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NYC Home of Gibson Dunn's Mastro Vandalized Amid 'Spate of Attorney Harassment'

Sat, 10/24/2020 - 08:55

Randy Mastro's townhome on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was vandalized on Tuesday night with spray paint epithets.


Federal Circuit to Judge Connolly: Show Us Your Work on Section 101

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 21:19

A 'cursory' ruling from the bench won't cut it in a challenging patent eligibility case, the appellate court rules in sending the case back for a second try.


A (Narrow) Window of Opportunity

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 20:12

Trying economic circumstances offer a chance to force change upon hidebound institutions. But the pain imposed by the coronavirus crisis will likely be short lived.


Chief Justice Appoints Work Group to Address Homelessness

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 19:57

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye announced plans for the group at her annual State of the Judiciary speech in March but its actual formation was delayed by the pandemic, she said.


NY City Bar Rates Amy Coney Barrett 'Qualified,' With Reservations, for US Supreme Court Seat

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 19:20

The evaluation, which considered Barrett's "competence and merit" based on her work on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and recent testimony to lawmakers, comes just days before the U.S. Senate is expected to confirm her Monday to the Supreme Court on a party-line vote.


Court Dismisses Shareholder Class Action in Australia's First-Ever Successful Defense

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 18:30

Herbert Smith Freehills, which represented the defendant, expects more class actions to go to trial.


Pa. Appeals Courts Rule on Inconsistent Signatures for Ballots, Poll Watchers

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 18:16

The justices held that President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, which was acting as an intervenor in the matter, was pushing for ways to reject ballots that did not appear in the statute.


Preemption and Expert Evidence Dominate Appellate Review of $80M Roundup Verdict

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 18:12

The panel questioned Monsanto's federal preemption argument but, in regard to the plaintiffs' expert evidence allowed at trial, raised concerns the appellate court had "departed from some of the other circuits in how it applies Daubert."


Mordie Rochlin, Who Embodied Paul Weiss' History, Dies at 107

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 18:11

Rochlin had the distinction of having worked with each of the firm's name partners and could still remember with "uncanny detail" his interactions with all of them.


A Plaintiff-Side View on Big Law Bloat, COVID Cutbacks and the 'Secret Sauce' for Landing Mega Settlements

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 18:01

Fresh off a $650 million privacy settlement with Facebook, Chicago plaintiffs lawyer Jay Edelson says his firm is coping with pandemic malaise by "jumping into huge issues that really matter to people."


After Spate of Settled Cases, Delaware Set to Restart Jury Trials Monday in Dover

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 17:52

In Kent County, only one courtroom has been identified as large enough to hold a jury trial while allowing for social distancing measures to be taken.


AIG Agrees to Settle Tax Shelter Lawsuit Over 1990s Foreign Transactions

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 17:43

Acting U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement that the U.S. had uncovered "overwhelming evidence" that the insurance company's financial products unit had used the complex transactions to generate bogus credits on foreign taxes that it did not actually pay.


Former US Attorney Sues DOJ for Walmart Over Opioid Policies

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 17:31

Karen Hewitt used to be a U.S. Attorney in California. Now the tables have turned and she's suing the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of Walmart Inc.


Hire Up: Are Real Estate Practices Readying for a Comeback?

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 15:45

The lateral market saw some rare real estate movement this week, while firms continued to add government, IP and cybersecurity lawyers.


Timing Quirk Means That in January, US AG Barr May Directly Oversee SDNY Prosecutors' Office

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 14:46

The scenario, triggered by Audrey Strauss' appointment as acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney in June, would kick in Jan. 16, at the end of her 210-day temporary term under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.


As Census Deadlines Near, a Judge Is Skeptical of Ordering Quick Release of Trump Docs

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 14:26

Wilmer attorneys argued the documents on Trump's order excluding undocumented immigrations from the population count used to allocate congressional seats have to be released quickly, or risk becoming irrelevant.


Rwanda Enters Medical Marijuana Export Market

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 12:58

The potential for medical cannabis to boost foreign earnings, contribute to export growth and promote foreign investment in the health sector is driving increased legalization across the continent.


Trump Watch: Packing or Not, Biden Eyes Post-Trump Court Reforms

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 10:37

With Amy Coney Barrett nearly confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, there's plenty of talk on how Democrats could respond.


NRA's Claim Against Winston & Strawn Can Move Forward, Judge Rules

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 08:56

The lawsuit was filed after an email allegedly revealed a Winston partner's undisclosed ties to a neutral in an arbitration.


Litigators of the Week: The Boies Schiller Duo Who Fought to Make Ghislaine Maxwell's Depo Public

Fri, 10/23/2020 - 08:30

"We have lived this case for so long and it feels liberating to have some of the veil lifted off of these materials," said Sigrid McCawley of Boies Schiller Flexner.