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7th Circuit Decision in Motorola Mobility Holds That the FTAIA Bars a U.S. Parent’s Damages Claims Based on Its Overseas Affiliates’ Purchases of Price-fixed Products, But Does Not Bar Criminal Enforcement of the Sherman Act

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​The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act, 15 U.S.C. § 6a (FTAIA), enacted in 1982, has provided ambiguous direction to courts and practitioners regarding the applicability of U.S. antitrust laws to conduct occurring wholly or partially in other countries. In Motorola Read More

Central District of California: Patent Blog

Courtroom Decorum and Trial Preparation

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Gregg Klang v. D. Russel Flueger, et al., Case No. SA CV 13-01971-JVS (DFMx) (Judge James Selna) In this recent detailed set of Orders, Judge Selna gave several key hints as to the “do’s and don’ts” of jury trials in Read More

Derivatives in Review

The Bitcoin Marketplace and Regulatory Environment: An Overview

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In the fourth quarter of 2014, bitcoin’s volatile price generally fluctuated between $300 and $400, about one-third of its all-time peak of around $1,200 from one year before. Despite this price drop during 2014, startup companies and financial products focused on Read More

Employment Law and Litigation Blog

San Francisco Enacts Broad Protections for Employees of “Formula Retail” Establishments

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On December 5, 2014, San Francisco enacted two ordinances, dubbed the “San Francisco Retail Workers’ Bill of Rights,” that will extend benefits to part-time retail and food service employees and require certain employers to make schedules more predictable for all Read More

Financial Industry Review

Council of EU Presidency Compromise on Regulation on ECB’s Powers to Impose Sanctions

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On December 11, the Council of the EU published a note (dated December 10) that amends the ECB’s powers to impose sanctions. The ECB published its recommendation for a Council Regulation in April 2014. The recommendation aims to establish a Read More

NorCal IP Blog

Sandoz Was Disinvited to the Patent Dance: The Federal Circuit’s First Interpretation of the BPCIA Will Have to Wait

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Since the 1984 enactment of the Drug Price Competition and Patent Term Restoration Act, Hatch-Waxman litigation has dominated the sphere of life-sciences patent litigation. The battle between proprietary and generic interests, which have often intertwined over the last thirty years, Read More

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Delaware Court Rules that 17.5% Shareholder May Be Controlling Stockholder

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On November 26, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a complaint challenging a going-private transaction where the company’s CEO, Chairman and 17.5% stockholder was leading the buyout group.  In his decision in the case, In Read More

Orrick Total Access

Talk of the Town: Marketplaces and the Freelance Economy

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This week, we noticed that VCs and business blogs were paying attention to marketplaces, networks, and new ways to work. Could that be the big market of 2015? To kick things off on Monday, Charlie O’Donnell of Brooklyn Bridge Ventures Read More

Trade Secrets Watch

Highly-Protected Secrets: Competitors Try to Keep Legal Secrets in the Quasi-Legal Marijuana Industry

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How do you use the law to keep something unlawful a secret?  This and related questions arise as more states legalize marijuana for medical use, recreational use, or both.  As an illicit industry emerges from the shadows, competition and the Read More