After some time away, and coming at you after the long holiday weekend, we have the third installment of LXBN This Week, where LXBN editors Colin O’Keefe and Jared Sulzdorf run down the most talked about and most interesting stories on the LexBlog Network over the past week. In this week’s episode, they discuss the many different angles on Facebook’s big initial public offering, the big Oracle/Google battle over Android, POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola and the second go-around in the Roger Clemens perjury trial.
- Starting with the Facebook IPO, we had LexBlog Network authors cover this from numerous perspectives. We’ll start with Scarinci Hollenbeck‘s excellent Tax, Trust & Estate News, which has been all over the story, and James F. McDonough, Jr.‘s recent post on the IPO’s impact on estate planning is a good example. Steven Berk of the Corporate Observer had an excellent piece on how the botched IPO may really hurt smaller investors. That’s part of the reason we’re starting to see securities suits surrounding the IPO, which Kevin LaCroix discusses at length on The D&O Diary. Then, on the lighter side of things, we have Daniel Clement of the New York Divorce Report offering up some commentary on Mark Zuckerberg’s interestingly-timed wedding.
- While the Facebook IPO stole the spotlight, Oracle v. Google saw its fair share of national coverage as well. Google comes out ahead in this round of the bout as a federal jury in San Francisco ruled that Google did not infringe on either of the two Oracle patents in play during its development and implementation of Android. Seattle’s John Whitaker—author on the Copyright Infringement Advisor—has been commenting on this story every step of the way. His most recent post offers the point that software patents may have run their course.
- POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola is the latest installment in what’s become popularly known as “The Juice Wars” as POM continues its crusade against juice-makers who are allegedly misrepresenting the levels of pomegranate juice in their beverages. Kelley Drye attorney August Horvath does an excellent job covering this case for the firm’s blog, Ad Law Access. Horvath also comments on how POM’s ill-advised crusade has resulted in the FTC taking a closer look at POM’s own advertising.
- And lastly we have the second go-around in United States v. Roger Clemens. This is the government’s second try at convicting Clemens of perjury for lying about his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs during his time as an all-star pitcher. Like we saw with Oracle v. Google, coverage of this story was really driven by a single dedicated author; that author this time is Tennessee attorney Lee Davis of Athletes in Court. He’s covered this case every step of the way thus far, and I’d expect him to do so as the case continues, so be sure to visit his publication if you’re interested in the case.