy of pilfering its aircraft leasing unit, and three months after Quinn Emanuel stepped into the case.

Barry Berke

Litigators of the Week: Barry Berke and Eric Tirschwell of Kramer Levin

By Scott Flaherty |

Most top white-collar litigators don't spend part of their careers battling the U.S. Mint over missing coins. But most coins aren't anything like the 1933 Double Eagle.

Gibson Dunn's Theodore Olson outside the U.S. Supreme Court in 2013.

The Global Lawyer: Will Chevron Lose in the Second Circuit?

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Ted Olson didn't quite live up to his legend on Monday. The question is whether Chevron blew the case.

Citigroup Can't Dodge Lawsuit Over Soured CDO

By Scott Flaherty |

A financial crisis case that stumbled on South Korean law regained its footing on Wednesday, when a U.S. appeals court revived claims that Citigroup Inc. duped a Korean bank into investing in a complex investment product that went belly-up in the global recession.

The Global Lawyer: Back to the Future for Chevron in Ecuador

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

The Second Circuit suggests a do-over of the world's most messed-up case. Others mock the idea—but here's how it could be done.

Former Greenberg Traurig partner Leslie Corwin, now at Blank Rome.

Greenberg Traurig Faces Trial Over Alleged Client Forgery

By Scott Flaherty |

A judge in Manhattan reused to grant either side summary judgment in a lawsuit accusing Greenberg Traurig of helping a former client deceive his adversaries and the court.

InFuse sponge cage by Medtronic.

Mayer Brown Scores Two More Pre-Emption Wins for Medtronic

By Scott Flaherty |

Partner Andrew Tauber built on previous defense victories in litigation related to Medtronic's Infuse spinal fusion device, persuading the Tenth Circuit to rule Tuesday that a plaintiff's state law tort claims over Infuse are pre-empted.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Law Firms Lash Out at Facebook Suit at New York Hearing

By Julie Triedman |

DLA Piper, Milberg and others told a state judge on Tuesday that they didn't violate the law by representing Paul Ceglia in his failed ownership lawsuit against Facebook.

JPMorgan Patent Foe Loses Appeal Over Word Limits

By Scott Flaherty |

A tenacious patent plaintiff overdid it in a Federal Circuit brief trying to overturn a win for JPMorgan and its lawyers at Skadden.

Zoloft.

Paul Weiss Scores for Pfizer in Zoloft Bellwether Trial

By Scott Flaherty |

Beth Wilkinson led a trial team that persuaded St. Louis jurors to clear Pfizer in the first trial of hundreds of pending cases linking Zoloft to birth defects.

Feds Trip on Constitution in Vegas Gambling Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Siding with a defense team that included appellate heavyweight Tom Goldstein, a Las Vegas judge ruled that law enforcement officials cut constitutional corners in their case against high-roller Paul Phua.

Court Blasts Ceglia Case on Eve of Law Firms' Hearing

By David Bario |

A day before DLA Piper, Milberg and others must appear in court to defend their decisions to take Paul Ceglia's contract case against Facebook, the Second Circuit underscored the implausibility of Ceglia's claims.

Kramer Levin's Berke Flips Verdict in $80M Gold Coin Caper

By Julie Triedman |

It took more than a decade, but Barry Berke finally claimed victory Friday in his battle with the U.S. government over the fate of 10 of the world's rarest coins.

Philly Ruling Gives Actavis Ammunition in Namenda Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt quickly pounced on a ruling by a Philadelphia federal judge that echoed her arguments earlier this week in a closely watched Second Circuit appeal related to Actavis' Alzheimer's drug Namenda.

Steven Donziger appears at a press conference last March in Quito, Ecuador.

The Global Lawyer: Chevron, Donziger and Human Rights 101

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

For the author of "Human Rights in a Nutshell," the lessons of Chevron are pretty simple.

Helgi Walker

Litigator of the Week: Helgi Walker of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

By Scott Flaherty |

Walker's Sixth Circuit win for Ford Motor Co. was a clear victory for employers that could wind up leaving workers better off as well.

Another Forex Milestone as BofA Settles Class Action

By Scott Flaherty |

Bank of America, represented by Shearman & Sterling, is the third bank to settle of the dozen targeted in antitrust litigation alleging widespread manipulation in the $5 trillion-per-day foreign exchange market.

