A federal jury in Waco, Texas, said Friday that Amazon should pay a small advertising software outfit almost $122 million, which was on the lower end of a request that stretched upward to $348 million.
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Amazon On Hook For $122M In Ad Patent Case, Jury Says

By Andrew Karpan

A federal jury in Waco, Texas, said Friday that Amazon should pay a small advertising software outfit almost $122 million, which was on the lower end of a request that stretched upward to $348 million.

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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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Justices Are Asked To Wade Into Blood Pressure Drug IP Fight

By Andrew Karpan

United Therapeutics is taking its patent case seeking to stop a rival from selling a drug that competes with its blockbuster treatment for high blood pressure to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Samsung Can't Get Stay After PTAB Axes IP In $303M Verdict

By Adam Lidgett

A Texas federal judge has refused to stay a case in which Samsung was found to have infringed computer memory patents that were later invalidated in parallel proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. 

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Tata Must Pay $168M For Trade Secret Theft, Texas Judge Says

By Gina Kim

A Texas federal judge has ordered Tata Consultancy to pay $168 million for willfully misappropriating an IT company's trade secrets concerning source code and life insurance software documentation, plus $25 million in prejudgment interest.

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Judge Won't Undo Save Of J&J Patent After Fed. Circ. Ruling

By Adam Lidgett

A federal court has refused to reconsider a March decision finding Tolmar failed to show a patent on Janssen's blockbuster schizophrenia drug Invega Sustenna was invalid as obvious.

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Amazon Slams Co.'s Bid For $180M Interest On $525M IP Win

By Gina Kim

Amazon urged an Illinois federal judge Thursday to reject software company Kove IO Inc.'s demand for $180 million in interest and fees on top of a $525 million infringement verdict relating to cloud data storage patents, arguing Kove delayed bringing its case for years since it sought to start a business venture with Amazon.

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Meta Halts AI Tech Debut In EU After Regulatory Backlash

By Allison Grande

Meta Platforms Inc. said Friday that it was putting on hold plans to expand its artificial intelligence offerings to the European market after the Irish privacy regulator raised concerns about the company's efforts to use public content posted on Facebook and Instagram to fuel these models.

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PATENTS

Motif Gets Most Of Impossible Foods Patent Trimmed At PTAB

By Adam Lidgett

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated claims of an Impossible Foods Inc. meat-substitute patent that food technology company Motif Foodworks Inc. had challenged, finding they were obvious.

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COPYRIGHTS & TRADEMARKS

3rd Circ. Won't Halt 'Made In America' False Ad Ruling

By Ryan Harroff

The Third Circuit will not pause an injunction against Albion Engineering Co. for falsely marketing its caulking guns as made in the United States, according to a Friday order declining to hold off the New Jersey federal court's order while the firm appeals.

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Court Says NYC Can Intervene In Cannabis TM Fight

By Jonathan Capriel

New York City is looking to kill a Manhattan entrepreneur's trademark lawsuit over a cannabis themed cruise he claims stole his logos when advertised on Facebook, with the municipality arguing the businessman has been previously ordered to stop using its "NYC" logo.

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Calif. Software Co. Hits UnitedLex With Copyright Suit

By Matt Perez

California-based technology company Scalr Inc. has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against data and professional services company UnitedLex in federal court , accusing the Kansas-based company of continuing to use its infrastructure software after its contract expired on Dec. 31.

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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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RIGHTS OF PUBLICITY

Off The Bench

Off The Bench: Ex-Players Claim NIL, Loss For Trans Swimmer

By David Steele

In this week's Off The Bench, the 1983 men's college basketball champions want a piece of the loot the NCAA made off of their names, swimmer Lia Thomas loses in her bid to overturn an international trans athlete ban, and the House gets a bill through committee that would keep college athletes from becoming employees.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Tracking China's Push To Invalidate Foreign Patents

China’s increasing use of courts and administrative panels to nullify patents in strategically important industries, such as technology, pharmaceuticals and rare-earth minerals, raises serious concerns about the intellectual property rights of foreign businesses operating there, say Rajat Rana and Manuel Valderrama at Selendy Gay.

