Google Fights to Keep Documents Secret in Trademark Appeal

February 24th, 2011

Google is famous for bringing information to the Internet, but it’s fighting to keep several documents secret in a pending appeal. Language software maker Rosetta Stone appealed to the Richmond, Va.-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals after a federal judge ruled for Google in a trademark dispute, Bloomberg reported last year. Rosetta had challenged [...]

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‘Devil’s Advocate’ Appeals to Obama, Says Charles Manson Doesn’t Deserve Satan Title

February 24th, 2011

Updated: An Italian lawyer well known for taking on notorious clients is asking President Obama for a commutation of Charles Manson’s life sentence. Giovanni Di Stefano, dubbed by the Guardian in 2002 as “the devil’s advocate,” faxed the request to the president, TMZ.com reports. Di Stefano told TMZ that Manson was a cult leader who, [...]

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More Top Lawyers Break Through $1,000 Hourly Billing Barrier

February 24th, 2011

Kirkland & Ellis lawyer Kirk Radke has emerged as one of the nation’s most expensive lawyers, court filings suggest. Radke, a private equity and corporate lawyer, charged hourly fees of $1,250 in early 2010, the Wall Street Journal reports. He is one of an increasing number of top lawyers billing more than $1,000 an hour. [...]

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Skadden Name Partner Joseph Flom Dies at 87

February 24th, 2011

Joseph Flom, a name partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, died this morning at the age of 87. Flom was Skadden’s first associate in 1948, and he went on to lead Skadden as it grew from four lawyers to a global law firm, according to a press release. Skadden executive partner Eric Friedman [...]

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N.Y. Law Firm Co-Founder and 4 Fla. Law Students Among Those Who Survived N.Z. Quake

February 24th, 2011

Updated: As rescue operations continued in New Zealand today to try to extricate dozens of people apparently still trapped in collapsed buildings in the central business district of Christchurch, at least seven members of the United States legal community are known to be among the survivors. Today it was reported that a former municipal judge [...]

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Hackers Accused of Accessing Major Energy Co. Info for Up to 1 Year or More

February 24th, 2011

Working through Internet servers located in China, computer hackers are accused of having broken into the networks of as many as eight energy companies in the United States and Europe, reports Bloomberg. The article, which is based on information from security experts that was confirmed by one targeted company, says the hackers had access, undetected, [...]

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New IP Boutique’s Sassy Website Urges Potential Clients to ‘Reject Convention,’ Disses BigLaw

February 24th, 2011

Saying that they can do a better job for clients as a small intellectual property boutique than the BigLaw firms from whence they came, seven lawyers from DLA Piper and Mayer Brown, including at least two who were partners at their former firms, have hung out their own shingle in Palo Alto, Calif. Led by [...]

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Former Manatt Phelps Partner is Sued By DOJ in Tax-Shelter Case

February 24th, 2011

A Southern California lawyer who formerly was a partner at Manatt Phelps & Phillips has been named as a defendant in a civil suit over allegedly abusive “intermediary transaction” tax shelters. It was filed by the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in Camden. Charles Klink and two other defendants allegedly purchased closely held [...]

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Ninth Circuit: Creator’s Family Doesn’t Hold Copyright To Betty Boop

February 24th, 2011

The family of legendary animator Max Fleischer doesn’t hold a valid copyright or trademark for cartoon character Betty Boop, which he created, a federal appeals court has ruled. In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling that Fleischer Studios Inc. doesn’t have standing to bring a trademark [...]

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If You’re Not Using Facebook, You’re A Bad Lawyer

February 24th, 2011

If you’re not booting up your laptop or iPad during voir dire, you’re not a very good lawyer. That’s my takeaway from recent WSJ and Reuters articles on jury selection in the social media age. This week, the Wall Street Journal took a look at the evolution of jury selection in the age of social [...]

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