Cases recently filed in the Washington-area district courts.
A $120 million jury verdict for Apple Inc. would mark the climactic moment for most intellectual property practices. But the 2014 story of Morrison & Foerster's IP team had multiple plot lines.
Jurors last week got a taste of what's to come in the trial of three former executives facing multiple criminal fraud charges in the 2012 collapse of 1,400-lawyer Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Taking a cue from Kickstarter Inc. and Indiegogo Inc., lawyers and advocacy groups are using crowdfunding to get the public to bankroll social-justice litigation such as cases alleging police brutality.
Knobbe Martens has a singular focus — intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks and copyrights.
Kirkland & Ellis deployed an animated tutorial during a five-hour hearing to convince a Florida federal judge to knock out two of Atlas IP LLC's three patent infringement claims on summary judgment fewer than three weeks before trial.
Fish & Richardson's deep expertise in intellectual property law means it can handle a client's patent dispute whether it lands in court or at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
With dozens of attorneys who hold advanced degrees in everything from molecular biology to computer engineering, intellectual property lawyers at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr can handle just about any subject in any forum.
The "Like" and "Share" buttons are integral to Facebook, but did the social-media giant infringe two patents by employing them on its site? That's what Rembrandt Social Media L.P. — a so-called "patent troll" — claimed in 2013 when it sued Facebook Inc. In stepped the intellectual property litigation team at Cooley.
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox filed 1,502 patent applications and saw 1,506 patents issued in the United States last year. It was the lead firm in 133 proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board.
Law firms vying to represent Silicon Valley darlings in their intellectual property matters like to be seen as totally tech savvy. But a select few have lawyers who can offer "I'm a gamer myself" when talking about the latest courtroom victory for a electronic games client.
Debevoise & Plimpton earned a U.S. Supreme Court reversal last year in a case so consequential that The New York Times predicted it "will shape TV's future."
Like a baseball team that stocks its bullpen with ace relievers, Irell & Manella packs power onto its intellectual property trial roster.
Any mention of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's intellectual property work in 2014 must center on Alice v. CLS Bank. In a ruling viewed as the single biggest disrupter in patent law in recent times, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sided with Gibson Dunn on the limits of patent eligibility.
Jenner & Block's intellectual property lawyers litigated one of the most important cases in the broadcast television industry last year, resulting in a U.S. Supreme Court precedent.
At Latham & Watkins, the intellectual property litigation practice is built around first-chair lawyers, a strategy that consistently yields high-profile wins.
Following a nearly three-week trial in 2014, a jury in Montgomery County, Maryland, awarded Williams & Connolly client Mirowski Family Ventures LLC $309 million in a breach-of-contract and patent-licensing case against Boston Scientific Corp.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton racked up multiple awards last year for its intellectual property practice, and one of its partners, Danny Marti, was confirmed as President Barack Obama's intellectual property enforcement coordinator — in effect, his IP czar.
Nearly seven years. That's how long the Federal Trade Commission has been fighting to get documents from drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. in an antitrust investigation related to its stroke-prevention drug Aggrenox.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert isn't being prosecuted for the "prior misconduct" referenced in the indictment filed this week. Instead, he's accused of violating federal laws against "structuring," an offense that's faced public scrutiny in recent years.
Federal and state consumer protection enforcers have won a $28 million judgement against a now-defunct Florida law firm that allegedly scammed distressed homeowners.
Former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, a lobbyist at Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, was indicted Thursday on charges he made false statements about withdrawing $1.7 million in hush money to cover up unspecified "prior misconduct." Hastert has resigned from the firm.
U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington cast a skeptical eye Thursday over the Justice Department's push to push the House of Representatives' Affordable Care Act lawsuit out of court.
Minnesota attorney Mark Alan Greenman on Thursday lost his constitutional challenge to three arrests related to riding a Segway. The Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of Greenman's First and Fourth Amendment claims. Greenman's First Amendment claim was based on his assertion that police retaliated against him for his representation of a client.
A husband-wife team from two Washington law offices filed suit Wednesday challenging new government guidelines for adopting Native American children in the aftermath of a landmark 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
Former Ohio congressman Steven LaTourette, diagnosed last year with pancreatic cancer, is accusing the congressional medical office of negligence. As his administrative claims proceed, he wants a federal judge to allow him to record testimony in case he's too sick or no longer alive by the time he's permitted to file suit.
A 47-count indictment unsealed today in Brooklyn federal district court charges 14 defendants, including nine FIFA officials, with participation in a long-running corruption conspiracy.
Companies doing business with the federal government scored a partial victory in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday in their efforts to defend against whistleblower claims.
Edward Blum, the mastermind behind successful U.S. Supreme Court challenges to affirmative action and the federal Voting Rights Act, has done it again—this time, in a case that could reshape the way voting districts are drawn nationwide.
Voting 2-1, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday refused to lift a trial judge's nationwide preliminary injunction against the Obama administration's executive action on immigration. The appeals court further declined to narrow the scope of the injunction.
