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Supreme Court Sides With Ted Cruz in Jettisoning Key Campaign Finance Limit

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 14:09

The 6-3 ruling, written by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., struck down Section 304 of the 2002 federal Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act that limited post-election contributions to repay a candidate's personal campaign loans.


Federal Judge Appoints Lead Lawyers in Class Action Against Gerber Alleging Metals Found in Baby Food Products

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 12:37

In a putative class action lawsuit against baby food manufacturer Gerber, a federal judge in Virginia has appointed interim counsel and co-lead counsel for 27 plaintiffs who allege the company knowingly sold baby food with dangerous levels of heavy metals.


Tenth Circuit Reverses Denial of Asylum to Transgender Woman Under the Compulsion Standard

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 12:14

The circuit court reversed the Board of Immigration Appeals' decision rejecting the petitioner's asylum claim, ruled that she was eligible for asylum, and remanded for the BIA to reconsider her claim. The decision is a rare example of a circuit court reversing a decision under the highly deferential compulsion standard.


Commentary: How the Music Industry Can Learn from Cable When It Comes to ISPs and Infringement

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 11:50

In the last two decades, the music industry and, more specifically, songwriters, producers and recording artists have been losing the value of their efforts to online piracy. Perhaps a business-to-business solution can be found between the music industry and cable providers.


State High Court Upholds Constitutionality of Cannabis DUI Law

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 09:43

The Washington state Supreme Court found that a modification to the state's DUI law established "an objective, bright line rule" that anyone who is above the specified THC level can be charged.


How I Made Partner: 'My Drive and Enthusiasm for a Challenge Were Key,' Says Elspeth Hansen of Mayer Brown

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 08:54

"You need to take ownership of your career and steer it in the direction you want to go, but have to be flexible enough to update your plan to deal with changing circumstances and unexpected opportunities."


Dechert Loses Years-Long Legal Battle With ENRC Over Unlawful Actions

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 08:45

The firm and its former white-collar head, Neil Gerrard, have been found to have committed several acts of deliberate wrongdoing.


Hogan Lovells Sets Out Hours Requirements to Become Partner

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 07:54

An internal memo from the firm's CEO has specified what is expected of lawyers aiming to make it into the partnership.


Running a Law Firm Keeps Getting More Expensive: The Morning Minute

Mon, 05/16/2022 - 07:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


'Tremendously Bad': Justice Thomas Criticizes Leak of Draft Opinion Overturning 'Roe'

Sat, 05/14/2022 - 10:40

"I wonder how long we're going to have these institutions at the rate we're undermining them," Thomas said.


How I Made Partner: 'Incorporate Innovation and an Entrepreneurial Spirit Into the Practice of Law,' Says Alfred L. Fatale III of Labaton Sucharow

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 19:21

"Don't be afraid to change jobs or change your mind. Just because you choose a firm or practice area doesn't mean you have to stick with it. Find your place in the profession and be open to risks."


How To Leave the Legal Industry (Or at Least Find a Job That Makes You Happier)

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 19:13

This week's episode features an interview with Adam Pascarella, a Penn Law grad and former Baker McKenzie associate who charted his own path outside of the legal industry eventually becoming founder and CEO of Second Order Capital Management.


NFT Boom: What Are the Regulatory and Enforcement Risks?

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 18:46

The exploding market for NFTs has created a wide variety of potential risks, including consumer fraud, money laundering and sanctions evasion, regulatory lawyers say.


Citing Attorney-Client Privilege, Potter Handy Responds to Judge Chhabria's Serial ADA Evidentiary Orders

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 16:37

The filings come amid trouble for Potter Handy with other judges, including one who recently dismissed a lawsuit for lack of standing after determining the lead plaintiff wasn't credible.


After Staggering Increases, Law Firm Overhead May Continue to Grow

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 16:28

Despite a 121% increase in law firm recruiting expenses and 75% increase in marketing costs, overhead still has room to grow this year, analysts say.


Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre, WWE's 'Million Dollar Man' Among Those Accused of Misusing Public Funds

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 15:19

The Mississippi Department of Human Services named 38 defendants, including former NFL star Brett Favre and former WWE star Ted DiBiase Sr., in its complaint alleging over $20 million in funds had been diverted by the defendants from an anti-poverty program and used for "personal enrichment."


6th Circuit, Affirming Congress' Authority, Upholds Conviction for Overseas Conduct

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 14:58

A federal appellate panel upheld a Kentucky-born, U.S. citizen's conviction for engaging in illicit sexual conduct while teaching in Cambodia, despite his claims that Congress lacked power to regulate the conduct for which he was convicted.


Massachusetts Appeals Court Affirms Dismissal of Product Liability Suit Over Genzyme Knee-Pain Injection

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 14:05

The Massachusetts Appeals Court has affirmed the dismissal of a woman's claims that she was injured by knee-pain injections manufactured by biotech company Genzyme.


How I Made Partner: 'I Have a Diverse Skill Set That Allowed Me to Support Clients and Practice Groups as Business Needs Evolve,' Says Kristen Rohr of White & Case

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 12:29

"I think if you have a growth mindset, you can enjoy the job while getting better at it every day and you will ultimately have great opportunities."


Appeals Court Reverses Order for Forfeiture of Over $133K in Suspected Drug Money

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 11:59

Judge Kenny Armstrong found that the trial court erred in ordering a forfeiture because prosecutors could not sufficiently explain how the money was connected to any criminal activity, despite suspicions of drug trafficking.