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Proposed Trump Budget Would End Legal Services Corp.

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:23:14 +0000

A budget proposed by President Donald Trump would eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corp., which funds civil legal aid to the poor.

5 Things to Know About the Ruling Blocking Trump’s Travel Ban

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 04:09:59 +0000

Hawaii U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson Wednesday put on hold President Donald Trump's revised travel ban, which temporarily blocked travelers from six majority-Muslim countries. Here are five things to know about the ruling.

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On Issue of Preet, New York Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio Stay Mum

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:33:03 +0000

The firing of U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara was the talk of New York on Monday, but New York's top two Democrats had nothing to say about it.

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House Approves Bill That Would Curb Class Actions

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:52:10 +0000

A bill to curb class-action lawsuits cleared the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday.

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Boies Schiller Hires FCC Enforcement Chief

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:00:49 +0000

Travis LeBlanc, the former head of enforcement at the Federal Communications Commission, has joined Boies Schiller Flexner.

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Interior Secretary Rescinds Ban on Lead Bullets

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 21:59:13 +0000

President Donald Trump’s new interior secretary​ ​withdrew a decree issued in the final hours of the Obama administration that would have phased out lead bullets and fishing tackle on wildlife refuges. Secretary Ryan Zinke​ ​said in a document signed Thursday that the order was issued without​ ​”significant communication, consultation or coordination” with stakeholders. “Given these […]

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When Neil Gorsuch was a Rebel College Journalist

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 17:01:11 +0000

A look back at Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's time as a conservative college journalist at Columbia University.

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Judge Gorsuch’s Plan to Save the Civil Jury Trial

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:04:35 +0000

The federal judiciary is mulling a plan hatched by Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch that he thinks might save the civil jury trial from the brink of extinction. The idea would be to make jury trials the default standard in civil cases instead of requiring a litigant to formally demand that a jury hear the […]

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Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Tea Party Logos at Polling Places

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:18:07 +0000

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a Minnesota ban on wearing political insignia at polling places, throwing out a lawsuit by tea-party groups that alleged they were victims of selective enforcement. A three-judge panel of the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the law itself wasn’t unconstitutional and said the plaintiffs failed to produce […]

Judge Silberman: Ginsburg and Comey Were Out of Line

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:01:33 +0000

U.S. Circuit Court Judge Laurence Silberman has a message for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and FBI Director James Comey: You're out of order!

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Orrick Losing Star IP Litigator to Goodwin

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:33:13 +0000

Orrick is losing intellectual property litigator Neel Chatterjee to Goodwin.

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Disability Discrimination Suit Over McDonald’s Drive-Thrus Clears Hurdle

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:09:23 +0000

A federal judge in Chicago ruled that a blind man can bring a discrimination suit against McDonald's Corp. over the company's alleged policy of excluding pedestrians from its drive-thru windows.

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Sirius XM Scores Win in Copyright Dispute Over Oldies Royalties

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:43:30 +0000

A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday dealt a serious legal blow to an effort to make radio broadcasters pay performance royalties to oldies rock bands.

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Texas Backs President Trump in Travel Ban Case

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:43:45 +0000

President-elect Donald Trump has a new ally in the legal defense of his executive order restricting travel from seven countries: the state of Texas. Texas’ Republican attorney general on Wednesday filed court papers endorsing Mr. Trump’s travel ban as a “lawful exercise” of executive authority and attacking legal challengers for trying to “interfere with the president’s national-security […]

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Plaintiffs’ Firm Squares Off with Trump Administration

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:49:13 +0000

Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, a 90-lawyer plaintiffs' firm known for suing big companies and banks, has positioned itself as an early courtroom foe of President Donald Trump.

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Preet Bharara Goes to Court

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:42:20 +0000

For the first time in the nearly eight years that he's commanded the most powerful federal prosecutor’s office outside of Washington, Mr. Bharara is trying a case himself.

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Judges React to Trump’s Attacks on the Judiciary

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:09:09 +0000

President Donald Trump’s criticism of courts that ruled against his administration recently has generated conflicting views among the nation’s federal judges. Appointed for life, federal judges are typically loath to criticize a sitting president, whose representatives frequently appear before them in court. Four judges agreed to comment on Mr. Trump’s treatment of the courts with […]

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Bankruptcy Judge: Mother Had No Duty to Pay Daughter’s College Bill

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:41:00 +0000

A judge ruled that a Georgia woman didn't have “any legal duty” to pay for her daughter’s college tuition bill before declaring bankruptcy, deepening the fracture between judges on whether financially struggling parents can help their children pay for college.

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The Key Arguments in State of Washington vs. Trump

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:05:21 +0000

A federal appeals court is expected to hear arguments Tuesday on whether President Donald Trump should be allowed — at least for the time being — to enforce his immigration travel ban. A federal judge weighing a lawsuit brought by Washington State and Minnesota ruled last week that the legal case against the White House’s […]

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ABA Votes Down Tougher New Bar-Passage Rule

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:54:19 +0000

A contentious law school-accreditation rule was voted down Monday.

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