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Monsanto Asks 9th Circuit to Reverse First Federal Roundup Verdict

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 15:03

The March 27 verdict, for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, defied "regulatory judgment" and "sound science," Monsanto's lawyers wrote in their brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


Davis Polk Calls Performance by Ex-Associate Suing for Race Discrimination 'Troubling'

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 14:19

The Wall Street firm has retained Paul Weiss, including partners Bruce Birenboim, Jeh Johnson and Susanna Buergel, to seek to dismiss the suit.


Daily Dicta: In Father-Son Feud, Gibson Dunn Gets Dragged Through the Mud

Mon, 12/16/2019 - 00:29

'Plaintiffs' disqualification arguments are utterly meritless—designed solely for delay, obstruction, and to run up costs—as even a passing inspection of their motion demonstrates,' wrote Gibson Dunn partner James Fogelman.


Barnes & Thornburg Steps In After Plaintiffs' Lawyer Unleashes Profanity-Laced Emails

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 18:27

Christopher Hook, who brought an insurance lawsuit over a $3.6 million home in Los Angeles, faces sanctions at a hearing on Monday after he told defense attorneys at Sheppard Mullin to "eat a bowl of dicks."


Plaintiffs Star Cotchett Takes on Apple in Patent Case Over 'Do Not Disturb' Feature

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 18:12

Joseph Cotchett, of Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy, argues that it is "inconceivable" that Apple did not know of the patent blocking incoming texts and calls while driving issued two years prior to the launch of the company's "Do Not Disturb" feature.


DC Circuit Wants House Judiciary to Explain Why It Can Sue for Mueller Grand Jury Info

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 17:43

Judges Neomi Rao and Thomas Griffith both chimed in on whether the court is the proper venue to handle the Mueller grand jury materials dispute.


SCOTUS Sets Trump Tax Return Cases for March Argument Session

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 16:41

The justices granted review in a trio of cases—"Trump v. Vance," "Trump v. Mazars" and "Trump v. Deutsche Bank"—in which federal appellate courts in New York and Washington rejected the president's arguments to shield financial records from law enforcement and congressional...

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U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Approves $103 Million Settlement Over Florida Int'l University Bridge Collapse

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 14:34

"I think this is a textbook example of all the good that can be accomplished in Chapter 11," said Berger Singerman partner Jordi Guso, who represents the contractor that filed for bankruptcy after its bridge collapsed near Florida International University's Sweetwater campus.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 13:35

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Quinn Emanuel; Cleary Gottlieb; Kirkland & Ellis; O'Melveny & Myers and Sidley Austin.


OK, Boomer. Here's What You Need To Know About Legal Tech Trends

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 13:10

Time waits for no one. So in this episode we're exploring the changes in legal tech that developed this year and what we can expect in 2020.


Litigators of the Week: On the Hot Seat, Paul Weiss Team Delivers a Cool Win for ExxonMobil in $1.6B Climate Change Suit

Fri, 12/13/2019 - 01:22

'There's no playbook or conventional wisdom out there for how to defend a case like this. We were really writing on a blank slate.'


In Latest Talc Trial, Johnson & Johnson Alleges Attorney Misconduct

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 20:03

Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood retained Keker, Van Nest & Peters this week to defend against Johnson & Johnson's allegations that the plaintiffs firm provided false expert testimony in a trial over J&J's baby powder. The judge denied Johnson & Johnson's motion for mistrial, and closing...

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2nd Circuit Revives Body Cavity Search 4th Amendment Claims

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:43

A divided panel of the Manhattan-based appeals court held for the first time that visual cavity searches conducted in the course of felony arrests must be justified by "reasonable suspicion."


Amid Transition at the Top, Boies Schiller Names 2 New Leaders

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 17:09

David Boies, whose reputation has been under fire, is set to remain chairman of the firm.


Water Wars: Special Master Recommends No Cap on Georgia Water in Fight with Florida

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:41

Georgia's water use "is not unreasonable or inequitable," a special master rules.


'Indecorous,' Yes, but Judge's Dogfighting Remarks Don't Require Recusal, Court Rules

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 15:04

"All told, the sentencing judge's conduct below—injudicious though it was—did not amount to an extraordinary situation that constitutes a violation of due process," Fourth Circuit Judges James Wynn Jr., Albert Diaz and Henry Floyd said in their ruling.


'You Are Acting Inappropriately': 2nd Circuit Judge Scolds Lawyer Before Kicking Him Out

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 10:54

In an interview hours after the hearing, New York lawyer Todd Bank said he could have been more cordial, but he didn't regret his comments in court.


Daily Dicta: Major Hotel Chains Hit With Lawsuits Seeking to Hold Them Liable for Sex Trafficking

Thu, 12/12/2019 - 01:12

None of the plaintiffs allege that the hotels actively participated in their trafficking. But did they knowingly benefit from it?


Jones Day Sues Pharma Client Over $5.3M Unpaid Bill

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 18:23

The law firm claims Serenity Pharmaceuticals stopped paying its bills roughly a year ago, and it's threatening to dip into the chief executives' pocket in order to get paid.


'Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury': How to Handle Your First Trial Like a Seasoned Vet

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:56

Be mindful of the jury. Be ready for the unexpected.