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'Berman Will Be Fine': Some Say Spat Might Actually Help Ex-US Attorney's Career Prospects

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 18:51

Recruiting a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is an attractive prospect for a lot of law firms, even if that lawyer just had a high-profile fight with the attorney general, several observers said.


Munger Tolles Nabs Jonathan Kravis, Prosecutor Who Opposed Barr in Stone Case

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 11:30

For Kravis, the move to Munger Tolles, where he will be a partner in Washington, marks a return to private practice following a career spent largely as a prosecutor.


Steptoe & Johnson Challenges Trump Administration's LGBTQ Health Care Protection Rollback

Mon, 06/22/2020 - 01:16

The complaint, filed by attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson and the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, argues the rule conflicts with the Supreme Court's recent opinion protecting employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.


Daily Dicta: Berman Bests Barr in SDNY Showdown

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 23:07

At the end of the day, what on earth did Bill Barr accomplish here, except to make himself look bad?


'Something Stinks': What Attorneys Are Saying About Barr's Move to Oust Berman

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 12:04

The ousting of Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, and the resulting extraordinary but brief standoff that ensued, raised broad new questions and concerns among lawyers about U.S. Attorney General William Barr's leadership of the Justice Department.


'The Damage Is Done': Judge Lamberth Slams John Bolton, but Refuses to Block Book

Sat, 06/20/2020 - 11:56

"With hundreds of thousands of copies around the globe—many in newsrooms—the damage is done. There is no restoring the status quo," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth said in Saturday's order.


Ex-Legal Assistant Brings Bias, Harassment Claims Against White & Case

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 18:24

Hannah Kim, who worked in the restructuring department in the firm's New York office, alleges she was the subject of an enduring harassment campaign by two supervisors after she returned from leave.


Judges Say That for Young Layers, At-Bats More Important Than Wins

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 18:03

Three district judges offered up tips last week for junior lawyers seeking more speaking opportunities in court. U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar urged them to seek out pro bono cases, without getting too hung up on the attractiveness of the case.


As Plaintiffs Seek MDL in Cases Demanding Refunds for COVID-19 Cancellations, Airlines Lawyer Up

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 18:00

Nicholas Coulson, of Liddle & Dubin, who claims to have 12 of the 38 class actions filed against airlines over their alleged failure to provide passenger refunds, is the latest attorney to ask the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to coordinate cases relating to COVID-19.


Ending Long-Running Dispute, Settlement in Palm Steakhouse Lawsuit Will Total $12M to $18M

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 17:42

The Palm chain and its intellectual property were sold in a $45 million deal to the Houston-based company Landry's in March, just days before restaurants across the United States shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The timing was fortunate for the plaintiffs, Newman said.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 15:40

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Jones Day; Weil Gotshal; Sidley Austin; Gibson Dunn; Davis Wright Tremaine; Quinn Emanuel; Skadden; Greenberg Traurig and Simpson Thacher.


COVID-19 Confusion Results in $6M Judgment Against Texas Lawyer

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 10:20

Trial lawyer B. Gregg Price will appeal a summary judgment that orders him to pay more than $6 million to Houston litigation funder Virage Master.


Litigators of the Week: Kirkland's Hurst and Kassof Claim Massive Win for Albertsons

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 01:10

'The opinion is a watershed in FCA cases generally and discount prescription drugs specifically,' said Kirkland & Ellis partners Andrew Kassof and James Hurst.


Thwarting Trump, Justice Roberts Guards the Supreme Court's Reputation--and His Own

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 19:42

After ruling against the Trump administration's move to end DACA, the chief justice again found himself criticized by conservatives. The opinion followed one earlier this week where Roberts joined the majority in backing LGBT workplace protections.


David Lat Grits His Way Through COVID-19 Recovery, Now 'Open for Business'

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 19:32

In a recent interview, David Lat said he's back to full-time work and "open for business." But like many patients who are among the first in the country to survive a severe COVID-19 infection, he also said that he'd wondered whether he'd ever be the same.


In Tax Case Against Yahoo Successor, IRS Goes After $1.5 Billion

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 19:10

The IRS told Altaba it owed $1.5 billion in unassessed income and employment tax liabilities after revising the claim once and then a second time after Altaba filed its 2019 income tax return in April.


Despite Democrats' Concerns, Justin Walker Confirmed to DC Circuit

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 15:40

Walker was confirmed by a 51-42 vote.


Former In-House Lawyer Files Gender, Age Discrimination Suit Against Con Edison

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 15:38

Upon information and belief, ConEd's explanation was pretext for age and sex discrimination and retaliation based on Goldzweig's protected complaints," former ConEd in-house attorney Sharon Goldzweig said in her complaint.


Judge Sets Hearing on Trump's Bid to Block Bolton Memoir

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 14:59

The Justice Department asked for a temporary restraining order to halt publication of the book on the grounds it contains classified information.


Daily Dicta: Don't You Dare Tell These Law Prof Amici They Have 'No Special Insight'

Thu, 06/18/2020 - 00:50

The underlying case involves Arkansas' so-called "ag-gag" rule that would stymie undercover exposés of industrial agriculture--and it raises meaty First Amendment issues.