Second Circuit Takes Up Sirius XM Copyright Appeal

By Scott Flaherty |

A federal appeals court moved a step closer on Wednesday toward resolving a critical issue in the never-ending music copyright wars, agreeing to consider whether the owners of pre-1972 sound recordings have performance rights to their songs.

Ninth Circuit Urged To Reject Class Action 'Shortcut' in Xbox Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Microsoft and its allies want the appeals court to reconsider a ruling for a group of Xbox purchasers, arguing that the decision gives class action plaintiffs an unfair opportunity to bring cases back from the dead.

Quinn Emanuel Wins Reversal, Revives Suit over $1.5B CDO

By Susan Beck |

In the latest case sparked by the alleged CDO shenanigans of hedge fund Magnetar Capital, the Second Circuit ruled that FGIC can pursue claims over a $1.5 billion CDO gone bad.

Abbott, Abbvie Face Renewed Depakote Marketing Class Action

By Scott Flaherty |

Finding the case was tossed prematurely, a federal appeals court on Monday breathed new life into a proposed class action accusing Abbott Laboratories of paying kickbacks to doctors and marketing the anti-seizure drug Depakote for unapproved uses.

No Reprieve for RJ Reynolds in Global Money Laundering Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Jones Day's Greg Katsas failed to persuade the full Second Circuit that it should reconsider a panel's decision forcing RJR to face racketeering claims by a coalition of EU countries.

Cleary Scores for Greece in Bondholder Dispute

By Scott Flaherty |

Greece's lawyers at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton defeated a treaty arbitration brought by a Slovak bank seeking to avoid a steep haircut on $533 million in Greek bonds.

Schlumberger Unit Can Wield IP at Sea, Judge Rules

By Lisa Shuchman |

A Minnesota-based company can't thwart a rival’s patent lawsuit even though the alleged infringing technology was installed on ships on the high seas, a judge in Minneapolis ruled.

The federal courts building in Manhattan.

Second Circuit Panel Grapples with Actavis 'Forced Switch'

By Scott Flaherty |

Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt urged the appeals court to quickly lift an injunction requiring Actavis to keep selling an older version of its blockbuster Alzheimer's drug Namenda, saying a delay could put hundreds of millions of dollars at risk.

Court To Hear Arguments in Actavis 'Product Hopping' Appeal

By Scott Flaherty |

Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt will try to create important new precedent for the pharmaceutical industry—and save Actavtis' plan to extend patent protection for its blockbuster Alzheimer's drug Namenda.

Proctor & Gamble Denture Case Unglues Over Injury Links

By Scott Flaherty |

After chipping away for years at claims that Fixodent denture glue can cause neurological damage, P&G's lawyers at Weil, Gotshal & Manges put the last of the cases to rest this week.

Litigators of the Week: Paul Schmidt and Michael Imbroscio of Covington & Burling

By Scott Flaherty |

After 12 years of litigation, plaintiffs in the Accutane mass tort can no longer claim the upper hand.

Big Tobacco Wins Big Ruling Too Late

By Susan Beck |

After years of failed efforts, Big Tobacco finally won a decision undercutting the famous Engle ruling. The problem? The industry recently settled nearly every case that might have been affected.

Abbvie Scores Again in Humira Patent Fight

By Scott Flaherty |

Siding with Abbvie Inc. and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins, the Federal Circuit again rejected efforts by the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research to extend a patent license for the blockbuster anti-inflammatory drug Humira.

Court To Weigh Greenberg Traurig Misconduct Claims

By Scott Flaherty |

Facebook's lawsuit against Paul Ceglia's lawyers isn't the only attorney misconduct case heating up these days—and it's not the only one based on allegations that big-firm lawyers looked the other way when a client doctored documents.

Wal-Mart Asks Third Circuit to Holster Gun Sales Proposal

By Scott Flaherty |

Gibson Dunn's Ted Boutrous and Delaware shareholder lawyer Joel Friedlander will square off Wednesday over an unusual proxy proposal challenging Wal-Mart's sales of high capacity guns and other potentially "offensive" products.

Acacia Feels Fallout From Schlumberger Ruling

By Scott Flaherty |

Former Schlumberger lawyer Charlotte Rutherford was supposed to help Acacia deploy its patent arsenal against the Texas oil industry. Schlumberger and its lawyers at Latham & Watkins had other ideas.

