Judge Rebuffs Bid to Learn Locations of NYPD Cameras

In a FOIA case brought by the New York Civil Liberties Union, a judge has ruled the Department of Homeland Security does not have to reveal the locations of surveillance cameras installed for the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative.

Prosecutors decline to continue seeking death penalty for Mumia

[JURIST] Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams [official website] announced Wednesday that his office will no longer seek the death penalty [press release] against Mumia Abu-Jamal [Philadelphia Inquirer backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. As a r...



Does South Carolina have a Medical Malpractice damages cap?

Question: Does South Carolina use a medical malpractice damages cap? Answer: Yes. Like many states, South Carolina has a statute on the books that places a limit or “cap” on the amount of compensation that can be…

Gibbs & Bruns Wins $116 Million Verdict for V&E Partner in Contract Dispute with Texas Oil Biz Billionaire

Vinson & Elkins partner D. Bobbitt Noel Jr. was the winning plaintiff in a $116 million jury verdict in a suit alleging fraud and breach of fiduciary duty against oil billionaire Trevor Rees-Jones and Devon Energy.

Talcum powder possibly linked to Ovarian Cancer.

Talcum Powder Lawsuit Product liability lawyers across the country are investigating the possibility of filing lawsuits on behalf of women who have developed ovarian cancer as a result of using talc-based products for genital hygiene. Many…

Avoid Credit History Pitfalls When Making Employment Decisions

Credit histories can be a tempting source of information on employees and job applicants, but use of that information poses legal risks for employers, as explained by Jenner & Block's Carla Rozycki and Emma Sullivan.

Traffic Infraction Not Required Part of Criminal History, Circuit Says

In a case of first impression, the 2nd Circuit has ruled that a drunk-driving conviction does not necessarily carry the same weight as felonies when a defendant's criminal history is being calculated for sentencing on another crime.

Kelley Drye Disqualified Over Access to Ex-Client's Confidential Documents

A New Jersey federal judge has upheld a decision to disqualify Kelley Drye & Warren from defending a longtime client against a lawsuit by a company the firm represented when it was sold in 2008.

Services held for slain 7-year-old

Mourners released white doves at services Saturday for Jorelys Rivera, the 7-year-old girl who was abducted and killed near her north Georgia home.

Federal appeals court reinstates wiretapping suit

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [decision, PDF] Monday that the plaintiffs in Amnesty v. Blai [ACLU materials] have standing to sue the US government over the constitutionality of a federal eavesdropping...

Cyber Monday Crackdown on Counterfeit Goods

Small business e-tailers take note: Make sure your website isn't selling counterfeit goods, or it could get seized by the feds in a Cyber Monday crackdown. The Justice Department announced Monday it's seized 150 websites that investigators say were haw...

UFC Sues New York for Ban on MMA Fighting

The fight to change New York's law barring live mixed martial arts events is heading to court. The UFC is suing New York, claiming the ban on live MMA bouts is unconstitutional. Lawyers for the UFC, which holds MMA events, emphasize the theater and dra...

NTSB Calls for Cell Phone Ban: Will States Act?

In a far-reaching recommendation, the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called on all 50 states to enact across-the-board cell phone bans for drivers -- even when going hands-free. The NTSB plan would prohibit all drivers nationwide from ...

Sentencing phase near end in second Connecticut home invasion trial

The defense and prosecution rested Tuesday in the sentencing phase of the trial for Joshua Komisarjevsky, the second man convicted in a deadly 2007 Connecticut home invasion.

Federal judge revives lawsuit over Plan B contraception

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday revived a six-year-old lawsuit over the Plan B emergency contraceptive [product website], but declined to hold the Food and Drug Administratio...

20 charged with luring illegal immigrants to work in strip clubs

Federal officials charged 20 people Wednesday in a scheme to recruit illegal immigrants from Russia and Eastern European countries to work as exotic dancers in New York strip clubs, according to Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern Distric...

