• January 23, 2024

    2nd Circ. Backs Shkreli Lifetime Pharma Industry Ban

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday backed a ruling banning former pharmaceutical executive and convicted securities fraudster Martin Shkreli from the drug industry for life, saying a repeat of his past misconduct would be "life-threatening."

  • January 22, 2024

    2nd Circ. Tosses Arbitration Ruling In Ousted Chair's Suit

    The Second Circuit on Monday vacated an order refusing to halt arbitration initiated by the ousted former chairperson of software investment company The Resource Group International Ltd., who was forced to resign in late 2021 following a widely reported sexual harassment scandal.

  • January 22, 2024

    Xerox Workers Seek Final OK Of $4.1M Deal Over 401(k) Fees

    A class of nearly 40,000 Xerox Corp. employees asked a Connecticut federal judge for her final blessing Monday on a $4.1 million settlement resolving accusations the company allowed its retirement plan to be saddled with recordkeeping fees that cost up to four times more than what similar comparators charged.

  • January 22, 2024

    1st Circ. Revives Mexico's Suit Against US Gun Cos.

    The First Circuit on Monday revived a suit by Mexico seeking to hold Smith & Wesson and other gunmakers responsible for thousands of weapons trafficked south of the border, finding that an exception to the broad protections enjoyed by gun manufacturers allows the suit to proceed.

  • January 22, 2024

    Conn. Burn Charity's Bookkeeper Stole Funds, $2M Suit Says

    A Connecticut-based burn treatment and prevention charity has sued the estate of its longtime bookkeeper for around $2 million after allegedly discovering, upon her sudden death, that she had embezzled more than $655,000.

  • January 22, 2024

    Settlement Nears For Aetna, Optum Administrative Fee Class

    A settlement is looming in a patient's certified class claims accusing Aetna Inc. and OptumHealth Care Solutions LLC of conspiring to dupe patients into paying administrative fees by dressing them up as medical expenses, according to a filing in North Carolina federal court.

  • January 22, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Questions Timing Of Newest Stay Bid

    Citing a looming Feb. 15 deadline for clawback actions and accusing the debtor of "ulterior motives," the trustee administering the Chapter 11 estate of accused fraudster Ho Wan Kwok has questioned the timing of the Chinese exile's latest bid in the Southern District of New York to stay his parallel bankruptcy case in Connecticut.

  • January 22, 2024

    NFL Coaches Push 2nd Circ. To Deny Attempt To Toss Appeal

    Former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores and his co-plaintiffs have argued before the Second Circuit that they are allowed to appeal a lower-court ruling compelling arbitration against the NFL in their racial discrimination lawsuit, contrary to the NFL's claim that they have no right to do so.

  • January 22, 2024

    Feds, States To Split Argument Time For EPA Smog Plan

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Monday to split the argument time in four related cases challenging whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency can implement a plan to reduce cross-state pollution, giving the U.S. solicitor general's office 20 minutes to argue on behalf of the EPA.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Firms Of The Year

    Eight law firms have earned spots as Law360's Firms of the Year, with 55 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, steering some of the largest deals of 2023 and securing high-profile litigation wins, including at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • January 19, 2024

    Law360 Names Practice Groups Of The Year

    Law360 would like to congratulate the winners of its Practice Groups of the Year awards for 2023, which honor the attorney teams behind litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry this past year.

  • January 19, 2024

    Conn. University Seeks Website's Databases In DMCA Suit

    A Connecticut university on Friday asked a judge to order to provide internal databases that could detail the study aid website's compliance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a move the site has resisted, citing the sensitivity of the data and questioning its relevance.

  • January 19, 2024

    Kwok Daughter Says Trustee Can't Bill Her For Taking The 5th

    The daughter of exiled Chinese billionaire Ho Wan Kwok has objected to an attempt by the Chapter 11 trustee overseeing her father's bankruptcy estate to sanction and bill her $58,000 in attorney fees and costs for asserting her Fifth Amendment privileges during a deposition.

  • January 19, 2024

    2nd Circ. Grapples With Starbucks' Need For Union Info

    A Second Circuit panel on Friday appeared conflicted about whether a New York federal judge abused his discretion by granting Starbucks too-broad discovery into union intel in response to the National Labor Relations Board's bid for an injunction blocking labor violations nationwide.

