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Ex-Jones Day Associates Blast Bid for Sanctions in Gender Bias Lawsuit

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 14:32

Jones Day had accused the plaintiffs of using "sophistry" to back up their $200 million proposed class action.


Lawyers for Weinstein Call for NY Judge's Recusal in Criminal Trial

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 14:15

Comments by the judge upbraiding Weinstein for cellphone use in the courtroom, which Aidala describes as "so inflammatory, biased and prejudicial that they have virtually gone viral," were the first of five arguments for Burke's recusal in the motion.


Daily Dicta: Feds Bust Mortgage Broker for Spilling Customer Secrets on Yelp

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 13:08

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday announced that a California-based mortgage broker agreed to pay $120,000 to settle allegations that he revealed highly personal information about his customers in responding to their bad Yelp reviews.


DOJ's Rod Rosenstein Lands at King & Spalding

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 09:44

The career Justice Department official, whose role overseeing the Mueller investigation made him a household name in both law and politics, is the latest big name to join King & Spalding from the DOJ.


Daily Dicta: Arnold & Porter, Dentons Go After Plaintiffs Lawyers for Ginning Up Hawaii Plavix Suit

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 00:48

'Before private law firms approached the Attorney General proposing that the state hire them on a contingency fee basis...the state had exhibited no concern about the issue of variability of response to Plavix,' lawyers for the drug makers wrote.


Three Boies Schiller Partners Split Off To Form New Litigation Boutique

Wed, 01/08/2020 - 00:08

Boutique founders Mark Heise, Luis Suarez and Patricia Melville said they could not pass up the opportunity to create something that is their own.


Irell Loses Another Leader as Appellate Co-Chair Moves to Sheppard Mullin

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 17:50

Appellate co-chair David Schwarz is the third Irell & Manella leader to leave the firm in the past six months.


Defamation Suit Against Donald Trump Can Be Heard by NY Court of Appeals

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 17:04

Zervos' lawyer, Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, said in a statement that she and her team are looking forward to arguing the case in the Court of Appeals.


Elizabeth Wurtzel, 'Prozac Nation' Author Who Found a Home at Boies Schiller, Dies at 52

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:50

Publishing three more books, Wurtzel, who was a Yale Law graduate, changed her focus to the legal profession in the mid-2000s.


SDNY Judge Blocks Avenatti's Bid to Toss 2 Counts Ahead of Nike Extortion Trial

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:39

A Manhattan federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss two counts of an indictment accusing Michael Avenatti of trying to extort Nike Inc. by threatening to go public with allegations that the company made illicit payments to the families of college basketball recruits.


Plaintiffs in Employment Cases Won Class Certification at Record Rates in 2019

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 16:29

Seyfarth Shaw's 16th annual report on workplace class action litigation found that plaintiffs were securing class certification at record rates last year: 81% in wage and hour cases, 65% for ERISA, and 64% for employment discrimination.


Ex-Goldman Sachs Banker Pleads Guilty to Securities Fraud

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 15:58

The defendant admitted to accepting cash payments in exchange for passing confidential details about corporate acquisitions and other deals involving Goldman client Buffalo Wild Wings to a Swiss trader and then covering his tracks using prepaid "burner" phones.


Daily Dicta: Willkie, Kellogg Huber Put 8 Multinationals in the Crosshairs for Afghanistan Payouts

Tue, 01/07/2020 - 01:18

'Defendants paid the Taliban to leave them alone,"the complaint states. 'The payments saved defendants money: it was cheaper to buy off the Taliban than it would have been to invest in the security necessary to mitigate the terrorists' threats.'


Get Ready for New Waves of FCA Activity in 2020

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 19:31

The next waves of FCA activity—both at the federal and state levels—are building and signaling even more potential exposure and active litigation. Here are four emerging trends.


$55 Million Unpaid Wages Award for Walmart Truck Drivers Survives at Ninth Circuit

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 18:04

The more than decade-long case seeks to answer an increasingly prevalent question in California courts: When do employers have to pay for workers' time?


Ikea Agrees to Pay $46M to Settle Fatal Dresser Tip-Over Suit

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 17:53

Feldman Shepherd attorney Alan Feldman said the agreement marks the largest settlement in the country in a wrongful death case involving a toddler.


Fidelity Argues Against Liability Over 'Suspicious Activity Report' at Supreme Court

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 15:24

"Financial institutions are absolutely immune from private suits that are based on the filing of a suspicious activity report," lawyers from Jones Day, on behalf of client Fidelity Brokerage Services, told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday.


Coppertone Makers Hit With Class Action Over 'Mineral-Based' Sunscreen

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 14:46

The suit against Bayer Healthcare and skincare company Beiersdorf claims that Coppertone products promoted as mineral-based in some instances have a larger percentage of chemical active ingredients than mineral active ingredients.


Daily Dicta: A Win for Winston (And Every Parent Who Volunteers in Elementary Schools)

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 14:45

"Great Minds' interpretation cannot be correct," wrote Senior Judge Jerome Farris of the Ninth Circuit for the unanimous panel, noting that it would lead to "absurd results.


Dechert Team Wins Historic Payout for Wrongful Conviction

Mon, 01/06/2020 - 14:36

The settlement is the largest-ever by the city of Philadelphia in a non-DNA exoneration case.