Court appears divided in retaliation case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed divided on whether the nation's major job bias law allows lawsuits against employers who retaliate against the fiancé, best friend or other third party in a close relationship with a worker who has complained of dis...

SEC Imposes Lifetime Ban on Attorney

The Securities and Exchange Commission has permanently barred a New York lawyer from practicing before the commission after finding he had engaged in unethical conduct with a "high degree of scienter" making "future violations likely."

In Rare Public Debate, Justices Scalia, Breyer Clash Over Constitutional Questions

One of the high court's most conservative justices and one of the most liberal sparred Friday over capital punishment and other constitutional questions that highlighted their differences.

Chief Justice Urges End to Confirmation Logjam

In his annual report on the federal judiciary, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. called on the "political branches" to find a long-term solution to the "persistent problem" of filling judicial vacancies.

Companies Begin Distancing Themselves After WikiLeaks Founder's Arrest

As the news broke early Tuesday that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested, Visa and MasterCard joined companies that are distancing themselves from the online publisher of classified documents.

Court appears sympathetic to Arizona in immigration case

Arizona's crackdown on employers who hire unauthorized aliens won sympathy and support from a number of justices during Supreme Court arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the Granite state's immigration law.

Massachusetts high court authorizes DNA warrants for unknown suspects

[JURIST] The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court [official website] ruled Thursday that prosecutors can indict a genetic profile in a rape case, even if they do not know the suspect's name. The ruling will allow prosecutors to indict suspects based on...

London Associate Charged With Wife's Murder

A court hearing will be held today involving Berwin Leighton Paisner tax associate Richard Davies Jones, who has been charged in the stabbing death of his wife.

JCB Charges MDJ With Tardiness, 'Bizarre' Behavior

The state's Judicial Conduct Board has filed charges against a Lehigh County magisterial district judge accused of frequently not showing up for work on time or at all, and improper judicial demeanor, including "nasty" and "irrational" mood swings.

Ruling Explores Judge's 'Option' To Consider Rehabilitation

A divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, impressed with the rehabilitation of Jamar Preacely, said a lower court may not have realized the extent to which it could depart from a sentencing guidelines range when confronted with a career o...

Top Canadian Firms McMillan and Lang Michener to Merge

Two of Canada's largest law firms, McMillan and Lang Michener, have agreed to form a 400-lawyer firm with offices in five Canadian cities and Hong Kong.

Judge Tosses Infamous McCourt Property Contract

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge decided to toss entirely the disputed property agreement in Frank and Jamie McCourt's divorce. So what does it all mean for the Dodgers?

Partnership Track Grows Longer, Class Sizes Grow Slightly

Consultants say making partner has become more challenging in this economic environment, which has caused firms to trim their ranks of new partners and stretch out the partnership track. But law firm leaders note that the business of making partner inv...

Rights groups drop suit after government changes terror suspect defense licensing scheme

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy websites] on Friday dropped a lawsuit [notice of dismissal, PDF] challenging the US government's Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) li...

Inmate made thousands from IRS with bogus tax returns

Danilo Suarez masterminded a tax ruse from the Monroe County Detention Facility on Stock Island while awaiting transfer to a federal prison for a crack cocaine conviction. He involved his brother, sister and daughter in helping file bogus tax returns f...

President Signs Bill Banning Animal Crush Videos

In a quick response to a recent Supreme Court decision, President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill that outlaws the creation and distribution of so-called animal crush videos.

High Court Denies Appeal in Off-Label Marketing Case

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a class of plaintiffs fighting a decertification order in an off-label marketing case against drug maker Pfizer.

Ex-Winston Attorney Charged With Laundering Fraud Proceeds

A former New York partner at Winston & Strawn, Jonathan S. Bristol, pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges of laundering more than $20 million through his escrow accounts in connection with an alleged multi-million dollar fraud run by Kenneth Starr, a...

Alaska Supreme Court dismisses challenge to midterm election results

[JURIST] The Alaska Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] an election challenged filed by Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller [campaign website], allowing certification of the November results to move forward. Miller...

O'Melveny, MGA Now Fighting Over Trial Dates in Bratz Fee Dispute

O'Melveny & Myers and MGA Entertainment are arguing over when trial should take place in O'Melveny's suit over $10.2 million in fees for MGA's long-running litigation against Mattel.

