Media Monitor
November 20, 2014
A digest of the week’s news of note:
From the most buzz-worthy and blogged-about, to the leading business, innovation and legal industry headlines.

Corporate Counsel






  • In-house Counsel as In-house Teacher: Our role is not only to do legal work, but also to teach legal work, so that management can appropriately handle legal issues in the course of their work. (CC, 11.13)








  • As Bingham Partners Prepare for Exodus, Some Find Themselves 'Frozen': Morgan, Lewis & Bockius is gearing up to absorb 226 partners from Bingham McCutchen by month's end. But some partners from the latter not making the move are finding themselves stuck until Dec. 1. Meanwhile, The Am Law Daily has also identified the top Bingham McCutchen rainmakers headed to Morgan Lewis. (AL, 11.17)








  • Legal Analytics and Corporate Law: A look at the impact of legal analytics on the legal profession and how it can be used to gain an edge in the highly competitive business and practice of law. (CC, 11.17)


  • Big data, big problems: The rise of big data has created some logistical headaches for lawyers, who are often unversed in the intricacies of computer forensics. A recent survey by The Lawyer Research Service and Grant Thornton underlined this knowledge gap. (TL, 11.18)


Wall Street




  • Optimistic Outlook for Patent Reform in 2015: Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said congressional efforts to fight patent trolls will resume "very early" in the next Congress. (CC, 11.18)


  • 6 cutting-edge IP trends to look for in 2015: InsideCounsel recently spoke with Martin, asking him to look in his crystal ball to see what IP matters he foresees in cutting edge tech in the next year. Click through the slideshow to learn more. (IC, 11.18)


  • RPX rolls out insurance in battle against trolls: RPX Corporation, a provider of patent risk management solutions, announced that emerging companies will now be able to buy insurance which is designed to reduce the risks and costs created by patent infringement lawsuits filed by non-practicing entities (NPEs). (IC, 11.17)

Law Firms/Lawyers/Corp Counsel

  • Bingham to Join With Morgan Lewis: On Friday, partners at Morgan Lewis voted to hire the majority of partners at Boston law firm Bingham McCutchen. The deal is expected to close by the end of November, Morgan Lewis said. (WSJ, 11.17)


  • Neither Fish nor Fowl: the Bingham-Morgan Deal: Bingham McCutchen LLP and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP have been in talks since the summer about a potential tie-up. But is what emerged a “white knight” rescue merger? Or a massive talent raid? (WSJ, 11.17)


Wall Street/PE




  • A Challenge to FTC’s Antitrust Methods: Republican control of Congress in 2015 could boost GOP efforts to make the Federal Trade Commission operate more like the Justice Department when it comes to antitrust enforcement. (WSJ, 11.17)


  • Amazon, Hachette End Book Dispute: Amazon and Hachette agreed on a new multiyear publishing contract, ending a dispute that showed how the online retailer’s growing clout is roiling the book industry. (WSJ, 11.14)




  • Apple to Pay Damages in Patent Case: Apple was ordered this week to pay $23.6 million in damages after a Texas jury found that its devices used technology patented in the 1990s by a pager company. (WSJ, 11.19)


Additional Legal News

  • AT&T Enters Legal Fray Over Location Data: AT&T said federal investigators might need a warrant to gather data about cellphone users’ locations, challenging the more permissive legal framework the government has used for years. (WSJ, 11.19)


  • General Mills in Settlement Over ‘100% Natural’ Claim: General Mills agreed to keep the phrase “100% Natural” off a brand of granola bars and related products as part of a legal settlement, the food industry’s latest concession in the battle over how to define natural foods. (WSJ, 11.19)