The Delaware Court of Chancery on Thursday ruled it lacked jurisdiction over foreign companies accused of stealing Dow Chemical's trade secrets for manufacturing paint polymers, but allowed claims to proceed against a Delaware subsidiary and its parent.
Christopher Jordan and Daniel Ovanezian|
October 20, 2017
Trade secret and patent laws both provide intellectual property protection but have conflicting requirements that can impose challenges for a company seeking to maximize its protection under each right.
The federal judge overseeing Google Inc.’s fight with federal prosecutors over foreign-stored data expressed concerns Wednesday over the company’s continued refusal to comply with a search warrant in a criminal investigation.
Rep. Thomas Marino, R-Pennsylvania, withdrew his name for consideration as President Trump's drug czar, two days after a bombshell from The Washington Post/60 Minutes report about the congressman’s role as chief advocate for a 2016 federal law that weakened the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s control over opioid distributors. Here are a few things to know about the man at the center of the investigation.
Dan Panitz, Bruce (HB) Gordon and R Jason Straight|
October 18, 2017
Anyone aware of current business news cannot avoid the flood of high visibility hacking and IP intrusion/theft. The issues have grown so ubiquitous that it isn’t shocking to hear U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a record 1,093 data breaches in 2016 alone, a 40-percent increase from 2015.
Alex Azar II, a former Wiley Rein partner who served four years as general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the leading candidate to head the department, according to several accounts citing sources familiar with the matter.
For many companies, a major piece of the marketing strategy now includes digital advertising. And while this offers an excellent tool for building a brand, there are a number of risks to consider.
This is where in-house counsel have a major role to play in protecting the company.
California State Treasurer John Chiang said Monday that he has decided to extend his state’s financial sanctions against Wells Fargo & Co. into a second year, while Ohio extended its sanctions another six months.
Wells Fargo & Co. has named Michael Roemer, former group head of compliance for Barclays bank, as its new chief compliance officer even as it reported third-quarter revenue at least two percent below the same quarter a year ago in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
A Texas resident has filed a federal lawsuit against Connecticut-based Cigna Health and Life Insurance Co. and one of its pharmacy benefit managers, CareCentrix Inc., charging they conspired to drive up the consumer costs of home patient care and durable medical equipment.
Via Transportation's VP of legal affairs, Erin Abrams, said her company differs from some of its startup counterparts in that the legal department wants to work with regulators, not "smash through" their rules and regulations.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that Eric Hargan will serve as HHS’ acting secretary, less than a week after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as deputy secretary, the agency’s No. 2 spot. His financial disclosure forms revealed his former clients and his income at the firm.
Equifax’s King & Spalding counsel joined with some plaintiffs lawyers to ask the federal Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation to consolidate in Atlanta hundreds of cases that have been filed against the Atlanta-based credit bureau and assign them to a judge with King & Spalding ties.
A federal judge has dismissed the U.S. government's lawsuit alleging that UnitedHealth Group Inc. violated the False Claims Act by receiving inflated payments based on inaccurate information about the health status of Medicare beneficiaries in California. But he gave the government until Friday to amend the complaint.
The details in a widely read New York Times article about a Silicon Valley startup Upload were frankly lurid. But in an era in which such scandals seem to be commonplace in the tech world, the root cause has never been clearer.
A key document in Uber’s court battle with Waymo was finally been made public Monday evening, which shows what Uber execs, including some in the legal department, knew ahead of Uber’s acquisition of Otto.
Ronda Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project, spoke with The National Law Journal about a lawsuit against Aetna for allegedly violating patients' privacy rights by disclosing their HIV status in a mass mailing.
Wells Fargo & Co. chief executive Tim Sloan defended the bank’s use of mandatory arbitration as he appeared on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, drawing stiff criticism from Senate Democrats who are resisting a Republican effort to repeal a new regulation that bars the financial industry from forcing consumers to waive their right to file class actions.
Allegations of fraud and false advertising by the Federal Trade Commission and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman against the makers of a dietary supplement that claimed to improve memory function were dismissed in federal court Thursday.
Mike Scarcella and Erin Mulvaney|
September 29, 2017
A Kirkland & Ellis employment litigation partner in Washington and daughter of a federal appeals court judge is on tap to be the U.S. Labor Department's chief in-house lawyer, extending the Trump administration's ties to the Chicago-based Am Law 100 firm.
As the trial date nears in the high-stakes battle between Uber Technologies Inc. and Google Inc. driverless car unit Waymo, the two giants are disputing whether Uber chief legal officer Salle Yooshould be made available.
The National Labor Relations Board, now under Republican leadership, is facing early pressure from employee advocates to confront ethical issues associated with one member's prior work at the law firm Littler Mendelson.
In a $30 million suit over an alleged conflict of interest, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius says that its ex-client, Towers Watson Delaware, knew about and consented to the firm's representation of Towers' adversary, Meriter Health Services.
Legal fees, pleading requirements and disputes over timing—the False Claims Act is providing the U.S. Supreme Court with myriad issues as companies and whistleblowers pitch the justices on cases to take for the new term. Time will tell if the justices are willing to bite. Here's a snapshot of several pending petitions.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lost a fight in court over its workplace wellness rules but there are still questions lingering over a solution—particularly given the Trump administration's new leadership at the agency could shift intentions. The agency and the AARP, which challenged the rules, are now fighting over the next steps.
In the Goulston & Storrs 2017 General Counsel Survey, fifteen percent of GCs or in-house counsel say they have the most difficulty identifying exposures, and this emerging risk is reshaping their role.