Sandusky lawyer: No sexual contact in shower

Jerry Sandusky's attorney said Wednesday that a young man at the heart of cover-up allegations against Penn State University officials told him he was not a victim and had no sexual contact with the former assistant football coach.

White House withdraws threat to veto defense bill

[JURIST] The White House on Wednesday announced that President Barack Obama [official website] no longer intends to veto the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 [SB 1867, PDF]. The about face comes after revisions by lawmakers that address the ...

Murder suspect van der Sloot sues Chile

The Dutch man suspected in the disappearance in 2005 of Natalee Holloway has sued the Chilean government for more than $13 million, alleging his human rights were violated when Chile extradited him last year to Peru.

Judge set to sentence Barry Bonds

Baseball legend Barry Bonds is scheduled to be sentenced Friday for his obstruction of justice conviction. Prosecutors want the former slugger to serve 15 months in prison.

4 children dead in Texas mass shooting

All four of the children wounded in a mass shooting in east Texas have died, police confirmed Thursday.

Former educators charged in Oklahoma child porn case

A former teacher in Oklahoma has been charged with sending lewd images of young female students to a retired professor in Pennsylvania, authorities said Thursday.

Jerry Sandusky, Penn State Face 1st Civil Suit from New Accuser

A new accuser has filed the first civil lawsuit against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, accusing Sandusky of molesting him more than 100 times as a child. The accuser, now 29 and identified in the lawsuit as "John Doe A," als...

Houston Howrey managing partner discusses move to Winston & Strawn

On Wednesday, the Howrey name on the door of the firm's Houston office will change to Winston & Strawn. The affiliation change comes in the wake of Howrey's vote to dissolve the partnership.

Accuser pleads guilty to child sex

Zachary Tomaselli, the third man to publicly allege that former Syracuse University coach Bernie Fine molested him, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he sexually abused a teenage boy.

Federal Judge deems California’s Death Penalty Unconstitutional

A federal judge in California has struck down the state’s death penalty, ruling that the “arbitrariness” and “unpredictability” with which it is carried out violates the constitution’s ban on “cruel and unusual” punishment. U.S.…

Supreme Court hears argument in Miranda, right to counsel cases

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Wednesday in JDB v. North Carolina [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on whether a court should consider a juvenile's ...

1st Circuit supports employer's 'corrective action' in race bias case

Giving guidance on employer responsibility in cases of co-worker harassment, the 1st Circuit has emphasized that a plaintiff must show the employer knew or should have known about the harassment but failed to promptly take remedial action.

Legal Aid, D.A. to Argue Scope of Exclusionary Rule for Stop

A U.S. Supreme Court rookie will face a high court veteran as they debate whether pre-existing government I.D. papers obtained from an unconstitutional police stop must be suppressed as "the fruit of the poisonous tree."

Class Action Claims CitiGroup Unit Misled Loan-Modification Applicants

A would-be federal class action of potentially thousands of New Jersey homeowners alleges that a CitiGroup arm reneged on its agreement to do loan modifications in return for receiving $45 billion in bailout money.

Appropriations subcommittee targets state judges for 8 percent salary cut

The Florida House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee has targeted state judges for an 8 percent salary cut and plans to reduce their judicial assistant staffing by one-quarter.

UN rights council adopts outcome of US review

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] on Friday held a debate and adopted the outcomes [press release] from its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the US. The review provided the US with 228 recommendations in 10 different are...

'Fairness,' Balance and Opinionated News

Katherine A. Helm and Joel Cohen examine the increasingly prevalent mix of superheated rhetoric and partisan commentary, and conclude that the remedy for undesirable speech is always more speech.

Poland prosecutors ask US to question Guantanamo detainees over secret CIA prison

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors investigating an alleged secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that they are asking US officials to question two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who claim they were held and abused at the si...