Bankruptcy judges may decide controversies in a bankruptcy proceeding that ordinarily would be handled by federal district judges, if the parties consent, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.
Pryor Cashman spreads the firm's wealth by bringing a steady stream of younger lawyers into the partnership and fostering a climate that allows them to build sizeable books of business.
Fourteen months after their indictment and two years after their firm failed, three former Dewey & LeBoeuf leaders will face a jury in New York this week.
Law has never been a terribly innovative industry, given the deference lawyers pay to the way things have always been done. But, according to firm executive chairman and chief executive officer Ajay Raju, Dilworth Paxson is setting its GPS to innovation.
Managing partner Gene Blackard abandoned the age-old practice of attaching legal assistants to particular attorneys in favor of a "team-support" model under which the staff cross-trains to assist multiple practices as needed.
"We're very good at actually listening to clients asking, 'Can you help me?' "
For Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, being midsize means being multifaceted.
Carter Ledyard & Milburn has been a fixture on Wall Street for 161 years, but there's nothing stodgy about the firm's practice or clients today.
Bureau asserts power to reform financial industry without resorting to formal rulemaking.
Jaffe Raitt Heuer & Weiss is known for investing — in its impact investing and social enterprise practice; in the success of its female attorneys and paralegals; and in a flourishing transactional practice.
Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles has a reputation for handling some of the nation's most prominent cases — all from a single office in Montgomery.
Regulators have tended to focus on institutional wrongdoing, but that's changing.
Federal regulators, the bankruptcy trustee and others are pursuing legal actions.
Farella Braun + Martel attracts high-stakes work and household-name clients by behaving like a business partner.
The environment is top of mind for Beveridge & Diamond — both the practice area and an internal work culture that promotes diversity.
Prosecutors in Washington announced late Friday that they are dropping their opposition to a new trial for Ingmar Guandique, the man convicted in 2010 of killing congressional intern Chandra Levy.
Unusually explicit comments this month by Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have resurrected the debate over the propriety of establishing "litmus tests" for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees. Republican candidates have criticized the court on issues ranging from abortion to same-sex marriage, but so far have not explicitly made the connection to nominations.
Tobacco companies will not have to publicly advertise a judge’s conclusion that they 'deliberately deceived' consumers about the health risks of smoking, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday.
In the elite world of multibillion-dollar Wall Street banks, the U.S. Department of Labor rarely looms large. That changed this week. The agency will play a key role in determining whether five megabanks that pleaded guilty to criminal charges can effectively participate in the $7 trillion pension fund market.
Plaintiffs lawyers praised Takata Corp.’s admission on Tuesday that a defect was causing its air bags to spontaneously rupture, but they insisted that the company still hasn’t gotten to the root of the problem, which they hope to reveal through discovery in more than 100 pending cases.
Five major banks on Wednesday agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and pay more than $5 billion to resolve allegations that they rigged the U.S. dollar-euro exchange rate. More perilous consequences for the banks may come as they seek waivers from regulators such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that will allow them to continue as felons to do things like manage pensions and issue securities.
When are a company's actions not just unfair and deceptive, but also abusive? A new case against PayPal Inc., which will pay $25 million to settle charges that the company illegally signed up consumers for unwanted credit, sheds light on a murky legal standard created by the Dodd-Frank Act.
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens criticized Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption in a May 15 speech, at a time when a case challenging the exemption is before the high court. "It simply makes no sense to treat organized baseball differently from other professional sports under the antitrust laws," Stevens said in a talk before the Sports Lawyers Association in Baltimore.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday ruled against the NAACP in a dispute over alleged trademark infringement and dilution. The NAACP, represented by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, sued over an article, published online by the Radiance Foundation, that called the civil rights organization the "NAACP: National Association for the Abortion of Colored People."
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has refused to invalidate a nearly $2.7 million settlement that BP PLC reached with a member of a boat crew who went to court to enforce the award after he never got paid. However, in its ruling on Friday, the panel determined that claimant Elton Johnson will need to provide evidence to a lower court that he didn’t exaggerate injuries sustained in the 2010 blast that caused the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Police officers who shot a mentally ill woman armed with a knife are immune against claims that they failed to accommodate her health issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
For the first time in years, New York University Law School professor Burt Neuborne thinks he heard some faint notes of James Madison's "music" in a First Amendment opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Two professors at William Mitchell College of Law have voluntarily dismissed their breach-of-contract lawsuit against the St. Paul school.
Convicted felons who are barred from possessing firearms under federal law may still sell the guns they already own on the open market, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez has moved to change the venue of his bribery trial from Newark to Washington federal district court, claiming he can't get a fair trial in his home state.
Students pose as would-be renters to expose landlords who refuse leases unfairly.
UVA clinic participants have been involved in high court cases every term since 2006.
Clinic program combines litigation with policy and community work.
As the Roberts Court enters the final stretch of its 10th term, the outcomes in a handful of cases could define that court for years to come.