The Global Lawyer: Yukos' Billion-Dollar Crumbs

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

After last year's $50 billion arbitration win for the former masters of Yukos Oil Company, we know a defunct oil company can strike a gusher. But can its shareholders get their hands on the loot?

Latham's Gregory Garre

Sixth Circuit Tosses $657M Award Against United Technologies

By Scott Flaherty |

Latham & Watkins' Gregory Garre helped convince a federal appeals court to throw out the mega-award on Monday, reversing a government victory in a roller-coaster case against UTC over fighter jet contracts.

Capitol Records Fights to Break Even in MP3tunes Case

By Lisa Shuchman |

Capitol Records and its lawyers at Jenner & Block claimed the company spent more than $12 million in legal fees to win a copyright damages award of just $12 million against MP3tunes.

Viacom, Plaintiffs Stick Up for $7.2M Interns Deal

By Scott Flaherty |

After a judge questioned the fine print in Viacom's proposed $7.2 million settlement with former interns, lawyers at Davis Wright Tremaine and Virginia & Ambinder insisted the deal is fair.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara speaks at a press conference in early 2014.

No Respite for Gov't as Court Affirms Insider Trading Ruling

By Julie Triedman |

Stephen Fishbein of Shearman & Sterling and Mark Pomerantz of Paul Weiss won't have to reargue the successful appeals of Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson at the Second Circuit.

Kirkland Scores for Cubs in Spat Over Wrigley Signs

By Susan Beck |

The owner of two rooftop businesses near the Chicago Cubs' stadium tried to halt the erection of a Jumbotron, claiming the sign would block views and devastate his business.

Litigator of the Week: Lynne Hermle of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

By Julie Triedman |

Ellen Pao's discrimination case against Kleiner Perkins riveted Silicon Valley and grabbed headlines nationwide. And so did Hermle's knockout defense win.

Barclays Can't Dodge Ex-Big Law Partner's Bond Scheme Suit

By David Bario |

In a setback for defense lawyers at Shearman & Sterling, Barclays plc this week joined an elite but unhappy club of major banks that have been unable to shake antitrust claims by a onetime partner at Pillsbury, Cadwalader and other firms.

Courting Whistleblowers, SEC Targets KBR Secrecy Pacts

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday fined technology and engineering company KBR Inc. over confidentiality agreements that, the agency claims, could have silenced potential whistleblowers.

Clinton-Era Patent Case Still Haunting 3M

By Scott Flaherty |

After churning through six law firms, seven judges and more than 17 years of litigation, Pall Corp.'s infringement case against 3M is still alive—and now it may finally be headed to trial.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building.

Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Strike Back at SEC Judges

By David Bario |

It didn't take long for "Diva of Distressed" Lynn Tilton and her lawyers at Skadden to take the offensive against the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Cisco Systems

Judge Trims Patent Claims Against Cisco, Juniper Networks

By Scott Flaherty |

A judge in Delaware tossed claims that Cisco and Juniper willfully infringed several patents that were originally part of a massive IP portfolio acquired by Rockstar Consortium from the Nortel Networks bankruptcy.

Judge Sidelines Lawsuit Against NFL, Photo Agencies

By Scott Flaherty |

In a win for defense teams at Skadden, DLA Piper and Weil Gotshal, a judge in New York tossed copyright and antitrust claims against the NFL, the Associated Press and Getty Images.

Docs Show How DLA, Kasowitz Sparred Over Facebook Case

By David Bario |

We knew Kasowitz Benson warned DLA Piper that Facebook claimant Paul Ceglia appeared to be a fraud. Now, with Ceglia missing and DLA facing fraud accusations of its own, a ruling gives an idea of just how hard Kasowitz tried to discourage DLA from taking Ceglia's case.

Skadden's David Zornow.

Skadden to Square Off With SEC in Tilton, Patriarch Drama

By Scott Flaherty |

Last year lawyers at Skadden brought a constitutional challenge against the SEC for filing an unrelated case against an investment adviser as an administrative action rather than a federal lawsuit. Will the firm go on the offensive for the "Diva of Distressed" as well?

Investment Bank Sues Morrison & Foerster Over Puda Coal Debacle

By Scott Flaherty |

The defunct, fraud-addled Chinese company Puda Coal was disaster for its investors, and remains a major litigation headache for its bankers. Now the investment bank Macquarie Group wants the lawyers to share the blame.

Latham Pulls off Triple Play for Volvo, Mallinckrodt

By Lisa Shuchman |

Latham IP litigators scored back-to-back appellate wins for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals and wrangled $1 million in attorney fees for Volvo.

