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Apple Workers' Suit Says Women Are Paid Less For Same Work

By Hailey Konnath

A pair of Apple workers lodged a proposed class action in California state court Thursday claiming that the company has systematically paid thousands of women less than their male counterparts for substantially similar work for years.

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Justices Say 'Trump Too Small' TM Denial No Speech Violation

By Ivan Moreno

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday concluded "Trump Too Small" cannot be a registered trademark because it would violate a federal prohibition on using a living person's name without their consent, ruling against a California attorney who said using the phrase should be considered protected political speech.

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Analysis

'Trump Too Small' Opinion Leaves Some Justices, Attys Vexed

By Ivan Moreno

In denying a bid to register "Trump Too Small" as a trademark for apparel, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded Thursday there was no free speech violation. But Justice Clarence Thomas' opinion leaning on tradition to justify prohibiting names as marks without an individual's consent left some justices and attorneys dissatisfied.

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Analysis

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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9th Circ. Doubts SPAC Investors Can Sue Lucid Over Merger

By Dorothy Atkins

A Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Thursday of investors' bid to revive a proposed class action alleging that Lucid duped them into buying stock in a special-purpose acquisition company ahead of the electric-vehicle maker's $11.75 billion merger, with two of three judges doubting that the SPAC investors have standing to sue.

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Health Co. Execs Charged In $100M Adderall Sales Scheme

By Elliot Weld

Two California digital healthcare company executives were charged in a first-of-its-kind case Thursday with scheming to sell Adderall through deceptive advertising, allegedly bringing in $100 million in illicit profits.

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Zoom's $150M Investor Deal Nears OK, But $50K Award Iffy

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal judge indicated Thursday that he'll preliminarily approve Zoom's $150 million deal to end claims it misled investors by stating that it offered end-to-end encryption on its videoconferencing software, but told the plaintiffs' lawyers, "You're going to have to persuade me" to award the lead plaintiff $50,000.

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LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

IP Forecast: Cooley Atty Faces DQ Bid Over Past Patent Work

By Andrew Karpan

A prominent Cooley LLP lawyer will face questions next week in a Philadelphia courtroom over her work a decade ago at her former firm defending a cloud software startup that is now suing a Cooley client. Here's a spotlight on that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Senate Panel OKs Fix For Federal Courts' 'Genuine Crisis'

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted out unanimously on Thursday a bipartisan bill to create 66 new and temporary judgeships to alleviate the federal courts' workload.

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PERSONAL INJURY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Family Of Ashli Babbitt's Wrongful Death Suit Shipped To DC

By Ali Sullivan

The estate of Ashli Babbitt, a woman fatally shot by police during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol, will have to litigate a $30 million wrongful death lawsuit against the U.S. government in Washington, D.C., rather than in California, a California federal judge ruled.

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Judge Asks If Amazon Is Doomed To Stay In Wiretapping Suit

By Greg Lamm

A Washington federal judge questioned Thursday if Amazon Web Services Inc.'s terms of use with Capital One for call center technology "doom" the cloud-computing giant's attempt to avoid a proposed class action accusing it of violating California's wiretapping law.

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MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Lil Uzi Vert Owes Production Co. Over $500K, Suit Says

By Chart Riggall

A California-based music touring company has accused rapper Lil Uzi Vert of stiffing the company of more than half a million dollars in unpaid fees for designing and producing the musician's concerts, according to a Georgia federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

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WHITE COLLAR

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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SECURITIES & BANKING

Cloud Software Co. Brass Hid Revenue Woes, Suit Says

By Sydney Price

Insiders of software company Fastly Inc. were hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging they overstated the company's revenue capabilities following a period of unsustainable customer growth.

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COMPETITION

Apple Fights To Ax 'Speculative' IPhone App Antitrust Suit

By Bonnie Eslinger

Apple urged a California federal judge Thursday to toss a proposed antitrust class action alleging the company illegally prevents iPhones from running web-based apps that don't need to be downloaded, arguing consumers don't have standing to bring the "speculative" litigation since they're not directly injured by Apple's agreements with developers.

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Apple Wants Discovery Hearing Closed In IPhone Class Action

By Jared Foretek

Apple is asking a California federal judge to close the courtroom during an upcoming discovery hearing in the ongoing antitrust class action it's facing from consumers, arguing that the proceeding is likely to reveal consumer data and billing information that should be kept out of public view.

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IBM Resets Antitrust Review Clock For $6.4B HashiCorp Buy

By Al Barbarino

IBM has refiled the notice of its proposed $6.4 billion purchase of HashiCorp to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, resetting the 30-day review clock for enforcers to review the deal, according to a HashiCorp proxy statement filed Thursday.

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DEALS

Deals Rumor Mill: Paramount, Cineworld, Kraken IPO

By Tom Zanki

Media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. has expressed interest in buying the company that controls Paramount Global, British cinema giant Cineworld may sell certain U.K. operations, and cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is considering a funding round of about $100 million before a potential initial public offering. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

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PRIVATE EQUITY

Data Center Developer Secures Upsized $9.2B Investment

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Hyperscale data center campus company Vantage Data Centers on Thursday announced that it secured a $9.2 billion equity investment from DigitalBridge Group Inc. and Silver Lake, which is nearly $3 billion more than anticipated when the investment was first announced back in January.

