US court declines relief for millionaire American lawyer Avenatti for allegedly threatening Nike Inc

A U.S. judge rejected the bid of celebrity millionaire lawyer Michael Avenatti to dismiss two of the three counts in an indictment accusing him of trying to extort Nike Inc by threatening to reveal its alleged improper payments. Avenatti allegedly engaged in wrongful conduct by threatening Nike with economic and reputational harm unless it paid him millions of dollars. >>

Sonos sues Google accusing it of stealing patented technology

Sonos has sued Google in federal court, alleging that the tech giant infringed on five of its patents. Sonos, which makes wireless home speakers, said that Google stole patented technology, including tech that lets smart speakers pair and sync. Sonos is seeking to ban Google’s smartphones, laptops, and smart speakers from being sold in the US, as well as unspecified financial damages. >>   



US Supreme Court braces for conservative vs liberal fight in 2020

Politically explosive issues concerning immigration, abortion, LGBTQ rights and the 2nd Amendment (people’s right to keep and bear arms) will be taken up by the US Supreme Court in 2020 as the bench remains starkly divided on ideological lines amid a conservative legal revolution launched with the election of President Donald Trump who is fulfilling his pledge to transform the courts. >>

UK High Court to begin hearing plea against sex change hormones for minors

The High Court of Justice in London will this week begin the hearing in a landmark test case to establish whether children can give informed consent to medical treatment for gender reassignment. Those initiating the proceedings want the court to declare as illegal puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for those under 18 years of age who wish to change their sex. >>

Saudi court settles decade-old business dispute between billionaire families

Saudi Arabia’s largest and longest debt saga, fuelled by a feud that has split one of its richest families, could be nearing a resolution after a court approved about $14 billion in claims related to the collapse of two business empires a decade ago. >>



Forensic auditors seek exceptions in Data Protection Bill

The Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, has thrown up a fresh set of challenges for forensic auditors, who want the proposed law to carve out exceptions for their services, which entail accessing personal data such as bank details, emails, and medical insurance. >>

PSUs may move SC against Rs 3 lakh crore telecom dues

Non-telecom PSUs including Gail India, Power Grid Corp of India Ltd, (PGCIL), Oil India and RailTel Corp are taking legal opinion on how to jointly approach the Supreme Court for relief, having been served demand notices by the telecom department for over Rs 3 lakh crore of combined license fee dues. >>

Man held for hurling iron rod at judge in Mumbai court

A 60-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly hurling an iron rod at a judge at the Sessions Court in Dindoshi, Mumbai. The judge was unhurt but the rod hit his stenographer instead. The man was wearing lawyer’s robes when he attacked the judge. >>

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