• January 18, 2024

    20 Judicial Noms Advance To Full Senate After Heavy Debate

    Twenty of President Joe Biden's judicial nominations that were resubmitted to the Senate at the beginning of the year advanced out of committee Thursday, some with bipartisan support and others despite staunch Republican opposition — with particularly heavy debate on Third Circuit candidate Adeel Mangi.

  • January 17, 2024

    FDA Can't Publish Unsupported Concerns About Pharmacy

    In a sealed order, a Connecticut federal judge has granted a compounding pharmacy's request to block the U.S. Food and Drug Administration from publishing insights it made during a site visit last fall that could introduce unsupported concerns about the sterility of its facility.

  • January 17, 2024

    Wash. Law Firm Says Travelers Must Cover Employee Theft

    Seattle law firm Karr Tuttle Campbell has sued Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut in Washington federal court, accusing the insurer of violating the state's consumer protection law by denying coverage after a former firm employee allegedly made $136,000 in unauthorized charges on a credit card.

  • January 17, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Investor Suit Against Chinese Insurer

    The Second Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action against Chinese health insurance company Waterdrop Inc., agreeing with the lower court that the suit failed to adequately allege that the company's initial public offering registration statement was materially misleading.

  • January 17, 2024

    State AGs Say AI-Generated Voices Fall Under Robocall Law

    Half the states in the union have banded together to tell the Federal Communications Commission they believe making unsolicited marketing calls using voices created with artificial intelligence violates federal telemarketing law.

  • January 17, 2024

    2nd Circ. Sinks TransPerfect's Trade Secrets Appeal

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday refused to revive TransPerfect Global Inc.'s trade secrets suit against rival translation company Lionbridge Technologies Inc., saying there wasn't enough evidence to go to a jury.

  • January 17, 2024

    2nd Circ. Vacates Social Media Ownership Order In Bridal Suit

    The Second Circuit partially revived a trademark suit on Wednesday against a "Say Yes to the Dress" bridal designer, vacating a lower court's order modification giving JLM Couture sole ownership of social media accounts created by the designer after finding ownership of the accounts wasn't properly assessed.

  • January 17, 2024

    UnitedHealth Beats In-Office Surgery Fees Suit At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday sided with UnitedHealth Group and upheld the dismissal of a class-action suit that had accused the insurer of illegally refusing to pay certain fees for in-office surgeries, rejecting claims by medical providers who sought to overturn the lower-court decision.

  • January 17, 2024

    Racing Co. Worker Sues Over Tire Explosion Comp Pay

    An employee of a Connecticut racing team who was seriously injured in a tire explosion at a NASCAR track is claiming his employer threatened to fire him if he attempted to file for workers' compensation, according to a complaint filed in Connecticut state court.

  • January 17, 2024

    Alex Jones Spars With Creditors Over Competing Ch. 11 Plans

    Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and the unsecured creditors committee in his Chapter 11 case exchanged objections over their rivaling reorganization plans in Texas bankruptcy court filings this week, each side asserting that the disclosures made by the other are inadequate or inaccurate.

  • January 17, 2024

    Willkie Partner's Critique Doesn't Back Claim, Atty Says

    A Connecticut attorney has asked a federal judge to toss a Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP partner's lawsuit accusing him of orchestrating a negative news story in retaliation for an attempt to disqualify him from handling a lease lawsuit, arguing he did nothing wrong while representing the BigLaw partner's landlord.

  • January 17, 2024

    Ex-OpenSea Staffer Tells 2nd Circ. Fraud Verdict Can't Stand

    A former manager at non-fungible token market OpenSea urged the Second Circuit to reverse his conviction for profiting from insider information, saying his thoughts about what image should be displayed on OpenSea's website were not the "property" of the platform.

  • January 17, 2024

    High Court Majority Shows No Eagerness To Overturn Chevron

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared split about whether decades-old precedent that favors federal agencies' legal interpretations in rulemaking infringes on judges' rightful authority to decide questions of law.

  • January 16, 2024

    No 2nd Circ. Redo For Doc In Jackson Lewis Defamation Row

    The Second Circuit has refused to rehear a doctor's defamation lawsuit against Jackson Lewis PC after the law firm sent a report detailing an internal sexual assault investigation at a Connecticut hospital to key employees at the facility, leaving intact a three-judge panel's decision freeing the firm from the claims.

  • January 16, 2024

    2nd Circ. Wary Of Nixing Award In Telecom Shareholder Fight

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday appeared disinclined to vacate an arbitral award ordering the sale of a Latin American telecommunications tower operator, with one judge telling an attorney for several of the company's shareholders that it sounds like they have "buyer's remorse" about the arbitration.

  • January 16, 2024

    Alex Jones, Creditors To Present Ch. 11 Plans Next Week

    Right-wing radio personality Alex Jones will present a Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement to a Texas bankruptcy court next week, competing with a proposal from the official committee of unsecured creditors in the case as they each seek to move forward with their own plan to resolve more than $1.5 billion of defamation liabilities.