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IMMIGRATION

Ending Flores Settlement Won't Endanger Children, Feds Say

By Britain Eakin

The Biden administration said a recent regulation it contends warrants winding down the 27-year-old Flores settlement governing health and safety standards for minors in immigration detention can address concerns that human rights organizations raised about the continued use of unlicensed facilities.

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Legal Aid Org Wants DHS Records On Asylum Data Leak

By Alyssa Aquino

A legal services provider sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in California federal court, looking to force the agency to hand over records on its accidental disclosure of the personally identifiable information of more than 6,200 asylum seekers.

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CANNABIS

Cannabis Cos. Make Deal Ahead Of Expected DEA Downgrade

By Jonathan Capriel

An attorney and cannabis entrepreneur is betting that the federal government will reschedule marijuana before winter, announcing his equipment manufacturing firm will ally with a Native American-owned cannabis oil processing company to build out a pharmaceutical cannabis extraction facility.

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PEOPLE

Longtime Dentons Atty Rejoins Firm After In-House Stint

By Adrian Cruz

Dentons announced that an attorney who previously spent over 25 years at the firm and its preceding organization rejoined its Los Angeles office as a partner in the capital markets practice, following several years of working as general counsel for lending companies.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opinion

California Has A Duty To Curtail Frivolous CIPA Suits

As plaintiffs increasingly file class actions against companies for their use of website tracking cookies and pixels, the Legislature should consider four options to amend the California Invasion of Privacy Act and restore the balance between consumer privacy and business operational interests, say Steven Stransky and Jennifer Adler at Thompson Hine and Glenn Lammi at the Washington Legal Foundation.

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Playing The Odds: Criminal Charges Related To Sports Betting

In light of recent sports betting scandals involving MLB player Shohei Ohtani and NBA player Jontay Porter, institutions and individuals involved in athletics should be aware of and prepared to address the legal issues, including potential criminal charges, that sports gambling may bring to their door, say attorneys at Steptoe.

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Wiretap Use In Cartel Probes Likely To Remain An Exception

Although the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has recently signaled interest in wiretaps, the use of this technology to capture evidence of antitrust conspiracies and pursue monopolization as a criminal matter has been rare historically, and is likely to remain so, say Carsten Reichel and Will Conway at DLA Piper.

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8th Circ. Insurance Ruling Spotlights Related-Claims Defenses

The Eighth Circuit’s recent Dexon v. Travelers ruling — that the insurer must provide a defense despite the policy’s related-acts provision — provides guidance for how policyholders can overcome related-acts defenses, say Geoffrey Fehling and Jae Lynn Huckaba at Hunton.

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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

Altshuler Berzon

Arnold & Porter

Bathaee Dunne

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Bird Marella

Brown Law Firm

Brown Rudnick

Bursor & Fisher

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Carson & Noel

Clifford Chance

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Dechert LLP

Dentons

Dickinson Wright

Finnegan

Frankfurt Kurnit

Freshfields

Fried Frank

Gibson Dunn

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Gupta Wessler

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hickey & Chung

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Labaton Keller

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lynn Pinker

McCarter & English

McDermott Will & Emery

Morris Nichols

O'Melveny & Myers

Outten & Golden

Paul Weiss

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robbins Alloy

Robbins Geller

Ropes & Gray

Ryan Law Partners

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Steptoe LLP

Thompson Hine

Vasseghi Law

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Haldenstein

Womble Bond

Zaiwalla & Co

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

777 Partners LLC

Adidas AG

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

AlixPartners LLP

Amazon.com Inc.

American Gaming Association

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

Associated Press

AstraZeneca PLC

BDT & MSD Partners LLC

Bain Capital Crypto

Bank of America Corp.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

Buffalo Bills

Choice Hotels International Inc.

Cisco Systems Inc.

Citigroup Inc.

Delaware State Bar Association

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Delta Air Lines Inc.

DigitalBridge Group Inc.

ESPN Inc.

Epic Games Inc.

Fastly Inc.

FedEx Corp.

Ferrari SpA

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Harvard University

HashiCorp Inc.

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Hot Topic, Inc.

Hyundai Motor Co.

International Business Machines Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson Controls International PLC

Judicial Watch Inc.

Kotak Mahindra Bank

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Lucid Motors

Major League Baseball Inc.

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Morgan Stanley

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Amusements Inc.

National Basketball Association Inc.

National Center for Youth Law

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures Inc.

Novo Nordisk A S

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Owens Corning Corp.

Paramount Global

Pearson PLC

Pew Research Center

Pfizer Inc.

Philadelphia Eagles

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

S&P Global Inc.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Skydance Media LLC

SoftBank Group Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Sysco Corp.

The Gatorade Company Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

The Travelers Cos. Inc.

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

USA Today International Corp.

Vantage Data Centers

Veeva Systems Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Walmart Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

Yext Inc.

YouTube Inc.

Zoom Video Communications Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

California Privacy Protection Agency

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Internal Revenue Service

Judicial Conference of the United States

National Labor Relations Board

State Justice Institute

U.S. Attorney's Office

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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 District of Idaho

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

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

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

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 California

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 Washington

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court