Man held in woman's disappearance in Aruba is released

Gary Giordano, a U.S. citizen held in Aruba in connection with the disappearance of a Maryland woman, was set free Tuesday after months in detention, Giordano's Aruban attorney Chris Lejuez told CNN.

Anthrax Victim's Family Settles for $2.5M

Ten years ago, photo editor Robert Stevens died after inhaling anthrax sent through the mail to American Media in Florida, the publisher of tabloids such as the Sun and the National Enquirer. He was the first of about 17 different anthrax victims. Four...

Should You Follow Employees on Twitter?

Should you friend or follow employees on Facebook and Twitter? Do you let them friend or follow you? If you haven't yet encountered these questions, it's bound to happen sometime soon. Everyone wants to be friends these days--even with their boss. Soci...

Will Barry Bonds be Sentenced to Prison?

Former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds' sentencing is set for Friday. The home-run king could be sent to prison for allegedly lying about an alleged steroid scandal. Bonds, 47, was found guilty in April on a single count of obstruction of just...

White House shooting suspect competent to aid in his defense

An Idaho man accused of attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama is able to assist in his defense and does not need further testing to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

Dog Walker Regulations Coming to SF?

San Francisco is debating whether or not to impose new dog walker regulations. The new regulations, if passed, would require dog walkers to get permits and licenses. The rules would apply to dog walkers who walk two or more canines at one time. In orde...

Food Poisoning: What Are Your Rights?

This year's Listeria cantaloupe outbreak has left consumers wondering about the safety of the nation's food products. In fact, there are legal remedies in place to help victims of food poisoning. Plaintiffs can file products liability lawsuits...

Feds: Arizona sheriff discriminated against Latinos

A controversial sheriff's office in Arizona "engaged in a pattern of misconduct" that included discrimination against Latinos, the Justice Department said Thursday.

Only ½ of US Adults Married, and Dropping

Americans are getting married later and less often, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Only 51% of adults are married, and only 20% of those aged 18 to 29. Though marriage is down, cohabitation is up. More couples are either not marry...

Hedge fund attorneys want Rothstein trustee's $421 million clawback suit dismissed

Three New York hedge funds are lodging the harshest criticism yet of the bankruptcy trustee for Scott Rothstein's law firm, claiming Herbert Stettin used false, hyperbolic accusations and omitted key information in litigation filed last year.

Jury weighs life-or-death fate of Connecticut murderer

A jury will deliberate Monday whether to sentence a man convicted of murdering a Connecticut mother and two daughters to death or to life in prison.

More Howrey Partners Moving Ahead of Dissolution

Partner moves from Howrey continued unabated in the days immediately following Wednesday's decision to break up the firm. Partners jumped to Venable, Covington, and Arnold & Porter.

Going Down Swinging

The U.S. District Court for Central California last week appeared to put an end to Dimitrios Biller's long-running dispute against his former employer, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.

St. Joe Scores Big Win in Gulf Oil Spill Jurisdictional Spat: Delaware Judge Keeps Developer's Case Against Transocean Out of New Orleans MDL

In what appears to be the first big setback for major defendants fighting to restrict their Gulf oil spill liability to the New Orleans MDL, a federal judge has remanded a Florida property company's suit against Transocean back to Delaware.

The difference between a "Not Guilty" verdict and an acquittal.

A verdict of not guilty constitutes an acquittal. In other words, to find a defendant not guilty is to acquit. At trial, an acquittal occurs when the jury (or the judge if it’s a judge trial) determines that the prosecution hasn’t proved…

Can a person get a DUI on a bicycle in South Carolina?

According to South Carolina law, Title 56 - Motor Vehicles, ARTICLE 23, SECTION 56-5-2930. Operating motor vehicle while under influence of alcohol or drugs; penalties; enrollment in Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program; prosecution.  (A)…

ECJ legal adviser finds ban on genetically modified crops illegal

[JURIST] European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi on Tuesday issued an opinion [text, in French] declaring that a French ban on cultivating genetically modified (GM) crops is illegal. In 2008, France sought to ...

