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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 Lyrebird.ai, 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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Lawyer Runs Pyongyang Marathon

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:10:41 +0000

It’s not what one would call a dream vacation: Travel to one of the world’s most repressive nations and subject yourself to a grueling test of physical endurance. Kevin Jones, head of the China labor and employment practice at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, hails from the U.S. but lives and practices in Shanghai. He traveled to […]


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Defamation Case Won’t Distract Trump, Former ‘Apprentice’ Contestant Argues

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 18:08:53 +0000

A former 'Apprentice' star suing Donald Trump for defamation says he shouldn't be protected by presidential immunity.


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Davis Polk Welcomes Back Female Lawyers Who Took Break From Law

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:39:28 +0000

Davis Polk & Wardwell is hiring back women who have left the firm for years.


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Boies Schiller Picks Up Los Angeles Boutique Caldwell Leslie

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:30:42 +0000

Boies Schiller Flexner is absorbing Los Angeles litigation boutique Caldwell Leslie.


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Ruling in Digital Copyright Case Puts a Dent in DMCA’s Safe Harbor Shield

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 22:38:51 +0000

A federal appeals court ruling Friday has the potential to raise copyright liability risks for online platforms that allow users to moderate content post by other users. The case decided by the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concerns the “safe harbor” protections of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the law that insulates sites […]



Posner vs. Scalia: Title VII Ruling Lays Bare Judicial Rift on Reading the Law

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 17:53:30 +0000

Kimberly Hively vs. Ivy Tech Community College was the title of the gay rights case decided Tuesday by the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But it could also have been called Judge Posner vs. Justice Scalia. As The Wall Street Journal’s Joe Palazzolo reports, the federal appeals court ruled that gay employees should be […]


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New York’s Top Court Rejects Facebook’s Warrant Challenge

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:27:56 +0000

New York’s highest court on Tuesday rejected effort to challenge search warrants demanding information about hundreds of customers in connection with a Social Security fraud probe. As Law Blog earlier reported, New York City prosecutors obtained the warrants as part of a sweeping investigation into fraudulent Social Security disability claims, including claims submitted by retired […]


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Trump’s Personal Lawyer Forms Alliance with Squire Patton Boggs

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:14:54 +0000

Michael Cohen, a lawyer to President Donald Trump, has forged an alliance with law firm Squire Patton Boggs.


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Law Firm Fired by Left-Leaning Client Because of its Work for Trump

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:57:00 +0000

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP has a lost client because of its work for another client: President Donald Trump. Wallace Global Fund, a left-leaning private foundation, has terminated its relationship with Morgan Lewis as a protest against Mr. Trump and the firm’s handling of his business conflicts. The fund’s decision was “out of profound disagreement […]


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Germany Must Face Nazi-Era Art Restitution Case in U.S. Court

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 21:28:11 +0000

A U.S. court said Germany must face claims here in a Nazi art-restitution case.


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Ruling Slamming Bank of America Could Benefit California Law Schools

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 15:40:03 +0000

A $45 million fine on Bank of America could be an unexpected windfall for California's law schools.


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Judge Orders Man to Hold Sign Declaring He’s the ‘Face of Domestic Abuse’

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:09:46 +0000

In front of a Guilford County courthouse in North Carolina this week stood a man holding a poster with a hand-written message: “This is the face of domestic abuse.” It wasn’t a bizarre publicity stunt but a court-imposed public shaming. According to CBS affiliate WFMY-TV, Guilford County District Judge Mark Cummings ordered a man convicted of […]