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Litigation Funder Agrees to Arbitrate Claims Against Tom Girardi

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:39

Arizona lender Stillwell Madison, represented by counsel at DLA Piper, has agreed to stay its fraud claims against Girardi, his law firm and his wife while it arbitrates contract claims related to a $3,454,804 loan forbearance agreement.


How Litigators Can Thwart Forum Shopping With a 'Snap'

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 14:30

Forum defendants may want to consider using snap removal as a litigation tactic, to prevent, among other consideration, litigation tourism.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 13:11

Honorable mention goes to Latham & Watkins; Proskauer; Mayer Brown; Labaton Sucharow; Edelson PC; Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd; Paul Hastings and Arnold & Porter.


DC Circuit Nixes Democrats' Emoluments Claims Against Trump and His Hotel

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 10:16

The judges found the lawmakers do not have standing to sue Trump. "We will not—indeed we cannot—participate in this debate," they said.


Trump Watch: The News You Missed While DC Was Impeaching

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 09:48

The legal news certainly wasn't going to go on hiatus just because the Senate was holding an impeachment trial.


Litigators of the Week: How Quinn Emanuel Team Kept It Simple—And Won $1.1B Verdict for Caltech

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 23:44

"We asked the jury to make it a simple question of 'Who do you trust?' We asked the jury to use their common sense to decide the simple question of which side was trying to confuse and mislead them," said Quinn Emanuel partners Jim Asperger, Kevin Johnson and Bill Price.


NY Appeals Court Vacates $50K Arbitration Award Against Ex-Trump Campaign Staffer for Alleged NDA Violation

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 17:58

The appeals court specifically took issue with the fact that many of the statements underlying the campaign's claim that Denson violated her NDA were made as part of her lawsuit raising the harassment issues.


In Wake of Federal Judge's Repeated Harassment, House Questions Effectiveness of Sexual Misconduct Reforms

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 17:04

The lawmakers focused on sexual harassment by U.S. District Judge Carlos Murguia, who admitted to repeatedly sexually harassing female judiciary employees.


New Jersey Jury Hits J&J With $750M Talc Verdict

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 16:00

The judge in the case is likely to slash the punitive damages award to $185 million.


Trump's DOJ to Get Argument Time Defending Controversial Ohio Abortion Law Before the Sixth Circuit

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:28

"The United States has an interest in the scope of the Supreme Court's undue-burden standard applied in the context of abortion regulations," DOJ's Eric Dreiband, head of the civil rights division, told the Sixth Circuit.


SF Judge Overseeing $550M Facebook 'Tag Suggestions' Settlement Wants Details on Individual Payouts

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 15:13

Judge James Donato said at a hearing Thursday that he wants a clear explanation of why the proposed deal would pay less than the $1,000 statutory damages for negligent violations set by the Illinois Legislature in the Biometric Information Privacy Act. "The phrase litigation risk is not...

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MDL Panel Sends Zantac Lawsuits to Southern District of Florida

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 14:48

On Thursday, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation chose the Southern District of Florida for "what could be a large litigation" over the heartburn medication. The panel selected U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg, who has not handled an MDL before.


Daily Dicta: Shanmugam Marks One Year at Paul Weiss with Back-to-Back Blockbuster Arguments—3,000 Miles Apart

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 00:23

"It sounds completely clichéd, but it's all about preparation," Shanmugam said.


NY Judge Tosses Bribery Charges Against Engineer After 'Staggering' Series of Late Disclosures by Manhattan DA's Office

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 17:56

Justice Michael Obus detailed a "staggering" series of late disclosures in the corruption case, despite clear instructions from the court and repeated requests from defense lawyers,


Senate Republicans Acquitted Trump in the Impeachment Trial. Here's How We Got Here.

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 16:32

From the House's initial steps toward impeachment to the Senate trial, this is how President Trump's impeachment started and ended.


Report: Texas Appellate Courts in 2019 Saw Record Number of Cases

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:31

Texas' 14 intermediate appellate courts saw more appeals than ever in 2019, while the Texas Supreme Court saw more petitions for review than it has seen since 2002, according to a new report on the Texas judiciary.


U.S. Judge in Boston Hands Novo Nordisk Loss in Noncompete Feud With Rival

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:22

Novo Nordisk, represented by lawyers from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, is locked in a dispute with BioMarin Pharmaceutical, represented by Jones Day, in courts in Massachusetts, Texas, New York and California. A Boston judge on Wednesday declined to issue a temporary restraining order.


11th Circuit Judge Elizabeth Branch, in a Dissent, Says Citizens Can't Sue States to Enforce Voting Rights Act

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 15:22

The 11th Circuit majority said Branch, a Trump appointee, would undermine 50 years of civil rights litigation.


Have Attorneys Ruined Arbitration?

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 00:14

Some lawyers are advising clients against arbitration, which they say is no longer the cheap and speedy option it used to be. Are they right?


Daily Dicta: O'Melveny Associate Gets Convictions Against Border Activists for Leaving Water in the Desert Reversed

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 00:05

Of all the ugly, mean-spirited cases to bring, it's hard to top prosecuting people for leaving caches of water and food in the desert wilderness