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Despite Withering ABA Assessment, Senate Confirms Lawrence VanDyke to the Ninth Circuit

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 16:54

Lawrence VanDyke, the former solicitor general of Nevada and Montana, received a "not qualified" rating from judicial vetters at the American Bar Association and his nomination faced vocal opposition from LBGTQ groups and gun control advocates.

        

Supreme Court Rules USPTO Can't Recover Fees When Patent Applicants Take It to Court

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 14:56

The decision made a winner of Irell & Manella partner Morgan Chu in his first argument to the Supreme Court and his California-based client, cancer treatment startup NantKwest.

        

Fifth Circuit Issues Guidance To Courts On Handling Frivolous Claims

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 13:30

Some claims are so insubstantial, implausible and devoid of merit that they don't raise to the level of a federal controversy, said the opinion by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

        

The Worst Place to Get Sued Is

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 11:58

Philadelphia tops the American Tort Reform Foundation's annual list of 'judicial hellholes.' But hey--it's also got the Liberty Bell, cheesesteak sandwiches and the "Rocky steps," so it can't be all bad.

        

Daily Dicta: Why 2020 Looks Good for Litigators (But No One Else)

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 07:30

Norton Rose Fulbright surveyed nearly 300 in-house counsel about what they see on the litigation horizon in 2020.

        

Headhunter Lawsuits Put Spotlight on Secretive Industry Focused on Partner Moves

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 00:45

With new headhunters entering the industry and big money that can be made as partner pay packages increase, the competition for candidates and credit has gotten fierce.

        

Shout-Out: Mayer Brown Associate Wins Nationwide Preliminary Injunction in Immigration Fee Waiver Suit

Wed, 12/11/2019 - 00:11

"Immigration is an issue I'm really passionate about," said Niketa Patel, a sixth-year litigation associate who is based in Mayer Brown's New York office.

        

In Nike Extortion Trial, Avenatti Seeks to Exclude Evidence of Personal Finances

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 17:26

Avenatti claims he was merely doing his job as an advocate for his client, and said he plans to subpoena Nike over its payment practices. Trial in the case is set to begin Jan. 21.

        

Hueston Hennigan Sues DHS and ICE to Revive Hotline for Detained Immigrants Featured on 'Orange Is the New Black'

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 17:05

The firm's lawyers write that in "the most perverse form of art imitating life imitating art" the government shut down free access to the hotline after it appeared in a plotline in the popular Netflix prison series.

        

Mystery Recruiter ID'd in Suit Against Kilpatrick Townsend Partner Pair

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 16:50

"I don't think he wanted people in the legal industry knowing he sued his former clients," said a defense attorney in the breach of contract suit Partners Legal Search filed over a search fee.

        

Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page, Taunted by Trump, Sues DOJ and FBI for Violating Her Privacy by Leaking Texts

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 14:58

Page has hired Arnold & Porter's Amy Jeffress and Kaitlin Konkel for the lawsuit.

        

DOJ Faces Skeptical Supreme Court in $12B Obamacare Dispute

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 13:45

"Why doesn't the government have to pay its contracts like everyone else?" Justice Stephen Breyer asked at one point during Tuesday's arguments.

        

Former DOJ Leaders Slam Barr's Commentary on Inspector General's Report

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 11:06

"This is the first attorney general in the history of presidential impeachment proceedings to enlist as a partisan warrior on behalf of a President," one former DOJ lawyer said in a statement issued by the conservative legal group Checks & Balances.

        

Philadelphia Court Tops 'Judicial Hellholes' List

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 08:10

New venues to make the American Tort Reform Association's annual Top 10 list are Georgia, for its "nuclear verdicts," and Oklahoma, due to its $572 million judgment in the first trial over the opioid crisis.

        

Daily Dicta: Representing Corporations Does Not Make You Evil, Elizabeth Warren Edition

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 00:37

How could Warren in good conscience oppose asbestos poisoning victims who were fighting to bring new claims against insurance giant Travelers? The nuanced answer: Easily.

        

Letter to the Editor: Lawyer for British Caver Who Sued Musk Claims 'Justice Worked' Despite Defense Verdict

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 18:20

"Nothing about Mr. Musk's comments was factual and anyone who thought otherwise would be ignoring the truth as established in a court of law," writes L. Lin Wood.

        

9th Circ. Considers 'Qualcomm': Will 'Fake Facts' Overcome Legitimate State Interests?

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 17:20

Antitrust laws serve vital government interests by promoting free competition and innovation and protecting consumer welfare. The language of the Sherman Act and Clayton Act and their state law analogues, as well as their legislative histories, make that clear.

        

Weil Faces Sharp Fee Objections in Ditech Bankruptcy

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:53

The New York law firm was one of several firms overbilling for services in the Chapter 11 case of a mortgage company, the U.S. trustee found in a review of final fee applications.

        

Kozinski Contends Due Process Rights at Stake in Copyright Case Against 'Shape of Water' Filmmakers

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:06

Nearly two years after abruptly retiring amid sexual harassment allegations, the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit returned to the court to argue on behalf of the son of a playwright who claims the filmmakers ripped off copyrighted elements of his father's...

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Alex Kozinski Makes Post-Retirement Debut at Ninth Circuit in 'Shape of Water' Case

Mon, 12/09/2019 - 15:06

Nearly two years after abruptly retiring amid sexual harassment allegations, the former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit returned to the court to argue on behalf of the son of a playwright who claims the filmmakers ripped off copyrighted elements of his father's...

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