A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.
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How 3 Firms Cleared 2 Ex-Autonomy Execs In HP Fraud Case

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.

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A Chronology Of The Hunter Biden Investigation

By Leslie A. Pappas

The story behind President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden's conviction on federal gun charges started with a gun purchase in 2018, was complicated by a laptop repair in 2019, and could bleed into an upcoming trial on federal tax charges in California in September.

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Red Roof Had 'Revolving Door' For Trafficking, Ga. Jurors Told

By Kelcey Caulder

A former Red Roof Inn Inc. employee and the leader of a nonprofit testified Thursday about sex trafficking they saw take place at two metro Atlanta Red Roof Inn locations as part of a landmark civil trial in which 11 women allege the company knew trafficking was taking place at the locations and did nothing to stop it.

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Colo. Judge's Voir Dire Tip: Jurors Dislike Judgmental Attys

By Thy Vo

The District of Colorado's chief judge urged attorneys to tread carefully while playing jurors off one another during voir dire, telling lawyers at a presentation Thursday that referencing another juror's response can come off as judgmental.

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Goldman Exec's 'Mind Entirely Blown' By Fake Ozy Media Call

By Stewart Bishop

A former Goldman Sachs executive who was looking into taking a stake in Carlos Watson's Ozy Media testified on Thursday that she was floored during a due diligence call when it became clear that someone was impersonating a YouTube executive in an apparent effort to persuade the bank to invest in Watson's startup.

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Samsung Wants $26M Fees In IP Case Ended By Misconduct

By Dani Kass

Samsung told a Texas federal judge that it plans to ask for about $26 million in attorney fees after he threw out infringement litigation that hinged on confidential documents that he ruled were stolen by the tech giant's former employees.

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DirecTV's 'NFL Tax' Gouged Sunday Ticket Buyers, Jury Told

By Craig Clough

DirecTV gouged its Sunday Ticket subscribers by charging 24.6% above the "optimal price" it should have charged if the company was looking to maximize its profits instead of instituting an "NFL tax," an economist told a California federal jury considering multibillion-dollar antitrust claims against the league on Thursday.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Jury Finds Infringement In Chart Copyright Case

By Adam Lidgett

A Washington federal jury on Thursday found that a software company infringed copyright registrations for a teaching chart, awarding leadership consulting company Enterprise Management Ltd. $8,000 but finding that the infringement was not willful.

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EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS

Seattle Port Presses Ex-Police Chief At Trial On HR Bashing

By Rachel Riley

The Port of Seattle confronted its former police chief on the stand Thursday in attempt to show it lawfully fired him for retaliating against an officer, presenting to jurors an email in which the ex-chief criticized the officer for complaining to HR, "the one place who would give him sanctuary."

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Mass. Court Blesses Broad Liability In BMW Dealer Wage Suit

By Chris Villani

An intermediate Massachusetts appellate panel on Thursday ruled that a BMW dealership employee can sue not only her direct employer for wage law violations, but also a separate company that manages the dealership.

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WHITE COLLAR

House Hearing On NY Trump Prosecutors Flirts With Chaos

By Nadia Dreid

The House Judiciary Committee spiraled Thursday morning after Rep. Matt Gaetz demanded a vote to subpoena Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who charged former President Donald Trump with 34 felonies, of which he has been convicted, and the Republican chair of the committee had to call for a recess.

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Menendez Trial Delayed After Co-Defendant Gets COVID

By Cara Salvatore

The bribery trial against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and associates has been halted for at least two days because co-defendant Fred Daibes has COVID-19, a judge said Thursday afternoon.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

By Lynn LaRowe

Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

By Madison Arnold

McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Analysis

Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

By Katie Buehler

Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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Burford Bound To Sysco And Pilgrim's Unsigned Chicken Deal

By Lauraann Wood

An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected a Burford subsidiary's bid to block a global protein price-fixing settlement that Pilgrim's Pride and Sysco memorialized through email but never signed on paper, saying it's clear the parties reached a material agreement.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Andersen Tate

Baker & Hostetler

Baute Crochetiere

Bilzin Sumberg

Binnall Law Group

Bird Marella

Bondurant Mixson

Brown Rudnick

Bunsow De Mory

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Clifford Chance

Coburn & Greenbaum

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Dechert LLP

Foster Garvey

Freshfields

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Gillam Smith

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Goldberg & Oriel

Goulston & Storrs

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hausfeld LLP

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Langer Grogan

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lowe Graham

Lynn Pinker

McDermott Will & Emery

McKool Smith

O'Melveny & Myers

PV Law LLP

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Quinn Emanuel

Recht Kornfeld

Reed Smith

Ropes & Gray

Ryan Law Partners

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Steptoe LLP

Susman Godfrey

Tucker Ellis

Vasseghi Law

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

Williams Kastner

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Zaiwalla & Co

de Castro PC

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American International Group Inc.

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

Delaware State Bar Association

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Delta Air Lines Inc.

ESPN Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Baseball Inc.

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Basketball Association Inc.

National District Attorneys Association

National Hockey League

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Pearson PLC

Pew Research Center

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

Red Roof Inns Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Sysco Corp.

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

The State University of New York

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Trade Commission

National Labor Relations Board

Port of Seattle

State Justice Institute

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Colorado

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court