High Court Denies Appeal in Off-Label Marketing Case

The state Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a class of plaintiffs fighting a decertification order in an off-label marketing case against drug maker Pfizer.

Federal Government Hit With $3.5 Million Prozac Verdict

The government has been ordered to pay about $3.5 million to the mother of a 15-year-old who hanged herself after a nurse practitioner in a federally funded clinic improperly prescribed Prozac.

Switzerland judge seeks prosecution of CIA-affiliated engineers for giving nuclear secrets to Pakistan

[JURIST] A Swiss judge on Thursday called for the prosecution of three engineers who have links to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] for allegedly smuggling nuclear weapons technology to Pakistan. After six years of investigation...

Court allows lawyers seeking sanctions to recover costs

A sharply worded opinion by 11th U.S. Circuit Judge Ed Carnes upheld $387,738 in sanctions against Fort Lauderdale lawyers Bill and Karen Amlong.

Sanctions Approved for Former Adelphia Executive

In a case of first impression, the D.C. Court of Appeals has approved a sanctions deal between the D.C. Office of Bar Counsel and a former Adelphia executive over alleged moral turpitude.

Adorno lawsuit was under radar until paychecks bounced

Few attorneys at Yoss LLP, then Adorno & Yoss, knew anything about a malpractice lawsuit against the firm and one of its attorneys, Thomas Shahady, until their paychecks bounced one day in late October.

Ninth Circuit reinstates suit by Armenian genocide victims

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Friday reversed [opinion, PDF] its prior decision and allowed a suit by the heirs of victims of the Armenian genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to proceed. The c...

Appeals Panel OKs Suit Over Hospital Executive's Ouster

The state Superior Court has upheld a Philadelphia trial judge's ruling that a hospital executive who has alleged he was fired for filing a medical malpractice suit against his employer over his infant son's care may also be able to sue for wrongful di...

Texas challenges EPA emissions rule

[JURIST] The state of Texas filed a petition [text, PDF; press release] Thursday in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] asking the court to overturn rules limiting greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive] set to go into ...

BofA Settles Municipal Bond Investigation for $137 Million

Bank of America has agreed to pay $137.3 million to resolve allegations of bid rigging in the municipal bond industry, U.S. Justice Department officials said Tuesday.

McDermott, O'Melveny Partners Testify Before WikiLeaks House Panel

Two Am Law 100 lawyers offered contrasting perspectives while testifying on legal issues involving WikiLeaks and the Espionage Act at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday.

Senate ratifies Russia nuclear arms treaty

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] voted 71-26 Wednesday to ratify the so-called New START treaty [materials; JURIST news archive] between Russia and the US. The new START treaty replaces the expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I trea...

US House votes to ban animal cruelty videos

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Monday to ban animal cruelty or crush videos, revising the 1999 legislation [18 USC 48 text] that was struck down by the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] in Apri...

Federal appeals court upholds New Hampshire school Pledge of Allegiance law

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a New Hampshire law requiring schools to schedule voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. The Freedom From Religion F...

House votes to repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell'

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted 250-175 [roll call vote] Wednesday to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC 654; JURIST news archive], which prohibits openly gay men and women from serving in the armed forces. The Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 [HR 2965 materials], a piece of stand-alone legislation, was passed less than a week after the Senate [official website] fell three votes short [JURIST report] of...

Supreme Court considers railroad tax, gender discrimination cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in CSX Transportation, Inc. v. Alabama Department of Revenue [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a state's exemption of railroad competitors, but not railroads, from a generally applicable sales and use tax is subject to challenge as "another tax that discriminates against a rail carrier" under section 306(1)(d) of the Railroad Revitalization and Regulatory Reform Act of 1976, 49...

Gibbs acknowledges Guantanamo will remain open for foreseeable future

[JURIST] Detainees will continue to be held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for the foreseeable future, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs [WP profile] acknowledged [transcript] Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." The statement comes almost one year after the Obama administration missed its self-imposed January 2010 deadline [JURIST report] to close the facility. Gibbs also stated that in addition to the use of civilian courts and military commissions [JURIST news archive], some detainees...

