Ex-Guantanamo detainee acquitted on all but one charge

[JURIST] The first civilian trial of an ex-Guantanamo detainee ended on Wednesday with the jury convicting [FBI press release] Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] on only one of 285 counts of conspiracy, murder and atte...

Federal Judge Pleads Guilty to Drug Felony, Faces Less Than a Year in Jail

U.S. District Senior Judge Jack T. Camp pleaded guilty Friday to a drug felony and misdemeanors associated with his arrest after a string of liaisons with a stripper and prostitute.

Senate approves minority farmer settlements

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Friday authorized by voice vote settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include [AP report] $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department o...

FBI reports hate crime decrease for 2009

[JURIST] The number of reported hate crime incidents and victims decreased in 2009, according to the FBI Hate Crime Statistics report [materials; press release] released Monday. The number of reported incidents was down to 6,604 from 7,783 in 2008, whi...

Federal appeals court allows ruling against warrantless GPS tracking to stand

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday declined [opinion, PDF] to rehear en banc a bid by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to overturn a decision that prevents the governm...

Attorneys: Companies conspired not to settle with flight attendants sickened by secondhand cigarette smoke

Lawyers for flight attendants who say they were sickened by secondhand cigarette smoke want a judge to hit tobacco companies with $30 million in sanctions for crafting an agreement they say violates Florida's good faith laws.

Fla. Chief Justice Says Foreclosures Must Be Open

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady has issued a memorandum directing chief judges of the state's trial courts to ensure foreclosure proceedings are open to the public.

Jury: BankAtlantic misled investors

BankAtlantic Bancorp misled investors about its banking subsidiary's financial health as South Florida's commercial real estate market headed downhill in the recession, a Miami federal jury found today in a shareholder class action. The verdict could b...

Supreme Court to rule on Arizona campaign finance scheme

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases, consolidating two cases concerning campaign financing [JURIST news archive]. In Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom C...

11th Circuit to Rehear Death Penalty Case

The full 11th Circuit said it will reconsider a ruling that struck down part of Georgia's death penalty law requiring proof beyond a reasonable doubt for mental retardation claims.

New Jersey high court rules efforts to recall US senator unconstitutional

[JURIST] The New Jersey Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that a state statute and portion of the New Jersey Constitution [text] authorizing the recall of US senators is unconstitutional. The ruling was issued in a case inv...

Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Chandra Levy Murder

A man imprisoned for attacking two joggers was found guilty of killing Chandra Levy, wrapping up a mystery that took down a congressman and captured the nation's attention a decade ago.

Judge denies immunity claim in Virginia Tech wrongful death lawsuit

[JURIST] A Virginia circuit court judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit by two families whose children were killed in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting [JURIST news archive] can proceed against school administrators, despite their claims of sovereign immunit...

Remember to Be Grateful, Lawyers

Being thankful may not come easily to lawyers, who are trained to look for what is wrong or what could go wrong. But Molly Peckman, director of associate development at Dechert, reminds lawyers to appreciate the "what" and "who" in their lives -- not w...

Former Greenberg Traurig associate loses license for fake billing

A former Greenberg Traurig associate has surrendered his law license to the Supreme Court of Georgia following a finding that he billed nearly $500,000 under assumed names.

Former Clifford Chance Associate Sues Firm for Discrimination

A former Clifford Chance associate has sued the firm for discrimination, claiming the London-based firm targeted women and minorities when it laid off six associates in November 2007. In a complaint filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Karen Ramdhanie sai...

Arizona, Oklahoma voters approve measures to block health care mandate

[JURIST] The voters of Arizona, Oklahoma and Colorado on Tuesday voted on state constitutional amendments seeking to make the individual mandate provision of the recent health care reform law [HR 3590 materials; JURIST news archive] unenforceable in their states. In Arizona, Proposition 106 [text] passed 55.4 percent to 44.6 percent [unofficial results]. The amendment purports to "preserve the freedom of Arizonans to provide for their health care" by prohibiting compulsory participation in "any health care system." In Oklahoma, Question 756...

