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The WSJ Law Blog: 2006-2017

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 14:34:34 +0000

More than a decade ago, The Wall Street Journal launched Law Blog. It had a simple name but a novel approach to legal coverage in the pre-Twitter era. The goal: to deliver readers interested in national legal affairs the latest news and rapid authoritative analysis.

Former DOJ Criminal Division Head to Join Latham

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:01:23 +0000

The former head of the Justice Department’s criminal division is joining the law firm Latham & Watkins, the firm announced on Wednesday, making the firm now home to two former assistant attorney generals for the criminal division, and three senior members of the Enron task force.

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Hogan Lovells Launches in Boston with Acquisition of Investigations Firm

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:40:35 +0000

Hogan Lovells is opening a Boston office with the acquisition of a boutique firm.

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LexisNexis Snaps Up Legal Tech Startup Ravel Law

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:00:01 +0000

When it comes to the future of lawyering, LexisNexis is doubling down on big data. The company took its latest step Thursday toward turning lawyers into data analysts with the acquisition of Ravel Law, a five-year-old San Francisco company that uses its technology to glean insights by mining millions of pages of legal documents. LexisNexis parent company RELX […]

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A Rooney Rule for Law Firms? Project Aims to Promote More Women

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:05:08 +0000

When the National Football League realized it had a diversity problem, it implemented the Rooney Rule, which requires teams to consider a minority candidate when hiring top coaching positions. Now, 30 law firms are trying to bring that concept to the legal profession, another industry largely lacking in diversity.

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Don’t Block Twitter Followers, First Amendment Activists Tell Trump

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 19:20:38 +0000

Is there a constitutional right to follow President Donald Trump on Twitter? It’s a question that no one thought to pose until recently.

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Litigation Finance Arrangements Need to be Disclosed, Chamber Argues

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 20:53:08 +0000

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Legal Reform is renewing a campaign to require plaintiffs to disclose third-party financing arrangements in all civil cases filed in federal court. Lisa Rickard, president of the Institute for Legal Reform, sent a letter late last week to the office of the U.S. courts asking the committee on […]

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The Various Shades of Blue (Slips)

Fri, 26 May 2017 21:07:45 +0000

For federal judicial nominations, the Senate adheres to a custom known as the “blue slip,” a form that senators fill out to register support for or opposition to nominees to serve on courts in their state. If a home-state senator, Democrat or Republican, objects to the president’s nominee by withholding or returning a negative blue […]

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The Legend of Honest Charlie

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:40:36 +0000

Courtesy of Judge Charles Ramos of the New York Supreme Court’s commercial division comes the legend of “Honest Charlie.” Who was Honest Charlie? According to a tale told in open court, Charlie was a flimflam man and habitué of the Corinthian-columned courthouse in Lower Manhattan’s Foley Square. His story was brought alive at a recent […]

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Jury Awards Starbucks Customer $100,000 Over Hot Coffee Spill

Thu, 18 May 2017 22:27:37 +0000

For Starbucks, it was an expensive cup of coffee — $100,000 to be exact. In 2014, Florida resident Joanne Mogavero drove to a Starbucks shop in Jacksonville for a cup of coffee. She sued Starbucks after the beverage she bought spilled on her. She claimed in a lawsuit that the lip popped off as a drive-thru barista handed […]

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Justice Alito: ‘My Faith Gives Me an Answer’

Thu, 18 May 2017 19:13:46 +0000

Addressing future Catholic priests, Justice Samuel Alito on Wednesday talked about his faith and warned of a growing threat to religious freedom in the country. The justice’s remarks came during his visit to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary outside of Philadelphia. He received an honorary degree and spoke to graduates of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia-affiliated seminary. […]

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Constitutional Law Scholar Chemerinsky to Lead UC Berkeley Law

Wed, 17 May 2017 22:09:01 +0000

Erwin Chemerinsky is the new dean at UC Berkeley School of Law.

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Ex-Foley & Lardner Partner Charged With Insider Trading

Thu, 11 May 2017 21:36:30 +0000

A Florida lawyer is accused of insider trading using internal law firm documents.

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Iowa Bankruptcy Judge Scolds Weil Gotshal Over High Fees

Wed, 10 May 2017 15:19:08 +0000

The Iowa judge who is overseeing the bankruptcy of aerospace-parts manufacturer Wellman Dynamics Corp. called a legal bill from the Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm “staggering” and cut the firm’s million-dollar payment in half.

Obama’s Antitrust Chief Baer to Return to Arnold & Porter

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:00:44 +0000

WASHINGTON — Bill Baer, who made a splash as the Obama Justice Department’s antitrust chief during the recent deal boom, is returning to private practice at his former law firm, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

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Tennessee’s ‘Natural Meaning’ Law Faces Court Challenge

Tue, 09 May 2017 17:01:44 +0000

A new Tennessee law requires judges to interpret undefined words in the Tennessee Code by their “natural and ordinary meaning.” Four days after Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed the legislation, it’s come under a legal challenge from same-sex couples concerned about how it would apply it to words such as “husband,” “wife,” “father,” “mother,” “woman” […]

Executive Order on Religious Freedom: What It Does (and Doesn’t Do)

Thu, 04 May 2017 20:04:48 +0000

President Donald Trump’s most recent executive order is probably most noteworthy for what it doesn’t do, so we’ll start there. In February, The Wall Street Journal and other news outlets reported that a draft executive order on religious freedom, sweeping in scope, was circulating in the administration. It would have forced the federal government to “accommodate” […]

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Judicial Association Decries Personal Attacks on Judges

Wed, 03 May 2017 17:12:28 +0000

A national judicial association has a message to political leaders who make personal attacks on judges: Back off. The American Judges Association is encouraging its members to defend judges who’ve been targeted by disparaging rhetoric. At the group’s mid-year conference in Arlington, Va., last week, AJA’s board of governors released a statement expressing alarm over what it described as […]

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Crowell & Moring Hires Homeland Security Lawyer in Los Angeles

Tue, 02 May 2017 12:58:25 +0000

Crowell & Moring hired a lawyer from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Obama Administration Lawyer Returns to Jenner & Block

Mon, 01 May 2017 19:06:36 +0000

Jenner & Block is hiring back Ian Gershengorn, the former acting solicitor general in the Obama administration.

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