Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Risk News: High Profile Edition (Apple & Murdoch)

Several updates tied to prominent major media stories:
  • Conflicts Questions Raised About Law Firm that Found No Widespread Hacking at News of the World – “According to ABC, Harbottle & Lewis represented Prince William and Prince Harry in the royal phone-tapping case that led to the arrest of a reporter for News of the World and a private investigator. The same year, 2007, News of the World hired the law firm to conduct an internal investigation into the extent of the phone hacking.”
  • Quinn Emanuel Takes Aim at Apple's Lawyers in Samsung Smartphone Patent Fight --
    • "The disqualification motion claims that at least five lawyers from the firm, including one who made an appearance in the Apple suit, previously represented Samsung in "substantially related" patent litigation with Ericsson, Spansion, and Dicam while working at Kirkland & Ellis. In fact, Samsung asserts, the then-Kirkland lawyers asserted one of the same patents in the litigation with Ericsson that Samsung asserted in its counterclaims against Apple."
    • "The company asked federal district court judge Lucy Koh to order Apple's other law firms in the case, Morrison & Foerster and Wilmer, Cutler Pickering, Hale and Dorr, to submit affidavits 'unequivocally stating that they have not received any confidential technical, financial, or other litigation strategy information from Bridges & Mavrakakis.' If Judge Koh refuses and the firms won't provide the affidavits voluntarily, Samsung promised to seek disqualification of MoFo and Wilmer Hale as well."

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