Federal Circuit: Prosecution delay makes patent unenforceable only when there is prejudice

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled that an applicant's lengthy delay in prosecuting a patent makes the patent unenforceable only if there is prejudice to other parties.

Former big firm associates suspended over sexual encounter

The Illinois Supreme Court has suspended the law licenses of two former associates from prominent law firms over a drunken sexual encounter with a Wisconsin woman in 2005.

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Madoff Trustee Nets $1 Billion in Settlements, Sues Mets

Madoff trustee Irving Picard has secured settlements with philanthropist Carl Shapiro and a Swiss private bank, while slapping the New York Mets owners with a long-anticipated clawback suit.

Companies Rocked by Pro-WikiLeaks Hack Attacks

A growing list of companies and banks attempting to distance themselves from WikiLeaks and the site's jailed founder Julian Assange attacked by revenge-seeking hackers — and big names like MasterCard and PayPal are just the beginning.

Georgia woman arrested for wearing headscarf in court files lawsuit

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLUGA) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Tuesday on behalf of a Muslim woman who was arrested for refusing to remove her headscarf [JURIST news archive], or hijab...

Nation's First Transgendered Judge Victoria Kolakowski

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

Intellectual Ventures Files Its First Patent Suits, 9 Tech Companies Named

Intellectual Ventures, founded in 2000 by former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, has filed three suits in a Delaware federal court, seeking unspecified damages and requesting a jury trial.

Judge Rules Against Debarred Ex-Purdue Pharma General Counsel Howard Udell

In a case closely watched by general counsel, a judge rules against former GC Howard Udell and two fellow drug company execs who were excluded from working at companies that do business with Medicare/Medicaid or other federal programs.

Ruling in McCourt divorce may put Bingham at risk of malpractice suit

Ever since a judge invalidated an agreement that could have resolved a dispute between Frank and Jamie McCourt about who owns the Los Angeles Dodgers, legal experts have been warning that the ruling puts Bingham McCutchen at risk of a malpractice claim.

Pittsburgh Bank's Suit Over Rating of Mortgage-Backed Securities Survives

An Allegheny County judge narrowed the scope of claims a Pittsburgh-area bank made against several rating agencies and a number of J.P. Morgan entities involved in the rating, underwriting and sale of $1.7 billion in mortgage-backed securities certific...

Miami lawsuits say bank funneled money into Bernie Madoff's Ponzi

The U.S. subsidiary of the British financial giant Standard Chartered Bank International has been named as a defendant in more than a dozen lawsuits filed by Latin American investors who lost money in Bernard Madoff's record-setting Ponzi scheme.

Judge sides with prosecutor in 'gringa' case

A Miami-Dade circuit judge has tossed out a reverse discrimination claim made by a former state attorney's office supervisor who was called "gringa" by her boss. The Anglo administrator argued the term was offensive and showed unfair treatment, but the...

Businesses Seek Government Support in Major Patent Case

Move cautiously: That's the message from 100-plus business and research groups to the AG and acting SG as the government weighs its position in the Supreme Court term's biggest patent case.

Mattel seeks to disqualify opposing counsel in Bratz fight

Lawyers representing Mattel Inc. in its ongoing legal dispute with the manufacturer of Bratz dolls have filed a motion to disqualify opposing counsel Glaser, Weil, Fink, Jacobs, Howard & Shapiro, citing a conflict of interest that arose after the firm ...

In Possible First, Veterinary Sedative Used in Death Row Inmate's Execution

Oklahoma has executed a convicted murderer with a drug combination that includes a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals, after a national shortage of a key ingredient prompted a change in the usual formula.

Obama signs 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repeal

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed into law [press release] a bill to repeal the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy (DADT) [10 USC 654; JURIST news archive]. The Don't Ask, Don't Repeal Act of 2010 [HR 2965 materials] was approved in the Senate Saturday after being passed [JURIST reports] by the House of Representatives last week. At the signing ceremony, Obama said [remarks]:this law I'm about to sign will strengthen our national security...

N.J. Law Letting Local Wineries Sell On Site Flouts Commerce Clause

New Jersey's alcoholic beverage control law violates the Commerce Clause by requiring out-of-state wineries to sell through wholesalers and retailers while New Jersey wineries have no such restrictions, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says.

