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Fed. Circ. Backs Microsoft's PTAB Win Over Computer Patents

The Federal Circuit on Thursday handed victories to Microsoft in its legal battle with a company that unsuccessfully tried to use the St. Regis Mohawk tribe's sovereign immunity status to escape review of its computer patents at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

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Kansas Judge Upholds DOI's Gambling Nod For Tribal Land

A Kansas federal judge has upheld the U.S. Department of the Interior's decision to acquire a land parcel for the Wyandotte Nation and approve gambling at the site, rejecting a challenge from the state, municipalities and two other tribes who claimed the decision violated DOI policy.

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Osage Members Want Fed. Circ. To Revive Royalty Claims

Members of the Osage Nation asked the Federal Circuit to revive their proposed $100 million class action that argues the government is mismanaging the payout of their oil and gas royalties, saying the case is a natural outgrowth — not a repeat — of past litigation.

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Analysis

Federal Highway Guidance No Power Line Project Panacea

The Biden administration's push for power lines to be built alongside highways may help address the siting issues and local opposition that frequently bedevil such projects, but experts say guidance recently issued by federal transportation officials is far from a silver bullet.

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LITIGATION


Navajo Nation, NM Urge Sanctioning EPA For Ruining Proof

The Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico have urged a federal judge to sanction the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on allegations the agency concealed and destroyed irreplaceable evidence related to the 2015 Gold King Mine wastewater spill.

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Tribes Drop Keystone XL Fight In Light Of Biden Veto

Two tribes, the developer of the Keystone XL pipeline and the Biden administration joined together to inform a Montana federal court they all agree an executive order canceling the presidential permit for the project brings about the end of litigation over the approval.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS


4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY


Alex Oh Lawyers Up In Exxon Case After Brief SEC Stint

Alex Oh, the corporate defense attorney who resigned as head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division less than one week after achieving the coveted post, has hired the president of the D.C. Bar to back her in the ongoing Exxon Mobil Corp. human rights case that is seen as the likely impetus for her abrupt SEC departure.

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Reed Smith Eyes Fully Reopening Offices In September

Reed Smith LLP said Thursday that it would gradually begin encouraging more of its lawyers to go into the office in the coming months, as it eyes fully reopening all of its 17 U.S. locations by September.

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Rimon Grows Further In Texas With Austin Launch

Rimon PC is the latest law firm to plant a flag in Austin, Texas, announcing Thursday that it has hired a former Reed Smith LLP partner to spearhead its growth in the fast-growing Texas technology hub.

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Holland & Knight Adds Former NBCUniversal Privacy Chief

BigLaw firm Holland & Knight announced on Tuesday the hiring of NBCUniversal's former chief privacy officer to boost its data strategy, security and privacy practice.

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Adtalem GC Who Led Diverse Staff On $1.5B Deal Resigns

Adtalem Global Education Inc.'s general counsel, who had received widespread acclaim among his peers last year for staffing a team entirely with African American and female corporate lawyers for the educator's $1.5 billion acquisition of Walden University, has left the company, according to a recent filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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GoDaddy Taps McKesson Corp. Atty For CLO Slot

GoDaddy Inc. has announced that McKesson Corp. attorney Michele Lau will join the company to serve as its new chief legal officer starting in July.

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Ex-NFL Team GC Wants His Docs Sealed In Wilkinson Suit

The Washington Football Team's former general counsel has urged a Virginia federal court to seal arguments he has made in litigation over a sexual harassment probe so that details over confidential deals don't come into public view.

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Carter's Wants Out Of Legal Affairs Manager's Bias Case

The legal and corporate affairs manager for the parent company of Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh children's clothing waited too long to claim she was not promoted because of her age and gender, the retailer has told a Georgia federal court.

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Lin Wood Says Judge 'Abused' Power By Taking Him Off Case

Controversial attorney L. Lin Wood told the Delaware Supreme Court on Wednesday that a state trial court "abused its discretion" by revoking his temporary admission in a First State defamation case involving onetime Trump administration adviser Carter Page.

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17 New Immigration Judges Largely Held Prior Gov't Roles

The first group of 17 immigration judges to begin working under the Biden administration includes eight former prosecutors, seven attorneys who counseled U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and two who were most recently private practitioners, according to a Thursday announcement.

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Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

A D.C. federal judge has vacated the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's nationwide eviction ban, Pfizer and BioNTech must face claims they poached research technology while testing their COVID-19 vaccine, and Kentucky's attorney general has a green light from the Sixth Circuit to continue price-gouging probes into Amazon sellers.

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Podcast

The Term: Goodbye Arguments, Opinion Season Is Upon Us

The Supreme Court heard its final oral argument of the term this week in a criminal case involving sentencing relief for low-level crack offenders that saw some tough questions for the Biden administration. Law360's The Term dives into the case, then looks ahead to some of the biggest decisions that are expected to come by the end of June.

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