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Big Data Playing Bigger Role in Antitrust Review

Big Data Playing Bigger Role in Antitrust Review

Last December, Microsoft won early approval from the European Commission to purchase the professional networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, despite lingering antitrust concerns. A key to its success? Microsoft “agreed to add Xing AG, Germany’s biggest professional-networking site, to its Windows software to eliminate opposition in the European Union antitrust review,” Bloomberg reported. By demonstrating that

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How Law Firms Evaluate Technology? A Conversation with Reed Smith’s Director of Practice Support, Bryon Bratcher

Last month, the night before the Legaltech Show in New York, I got together for drinks in a midtown bar with Bryon Bratcher, Director of Practice Support at Reed Smith. Bryon has spent the last fifteen years working on the tech side of Am Law 200 firms, first specializing in litigation technology. I met Bryon

Thomas "Tom" Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), listens during an open meeting to vote on internet regulations in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Ex-FCC Enforcement Chief ‘Concerned’ About Future of Agency

Boies Schiller Flexner announced Thursday that it recruited Travis LeBlanc, the outgoing top enforcement lawyer at the Federal Communications Commission, as a partner who will work on privacy and cybersecurity matters. While at the FCC, LeBlanc led the charge on enforcement actions related to consumer protection and fraud but he fears the agency will move in

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Judge Walton Journeyed From Football to FISA Court

Judge Reggie Walton was appointed to judgeships by three presidents, and football helped him get there, the judge told Bloomberg BNA. “I probably would not have gone to college” but for a football scholarship because “I didn’t come from a family with a lot of resources,” the senior judge for the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia said.

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Law Firm Partner’s Twitter Account Draws Questions During Vetting

Sullivan & Cromwell’s Brent McIntosh holds an impressive resume with stints in the White House and top positions in the U.S. Department of Justice. Will his use of Twitter sabotage the next stage in his career, as the proposed general counsel of the U.S. Treasury Department? The co-head of S&C’s cybersecurity practice had been selected to be the agency’s top

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Wake Up Call: Ropes & Gray to Spin Off Patent Practice

• Boston-based Ropes & Gray plans to spin off about 100 lawyers and staff over the next couple of months in a major restructuring aimed at creating a new patent prosecution practice firm. Joseph Giuliano, co-head of Ropes & Gray’s IP rights management practice in New York, will head the as-yet-unnamed firm. (Am Law Daily) • President

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H&R Block Shows How Automation Could Change Legal Profession

Lawyers concerned about how automation could affect their jobs may want to look at H&R Block’s recently announced plans to partner with IBM’s smart computer Watson. The consumer tax preparation company, which has about 10,000 brick and mortar retail locations in the U.S., announced last month that it’s reinventing itself: This tax season, customers who

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Wake Up Call: Justice Ginsburg Doesn’t Show for Trump’s Speech

• U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg attended all eight of former President Barack Obama’s speeches to Congress, but she did not attend Trump’s first speech. (Bloomberg) • Gibson Dunn partner Miguel Estrada is the latest in a series of Big Law attorneys mentioned as candidates to become the next U.S. solicitor general. (National Law

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Google Can’t Avoid Privacy Suit Over Biometric Face Prints

By Joel Rosenblatt, Bloomberg News Google users who say the company’s facial recognition technology flouts their privacy rights won the first round of a court fight. A federal judge in Chicago ruled Monday that the world’s largest search engine must face claims that it violated the privacy of millions of users by gathering and storing

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