Businesses Seek Government Support in Major Patent Case

Move cautiously: That's the message from 100-plus business and research groups to the AG and acting SG as the government weighs its position in the Supreme Court term's biggest patent case.

Lorillard Tobacco Hit With $71 Million in Damages Over Cigarette Giveaways

In a lawsuit said to be the first of its kind in the United States, a jury has found that Lorillard Tobacco tried to entice black children to smoke by distributing free cigarettes.

FCC investigating Google for Street View privacy breach

[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] confirmed on Wednesday that it is investigating Internet search company Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] to determine if it violated communications laws when its ...

Walker Awards $41K Damages, $2.5 Million Fee in Wiretap Case

The Northern District chief judge raps government but denies punitive damages in Al-Haramain.

Parent Company Kept in as Defendant in Hostile-Workplace Harassment Suit

As trial nears for a notorious hostile-workplace case, the employer's parent company and its board are facing vicarious liability for the alleged discrimination.

Cigarette makers claim another court victory

Tobacco companies have claimed another win in a Florida smoker case stemming from a dismantled class action, with a Miami jury siding with Philip Morris USA.

Democrats Plan Votes on Controversial Nominees, Senator Says

President Barack Obama's federal judicial nominees have stalled for months because of heated disagreement. Now, Senate Democrats are looking at forcing votes on four of them.

FDIC sued over financial services company seizure

For the third time since August, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has been sued in federal court over allegations that the agency mishandled its role as receiver of an ailing financial institution.

Schwab Moves to Terminate $235 Million MBS Class Action Settlement

Charles Schwab moved to withdraw from a request for approval of a $235 million settlement over its YieldPlus accounts, accusing plaintiffs lawyers of reneging on their side of the deal.

Boies Schiller Breaks the Bonus Bank

Boies, Schiller & Flexner has moved well ahead of the law firm pack in this year's bonus race, and will pay awards of "more than $200,000" to its "highest-performing" associates.

Nine men charged in UK for terror plot against US Embassy

[JURIST] Nine men were charged and taken custody on Monday in the UK for conspiring to bomb the US Embassy and the London Stock Exchange [official websites]. The charges come after [AP report] British authorities had apprehended 12 men on December 21 a...

Sugarland Faces Trial Over Split With Former Band Member

After more than two years of litigation, trial begins today for country music duo Sugarland in a partnership dispute over a 2005 split with founder and former member Kristen Hall.

BAR/BRI Settlement Payments Coming Next Month

Settlement payments will soon begin in compensation for an alleged conspiracy between BAR/BRI and Kaplan that caused some 130,000 prospective law students to overpay for bar-review prep courses.

Iowa Supreme Court: 3 Down, 4 to Go?

A conservative who led the ouster of three Iowa justices for their role in a unanimous decision legalizing same-sex marriage says he's raising money to try to remove the remaining four justices.

$1 Billion Trade Secrets Suit Dismissed due to Attorney's 'Clandestine Actions'

A judge has dismissed Eaton Corp.'s $1 billion trade secrets suit against a rival, saying a once-prominent attorney worked on Eaton's behalf to influence a former judge in the case.

Federal judge dismisses New Jersey health care suit

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] on Wednesday granted a motion to dismiss a lawsuit [case materials] brought by a physician organization challenging the constitutionality of the recently enact...

House approves immigration reform bill

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [legislative materials; text] that would provide a path to permanent resident status for some high school graduates who enter the military or enroll in a college d...

WikiLeaks: We Don't Need Another 'Hero'

How should Julian Assange be treated under the law for his repeated, voluminous WikiLeaks releases of sensitive information? Joel Cohen and Katherine A. Helm consider the issues.

Federal judge upholds Illinois ex-governor Ryan's fraud convictions

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Tuesday upheld the convictions [opinion, PDF] of former Illinois governor George Ryan [JURIST news archive], refusing his request for early release. ...

BAR/BRI Settlement Payments Coming Next Month

Settlement payments will soon begin in compensation for an alleged conspiracy between BAR/BRI and Kaplan that caused some 130,000 prospective law students to overpay for bar-review prep courses.

Defense lawyers raise new issue: 'Robo-verifiers'

Lenders and their law firms are violating new procedures implemented by the Florida Supreme Court intended to address a controversy over botched foreclosure cases, according to attorneys for homeowners. After a national foreclosure scandal that resulte...

