A California federal judge considering the scope of a potential injunction against Google following Epic Games' antitrust jury trial win told Google's economist Thursday that the tech giant keeps arguing that more app store options for consumers will create a "terrifying world of chaos and anarchy," but "I just don't buy it."
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'I Just Don't Buy It': Judge Rips Google's Injunction Argument

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge considering the scope of a potential injunction against Google following Epic Games' antitrust jury trial win told Google's economist Thursday that the tech giant keeps arguing that more app store options for consumers will create a "terrifying world of chaos and anarchy," but "I just don't buy it."

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TikTok, YouTube Must Produce European Privacy Data In MDL

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal magistrate judge overseeing discovery in multidistrict litigation over whether social media platforms' design is addictive ordered TikTok and YouTube on Thursday to give American personal injury plaintiffs certain technical documents regarding the companies' safety features implemented in Europe and Australia, which have tougher consumer privacy laws.

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Sunsetting Section 230 Gains Traction On Both Sides Of Aisle

By Nadia Dreid

Everyone at Wednesday's House subcommittee hearing, from left to right, seemed to agree that it's time to ditch the Communications Decency Act's hotly contested Section 230, which shields online platforms from liability for content posted by third parties.

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House Panel Moves Data Privacy Bill, While Vowing Revisions

By Allison Grande

A U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Thursday advanced a bipartisan proposal to create a nationwide framework for how companies use and share consumers' personal information, despite lawmakers on both sides of the aisle acknowledging that more work needs to be done to further refine the measure.

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Bungie Cheat Code Sellers Dinged At Trial For Deleting Docs

By Rachel Riley

A Seattle federal judge overseeing a trial of Bungie's copyright claims against a group of cheat code sellers instructed jurors Thursday that the defendants intentionally destroyed evidence by deleting records they had a duty to preserve once they were aware of the game studio's claims.

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Alex Jones Atty Escapes Suspension, For Now

By Aaron Keller

The Connecticut Appellate Court on Thursday threw out the six-month suspension of Norm Pattis, the lead attorney in Infowars host Alex Jones' Sandy Hook Elementary School defamation trial, ordering new proceedings against the attorney for supervising the transmission of the victims' confidential records to other Jones lawyers.

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NC High Court Sees No DA Conflict In Cyberstalking Case

By Travis Bland

North Carolina's highest court ruled Thursday that a county prosecutor was improperly disqualified from a criminal case in which the alleged victim is a county manager, reasoning that the scenario didn't meet conflict-of-interest parameters established by the court's decades-old precedent.

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FCC Aims To Reduce Risk From China-Controlled Test Labs

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission pushed Thursday for new rules to prevent foreign adversaries, mainly the Chinese Communist Party, from playing a role in testing and certifying communications equipment in the U.S. market.

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POLICY & REGULATION

House Passes Bill To Block Fed-Issued Digital Dollar

By Aislinn Keely

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill that would prohibit the Federal Reserve from issuing a digital dollar in a vote that fell starkly along party lines, with Democrats decrying the bill as fearmongering over privacy concerns and a departure from the previous day's bipartisan passage of a regulatory framework for digital assets.

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High Court Urged To Rule On FCC Question In TCPA Dispute

By Jared Foretek

A chiropractic practice group is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take another crack at the question of whether district courts must adhere to a Federal Communications Commission's legal interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, in a bid to revive its proposed class action against McKesson over junk faxes.

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ENFORCEMENT

Ex-Bank CEO Cops To Embezzling $47M To Pay Crypto Scam

By Gina Kim

Heartland Tri-State Bank's former chief executive pled guilty Thursday in Kansas federal court to embezzling $47 million that he wired to cryptocurrency accounts controlled by fraudsters after falling victim to a "pig butchering" scam, which led to the bank's collapse and subsequent shutdown last summer.

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Man Behind NH Primary Deepfake Faces Charges, FCC Fines

By Christopher Cole

The Democratic consultant accused of making robocalls with a cloned voice of President Joe Biden discouraging voters from taking part in the New Hampshire primary faces a state indictment on 13 felony voter suppression charges and $6 million in potential federal fines.

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LITIGATION

AdTech Co. Faces Suit As Google's Cookie Support Crumbles

By Emilie Ruscoe

Advertising company Direct Digital Holdings Inc. faces a proposed investor class action alleging it mismanaged its response to an impending major technological change affecting how digital advertisers can target consumers.

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Ark. Judge Sides With Insurer's Cyber Policy Interpretation

By Jennifer Mandato

An Arkansas federal judge ruled an insurer correctly evaluated a telemarketing company's losses from a cyberattack, agreeing that "normal operating expenses" the company paid from revenue during that period aren't included in the loss and that any other interpretation would give the company a windfall.

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Joint Venture Says Defense Agency Errors Thwarted Contract

By Rae Ann Varona

An Alabama joint venture hauled the U.S. government into the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, alleging it was shut out of a Missile Defense Agency deal due to multiple errors the agency made when assessing the joint venture.

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Legal Marketer, Ark. Firm Agree To End Trade Secrets Suit

By Rose Krebs

A legal marketing business has agreed to dismiss a Georgia federal lawsuit accusing an Arkansas law firm and others of stealing and profiting off its trade secrets, including a database of client leads for mass torts over talcum powder and heartburn medication.

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NFL Says Unsolicited-Text Suit Belongs In Arbitration

By Elaine Briseño

The NFL wants to force into arbitration a lawsuit filed by a New York woman frustrated with her inability to stop unwanted text messages from the football organization, citing a binding agreement she consented to when registering to receive notifications about the 2023 draft.

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Charges Tossed For Army Doc, Wife In Russia Data Leak Case

By Craig Clough

A Maryland federal judge dismissed all charges against a U.S. Army physician and her wife who were accused of trying to leak military patients' medical information to Russia, finding the government violated the Speedy Trial Act and bungled the defense's request for access to classified information.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Compliance Considerations For New Data Protection Law

Sam Castic at Hintze Law discusses how to determine if your organization is covered by the newly enacted Protecting Americans' Data from Foreign Adversaries Act, the scope of the law's restrictions, and how to go about compliance as its June 23 effective date approaches.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Block & Leviton

Bloom Parham

Bradley Arant

Buckley LLP

Burnham & Gorokhov

C.A. Goldberg PLLC

Caldwell Carlson

Caplan Cobb

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Dapeer Law

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Dentons

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Gibbs Law Group

Greenberg Traurig

Gupta Wessler

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hill Dickinson

Hintze Law

Hiraldo PA

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

JMW Solicitors LLP

Johnson & Vines

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kendall Law Group PLLC

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lieff Cabraser

Marino Tortorella

Maynard Nexsen

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Mead Law

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Oliver Maner

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Perkins Coie

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Schertler Onorato

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

Stanley Esrey

Watts Donovan

Welsh & Recker

Wiley Rein

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Hotel & Lodging Association

Apple Inc.

Association of National Advertisers Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

ByteDance Ltd.

Center for Democracy & Technology

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Epic Games Inc.

Ferrari SpA

First Bank (Hamilton, NJ)

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Heartland Tri-State Bank

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

McKesson Corp.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Retail Federation Inc.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Snap Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

TikTok Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Companies House

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

International Monetary Fund

Missile Defense Agency

National Labor Relations Board

North Carolina Department of Justice

U.S. Army

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Kansas

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland

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

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Kansas

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia