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Jury Urged to Keep Deliberating in South Carolina Police Shooting Case

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 08:33:26 EST

The judge in the murder trial of a former North Charleston, S.C., police officer sent the jury back to work, despite the jury’s insistence that its members were deadlocked.(image)



Gawker Changes Tune on Decision to Publish Hogan Tape

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:15:39 EST

Gawker Media, which has long defended its right to publish a video that showed wrestler Hulk Hogan having sex, is now blaming the ensuing legal battle on a former editor.(image)



Wal-Mart Reaches Settlement in Same-Sex Spouse Benefits Complaint

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:18:20 EST

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reached a tentative agreement to settle a class-action complaint that accused the retailer of discriminating against gay employees and their spouses by denying them health benefits.(image)



Supreme Court to Review Lexmark's Power to Prevent Resale of Toner Cartridges

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 18:18:25 EST

The Supreme Court said it would review Lexmark International’s power to prevent third-party companies from refilling and reselling patented toner cartridges initially sold by the printer manufacturer.(image)



Texas Hospital Leaders Face Bribery Charges

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:49:15 EST

Leaders of Dallas’s Forest Park Medical Center face criminal charges after prosecutors said they paid roughly $40 million worth of bribes and kickbacks to health-care professionals who agreed to send patients to the high-end hospital.(image)



Steven Cohen, SAC Reach $135 Million Insider-Trading Settlement

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:51:09 EST

Billionaire Steven A. Cohen and his former hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors agreed to a $135 million class-action settlement Wednesday, bringing legal costs tied to SAC-related insider-trading cases close to $2 billion.(image)



Bharara Agrees to Stay as Manhattan U.S. Attorney

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:38:23 EST

Preet Bharara has agreed to stay in his current role under the Trump administration, a surprise move that could signal the president-elect is serious about cracking down on Wall Street wrongdoing.(image)



New Policing Strategy Focuses on Better Community Ties

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:03:47 EST

Gary, Ind., is among six cities in a program that fights crime by asking officers to look at their own shortcomings and biases to build relationships in even the most dangerous neighborhoods.(image)



Charlotte Officer Cleared in Keith Lamont Scott Shooting

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:10:35 EST

Prosecutors said a Charlotte, N.C., police officer acted appropriately in the September fatal shooting of a black man that sparked violent protests in the city.(image)



Jury Deliberations Begin in South Carolina Police Shooting Trial

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:36:40 EST

A jury began deliberating on whether former North Charleston, S.C., police officer Michael Slager is guilty of unlawfully killing unarmed black motorist Walter Scott.(image)



Trump's Vow to Exit His Businesses Draws Questions

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:47:43 EST

The president-elect said he is taking steps to separate himself from his businesses “to fully focus on running the country.” But House Democrats and others questioned whether conflicts of interest would remain if his adult children take control of his global real-estate empire.(image)



Maryland Stands Down in 400-Year-Old Fight With West Virginia Over Potomac Water

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:01:37 EST

Maryland has agreed to give neighboring West Virginia unchecked access to water from the Potomac River, ending a flare up that briefly entangled consumer products giant Procter & Gamble Co.(image)



Air France Workers Get Suspended Jail Terms in Torn-Shirt Case

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:58:18 EST

A French criminal court convicted three Air France workers of aggravated assault and sentenced them to suspended jail terms for accosting two company executives and tearing off their shirts.(image)



Uber's 'Not a Taxi Company' Defense on Trial in EU

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:34:55 EST

The stakes couldn’t be much higher, as the company fights being regulated as a transportation provider in the European Court of Justice, its business model effectively on trial.(image)



Mozido Founder Pleads Guilty to Making Illegal Campaign Contributions

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:39:31 EST

Michael Liberty, the founder of one of the most highly-valued U.S. financial-technology startups pleaded guilty this week to making illegal contributions to a presidential campaign five years ago.(image)



Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Texas Death-Penalty Rules

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:01:35 EST

The Supreme Court appeared skeptical Tuesday of Texas legal rules that permit execution of convicts who are considered intellectually disabled under current medical standards.(image)



Former New York Judge Charged With Reducing Fine for Sexual Favors

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:21:00 EST

Delmar House was justice for Jefferson County’s Village of West Carthage near the Canadian border.(image)



Affordable-Housing Case Reaches New Jersey Supreme Court

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:20:09 EST

The New Jersey Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday on whether more than 200 towns and cities should have to allow tens of thousands of affordable-housing units to be built.(image)



Theranos Sued for Alleged Fraud by Robertson Stephens Co-Founder Colman

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 19:06:05 EST

Robertson Stephens & Co. co-founder Robert Colman accused Theranos Inc. in a lawsuit filed Monday of making false and misleading claims about its operations and technology while soliciting money from investors.(image)



Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Can Act as His Own Attorney

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 08:27:32 EST

Dylann Roof will represent himself in a hate-crimes trial under way in Charleston, S.C., a decision made by a federal judge after days of closed-door hearings on the accused mass shooter’s competency.(image)