Wilmer Woos Jury in $240 Million Ford Patent Trial

By Scott Flaherty |

Ford Motor Co. didn't only beat a quarter-billion dollar patent infringement lawsuit this week. The automaker's lawyers at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr turned the tables on their opponents, persuading a federal jury that Ford's accuser swiped the company's trade secrets.

Not Dead Yet: Banks Still Face Aluminum Price-Fixing Case

By Scott Flaherty |

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports on the death of a multibillion-dollar class action against Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan were somewhat exaggerated.

Georgia-Pacific, Int'l Paper Can't Crush Box-Buyers' Class Action

By Scott Flaherty |

Five years into litigation over an alleged price-fixing scheme by the biggest players in the paper and packaging industry, plaintiffs lawyers gained ground on Thursday when a Chicago federal judge allowed the case to move forward as a class action.

Litigators of the Week: Rachel Krevans and Grant Esposito of Morrison & Foerster

By Scott Flaherty |

It may take years before the law on "biosimilar" drugs is settled. But for now, MoFo's Krevans and Esposito have set the standard.

Kilpatrick Must Face Fraud Claims Over IP Secrets

By Scott Flaherty |

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton lost a bid to escape claims that it helped a client dupe another company into turning over confidential information.

$20 Billion Later, Banks Finally Win Ruling on Time Limits

By Scott Flaherty |

Big banks have failed to convince courts around the country that various government agencies waited too long to sue over Wall Street's role in the 2008 financial crisis. This week, a judge finally adopted the banks' reasoning in a case brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Judge Blasts Lawyers for Overkill in UPS Case

By David Bario |

After lawyers at Reed Smith and other firms buried him in "behemoth pleadings" in a case involving UPS, a judge in Manhattan finally got fed up.

As Settlement Pie Shrinks, Firms Fight for Their Slice

By Scott Flaherty |

After a lackluster year for securities class action settlements, fee awards in deals involving IndyMac and AIG highlight the uncertainties facing plaintiffs firms in even the biggest cases.

Objectors Pour Cold Water on 'Hot Fuel' Settlements

By Scott Flaherty |

Oil companies have agreed to shell out millions to settle claims that they failed to disclose the impact of hot weather on the price of fuel. But when a judge considers a slew of proposed settlements later this year, at least two groups will be sounding alarm bells.

SCOTUS

Context Is King in Supreme Court's Omnicare Ruling

By David Bario |

The justices held that Omnicare can't be held liable under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 just because it offered opinions in a regulatory filing that turned out to be false. But they also said couching a statement as an opinion is no magic bullet for securities defendants.

Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold.

Antitrust Headaches Mount for Intellectual Ventures

By Scott Flaherty |

Less than a month after losing a bid to derail antitrust allegations by Capital One, Intellectual Ventures failed to persuade a different judge to shelve Toshiba's claims that IV improperly uses its vast patent portfolio to wield monopoly power.

Another Consumer Class Action Battle Heads to Supreme Court

By Scott Flaherty |

Four years after holding that federal law trumps California's ability to block class action waivers, the U.S. Supreme Court plunged back into the consumer arbitration debate on Monday in a case involving the satellite television provider DirecTV Inc.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine.

Lawyers Eye Fees in BNY Mellon Deal as Ohio Mulls Reforms

By Susan Beck |

Lieff Cabraser and another outside law firm stand to earn $43 million from Ohio's portion of a $714 million settlement with The Bank of New York Mellon. But even though Ohio's attorney general signed off on the contingency deal, he's backing a bill that would have made it impossible.

With Ceglia Missing, Lawyers Fight to Salvage Facebook Case

By David Bario |

The thriller-worthy case of Paul Ceglia took a bizarre turn when Ceglia, facing criminal charges for allegedly defrauding Facebook, vanished with his family. But if you believe Ceglia's lawyers, that's no reason to close the case that landed Ceglia in trouble in the first place.

Skadden Partner Turned Bank Foe Can't Challenge JPMorgan Deal

By Scott Flaherty |

Dennis Kelleher, the former Skadden partner-turned Wall Street watchdog, hit a litigation dead end this week in his crusade for financial reform.

Michèle Corash

Litigator of the Week: Michele Corash of Morrison & Foerster

By Scott Flaherty |

Facing litigation over California's toxic chemical law, Prop 65? Better call Corash.

