Sometime this summer, four associates will leave the Bancroft law firm. But they haven't been wooed away by a competitor. Instead, they will head to clerkships—three at the U.S. Supreme Court, and the fourth at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. More and more, the revolving door between the court and law firms is spinning in the other direction.
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In a rare district court amicus brief, the U.S. International Trade Commission came down squarely against a novel bid by Microsoft Corp. to circumvent the agency and the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection in a dispute over the importation of cellphones.
"We would rather pay real dollars in high defense costs than give a dime to abusive patent trolls," Overstock general counsel Mark Griffin told members of a House subcommittee. "In the short run, it is cheaper and less risky to pay the troll to go away. But the trolls never actually go away."
Winston & Strawn secured a wide range of high-impact wins during 2014, demonstrating the ability to take down foes at trial — and before a fight goes that far.
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