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Meta plans to raise a First Amendment defense and challenge the product liability claims in the complaints by clarifying...
09/10/2022
Facebook: 'Threshold Legal Defenses' Will Dismiss Addiction Lawsuits | National Law Journal

Meta plans to raise a First Amendment defense and challenge the product liability claims in the complaints by clarifying that the social media sites, which also include another Meta site, Instagram, aren’t “products.” http://ow.ly/YFsp50KFYYS

Facebook has raised an arsenal of legal defenses that could swiftly dismiss lawsuits alleging younger users have become addicted to social media,...

“Not only is [the opinion] rife with erroneous applications of the law, it disregards the numerous independent governmen...
09/10/2022
Trump Vows to Appeal Dismissal of RICO Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton, Perkins Coie | National Law Journal

“Not only is [the opinion] rife with erroneous applications of the law, it disregards the numerous independent governmental investigations which substantiate our claim that the defendants conspired to falsely implicate our client and undermine the 2016 presidential election,” said Trump attorney Alina Habba.

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The judge reserved the right to issue sanctions in the suit, which he found to contain “glaring structural deficiencies.”

Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed the lawsuit with pre...
09/10/2022
Read the Doc: Judge Trashes Trump's RICO Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton, Perkins Coie | National Law Journal

Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, noting the former president’s amended lawsuit failed to address any of the shortcomings he previously raised.

http://ow.ly/MYUK50KFYUu

“Because plaintiff was unable to cure his complaint even with all its shortcomings clearly laid out for him … I find that amendment would be futile...

"Timing is incredibly important when we’re talking about the process of drug naming and the various approvals that have ...
09/09/2022
The Name Game's Getting Harder—But This Lawyer's Helping Big Pharma in a Crowded Market | National Law Journal

"Timing is incredibly important when we’re talking about the process of drug naming and the various approvals that have to happen. You have to keep in mind there are these two paths: the FDA path and the USPTO path. They run completely separately." http://ow.ly/Uctf50KEXEc

Crowell & Morning partner Virginia Wolk Marino says clearing new brand names with the USPTO and the FDA is an increasingly tricky challenge. That's...

Twitter had already agreed to produce Slack messages from six of its 42 custodians, and Musk asked for communications fr...
09/09/2022
McCormick Allows More Slack, Text Messages In Twitter v. Musk Discovery | National Law Journal

Twitter had already agreed to produce Slack messages from six of its 42 custodians, and Musk asked for communications from all 42, a request Twitter argued would unnecessarily add to its already massive discovery obligations. http://ow.ly/Hwbl50KEXAs

Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick's decisions are both clear that Twitter has taken the brunt of the discovery workload while Musk has at times fallen...

Legal recruiters say that firms that bulked up on corporate hires in 2021 could find themselves with too many associates...
09/08/2022
Hiring Pauses, Stealth Layoffs at Top 50 Law Firms Signal Industry Austerity | National Law Journal

Legal recruiters say that firms that bulked up on corporate hires in 2021 could find themselves with too many associates and not enough work to give them in today’s comparatively lackluster transactional environment.

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Cooley has reportedly implemented a freeze on hiring associates, while sources say Reed Smith is responding to dipping profitability in lower...

The overall yearlong fundraising scheme netted more than $15 million from thousands of donors across the country, based ...
09/08/2022
Bannon's Border Wall Fundraising Scheme Duped Hundreds of NYC Donors, Manhattan DA Says | National Law Journal

The overall yearlong fundraising scheme netted more than $15 million from thousands of donors across the country, based on false pretenses, Alvin L. Bragg said. There are hundreds of alleged victims in Manhattan. http://ow.ly/zVm750KEXyH

The former chief strategist in the Trump White House called the charge a politically motivated persecution as he entered the Manhattan District...

“There’s no judicial process, so you simply fill out paperwork and send it in to the countermeasures program, and it jus...
09/08/2022
'They Are Being Ignored by the System': Plaintiffs Attorneys Say Those Injured by COVID Vaccines Have Little Recourse | National Law Journal

“There’s no judicial process, so you simply fill out paperwork and send it in to the countermeasures program, and it just goes into a black hole,” said attorney Andrew Downing. “You launch this mass vaccination campaign without providing a remedy for victims.” http://ow.ly/YmpX50KEXbp

The people that suffered injuries post-vaccination need to be compensated for it, personal injury attorney Michael L. Baum of Baum Hedlund Aristei...

Judge Mehta appeared frustrated throughout the hearing with Stewart Rhodes’ attempt to delay the trial, saying the motio...
09/08/2022
'Complete and Utter Nonsense:' Tensions Run High as Judge Denies Oath Keeper Leader's Attempt to Switch Lawyers | National Law Journal

Judge Mehta appeared frustrated throughout the hearing with Stewart Rhodes’ attempt to delay the trial, saying the motion made “a number of incorrect and bewildering statements” about the case. http://ow.ly/y1xg50KEWqA

Judge Amit Mehta said Rhodes’ new attorney, Ed Tarpley, made “incorrect and bewildering statements” in his attempt to substitute himself as lead...

