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Bridgegate: Open Questions After SCOTUS Narrows Fraud Statutes

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 01:30

White-Collar Crime columnists Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert discuss the Supreme Court's recent reversal of the "Bridgegate"-related convictions and its implications, writing that the extent to which the principles articulated in that decision will have an impact on future federal fraud...

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Litigators of the Week: Kirkland Trio Dances Off With a Win in Video Game Copyright Suits

Fri, 06/05/2020 - 03:41

Representing video game makers Epic Games and Take-Two Interactive, the Kirkland trio has fended off a series of 10 lawsuits, including the most recent—a claim by University of Maryland basketball players Jaylen Brantley and Jared Nickens.


Federal Judge Rules Neither Trump Nor Avenatti Gets Cut of Stormy Daniels' $450,000 Settlement

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 21:29

In an eight-page order, U.S. District Judge Michael Watson of the Southern District of Ohio denies Trump's notice of registered foreign judgment seeking $293,052 of Daniels' settlement and tosses aside Avenatti's attorney lien seeking allegedly unpaid attorney fees from unrelated representation of...

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Ex-Judge Who Sued Dry Cleaner for $67M Over Lost Pants Hit With 90-Day Bar Suspension

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 20:06

The D.C. Court of Appeals said Roy Pearson Jr. had "chosen at every step of the disciplinary process, including as recently as his oral argument in this appeal, to levy accusations against disciplinary counsel, the board, the hearing committee, and this court."


Trump, Barr Sued for Use of Force Against Lafayette Square Demonstrators

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 19:44

The complaint centers on a Monday protest in Washington D.C.'s Lafayette Park, which was broken up by federal law enforcement with tear gas and pepper spray.


SDNY Judge Denies Bernie Madoff's Bid for Compassionate Release Following Terminal Diagnosis

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 18:52

"In my view, Mr. Madoff's crimes were 'extraordinarily evil,' and I sentenced him accordingly," U.S. District Judge Denny Chin wrote on Thursday.


In Ahmaud Arbery Murder Case, a Shocking Racial Slur in Court Hearing

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 16:33

"That's some devastating evidence, but we don't know if it's going to be admissible," criminal defense attorney Page Pate observed.


Whistleblower Receives Largest Award in SEC History

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 15:01

With the latest award, the SEC topped its previous record: a $39 million bounty issued in 2018.


Daily Dicta: In $4B Apple Securities Class, Judge Moves to Bump Labaton for Robbins Geller

Thu, 06/04/2020 - 01:36

What's so unusual is how U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has handled competing claims by Labaton Sucharow and Robbins Geller to lead the nearly $4 billion case against Apple.


Federal Circuit Again Called on to Judge the 'Patent Dance'

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 22:12

Genentech is looking to block sales of Amgen's cancer biosimilar Mvasi, because Amgen failed to provide 180 days' notice when it shifted manufacturing plans from California to Rhode Island. Judge Kimberly Moore said Genentech is proposing "an extraordinarily broad view" of the Biologics Price...

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As Criminal Investigation Looms, 2nd Circuit Nixes Subpoenas of Attorney Who Filed Sealed Info on Felix Sater

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 19:40

A three-judge panel of the Manhattan-based federal appeals court ruled that the subpoenas, which date back to 2017, were unenforceable because they had not been issued by sitting grand juries.


Texas Attorneys Offer Free Help to People Arrested During Protests Over George Floyd's Death

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 17:09

Texas attorneys in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio are joining a national trend in which criminal-defense lawyers are taking cases of protesters' cases for free. Other attorneys who have done the same hail from California, New York, Florida and other states.


Chicago Judge Refuses to Dismiss McDonald's Workers' Lawsuit Over COVID-19

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 16:43

McDonald's lawyer Jonathan Bunge, of Quinn Emanuel, admitted he was "incensed" that workers didn't raise their concerns with governmental agencies before filing a lawsuit.


Justice Sotomayor Is Leading Voice Against Alleged Police Abuses

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 16:10

A series of petitions at the court now urge the justices to reconsider, restrict or abolish the judge-made doctrine of qualified immunity.


'It Could Have Been Me': Black Lawyers Reflect on George Floyd's Death and What Comes Next

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 11:55

Black attorneys and legal industry leaders recounted their own experiences with racism and their hopes for the future.


Daily Dicta: Sitting Pretty: Paul Hastings Client Off the Hook in Sephora Makeup Biometric Class

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 23:42

Rather than protecting privacy, the suits invoking the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act often feel more like attempts at "gotcha."


Mayer Brown Leads Legal Fight Against Trump's Executive Order Targeting Social Media Companies

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 20:10

The lawsuit claims the president's order violates the free speech protections of social media companies and its users.


Ex-Trump Campaign Staffer Files for Release from NDA in Proposed Class Action Suit

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 19:10

In the new filing, Jessica Denson, who is represented by Bowles & Johnson, Ballard Spahr and the advocacy group United to Protect Democracy, asked for a judgment declaring the NDA null, void and unenforceable.


New York-Based Cannabis Company Sued for Fraudulently Taking Lucrative License

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 18:15

The complaint accuses New York-based Columbia Care of tortious interference with contract, unjust enrichment, civil conspiracy, aiding and abetting fraud and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty, among other offenses,


California Appeals Court Hears Arguments on $289M Roundup Verdict

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 17:17

In the first oral arguments over a Roundup verdict, a California appeals court raised numerous questions about Monsanto's defense of federal preemption but appeared hesitant to retain the $39 million in compensatory damages within the $289 million jury award.