The Litigation Daily The daily source for legal business news, analysis and intelligence from the editors and reporters at The AmLaw Litigation Daily. en-us Copyright 2014. ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved. The Litigation Daily Sidley Renews Pitch for China in Vitamin Makers' Appeal With two Chinese companies facing a $157 million price-fixing verdict, the Chinese government is reasserting its position that the litigation should never have gotten off the ground because the defendants were acting at its behest. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:59:10 EDT 1202651463725 Justice Alito Re-Enters Two Key Business Cases U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr. will participate in two cases set for argument next week in which he had previously recused himself. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:48:55 EDT 1202651464656 Patton Boggs Taps White-Collar Pro Abramovitz in Chevron Fight Famed criminal defense attorney Elkan Abramowitz will help the beleaguered firm battle claims that its lawyers engaged in fraud while trying to enforce a $9.5 billion environmental judgment against Chevron Corporation. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:35:46 EDT 1202651409185 Former SEC Lawyer Speaks Out on Agency's Failings An investigation of the SEC's case against Goldman Sachs revealed James Kidney as a rare voice willing to criticize his own agency. After a retirement speech last month that made waves on Wall Street and in Washington, Kidney elaborated on his concerns in an extensive interview. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:27:07 EDT 1202651350079 Kaye Scholer Scores Verdict in IP Row Over Airplane Parts Thanks to a quick jury verdict that could be worth tens of millions of dollars for their client, lawyers at Kaye Scholer are claiming a major victory in a Delaware patent case that nearly fizzled out three years ago. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:01:17 EDT 1202651286435 With IPO Underway, Arista Fires Back at Founder's Suit Lawyers at Wilson Sonsini argue Silicon Valley billionaire David Cheriton fabricated claims to interfere with Arista's IPO. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:36:27 EDT 1202651305794 Samsung Experts Take Aim at Apple Patents Apple patents covering universal search, slide to unlock and quick linking features are all invalid, Samsung witnesses insisted Tuesday. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:34:56 EDT 1202651305973 Citing SCOTUS, Judge Revives Madoff Feeder Fund Claims Predictions that the Supreme Court's ruling in Chadbourne & Parke v. Troice would affect Bernie Madoff litigation proved correct this week, when a judge revived claims against one of Madoff's so-called feeder funds, Tremont Group. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:14:43 EDT 1202651244565 Winston Cements $503 Million Win in Battle of Tycoons Winston & Strawn's W. Gordon Dobie scored the half-billion dollar win for Israeli businessman Alexander Gliklad in a long-running fight with billionaire industrialist Michael Cherney. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:45:51 EDT 1202651117218 Google Engineers Take Stage in Apple-Samsung Trial A trio of Google engineers testified Monday in Apple and Samsung's latest trial over smartphone and tablet technology, sending the message that they came up with the Android operating system all on their own. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:08:59 EDT 1202651131193 Jenner Takes Aim at Google in Authors' Copyright Appeal Some think the Second Circuit has already signaled its approval of Google's effort to digitize the world's books, albeit indirectly. After seven years of crusading against Google's project, the Authors Guild has tapped a new legal team and asked the court for a straight answer. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:56:08 EDT 1202651096583 Judge Halts Use of Life Saving Heart Valve in Patent Fight Medtronic's valve leads to "better outcomes with a lower risk of death," Judge Gregory Sleet of Delaware concluded, but it steps on a rival's patent. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:33:50 EDT 1202651131277 Sidley Dents SEC's 'Conflict Minerals' Rule in D.C. Circuit In the latest legal assault on government regulations promulgated under Dodd-Frank, the court ruled that the SEC can't force a company that uses minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo "to confess blood on its hands." Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:24:53 EDT 1202651087281 Whistleblower Barred from Double-Dipping Against Verizon An appeals court has tossed a False Claims Act case against Verizon Communications Inc., ruling that the suit is barred by an earlier case in which the same whistleblower netted a big settlement. Wilmer Hale Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr advised Verizon. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:37:26 EDT 1202650917438 Robbins Geller Faces Off with NHL Over Head Injuries Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd made a clumsy entrance into litigation over concussions in pro sports, filing a class action complaint against the National Hockey League that included a few attention-grabbing typos and factual errors. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:17:15 EDT 1202650894442 Judge Nixes Trade Secrets Charges Against Palo Alto Networks Firewall engineer Qiang Wang waited too long to sue over the alleged breach of a non-disclosure agreement, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:46:37 EDT 1202650955649 'Blunt' E-mails Dog Intel in Pentium 4 Class Action With trial set for May, a judge in California has tentatively denied the company's eleventh hour bid for summary judgment. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:20:11 EDT 1202650955569 Credit Card Companies Narrowly Escape Antitrust Class Action Somewhat grudgingly, a federal judge in New York tossed claims that American Express, Discover and other companies used meetings organized by lawyers at Wilmer and Ballard Spahr to cook up a conspiracy to preempt consumer class actions. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:22:43 EDT 1202650712502 AlixPartners Sues Consultants Poached by McKinsey & Co. The lawsuit, filed in Delaware Chancery Court by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Richards Layton & Finger, accuses former AlixPartners managing directors Eric Thompson and Ivo Naumann of breaching their employment agreements and stealing trade secrets. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:21:35 EDT 1202650669774 Chinese Solar Firms Can't Escape Solyndra's Attack (Julia Love) A federal judge in Oakland cleared the way for an antitrust suit accusing three Chinese companies of flooding the U.S. market with cheap solar panels. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:37:45 EDT 1202650713708 Litigator of the Week: Gerald Maatman Jr. of Seyfarth Shaw When the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accuses his clients of discrimination, Maatman doesn't just defeat the government's claims. Instead, he has a knack for shining a light on the EEOC's own practices, embarrassing the agency and vindicating employers in the process. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:23:19 EDT 1202650654861