“Over the course of the last 20 months members have been trying to get people to state, I guess you’d call it a general ...
09/08/2022
Debate Over Originalism Swamps Senate Judiciary Hearing | National Law Journal

“Over the course of the last 20 months members have been trying to get people to state, I guess you’d call it a general judicial philosophy, and my colleagues are irritated because no one wants to express a judicial philosophy,” said ranking Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Grassley, before asking Third Circuit nominee Cindy K. Chung if she was an “originalist or if she believed in a living constitution.”

Sen. Whitehouse said, “Originalism is a recent invention usually designed to provide right-wing political influence into judicial decision-making.” http://ow.ly/b5RG50KEWif

While Chuck Grassley has long asked about a nominee’s “judicial philosophy,” Wednesday was the first time the Iowa senator acknowledged the criticism he’s received for the question.

Even the insurance industry appears to have taken notice of the potential scale of this evolving field of environmental ...
09/08/2022

Even the insurance industry appears to have taken notice of the potential scale of this evolving field of environmental litigation. And that gives corporate legal departments plenty to pay attention to in this space.

http://ow.ly/Qcyz50KCWbm

Plaintiffs and defense firms alike are bracing for a new wave of environmental litigation centering on forever chemicals, after the EPA has...

The lawsuit was one of more than 200 filed by college students in the wake of the pandemic accusing educational institut...
09/08/2022
Brown University Agrees to Pay $1.5M to Settle COVID-19 Tuition Refund Case | National Law Journal

The lawsuit was one of more than 200 filed by college students in the wake of the pandemic accusing educational institutions of violating contracts or unjustly enriching themselves by pivoting to online classes and canceling activities but charging the same prices.

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The settlement would be divided among 9,650 students who were enrolled at Brown University in the 2020 spring semester.

State GOP legislators have defended the map by arguing that the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits stat...
09/07/2022
State Judges Urge SCOTUS Not to Strip Them of Oversight in Election Laws | National Law Journal

State GOP legislators have defended the map by arguing that the Elections Clause of the U.S. Constitution prohibits state courts from reviewing state laws regulating federal elections, otherwise known as the “independent state legislature theory” that is rising in popularity among conservatives. http://ow.ly/TBo350KCVTI

Chief justices from all 50 state supreme courts argued against the independent state legislature theory.

“I am convinced that even four weeks’ delay would risk further harm to Twitter too great to justify,” Chancellor Kathale...
09/07/2022
Musk May Amend Counterclaims, but October Trial Date Stands | National Law Journal

“I am convinced that even four weeks’ delay would risk further harm to Twitter too great to justify,” Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick wrote, citing that in recent months the company has been losing employees quickly while under the strain of an unresolved merger. http://ow.ly/zwkb50KCVM8

Under movant-friendly Chancery rules, the court said Twitter didn't prove amending the counterclaims would be futile or lead to an unreasonable...

Of the 116 comments (two are unrelated and three are “neutral”), the submitted comments were nearly equally split: 58 in...
09/07/2022
As ABA Deadline Ends, More Than 100 Public Comments Highlight Split Over Law School Admissions Test Requirement | National Law Journal

Of the 116 comments (two are unrelated and three are “neutral”), the submitted comments were nearly equally split: 58 in favor of the proposal and 53 opposed. However, several of the comments in opposition carried the weight of multiple signatures. http://ow.ly/BwoH50KCOyK

While the ABA proposal, if adopted, would merely give law schools the choice of whether to require standardized testing as part of their admissions processes, many of the comments have focused on whether the LSAT helps or harms diversity.

Twitter’s attorneys repeatedly said while Musk has claimed an extension is necessary in part to account for Twitter not ...
09/07/2022
'Grind Us All Down': Twitter Slams Musk's Bid for Trial Extension, More Discovery | National Law Journal

Twitter’s attorneys repeatedly said while Musk has claimed an extension is necessary in part to account for Twitter not handing over information quickly enough, he’s actually the party that’s moving slowly, and Twitter has moved for sanctions. http://ow.ly/1oRu50KC6Iv

Elon Musk has asked to extend the trial timeline another month, while Twitter argues the entrepreneur is simply trying to manipulate the litigation...

Court watchers and candidates agree that the justices’ decision punting abortion issues to the states has brought more e...
09/07/2022
'A Tremendous Response': Interest in State Supreme Court Elections Spikes After 'Roe' Overturned | National Law Journal

Court watchers and candidates agree that the justices’ decision punting abortion issues to the states has brought more eyeballs to normally under-the-radar judicial elections, even though candidates in partisan judicial elections are barred from stating how they would rule on a certain issue. http://ow.ly/Xpz050KC6vK

Nearly 30 states are holding local Supreme Court elections this year. Several are in states where the partisan leaning of the court is on the line...

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila, in San Jose, found the Communications Decency Act did not immunize the tech companies...
09/07/2022
Tech Firms Immune From Casino App Lawsuits? Don't Bet On It, Judge Says. | National Law Journal

U.S. District Judge Edward Davila, in San Jose, found the Communications Decency Act did not immunize the tech companies from actions that were their own, rather than those of third parties—in this case, the casino apps. http://ow.ly/Pff150KC6oX

In the latest decision concerning the federal Communications Decency Act, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila found that Google, Facebook and Apple are not immune from lawsuits alleging their casino apps constitute illegal gambling.