Remember to Be Grateful, Lawyers

Being thankful may not come easily to lawyers, who are trained to look for what is wrong or what could go wrong. But Molly Peckman, director of associate development at Dechert, reminds lawyers to appreciate the "what" and "who" in their lives -- not w...

New Pitcher Probably Won't Mean Relief for Bonds

In court papers, Melinda Haag's prosecutors point to a way around evidence bar

Nevada voters reject eminent domain ballot measure

[JURIST] Nevada voters rejected [official results] a ballot measure Tuesday to amend the state constitution [text] to repeal and amend provisions relating to the government's use of eminent domain to acquire private property. The amendment [summary, PDF] sought to define five exceptions to a general prohibition against exercising eminent domain to transfer property from one private party to another. In addition, the amendment defined "fair market value" and "just compensation" and shielded parties involved in eminent domain proceedings from being...

THE NLJ 250: Vanishing Act: Year II

For the second year in a row, the NLJ 250 declined — the biggest two-year drop in the survey's 33-year history.

Gates calls for repeal of 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' before seating of new Congress

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] called [press release] Sunday for Congress to repeal the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy [10 USC 654; JURIST news archive] before the inauguration of the 112th Congress in January. Following Tuesday's midterm elections [unofficial results], in which Republicans made significant gains in both houses of Congress, it is considered to be less likely that the legislation will pass [AP report] after the seating of the new members. In May, the...

Florida Supreme Court requiring all foreclosure proceedings to be public

[JURIST] Chief Justice Charles Canady [official profile] of the Florida Supreme Court [official website] issued a memorandum [text, PDF] Wednesday to the chief judges of Florida's 20 judicial circuits directing them to ensure that all foreclosure proce...

Patton Boggs Claims Chevron Tried to Scare Firm Away From Ecuador Case

Patton Boggs has filed a declaratory judgment complaint in response to Chevron's attempt to disqualify the firm from representing the Ecuadorian plaintiffs in the Lago Agrio case.

Federal Judge Rules Alaska Court Must Decide Senate Dispute

An Alaska federal judge ruled that Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller's challenge to the counting of write-in ballots raises "serious" issues but is for a state court to decide.

Rights group calls for release of last UK Guantanamo detainee

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday urged the US and the UK to work towards the release [press release] of the last British Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee, Shaker Aamer, whom AI claims is being arbitrarily de...

Supreme Court declines to hear first challenge to health care law

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] the first preliminary challenge to the recently enacted health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive]. Former California lawmaker St...

Justice Watch: BankAtlantic verdict to buoy suits against big banks

Since enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, attorneys in the field say only about 12 cases have gone to trial in 15 years. But some legal observers say last week's verdict in a securities fraud class action against BankAtlantic Ban...

Senior Judge Accused in Car 'Keying' Receives Public Warning

The Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct has issued a public warning to Senior Judge Woody Densen, who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor alleging that he "keyed" his neighbor's car.

Scholar Presses for More Supreme Court Diversity

A noted judicial scholar and former DOJ official is calling on Congress to reject future Supreme Court nominees who don't bring geographic and background diversity to the Court.

Cravath Announces Year-End Associate Bonuses

Cravath, Swaine & Moore has released the details of its year-end associate bonuses, which range from $7,500 to $35,000. This year's scale is roughly the same as the scale in 2009.

Film Confronts Depression Among Lawyers

Attorney Daniel Lukasik hopes that a recently completed documentary that he produced, wrote and edited, "A Terrible Melancholy: Depression in the Legal Profession," will spread the message that depression is pervasive among lawyers but doesn't have to ...

N.J. High Court Turns Back Tea Party Bid To Recall Senator Menendez

New Jersey Tea Party activists will not be allowed to proceed with their effort to recall U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez because no provisions of the federal Constitution allow for it, the state Supreme Court rules.

Hedge Funds Starting to Lawyer Up for Insider Trading Sweep

After this weekend's FBI raid of three Connecticut hedge funds -- which surprised even the big names in the white-collar bar -- hedge funds are scrambling for counsel.

