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US Judge Swats Attorney Fee Provisions in Rejecting Pest Repeller Class Settlement

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:50

U.S. District Judge William Pauley's order did not wade into the substance of the compensation, but rather focused on the attorney fee provision of the proposal.


Lyft Likely to Face Sexual Assault Victims in San Francisco Court

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:26

In an order sent to lawyers on Tuesday, a judge recommended that lawsuits brought by passengers alleging Lyft drivers sexually assaulted them should be coordinated in San Francisco Superior Court. Plaintiffs lawyers estimate Lyft could face more than 100 lawsuits.


Cash-Strapped and Hungry, Law Students Turn to School Food Pantries

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:07

A growing number of law schools are helping students get enough to eat, especially important assistance toward the end of the semester when funding from loans often runs out.


As the World Burns, Law Firms Are Responding With Climate-Focused Practices

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 14:00

Climate change is pushing law firms to adapt their environmental practices.


How Lawyers Are Fighting Mounting Employer Troubles From H-1B Immigration Changes

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:14

Business immigration lawyers said they increasingly are working with in-house counsel and the companies' human resources departments to find solutions to these mounting problems, which can involve utilizing different work visa programs or challenging USCIS decisions in court.


'Putin's Chef'? Jury Should Hear Nicknames in Russia Case, Prosecutors Argue

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:11

The government and private lawyers for an indicted Russian outfit are sparring over the contours of an upcoming trial in Washington's federal trial court.


Why Is the Justice Department Knocking Harder at Apple's Backdoor?

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 13:00

Apple once again finds itself in the crosshairs of another encryption debate, but placing constant pressure on the company and other tech giants may ultimately be a losing gambit in a debate that has yet to make any significant leaps forward.


DC Attorney General Alleges Inaugural Committee Misused Nonprofit Funds to Enrich Trump Hotel

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:56

The complaint claims a member of the inaugural committee agreed to pay more than $1 million to rent event space at Trump's D.C. hotel for four days ahead of the inauguration.


Tenth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment in Favor of Federal Bureau of Prisons

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:47

The Tenth Circuit declined to apply the voluntary cessation exception to mootness for constitutional claims against the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


Fake Virtual 'Influencers' Are Running Into Real Legal Problems

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:00

The technology behind virtual influencers is starting to attract interest from venture capitalists, but advertisers may have to think twice about how they go about disclosing the machine behind the celebrity.


How The New York State/City Bar Associations are appealing to Young Lawyers

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:20

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Critical Mass: Judge Reduces Record Risperdal Verdict. Another 6th Circuit Petition Could Impede Opioid Trial

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 09:00

A Philadelphia judge in a Risperdal trial has reduced a record $8 billion jury verdict to $6.8 million.


Roberts Admonishes Impeachment Lawyers to 'Remember Where They Are'

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 08:47

"I think it is appropriate at this point for me to admonish both the House managers and the president's counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world's greatest deliberative body," Roberts said.


Herbert Smith Freehills Joins Firms Making Brexit LLP Changes in Germany

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:45

The law firm, based in the U.K. and Australia, is the third to change the LLP status of its German operations ahead of Brexit.


G-Traurig Leader Accused of Sex Misconduct, Making a Case for Impeachment, Weinstein Trial Underway: The Morning Minute

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 06:00

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As Harvey Weinstein Trial Opens, Prosecutors Stress Youth, Naivete of Alleged Victims

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 00:21

The former Hollywood mogul put victims through a series of tests, prosecutors said in opening statements, ensuring that they would stay quiet about his behavior.


Greenberg Shareholder Accused of Sexual Harassment by Ousted Grammys Chief

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 21:17

Deborah Dugan claims she was put on leave after complaining that Joel Katz, a Greenberg Traurig shareholder and the outside GC of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, sexually harassed her.


Compliance Hot Spots: William Barr's Front Office | CFIUS Rules: Takeaways | DOJ Fights 'Filter Team' Ruling | Apple's Drone Lobbying | New Moves, and More

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 21:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our regulatory, compliance and white-collar briefing. We're looking at some Main Justice personnel moves this week, and scroll down for new and notable federal lobbying disclosures in Who Got the Work. Plus, some takeaways on the final CFIUS rules. Thanks for reading!


A Revealing Look at Justice Robert Jackson's Religious Views

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 18:02

An essay written by the late Justice Robert Jackson nearly 70 years ago has just surfaced, and it casts a new light on his views about religion.


Investors Targeted Lawsuits at Cannabis Companies in 2019, Report Finds

Tue, 01/21/2020 - 17:15

According to NERA Economic Consulting's annual report, released on Tuesday, six lawsuits alleged securities fraud against cannabis companies. There was only one in 2018.