A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."
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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Fed. Circ. Won't Revive Philips Communication Patent Claims

By Andrew Karpan

The Federal Circuit on Tuesday sided with Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges who gutted claims in a Philips patent challenged by a Chinese chipmaker that is facing an infringement suit in Delaware.

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BANKRUPTCY

Electric Vehicle Startup Fisker Hits Ch. 11 With Sale Plans

By Alex Wittenberg

Electric vehicle company Fisker Group Inc. has petitioned for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with more than $100 million of debt, months after the collapse of a potential partnership with a major automaker imperiled the startup's attempts to raise new financing.

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J&J Fights Law Firm's Bid To Nix Subpoenas In Talc Brawl

By Jack Karp

Information about the Beasley Allen Law Firm's litigation funding and settlement communications is relevant and necessary to resolving long-running multidistrict litigation over Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products and so should be turned over, the pharmaceutical giant has told a New Jersey federal court.

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Cancer Test Company DermTech Hits Ch. 11, Seeking Sale

By Ben Zigterman

California-based dermatologic test maker DermTech Inc. hit Chapter 11 Tuesday in Delaware and said it would be laying off about 20% of its workforce as it seeks to sell its assets.

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DISTRICT COURT

Microsoft Reaches Deal With Patent Biz After $242M Verdict

By Andrew Karpan

Microsoft indicated on Tuesday that it has decided to settle a fight with a litigation outfit that won a $242 million verdict from a Delaware federal jury over patents bought from a company that developed Apple's Siri software.

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IN BRIEF

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Musk Pay Claims Still Alive After Texas Vote, Chancery Told

By Jeff Montgomery

Attorneys for Tesla stockholders who won a Court of Chancery order voiding CEO Elon Musk's mammoth stock-based compensation plan in January are rejecting as having no legal effect a vote last week to ratify the same 10-year package, once valued at $56 billion.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Skip Versus File: The Patent Dilemma That Costs Millions

In the nearly 30 years since the inception of the provisional application, many have weighed the question of whether or not to file the provisional, and data shows that doing so may allow inventors more time to refine their ideas and potentially gain an extra year of protection, says Stanko Vuleta at Highlands Advisory.

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Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

19 Dem AGs Urge Law Group, Others To Ignore DEI Detractors

By Aebra Coe

A coalition of 19 Democratic state attorneys general issued a letter Thursday rebutting criticism of diversity, equity and inclusion programs within the American Bar Association, Fortune 100 corporations and law firms.

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GOP Sens. Get Tough On 6th Circ. Nominee's History

By Courtney Bublé

Republican senators hammered Sixth Circuit nominee Karla M. Campbell, of counsel at Stranch Jennings & Garvey PLLC, during a hearing on Thursday about her political donations, past advisory roles and the process by which she was nominated.

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House Dems Ask Chief Justice To Say How He'll Review Ethics

By Courtney Bublé

Two top Democrats on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee asked Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday how he's working to address the "glaring episodes" of ethical improprieties on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Rebut Fraud Allegations

By Emily Sawicki

An Alabama federal judge is conducting an in-camera review of a long-awaited "Q&A document" believed to have circulated among attorneys accused of judge shopping their efforts to fight a 2022 state law preventing transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care, with the lawyers handing over the document but denying allegations of misconduct.

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DLA Piper Accused Of Evading Order In Pregnancy Bias Case

By Rose Krebs

DLA Piper continues to evade a court directive to turn certain documents over to a former attorney with the firm who has filed a pregnancy bias suit, a lawyer representing the former employee has told a New York federal magistrate judge.

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Attys In Chiquita Case Say Victims Can't Proceed Together

By Carolina Bolado

A longstanding rift among plaintiffs' attorneys for victims of violence committed by paramilitary groups funded by Chiquita Brands International Inc. has reached a fever pitch, as attorneys have now told the court they cannot proceed together in a second bellwether trial of the multidistrict litigation set to start next month.

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Conn. Firm Says Thomson Reuters Unit Bungled Web Overhaul

By Aaron Keller

A Thomson Reuters unit botched a portion of a $2,336-per-month contract to overhaul a Middlebury, Connecticut, law firm's website, blend its online presence into FindLaw and include its attorneys in "Super Lawyers" listings, the firm says in a state court lawsuit made public on Thursday.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Ashcraft & Gerel

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Bayard PA

Beasley Allen

Bernstein Litowitz

Blank Rome

Boies Schiller

Cohen Milstein

Cohen Placitella

Conrad & Scherer

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Dominick Feld

Faegre Drinker

Farella Braun

Fish & Richardson

Foley & Lardner

Fox Rothschild

Gibson Dunn

James K. Green PA

Jenner & Block

Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lightfoot Franklin

Morris Nichols

O'Melveny & Myers

Searcy Denney

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Sidley Austin

Skiermont Derby

Stranch Jennings

Wigdor LLP

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AlixPartners LLP

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

Apple Inc.

BARBRI

CLS Bank International

Charge Enterprises Inc.

Chiquita Brands International Inc.

DermTech

Fisker Automotive Holdings

Harvard University

Home Box Office Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

NASDAQ Inc.

SRI International Inc.

Signify N.V.

Super Lawyers

TD Securities Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

Thomson Reuters Corp.

Twitter Inc.

Wi-LAN Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

Delaware Court of Chancery

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Judicial Conference of the United States

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

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

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

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court