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Fifth Circuit Rules BP Must Pay $15M to Walmart Over Oil Spill Losses

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:03

Tuesday's ruling is among the largest payouts BP has challenged, and Walmart is among the most high-profile businesses to make oil spill claims in a class action settlement now valued at more than $10 billion.

        

Fate of $500B XRP Cryptocurrency Market Now in California Judge's Hands

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:59

If the class action against Ripple Labs proceeds, it would not only threaten to eliminate XRP's utility as a currency, but it would upend and threaten to destroy "the $500 billion XRP market," according to the financial tech company's motion to dismiss.

        

Medical Device Maker Agrees to Pay $37.5 Million to End Cases Over Kickback Allegations

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:58

About $6.2 million in settlement money will be divided among the whistleblowers, according to the Justice Department.

        

How Kirkland's Paul Clement Is Defending Obama's Consumer Protection Bureau

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:29

"This case presents a remarkably weak case for invalidating an Act of Congress. There is no actual contested removal, and the current director views herself as serving at the pleasure of the president," the Kirkland & Ellis partner told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.

        

Meet the House Impeachment Managers: Pelosi's Prosecutors Who Will Make the Case to Remove Trump

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:41

Nearly all of the managers selected for the Democrats have law degrees, and some are former prosecutors themselves.

        

Litigators from Boies Schiller; Paul Weiss; Cleary and Robbins Geller Launch New Boutique

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:30

The new 15-attorney spinoff comes just a week after three other Boies Schiller Flexner partners based in Miami announced the formation of their own boutique firm.

        

Daily Dicta: VW Declined to Hire Louis Freeh for $15M. Now He's on the Other Side—and VW Is Crying Foul

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 01:29

In a motion to disqualify filed in San Francisco federal court, the VW team from Sullivan & Cromwell argue that Freeh's 'conflict of interest and receipt of confidential information' should bar him from serving as an expert witness for the plaintiffs.

        

Talc Trial Resumes With New Defense Team After Johnson & Johnson Lawyer Scolded By Judge

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:28

Allison Brown of Skadden and Morton Dubin of Orrick were in Middlesex County Superior Court to represent Johnson & Johnson at openings in the punitive damages phase of the case.

        

Fate of House's Bid for Trump Tax Returns Linked to DC Circuit Ruling on McGahn

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:00

It's not exactly clear why U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden is linking the two cases, although standing played a role in the D.C. Circuit arguments over McGahn's testimony.

        

Crowell Poaches Kirkland Partner to Boost Civil Litigation Practice

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:46

Andrew Pruitt has worked with clients including Tronox, British Petroleum, ABB AG, Accenture and student loan provider Navient.

        

Tesla Workers Suing Over 'Jim Crow Era' Workplace Seek Sanctions

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:22

The workers assert that "in a staggering show of gamesmanship and discovery abuse," Tesla is skirting a court order demanding the auto company turn over fellow employees' names and contact information.

        

Ga. Lawmakers Seek Repeal of Law Allowing Civil Suits Over Daughters' Seduction

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:22

The 1863 law provides a civil cause of action for fathers for "the seduction of a daughter."

        

Theranos Prosecutors Argue 'Common Sense' Only Thing Needed to Understand Charges Against Elizabeth Holmes

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 16:14

Federal prosecutors took aim at defense motions to dismiss the wire fraud case against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes arguing that they charged the case in a way that doesn't require them to point to specific false statements.

        

Litigation Leaders: Mayer Brown's Richard Spehr on Leadership Succession, Client Service and Reshaping the Law

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 01:09

'Mayer Brown approaches complex disputes not just in terms of wins or losses but also as long-term campaigns to reshape the law to our clients' benefit.'

        

SCOTUS Petition Asserts 'Millions of Arbitration Agreements' Threatened in California

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:47

Paul Weiss partner Kannon Shanmugam told the justices: "The California Supreme Court once again thumbed its nose at the Federal Arbitration Act and this court."

        

Jussie Smollett Probe Features Big Law Power Players

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:01

The aftermath of the Empire actor's prosecution is making work for Winston's Dan Webb, Steptoe's Michael Bromwich and former Chicago federal judge Reuben Castillo, now at Akerman.

        

Harvard Law Professor Sues New York Times for 'Clickbait Defamation' Over Jeffrey Epstein

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 17:01

Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig claimed The New York Times defamed him for clicks.

        

In Fight With Ex-Partner, Pierce Bainbridge Dusts Off Arbitration Clause

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 14:02

Nearly eight months after Pierce Bainbridge and its former partner Donald Lewis traded public allegations of extreme misconduct, the law firm said it just learned that Lewis signed an arbitration agreement.

        

As Courts Confront National Injunctions, Circuits Split and Judges Squabble

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:25

Appeals judges are repeatedly confronted with deciding whether a policy should be paused nationally to give litigation a chance to unfold.

        

Litigation Leaders: Archived Profiles

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 00:48

Here's the full collection of Litigation Leader profiles the featuring litigation practice heads of the nation's biggest law firms.

        

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