Of the 13 federal appeals courts, only three — the Fourth, Seventh and Federal circuits — wait to disclose the three judges assigned to a case on the day it is argued. The other circuits reveal their panels days or weeks in advance.
A Boston federal jury determined on Friday that convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev should be put to death.
Aspiring lawyers who sat for the July 2014 bar examination are eligible for $90 each from software company ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. under a class action settlement.
Police are immune against allegations that they violated an Occupy D.C. protester's constitutional rights when they used a Taser to subdue him, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Friday.
As a number of state legislatures continue to push new restrictions on abortion clinics and providers, the U.S. Supreme Court soon will take a first look at two states' efforts that failed in the lower courts.
As the Roberts Court enters the final stretch of its 10th term, the outcomes in a handful of cases could define that court for years to come.
William Peterson, an associate at Beck Redden in Houston, was not expecting a phone call from a U.S. Supreme Court justice. But there was Justice Antonin Scalia on the line, asking Peterson in January whether he would be interested in arguing a case before the court a few months hence.
Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corp. will pay a combined $158 million for illegally billing mobile phone customers for unauthorized third-party charges. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau brought the cases, similar to the enforcement actions the FTC brought cases against T-Mobile and AT&T.
Lawyers hope to convince a U.S. trustee on Wednesday to create a special committee for an estimated 5,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges Inc., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy this month.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday brought fraud charges against for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services Inc. and its top executives, alleging they hid the "extraordinary failure" of two student-loan programs from investors.
Courtroom 5 on the second floor at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was packed shoulder-to-shoulder with about 100 onlookers, all gathered to watch a merger trial that pits the Federal Trade Commission against Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc. Plus more in this week's column.
The legal team at Archer Daniels Midland Co., the agricultural giant that turns grains into food ingredients, is helping the company refine its mix of businesses through a steady stream of acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.
When Pauline Levy interviewed with McDonald's Corp.'s legal department in 1997, she asked about its pro bono efforts. Individual attorneys might have done some work here or there, she learned, but nothing formal was in place.
General counsel Christine Castellano started 2014 with a theme: "Manage our finances just as the business does." And she had a goal: "Right size outside-counsel representation."
A U.S. Supreme Court decision is forcing state bars to re-examine their operations to avoid potentially huge antitrust liability. At the same time, three public interest-consumer organizations are pressing the nation's 50 state attorneys general to enforce the high court's ruling.
Plaintiffs lawyers have turned to the courts to fight changes to the $9.2 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement that they warn will leave out thousands of businesses suffering oil-spill losses.
Cozen O'Connor lured from Dickstein Shapiro last week almost the entire group of lawyers who advocate in state attorneys general offices, a controversial but growing practice area that a number of law firms have jockeyed in this year.
DePaul University general counsel José Padilla has steadily built a diverse team as vacancies crop up in his department. And as he's been building, he's been instrumental in helping the group's lawyers and staffers maximize their strengths.
Robert Dunham became executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in March at a time of escalating debate among policy makers and the public over capital punishment. Botched lethal injection executions last year and the exoneration of death-row inmates have raised new questions about the death penalty.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Thursday revived a challenge to the NSA's phone metadata bulk collection program. The court said the program "exceeds the scope of what Congress has authorized."
Three consumer organizations have asked the nation's 50 state attorneys general how they are responding to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision opening their licensing boards to huge potential antitrust liability.
The U.S. government paid $45 million to Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. over claims that federal agencies misappropriated trade secrets related to a polar satellite program, The National Law Journal learned through a Freedom of Information Act request.
A leading hip implant manufacturer facing about 400 products liability lawsuits goes to trial in two separate cases this month, starting on Wednesday with the first federal court suit.
A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit brought by a professor at the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law against the university and a colleague to move forward.
Kicking off his opening statement in a merger trial that pits the Federal Trade Commission against Sysco Corp. and US Foods Inc., O'Melveny & Myers partner Richard Parker got a big laugh. "You know you're in Washington when an antitrust trial draws a crowd. If this was Minneapolis, no one would care," said Parker, who represents Sysco in the contested $8.2 billion deal.
A federal judge in Oklahoma awarded nearly $300,000 to lawyers who fought the state's ban on same-sex marriage. States that unsuccessfully defended same-sex marriage bans in federal courts across the country have been ordered or agreed to pay more than $5 million in legal fees to the challengers.
A debtor in a Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceeding may not immediately appeal the rejection of his proposed repayment plan, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
The U.S. Supreme Court took action Monday that may bring it closer to refereeing an interstate dispute over Colorado’s 2012 legalization of marijuana.
In the Three-Judge Court Act, Congress required district court panels of three jurists to decide litigation involving redistricting, campaign finance and other key areas. Three Marylanders now are asking the U.S. Supreme Court the fundamental question of when a case must actually be heard by those special courts.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Monday appeared skeptical of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's case against the Obama administration's executive actions on immigration.