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Dominating the headlines prior to COVID-19 hijacking our lives was the highly-covered, high-stakes trial of Harvey Weinstein in New York County Criminal Court. On March 11, 2020, the sentence was handed down of 23 years in prison for Weinstein’s rape of actress Jessica Mann and sexual assault of former production assistant Miriam Haley, after six women testified in a three month trial. The moment was a stunning vindication of truth to power. Weinstein continues to face trial in California on additional charges of sexual assault where, if convicted, he would face additional severe penalties including a possible life sentence.
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By Stan Soocher
In December 2018, China-based titan Tencent Music Entertainment launched a U.S. initial public offering (IPO). But the IPO resulted in an investor’s class action suit alleging TME violated federal securities laws. This is part of a trend of increasing such securities suits against foreign companies, though the U.S.
By Michael A. Mora and Alaina Lancaster
The latest cryptocurrency craze has litigators closely watching from the sidelines. Buyers of digital non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are ready to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars, sometimes more, but when disputes start to hit the scene, litigators said there is little to no case law as precedent.
By Scott Graham
Google didn’t get an answer from the U.S. Supreme Court on whether the Java Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) it copied from Sun Microsystems were copyrightable. But it got just about everything else it could have hoped for in a decision that ended its 11-year copyright clash with Sun's successor, Oracle.
By Tom McParland
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently issued decisions in two closely watched copyright fair use cases involving photographs. In the…