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Bribery, Abuse of Power and Obstruction: Judiciary Committee Lawyers Lay Path for Impeachment

Sat, 12/07/2019 - 13:33

"A President who perverts his role as chief diplomat to serve private rather than public ends has unquestionably engaged in 'high crimes and misdemeanors'—especially if he invited, rather than opposed, foreign interference in our politics," the Judiciary Committee report reads.


Pharmacies in Opioid Case Want Judge to Ban Ex Parte Communications

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 18:45

U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio issued an order Thursday stating that the court was "mindful of its ethical obligations" after a group of pharmacy defendants insisted on banning ex parte communications they believe are happening in the opioid litigation.


Ericsson's Simpson Thacher Team Resolves FCPA Claims for $1B

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:36

"Ericsson's corrupt conduct involved high-level executives and spanned 17 years and at least five countries, all in a misguided effort to increase profits," Brian Benczkowski, head of DOJ's criminal division, said in a statement.


Cipollone Demands House End Impeachment or Send It to the Senate 'Fast'

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:03

Cipollone wrote Friday that the inquiry "is completely baseless and has violated basic principles of due process and fundamental fairness."


It's Emoluments Week in US Appeals Courts: Meet the Lawyers Arguing

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:40

DOJ's Hashim Mooppan, a former Jones Day partner, will argue within a span of days in the D.C. and Fourth circuits. He faces Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, and Loren AliKhan, the District of Columbia solicitor.


All the President's Judges: The Impact of Trump's Record-Setting Appointments

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:36

The administration has filled judicial slots with "bulldozer efficiency." Here's what it all means.


Skilled in the Art: Federal Circuit Sidesteps Big FRAND Issues + Spinal Stimulation Patent Runs Shiver Through Indefiniteness Standards + Alex Kozinski's Return

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:21

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hands a big win to Ericsson but holds its tongue on FRAND methodology.


Paul Weiss Elects New Partners—And They're Not All White Men

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 16:20

The new partnership class comes after the elite law firm got crowned last year as the mascot for Big Law's diversity problem.


Jones Day Wants Sanctions in Gender Bias Case, Says Lawyers Bungled 'Cravath Scale' Claims

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 14:19

The firm says plaintiffs lawyers at Sanford Heisler never bothered to probe the allegations at the core of their $200 million lawsuit: that the firm pays female associates less than their male counterparts for equal work.


Overview of Limitations on Employee Compensation in Bankruptcy

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:48

Recognizing the potential consequences, companies in Chapter 11 bankruptcy often try to reduce employee uncertainty by seeking authority from the bankruptcy court. The Bankruptcy Code, however, imposes a variety of limitations on the ability of a debtor-employer to provide certain types of compensation and benefits to "insiders," a term that is broadly defined in the Bankruptcy Code.


Lawyer and His Co-Writer Capture Richard Jewell's Drama

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:44

Atlanta's former U.S. attorney and his co-writer, who was with the Wall Street Journal during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, offer many can't-make-this-stuff-up anecdotes about the bombing investigation and its coverage.


Hundreds of Law Profs Declare Trump's Conduct 'Clearly Impeachable'

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:36

"There is overwhelming evidence that President Trump betrayed his oath of office," the professors said in an open letter sponsored by a progressive group.


11 Texas Judges Were Sanctioned. What Happened Next is a Mystery

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 11:36

The Houston-area judges were sanctioned in August for their bail bond practices, but the Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has deleted their public admonitions from its website. The judges' lawyer said the sanctions were withdrawn, and the matter is concluded. But judicial ethics experts say that would be unprecedented.


Equifax Class Counsel Defend $77.5M Fee Request, Calling Settlement 'Unprecedented'

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 10:52

Class counsel said objectors undervalued the settlement, the risks associated with data breach litigation and the complexities of navigating separate negotiations involving state and federal governments.


Trump Watch: This Judiciary Committee Attorney Wrote The Book On Impeachment. Here's What It Said

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 07:30

The book warns against potential abuses of impeachment powers, and calls on Congress to weigh the consequences of either removing a sitting president, or allowing a potentially corrupt executive to remain in office.


Alex Kozinski Is Back in Court, F-Bombs Aplenty, FTC Warns Law Firms About Ads Aplenty: The Morning Minute

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 06:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.


The House Is Drafting Articles of Impeachment. This Committee Lawyer Already Wrote About Them

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 00:53

Temporary House Judiciary Committee staffer Joshua Matz and Harvard's Laurence Tribe wrote "To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment," in 2017. It offers hints about how the committee could now be writing articles of impeachment against Trump.


Legal Sector Enjoys Employment Rebound in Latest Jobs Report

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 00:41

The industry had its best best showing since adding 4,100 jobs in August, according to the latest U.S. jobs report.


Expletive-Laden 'Negotiating Tactic' Could End in Sanctions for SoCal Lawyer

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 18:15

Culver City attorney Christopher Hook referred to opposing counsel at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton as "mother fucking cock suckers," among other slurs and epithets, in what he has labeled a "confidential negotiating tactic" to get insurer Allstate to settle with his clients.


'I'm Going to Sue the Hell Out of Them': Houston Law Firm Tackles Walmart

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 18:04

A plaintiff and the attorney who represented him in suing Walmart have filed a new lawsuit, alleging the retailer breached a contract by violating a Rule 11 agreement in the underlying case.