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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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Veterans Have a Right to Bring Class Actions, Court Rules

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:27:34 +0000

A special veterans' court has the ability to hear class actions, an appellate court found.

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Legislation Would Make Cruise Lines Pay More for Deaths at Sea

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:59:35 +0000

Legislation introduced in Congress on Wednesday would expose cruise operators to broader damages for passenger deaths, bringing the industry in line with airlines and land transportation companies. The Cruise Passenger Protection Act would allow the families of passengers who die in international waters as a result of negligence to recover damages for loss of care, comfort […]

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Imitation Game: The Legal Implications of Voice Cloning

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:27:45 +0000

“I am not a robot. My intonation is always different.” — “Donald Trump” “I am not a robot. My intonation is always different.” —”Barack Obama” Presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama never actually uttered the line, or at least those 10 words in that order. But over at the website, you can play recordings […]

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Documents Offer a Peek into Fight Over National Security Gag Orders

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:50:51 +0000

A federal court in Washington, D.C., has unsealed a batch of legal documents that shed light on an early test of a 2015 law the allows companies to challenge gag orders in national security investigations. The dispute began in February 2016, when a service provider asked for judicial review of a gag order preventing the […]

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Chadbourne Votes Out Partner Suing for Gender Discrimination

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:14:22 +0000

Chadbourne & Parke LLP partner Kerrie Campbell, who sued the firm last August for gender discrimination, has been voted out of the partnership, according to the firm and her lawyer. The decision follows a partnership vote held Thursday, both sides say. Ms. Campbell’s lawyer, David Sanford, said it’s further evidence of retaliation against the Washington, […]

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Former Pharma Exec. Shkreli and His Lawyer to Get Separate Trials

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:41:32 +0000

Former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli will receive a separate trial from his former lawyer after a federal judge on Wednesday ruled that trying the two men together for securities fraud and conspiracy would prevent Mr. Shkreli from receiving a constitutionally fair trial.

What Aaron Hernandez and Kenneth Lay Have in Common

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:38:29 +0000

Aaron Hernandez was a convicted murderer. But his apparent suicide appears to leave the former pro-football star an innocent man — at least technically under state law. Reports the Boston Globe: In the eyes of the state of Massachusetts, former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez died an innocent man, thanks to an archaic legal […]

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More Plaintiffs Join ‘Emoluments’ Lawsuit Against Trump

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 20:17:31 +0000

An organization of restaurant workers and a hotel booking agent in Washington, D.C. have joined a federal lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of receiving unconstitutional “emoluments.” As The Wall Street Journal earlier reported, Mr. Trump faces a lawsuit claiming his business interests run afoul of rarely litigated constitutional provisions aimed at preserving presidential independence and […]

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