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  • January 30, 2024

    5th Circ. Tosses $200M Vessel Explosion Award Confirmation

    A Louisiana federal court couldn't confirm $200 million awarded to a German shipowner for a deadly chemical explosion on its vessel because MSC, the Swiss shipping giant liable for the disaster, doesn't have a connection to the Pelican State, according to a Fifth Circuit panel.

  • January 30, 2024

    Saudi Arabia's Lawyers Pressed On Subpoena Impasse

    Senators investigating Saudi Arabia's U.S. business ties have urged the kingdom to comply with their subpoenas, accusing the country's Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys of ducking their scrutiny on shaky legal grounds.

  • January 29, 2024

    Texas AG Seeks Transgender Patients' Data, Ga. Clinic Says

    Georgia-based telehealth clinic QueerMed said Monday that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking for medical records for patients seeking gender-affirming care, saying the request appears intentional to deter out-of-state clinics from providing such care.

  • January 29, 2024

    Trump, Ally Question Hiring Of Special Prosecutors In Ga.

    Another defendant in the Georgia election interference case wants Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis, her office and the special prosecution team disqualified from the case, alleging Willis improperly hired all of the special district attorneys working the case and engaged in an improper romantic relationship with one of them.

  • January 29, 2024

    'A Travesty': Greg Craig Reflects On Clinton's Historic Trial

    As the Republican-led impeachment trial of Democratic President Bill Clinton marks its 25th anniversary, the crusade looks "constitutionally and morally flawed" and stands out as a harbinger of "the power of the extreme right wing," one of the former president's lead trial lawyers told Law360.

  • January 29, 2024

    Walmart Can Break Up OT Suit, Ga. Judge Says

    A Georgia federal judge sided with Walmart on Monday and ruled that nearly three dozen warehouse managers who say they were denied overtime by the retailer must bring their claims individually.

  • January 29, 2024

    Atty Seeks 11th Circ. Intervention In Bar Race Bias Suit

    A Georgia attorney accusing the state's bar organization of using an "apartheid disciplinary process" to discriminate against Black lawyers has asked the Eleventh Circuit to intervene after a federal judge cut the bar loose from the lawsuit earlier this month.

  • January 29, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    A transportation services company and cryptocurrency fund both exited litigation, a grill maker and EV-charging company fired up new cases, and biotechs bandaged old wounds while judges fast-tracked a musical power struggle and unwound a REIT deal. All told, a typical week for Delaware's court of equity.

  • January 29, 2024

    Trump Assails Fraud Monitor For 'Misleading' Final Report

    Counsel for former President Donald Trump denounced the independent monitor overseeing his businesses on Monday, accusing her of seeking to extend her term and get more money by bolstering the New York attorney general's civil fraud case as a decision looms.

  • January 29, 2024

    Feds Want 10-Year Sentence For $110M Ponzi Operator

    Federal prosecutors want a Georgia fund manager to spend more than a decade in prison for directing a $110 million Ponzi scheme they claim inflicted massive financial losses and suffering on hundreds of investors, a harsh sentence the financier said overstates his culpability in the fraud.

  • January 26, 2024

    11th Circ. Axes Male Bias Claims Against Old Citizenship Law

    The Eleventh Circuit on Friday rejected claims that an obsolete citizenship law discriminated against men and was doubtful that a Jamaican man facing deportation could have claimed U.S. citizenship through his naturalized father had the old law been gender-neutral.

  • January 26, 2024

    Refrigerant Importers Get Chilly Reception In 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit appeared skeptical on Friday morning of arguments that several refrigerant importers had not waived their right to arbitrate claims that they fraudulently transferred assets to avoid paying damages awarded in a previous lawsuit to Chinese exporter T.T. International Co. Ltd.

  • January 26, 2024

    CBD Co. Asks Judge To Reject Franchisee's $10M Claims

    The owner of the Your CBD Store brand has urged a Georgia federal court to snuff out an arbitration action brought by one of its franchisees seeking as much as $10 million in damages, according to a lawsuit that says an oral agreement between the two cannot be arbitrated.

  • January 26, 2024

    UK Fintech Says Georgia Accountant Misvalued Share Price

    U.K.-based fintech Genesis Global Technology told a Georgia federal court that a stateside accounting firm's miscalculation of its common share price left the business open to liabilities and penalties, forcing it to spend time and money to redress the issues.

  • January 26, 2024

    Man Mailed Bias Suit Against Air Force Just In Time, Judge Says

    A man who sued the U.S. Air Force for discrimination might have "dilly-dallied," but he served papers just in time, a Georgia federal judge ruled in refusing to toss the age- and race-bias suit Wednesday.

  • February 08, 2024

    Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

  • January 26, 2024

    Feds Say Fla. Can't Show Injury From Migrant Parole Policy

    The federal government urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse a decision by a district judge who blocked the Biden administration's migrant parole programs, arguing that Florida has no standing to bring its suit because it had failed to show specific damages caused by the program.

  • January 26, 2024

    Ga. State Rep Moves To Impeach DA Fani Willis

    Republican Georgia State Rep. Charlice Byrd introduced a resolution to impeach Fani T. Willis on Friday, one day after Donald Trump joined a motion to disqualify the Fulton County district attorney from the sweeping racketeering case she is pursuing against the former president and more than a dozen others in connection with the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

  • January 26, 2024

    Solar Farm Companies Slam 'Futile' Georgia Retrial Claims

    A group of solar farm companies urged a Georgia federal court to deny a couple's "futile" bid to add claims of mental and emotional distress to a 2021 suit over property damages, arguing the motion lacked any laws that allowed the couple to retry the issue of damages.

