Our first runners-up his week are Andrew Schapiro, Stephen Broome and Viola Trebicka of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, who scored key protection wins in a pair of proposed privateness class actions introduced on behalf of customers of Google’s Chrome browser—instances with billions in damages probably on the road till this week. Within the first go well with which alleged the corporate deceptively collected information from customers who selected to not “sync” to their Google accounts whereas utilizing Chrome to browse the online, U.S District Decide Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in Oakland granted summary judgment to Google. Rogers discovered that Google adequately disclosed its practices and customers consented to them. Within the second, introduced on behalf of these utilizing Chrome’s “Incognito” personal looking mode, Rogers certified a class for injunctive relief, however declined to certify a category to pursue financial damages. The choose discovered that particular person problems with implied consent within the “Incognito” case are prone to predominate over any widespread points on the damages claims.
A collective runner-up goes to the protection legal professionals who acquired a blockbuster ruling knocking out the final causation specialists in instances claiming the heartburn remedy Zantac causes most cancers. Final week’s 300-plus page ruling from U.S. District Decide Robin Rosenberg in West Palm Seaside, Florida, additionally granted abstract judgment to the defendants within the Zantac federal multidistrict litigation, which entails about 50,000 claims. Pfizer is represented by Joe Petrosinelli and Jessica Rydstrom of Williams & Connolly; GlaxoSmithKline is represented by Mark Cheffo and Will Sachse of Dechert, together with co-counsel at Kirkland & Ellis and Shook, Hardy & Bacon; Boehringer Ingelheim is represented by Andy Bayman and Rob Friedman of King & Spalding; Sanofi is represented by Loren Brown of DLA Piper and Anand Agneshwar of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer; and Patheon Manufacturing Companies LLC is represented by Christopher Carton and Erica Mekles of Bowman and Brooke.