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Facebook hires a judge to oversee its global litigation

US Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal, an expert in intellectual property cases, joins the Facebook legal team.

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We're not sure what emoticon this elicits, but social media giant Facebook has turned to the judiciary to beef up its in-house legal team.

Paul S. Grewal, a US magistrate judge who's presided over several big intellectual property cases in San Jose, California, has accepted a presumably much more lucrative position to oversee global litigation at Facebook.

"Paul has presided over hundreds of cases as Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of California, and has earned a reputation as a thoughtful and knowledgeable jurist with deep expertise in areas that are critically important to our company and our industry," Colin Stretch, Facebook's general counsel, said in a statement. "We look forward to having him on our team."