Accused Killer of Etan Patz Took Fetal Position in Police Interview, Witness Says

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:14:37 EST

Several hours into a police interview of the man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, suspect Pedro Hernandez was curled on the floor in the fetal position and asking to go home, an assistant district attorney testified Monday.(image)



Cravath Doesn't Change Bonuses

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:27:39 EST

Elite law firm Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP told its junior lawyers Monday that year-end bonuses will be the same as last year’s, a sign that law firms continue to tread somewhat carefully in the postrecession world.(image)



Zenefits Hit With $7 Million Fine by California Insurance Regulator

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:42:42 EST

Health-benefits broker Zenefits was fined $7 million by the California Department of Insurance on Monday, one of the largest penalties the agency has assessed for licensing violations in its history.(image)



Anthem and Cigna at Odds Over Proposed Merger

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:51:00 EST

Newly unsealed court testimony shows health insurers Anthem and Cigna have significant disagreements over their proposed merger, offering details about a rift that is highly unusual for two companies pressing to merge.(image)



Defense in Patz Case Puts Transcript in Play

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:27:29 EST

The retrial of Pedro Hernandez, accused of killing Etan Patz in 1979, has been unfolding much as the first one did. This time, though, defense attorneys have the transcript from the first trial to use.(image)



Criminal-Justice Reform Efforts Face New Uncertainty

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 20:52:43 EST

Efforts to overhaul criminal-justice laws have been a hot topic in Washington and a rare spot of bipartisan agreement. But advocates of easing laws that have led to the nation’s high incarceration rates are struggling to figure out President-elect Donald Trump’s views on the subject.(image)



Judge Rules Dylann Roof Competent to Stand Trial

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:53:48 EST

A federal judge ruled Friday that Dylann Roof, the South Carolina man accused of killing nine black worshipers at a Charleston, S.C., church last year, is competent to stand trial.(image)



Contractors Settle Case Over Cleanup Effort at Hanford Nuclear Site

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 20:44:31 EST

The U.S. Department of Justice announced that two major contractors at the cleanup effort at the Hanford nuclear-weapons site have agreed to pay $125 million to settle allegations they had made false statements to the government and provided deficient materials and services.(image)



House Republicans Ask to Put on Hold Case Against Obama's Health-Care Law

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:44:40 EST

Attorneys for the U.S. House of Representatives asked a federal court to delay a lawsuit over President Barack Obama’s signature health-care law, citing negotiations with President-elect Donald Trump over the future of the Affordable Care Act.(image)



Anthem-Cigna Antitrust Trial: Day Two

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:26:39 EST

The Justice Department and health insurer Anthem Inc. each sought to score points Tuesday when Cigna Corp. Chief Executive David Cordani took the witness stand in a trial that will determine the fate of the two companies’ proposed merger.(image)



Baltimore Felony Conviction Rates Fall Under Current District Attorney

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 21:39:05 EST

The rate of felony convictions of Baltimore’s top prosecutor Marilyn Mosby dropped soon after she took office in January 2015, and the lower rate has persisted at a time of increased violent crime.(image)



Brooklyn Man Arrested in Alleged Terror Plot

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:46:11 EST

Federal authorities arrested a Brooklyn man accused of attempting to join Islamic State, who they said was recorded plotting an attack on Times Square.(image)



Ally to Pay $52 Million to Resolve Justice Department ResCap Probe

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:45:39 EST

Ally Financial Inc. said it will pay $52 million under a settlement related to Residential Capital LLC mortgage-backed securities.(image)



Antitrust Trial for Anthem-Cigna Begins

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 21:20:55 EST

The Justice Department and Anthem Inc. kicked off an antitrust trial by presenting starkly different visions of the health insurer’s proposed Cigna acquisition, vying to set the terms in a proceeding with high stakes for both companies.(image)



Anorexic Woman Can Refuse Force-Feedings, Court Rules

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:33:39 EST

An anorexic woman who weighs 69 pounds can refuse force-feedings, a New Jersey superior court judge ruled. The woman told the court that she doesn’t want food or water and wants to enter palliative care.(image)



Platinum Partners Fund Obtains Litigation Shield

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 17:06:01 EST

Platinum Partners’ flagship hedge fund secured a legal shield that puts on-hold litigation accusing the troubled fund of looting Texas oil and gas company Black Elk Energy Offshore.(image)



Anthem to Defend Cigna Deal in Court

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:07:49 EST

The trial starts Monday in the Justice Department’s challenge to health insurer Anthem’s $48 billion acquisition of reluctant partner Cigna, a case that could produce unusual courtroom drama.(image)



Obama Offers Trump Advice on Conflicts of Interest

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:16:20 EST

President Barack Obama said he advised Donald Trump to secure a strong White House counsel to avoid any possible conflicts of interest generated by the president-elect’s global business interests.(image)



