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Appellate Court Sides With Newspaper's Coverage of Judge's 'Warning Shot' Incident

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 19:06

"Even were we to reach a contrary conclusion as to the defamatory nature of the statements in question, we would conclude the respondent judge erred in denying the motion for summary judgment based on a lack of actual malice," Judge Michael F. Kelly said.


Citing Abstention Doctrine, 8th Circuit Refuses to Hear Doctor's Suit Against Iowa AG and Board of Medicine Director

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 18:34

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit determined that the abstention doctrine barred it from exercising jurisdiction over a doctor's lawsuit seeking declaratory and injunctive relief in response to being charged for violating Iowa law.


MD Supreme Court Clashes Over Appellate Court Comparing Criminal Defendant to Mythological Monster

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 17:54

"Among other things, the Appellate Court in its opinion compared Belton—an African American man—to Grendel, the mythical monster in the Old English epic, Beowulf," stated Justice Jonathan Biran, in his written opinion for the court. "Belton asserts that this analogy evokes racist tropes of African Americans as subhuman. He raises similar objections concerning several other passages in the Appellate Court's dicta."


IP Law Office Hits Amazon With Defamation Suit Over Company's 'Blacklisted Attorneys'

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 17:17

This case was first surfaced by Radar.


DuPont Strikes $1.2 Billion Settlement Over Toxic Chemicals, Leaving 3M to Face Trial Alone

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 16:46

DuPont agreed to a $1.185 billion settlement involving toxic chemicals that includes a case brought by the city of Stuart, Florida, that begins trial on Monday. 3M remains in that trial, the first bellwether in multidistrict litigation over aqueous film-forming foams.


Oklahoma High Court Determines State's Abortion Bills Are Unconstitutional

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 16:09

The Oklahoma Supreme Court granted petitioners' request for declaratory relief after determining two recently passed pieces of legislation regarding abortion were unconstitutional.


Federal Judge: Attorney's Cancer Treatment Constitutes Excusable Neglect to Justify Request for Late Filing

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 16:04

An attorney who had technical problems filing documents in federal court prior to starting treatment for a recurrence of cancer has shown excusable neglect to justify his motion for leave to file a statement of additional material facts in his client's gender and age discrimination suit, a district judge in Maine concluded this week.


4th Circuit Judges Trade Barbs in Divided Ruling on University's Bias Policy

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 15:16

The 2-1 majority accuses the dissenting judge of a "misguided journey." The dissenter says the majority disregarded "the stark reality of the record."


Federal Judge Awards Car Accident Victim $267K, Finding Defendant Liable for Willful and Wanton Negligence

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 14:03

U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence R. Leonard of the Eastern District Court of Virginia determined Kaitlin Vasterling was owed $266,906 after Alison Dirle slammed into Vasterling's car, seriously injuring her 6-year-old son, determining Dirle was liable for willful and wanton negligence.


Nationwide Seeks Declaration to Avoid Defending Walmart in Baby Food Contaminant Suits

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 12:26

This case was first surfaced by Radar.


With $30M Worth of Settlements Over Amazon's Alexa and Ring Products, FTC Warns Big Companies About Consumer Privacy Violations

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 11:22

In a pair of lawsuits aimed at alleged consumer privacy violations by Amazon, the FTC has announced that the retail and tech giant will pay more than $30 million in settlements while "overhauling" deletion practices tied to children's voice information collected by Alexa and while tossing out data taken from Ring doorbell videos that shouldn't have been surveilled.


Veteran Attorney Awarded 2023 Virginia State Bar's Tradition of Excellence Award for Stellar Career

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 10:50

"I can think of no other attorney more deserving of receiving the Tradition of Excellence Award," Grayson S. Johnson of Johnson & Johnson Attorneys at Law said in the nomination letter.


Law Firms Divided on Rate Increases: The Morning Minute

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 07:00

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Mayer Brown Appoints New Asia Leader as Other Southeast Asian Firms Also Bulk Up

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 06:45

The latest round of lateral partner movements across Asia has been marked by the hire of multi-disciplinary lawyers by domestic law firms from Singapore to India, and the establishment of new practices.


As Layoffs Loom, How Much Control Do Associates Have Over Low Billable Hours?

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 06:00

As law firms wait and see whether the economy picks up in the third quarter, associates at risk of layoffs are feeling the other side of the billable hour's wrath.


Lawyers Are Using Addictive Substance to 'Improve Their Edge'—Watchdogs Issue Alert

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 06:00

"They don't actually go shopping for a high," said Robynn Moraites, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program director. "They're just trying to function."


US Judge, Who Will Decide on Removal of Criminal Case, Discloses He Worked as Lawyer for Trump Business

Fri, 06/02/2023 - 01:05

Senior U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein reported that in 1994 and 1995, when he was a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, he represented Trump Equitable Fifth Avenue Co. He said he could decide the matter impartially, but gave the parties two weeks to comment.


The Law Firm Disrupted: Hybrid Work Is Going Strong, but Skadden Wants More

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 19:20

Sources say the push is one of executive partner Eric Friedman's final goals as he prepares to step down after 14 years in the role.


Google Agrees to Pay Washington State $39.9M to Resolve Suit Over Allegedly 'Misleading' Location Tracking Practices

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 18:39

In addition to the $39.9 million payment, Google must take steps to be "more transparent with consumers about how it tracks and uses consumer data" under the consent decree that resolves Washington's lawsuit, according to the AG Office's news release.


Michigan Accepting Applications for Judicial Vacancies in Probate Courts

Thu, 06/01/2023 - 18:07

To be considered for these positions, applicants must be a State Bar of Michigan member who meets the legal qualifications for this office and must reside within the judicial district.