Federal judge extends order blocking Oklahoma Islamic law ban

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] on Monday extended [text, PDF] a temporary restraining order blocking the controversial Oklahoma constitutional amendment [SQ 755 text, PDF] banning the ...

The 17th Amendment under attack

The long-forgotten constitutional amendment mandating direct election of senators has suddenly moved to center stage in the new debate over constitutional first principles fostered by the Tea Party movement.

Jury Orders SAP to Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion in Infringement Case

A federal jury on Tuesday ordered SAP AG to pay $1.3 billion to its archenemy, Oracle, for stealing customer support documents and software in a scheme to siphon off customers.

Advocacy groups petition for investigation of Guantanamo psychologist

[JURIST] The Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA) [advocacy website] and the New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) [advocacy website] petitioned a court on Wednesday to investigate a Guantanamo Bay psychologist who allegedly engaged in activiti...

Legal Services Sector Lost 300 Jobs in October

Though the U.S. economy added 151,000 jobs last month, the legal services field saw 300 disappear, according to the latest employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

D.C. Appeals Court Rejects Release of Guantanamo Prisoner

A federal appeals court has sided with the DOJ in vacating a judge's order to release a Guantanamo Bay detainee who once swore allegiance to al-Qaida but never fought for the group.

The 2010 NLJ 250

Leigh Jones, associate editor of The National Law Journal, highlights some of the details from this year's survey results.

U.S. Judge Enjoins N.J. Law Allowing State To Swipe Unused Gift Cards

A federal judge has turned back New Jersey's attempt to help plug its budget gap by grabbing $79.5 million in unused gift card funds, finding merit in challengers' arguments that the law is on shaky constitutional ground.

UK prosecutor not charging intelligence officer over torture allegations

[JURIST] A British intelligence officer accused of torturing a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee will not be charged due to a lack of evidence, the country's public prosecutor announced on Wednesday. The MI5 [official website] officer was a...

Scalia Says He 'Wouldn't Have Liked' Being Chief Justice

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he was never approached about becoming chief justice when William Rehnquist died in 2005, but he said he wouldn't have enjoyed the job anyway.

Judges Blocking N.J. Foreclosures When Mortgage Notes Not in Hand

State and federal judges in New Jersey are putting mortgage foreclosures under greater scrutiny, not letting them go forward without timely possession of the note in a pair of recent decisions.

Supreme Court hears arguments on violent video game law

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Tuesday in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the First Amendment [text] permits any limits on offensive content in violent video games sold to minors, and whether a state regulation for displaying offensive, harmful images to children is invalid if it fails to satisfy the exacting "strict scrutiny" standard of review. California Civil Code sections...

Hostile-Environment Suit Against DHL Can Go Forward, Court Rules

A saleswoman can proceed with her discrimination suit alleging she was exposed to raw and sexually degrading comments while employed at shipping giant DHL Express, a New Jersey appeals court says.

Senate Advances Billion-Dollar Settlements for Black Farmers, American Indians

The Senate has approved major settlements involving American Indians and black farmers, and passed a rewrite of a ban on "animal crush" videos struck down by the Supreme Court.

Bank had no knowledge of Scott Rothstein's fraud, lawyer tells judge

When it came to exposing fraud in Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme, Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust had no duty to act and no duty to speak, bank attorney Thomas Tew argued.

Senator stalls bill aimed at online copyright infringement

[JURIST] US Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) [official website] stalled a bill on Friday that would allow the federal government to block websites allegedly participating in copyright infringement. The Combatting Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act (COICA)...

Citi's 3rd Quarter Firm Results: Flat Revenue, Rising Inventory

Dan DiPietro and Gretta Rusanow of Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group analyze law firm surveys that give an overview of trends in the industry and insight into where it is headed.

Trial against silica-claims attorney not barred by double jeopardy

A federal appeals court in Texas has cleared the way for a second criminal trial against a prominent plaintiffs' attorney accused of fraud in negotiating $34 million in silica-related settlements.

Ninth Circuit hears arguments on Arizona immigration law

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Monday on Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials, JURIST news archive]. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official w...

General Counsel Profile: Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

General Counsel Sandra Leung discusses the legal ramifications of Bristol-Myers Squibb's transformation into a "next-generation biopharmaceutical company."

Experts to Review Infamous Child Molestation Case

Innocence Project co-founder Barry Scheck was one of four legal experts named Monday to review a notorious 1980s child molestation case featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary.

Breyer Says Justices Must Adapt to Facebook World

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said that modern conditions, like the development of Facebook, should inform justices when interpreting a Constitution written in the 18th century.

Federal Judge to Enter Guilty Plea on Drug Charges

U.S. District Senior Judge Jack T. Camp has reached an agreement with federal prosecutors over his arrest last month on drug and gun charges and will enter a guilty plea today.

Military court grants stay for US soldier charged in Afghanistan civilian death

[JURIST] The US Army Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] on Friday stayed proceedings against a soldier charged in the death of an Afghan civilian in January. The stay was granted in the case of Private First Class Andrew Holmes of Joint Base ...

US defends rights record at first ever UN review

[JURIST] The US government's human rights record came under criticism Friday during the country's first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official websites]. Among the criticisms leveled at the US [Reuters report] ...

Georgia lawmaker introduces bill banning illegal immigrants from public universities

[JURIST] A member of the Georgia House of Representatives [official website] introduced legislation on Wednesday to ban enrollment of illegal immigrants [HB 25 text; materials] in public post-secondary education institutions. The bill, introduced by Re...

Nebraska high court declines to rule on local immigration ordinance

[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] on Friday declined to rule [opinion, PDF] on a local ordinance banning the hiring, harboring or renting of property to illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive]. The US District Court for the Distri...

Former In-House Lawyer for GlaxoSmithKline Indicted for Concealing Information

Federal prosecutors have indicted Lauren Stevens, the former associate general counsel of GlaxoSmithKline, on charges of obstruction and making false statements about off-label uses of a drug.

Lamebook Seeks Declaratory Judgment Against Facebook

Lamebook LLC has filed a complaint naming Facebook as a defendant and seeking a declaration that the lamebook.com website does not infringe Facebook's trademark rights.

False Claims Act Recoveries Hit Record-Breaking $5 Billion

The DOJ has recovered more than $5 billion under the False Claims Act since the start of 2009, the most in any two-year period in history, largely through health care fraud cases.

Competing Interests? Plaintiffs Allege Locke Lord, Others Didn't Disclose Conflict

Clients of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell have sued the firm, two partners and a former partner, alleging they failed to disclose a conflict of interest. Larry Joe Doherty and Brett Wagner represent the plaintiffs in

24-Hour Fitness settles with former customers

A class of more than 1.5 million consumers and 24-Hour Fitness Center Worldwide Inc. have announced a $295 million settlement in a class action involving membership dues.

Oklahoma Islamic law ban challenged

[JURIST] The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [text, PDF; press release] Thursday challenging the constitutionality of State Question 755 [text], which amends the state constitutio...

Tobacco Industry Wins Seventh Straight Smoker's Case in Florida

Big Tobacco won a seventh consecutive jury verdict in Florida in a so-called Engle progeny case, with a victory by R.J. Reynolds against a 52-year smoker who died of lung cancer.

Report Touts Drug Courts' Low Cost, High Success in Curbing Recidivism

In their eight years of operation, drug courts have saved millions of dollars, cut recidivism and transformed the lives of thousands of nonviolent offenders by helping them keep away from substance abuse, the Administrative Office of the Courts says in...

Victoria Kolakowski

In a tightly contested judicial race Victoria Kolakowski celebrated her win as the nation's first openly transgendered judge.

Ghailani Trial Spurs Fresh Debate Over Detainees

The near-acquittal of the first Guantanamo detainee tried in federal court is reigniting the debate over whether to bring terrorism suspects to justice in the civilian legal system.

Holder calls for increased use of DNA evidence

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] instructed federal prosecutors on Thursday to use DNA evidence as much as possible [press release], in a reversal of Bush administration policy. Among the changes, defendants who plead guilty ...