Judge Presses for Firms' Rates in Fee Dispute Stemming From Landmark Gun Case

A judge said Wednesday he wants the three law firms that provided pro bono service to the District of Columbia in a landmark gun rights case to open up their books to provide billing data to the court.

Ninth Circuit refuses to lift same-sex marriage ban

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday denied [order, PDF] a motion [text, PDF] to lift the stay order prohibiting gay couples from marrying while an appeal of the invalidation of Proposition 8 [text, PDF...

Calif. court enjoins school district from seeking photo IDs of petition signers

Several parents have won a preliminary injunction in the first case to be brought under a California law that gives parents the means to change, through a public petition, public schools they deem under-performing.

Wisconsin appeals court passes union bargaining case to state supreme court

[JURIST] The Wisconsin Court of Appeals [official website] on Thursday declined to rule [certification, PDF] on an order [text; JURIST report] enjoining Wisconsin Secretary of State Douglas La Follette [official website] from publishing a legislative m...

Supreme Court strikes down deportation discretionary waiver policy

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday in Judulang v. Holder [SCOTUSblog backgrounder; JURIST report] that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) [official website] policy for deciding when resident aliens may appl...

Supreme Court hears arguments on exclusionary rule

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in Davis v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report] on the Fourth Amendment [text] exclusionary rule [Cornell LII ba...

50 Cent Mixtape Angers Murder Victim's Relatives

The long-awaited new 50 Cent mixtape is out, and it's a huge hit -- but not for relatives of a murder victim referenced in the album's opening song. The song in question is called "Body On It," about a double homicide in Queens, N.Y., where 50 Cent gre...

Sentencing of final Enron executive ends 8-year proceedings

[JURIST] A federal judge sentenced former Enron Broadband Services [JURIST news archive] executive Rex Shelby [Houston Chronicle profile] to two years probation Monday on charges of insider trading. The sentencing marks the end of an eight-year long cr...

Burn Convention — Pot Entrepeneurs Get Tips on Protecting IP

Entrepreneurs pouring money into the cultivation and dispensing of marijuana stand to take big losses if they don't lock down their intellectual property. The catch is that pot remains illegal under federal law.

Illinois IDs Gacy victim after 3 decades

Genetic testing has identified one of the eight victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy who remained nameless for more than three decades, authorities in Chicago announced Tuesday.

Tough sale for plaintiffs in Wal-Mart case

The massive gender discrimination class action against retail giant Wal-Mart ran into strong resistance at the Supreme Court on Tuesday, after surviving lower court challenges ever since it was launched 10 years ago.

How Not to Get Sued Over Unpaid Interns

Unpaid interns can play a huge supporting role for your small business. But depending on what tasks you've scripted for them, you may be setting the scene for a lawsuit. A Hollywood studio is learning that the hard way. As has been widely reported, two...

Sandusky lawyer on waiving hearing

Karl Rominger, co-counsel for Jerry Sandusky, explains his team's decision to waive a hearing and go straight to trial.

Supreme Court hears arguments on Chapter 12 bankruptcy, insider trading

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in two cases on Tuesday. In Hall v. US [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the justices heard arguments on a conflict between tax law and bankruptcy procedures, regardi...

SF Minimum Wage Over $10, Highest in U.S.

San Francisco's minimum wage will top out at $10.24 come January 1st -- the highest in the nation. Compare that with the $7.25 federal minimum and the statewide $8.00 an hour. States are legally allowed to exceed the federal level, but in some jurisdic...

Holder vows to enforce civil rights in upcoming elections

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] pledged Tuesday to enforce civil rights [speech] during next year's elections. Speaking at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum [website] in Austin, Texas, Holder stressed the importance of the right to vote, calling it the "cornerstone of our system of government." He expressed concern over several recently enacted state laws currently under review by the Justice Department that could infringe on this fundamental right. Holder said:Since January, more than a dozen...

