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Microsoft’s $1.5bn MP3 infringement fine the biggest in history

Microsoft has been hit by the largest patent fine in history after a San Diego jury ruled that Windows Media Player infringed Alcatel-Lucent’s patents. Microsoft was ordered to pay Alcatel-Lucent $1.52bn (£770m) for using MP3 technology without a licence, almost triple the $612m (£311.78m) that BlackBerry maker RIM paid to NTP in March 2007. The […]

City launches summit on future of LPC

The ‘City LPC’ consortium of premier firms has invited the nation’s top law schools to present their views on the future of the Legal Practice Course (LPC). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith, Lovells, Norton Rose and Slaughter and May, the five firms signed-up with BPP Law School for delivery of a specially-tailored LPC, are taking […]

BLG toasts Di and Dodi inquest win

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert with niche law firm Stephenson Benson & Co won a high court ruling that the inquests into the deaths of Princess Diana and Dodi al Fayed should be heard by a jury. In an earlier ruling, Lady Butler-Sloss said only a coroner could give the “careful and fully reasoned decision” the […]

Jenkens rejects Coudert comparisons

The dissolution of Jenkens & Gilchrist’s satellite offices was decided as early as last summer, it has emerged. Dallas-headquartered Jenkens has also confirmed that it is in emergency talks with Virginia firm Hunton & Williams, among others, about taking on a number of Dallas-based lawyers, where Jenkens currently has 124 fee-earners. One departing partner told […]

Flexible working answers Vodafone’s staffing plight

Newbury-based Vodafone UK has expanded its flexible working programme for in-house lawyers as a means of coping with the drastic shortage of top-class talent. The UK company’s legal department will be able to work either in London, Newbury or from home once the global organisation, Vodafone Group, moves into the City within the next two […]

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