The Careerist: Contract Work — Like Flipping Burgers at McDonald's

Check out some of the latest posts on the lawjobs.com blog, The Careerist. Contract Work -- Like Flipping Burgers at McDonald's Also Give 'Em Lip Service And Shearman & Sterling's Open Closet

Oil Spill Commission Defends Its General Counsel

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill panel has rejected Consumer Watchdog's call for the resignation of its chief counsel, but the group is now asking President Obama to step into the fray.

The Careerist: We Need Men

Check out some of the latest posts on the lawjobs.com blog, The Careerist. We Need Men Also Monsters-R-Us Plus Enablers of Law School Madness

Supreme Court hears arguments on copyright, tax exemption for medical residents

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Costco v. Omega [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether the first-sale doctrine [17 USC 109(a)], which provides that the owner of any particular copy "lawfully made under this title" may resell that good without the authority of the copyright holder, applies to imported goods manufactured abroad. Swiss watchmaker Omega [corporate website] manufactures watches in Switzerland and then...

McKenna Long suing FDIC in challenge to document demand

McKenna Long & Aldridge is suing the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. claiming that the agency is unlawfully demanding that the law firm turn over records pertaining to executives of failed banks.

Senate panel approves bill aimed at online piracy

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Thursday voted in favor of the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) [text, PDF], which would better equip US law enforcement to combat websites engaged in the pirati...

Texas jury convicts DeLay of money laundering and conspiracy

[JURIST] A jury for the 331st Criminal District Court [official website] of Texas found former US House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX) [JURIST news archive] guilty of money laundering and conspiracy Wednesday, after deliberating for 19 hours. The cha...

Will U.K. Management Trends Influence U.S. Law Firms?

As law firms look to retool their business models, some may find themselves adopting trends at U.K. firms such as managing the work of other law firms or outsourcing companies for their clients, or creating a class of professional support lawyers who f...

Halliwells Ex-Partners Receive 'Letter of Death' on Potential Claims

Last week, Halliwells' former partners received what they have dubbed the "letter of death" from the U.K. law firm's joint administrators at BDO, which warns that the ex-partners face proceedings on a number of potential claims, including breach of dut...

Lawyers Can Sue Clients Pro Se and Recover Fees, N.J. Court Rules

Lawyers can sue deadbeat clients pro se and still recover legal fees under the offer-of-judgment rule, a New Jersey appeals court has held. Solo attorney Philip Vinick Jr.'s clients had tried to rely on a decision last year that denied frivolous-litiga...

Attorney Work Product Doctrine Upheld in Diaper Patent Dispute

In a high-stakes patent lawsuit over diaper designs, a federal magistrate judge has ruled that paper products giant Kimberly-Clark is entitled to invoke the attorney work product doctrine to protect its testing data -- as long as it promises that it wo...

Accused Russia arms dealer pleads not guilty in US court

[JURIST] Accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty in a US court on Wednesday and is currently being held without bail. Bout faces charges [AFP report] stemming from a 2008 indictment [text, PDF] for ...

Toyota attacks plaintiffs' evidence on eve of key hearing

Toyota Motor Corp. took to the Internet on Thursday to attack the evidence raised by plaintiffs' attorneys in the Los Angeles-based multidistrict litigation arising from reports of sudden unintended acceleration by Toyota vehicles.

Federal Circuit upholds $631K in fees and sanctions against patent lawyer, company

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court's order that patent lawyer Jean-Marc Zimmerman and patent holding company Eon-Net pay $631,135.18 in sanctions and fees. In the lower court case, the trial judge found "indicia ...

Justice Watch: BankAtlantic verdict to buoy suits against big banks

Since enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, attorneys in the field say only about 12 cases have gone to trial in 15 years. But some legal observers say last week's verdict in a securities fraud class action against BankAtlantic Ban...

Former GC Becomes New York Mets General Manager

In 1983, Sandy Alderson went from being general counsel of the Oakland Athletics baseball club to the team's general manager, and helped it gain three American League pennants and a 1989 championship. Now, he's scored another big job: general manager o...