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F1 Driver AI Case Sheds Light On Winning Tactics In IP Suits

A German court recently awarded damages to former F1 driver Michael Schumacher's family in an artificial intelligence dispute over the unlicensed use of his image, illustrating how athletes are using the law to protect their brands, and setting a precedent in other AI-generated image rights cases, William Bowyer at Lawrence Stephens.

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PRACTICAL GUIDANCE

3 Ways To Fight Alice Rejections Of Blockchain Patents

With blockchain-related patent application filings on the rise, Thomas Isaacson at Polsinelli offers strategies for responding to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office determinations that the blockchain network is just a generic computer and patent-ineligible under the U.S. Supreme Court's 2014 Alice v. CLS Bank decision.

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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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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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DOJ Declines To Prosecute AG Garland For Contempt

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Department of Justice is declining to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted earlier this week to hold him in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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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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Hunter Biden Axes Data Privacy Suit Against Giuliani, For Now

By Emily Sawicki

Hunter Biden has tentatively agreed to drop a federal computer fraud and digital privacy suit against Rudy Giuliani and various other defendants relating to alleged data theft from his infamous laptop, after the case was partially stalled due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings Giuliani commenced in December.

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Mistrial Declared In Florida Student Debtor Lawsuit

By David Minsky

A Florida federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial in the lawsuit against a Boca Raton-based law firm accused of falsely promising to eliminate student loan debts in exchange for a fee following testimony from a former client.

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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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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Archer & Greiner

Baker Botts

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Brown Rudnick

Bryan Cave

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Coblentz Patch

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Cooley LLP

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Davidoff Hutcher

Dechert LLP

Dhillon Law Group

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Fenwick & West

Finnegan

Fisch Sigler

Fish & Richardson

Freshfields

GM Law Firm LLC

Gibson Dunn

Gillam Smith

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Goodwin Procter

Gordee Nowicki

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Henry Oddo

Hilgers Graben

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Howard & Howard

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

Joshua S. Horton Law Firm

K&L Gates

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Macy D. Hanson

Leason Ellis

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lynn Pinker

Madden & Madden

McCarter & English

McDermott Will & Emery

McKool Smith

Morgan Lewis

Morris Nichols

Motley Rice

Napoli Shkolnik

Neville Peterson

O'Melveny & Myers

Orrick Herrington

Patterson Belknap

Paul Weiss

Pearson Warshaw

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Polsinelli PC

Pranger Law

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Reichman Jorgensen Lehman & Feldberg LLP

Robinson Bradshaw

Ropes & Gray

Russ August & Kabat

Ryan Law Partners

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Selendy Gay

Simmons Hanly

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Sumner Schick

Vasseghi Law

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

Young Conaway

Zaiwalla & Co

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

3M Co.

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American Heart Association

American International Group Inc.

Authentic Brands Group LLC

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

CLS Bank International

Computer Sciences Corp.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

DraftKings Inc.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Eventbrite Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Getty Images Holdings Inc.

Google LLC

Guangdong OPPO Mobile Telecommunications Corp. Ltd.

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Impossible Foods Inc.

Instagram Inc.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LexisNexis Legal & Professional

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

Novo Nordisk A S

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Pearson PLC

Pfizer Inc.

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

Prometheus Laboratories

RELX PLC

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RealPage Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Sharp Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Sysco Corp.

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

Tolmar Holding Inc.

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law

United Therapeutics Corp.

UnitedLex Corp.

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

Yves Saint Laurent SAS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

Committee on Education and the Workforce

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

European Union Intellectual Property Office

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Government of Canada

Information Commissioner's Office

NAFTA

National Labor Relations Board

State Justice Institute

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

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 Illinois

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court