This case has major implications for technology, data privacy, cloud computing, international relations, U.S. business interests, and media.
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* The legal battle that pits Jenner & Block and the Motion Picture Association of America on one side and Google on the other just got uglier. In response to Google’s subpoena of documents related to Jenner & Block and the MPAA’s lobbying efforts, Jenner & Block partner, David Handzo, called out Google tactics saying, “The court should not allow Google’s abuse of the litigation process.” [National Law Journal]
* The repercussions of the Sony data hack just keep on coming. A federal judge ruled that Sony employees that had personal information leaked to the world had standing to sue even if they couldn’t prove that criminals used their information. [The Recorder]
* Former Utah AG Mark Shurtleff now faces lesser charges of bribery and accepting improper gifts (though he could still face up to 30 years in jail if convicted), including allegations that accepting a partnership at Troutman Sanders impaired his judgement as a civil servant. [The American Lawyer]
* How far would you go to save your sinking law firm? The saga of failed firm, Butler & Hosch, got stranger amid allegations that CEO Robert Hosch created fake invoices to the tune of $7 million to secure a loan for the firm. [Daily Business Review]
* Litigation surrounding the May 12th Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia continues forward along with criticism that federal law limits the recovery for all victims combined to $200 million. [Legal Intelligencer]
* Lance Armstrong is feuding, again, with former teammate Floyd Landis — this time over discovery [National Law Journal]
* Remember July 2014 when we all learned that ExamSoft — the bar examination software — totally crapped out on test takers? Yeah, they just reached a $2.1 million settlement. #NeverForgetBarghazi [Law360]
* Rejoice haters of measles and other preventable diseases! California is moving to end “personal belief exemptions” for mandatory vaccines. [NPR]
* In oral arguments for an appeal of the conviction of Jesse Litvak, a bond trader convicted of securities fraud involving government bailout funds, the Second Circuit was skeptical over the fairness of the trial. [New York Law Journal]
* The FDA finally arrives in the year 2015; plans to ease restrictions on gay blood donors. [Jurist]
* Senate Judiciary Committee recommends prosecutor Robert Capers the next U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, filling Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s vacancy. [Wall Street Journal]
* An analysis of who the winners will be under Google’s new plan to buy up patents before the trolls. [JD Supra]
* Attorney General Holder reminds the DOJ not to hire hookers. [Politico]
* A new demographic angry over gay marriage: gay men who want to protect their sham marriages. Didn’t expect this to be a fight. [Slate]
* Once you’ve finished binge-watching on Netflix, we ask: is Matt Murdock an ethical lawyer? [Radford & Keebaugh]
* Patent attorney David Healey at Fish and Richardson is coming out. Here’s the trailer. [YouTube]
* Richard Hsu talks about jumping off of perfectly good cliffs with Shane Glynn, Product Counsel at Google. [Hsu Untied]
* Garry Trudeau explains that just because we can say something doesn’t mean we should. Ken questions this logic. In the end though, he proves too much: there are so many powerful, biting criticisms to make that we shouldn’t have to resort to dumb caricatures. [Popehat]
* Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate on the death penalty. Watch it online Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. [Fora.tv]
* Is it just me, or does her account actually sound awfully suspicious? [Gawker]
Joffe v. Google, No. 3:10-md-02184, currently pending in the Northern District of California, is predicted to be the biggest corporate wiretap case in history – assuming the plaintiffs have standing.
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In July 2014, the High Court (the ‘Court’) considered for the first time the implications of the landmark decision in Google Spain, when delivering an interim judgment in the case of Hegglin v Persons Unknown  EWHC 2808 (the ‘Judgment’).
* Solicitor General Don Verrilli may be a frontrunner to replace Eric Holder as attorney general, but the competition seems to be stiff. Kamala Harris, anyone? [USA Today]
* FBI Director James Comey is annoyed by Apple and Google marketing their encryption prowess for privacy’s sake — it’ll “allow people to place themselves beyond the law.” [WSJ Law Blog]
* White & Case just hopped aboard the onshore outsourcing train with its announcement that it would open a services center in Tampa, Florida. The move will create about 100 jobs, but we’d love to know how many it’s negating. [Tampa Bay Times]
* Slater & Gordon, the world’s first publicly traded law firm, has been on an “acquisition spree” in England. Earlier this month, it picked up patent practice, and now it’s in talks with a litigation shop. [Am Law Daily]
* “Law school is a major gamble,” and people are more informed, but that somehow isn’t stopping people from applying. This is a great article to read if you’re still considering going all in. [New York Observer]
* Bob McDonnell, former governor of Virginia, guilty of 11 counts of corruption. Maureen McDonnell guilty of 8. If only they’d gotten that severance motion. [Wonkette] * The best way to catch drunk drivers is to give them something to crash into. [Legal Juice] * Chaumtoli Huq, a former general counsel to the New York […]
* Suit filed questioning the parentage of Blue Ivy Carter. Plaintiff claims to be the real… mother? Hm. You’d think that would be pretty easy for everyone to remember. [International Business Times]
* The Washington D.C.-area NFL team has filed suit to get its trademark back. They think the USPTO are Indian Givers. [DCist]
* The ACLU is asking courts to define “freedom of the press” in the wake of Ferguson. I understand their impulse, I just don’t think they’re gonna like the answer. [Fox2Now]
* A 71-year-old lawyer allegedly called two escorts over to his house and they asked for more money. Even for rich lawyers it’s the principle of the thing. [South Florida Lawyers]
* Sad to see Professor Larry Tribe join the “let’s blame the teachers instead of funding public schools” parade. But now that he’s become a high-profile supporter of ending tenure for those teaching the young, perhaps he’ll renounce his own tenure. Or at least fight to revoke it from all his colleagues. [National Law Journal]
* A Colombian lawyer is suing FIFA for $1.3 billion over bad officiating. Of all the things FIFA deserves to get sued over, this isn’t making the list. [Washington Post]
* Congratulations to Rob Manfred, a Harvard Law grad formerly of Morgan Lewis, on his promotion to MLB Commissioner. He will continue the proud tradition of keeping us bored all summer long while we wait for football to come back. [New York Times]
* New lawsuit says Google kept records of plans to infringe intellectual property… on Post-Its. Unwise. Office supplies are for back-to-school shopping, not writing down wrongful acts. [Valleywag]
* If you’re a current 3L or a law grad about to come off a clerkship, NOAA has a job opportunity for you. Imagine how exciting it will be when the next Sharknado happens! [USAJobs via NOAA]