Yale clinic helps secure precedent-setting victory for immigrants

Three years of work by students in Yale Law School's Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic paid off in a big way last week, when a federal judge ruled that officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement may be sued for civil rights viola...

OSHA Case May Break New Legal Ground

The business community is watching a potentially precedent-setting case that could sharply curtail the period of time that companies can be cited for OSHA reporting violations.

Court Sees No Exception to At-Will Doctrine for Compliance Officer

There is no exception from the at-will employment doctrine for the chief compliance officer of a hedge fund who claims he was fired because he questioned the ethics of his boss' trading activities, a unanimous appeals panel in Manhattan ruled yesterday.

Marshals Service Accused of Botching Forfeiture

An accountant who worked for the U.S. Marshals Service is suing the agency, alleging an employee undervalued millions of dollars in assets, including some related to Bernard Madoff's fraud.

Iowa Supreme Court: 3 Down, 4 to Go?

A conservative who led the ouster of three Iowa justices for their role in a unanimous decision legalizing same-sex marriage says he's raising money to try to remove the remaining four justices.

BP-Paid Law Professor Vouches for Feinberg on Gulf Spill Work

A law professor being paid $950 an hour with BP's money has declared that the czar of the $20 billion claims fund for Gulf oil spill victims is independent of the oil giant.

Supreme Court upholds additional minimum sentences in gun cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously in Abbot v. United States [Cornell LII backgrounder] that, in construing a federal statute imposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug tr...

New Hiring Outlook: Suspiciously Sunny

About 30 percent of respondents to Robert Half Legal's hiring outlook poll said they planned to add legal jobs -- mostly lawyers and paralegals -- in the first quarter of next year.

Law school tenure process widely seen as fair — but there are exceptions

Is the tenure process at law school fair? Most tenured law professors think so, according to a study underwritten by the American Bar Foundation and the Law School Admission Council.

3rd Circuit: Applicant's Past Bankruptcy Can Prevent Hiring

Federal law prohibits firing a worker because he files for bankruptcy, but does not prohibit an employer from refusing to hire someone because of a bankruptcy in his past, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Last of a String of Motions Is Straw That Gets Lawyer Admonished

A lawyer's motion for reconsideration of an order to pay opposing counsel's legal fees in a fractious franchise dispute was one motion too many, according to a federal judge.

Colo. District Attorney May Face Impeachment Over Sex Charges

Colorado lawmakers may take up impeachment proceedings against a prosecutor who has refused to resign while he faces charges of extortion, indecent exposure and felony unlawful sexual contact.

No charges to be filed in CIA videotape destruction case: DOJ

[JURIST] No criminal charges will be brought against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officials for destroying videotapes of controversial interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration, a federal prosecutor announced [press release] Tuesday. US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] special prosecutor John Durham "has concluded that he will not pursue criminal charges for the destruction of the interrogation videotapes," said DOJ spokesperson Matthew Miller. Durham was appointed in 2008 by then-attorney general Michael Mukasey to investigate...

Court Wants More Evidence to Support Pet Food Settlement

A federal appeals court has vacated a $24 million settlement of a consumer class action filed in the wake of a massive recall of tainted pet foods after finding one evidentiary flaw in the lower court's analysis of whether it was "fair and reasonable."

PTO will feel the sting of temporary funding bill

The U.S. government's temporary funding bill signed by President Barack Obama on Dec. 21 is likely to cost the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office hundreds of millions of dollars in the current fiscal year, according to intellectual property trade groups.

1st Circuit upholds New Hampshire's Pledge of Allegiance law

A New Hampshire law requiring school districts to set time for public elementary students to voluntarily recite the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. So ruled the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit.

Virgina Tech unlawfully failed to notify students of shooting: report

[JURIST] Officials at Virginia Tech [university website] acted unlawfully by waiting too long to notify students during the 2007 shootings [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF; materials] released Thursday by the US...

Madoff Trustee Churns Out Suits Right Up to Deadline

Madoff trustee Irving Picard spent two weeks frantically filing civil suits before the statute of limitations deadline -- including a $19.6 billion suit against an Austrian banker.

