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Arbery, Floyd and Taylor Family Attorneys Call for National Justice

Tue, 06/02/2020 - 01:56

L. Chris Stewart, Ben Crump and S. Lee Merritt are calling for federal legislation to create a uniform process of holding police accountable for deadly force and United Nations representation for human rights and economic sanctions.

        

Daily Dicta: Defending the Indefensible (Or Not)

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 22:59

Whoever defends Chauvin is sure to be threatened and vilified. But that lawyer will also be incredibly brave—braver (ahem) than certain Am Law 100 firms.

        

2nd Circuit in Lawsuit Over Police Shooting of Mentally Ill Man Rejects Qualified Immunity

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 19:33

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled Monday that former officers from the White Plains Police Department were not entitled to qualified immunity on a motion to dismiss civil claims stemming from the 2011 killing of an elderly, mentally ill black man alone in his city-owned...

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Citing George Floyd's Death, Prosecutors Ask California State Bar to Block Police Endorsements

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 19:32

A spokeswoman for the California state bar said "it would be premature" for leaders of the agency to comment on a proposal for new ethics rules.

        

Judge Emmet Sullivan Tells DC Circuit Not to 'Short-Circuit' Flynn Proceedings

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 17:15

"Given the serious allegations in Mr. Flynn's most recent sworn statement, further proceedings in the district court will ensure the integrity of the judicial process and serve the public interest," lawyers from Wilkinson Walsh, representing U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, told the D.C. Circuit...

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Baseball's 'A-Rod' Faces Punitive Damages Over Real Estate Venture With Ex-In-Law

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 15:40

Rodriguez's ex-brother-in-law alleges the former baseball star squeezed him out of profits in their real estate partnership, while Rodriguez counters it's Scurtis who took unauthorized funds from the joint venture.

        

Justices Decline to Take Up Constitutional Challenge to Mandatory Bar Dues

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 11:13

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Neil Gorsuch, said the court should have taken up the bar fee case.

        

'I Need to Protect This Prosecution': Minnesota AG Will Lead George Floyd Case

Mon, 06/01/2020 - 01:19

Ellison, a former congressman who is Minnesota's first African American attorney general, has a background in civil rights law and previously led the Legal Rights Center in Minneapolis.

        

Daily Dicta: Cooley Takes Aim at Latham in Fierce DQ Fight

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 22:44

Motions to disqualify strike at perhaps the most sacred duties a lawyer owes a client—loyalty and confidentiality. It's not nice to have either one questioned. It's also not nice to get bounced off a case—especially if it's a juicy $250 million lawsuit.

        

Pryor Cashman Associate Charged With Damaging NYPD Vehicle With Molotov Cocktail During Protest

Sun, 05/31/2020 - 01:26

Colinford Mattis, a corporate lawyer, was accused of driving a van from which an occupant emerged to throw an incendiary device at an unoccupied NYPD vehicle in an act that was caught on camera, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

        

Georgia State Bar Windows Smashed as Lawyers Weigh Atlanta Riots, Causes

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 19:56

Atlanta's mayor, a practicing lawyer before she entered public service, showed how black mothers fear for their sons while railing against the "chaos' that disgraced the legacy of hometown hero Martin Luther King Jr. A former chief justice of the state Supreme Court expressed via social media...

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King & Spalding Fights WhatsApp's 'Drastic' Disqualification Bid in Cyber Case

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 09:51

A team from King & Spalding, including former partner and now FBI Director Christopher Wray, provided legal services to WhatsApp in a sealed matter four years ago. WhatsApp's counsel at Cooley says the firm acquired confidential information relevant to a pending case where King & Spalding...

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In 5-4 Split, Supreme Court Rejects Challenge to California's COVID-19 Restrictions on Religious Services

Sat, 05/30/2020 - 02:22

"Similar or more severe restrictions apply to comparable secular gatherings, including lectures, concerts, movie showings, spectator sports, and theatrical performances, where large groups of people gather in close proximity for extended periods of time." wrote Chief Justice John Roberts.

        

In New Stance, DOJ Asks SCOTUS to Shield Domestic Companies From 'Alien Tort' Liability

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 16:28

The U.S. Justice Department had argued twice before that corporations—whether domestic or foreign—were liable under the Alien Tort Statute.

        

And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:04

Honorable mention goes to litigators from Latham & Watkins; Covington & Burling; Sidley Austin; Quinn Emanuel and Winston & Strawn.

        

Litigators of the Week: Shearman Trio Stands Up for Open Source Software

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 01:10

'We wanted to set an example and deter future assertions of (in our view) weak patents against nonprofit entities promoting open source. To that end, we refused to simply settle on a walk-away,' said Shearman & Sterling's Matt Berkowitz, Kieran Kieckhefer and Joy Wang.

        

Ice Cube's Big3 Sues Quinn Emanuel Over Alleged Conflicts; Firm Says Client Just Doesn't Want to Pay

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 19:03

The Big3, a three-on-three league featuring former NBA talent, says that the firm inserted itself into a dispute with the former commissioner at the behest of its deep-pocketed Middle Eastern client. Quinn called the allegations a "fantasy."

        

New Study Shows Only Slight Improvement in Women's Representation in NY Courtrooms

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 18:39

NYSBA President Henry "Hank" Greenberg called the lack of change "unacceptable and disturbing," emphasizing that the 2017 report included concrete steps that law firms, clients and judges could take to improve matters.

        

BitClave in SEC Settlement to Refund Investors $25.5M

Thu, 05/28/2020 - 18:17

The agency said the San Jose cryptocurrency firm led an unregistered initial coin offering of its Consumer Activity Tokens.

        

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