• Baker & Botts: Efforts continue to define its scope

    In Baker & Botts LLP v. Asarco LLC, the Supreme Court held that (a) the American Rule applies to fee-defense fees in bankruptcy fee applications, and (b) Section 330(a)(1) of the Bankruptcy Code does not include a statutory exception to the American Rule, but rather only authorizes reasonable compensation for...

  • WilmerHale’s Levin helps return stolen violin

    In 1980, a centuries-old Stradivarius violin was stolen from violinist and teacher Roman Totenberg. When he passed away in 2012, the violin was still missing. But thanks in part to WilmerHale partner Sharon Cohen Levin, the instrument is now back with the family.

  • Technological change may be a predator for privilege claims in litigation

    The recent transformations in technology have troubled the corporations and in-house counsel as there has been a seismic change in the way people communicate across the globe. While technological change have always presented multitudinous challenges, corporations and in-house counsel are finding it increasingly difficult to defend and preserve privilege information....

  • Jenner’s Kohlmann leads team to victory for Steinbeck estate

    Jenner & Block partner Susan J. Kohlmann led the team that recently won a victory for the estate of Elaine Steinbeck, the late wife of novelist John Steinbeck, and all of its beneficiaries. U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. of the Central District of California dismissed with prejudice the...

  • Schiff Hardin scores win for Michael Jordan

    A team from Schiff Hardin that included partner Sondra Hemeryck recently scored a win for client Michael Jordan when a jury in federal court in Chicago found that grocery store chain Safeway and Dominick’s made unauthorized use of the basketball legend’s identity.

  • How defendants can combat the 'reptile strategy' (and its ilk)

    Recently, the Reptile Strategy has gained popularity among plaintiffs, credited by its “inventors” with producing billions in jury verdicts ( It applies the “safety” principle, framing the conduct of the defendant as a threat to community safety, allegedly tapping into a primitive part of the human brain, producing a risk...

  • Discovery is a drag

    Whenever I am asked to choose one change that would most improve the patent litigation landscape in the United States, my answer is always the same: discovery reform. Discovery in U.S. patent litigation is far too extensive, expensive, time-consuming, risky and unwarranted. The United States is entirely alone in allowing...

  • Cyber suits

    Businesses need to be prepared—as best as possible—for the escalating number of cyber breaches and the threat of resulting litigation.

  • Finding the right litigation funding company to manage risk, monetize claims

    Imagine if the risk of litigation could be quantified and the benefits monetized. For in-house counsel, that reality is finally here. By teaming up with a knowledgeable litigation funding company, in-house counsel and their clients can achieve those objectives, and more.

  • Kronenberger Rosenfeld sues Google and Waze for copying competitor’s database

    PhantomALERT sues Waze, owned by Google, for copying proprietary navigation database

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