November 20, 2019

Feds squeeze $67M from two pharmaceutical companies for cancer-drug claims

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By Cheryl Miller, From The Recorder SACRAMENTO—Genentech Inc. and OSI Pharmaceuticals LLC will pay a combined $67 million to resolve allegations that they overstated the ability of the drug Tarceva to treat certain non-small cell lung cancer patients, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of California said Monday. Genentech, based in South San Francisco, […]

Facebook escapes big damages in Privacy Class Action

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder   SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in Oakland has declined to certify a damages class in a privacy lawsuit against Facebook Inc. over its alleged scanning of users’ private messages. In an order issued Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton wrote that many Facebook users suffered “little, if any, […]

Uber’s exposure topped $850 million in driver suit

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By Ben Hancock, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Uber Technologies Inc. could have been on the hook for as much as $852 million in damages if a California jury had concluded that the company misclassified its drivers as independent contractors, new court filings show. That estimate, more than 10 times what drivers in California […]

PayPal sued over telemarketing calls

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By Vanessa Blum, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Amid an uptick in Telephone Consumer Protection Act suits against technology companies, PayPal Inc. has been hit by a complaint from an aggrieved customer who says the company exploited his fear of identity theft to enroll him in an illegal telemarketing campaign. The suit, filed Monday in […]

US: Judge restricts web research into potential Googacle jurors

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By Ross Todd From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Oracle Corp. and Google Inc. may be fighting over cutting-edge technology in their copyright brawl over Android, but the federal judge overseeing the case is intent on taking a traditional approach to jury selection. U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Tuesday rejected the companies’ proposed jury […]

US Judge questions FBI agent who planted Courthouse bugs

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder   SAN FRANCISCO — Revelations last year that federal agents had planted recording devices outside the San Mateo Country Courthouse as part of an investigation clearly made some Bay Area lawyers and judges uneasy. On Thursday at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, prosecutors and defense lawyers clashed […]

Gilead can’t escape patent trial over hep c drugs

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By Scott Graham, From The Recorder It looks as if Gilead Sciences will have to roll the dice on trial next month if it wants to protect the patent rights to its blockbuster hepatitis C treatment. It wouldn’t be the first time. U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman of the Northern District of California on […]

Ex-secret service agent gets long sentence for Silk Road crimes

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in San Francisco has sentenced a former Secret Service agent to nearly six years in prison for stealing about $800,000 in digital currency while investigating the Silk Road online black market and drug bazaar. U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg on Monday sentenced former […]

Orrick defends decisions in clash over planned parenthood videos

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By Ross Todd, From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge is defending his handling of a clash between abortion-rights advocates and opponents over the hidden-camera videos that ignited a firestorm around Planned Parenthood. In an unusual filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III […]

Square taps Wilson to fend off infringement claims

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By Marisa Kendall From The Recorder SAN FRANCISCO — Square Inc., a manufacturer of mobile credit card readers, is taking an offensive stance against patent infringement accusations from a Cayman Islands-based company on a litigation spree. Square’s lawyers at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati filed a declaratory judgment action against Protegrity Corp. Monday in the […]