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Senate Limits Filibusters: In a historic vote, the U.S. Senate has overturned a Senate rule that stood for more than a century. A simple majority can now overcome a filibuster for all judicial nominees except for the U.S. Supreme Court. The vote to approve the so-called “nuclear option ” will clear the way for confirmation of stalled judicial nominees. Read articles in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times . See this blog post in the Washington Post that attempts to explain what happened in the Senate and what it means for the future.
Jury Awards Apple $290 million: In the retrial between Apple and Samsung, a jury has awarded Apple $290 million in a damages retrial against Samsung. See the case webpage with links to documents at the U.S. District Court Northern District of California website. According to this report by Bloomberg , it is the largest jury award in a patent case this year. Read articles in the San Jose Mercury News and the Los Angeles Times .