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King & Spalding’s prior legal work for WhatsApp Inc. should not disqualify the firm from representing an adversary that was sued by the popular text messaging service in California federal court, lawyers for the firm told a judge Friday.

WhatsApp, represented by Cooley LLP, sued King & Spalding client NSO Group Technologies last year over claims the Israeli cybertechnology company exploited the messaging platform in an effort to gain unauthorized access to user communication. NSO has denied the allegations.

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Mike Scarcella

Mike Scarcella is a senior editor in Washington on ALM Media's regulatory desk. Contact him at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MikeScarcella. Mike works on a slate of newsletters: Supreme Court Brief | Higher Law | Compliance Hot Spots | Labor of Law.

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