Patent Litigators: Law firms' patent practices kept busy with massive damages awards, increasingly brazen patent assertion entities, and the major patent reform law passed in 2011, according to results from Corporate Counsel's 2013 Patent Litigation Survey. The survey ranks law firms according to how many federal district court patent suits they handled in 2012.
Partner Pay: Two Munger, Tolles & Olson litigation partners nominated for seats on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reported earning a combined $1.6 million from the firm during 2012, Todd Ruger of The National Law Journal reports.
Supreme Definition: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to examine how to determine mental disability in capital cases for the first time since it barred execution of the mentally retarded, Marcia Coyle of The National Law Journal reports.
Mugshot Removal: Google now ranks jail mugshots much lower in search engine results, but the legal fight over companies that charge individuals big bucks to remove their photos is just getting started. Goodwin Procter Boston partner Brenda Sharton explains the issues to Sheri Qualters at The National Law Journal.
Scheme Denial: A California attorney says he knew nothing about a nationwide fraud scheme targeting alleged infringers of pornography copyrights claims, and should not be sanctioned, Amanda Bronstad of The National Law Journal reports.