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Judiciary Considers Banning Federal Judges From Being Members of Federalist Society or American Constitution Society

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 17:06

A draft advisory opinion from the Judicial Conference's Committee on Codes of Conduct says federal judges should not be members of the Federalist Society or the American Constitution Society, but belonging to the American Bar Association is fine.


Ex-Wells Fargo GC Vows to Fight New Charges in Sham-Account Scandal

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:33

Former Wells Fargo general counsel James Strother's lawyer, Walt Brown at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, said that the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's charges seeking a $5 million civil money penalty were "false and unfounded, and he intends to vigorously defend against them."


Katten Settles With Recruiter Over Placement Fee Days Before Trial

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:10

California recruiting company Kossoris Search has settled a suit against Katten Muchin Rosenman related to the firm's launch of its Dallas office in 2018.


Company Thwarted by Own Press Release in Attempt to Dodge Wrongful Death Suit

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:50

A Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas judge has denied a health company's attempt to escape a wrongful death lawsuit against one of its hospitals, finding "extensive evidence" to refute its argument that it did not have control over the hospital.


Daily Dicta: Seeking $50M, Tulsi Gabbard Sues Hillary Clinton for Defamation

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:57

Represented by Pierce Bainbridge, Gabbard claims that Clinton—"a cutthroat politician by any account"—smeared her reputation by calling her a "Russian asset."


Actress Tells Jury of Her Rape by Harvey Weinstein in Early 1990s: 'He Was Frightening'

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 13:03

The defendant has not been charged with rape in Sciorra's case, but prosecutors have said her testimony will help establish a pattern in Weinstein's behavior and support the charge of predatory sexual assault.


Daily Dicta: Uh-Oh. Why Is Makan Delrahim's Name on This Lawsuit?

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 00:47

The head of the Justice Department's Antitrust Division is on the opposite side of the "v" from Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in a new lawsuit against SoCal Edison and Boeing.


Quinn Emanuel Nabs Dechert's Hranitzky to Head Sovereign Litigation Practice

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 00:38

Not many lawyers can put "seized an Argentinian military frigate" on their resume, but for Dennis Hranitzky, it's one example of how far he's willing to go in litigating—and collecting—against sovereign states.


Wilkinson Walsh Shortens Name After Name Partner Eskovitz Exits

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 19:02

The firm said Wednesday that former name partner Sean Eskovitz in Los Angeles and founding partner Brant Bishop had decided to leave the firm "independently and for their own reasons."


Denying Grammy Chief's Claims, Greenberg Traurig's Katz Vows to Reveal 'Whole Truth'

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 17:42

Katz' response came soon after Deborah Dugan's sexual harassment complaint, which also details concerns about "'plainly exorbitant" fees the academy was paying Greenberg Traurig and others.


'Go Find a Lawyer, Somewhere': Schiff Slams Trump Impeachment Defense

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 16:02

Rep. Adam Schiff, a former federal prosecutor, knocked Trump's legal defense team and law professor Alan Dershowitz for claiming that abuse of power isn't an impeachable offense.


Gorsuch and Ginsburg Clash Over Standing in Religious School Choice Case

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 15:21

"Where is the harm?" Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg asked Richard Komer of the Institute for Justice in the first question from the bench in Wednesday's arguments in Espinoza v. Montana.


SDNY Judge Swats Attorney Fee Provisions in Rejecting Pest Repeller Class Settlement

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:50

U.S. District Judge William Pauley's order did not wade into the substance of the compensation, but rather focused on the attorney fee provision of the proposal.


DC Attorney General Sues Trump Inaugural Committee for Misusing Nonprofit Funds to Enrich Trump Hotel

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:56

The complaint claims a member of the inaugural committee agreed to pay more than $1 million to rent event space at Trump's D.C. hotel for four days ahead of the inauguration.


Daily Dicta: Think Your Client Alerts Are Good? Check Out Crowell's Litigation Forecast

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 01:27

Crowell & Moring on Wednesday released its eighth annual Litigation Forecast--a forward look by firm lawyers at potential challenges corporate counsel may encounter in the coming year.


Investors Targeted Lawsuits at Cannabis Companies in 2019, Report Finds

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:15

According to NERA Economic Consulting's annual report, released on Tuesday, six lawsuits alleged securities fraud against cannabis companies. There was only one in 2018.


Report: Investors Targeted Lawsuits at Cannabis Companies in 2019

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:15

According to NERA Economic Consulting's annual report, released on Tuesday, six lawsuits alleged securities fraud against cannabis companies. There was only one in 2018.


Uber and Gibson Dunn Beat Back Monopoly Claims

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:09

Defunct ridesharing company Sidecar will have the opportunity to amend its antitrust claims against Uber by Feb. 4.


What if Impeachments Were Tried Like Other Federal Crimes?

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 16:42

As the Senate impeachment trial commences, it's worth looking at the trial through the lens of the Federal Rules of Evidence, if only to see what guidance they provide.


2nd Circuit Vacates Part of Ex-NY State Assembly Speaker Silver's Corruption Conviction

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 14:55

The Second Circuit overturned the counts related to one of the alleged bribery schemes, which involved legal referral fees for mesothelioma cases.