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Testifying Before Congress, SEC Chair Jay Clayton Deflects Questions Over Potential SDNY Nomination

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:43

"I expect to continue to devote my full attention to the commission," SEC Chairman Jay Clayton told U.S. House lawmakers Thursday.


McGuireWoods Chairman Jonathan Harmon Is Preparing for an 'Avalanche' of Post-Covid Litigation

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:37

"[The pandemic] is a punch in the mouth for everybody, but I see opportunities consistent with what we said we wanted to do," Harmon says in a Q&A about McGuireWoods' response to the coronavirus and what comes next.


NY Judge Dismisses Trump Sibling's Attempt to Block Niece's Book

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 16:20

Queens County Surrogate's Court Judge Peter Kelly found that Robert Trump would not be able to successfully argue that the dispute over Mary Trump's book affects the administration of her grandfather Fred Trump's estate.


Daily Dicta: In Flynn Case, Neomi Rao's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Opinion

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 01:56

In a decision that's rightly triggering an outpouring of criticism, the Donald Trump appointee on Wednesday handed Michael Flynn and Bill Barr's Justice Department a shocking win.


Bayer Agrees to $10.9B Payout to Settle Roundup Lawsuits

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 19:40

On Wednesday, Bayer announced the agreements, which resolve 75% of an estimated 125,000 Roundup claims, some of which haven't been filed in court. Bayer also agreed to resolve lawsuits over its dicamba herbicide and PCB water contamination.


'Appellate Project' Seeks to Boost Diversity in Specialized Bar

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 18:02

The Appellate Project is developing ways to interest minority law students in appellate work at an early stage. The group is working through educational outreach and an "incubator" summer fellowship program.


Pa. Federal Judge Slams JAMS for Failing to Disclose Financial Interests, Firm Contacts

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 17:32

A federal judge scolded arbitration firm JAMS over one of its shareholders' failure to timely disclose the extent of her financial interests in the firm, adding that JAMS also had "far greater contacts" with the law firm representing the defendants than it disclosed at the start of the case.


'A View Free of Hate': Georgia Judge Reflects on Removal of Confederate Monument

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:54

"It felt so great to finally see it come down. It does not reflect us and our values," Judge Dax Lopez said.


Trump's Brother Seeks Order to Block Publication of Niece's Book About President

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 15:47

While Robert Trump has not reviewed the content of the book, attorney Charles Harder argued that public statements by Mary Trump and the publisher have shown the book will contain information about her relationships that are protected under a confidentiality agreement.


Daily Dicta: Two Legal Sluggers Go to Bat for Minor League Baseball in COVID Insurance Fight

Wed, 06/24/2020 - 00:01

Represented by McKool Smith insurance recovery practice head Robin Cohen and Andy Sandler, a former Skadden partner who went on to co-found Buckley Sandler (now Buckley) and Mitchell Sandler, 15 Minor League Baseball teams are demanding their insurers pay up for coronavirus-related losses.


Akin Gump Sues Sellers of Allegedly Counterfeit N95 Masks on Behalf of Chinese Company BYD

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 18:33

"When these masks are counterfeit, the consequences can literally be deadly," wrote the lawyers for BYD Company LTD, which struck a $1 billion deal with California Gov. Gavin Newsom to provide the state N95 masks for first responders in April.


Missouri Appeals Court Lowers $4.7B Talc Verdict to $2.1B But Cites J&J's 'Evil Motive'

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 16:48

A Missouri appeals court has reduced a $4.7 billion talcum powder verdict to $2.1 billion but refused to toss punitive damages altogether, concluding that the evidence at trial showed Johnson & Johnson's conduct was "outrageous because of evil motive or reckless indifference."


'Afraid of the President': Ex-Roger Stone Prosecutor to Testify of Political Interference in Sentencing Memo

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 16:33

A pair of DOJ attorneys are set to testify before Congress at a hearing titled "Oversight of the Department of Justice: Political Interference and Threats to Prosecutorial Independence."


'Subpar in Every Aspect': Harvard Law Student Files Class Action Over Online Classes

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 16:08

Harvard Law School should not charge $65,875 for remote classes, an incoming 2L argues in a new lawsuit against the university.


Pa. Supreme Court Will Hear Bill Cosby's Bid to Overturn Sexual Assault Conviction

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 14:51

The one-page order specifies that the justices will consider whether the trial court improperly admitted the testimony of several women who claimed Cosby sexually assaulted them decades ago.


As Posner Departs, Lit Funder Legalist Hits 100-Case Mark

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 12:38

Founder Eva Shang also revealed that former federal appeals court judge Richard Posner has exited his role as an adviser because of health concerns.


Daily Dicta: This Case Looked Unwinnable. How a Kirkland Team Won It Anyway

Tue, 06/23/2020 - 02:17

Lesser lawyers might have said the case was hopeless. But not a team from Kirkland led by Mike Williams and Susan Davies, who just got provisions of a 48-year-old law declared unconstitutional.


11th Circuit Ruling Hinders Heritage Groups' Fight Over Removal of Confederate Monuments

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 19:51

Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom, who authored the opinion, said that so-called injuries cited by the plaintiff Southern heritage groups were "pretty amorphous."


Giuliani Associate Loses Bid to Suppress Evidence

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 19:27

A Manhattan federal judge ruled Monday that the package, which included two notebooks, a hard drive, a computer and a smartphone, was not protected by attorney-client privilege and the attorney work-product doctrine.


9th Circuit Revives Copyright Suit Against 'Shape of Water' Filmmakers

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 19:11

The ruling is a win for Alex Kozinski, the former chief judge of the Ninth Circuit who represents the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Zindel in the case.