Hybrid doesn’t have to be hard for law firms: Morning Minute

DOPPLEGANGER – Dorsey & Whitney filed a complaint on Thursday at Texas Northern District Court on behalf of Jostens Inc., which has partnered with the Chicago Cubs as the team’s official jeweler and manufacturer of its 2016 14-karat World Championship rings, valued at up to $250,000 $ each. The lawsuit stems from Ronald A. Haarsma and Heritage Auctions’ 2021 bid for a counterfeit version of Cubs player Ben Zobrist’s World Series ring, the original of which was used to make sample rings for the production. Jostens accuses the defendants of refusing to return the counterfeit Zobrist ring, even though Heritage has already acknowledged that the ring is counterfeit and stolen in a batch of seven sample rings. Lawyers have yet to appear for the defendants. The case is 3:22-cv-00796, Jostens Inc v. Haarsma et al. Stay up to date with the latest deals and disputes with the new Law.com Radar.


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THE PRICE IS WRONG – Fee petitions can be a dangerous little game: make a low number and end up leaving money on the table, but aim too high and potentially walk away with even less. As Hannah Walker of Law.com International reports, a top UK judge has criticized Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for charging excessively high fees in a dispute between Samsung and LG. The judge in turn reduced the firm‘s bill by almost a quarter. In a remote judgment on April 6, Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Males criticized the US-based company for charging rates of £1,131.75 an hour while advising the giant LG electronics. The judge said there was ‘no justification’ for such inflated billings which were ‘significantly above indicative rates’. The company, which was successful, submitted a schedule claiming costs of £72,818.21 for the one-day appeal. The company billed in US dollars, at rates of $1,045 and $1,475.75 per hour for Category A employees and between $578 and $918 for Category C employees.


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