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Avenatti Claims Litigation Privilege Bars Prosecution on Nike Extortion Charges

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 17:40

Lawyers for Michael Avenatti on Monday asked a Manhattan federal judge to dismiss a criminal indictment accusing the embattled attorney of waging a multimillion-dollar extortion plot against athletic apparel company Nike Inc., saying their client had been acting in his legitimate capacity as an...

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Bacardi, Bombay Sapphire Hit With Class Action Over Prohibited Ingredient

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:07

A class action complaint was entered in Miami-Dade Circuit Court against Bacardi and Winn-Dixie Stores on Aug. 9. The legal action was prompted by attorney Roniel Rodriguez's discovery that Bombay Sapphire contains grains of paradise, an ingredient outlawed by Florida statutes.


In Minor League Baseball Case, Ninth Circuit Judge Takes Another Swing at Multistate Class Actions

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 21:23

Judge Sandra Ikuta, who wrote a controversial In re Hyundai decision last year, said certification of a class of minor league baseball players across the country would have "dire consequences."


EEOC Didn't Sign Trump DOJ's Supreme Court Brief Against Transgender Employees

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 18:39

The Trump-era Justice Department has been at odds with the EEOC over protections for gay, lesbian and transgender employees.


Craig Warned to Cut the Chumminess With Former Skadden Colleagues at Trial

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:41

An encounter underscored an awkward dynamic of Greg Craig's case in Washington's federal trial court: Friends and former colleagues are being called to testify against him.


Epstein's Ex-Lawyer Lawyers Up

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 15:29

Darren Indyke, a longtime corporate attorney for Jeffrey Epstein, has hired criminal defense attorney Marc Agnifilo to represent him, as employees and others who have been associated with the disgraced financier have sought out legal counsel amid an ongoing investigation into Epstein's affairs.


Litigators of the Week: Sidley Duo's Blockbuster Win

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:20

'Throughout the trial, whether in examining witnesses on cross or direct or in arguing to the court, we stayed true to the science. '


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 14:12

Honorable mention goes to teams from Hogan Lovells, Boies Schiller, Clare Locke, Gibson Dunn, Latham & Watkins, Quinn Emanuel and Pepper Hamilton.


Irell Managing Partner Plus 3 Other IP Litigators Jump to Milbank

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:11

Gindler was Irell's third managing partner within a couple of years. At Milbank, he will be head of its intellectual property litigation and licensing group.


Chicago Judge Weighs Punishing CFTC Over Statements About Settlement

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 11:15

Kraft Food Groups and Mondele z Global complained about what the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said regarding a $16 million settlement announced this week. Now, a Chicago judge wants to hear from the agency.


At Greg Craig's Trial, Skadden Is Watching—And Testifying

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 21:31

A Skadden partner was the government's first witness, and several other Skadden lawyers could soon be called to the stand. The testimony offers a peek inside the firm, where Gregory Craig formerly was a partner.


11th Circuit Nixes Fraud Claims Against Lawyer Over Failed Prince Concert

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 19:50

The appeals court said a woman who paid a Florida lawyer $75,000 to set up a show by the late mega-star hadn't proved that he breached their agreement.


Vaping Group Sues FDA to Push Back Application Deadline and Establish Guidelines

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 19:03

The plaintiffs claim the FDA pushing up the deadline to submit the premarket applications to May 11, 2020, is a violation of the Administrative Procedure Act and the Fifth Amendment's Due Process Clause.


New Jersey Judge Apologizes for 'Inappropriate' Courtroom Remarks in Nude Photo Dispute

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 18:24

"I regret the comments I made during the proceeding. I felt the court was being manipulated, but I let my feelings about the case influence my language, tone and demeanor, all of which were inappropriate."


In LGBTQ Lawsuit, YouTube Faces Familiar Legal Foe

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 16:26

Peter Obstler, partner at bicoastal litigation boutique Browne George Ross, this week filed suit against the video hosting platform on behalf of a class of LGBTQ plaintiffs. Obstler and the firm also represent a nonprofit founded by political commentator Dennis Prager in a lawsuit claiming YouTube...

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9th Circuit Rejects Trump Administration's Definition of ‘Safe and Sanitary' Conditions for Migrant Children

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 15:40

A DOJ attorney had drawn scrutiny during oral arguments for an exchange over whether “safe and sanitary conditions includes having a toothbrush and soap.


Daily Dicta: 22 Women Who Say They Were Duped Into Making Porn Videos Head to Trial

Thu, 08/15/2019 - 12:42

This case is not just about the money, said Sanford Heisler's Ed Chapin. “We want the videos taken down. We want their business model not to be viable in the future.


Ex-Kirkland Partner Steven Menashi Gets Trump Nod for 2nd Circuit

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 19:07

The Senate will weigh the ex-Alito clerk and former Kirkland & Ellis partner for the circuit judgeship. Another new nominee, Sarah Pitlyk, was a former clerk to then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit.


As Hundreds of Child Victim Suits Are Filed in NY, Lawyers Say It's Just Beginning

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 19:03

More than 400 cases were filed under New York's new child-victims law, and plaintiffs lawyers say they have hundreds in the pipeline.


Amgen Wins Patent Validity Ruling Worth $10 Billion

Wed, 08/14/2019 - 17:51

Sidley Austin and Walsh Pizzi help drug maker defeat Sandoz's validity challenges to blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug.