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U.S. Judge Rules Baidu Has Protected Right to Censor

By Tom Brennan |

A New York federal judge dismissed a lawsuit over Baidu's blocking of pro-democracy content, ruling that the Chinese search engine had a First Amendment right to control the content presented to its users.

Toyota Pays $1.2B for Misleading U.S.; Civil Claims Remain

By Amanda Bronstad |

A $1.2 billion settlement between Toyota Motor Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice will have little direct effect on negotiations to settle remaining lawsuits over deaths and injuries associated with sudden acceleration, but could sway jurors should those cases go to trial, according to attorneys involved in those actions.

Raymond Kwok (left) and Thomas Kwok, co-chairmen of Sun Hung Kai Properties Ltd.

Will Antitycoon Mood Affect Hong Kong Trial?

By Anthony Lin |

Thomas and Raymond Kwok, two of Hong Kong's—and the world's—richest men, are going on trial May 8 for allegedly bribing a senior government official. It is the territory's largest corruption trial ever, and it's taking place amid a rising tide of resentment toward the billionaire developers who dominate the Hong Kong economic landscape. Will antitycoon sentiment show up in the courtroom?

Google Lawyer Details Defense Pact With Samsung

By Julia Love, The Recorder |

Apple's trial team, led by Morrison & Foerster's Harold McElhinny, plays deposition testimony on Android indemnity agreement.

Mitsubishi Loses Appeal in Chip Design Case

By Scott Graham, The Recorder |

California's Sixth District Court of Appeal upheld a verdict against Mitsubishi Electric Inc. for breaching a non-disclosure agreement but agreed with a superior court judge that the $123 million awarded by jurors was excessive.

Solar photovoltaics panels field for renewable energy production with blue sky and clouds

Suntech Case Highlights Chinese Bankruptcy Risks

By Anna Zhang |

When the Wuxi-based company that was once the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels went bankrupt last year, the Chinese government decided to let it happen. Many observers hailed it as a groundbreaking example of the Chinese government allowing a leading company succumb to market forces. But it also brought home the risks for foreign investors in such companies, who have little protection when they go under.

Singapore Appeals Court Overturns QC Admission

By Anna Zhang |

Noted barrister Michael Beloff had sought ad hoc admission to represent a Singapore financial advisory firm in an appeal stemming from a compensation dispute.

Olympus Case Raises Litigation Stakes in Japan

By Anna Zhang |

The Japanese electronics company is now facing some 20 lawsuits over its 2011 accounting fraud scandal, in which executives admitted concealing losses over a period of 13 years. The $851 million in damages sought represents something of a milestone in litigation-averse Japan, though obstacles remain to further large-scale cases.

China Announces GSK Charges

By Anna Zhang |

The Chinese government said Wednesday it had concluded a corruption investigation into the British pharmaceutical giant and would be charging three former executives, including the company's China legal director.

A China Coast Guard ship (top) and a Philippine supply boat engage in a stand off in contested waters.

Fearing the Consequences of Challenging China

By Anthony Lin |

Boston's Foley Hoag is proudly representing the Philippines in international arbitration of its maritime boundary dispute with China. "Bring on Goliath," says Paul Reichler, the partner leading the case. But for most big law firms, heavily focused on expanding business in China, taking on such a matter would be unthinkable.

London Silk Seeks Admission to WongPartnership Dispute

By Anna Zhang |

Former Citigroup executive Deepak Sharma wants Michael Fordham QC to review a Law Society of Singapore decision that dismissed his claims of misconduct against two of the Singaporean firm's partners.

Spy Gets 15 Years for Selling Secrets to China

By Marisa Kendall, The Recorder |

Walter Liew, a U.S. citizen who is of Chinese descent, was convicted in a California court of providing trade secrets belonging to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co to Chinese officials.

U.S. Court Upholds AU Optronics' Price-Fixing Convictions

By David Ruiz, The Recorder |

The Justice Department had authority to pursue the Taiwan-based company because millions of panels were imported into the U.S., Judge M. Margaret McKeown wrote.

Deutsche Bank Sues Former China Executive in Hong Kong

By Anna Zhang |

Former China head Zhang Hongli is alleged to have breached fiduciary duty when he transferred $4 million to a Shenzhen-based bank for reasons the German bank did not disclose.

Apple and Samsung Drop Overseas Fights

By Julia Love, The Recorder |

The two companies have taken another step toward global peace, agreeing to lay down their arms in eight countries outside the United States where they had litigation pending.

Singapore Court Rejects Manila's Claim to Marcos Money

By Tom Brennan |

The Philippine government had claimed that an 'act of state' gave it control over money held in escrow in Singapore.