Reagan shooter Hinckley to seek freedom at hearing

On the day he shot President Ronald Reagan, 25-year-old John Hinckley Jr. left in his hotel room a letter addressed to young actress Jodie Foster, with whom he was infatuated. The letter began:

Appeals court ordered to reconsider hearsay in Peterson case

Prosecutors have won a step in the legal battle that has delayed Drew Peterson's murder trial, with a court ruling Wednesday that could have a profound effect on the proceedings.

North Carolina governor vetoes repeal of death penalty racial justice law

[JURIST] North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue [official website] on Wednesday vetoed [signature, PDF] legislation [SB 9 materials] that would have essentially repealed the state's Racial Justice Act [text, PDF]. The 2009 law, which allows death row inmates to appeal their sentences based on statistical evidence of racism, was designed to address concerns that racial bias plays a role in sentencing. In an accompanying statement [text, PDF], Perdue said that while she is a strong supporter of the death penalty, "it...

Prosecutors: Ballistics, prints point to White House shooting suspect

The bullets recovered after a gunman fired on the White House in November were fired from the rifle found in the car of the suspect, Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, according to court documents filed by prosecutors on Thursday. The court document also says onl...

Wall Street groups sue CFTC over trade regulation

[JURIST] Wall Street organizations International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) [official websites] on Friday filed a lawsuit challenging a regulation [complaint, text] impleme...

Investigator: Manning's computer had downloaded secret documents

An Army computer investigator testified late Sunday that a search of military computers used by Pfc. Bradley Manning in Iraq revealed that he had downloaded the same secret documents and videos that were released online by WikiLeaks.

Gun Advocates Step In to Oppose D.C. Circuit Pick

New York lawyer Caitlin Halligan won a committee vote Thursday in her bid for a spot on the D.C. Circuit, but Senate Republicans made clear they're planning a fight based in part on gun rights.

How Can You Lose Criminal Case But Win Civil Trial?

Have you ever wondered how a defendant can be tried in both civil and criminal courts? Take, for example, the recent $3 million judgment against Arizona self-help guru James Arthur Ray. He is already serving time in jail after being found guilty of neg...

Police Refuse to Evict Atlanta Woman, Age 103

Can police refuse to evict someone? That's the question currently being asked by everyone who has heard of Elvinia Hall, the 103-year-old woman who almost lost her home. Hall, along with her 83-year-old daughter, has lived in the Northwest Atlanta home...

Cuba court sentences US contractor to fifteen years in prison

[JURIST] A court in Cuba on Saturday sentenced [Cubadebate report, in Spanish] US contractor Alan Gross to 15 years in prison for attempting to undermine the communist government of Cuba, according to a state-run website. US National Security spokesman Tommy Vietor immediately denounced the ruling [Washington Post report], calling the 15-year sentence an "injustice." Gross was arrested at the Havana Airport in 2009 for bringing computer equipment into Cuba. He was working as a member of a Development Alternatives Incorporated...

12 indicted in beard-cuttings

Twelve members of a breakaway Amish sect were indicted on federal charges for allegedly shaving the beards and cutting the hair of Amish community members, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Tips on how to prevent texting while driving.

    Texting and driving is a dangerous habit that effects not only adults, but young drivers as well. Below these stats there is a link for some helpful links to make breaking this habit a littler easier. Key Facts and Statistics The…

DOJ sues California prison system for ordering Sikh inmate to trim beard

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday sued [press release] the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) [official website] for unfairly disciplining Sikh inmate Sukhjinder Basra for refusing to ...

Baggage Handler Fired for Animal Abuse Report

A Nevada baggage handler has been cleared to return to her job, weeks after being fired for reporting a severe case of animal abuse. The move may also serve to fend off a potential lawsuit. Lynn Jones, 56, was loading baggage and pet carriers onto plan...

Do Cities Need Better Food Truck Laws?

