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The Paul Weiss Protests: Student Activists Have a Bigger Choice to Make

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:46

'When I listen to the protesters who are now urging law students around the country to refuse to interview at Paul, Weiss unless it drops ExxonMobil as a client, I wonder if they understand the difference between a law firm and an NGO,' writes Richard Levick.


NY Prosecutor Says Harvey Weinstein Emailed 'Confession' About 1990s Rape Allegation

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 15:37

Even if an accuser had a personal relationship with Weinstein, the Manhattan assistant DA said, his sudden sexual aggression still amounted to sexual assault or rape.


In Trump Defamation Suit, Summer Zervos' Lawyer Subpoenaed Hope Hicks for Testimony

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 15:04

Hicks could become the first sitting White House official called to testify in a private civil suit against Trump if Zervos' lawsuit and subpoena are allowed to proceed.


Michael Avenatti Convicted of Fraud, Extortion Charges in Nike Shakedown

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 14:23

"This is what extortion looks like," assistant U.S. attorney Matthew Podolsky said during the government's closing arguments Tuesday.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:50

Honorable mention goes to litigators from Quinn Emanuel; Hogan Lovells; Latham & Watkins and Skadden.


Huawei Chief Legal Officer Facing New Legal Challenge

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 13:04

The U.S. government announced new criminal charges against Huawei days after the Chinese telecom giant's chief legal officer, Song Liuping, accused rival Verizon Communications Inc. of patent infringement.


Ending Uncertainty, Justice Dept. Won't Pursue Case Against Andrew McCabe

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 00:40

Newly released court transcripts, posted on Friday, further revealed a Washington judge's frustration with the pace of the McCabe investigation, the secrecy surrounding it and the apparent pressure Trump was putting on the Justice Department to bring charges.


Litigators of the Week: With $26B Merger on the Line, This Trio Won Approval for T-Mobile/ Sprint in Unprecedented Challenge

Fri, 02/14/2020 - 00:28

'Our core argument was simple: the world with the merger is more competitive and consumer-friendly than the world without the merger.'


Ninth Circuit Hints It's Ready to Trash Qualcomm Antitrust Ruling

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:43

Over an hourlong hearing, three judges hammered the Federal Trade Commission over its antitrust theory while suggesting Qualcomm shouldn't be penalized for succeeding.


Lisa Blatt's Advice to Female Advocates: 'Call Me a Lady Lawyer'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:42

"Women don't look or talk like Perry Mason, and you don't want us to," the Williams & Connolly partner and longtime U.S. Supreme Court advocate wrote in a personal, widely shared essay.


Ahead of Stone Sentencing, Chief DC Judge Defends Amy Berman Jackson

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:09

President Donald Trump has personally targeted U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who is presiding over Roger Stone's case, ahead of Stone's sentencing next week.


Federal Circuit Dismisses Patent Lawsuit Against Google Over Lack of Jurisdiction

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:05

In a reversal from a prior decision against Google earlier this year, the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that while a shelf or server rack could be considered a place of business, it's not enough to determine venue without the presence of an employee.


Shocking Reinhardt Sexual Harassment Allegations Prompt Talk of Next Steps on Judicial Misconduct

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:07

Former law clerk Olivia Warren's testimony about alleged sexual harassment from the late Judge Stephen Reinhardt is helping to spur members of Congress to act further on judicial misconduct.


Amazon Wins Preliminary Order Blocking $10B Cloud Contract Awarded to Microsoft

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 15:03

A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge on Thursday issued a sealed preliminary injunction, an early win for Amazon and its lawyers at Morrison & Foerster and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.


Daily Dicta: When Your Client Jumps Bail and Escapes to Lebanon in a Box—and You're Stuck Defending a Securities Suit (Paul Weiss Edition)

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 01:09

Plaintiffs lawyers from Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd are leveraging their newfound advantage after Ghosn in December escaped from Japan, where he faces criminal charges of financial misconduct.


'Once I Get Going ' Is Not Good Enough

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 21:52

"Your gestures illustrate what your words mean. That's why listeners say, 'I see what you mean.' What they see are the gestures that accompany your words," writes courtroom communications expert Brian K. Johnson.


Could Federal Preemption Blow Up a $289M Roundup Verdict on Appeal?

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:48

California's First District Court of Appeal ordered additional briefing on Monsanto's defense of federal preemption—an issue that could have wide ramifications for all Roundup lawsuits. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed an amicus brief supporting plaintiffs' claims against...

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DOJ's Roger Stone Debacle Puts New Spotlight on Judge Amy Berman Jackson

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 17:31

Former federal judges said Jackson would be within her rights to question DOJ about how to weigh its conflicting sentencing recommendations for the Trump ally.


Theranos Judge Nixes Claims Related to Doctors and Non-Paying Patients, but Lets Most Criminal Charges Proceed

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 15:50

The federal judge overseeing the criminal case against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the former president of the blood-testing company largely denied their motions to dismiss but found that the government couldn't show that they intended to deprive doctors or insured patients of money since...

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Gibson Dunn Partner, Brooklyn Federal Prosecutor Tapped by Trump to Join US District Courts in NY

Wed, 02/12/2020 - 14:56

Jennifer Rearden, of Gibson Dunn's litigation & crisis management practice group, is set to be named to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and Brooklyn federal prosecutor Saritha Komatireddy, a clerk to Brett Kavanaugh, is set to be named to the U.S. District Court for...

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