Federal appeals court rules death row inmate must appeal directly to Supreme Court

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] rejected a petition [ruling, PDF] from Troy Anthony Davis [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Friday for a certificate of appealability (COA), ruling that Davis must ap...

Clinicians and others unhappy with ABA's Standards Review Committee

The American Bar Association's comprehensive review of law school accreditation standards is well underway, and it's generating plenty of disagreement among legal educators.

Kenya court rules no jurisdiction over international piracy cases

[JURIST] The high court of Mombasa ruled Tuesday that Kenya does not have jurisdiction outside of its national waters, releasing nine suspected Somali pirates [JURIST news archive]. Citing the repeal of Chapter VIII, section 69 of the Kenyan penal code...

Rights group urges US to join landmine treaty

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the US [press release] to become a state party to the Mine Ban Treaty [text], repeating a plea made in March [JURIST report]. The call was prompted by the release of "Landmine Monitor 2010" [materials], an annual report detailing the treaty's progress released by the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) [advocacy website]. The 2010 report shows international progress in preventing deaths from landmines, as well as in eradicating their...

Ninth Circuit indefinitely extends stay on 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday ordered an indefinite extension [order, PDF] of its temporary stay [JURIST report] preventing the suspension of the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC 654; JURIST news archive] policy. The new order will extend the government's emergency motion [text, PDF] to stay the injunction [JURIST report] issued by the US District Court of the Central District of California [official...

Morgan Lewis Scraps Idea of Merit-Based Advancement for Associates

After spending more than a year examining its associate compensation model, Morgan Lewis is sticking with its lockstep system of increasing base salary with each year of experience.

Federal Judge Certifies Flonase Antitrust Class Action

A federal judge has certified a class action antitrust suit against pharmaceuticals giant GlaxoSmithKline that accuses the company of using a series of illegal tactics to delay the approval of generic versions of Flonase, a popular allergy drug.

Judge refuses to dismiss economic claims against Toyota

A federal judge refused on Friday to dismiss the multidistrict litigation against Toyota Motor Corp. brought by car owners who claim sudden unintended acceleration caused the value of their vehicles to plummet.

Trial against silica-claims attorney not barred by double jeopardy

A federal appeals court in Texas has cleared the way for a second criminal trial against a prominent plaintiffs' attorney accused of fraud in negotiating $34 million in silica-related settlements.

Competing Interests? Plaintiffs Allege Locke Lord, Others Didn't Disclose Conflict

Clients of Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell have sued the firm, two partners and a former partner, alleging they failed to disclose a conflict of interest. Larry Joe Doherty and Brett Wagner represent the plaintiffs in Daryl Scott Tautenhahn, et al. v. Loc...

HarperCollins Wins Bid to Block Unauthorized Excerpts of Palin Book

Sarah Palin scored a victory in court this week when a federal judge affirmed his earlier decision to temporarily bar a popular media Web site from publishing leaked excerpts of a new book by the former vice-presidential candidate and Tea Party idol.

US officer discharged under 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' to be reinstated as DOJ appeals

[JURIST] US Air Force Major Margaret Witt, who was discharged under the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" (DADT) [10 USC 654; JURIST news archive] policy, will become the first openly gay person to serve in the US military after the Obama administration Wednesday did not pursue a stay of a previous federal court decision ordering her reinstatement. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] appealed [text, PDF] the reinstatement order Wednesday, although the government has commented that the...

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Citi's 3rd Quarter Firm Results: Flat Revenue, Rising Inventory

Dan DiPietro and Gretta Rusanow of Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group analyze law firm surveys that give an overview of trends in the industry and insight into where it is headed.

$53 million backdating settlement for former Comverse CEO

The SEC settled a long-running stock option backdating case against former Comverse Technology CEO Jacob "Kobi" Alexander for $53 million in disgorgement and penalties.

Federal jury convicts 5 Somali pirates

[JURIST] A jury for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Wednesday convicted five Somali men on charges of piracy [JURIST news archive], the first such conviction in the US in nearly 200 years. The men were f...

Appointed vs. Elected Justices: States' High Courts Take a Hit

After Citizens United, many people's feelings about electing state justices shifted from concern to dread. Katherine Helm examines the issues and surveys some of the post-Election Day damage.

