Attorney Neville Johnson Grabs NYT Mention

Lawyer’s Graphic Novels, Anything but Brief By MICHAEL CIEPLY, The New York Times   LOS ANGELES — “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Philip K. Dick asked in the title of a novel that became the basis of the movie “Blade Runner.” The question is best answered by androids. But we know that one very big entertainment lawyer, Harry M. Brittenham, dreams of inhabiting the body of a toothy, ship-crunching Mosasaur, or of a sneaky, ratlike Morganucodon, as the situation requires. The Mosasaur and Morganucodon, prehistoric types, are just two of the beasts briefly occupied by Noah Freeman, the workaday civil servant who is the hero of Mr. Brittenham’s latest graphic novel. It is a 224-page Goliath titled “Shifter,” and is set for publication on Nov. 15 by Mr. Brittenham’s own Anomaly Publishing.     Read more here     … [Read more...]

ParkerVision Wins Lawsuit Against Qualcomm

  JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --  A jury in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida has found Qualcomm guilty of direct and indirect infringement of ParkerVision patents. That same jury also found ParkerVision's patents valid in light of the alleged prior art references identified by Qualcomm during the course of the trial. The trial, which commenced on Oct. 7, is being held in two phases. The first phase, which addressed invalidity and direct and indirect infringement, ended with the jury finding in ParkerVision's favour. The second phase will commence immediately with the same jury and will determine the scope of damages awarded and whether Qualcomm is also guilty of willful patent infringement. With a finding of willful patent infringement, a judge has the authority to enhance damages awarded by the jury by up to three times. … [Read more...]

Former Informant Suing U.S. for Abandoning Her

CBS12 News, WPEC, West Palm Beach --  A former confidential informant working for the United States in Colombia claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. government abandoned her when she got into legal trouble for her undercover operations. Astrid Hurtado says she wound up spending three years in a Colombian jail. She is seeking $15 million in damages. The 52-year-old Hurtado worked for a U.S. task force investigating money laundering. She now lives in Florida. A 2006 U.S. government document says Hurtado's work led to the investigation, prosecution and guilty pleas of three people on drug-money-laundering charges. According to her lawsuit, the U.S. government didn't come to her aid after she was arrested in Colombia. The Justice Department has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. No one from the U.S. government would comment on the lawsuit. … [Read more...]

Fashion Law Blogs are All the Fashion

Robert Ambrogi is a lawyer, writer and media consultant. His LawSites blog is influential in the online publishing industry.

By ROBERT AMBROGI, LawSites --Last week, the entertainment and business law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp launched Ooh Law Law, a blog about fashion law. Targeted for fashion industry executives and legal professionals involved in the fashion industry, the blog promises to provide regulatory news, legal updates and business insights for fashion industry executives. That news reminded me of another fashion law blog I’d once written about, CaseClothesed, which is written and edited by law students at New York Law School. That got me wondering just how many blogs there are that cover fashion law. As is so often the case, once I started to look around, I was surprised by how many I found. Here are at least some of the blogs covering fashion law. If you know of others that I missed, drop a comment below. Continue to read Robert's blog LawSites article here. … [Read more...]

Becker & Poliakoff merges with Orlando-area firm

By Paul Brinkmann Becker & Poliakoff is merging with Taylor & Carls of Altamonte Springs, strengthening Becker's position as one of the state's leading community association law firms. Becker has around 150 attorneys and lobbyists and is based in Hollywood near Fort Lauderdale. The Taylor firm lists 13 lawyers on its website and has offices near Tampa and in Palm Coast. The deal, which takes effect Dec. 1, is the latest in a record year for law firm mergers in the U.S. Gary Rosen of Becker & Poliakoff said the merger will also be "a springboard for growth into new markets including Northeast Florida.” http://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/blog/morning-edition/2013/10/becker-poliakoff-merges-with-orlando.html … [Read more...]