December 6, 2023


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Conflicts News — Amazon IP Conflict Prime for Protest, Judge (Blind) Trust, Judicial Conflicts Rules Review

&#8220[Judge] Alsup Calls Amazon In-Dwelling Atty&#8217s LinkedIn Hole &#8216Suspicious&#8217&#8221 &#8212

  • &#8220Mulling a movement to disqualify Amazon&#8217s counsel from litigation accusing the e-commerce big of infringing MasterObjects Inc.&#8217s lookup motor patents, U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Wednesday it &#8216appears to be suspicious&#8217 that an Amazon in-household lawyer omitted from his LinkedIn profile a two-calendar year stint at a law organization that represented MasterObjects.&#8221
  • &#8220U.S. District Judge William Alsup didn&#8217t issue a ruling Wednesday on MasterObjects&#8217 bid to boot from the circumstance both of those Amazon&#8217s in-property attorney and outdoors counsel at Hueston Hennigan LLP, using the make a difference beneath submission. He did, nevertheless, deny Amazon&#8217s ask for for sanctions towards MasterObjects and its Hosie Rice LLP counsel for bringing the movement, declaring he didn&#8217t find it to be frivolous.&#8221
  • &#8220Wednesday&#8217s arguments concentrated on Scott Sanford, a senior in-residence patent law firm at Inc. who is major the firm&#8217s defense scenario. He worked from 2000 to 2002 for Fliesler Meyer LLP, a San Francisco business that managed MasterObjects&#8217 patent prosecution. Sanford was not present for Wednesday&#8217s court docket proceedings.&#8221
  • &#8220In a declaration, Sanford mentioned he doesn&#8217t pay shut notice to his LinkedIn resume and inadvertently remaining that off. However, his positions ahead of and following his employment at Fliesler Meyer were on his LinkedIn resume, and that&#8217s a pink flag, explained Diane Rice of Hosie Rice, a law firm for MasterObjects.&#8221
  • &#8220MasterObjects also submitted a declaration from a law firm, Karl Kenna, who labored with Sanford at Fliesler Meyer. Kenna claimed it was a quite compact regulation organization, with lawyers working in a little San Francisco office. &#8216They have been cheek to jowl,&#8217 Rice mentioned, &#8216and courts recognize that individuals who do the job in near quarters discuss to each and every other about their function.’&#8221
  • &#8220While Sanford statements he didn&#8217t do perform for MasterObjects throughout his time at Fliesler Meyer, the lawyer had accessibility to info about the consumer, Rice argued.&#8221

&#8220Judge&#8217s Blind Trust Didn&#8217t Solve Economic Conflict of Fascination, Federal Circuit Strongly Hints&#8221 &#8212

  • &#8220The $1.9 billion bench verdict Centripetal Programs won in opposition to Cisco Methods Inc. in 2020 is heading to be sent back again for a do-more than. That considerably was very clear subsequent arguments at the U.S. Courtroom of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Monday.&#8221
  • &#8220The issue now will be how much requirements to be redone owing to U.S. District Decide Henry Morgan’s failure to divest or to recuse himself just after discovering out midtrial that his spouse held $4,688 value of Cisco stock. Monday’s argument offers a judicial exam of an difficulty highlighted very last drop by a sequence of Wall Street Journal content about judges or their family members associates keeping inventory in companies that seem in the judges’ courtroom.&#8221
  • &#8220Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel husband or wife Paul Andre argued that the verdict should stand due to the fact Morgan hired a law firm who straight away devised a blind belief when the choose acquired about the keeping. But Federal Circuit Judges Timothy Dyk, Richard Taranto and Tiffany Cunningham sounded certain that the judicial disqualification guidelines involve actual divestment of the money desire.&#8221
  • &#8220Cisco argued that the judge’s money curiosity in Cisco, even so slight, mandated his recusal beneath 28 U.S.C. 455(b). Morgan dominated that Section 455(b) calls for recusal only if a choose has genuine understanding of the financial fascination.&#8221

&#8220Congressional Democrats suggest new principles on recusal, secrecy for U.S. judges&#8221 &#8212

  • &#8220Democrats in the U.S. Congress proposed a raft of new principles for the federal judiciary on Wednesday which include a official system to take out judges from hearing circumstances in the function of a conflict of curiosity and an additional supposed to lessen key court docket filings.&#8221
  • &#8220The invoice comes as U.S. Supreme Court docket Justice Clarence Thomas has confronted phone calls by some Democrats to recuse himself from any circumstances involving the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol by former President Donald Trump&#8217s supporters, citing the pursuits of the justice&#8217s spouse Virginia Thomas, a conservative political activist. go through far more.&#8221
  • &#8220Beneath recent follow, the 9 Supreme Court justices individually determine no matter whether to recuse them selves from a situation for the reason that of a conflict of interest. Less than the proposed legislation, the full Supreme Courtroom would be required to assessment requests for recusal.&#8221
  • &#8220In addition, the laws would demand the Supreme Court docket to provide live video clip of its oral arguments on the world-wide-web as effectively as other ethics suggestions for judges. The Supreme Courtroom has not permitted movie of its arguments but commenced making it possible for live audio in 2020 at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic and has continued that exercise.&#8221