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Judge Cautions Facebook in Approving Record $5B Fine for Alleged Privacy Violations

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 01:08

The judge pointed out that some FTC commissioners wanted to specifically sanction Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for the company sharing private user data with outside parties.


Litigators of the Week: Defending Abortion Rights in the Age of COVID-19

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 01:06

"Pregnant women need healthcare, so forcing women to remain pregnant doesn't lead to any 'savings' of [personal protective equipment] or hospital beds. It only harms women."


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 04/24/2020 - 01:05

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis; Jenner & Block; Proskauer; Haynes and Boone; Finnegan Henderson; Quinn Emanuel; Sidly Austin and Latham & Watkins.


A Miscarriage of Justice': $13M Judgment Against UCLA Reversed on Appeal

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 19:07

The Second District Court of Appeal agreed with the university's lawyers' contention that the trial court prejudiced the jury by beginning trial with a speech quoting Martin Luther King Jr. and a video featuring notable civil rights activists throughout history.


Ex-BNY Mellon Exec Says He Was Illegally Fired for Reporting Misconduct to In-House Counsel

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 18:16

John "Jack" Yang alleges that Alcentra began retaliating against him by treating him in a hostile manner, giving him an unwarranted negative year-end performance review, and reducing his compensation.


WilmerHale's Matthew Martens on More Hours, Religious Liberty and 'Drowning in Email' During COVID-19

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 17:14

The former SEC litigator discusses Judge Justin Walker's ruling for a Kentucky church's Easter services and what happens when your dog interrupts your Zoom client call.


In Rare SCOTUS Win for Environmental Advocates, an Old Scalia Opinion Offered Guideposts

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 16:25

Although the majority cited the late Justice Antonin Scalia's 2006 plurality opinion in "Rapanos v. United States" only once for support, Justice Brett Kavanaugh devoted a three-page concurring opinion to the ruling.


Lawyers Suing Insurers Over COVID-19 Coverage Seek MDL

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 15:30

Efforts to coordinate business-interruption lawsuits against insurance firms focus on 16 cases so far filed in federal courts against eight insurance firms, but Richard Golomb, of Golomb & Honik, predicts an "avalanche of cases."


Daily Dicta: New Civil Court Filings Have Plummeted—But a Surge Is (Almost) Sure to Follow

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 01:36

Now that the economy is in the toilet, does this mean litigators will get their moment in the sun while their corporate and M&A colleagues sit idle? Not exactly. At least not yet.


15 Boies Schiller Partners Defect in California, Most to King & Spalding

Thu, 04/23/2020 - 01:06

The majority of the moves involve former Caldwell Leslie & Proctor attorneys, who joined Boies Schiller Flexner in a 2017 merger, as well as the administrative partner of the firm's San Francisco office.


Federal Circuit--'Mindful of the Seeming Unfairness'--Upholds Medical Device Ruling

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 21:06

But Judge Kara Stoll calls on her colleagues to rethink a precedent that allows inventors to sell their patents and then turn around and attack their validity at the USPTO.


EDNY Judge Sues Insurer, Claiming He Faces Illegal Eviction From Temporary Abode Amid Pandemic

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 18:00

An agent of Allstate Insurance, the judge alleges, set a "move-out" date of April 22, precisely one year after his family home was destroyed in a fire, after making a slow response to his claim and disputes over the provision of information by Allstate.


Lawsuits Claim Juul Labs and Altria Illegally Monopolized the E-Cigarette Market

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 17:44

More than half a dozen class actions allege that Altria, as part of its 2018 agreement to acquire 35% of Juul, agreed to drop out of the closed system e-cigarette market in violation of federal antitrust laws. The lawsuits follow a similar administrative complaint brought by the Federal Trade...

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Is Someone Coaching Your Witness Off-Camera? In a Changing World, Litigators Adjust Strategies

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 15:55

"If a person has neck pain, the doctor is evaluating him over the phone, performing the physical through video conferencing and documenting the condition," one lawyer says. "At trial, both sides are going to harp on the fact that the doctor can't put his hands on the patient and can't feel the...

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Top Latham London Partner Withdraws Age Bias Claim Against Firm

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:34

John Houghton ended the proceedings earlier this year, tribunal documents show.