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January 18, 2013
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Legal News in Brief

  Corporate Spotlight 
  • Juries increasingly award large sums in patent cases
    The value of jury verdicts in patent-infringement cases has grown, but some of the largest judgments have been overturned, a Bloomberg analysis found. "There are more patent lawsuits in areas of technology where there is a lot at stake. Patents are more frequently being enforced," said Michael Carrier of Rutgers School of Law. Bloomberg (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The Greatness Gap
Achievers surveyed North American employees about their level of connection with core engagement factors, such as their company's mission, their perceptions and experience of recognition at work, and their workplace culture. The data shows us that there are a few things missing. Read the results
  National News 
  • Analysis: End of offshoring jobs begins
    America's practice of sending jobs to foreign lands is waning, but the demise of offshoring is no cause for complacency about the labor market, according to The Economist. "The shift of jobs back to developed countries is an encouraging sign that the flow of jobs need not be one-way," the magazine notes. "But only if governments and people in prosperous places invest heavily in building up skills will the workforces there properly benefit." The Economist (tiered subscription model) (1/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Legislative Dispatch 
  • Debt-limit increase may be near, GOP officials suggest
    Senior House Republicans say they may back a small, interim increase of the U.S. debt limit, a move that would let them deflect the political consequences of the government defaulting on its debt in February or March. "We're discussing the possible virtue of a short-term debt limit extension, so that we have a better chance of getting the Senate and White House involved in discussions in March," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee. Reuters (1/17), MarketWatch/Political Watch blog (1/17), MSNBC (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Employment Focus 
  Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch 
  • Former AMD workers face lawsuit over trade-secrets allegations
    Advanced Micro Devices, which makes computer processors, is alleging in a lawsuit that some former employees took important electronic files before going to work for another company. In addition to technical information about products under development, the files include details about licensing agreements, according to AMD. A lawyer representing the defendants did not comment on the case. Bloomberg (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional and Business Development 
  • New Facebook tool could help you find a job
    The new Graph Search being beta tested by Facebook helps recruiters find talent by sifting through information from billions of Facebook users, Danny Rubin writes. To get on the radar of more recruiters, users should include their full job title, job description, schools and civic group involvement in their Facebook profile, he writes. The Huffington Post/The Blog (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  PLI News 
  • 10 Notable Circuit Court Decisions in 2012
    The past year has been remarkable for the number of interesting securities law decisions to emerge from the circuit courts. PLI's Securities Law Practice Center features the latest Simpson Thacher monthly Securities Law Alert, which includes a detailed discussion of this year's most notable decisions, including Matrixx, Morrison, Fait and more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Lawyer Life 
  • Foodies fall in love with old-fashioned brasseries
    Restaurants modeled after the Parisian-born brasserie, a busy eatery of white tablecloths, uniformed waiters and impeccable service, have become increasingly popular in the world's largest cities. New York City-based Balthazar's rising success has led owner Keith McNally to open a second location in his hometown of London. The Guardian (London) (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
If I had my life to live over, I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I'd have fewer imaginary ones."
--Don Herold,
American humorist, writer and cartoonist

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