Shell Fights Lawsuits Over Environmental Record in Nigeria

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 21:20:37 EST

Royal Dutch Shell fights lawsuits this coming week in London and the Netherlands over its environmental record in Nigeria, highlighting problems the company faces as it tries to pivot away from the West African nation.(image)



Theranos, David Boies Cut Legal Ties

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:18:34 EST

The famed litigator and his law firm stopped doing work for Theranos after disagreeing about how to handle government investigations of the blood-testing company.(image)



Hyperloop One Settles Litigation With Co-Founder

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:47:33 EST

Hyperloop One Inc. has settled litigation involving a co-founder and other employees, the high-speed transportation startup said Friday.(image)



U.S. Prosecutors Charge Former Valeant, Philidor Executives

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 20:22:47 EST

Federal prosecutors filed charges against former Valeant executive Gary Tanner and former Philidor Chief Executive Andrew Davenport, alleging they engaged in a multimillion-dollar fraud and kickback scheme.(image)



Police Officer in Minnesota Faces Manslaughter Charges in Shooting of Black Man

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 19:38:27 EST

The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot a legally armed black motorist during a traffic stop in a Twin Cities suburb has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.(image)



Federal Judge Grants Array of Sentences to Men Convicted of Supporting Islamic State

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 23:28:07 EST

A federal judge in Minneapolis gave a wide range of sentences to nine men convicted of supporting Islamic State, reflecting the tough balance for judges between punishment and rehabilitation when sentencing young terrorist sympathizers.(image)



Judge Effectively Kills Rule Forcing Employers to Disclose Anti-Union Deliberations

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:59:29 EST

A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Wednesday that effectively kills a federal labor rule created to give unions and workers more insight into talks employers have with legal counsel about thwarting union organizing campaigns.(image)



Gawker Liquidation Plan Includes Legal Shield for Writers

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:15:10 EST

Dozens of former writers and editors at Gawker will receive a legal shield designed to protect them from lawsuits arising from stories they wrote for the entertainment and gossip website in return for backing a liquidation plan.(image)



Indonesia Sends Blasphemy Case Against Christian Governor to Court

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 10:57:37 EST

Police named Indonesia’s most prominent Christian politician as a suspect in a blasphemy case, threatening a reputation for religious tolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country.(image)



Preet Bharara: Supreme Court May Ease Insider-Trading Prosecutions

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:45:14 EST

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara defended his office’s pursuit of insider trading and said the Supreme Court may soon make it easier for his prosecutors to pursue such cases.(image)



Turkish Official Asked U.S. Attorney General to Release Reza Zarrab

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:24:47 EST

A top Turkish government official recently met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and told her the prosecution of Turkish businessman Reza Zarrab was “based on no evidence,” according to a court filing unsealed Tuesday.(image)



Suit Says Glaxo's Conduct Led to Couple's Imprisonment in China

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:28:19 EST

Two former corporate investigators sued GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday, alleging that the drugmaker hired them under false pretenses that led the pair to be imprisoned in China.(image)



Legal Damages Upheld in Fatal Jeep Fire

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:05:45 EST

A Georgia appeals court upheld $40 million in legal damages against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV stemming from a Jeep fire that killed a 4-year-old boy.(image)



Amazon Sues Sellers for Offering Fake Goods on Its Site

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:33:38 EST

Amazon.com Inc. this week filed lawsuits targeting sellers allegedly listing counterfeit goods on its website, publicly cracking down on an issue that has caused increasing friction.(image)



Sandy Hook Families Appeal in Lawsuit Against Maker, Seller of Gun

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 21:46:15 EST

Families of some of those killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting asked the Connecticut Supreme Court to hear an appeal on a ruling that dismissed their claims against the companies involved in the making and selling of the gun used in the attack.(image)



Trump Looks to Put His Stamp on the Courts

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:48:27 EST

The vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court may be the most talked-about empty seat in the federal judiciary, but dozens more await Donald Trump and his White House throughout the lower courts.(image)



New Priorities Likely for U.S. Attorney Offices

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:48:41 EST

Federal investigations with ties to public officials probably will move forward in the Trump administration, although the types of cases that the U.S. Justice Department will pursue over the longer term is more uncertain(image)



Civics Game Advanced by Former Justice Is Classroom Hit

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:48:54 EST

Amid a contentious presidential campaign, a civics videogame from a group founded by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor got a lot of play in New York and New Jersey classrooms.(image)



Republican Victories Likely to Alter Supreme Court's Docket

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:14:09 EST

Cases already in the court’s pipeline are likely to be removed as the Trump administration reverses policies advanced under President Obama, even before the Republican nominates a successor to fill Justice Scalia’s seat.(image)



Judge Orders Bottled-Water Deliveries in Flint

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 19:29:17 EST

More than a year after Michigan officials began addressing lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, a federal judge ordered that the state and city must deliver bottled water to residents.(image)