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A superhero showdown takes place in Los Angeles on Monday. The creators of Spider-Man and the studio that took him to the big screen in 2002 head for a court hearing. Marvel Enterprises Inc. claims Sony Pictures Entertainment has not lived up to its licensing deal, and attached the agreement and other sensitive documents to its pleadings. Sony says publication of those papers would give Hollywood competitors an advantage, and wants the case decided in arbitration. L.A.’s O’Donnell & Shaeffer represents Marvel, while Sony tapped Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro. … The diabetes drug Rezulin continues to cause problems. On Friday the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals revived a high-stakes suit against Rezulin manufacturer Warner-Lambert Co. Rezulin was approved in 1997, though one National Institutes of Health scientist was forced to step down when it was revealed he had a financial stake in the drug’s success, and Rezulin was blamed for several deaths due to liver damage before it had been on the market a year. Rezulin was recalled in 2000, and later health insurers sued for the $1.4 billion they claim to have spent buying the drug for patients. A trial judge threw out the claim, saying health benefits providers were not directly harmed. Circuit Judge Guido Calabresi wrote that the lower court relied on the wrong standard. … Judicial nominations have devolved into partisan squabbling, so why not make it a game? UC Berkeley Professor Stephen Choi and Georgetown Law Center’s G. Mitu Gulati, in an upcoming California Law Review article, propose a tournament where circuit judges are ranked according to opinions published, cited and so forth, before being considered for the Supreme Court. The proposal would take a lot of the politics out of nominations — and that’s why it will never work. – From the editors of American Lawyer Media Related links: Sony, Marvel Tangled in ‘Spider-Man’ Legal Web Caesar Desiano and Gloria Desiano v. Warner-Lambert Co. A Tournament of Judges?

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