Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.
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Musk Says X, SpaceX Moving To Texas Over Calif. Gender Law

By Lauren Berg

Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.

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Columbia U. Aims To Keep $600M Patent Win Over Norton

By Emily Sawicki

Columbia University has urged the Federal Circuit to preserve its $600 million willful patent infringement judgment against NortonLifeLock Inc., telling the court that Norton's "kitchen-sink" appeal "raises a slew of issues, hoping something will stick" and challenging Quinn Emanuel's appeal of a civil contempt ruling as "baseless and, ultimately, academic."

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Fed. Circ. OKs Judge Connolly's Fine Against IP Biz Owner

By Andrew Karpan

A precedential ruling from the Federal Circuit on Tuesday found that Delaware's top judge has the right to fine a Texas paralegal who is the sole owner of patent litigation outfit Backertop Licensing LLC $200 a day for refusing to show up in court as part of the judge's investigation into whether Backertop and others hid their connection to big-name intellectual property consulting firm IP Edge.

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Google Maps Antitrust Suit Deleted For Good

By Bryan Koenig

A California federal judge permanently dismissed a proposed class action targeting Google's Maps product, rejecting arguments that the company's terms of service barred third parties from using rival route guidance or places-of-interest tools with a Google-furnished map.

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Apple's Slowed IPhone Derivative Deal OK'd After Tweaks

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge said Tuesday she would approve Apple's non-monetary settlement to resolve a derivative-shareholder suit over claims it secretly slowed iPhones and award counsel $6 million in attorneys fees and expenses, after she rejected an earlier version of the deal because of the proposal's overbroad release of claims.

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USPTO Provides Guidance On AI And Patent Eligibility

By Ryan Davis

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday unveiled guidance for when inventions involving artificial intelligence are eligible for patents, saying the guidelines are aimed at "providing further clarity and consistency" on the issue.

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FCC Plans Vote To Expand AI Robocall Regulations

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it plans to vote next month on a proposal to require robocallers to disclose their use of artificial intelligence to call recipients, among other potential new rules surrounding AI in telecommunications.

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UK's Probe Of Microsoft-Inflection AI Deal Moves Ahead

By Matthew Perlman

The U.K.'s antitrust enforcer launched a formal merger inquiry on Tuesday into Microsoft Corp.'s relationship with Inflection AI after asking for public input earlier this year on several artificial intelligence investments made by Microsoft and Amazon.

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Kaspersky To End US Operations After Commerce Dept.'s Ban

By Alyssa Aquino

A Russian cybersecurity and antivirus provider will begin closing U.S. operations and laying off workers Sunday, after the U.S. Department of Commerce banned it from selling its products in the U.S. or to U.S. citizens.

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DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

By Xiumei Dong

Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

By Gerald Schifman

Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

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RISING STAR

Rising Star: Gibson Dunn's Cassandra Gaedt-Sheckter

By Joyce Hanson

Cassandra Gaedt-Sheckter of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as lead counsel for DoorDash in settling allegations of California Consumer Privacy Act violations and also advises Workday on artificial intelligence programs, placing her among the cybersecurity and privacy law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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POLICY & REGULATION

SpaceX Loses Bid To Block Rival's Earth Station Renewals

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Communications Commission denied SpaceX's request to reconsider the agency's renewal of licenses for three earth stations from satellite communications company DBSD Corp., saying in a new order that SpaceX showed little to support its claim that DBSD was using "obstructionist" tactics to interfere with SpaceX operations.

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FCC Dings América Móvil For Lack Of Notice On Stock Reorg

By Nadia Dreid

Mexican mobile operator América Móvil has admitted to the Federal Communications Commission that it broke the rules by transferring control of certain FCC licenses and authorizations to a quartet of subsidiaries without informing the agency.

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FCC Says Call Routing Protocols Need Better Security

By Jared Foretek

The Federal Communications Commission says it's stepping up its efforts to better secure the signaling protocols mobile telecom providers use to place and maintain calls, telling concerned lawmakers that carriers nationwide have implemented the commission's best practices for network security.