Food trucks may be the new trend, but they’re not exactly trendy amongst local officials. Cities across the country are citing food trucks for maintenance issues, improper permitting and public disruption. Local restaurants are also complaining, argu...

Shorter Shelf Life for Malicious Prosecution Suits

A California appeal court on Tuesday tilted in favor of a lawyer and a law firm sued for malicious prosecution in a trademark dispute, finding that a one-year statute of limitations applies.

Top 5 Tips for Holiday Shoppers

You're frantic, stressed. You really aren't thinking straight. This can only mean one thing this time of year -- it's time for some last-minute holiday shopping. If you're amongst the masses participating in this ritual, you're probably in need of a bi...

Study Sees Little Cause for Alarm Over Laptop Use in Law Schools

Laptops in the classroom tempt students to surf the web and e-mail friends instead of focusing on the lecture at hand, right? But a paper written by Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law professor Kristen Murray concluded that laptops actual...

Taking an objective measure of firms that promote women

A new effort is under way to objectively identify law firms of 100 or more attorneys that have a substantial number of women equity partners, women in leadership roles and women bringing in top compensation.

Bernstein Is Back! In Latest RiskMetrics Ranking of Plaintiffs Firms, Bernstein Litowitz Regains Top Slot for Total Settlement Value, Racking Up Nearly $1 Billion in 2010

A new report shows Bernstein Litowitz ranking first among plaintiffs firms for total settlement value in 2010, with 16 settlements totaling $999.9 million -- an increase of more than $200 million from the prior year.

Ex-Siemens execs indicted in Argentine bribery scheme

Eight former executives and agents of Siemens AG and its subsidiaries have been indicted in a bribery scheme alleging that they paid or promised Argentine officials $100 million to land a contract worth 10 times as much, the U.S. Justice Department sai...

Federal judge blocks Citigroup-SEC settlement

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday blocked a proposed $285 million settlement with Citigroup Inc [corporate website] over the sale of toxic mortgage debt. The US Securities and ...

Chile requests extradition of former US Navy captain for Pinochet-era crimes

[JURIST] A Chilean judge on Tuesday issued an indictment against former US Navy Captain Ray Davis, which included a request that he be extradited to Chile. The indictment charges [CNN report] Davis with the homicides of journalist Charles Horman and US...

Bernie Fine accuser tells his story

A second man who has publicly accused a former Syracuse University coach of molesting him told CNN on Tuesday that he was speaking out so that no other children would be hurt.

Sandusky's lawyer: Media took showering comments 'out of context'

An attorney for a former Penn State football coach accused of sexually abusing young boys on Thursday accused media of having "somewhat exaggerated" and taken "out of context" his comments about adults who "teach" children...

Courtney Love Being Evicted for Ruining Décor, Setting NYC Apt Fire

Guess which star is getting no love from her landlord? Courtney Love is being evicted out of her West Village home in New York . Owner Donna Lyon says that Love set the $27,000-a-month apartment on fire and damaged its interior. The apartment was decor...

Hinckley and the women in his life

John Hinckley Jr.'s relationships with women were spotlighted Thursday during a hearing to discuss whether the man who tried to kill President Ronald Reagan will be allowed to live as an outpatient.

Ex-FBI director in spotlight as Penn State investigator

Spotlights are shining brightly on Louis Freeh's law firm as the former FBI director opens his investigation into how Penn State University officials handled child sex abuse allegations against a former football coach.

Ex-NHL player, executive Milbury charged with assault of child

Mike Milbury, a former National Hockey League player, coach and executive, is accused of assault and battery on a child stemming from an incident at a youth hockey game.

The Power of Hope

As Congress considers deep cuts in legal assistance to the poor, The National Law Journal presents an in-depth report examining the impact of legal aid programs on clients and the politics surrounding funding.