  • January 16, 2024

    Conn. Judge Doubts Common Law Allows Wine Tasting Death Suit

    A Connecticut state court judge on Tuesday appeared skeptical of a lawsuit by the estate of a restaurant employee who died in a car crash after a "mandatory" wine tasting, questioning whether exceptions in workers' compensation and dram shop statutes made it impossible for common-law claims to move forward.

  • January 16, 2024

    3 Firms Assist With Sale Of The Honey Pot Co. In $380M Deal

    Compass Diversified will acquire a majority stake in The Honey Pot Co. at a $380 million enterprise value, with existing owners and management retaining a "significant minority" claim in the feminine care business, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • January 16, 2024

    Ex-Exec Made Timely 'Bridgegate' Fee Request, 2nd Circ. Told

    A former Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive and now-exonerated defendant in the notorious "Bridgegate" criminal case urged a three-judge Second Circuit panel to revive his suit pinning his $4 million legal defense bill on his former employer, arguing Tuesday that he gave the agency timely notice.

  • January 16, 2024

    Justices Won't Upend 'Conspiracy Jurisdiction' Claims

    The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from two London-based metals trading banks fighting to upend the Second Circuit's revival of antitrust allegations of manipulation of platinum and palladium markets.

  • January 12, 2024

    Conn. AG Revises Settlements For Drug Kickback Defendants

    The latest agreement between the Connecticut Attorney General's Office and the suspected ringleader of a purported $11 million drug kickback scheme involving two pharmacies and a handful of state government retirees omits a requirement that the defendant testify against remaining defendants, according to a motion filed Friday.

  • January 12, 2024

    2nd Circ. Judge Blasts 'Messy' Agency Rulings Amid Cruise Case

    Government agency findings are never entirely right and never entirely wrong, a Second Circuit judge griped Friday while covering an administrative law case concerning a Connecticut company's challenge to a Mississippi River charter granted to European cruise line operator Viking Cruises Ltd.

  • January 12, 2024

    12 State AGs Urge DEA To Move Cannabis To Schedule III

    A coalition of 12 Democratic state attorneys general on Friday released a letter urging the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to loosen federal restrictions on marijuana by moving the drug to the Schedule III tier under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

  • January 12, 2024

    Judge Nixes Native Fragrance Co.'s Bid To Snuff Jury Verdict

    A Connecticut state court judge has refused to throw out a jury verdict after a Native American-controlled supplier failed to recover an alleged $8 million in damages from a fragrance manufacturer, outlining why the jury probably determined that a confusing contract existed but that no breach occurred.

  • January 12, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Chevron Deference, Corp. Filings

    The U.S. Supreme Court will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will begin a short oral argument week Tuesday, during which the justices will consider overturning Chevron deference, a decades-old doctrine that instructs courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

Expert Analysis

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Avoid Telehealth Pitfalls In A Post-Pandemic Environment

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    As federal and state governments roll out various changes to regulation of telehealth services, health practitioners should remain vigilant and ensure that necessary professional standards — such as proper note-taking and documentation — are not neglected in a remote environment, say attorneys at Kaufman Borgeest.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • FCRA Legislation To Watch For The Remainder Of 2023

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    If enacted, pending federal and state legislation may result in significant changes for the Fair Credit Reporting Act landscape and thus require regulated entities and practitioners to pivot their compliance strategies, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Conn. Regulators Are Coming For Unlawful Cannabis Sales

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    Regulatory and enforcement efforts against unlicensed cannabis sales in Connecticut have been ramping up this year, so it behooves retailers to prioritize compliance with all relevant statutes, lest they attract unwelcome scrutiny, says Eric Del Pozo at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Ruling Clarifies Bankruptcy Courts' Class Action Jurisdiction

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    The Second Circuit’s recent ruling in Bruce v. Citigroup shines a light on the limits of bankruptcy court jurisdiction over class actions and provides leverage for defendants to enforce the idea that courts should grant motions to dismiss and strike class allegations, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Is Good For Syndicated Lending Stability

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    The Second Circuit’s recent Kirschner v. J.P. Morgan Chase decision reaffirms the long-held market practice that syndicated loans are not securities, representing a positive development for the continued strength of the syndicated lending market, and demonstrating the importance of structuring loan terms to avoid mischaracterization, say attorneys at Latham.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • Opinion

    Purdue Ch. 11 Case Exemplifies Need For 3rd-Party Releases

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    In the Purdue Pharma Chapter 11 case, the U.S. Supreme Court will eventually decide whether the Bankruptcy Code authorizes a court to approve third-party releases, but removing this powerful tool would be a significant blow to the likelihood of future victims being made whole, says Isaac Marcushamer at DGIM Law.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • How Rate Exportation Is Shifting Amid Regulatory Trends

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    All banks and their partners, including fintechs, that wish to lend to borrowers in multiple states and charge uniform interest rates should heed regulatory developments across the country and determine how best to mitigate risks in their efforts to offer credit to consumers on a nationwide basis, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • 2nd Circ. Goldman Ruling May Hinder Securities Classes

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    The Second Circuit's recent Arkansas Teacher Retirement System v. Goldman Sachs decision, decertifying a class of investors and seemingly resolving a decadelong dispute, makes it substantially more difficult for plaintiffs to certify securities classes based on generic misstatements — a significant win for the defense bar, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

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