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LITIGATION

Fed. Circ. Rejects APA Challenge To PTAB Panel Makeups

By Dani Kass

The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's invalidation of Arbor Global Strategies' processor module patent claims, shooting down the company's position that the board violated the Administrative Procedure Act when making its decision.

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FCC's Media Ownership Rules Are 'Relics,' 8th Circ. Told

By Christopher Cole

Broadcasters are pressing the Eighth Circuit to unravel the Federal Communications Commission's latest local media ownership rules, saying they are based on views of the industry that are long outdated.

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Pitney Bowes Ends Remaining Claims From Equipment Dealer

By Matthew Perlman

An Oregon federal court has tossed claims from an equipment dealer accusing Pitney Bowes Inc. of breaching a contract and using unfair trade practices after finding there wasn't enough evidence supporting the allegations to warrant a trial.

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Tesla Says Chinese Co. Sells 'Dangerous' Charging Adapter

By Emily Field

Tesla said on Monday that a Chinese company sells a "dangerous" charging adapter that lets owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles charge at its network, saying in a suit filed in California federal court that the device could injure consumers and damage the power infrastructure.

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Masimo Accuses Politan Of Deceit In Hostile Takeover

By Dorothy Atkins

Masimo Corp. has hit the activist investment firm Politan Capital Management LP and its top brass with a lawsuit in California federal court, accusing the hedge fund of violating securities laws by trying to gain control of Masimo through a proxy contest that duped Masimo shareholders using "lies and deceit."

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Brief

AI Robotics Investor Sues In Delaware For Duty Breaches

By Leslie A. Pappas

A shareholder of a special purpose acquisition company that took artificial intelligence robotics company Berkshire Grey Inc. public filed a putative class action in Delaware's Court of Chancery late Monday against the company's officers and directors, seeking damages for breaches of fiduciary duty.

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DEALS

Starboard Demands Change At Tinder Owner Match

By Al Barbarino

New York-based activist investor Starboard Value LP has amassed a 6.6% stake in Match Group Inc. and is pushing the company to go private if it can't make "value-enhancing" gains after its stock plummeted from its 2021 heyday, according to a letter published Tuesday by Starboard.

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ENFORCEMENT

Feds Say Drug Monitoring Co. Founder Pulled $5M Scam

By Ryan Harroff

The founder of a patient monitoring company pitched as an effort to help people recovering from addictions to avoid relapsing during medical treatment duped around 50 investors into putting $5 million into his firm, a now-unsealed criminal indictment alleges in Pennsylvania federal court.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

What FTX Case Taught Us About Digital Asset Recoverability

FTX's Chapter 11 plan has drawn lots of attention, but the focus should be on the anticipated outcome for investors, which counters several myths about digital currencies, innovation and recoverability, says Kyla Curley at StoneTurn.

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How Tech Trackers May Implicate HIPAA After Hospital Ruling

A recent Texas federal court order in American Hospital Association v. Becerra adds a legal protection on key data, clarifying when tracking technologies implicate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so organizations should ensure all technology used is known and accounted for, say John Howard and Myriah Jaworski at Clark Hill.

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Series

Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

3 Reasons Why 2nd Menendez Bribery Case Was The Charm

By Carla Baranauckas

Nearly seven years after the government's first bribery case against longtime U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez collapsed in a hung jury, prosecutors avenged that loss Tuesday by sealing a conviction on a new round of corruption charges.

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Menendez Guilty Of 'Shocking Corruption,' Urged To Resign

By Cara Salvatore, Pete Brush and Carla Baranauckas

A New York federal jury found U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez guilty on Tuesday of taking gold bars, cash and a Mercedes-Benz as bribes from three businessmen, handing a victory to the government on its second try to convict the embattled New Jersey Democrat on corruption charges and prompting calls for his resignation.

