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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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Longtime SEC Lawyer Jumps to Simpson Thacher

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 14:24:51 +0000

Michael Osnato Jr. spent eight years at the SEC before joining Simpson Thacher & Barlett.

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Man’s Pacemaker Data ‘Key’ to Arson Probe

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 20:13:44 +0000

An arson case out of Ohio underscores how the proliferation of personal data is factoring into criminal investigations.

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California Law Deans Urge Court to Address Low Bar-Passage Rates

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:41:40 +0000

California's law deans are pushing for a change to address the state's low bar-passage rates.

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Gorsuch’s Case Against Assisted Suicide

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:28:45 +0000

Before becoming a federal judge, U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch wrote prolifically about assisted suicide, a polarizing issue that’s gotten more attention as the right-to-die legalization movement has gained ground nationally and abroad. In law journal articles and in a 300-page book, Judge Gorsuch pushed back against “aid-in-dying” advocates who support giving terminally ill patients […]

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Rapper 50 Cent Sues Reed Smith for $32 Million

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 19:20:43 +0000

Rapper 50 Cent has sued the Reed Smith law firm, accusing its lawyers of mishandling a sex tape lawsuit that left him facing a $7 million judgment. In court papers, lawyers for 50 Cent said that Reed Smith lawyers failed to “follow established legal standards” when preparing for the trial against Lastonia Leviston, who said […]

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Legal Community Reacts to the Nomination

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:12:36 +0000

Legal experts offer opinions on President Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

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Judge Gorsuch: In His Own Words

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:04:51 +0000

Highlights from a few of Judge Neil Gorsuch's opinions and dissents.

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Gorsuch: A Justice Made in Scalia’s Image?

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:04:08 +0000

President Donald Trump has said Supreme Court vacancy should be filled by someone “in the mold” of the late justice, whom he called a “great judge.”U.S. Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch, the president’s choice to fill Justice Scalia’s seat, may offer the closest match.During his tenure on the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver, […]

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2016 A Record Year for Bribery Cases Against Companies — But Not Individuals

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:01:09 +0000

The Justice Department instructed its prosecutors in 2015 to focus more on charging individuals in corporate criminal investigations, but only charged one person in connection with 11 corporate foreign bribery cases brought in 2016, a new report from the law firm Jones Day points out.

NYC Mayor and Trump Head Toward Legal Confrontation Over ‘Sanctuary City’ Order

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:39:14 +0000

New York City and President Donald Trump moved closer to a legal confrontation over immigration as the city’s mayor vowed to sue the Trump administration if it cuts off federal funding to “sanctuary” jurisdictions that shelter residents living in the country illegally. The escalating tensions follow Mr. Trump’s signing of an executive order Wednesday formalizing […]

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