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Vote For Orrick’s Jurata and Patel for a Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award

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Orrick Antitrust partner Jay Jurata and Managing Associate Amisha Patel have been nominated for a Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award for their article, “Taming the Trolls: Why Antitrust Is Not a Viable Solution for Stopping Patent Assertion Entities,” which appeared in the George Mason 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

Distressed Download

Overview and Analysis of Select Provisions of the ABI Chapter 11 Reform Commission Final Report and Recommendations

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Part Two of Three Last month, Orrick’s Restructuring team began a three-part look at the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Chapter 11 Reform Report. In part one we looked at issues related to confirmation, valuation, financing and asset sales. This second part Read More

Employment Law and Litigation Blog

“Reporting for Duty”: Employers May Face Extended Obligations to Reemploy Veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder under USERRA

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The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301–4335, not only prohibits discrimination against employees and potential employees based on their military service, it also imposes certain obligations on employers with respect to employees Read More

Financial Industry Review

Morgan Stanley Reaches Agreement to End DOJ Investigation into MBS Deals

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On February 25, 2015, Morgan Stanley announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Califoirnia, Civil Division (collectively, the “Civil Division”) to Read More

Policyholder Insider

Moving On From the Uninsured Motorist to the Insured Un-Motorist: Insuring the Driverless Car, and Other Innovations

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The time may be approaching when no distracted, intoxicated or fatigued driver ever causes an accident and automobile insurance as we know it becomes a thing of the past. If this seems like fantasy, only a few years ago, so Read More

NorCal IP Blog

“Taming the Trolls: Why Antitrust Is Not a Viable Solution for Stopping Patent Assertion Entities” Nominated for Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award

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Orrick Partner Jay Jurata and Managing Associate Amisha Patel have been nominated for a Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award for their comprehensive article, “Taming the Trolls: Why Antitrust Is Not a Viable Solution for Stopping Patent Assertion Entities,” which appeared in Read More

Securities Litigation, Investigations and Enforcement

Highlights From SEC Speaks 2015

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Securities and Exchange Commission leadership and staff members addressed the public on February 20-21 at the annual “SEC Speaks” conference in Washington, D.C.  Common themes among the numerous presentations included the Commission’s increasing use of data analytics, the Commission’s focus Read More

Orrick Total Access

Straight Talk: Was VC Funding Up in 2014, Or Wasn’t It?

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All week we’ve been seeing lots of dazzling headlines about the state of VC going into 2015. According to CB Insights, venture capital firms invested more than $47.3 billion in more than 3,600 deals with U.S. startups in 2014, up Read More

Trade Secrets Watch

Remote Controlled: Keeping Trade Secrets Safe While Employees Work Remotely

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One of the biggest challenges the cyber-security field faces today—aside from outright hacking—is the fact that employees’ data is increasingly portable. Data portability can be a major boon for employers. For instance, it may allow an employer to offer its Read More