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Trump Special Prosecutor Ruling Could Find Favor On Appeal

By Carolina Bolado

When U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Florida over what she said was an unconstitutional appointment of a special prosecutor, she staked out a position that few other jurists have taken, but that could find support among some appellate judges, experts said.

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Ex-Trump Counsel Has Advice For GOP On Judicial Noms

By Courtney Bublé

A former Trump White House official who worked on judicial nominations has advised a potential future Republican administration to be aggressive, proactive and not to compromise on circuit court picks.

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Smirnov Wants David Weiss DQ'd After Trump Docs Ruling

By Hailey Konnath

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov said Monday that a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in the Donald Trump classified documents case means special counsel David Weiss should also be disqualified from Smirnov's case, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

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$4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

By Sydney Price

An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

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Tesla Swaps Cravath Out, WilmerHale In For Antitrust Defense

By Lauren Berg

WilmerHale has taken over from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP as counsel for Tesla in a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the company runs an unlawful monopoly on parts for its electric vehicles.

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ACLU Legal Director Leaving For Expanded Georgetown Role

By Kevin Penton

The American Civil Liberties Union's national legal director plans to step down from a role he has held for eight years, the organization confirmed Tuesday.

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Groups Slam UC Berkeley's 'Misreading' Of Antisemitism Case

By Jake Maher

Jewish organizations suing the University of California, Berkeley, and its law school for allegedly tolerating an antisemitic culture on campus fought to keep their suit alive this week in the face of a motion to dismiss, maintaining their claims are ripe despite UC Berkeley's "bold misreading" of the case.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AO Kaspersky Lab

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Alphabet Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American Hospital Association

Anthropic PBC

Apple Inc.

Centene Corp.

Chevron Corp.

Cottrell Inc.

Covidien PLC

DoorDash Inc.

EchoStar Corp.

Ethereum GmbH

Gen Digital Inc.

Google LLC

LinkedIn Corp.

Masimo Corp.

Match Group LLC

Match.com Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Microsoft Corp.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Association of Broadcasters

National Rifle Association of America

Nexstar Media Group Inc.

NortonLifeLock Inc.

Pacific Office Automation Inc.

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc.

Pitney Bowes Inc.

Regents of the University of California

Riverview Bancorp Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

SoftBank Group Corp.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Starboard Value LP

StoneTurn Group LLP

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

UCLA School of Law

Xilinx Inc.

eBay Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Arnold & Porter

Atheria Law

Atkinson Andelson

Baker Botts

Baker Donelson

Berry Appleman

Best Best & Krieger

Boies Schiller

Bookoff McAndrews

Buchalter APC

Buckley LLP

Cahill Gordon

Carlton Fields

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Clark Hill

Cleary Gottlieb

Clement & Murphy

Coburn & Greenbaum

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cuneo Gilbert

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Diaz Reus

Ellis George LLP

Esler Stephens

Farella Braun

Finger & Slanina

Finnegan

Fish & Richardson

Fragomen Del Rey

Freed Kanner

Fullerton Beck

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Gross Klein

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kasowitz Benson

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kirkland & Ellis

Knobbe Martens

Kramer Levin

Kudman Trachten

Larkins Vacura

Latham & Watkins

Lozano Smith

Manning & Kass

Miller Nash LLP

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Nelson Mullins

Nematzadeh PLLC

Nossaman LLP

Orrick Herrington

Paternoster Farnell

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Quinn Emanuel

Riley Safer

Roig Lawyers

Saveri & Saveri

Schneider Wallace

Seed IP

Shutts & Bowen

Squire Patton

Sterne Kessler

Stoll Berne

Sullivan & Cromwell

Summit Law Group

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

Tostrud Law Group

Waymaker LLP

WeissLaw LLP

White & Case

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Withersworldwide

Wong Fleming

Zuber Lawler

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

City of New York

Competition and Markets Authority

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court