  • January 19, 2024

    Client Marketing May Be 'Fair Game' In Atty Fight, Judge Says

    Courts might not have the authority to order an attorney to refrain from marketing to a competitor's clients, an "exceptionally skeptical" Connecticut federal judge observed Friday as he considered a dispute arising from a settlement between two former law partners.

  • January 19, 2024

    Conn. Panel Backs Mattress Co.'s Win In Pregnancy Bias Suit

    The Connecticut Appellate Court refused to reopen a former quality assurance worker's lawsuit claiming that a mattress spring manufacturer unlawfully refused to rehire her after she took maternity leave, ruling Friday she didn't show she'd applied for a new job when her old position was eliminated.

  • January 19, 2024

    Security Co. Lied About Ties With Affiliate, Toll Brothers Says

    A security firm falsely denied its ties to an affiliated company with bad online reviews when confronted about it, the home security arm of Pennsylvania-based homebuilding firm Toll Brothers alleged in a retooled lawsuit on Thursday.

  • January 19, 2024

    4 Firms Steer $1.8B Kaman Corp. Go-Private Deal

    Aircraft component maker Kaman Corp. said Friday it has agreed to be acquired by Arcline Investment Management in a take-private deal that carries a roughly $1.8 billion enterprise value, in a deal steered by four law firms.

  • January 18, 2024

    Kwok Trustee Says 'Shell Game' Is Foiling Clawback Timeline

    The Chapter 11 trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok on Thursday asked a Connecticut judge for more time to file clawback actions to recoup some of the $3.2 billion he says slid through accounts tied to the debtor, saying a "shell game" is prolonging the process.

  • January 18, 2024

    Conn. Hospital's Defenses Axed After Blunder In Billing Suit

    A Connecticut hospital's filing blunder has quashed all of its affirmative defenses to claims from an anesthesiologist group that the hospital failed to pay the group for $2 million in services, according to a series of notices issued Wednesday by a state court judge.

  • January 18, 2024

    Solar Co. Went Dark Before Poaching Deal Talks, Atty Says

    The shuttering of a solar energy company has left its counsel without a company representative to participate in an upcoming mediation over an $11 million employee poaching claim brought by a direct competitor, according to a filing in Connecticut state court.

  • January 18, 2024

    2nd Circ. Urged To Overturn Landmark 'Scam Token' Loss

    A group of crypto investors has urged the Second Circuit to revive their suit against the decentralized exchange Uniswap and its venture capital backers, saying they were aware of "rampant fraud" on the site and chose not to stop it.

  • January 18, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Suit Over Metal Levels In Baby Food

    A suit alleging that baby food maker Beech-Nut Nutrition Co. sold products with heightened levels of toxic metals will be reinvigorated after a Second Circuit panel finding that U.S. Food and Drug Administration delays regarding an action plan for baby foods necessitate the case being litigated in the courtroom.

  • January 18, 2024

    Conn. Panel Probes Line Between Lawyering, Debt Settlement

    A Connecticut appeals court has ordered merits briefs to explain whether a superior court judge wrongly applied case law when ruling against the Connecticut Department of Banking last summer, specifically asking if the judge incorrectly determined that regulators "failed to overcome" a legal presumption that an attorney is "actively engaged in the practice of law" when negotiating a client's debts.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 10 Legal Subject Matters Popping Up In AI Litigation

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    The past five years have brought judicial opinions addressing artificial intelligence in many different legal areas, so a study of existing case law is an important first step for in-house counsel addressing how to advise on the uncertainty driving many of the AI legal disputes, says Mark Davies at Orrick.

  • Conn. Ruling Highlights Keys To Certificate-Of-Need Appeals

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    The Connecticut Supreme Court's recent decision in High Watch Recovery Center v. Department of Public Health, rejecting rigid application of statutes concerning certificate-of-need procedure, provides important guidance on building an administrative record to support a finding that a case is contested, say attorneys at Robinson & Cole.

  • What's Notable In Connecticut's New Cannabis Laws

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    The Connecticut Legislature recently passed four bills containing cannabis provisions — ranging from applicable tax credits to labor agreement requirements — that may prove to be a mixed bag for state operators, say Sarah Westby and Deanna McWeeney at Shipman & Goodwin.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Upcoming High Court ADA Cases May Signal Return To Basics

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    Recent cases, including Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October, raise a fundamental question of whether Americans with Disabilities Act litigation has spiraled out of control without any real corresponding benefits to the intended beneficiaries: individuals with true disabilities, says Norman Dupont at Ring Bender.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

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