Kirkland IP Partner Moves to Arnold & Porter: Business of Law

Arnold & Porter LLP announced that Ryan Casamiquela, previously a partner with Kirkland & Ellis LLP, has joined the firm’s intellectual-property group in the San Francisco office.

Casamiquela has a decade of experience litigating high-stakes patent cases, the firm said in a statement. He has also litigated trademark, copyright, antitrust counterclaims and IP licensing matters.

“Ryan’s extensive patent litigation experience and knowledge in the information technology industry are great assets to our IP practice, not only for the prominent technology companies served by our West Coast offices, but for organizations nationwide,” IP co-chairman Matthew M. Wolf said in the statement.

Partner Moves

Venable Adds Litigator Garganta From Arnold & Porter

Litigator Angel A. Garganta, who has represented clients in consumer-protection and advertising law cases, has joined Venable LLP as a partner in the San Francisco office. He was previously at Arnold & Porter LLP.

Garganta represents clients in commercial disputes, including unfair business practice and consumer class actions.

New York IP Litigator Hintz Joins Rimon From Hayes and Boone

Rimon PC added John Hintz, an IP litigator with more than 25 years of experience, as a partner in its New York office. He was previously a partner at Haynes and Boone LLP.

Hintz has represented clients in intellectual-property and patent disputes. He tried cases in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. He has also advised clients on transactional, licensing and counseling work, including mergers and acquisitions and licensing of intellectual property assets, the firm said in a statement.


French Class-Action Law Challenged as Timid by Consumer Groups

France passed a law last month aimed at arming consumer groups. Sort of.

After two decades of bickering, the French parliament on Feb. 13 passed a bill allowing class-action lawsuits. The “Hamon Law,” named after Benoit Hamon, the junior minister for consumer affairs, allows 16 state-authorized groups to represent consumers seeking compensation.

With consumers forced to go through these groups rather than independent lawyers, and with cases restricted to material damage, the legislation drew criticism before it was even enacted. Lawyers say the bill is too timid and consumers groups call it a “poisoned chalice.” The Opposition Union for a Popular Movement is challenging the Socialist Party-initialed bill in the French Constitutional Court.

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Firm News

Curtis Opens an East Asian Office in Beijing for Trade Matters

Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP opened a Beijing office to focus on international trade matters, the firm’s 16th globally and its first in East Asia.

International trade partners William Barringer and Daniel Porter will initially lead the office, which will also include two senior associates and two trade analysts, three of whom are Chinese.

“Curtis has already established a strong base of clients in East Asia, particularly in international trade,” George Kahale III, the firm chairman, said in a statement. “This move will enable Curtis to strengthen those relationships and serve as a base to introduce some of our other leading global practices, such as oil and gas, investor-state arbitration, commercial arbitration, foreign direct investment and public international law, to China and the entire region.”

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