Bancroft's Clement Loses Fight Over Seattle Wage Law

By Scott Flaherty |

Despite the efforts of former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement, the International Franchise Association fell short this week in its bid to scuttle part of Seattle's landmark $15-per-hour minimum wage law.

Irving Picard

Picard Taps SCOTUS Pro for Swipe at Madoff 'Net Winners'

By Scott Flaherty |

Irving Picard has hit a wall in his efforts to claw back nearly $2 billion in "fictitious" profits pocketed by Bernie Madoff's customers. Can Goldstein & Russell's Thomas Goldstein succeed where Picard's partners at Baker & Hostetler have failed?

Covington Cites 'Alice,' Babe Ruth to Crush Pricing Patent

By David Bario |

In a quartet of lawsuits filed last year, plaintiff Priceplay.com accused AOL, Facebook, Google and LinkedIn of infringing two patents related to online price auctions. But after a victory this week for AOL's lawyers at Covington & Burling, it looks like all four suits could soon be history.

Novartis Headquarters in Basel, Switzerland.

Sanford Heisler Hits Novartis With New Sex Bias Lawsuit

By Scott Flaherty |

Novartis AG is turning into a serial litigation target for plaintiffs lawyers at Sanford Heisler Kimpel, a firm that's already secured more than $270 million in settlements related to the pharmaceutical company's employment practices.

HBO Girds for Trial Over Documentary (No, Not That One)

By Scott Flaherty |

HBO's film about accused killer Robert Durst may be dominating the headlines, but it's a mostly forgotten HBO segment on Indian child labor that's scheduled to put the broadcaster and its lawyers at Williams & Connolly in front of a Manhattan federal jury next month.

Wachtell Knocks Out Shareholder Suit Over Avon Bribes Probe

By Scott Flaherty |

The firm helped shield Avon Products Inc. from more fallout over allegations that the cosmetics company bribed officials in a half-dozen foreign countries, convincing a judge in Manhattan to toss shareholder derivative claims related to the long-simmering bribery flap.

The Global Lawyer: A Viewer's Guide to the Final(?) Season of Chevron in Ecuador

By Michael D. Goldhaber |

Both final episodes of the world's wackiest legal dramedy open April 20. Will Donziger jump the shark?

U.S. District Judge Thomas Griesa

BlackBerry Dodges Another Securities Class Action Bullet

By Scott Flaherty |

BlackBerry Ltd. may still be grasping at the heels of its smartphone competitors, but the company's lawyers aren't having much trouble beating back investor class actions over its spotty performance.

UBS Is Latest to Settle Foreign Exchange Rigging Suit

By Scott Flaherty |

Lawyers at Hausfeld LLP and Scott & Scott announced the $135 million settlement on Friday. Ten other major banks remain in the plaintiffs' sights for allegedly manipulating the $5 trillion-a-day forex market.

GlaxoSmithKline headquaters.

Abbott Says GSK Sabotaged Its Own $1.7B Suit Over HIV Drug

By Scott Flaherty |

Now that GlaxoSmithKline has abandoned an antitrust claim at the heart of its licensing battle with Abbott Labs over the drug Norvir, Abbott's lawyers at Kirkland & Ellis are looking to put the rest of the case to bed before a scheduled trial.

Litigator of the Week: Richard Busch of King & Ballow

By Scott Flaherty |

Plenty of people weren't happy with this week's $7.4 million copyright infringement verdict over Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' "Blurred Lines." Busch, who represents the heirs of Marvin Gaye who won the award, says the critics just don't get it.

FHFA, Nomura Head to Trial Over Fannie and Freddie Losses

By Julie Triedman |

After four years of courtroom wrangling and more than $20 billion in settlements, the first trial is set to begin Monday in the Federal Housing Finance Agency's litigation campaign against banks that packaged and sold mortgage-backed securities.

Does the Math Add Up in $7.2M Viacom Intern Settlement?

By David Bario |

The settlement looks at first glance like the largest since unpaid interns began suing their former companies for back wages roughly three years ago. Then we read the fine print.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

SEC Wins Appeal in Fight with Pre-Dodd-Frank Whistleblower

By Scott Flaherty |

The Second Circuit on Wednesday lowered the chances that "zombie" whistleblowers who offered their tips to the SEC before Dodd-Frank will ever see a reward.