Teen Gets 21 Years for Murdering Gay Student

A California teenager who pleaded guilty to killing a gay classmate is headed to prison. Brandon McInerney was sentenced to 21 years for the crime that drew national attention to bullying and the plight of gay students. McInerney, 17, was sentenced acc...

Former Client Blames Firm for 'Usurious' Funding of Suit

Litigation funding companies have been generating controversy lately, but one plaintiff is unusual in that he is trying to hold his former lawyers, in addition to the funder, liable for what he calls unconscionable financial terms.

Special Counsel: Wilson Sonsini, Morris Nichols Acted Appropriately in Nighthawk Matter

The lawyers who settled a class action over the merger of Nighthawk Radiology and Virtual Radiologic acted appropriately, according to a special counsel appointed to look into possible "forum shopping" and "collusive" behavior.

New Suit Against Juridica Exposes Cracks in Litigation Funding Model

A racketeering complaint filed by S&T Oil Equipment and Machinery against Juridica Investments offers a rare glimpse of the tension that can emerge between a litigation finance-backed client and the litigation funder.

Lawyer could lose license for advising clients to break into foreclosed homes

Citing "substantial harm to clients or the public," the State Bar of California has removed the law license of Michael T. Pines, who it said had helped clients get into their foreclosed homes, despite warnings by courts and police.

Sin Citi? Lehman Trustee Claims Bank Misappropriated $1.3 Billion in Brokerage's Final Days

Lehman's bankruptcy trustee last week accused Citigroup of orchestrating a $1.3 billion fraud as Lehman's broker-dealer unit was winding down in 2008.

Bonds Openings Hint at Strategies

After years of pretrial battle, a big-name defense attorney and a gruff ex-New York homicide prosecutor kicked off the Barry Bonds trial Tuesday by coolly previewing what is to come in upcoming weeks.

ACLU asks Supreme Court to rule on gene patent case

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a recent federal appeals court decision that u...

California probes why guards fired seven rounds in prison riot

California officials are investigating why correctional officers fired seven lethal rounds to quell a prison riot in Sacramento this week in which one inmate was shot in the leg, authorities said.

News Corp. Shareholders Accuse Murdoch of Overpaying for Daughter's TV Production Co.

A group of investors has filed a derivative suit against Rupert Murdoch and the other directors of News Corp. over the company's plans to purchase for $675 million a company run and majority-owned by Murdoch's daughter.

3rd Circuit Panel Removes Fullam From Criminal Case

For the second time this month, the 3rd Circuit has removed federal Judge John P. Fullam from a criminal case after finding his evidentiary rulings and jury instructions were in direct conflict with controlling law.

Law school accreditation proposal would boost job placement transparency

The latest proposed drafts of ABA law school accreditation standards would change how schools report graduate employment information, impose tougher bar passage rate requirements and ease limits on how many credit hours students may take through distan...

'Sheriff of the Year' Busted in Meth-Sex Ring

In an ironic twist of fate, former Arapahoe County Sheriff Patrick Sullivan is currently being held in the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility just outside of Denver. The 68-year-old retired lawman was caught on tape exchanging methamphetamine f...

Madoff trustee wins right to appeal after dismissal of JP Morgan suit

[JURIST] An order made public Thursday awarded Madoff trustee Irving Picard the right to appeal the dismissal of his $19 billion suit against JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website]. >Judge Colleen McMahon of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] indicated in her order that, in the interest of an expedited decision, both parties had agreed to move forward with the appeal [Reuters report]. Last month, McMahon dismissed [JURIST report] Picard's suit seeking damages...

Will Health Insurance Exchanges Impact You?

Small businesses often choose health insurance policies for their employees based on the cost. Some businesses may even choose not to provide health policies because they're simply too expensive. Enter the new "health insurance exchanges," set to becom...

Wisconsin governor signs bill limiting state worker collective bargaining

[JURIST] Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) [official website] on Friday signed legislation [text, PDF] limiting the collective bargaining rights of state employees, ending a three-week stalemate over the issue. The bill requires state employees to co...

