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Wake Up Call: Huawei Turns to Jones Day for Lawsuit Against FCC

Dec. 5, 2019, 12:57 PM
  • Even as Huawei Technologies Co. fights U.S. charges that it spies for China and violates Iran sanctions, the Chinese tech giant is suing the Federal Communications Commission in a fight for greater U.S. market access. (BN) Jones Day partner Glenn Nager said in a statement on Huawei’s web site that the FCC failed to follow a “fair process” in its decision to bar use of federal funds to purchase products and services from Huawei, on grounds that the company is a threat to U.S. national security. (Huawei.com)

  • Amazon.com Inc., which is suing the Pentagon over a $10 billion cloud computing contract awarded to rival Microsoft Corp., faces widening U.S. antitrust scrutiny over its huge cloud business. (BN via BLAW)

  • Recent data show private equity investment down 25% in the year’s first three quarters, amidst surging prices for big buyouts. But some Big Law private equity and M&A lawyers said they’re not worried, a report says. (American Lawyer)

  • In a win for clients of Squire Patton Boggs, the European Union’s top court ruled that Balsamico vinegar doesn’t have to be made in Modena, Italy. In the case, Squire represented Balema GmbH, which fended off a challenge by Modena region producers of Italian vinegar seeking to stop its German rivals from using parts of their protected name Aceto Balsamico di Modena. (BN via BLAW)

  • Former U.S. attorney for Colorado John Walsh is returning to WilmerHale as a partner, after his September decision to leave the race for U.S. senator as a Democratic candidate. (National Law Journal)

  • Kirkland & Ellis advised private equity firm Thomas Bravo, LLC on its $2 billion acquisition of Cooley-client Instructure, which develops learning management system software. (PR Newswire)

  • Dentons should not get the $7.4 million legal-fees and costs awarded to FastShip LLC after that company’s patent infringement win against the U.S. Navy, Justice Department lawyers told a federal appeals court yesterday. (National Law Journal)

  • In yesterday’s House impeachment proceedings against President Trump, constitutional scholars debated whether the evidence presented supports removing him from office. (New York Times)

Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

  • Arnold & Porter grabbed a private equity veteran from Kirkland & Ellis, getting Chicago-based Carol Anne Huff as a partner. (American Lawyer)

  • Dechert promoted 11 attorneys, including six women, to partner across six offices in the U.S. and Europe. (Dechert.com)

  • The American Bar Association advised on the ethical obligations of attorneys switching firms. (BLAW via BLB)

  • Lowenstein Sandler advised private equity firm NexPhase Capital, LP, on its agreement to sell insurance software developer Flexible Architecture & Simplified Technology to Verisk Analytics, Inc., for $193.5 million. (PRNewswire.com)

  • Hughes Hubbard & Reed released its annual review of 2018 and 2019’s most “noteworthy” anti-corruption enforcement cases in the U.S. and certain foreign jurisdictions. (HughesHubbard.com)

Laterals, Moves, In-house, Promotions

  • Hinshaw & Culbertson added products liability lawyer Jordan Shea as a partner in Chicago. He previously spent over 13 years at Williams Montgomery & John. (HinshawLaw.com)

  • Management-side worklaw firm Fisher Phillips hired trial lawyer Brett M. Wendt as a partner in Denver. Wendt arrives from General Cannabis Corp., where he was executive vice president and general counsel. He was previously at Kutak Rock in Denver. (FisherPhillips.com)

  • Michael Best’s Chicago office added transactional partner Galen R. Mason, who specializes in advising technology start-ups and venture capital companies. He was previously special counsel at Foley & Lardner. (MichaelBest.com)

Promotions

  • Locke Lord promoted six lawyers, including two women, across three offices and several practice groups. (LockeLord.com)

Legal Actions, Bankruptcies, Decisions

  • A California judge threw out Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht’s extortion claims against its former partner Donald Lewis, but their fight continues in two New York suits. (American Lawyer)

  • A company formed by producers of the Broadway smash hit “Hamilton” has dropped a contract and copyright dispute stemming from a failed partnership to create a historical exhibit about Alexander Hamilton. Willkie Farr & Gallagher client Hamilton Exhibition LLC and Imagine Exhibitions Inc., advised by Greenberg Traurig, jointly moved to dismiss the legal spat, according to a court filing. (BLAW)

  • Nike Inc., advised by DLA Piper and others, appealed a North Carolina federal court’s order to halt its “Sport Changes Everything” ads based on a running shoe store’s trademark infringement claims. Bradley Arant Boult Cummings and others represent plaintiff Fleet Feet Inc. (BLAW)

  • Lyft Inc.'s Baker Botts lawyers asked a court for $569,000 attorney fees from an inventor who unsuccessfully sought $584 million in patent infringement damages against the company for a wireless ride-sharing platform. (The Recorder)

  • Twitter Inc.'s Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe lawyers got an appeals court to uphold a California judge’s ruling that the company doesn’t have to face a class action lawsuit alleging systematic discrimination against female software engineers. (The Recorder)

To contact the correspondent on this story: Rick Mitchell in Paris at rMitchell@correspondent.bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rebekah Mintzer at rmintzer@bloomberglaw.com; Darren Bowman at dbowman@bloomberglaw.com

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