UPDATE: Joe Siino emails us to say that Lisa McFall -- the head of IP litigation who's leaving Yahoo for Siino's IP consulting outfit -- didn't "take the McFall" for Yahoo's recent patent trial loss as we had wondered below. "Lisa gave notice to Yahoo! that she was leaving well in advance of the trial you referenced, and stuck around at the request of the company," Siino writes in an email.
Here’s your update the latest shake-ups in Yahoo legal: the click-fraud czar and the head of IP litigation are out.
Reggie Davis — a longtime Yahoo lawyer who was the target of a discrimination complaint — has left to become general counsel at Zynga, a social video-game company that makes the popular “mafia wars” game. Davis was associate general counsel before moving out of legal to become the company’s “click-fraud czar” following complaints made against him by former Yahoo lawyer named Eulonda Skyles, who alleged that she was mommy-tracked and discriminated against for being black.
Also leaving Yahoo legal is Lisa McFall, the head of IP litigation. According to sources, she’ll be joining her former boss Joe Siino — who left his post as Yahoo’s head of IP last fall — at his new IP consulting company, called Ovidian. Siino has since been replaced by Jeanine Hayes. Legal Pad admittedly has no insight into the move, but just recently Yahoo decided to take its first patent case to trial in four years — and lost mightily. Could Lisa have taken the McFall? She didn’t call us back, Siino was busy traveling, and a Yahoo spokeswoman didn’t respond to an email.
— Zusha Elinson