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DC Circuit Sounds Ready to Block a Trump Administration Drug Pricing Rule

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 00:32

Two of the judges said they don't believe the administration has the authority to enact a rule requiring drug manufacturers to include prescription drug prices in TV ads.


Daily Dicta: Just Mercy Belongs in the Canon of Great Legal Movies

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 22:23

The story is a reminder of the power lawyers wield—for both good and ill—in administering justice.


Daily Dicta: New Year, New Law Firm

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 22:11

Here's a look at some of the most notable litigator moves to kick off the year.


CNN Agrees to Pay Record $76M to End 17-Year Labor Dispute

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 18:37

The National Labor Relations Board said the resolution is its largest in history.


Trump's DOJ Tells Supreme Court There's No Rush to Review Obamacare

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 15:55

U.S. House Democrats wants the justices to take up Obamacare this term. U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco asserted the Fifth Circuit's decision did not "definitively" resolve any question of practical significance.


Following Mushroom Antitrust Settlement, Garwin Gerstein to Divvy Up $18M Fee Award

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 14:45

Though the 11-page order did not outline exactly how much should be allocated to each firm, the motion requesting attorney fees allocated the lion's share to New York-based Garwin Gerstein & Fisher.


No, I'm Not the Court Reporter: Tips for Dealing With Implicit Bias

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 10:45

We hope that by identifying some of the many methods of addressing common instances of bias, attorneys from all backgrounds will be empowered to counteract it in whatever way they feel most comfortable and appropriate.


Litigators of the Week: Proskauer Pair Win Watershed Decision in $125B Puerto Rico Bankruptcy

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 01:19

'The worst thing about litigating in what is significantly uncharted territory is the absence of jurisprudence interpreting PROMESA,' Mungovan and Bienenstock said. 'At the same time, the absence of guidance from the case law makes the engagement an exhilarating challenge.'


Endo Settles Okla. AG's Opioid Case for $8.75M

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 00:59

In a Friday announcement, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the settlement, reached out of court, would add to a fund set up from a previous $85 million agreement reached with Teva Pharmaceuticals last year.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 01/10/2020 - 00:18

Honorable mention goes to litigators from Sullivan & Cromwell; Boies Schiller Flexner; Skadden Arps; Quinn Emanuel; Ballard Spahr; Goodwin Procter and Baker Botts.


Lyft Opposes Attempt to Coordinate All Sex Assault Cases in California

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 18:58

Lyft, represented by Beth Stewart, a partner at Williams & Connolly, called the proposed move an "improvident and unprecedented invitation" to make "San Francisco Superior Court a national clearinghouse for claims against San Francisco-based companies."


Bankruptcy Bar Buzzing Over Law Grad's $221K Loan Discharge

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 17:15

A decision by the chief bankruptcy judge of New York's Southern District is throwing cold water on the conventional wisdom that student loans are not dischargeable in bankruptcy, and it could influence how other judges determine whether borrowers face undue hardships.


Fifth Circuit Unravels Debt Collection Class Action After Finding No Common Issue

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 16:31

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, including two Trump appointees, also found there were "substantial questions" about the standing of unnamed class members but based its ruling on the plaintiff's lack of commonality, typicality and predominance.


Stemming Class Actions Remains Goal of US Chamber in 2020

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 15:38

Despite Chamber-led legal reforms at the federal level, such as the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO said class action suits have tripled in the past decade.


Supreme Court Conference Watch: Big Petitions Set for Justices' Review

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 14:35

Friday is the first conference for the justices in the new year. Here's a look at some of the major petitions awaiting action.


Judge Won't Recuse Himself in Harvey Weinstein Criminal Trial

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:08

Burke thanked the defense team for giving him the chance to clarify, explaining that judges can use strong and even hyperbolic language to prevent defendants from continuing to violate court orders.


Daily Dicta: When Clients Are Sore Winners: Bartlit Beck Awarded $50M in Fee Dispute with Client

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 02:18

'The client came to us in a difficult situation. A successful result was not only far from guaranteed, but doubtful,' said Bartlit Beck partner Adam Hoeflich. 'We delivered exactly what they asked for.'


In 2020, Securities Class Action Filings Likely to Continue Record Pace

Thu, 01/09/2020 - 00:06

Even though more Securities Act suits are being filed in state courts, there are few signs that the federal courts will be any less active.


Carlos Ghosn Claims 'Plot' by Nissan's Ex-CLO and Latham & Watkins

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:52

The ousted Nissan chairman, who escaped from Japanese authorities last week, held a press conference Tuesday in Lebanon in which he lashed out at several Nissan executives, including former chief legal officer Hari Nada, as well as the Latham & Watkins law firm.


Houston Lawyer Claims Kasowitz Fired Him Amid Compensation Dispute

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 15:18

Former Kasowitz Benson & Torres bankruptcy partner Kyung S. Lee alleges that the firm fired him after he complained about unpaid compensation, after agreeing to pay him $550,000 a year.