Magistrate Judge Rejects Goldman Sachs Sex Bias Class Action

By Scott Flaherty |

After almost five years of intense and closely-watched litigation, defense lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell and Paul Hastings may finally be close to knocking out a proposed gender discrimination class action against Goldman Sachs & Co.

Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook Cites Ceglia Vanishing Act in Lawsuit Against DLA, Milberg

By David Bario |

Facebook may hope that Paul Ceglia's sudden disappearance will support the notion that he's always been a con artist, and that DLA Piper and Milberg must have known that when they backed his ownership claims against the social networking giant.

Ronald Perelman

Quinn Knocks Out $135M Ron Perelman Suit in Milken Feud

By Scott Flaherty |

A Delaware judge threw out fraud allegations that Perelman's Harland Clarke Holdings had leveled against Michael Milken and GroupOn executive Raman Srinivasan.

PNC Vows to Appeal $391M Verdict in Insurance Scam Case

By Scott Flaherty |

PNC Bank said it would appeal Monday's verdict after defense lawyers at Williams & Connolly failed to dislodge claims stemming from an alleged fraud scheme involving prepaid funeral services.

Costco.

Antitrust Suits Pile Up as Firms Eye Contact Lens- Makers

By Scott Flaherty |

With 40 million customers and $4 billion in annual sales, Johnson & Johnson and other major contact lens manufacturers are looking to some like a class action litigation bonanza.

Proskauer Scores in Fight Over Alleged Keith Haring Fakes

By Lisa Shuchman |

A judge in Manhattan tossed claims that the Keith Haring Foundation destroyed the value of more than 100 purported Haring works by publicly calling them fakes.

High Court Rejects Tamiflu Double-Patenting Appeal

By Scott Flaherty |

With 80 appearances under his belt, Sidley Austin's Carter Phillips claims to hold the title for most U.S. Supreme Court arguments by a private lawyer. But he won't have a chance to argue for Gilead Sciences in a patent fight with Indian drug maker Natco Pharma.

Judge Casts Skeptical Eye on Intellectual Ventures Verdict

By Lisa Shuchman |

Lawyers at Susman Godfrey initially sought $300 million over claims that Symantec infringed two IV patents. Now the judge says he may slash their $17 million verdict even further—or toss it altogether if Symantec's lawyers at Latham & Watkins can show that the patents shouldn't have been issued in the first place.

Romney Campaign Beats RICO Suit Tied to Ex-Illinois Official

By Scott Flaherty |

Mitt Romney's 2012 presidential campaign may have ended in defeat, but the campaign's lawyers at Jones Day succeeded in fending off a former Illinois state employee's attempts to tie Romney for President Inc. to alleged racketeering.

Kathy Patrick of Gibbs & Bruns.

NY Appellate Court Approves $8.5B BofA Deal

By Scott Flaherty |
Leo Beus of Beus Gilbert

Litigators of the Week: Leo Beus and Scot Stirling of Beus Gilbert

By Scott Flaherty |

With just 30 lawyers and no website, Beus Gilbert keeps punching above its weight.

D.C. Judges Line Up Against PLO Terror Plaintiffs

By Julie Triedman |

Less than two weeks after a New York jury socked the Palestinian Authority and the PLO with a $655.5 million verdict for supporting deadly terrorist attacks in Israel, a second judge in Washington, D.C., has thrown out parallel Anti-Terrorism Act claims on jurisdictional grounds.

Goldman, JPMorgan Beat Aluminum Price-Fixing Case

By Scott Flaherty |

Lawyers for Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, the London Metal Exchange and other defendants drove another stake through claims that the companies conspired to stockpile aluminum in warehouses and drive up prices.

NCUA Win in Barclays Case May Hurt Credit Suisse, Other Banks

By Scott Flaherty |

Handing a win to Kellogg Huber's David Frederick, the Tenth Circuit reinstated the National Credit Union Administration's lawsuit against Barclays PLC over allegedly shoddy mortgage-backed securities.

PwC, Citco Must Face Madoff Feeder Fund Class Action

By David Bario |

Thought major investor class action litigation sparked by the Bernie Madoff affair was over? Think again.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Winston & Strawn Scores for ISE in E-Trading Patent Row

By Scott Flaherty |

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dealt a blow this week to the Chicago Board Options Exchange, invalidating three patents that the CBOE had asserted in an infringement lawsuit against International Securities Exchange.