U.S. District Judge Rakoff ruled on whether copying legal filings amounts to copyright infringement.  His verdict: it does not.  Judge Rakoff granted summary judgment to defendants Lexis and Westlaw, dismissing plaintiffs’ allegation that reposting legal documents infringed plaintiffs’ copyrights.  Though the Court’s Order does not state the basis for the ruling, the defendants argued that the... Continue Reading
Judge Rakoff v. SEC and Citigroup Judge Rakoff Not Going Out Quietly In a story we’ve been following since the outset, on Monday, Judge Rakoff filed his brief before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. It is not every day that you see a federal judge litigating against two parties who were theoretically adverse before him. But that is precisely the... Continue Reading
Strange Bedfellows SECOND CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS ISSUES STAY IN LITIGATION BETWEEN S.E.C. AND CITIGROUP In a sharply worded opinion, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay to the district court proceedings in S.E.C. v. Citigroup, in the Southern District of New York. There, Judge Rakoff had previously refused to approve a proposed $285 million settlement... Continue Reading
On March 26, 2012, Judge Jed Rakoff issued an Opinion and Order in the two related cases against Rajat Gupta, granting in part a Motion to Compel and ordering the SEC to turn over to the U.S. Attorney's Office materials relating to 44 witnesses (who we...