Commentary: The Death of the Law Partnership

When a partner is unwilling to ride out the firm's inevitable "bad years," and the firm is unwilling to be patient and supportive when a partner's profitability is diminished by illness, personal crisis, or a downturn in demand, then the true meaning o...

Johnson & Johnson to Pay $52 Million in Pa. Drug Pricing Dispute

Johnson & Johnson must pay $52 million in damages and penalties after a Pennsylvania judge found the pharmaceutical company falsely reported the prices of its drugs.

Private Citizen Appeals Malicious Prosecution Award

A nasty divorce and allegations of insurance fraud by an ex-wife against her former husband resulted in a $1.63 million verdict for the husband last month in a malicious prosecution case he brought against her.

Half-Baked Justice? Corporate Prosecutions Are All Over the Map

The promises and costly punishment haven't seemed to change how BP runs. That leaves legal experts wondering: How should the criminal justice system punish — or reform — the corporate offenders of the world?— (CorpCounsel.com will ret...

Thailand extradites accused Russia arms dealer to US

[JURIST] The Thai government on Tuesday extradited alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to the US to stand trial. The Thai Cabinet [official website, in Thai] approved the extradition [Bangkok Post report] and hand...

McGuireWoods loses bid to dismiss securities fraud case

The U.S. District Court in Kansas denied McGuireWoods' motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the bankruptcy trustee for defunct ethanol fuel manufacturer Ethanex Energy Inc.

Famous Facebook Foes Claim Lawyer Linked to Sealed Opinion in Twitter Post

Quinn Emanuel's John Quinn disclosed on Twitter a ruling affirming the firm's $13 million fee award against its former clients, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who now say Quinn should be sanctioned.

In Costco, the term's first 4-4 decision

The Supreme Court on Monday issued what could be the first of a number of 4-4 decisions this term in a case involving copyright infringement and the so-called gray market.

Former Federal Judge's Request to Vacate 33-Month Sentence Denied

A federal judge has denied former U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent's request for an order to vacate, set aside or correct his sentence for obstruction of justice.

Foreclosures Plunge as Lawyers Adjust to New Affirmation Rule

Statewide filings of new foreclosures plummeted after Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on Oct. 20 required attorneys for lenders to submit affirmations attesting to the accuracy of their court submissions, state figures show. Paul Lewis, chief of staff to ...

Human-Assisted Computer Search in EDD

Not too long ago, there was an almost evangelical fervor in IT that search engines could solve the problems of discovery within large volumes of ESI. But as legal professionals wrestled with increasingly large volumes of EDD, it became clear that exoti...

Mayer Brown Locked in Age Discrimination Suit With Former Employee

A case in which a former Mayer Brown employee says she was fired due to her age has bogged down over whether the firm can subpoena her prior employers for performance-related records.

Henry Dicker: LegalTech New York 2011 Preview

Henry Dicker, vice president of ALM Events and executive director of LegalTech, discusses what's new for LegalTech New York 2011 (Jan. 31 to Feb. 2) with Monica Bay, 's editor-in-chief.

Former Law Firm Systems Manager Charged With Insider Trading

Federal prosecutors have indicted Jeffery J. Temple, a former information systems and security manager for Delaware firm Richards Layton & Finger, for securities fraud.

Prejudicial PowerPoint Presentation Prompts Reversal of Jury Award

A state appeals court throws out a personal injury damages award of nearly $300,000, in part because the plaintiff lawyer's PowerPoint slide show went beyond the words he spoke.

Settlement to aid Katrina victims in Miss. whose homes were damaged by wind

Plaintiffs who sued the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development over Hurricane Katrina relief payouts in Mississippi have reached a $132 million settlement with HUD and the state.

Senate Votes to Remove La. Federal Judge

The Senate on Wednesday convicted U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. on four articles of impeachment, making him the eighth federal judge in history to be forced from the bench by Congress.

Twenty-Five Grand Held Too Stiff a Sanction for One Missed Court Date

The Appellate Division puts some gloss on a rule that lets judges dun parties who fail to appear, calling a $25,318 sanction for missing a day in court "a mistaken exercise of discretion."

Alaska judge upholds parental notification abortion law

[JURIST] An Alaskan Superior Court judge on Monday refused to block a law requiring parental notification for women under the age of 18 to have an abortion [JURIST news archive], allowing the law to take effect Tuesday. The law was approved by voters i...