  • January 26, 2024

    DeSantis Seeks 11th Circ. Rethink In Ousted Prosecutor Fight

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis wants an en banc panel of the Eleventh Circuit to rehear a recent decision to revive ousted state prosecutor Andrew Warren's bid for reinstatement, arguing the three-judge panel's ruling transformed "the First Amendment from a shield against government oppression into a sword against a governor's disciplinary decisions."

  • January 26, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Gets 8 Years After Copping To Manslaughter

    Former Fisher Phillips partner Claud "Tex" McIver was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other charges tied to the 2016 shooting of his wife.

  • January 26, 2024

    Injured Officer's Gun Defect Suit Needs Evidence, Judge Rules

    A Georgia federal judge has dispatched a police commander's suit alleging he was shot by his Sig Sauer service weapon despite not pulling the trigger because he didn't present any evidence supporting his claim that the gun was defective.

  • January 25, 2024

    ICE Allowed Unecessary Hysterectomies, DHS Watchdog Says

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security inspector general reported Thursday that surgical procedures for noncitizens in government custody were not always properly approved, including two hysterectomies performed without documentation showing they were medically necessary.

  • January 25, 2024

    Gambling Biz Ch. 11 Approval Must Be Undone, Court Told

    The liquidating trustee for the former parent of a gambling machine manufacturer has urged a Delaware bankruptcy court to unwind the confirmation of the subsidiary's Chapter 11 plan, arguing it should get to explore allegations leveled by the underlying business's new owners that the old management conspired to "loot" the company.

  • January 25, 2024

    Discovery Row Cuts Ga. Election Official's Testimony Short

    Concerns over what Georgia did or did not reveal in discovery ahead of a trial over the future of its election system took center stage Thursday, with the overseeing judge limiting testimony provided by the state's deputy director of election and voting systems as a result.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • Opinion

    Justices' Job Transfer Review Should Hold To Title VII Text

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Muldrow v. City of St. Louis should hold that a job transfer can be an adverse employment action, and the analysis should be based on the straightforward language of Title VII rather than judicial activism, say Lynne Bernabei and Alan Kabat at Bernabei & Kabat.

  • 11th Circ. Ruling May Impede Insurers' Defense Cost Recoup

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent Continental Casualty v. Winder Laboratories ruling that insurers cannot obtain reimbursement of defense costs from their insureds where the policy itself does not require such reimbursement is likely to be cited as persuasive authority in Georgia and other states without clear precedent on the issue, say Christy Maple and Robert Whitney at Phelps Dunbar.

  • Immigration Program Pitfalls Exacerbate Physician Shortages

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    Eliminating shortcomings from U.S. immigration regulations and policies could help mitigate the national shortage of physicians by encouraging foreign physicians to work in medically underserved areas, but progress has been halted by partisan gridlock, say Alison Hitz and Dana Schwarz at Clark Hill.

  • Parsing FTC's Intercontinental-Black Knight Merger Challenge

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent Article III case challenging a merger between Intercontinental Exchange and Black Knight suggests the agency is using a structuralist approach to evaluate the merger's potential anti-competitive harm, says David Evans at Kelley Drye.

  • Perspectives

    Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

  • Courts Can Overturn Deficient State Regulations, Too

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    While suits challenging federal regulations have become commonplace, such cases against state agencies are virtually nonexistent, but many states have provisions that allow litigants to bring suit for regulations with inadequate cost-benefit analyses, says Reeve Bull at the Virginia Office of Regulatory Management.

  • Opinion

    Harsh 11th Circ. Rebuke Should Inspire Changes At CFPB

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Brown decision, which found the CFPB's conduct had been egregious in a debt collection enforcement action, should encourage some reflection at the bureau regarding its level of attention to the reasonable due process concerns of regulated institutions, says Eric Mogilnicki at Covington.

  • Keep Up With Telemarketing Compliance: State Law Roundup

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    As more states enact mini-Telephone Consumer Protection Acts to seemingly fill the "autodialer" void left by the U.S. Supreme Court's Facebook v. Duguid ruling, compliance will become a difficult game of whack-a-mole — some of the laws regulate equipment, while others restrict to whom calls can be made, and more, say attorneys at Blank Rome.

  • Tales From The Trenches Of Remote Depositions

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    As practitioners continue to conduct depositions remotely in the post-pandemic world, these virtual environments are rife with opportunities for improper behavior such as witness coaching, scripted testimony and a general lack of civility — but there are methods to prevent and combat these behaviors, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss at Zelle.

  • Series

    Ga. Banking Brief: All The Notable Compliance Updates In Q2

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    Legislation signed into law in the second quarter of the year in Georgia tackled a broad range of issues that will affect financial institutions, from money laundering and consumer protection to commercial financing disclosures and a lengthy cleanup of the banking and finance code, says Elizabeth Garner at Parker Hudson.

  • Employer Drug-Testing Policies Must Evolve With State Law

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    As multistate employers face ongoing challenges in drafting consistent marijuana testing policies due to the evolving patchwork of state laws, they should note some emerging patterns among local and state statutes to ensure compliance in different jurisdictions, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

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