Writer’s Picks: Piracy, Internet Dating Fraud, SSA Benefits, and Same Sex Divorce

We had some cases with interesting facts come up this week. The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling on providing survivor benefits to children conceived by in vitro fertilization, with frozen sperm, after the father died. In Astrue v. Capato, Respondent mother of the twins applied for Social Security survivors benefits for the twins, relying on 42 U.S.C. 416(e)

Facebook Lawsuit by New Shareholders, Days After IPO

Facebook faces a lawsuit by new shareholders in the social networking company, filed less than a week after its IPO. The shareholders allege that Facebook misled them by filing untrue statements in legal filings with the S.E.C., failed to prevent such statements from being misleading, and did not properly prepare the documents for prospective shareholders. While another shareholder sued NASDAQ

NASDAQ Sued Over Facebook IPO Trading Foul-Ups

That didn’t take long. A class action lawsuit was filed yesterday against NASDAQ by an individual investor accusing the stock exchange of botching his Facebook stock (FB) orders on the day of the IPO. Plaintiff Phillip Goldberg alleges that he “placed purchase and cancellation orders for Facebook’s stock that NASDAQ failed to promptly and accurately execute” last Friday, May 18,

NASDAQ’s Facebook Faux Pas Spurs Interest by S.E.C., Lawyers

Facebook’s IPO on Friday brought with it problems for NASDAQ. The exchange’s CEO Robert Greifeld acknowledged that NASDAQ had a host of trading glitches on the day of the IPO, including a foul-up with the trading system’s ability to handle order cancellations. Now, NASDAQ’s admission of its Facebook faux pas prompted an S.E.C. inquiry, and securities class action lawyers are

No, Your BlackBerry is Not a Nuclear Weapon

Judges often juggle hefty caseloads, particularly in intellectual property litigation. Knowing this, lawyers serve their clients well by making concise, memorable, and effective arguments. Take Cal Tech’s attorneys, for example. On Friday, they told the U.S. International Trade Commission (‘ITC’) that “RIM’s mobile phones and tablets are not essential to the public’s health and welfare and are hardly comparable to

Writer’s Pick: Employment Law

We have some interesting employment law cases this week. At the intersection of employment, civil rights, and religious freedom comes Hamilton v. Southland Christian School, Inc. from the 11th Circuit. In that case, a small Christian school had fired a teacher after she had sought maternity leave, purportedly because she had conceived the child before her recent marriage. On appeal,

Apple iCloud Class-Action Lawsuit Alleges Stormy MobileMe Migration

A new class-action lawsuit accuses Apple of raining on iCloud users’ service, charging that the company’s promise that “migrating from MobileMe to iCould would be ‘effortless’ was one of many “misrepresentations” to consumers. The lawsuit alleges that Apple duped MobileMe customers into believing that they would get a newer, improved service, but that “their forced migration to the iCloud platform”

MEMS patent suit over gryoscopes, accelerometers, other tech toys

STMicroelectronics, a Swiss maker of Micro-Electric-Mechanical Systems (‘MEMS’) for accelerometers and gyroscopes in consumer products like iPads and iPhones filed a patent infringement lawsuit today against competitor InvenSense, Inc. ST’s lawsuit alleges that Sunnyvale, California-based InvenSense is infringing nine (9) of the company’s patents being used in consumer electronic devices like gyroscopes and a “free-fall detection and free-fall protection system