The program will begin with a three-day event from Oct. 25-27 in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, of...
09/07/2022
Jones Day to Launch Fintech Accelerator in Northern California | National Law Journal

The program will begin with a three-day event from Oct. 25-27 in the firm’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, offering free legal support to a selected cohort of companies as well as panels and a demo day with investors.

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The FinAccelerate program is responding to fintech as one of the most legally intensive areas of tech, according to Jones Day partner and project...

M. Margaret McKeown wrote about Douglas and his passion for the outdoors, and how he became an environmental crusader wh...
09/07/2022
The Marble Palace Blog: Justice William O. Douglas, an Early Activist of the Environmental Movement | National Law Journal

M. Margaret McKeown wrote about Douglas and his passion for the outdoors, and how he became an environmental crusader while also working as a Supreme Court justice for 36 years, the longest tenure of any associate justice in history. http://ow.ly/5gtV50KBGS1

A compelling new book by a Ninth Circuit judge focuses on the conservation advocacy of Douglas and his high public profile, unlike any other.

The members of Trump’s legal team are linked by the all-encompassing nature of their representation, which may help expl...
09/06/2022
How Trump's Legal Team Got to Mar-a-Lago | National Law Journal

The members of Trump’s legal team are linked by the all-encompassing nature of their representation, which may help explain why more top-flight Big Law criminal defense litigators haven’t accepted the potentially career-defining opportunity. http://ow.ly/RIzH50KBGKF

Former Big Law partners, federal prosecutors, insurance defense attorneys and civil litigators dropped everything to represent the former president.

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What we really want to know is whether and how the plan impacts you as members of the legal profession: Are you in favor of the measure? Will it apply to your student debt? http://ow.ly/hge250KFYV6
The panel said the plaintiffs firms’ summaries of hours worked over the three-year period of the litigation weren’t detailed enough, and therefore more documentation is needed to determine the award. http://ow.ly/1XzM50KFZ7q
Judge Carlos Bea said the use of “noncitizen” over “alien” is an “unfortunate trend in case law,” and inaccurate because it implies a person before the court isn’t a citizen of any country. http://ow.ly/mwWp50KFZ8Q
Jeremy Martin, a partner at the large Canadian law firm Cassels Brock & Blackwell, wrote: “I had a feeling when this day came it would be an emotional one, and I wasn’t wrong.” http://ow.ly/S9rJ50KFYZ6
Meta plans to raise a First Amendment defense and challenge the product liability claims in the complaints by clarifying that the social media sites, which also include another Meta site, Instagram, aren’t “products.” http://ow.ly/YFsp50KFYYS
“Not only is [the opinion] rife with erroneous applications of the law, it disregards the numerous independent governmental investigations which substantiate our claim that the defendants conspired to falsely implicate our client and undermine the 2016 presidential election,” said Trump attorney Alina Habba. http://ow.ly/Zhuy50KFZ6o
According to a recent Idaho Judicial Branch report, the state court has seen a decline in interest and applications for judgeships as it attempts to counteract the natural attrition of an aging judiciary. http://ow.ly/eAg450KFYWe
Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, noting the former president’s amended lawsuit failed to address any of the shortcomings he previously raised. http://ow.ly/MYUK50KFYUu
The Justice Department said the intelligence community review “cannot be readily segregated” from the criminal investigation. http://ow.ly/VyfP50KFYTQ
"Timing is incredibly important when we’re talking about the process of drug naming and the various approvals that have to happen. You have to keep in mind there are these two paths: the FDA path and the USPTO path. They run completely separately." http://ow.ly/Uctf50KEXEc
Twitter had already agreed to produce Slack messages from six of its 42 custodians, and Musk asked for communications from all 42, a request Twitter argued would unnecessarily add to its already massive discovery obligations. http://ow.ly/Hwbl50KEXAs
Legal recruiters say that firms that bulked up on corporate hires in 2021 could find themselves with too many associates and not enough work to give them in today’s comparatively lackluster transactional environment. http://ow.ly/iAex50KEXsK
The overall yearlong fundraising scheme netted more than $15 million from thousands of donors across the country, based on false pretenses, Alvin L. Bragg said. There are hundreds of alleged victims in Manhattan. http://ow.ly/zVm750KEXyH
Maria Del-Cerro said she returned to Crowell because of its “very special” culture: “Not only do the lawyers possess exceptional analytical strengths, the people and the firm’s strong commitment to sponsoring diverse talent stand out.” http://ow.ly/CF9Y50KEXhx
“A lot of people on social media have suggested me as a candidate,” saidformer Fourth Circuit Judge Michael J. Luttig before stressing he was “reluctant to comment further.” http://ow.ly/Ueny50KEXeG
“There’s no judicial process, so you simply fill out paperwork and send it in to the countermeasures program, and it just goes into a black hole,” said attorney Andrew Downing. “You launch this mass vaccination campaign without providing a remedy for victims.” http://ow.ly/YmpX50KEXbp