US hedge fund founder begins 11-year sentence

[JURIST] Former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] on Monday began serving his prison sentence at a Massachusetts military base. A judge in October sentenced [JURIST report] Rajaratnam to 11 years in prison, fined h...

US trade commission rules narrowly for Apple in HTC patent case

[JURIST] The US International Trade Commission (USITC) [official website] ruled [text, PDF] on Monday for Apple [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] on a patent complaint against HTC [corporate website; Bloomberg backgrounder] for infringing its "data tapping" patents. The USITC found that HTC had violated section 337 of the Tarriff Act of 1930 [text, PDF] by infringing on some of the claims of patent nos. 5,946,647, 6,343,263, 5,481,721 and 6,275,983 [texts], all relating to signal processing and the transfer of data across...

Yoss firm to dissolve, shut doors by month's end

Yoss LLP, the largest minority-owned law firm in the U.S., will dissolve and close its doors March 31. In an e-mail sent to employees Friday, managing partner George Yoss said all employees would be laid off by the end of the month.

America's 10 Safest Cities

Choosing a place to live is one of the most important decisions a family can make. Should you consider a city's crime statistics and traffic fatality rates before settling down? It's definitely something worth considering. In that vein, Forbes has rece...

First steps to take after a car accident to get compensated.

If you were involved in a car accident due to someone else's carelessness or negligence, you have the right to be compensated for all your injuries and property damage. This compensation usually comes out of a settlement of your car accident…

Plaintiffs attempt to preserve a large class of claims against Toyota

Plaintiffs lawyers representing Toyota shareholders are fighting to preserve claims brought under a Japanese securities law that executives failed to inform investors about problems associated with sudden acceleration.

Poll Finds Jump in In-House Interviews of Law Firm Partners

According to a recent national survey of attorney hiring trends in corporations, interviews of senior level lawyers jumped 20 percent between January 2010 and January 2011. And 38 percent of the companies surveyed said experienced attorneys were being ...

T-Mobile Lawsuit can Lead to Big Trouble for "Un-Carrier"

Allegations that T-Mobile made millions off scam text messages could tarnish its consumer-friendly 'Un-Carrier' image. T-Mobile has spent the last year and a half telling us again and again that it’s not like the other wireless carriers.…

Top DOD lawyer urges civilian trials for Guantanamo detainees

[JURIST] General Counsel for the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Thursday urged Congress to allow civilian trials [hearing video] of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, in addition to military commissions. At a hearing ...

Missouri House passes bill restricting late-term abortions

[JURIST] The Missouri House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday voted 119-38 in favor of legislation [HB 213, PDF] restricting late-term abortions [JURIST news archive] and imposing penalties on doctors who fail to comply with the new restrictions. The legislation, which is slated to become effective at the end of August, bans abortions of "viable" fetuses. The legislation would provide some exceptions, permitting abortions of viable fetuses only when the woman's life is endangered by a physical illness or disability,...

Alleged Attorney Conduct Prompts Court to Vacate Settlement With School District Over Bullying

A judge has vacated a settlement of allegations that a school district failed to curb bullying after he received affidavits from plaintiffs who claimed they had accepted the deal only after their former attorney "intimidated" them.

Man dies from wounds suffered in Hollywood shooting spree

A person wounded last Friday when a gunman opened fire at passing vehicles along a downtown street in Hollywood has died, a spokeswoman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles said Monday.

Five Firms Get Call for AT&T/T-Mobile Antitrust, Regulatory Work

Five Am Law 200 firms are handling the antitrust and regulatory aspects of AT&T's surprise $39 billion bid for T-Mobile USA, a deal that figures to receive close scrutiny from U.S. regulators.

Federal appeals court strikes down Wisconsin campaign finance law

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Monday struck down [opinion, PDF] a Wisconsin law that prohibited people from donating more than $10,000 a year to political action committees (PACs). The case was brought b...