Jury Finds Minn. Woman Owes $1.5 Million for Sharing 24 Songs

A Minnesota woman owes $1.5 million for sharing songs online, says a jury. Last year, a jury imposed an even higher damages verdict on the woman, but a judge slashed it to $54,000.

World Trade Center Settlement Gets Backing Needed to Take Effect

Plaintiffs' lawyers succeeded in getting more than 95 percent of their clients in In re World Trade Center Litigation to opt into the massive settlement of some 10,000 claims alleging respiratory and other health problems from the post-9/11 response an...

Pay: Judges Ask Court to Enforce Directive for Review of Pay

The Legislature has ignored a February directive by the Court of Appeals that they conduct an "appropriate and expeditious" review of judges' salaries, say lawyers for judges seeking a raise. A motion for reargument filed yesterday asks the Court to fo...

The Careerist: Give 'Em Lip Service

Check out some of the latest posts on the lawjobs.com blog, The Careerist. Give 'Em Lip Service And Shearman & Sterling's Open Closet Plus Wilmer's New Partners -- Color Them Pink

Senate approves ban on animal cruelty videos

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] unanimously approved a bill [text, PDF] Friday banning animal cruelty or "crush" videos. The House of Representatives [official website] approved the same ban [JURIST report] on Monday, and the provision is now being forward to President Barack Obama [official profile] for his signature. If the bill is signed into law, the creating, selling or distributing animal crush videos, which feature small animals being tortured or killed, will be a crime punishable with up to...

Conflict With Medical Literature Fails to Sink Expert's Testimony

A doctor testifying as an expert witness cannot be excluded solely because his opinion is not supported by or conflicts with medical literature, a federal judge has ruled.

Council of Europe passes resolutions aimed at judicial reform

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] 30th Conference of Ministers of Justice [official website] passed three resolutions [official report, PDF] on Friday at the close of the three-day meeting in Istanbul. The resolutions, "data protection and privacy in the third millennium," "prison policy in today's Europe" and "modern, transparent and effective justice" [texts, PDF] declare that all 47 member countries will attempt to use new technologies [press release] to promote efficiency, accountability and transparency in each member state's...

Law Firm Cliques: High School With Nicer Clothes

Jocks, cheerleaders, nerds, bullies and drama geeks -- law firms have them all. They just wear nicer clothes now, according to attorney Kathleen J. Wu. The good news, Wu says, is that the law firm parallels to high school only go so far.

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Federal prosecutors charge 3 men with funding Somalia terrorist organization

[JURIST] The US District Court Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Wednesday unsealed an indictment [text, PDF] charging three men with providing material support to Somali-based Islamic terrorist organization al Shabaab [CFR backgrounde...

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly Win Against Generic Pharma Companies

Bristol-Myers Squibb and Eli Lilly this week beat back patent challenges, winning rulings against competitors hoping to sell generic versions of blockbuster drugs in the U.S.

Pennsylvania Firms Slow to Adopt iTrends

Apple's iPad and e-readers like Amazon's Kindle and Barnes and Noble's Nook have gained huge popularity with tech-hungry consumers, but it appears Pennsylvania law firms are not sold on the devices as professional tools. And firms seem equally wary of ...

Florida chief justice says foreclosure hearings must be open

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady has told judges to make sure foreclosure proceedings are open to the public and press.

The 17th Amendment under attack

The long-forgotten constitutional amendment mandating direct election of senators has suddenly moved to center stage in the new debate over constitutional first principles fostered by the Tea Party movement.

UN rights expert: racism, xenophobia increasing

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on racism and human rights lawyer Githu Muigai said Monday that racism is increasing [press release] as a result of xenophobic teachings and violence. Delivering two reports to the UN General Assembly, Maugai said that st...

Washington state votes down attempt to create state income tax

[JURIST] Washington state voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected an attempt [election results] to institute an income tax, with over 65 percent of the electorate voting against the initiative. Initiative 1098 [text, PDF] endeavored to establish a ta...