A Massachusetts company has been hit with a proposed class action over its allegedly "inherently dangerous" weighted baby blankets and swaddling wraps, a product category suspected in multiple infant deaths and under investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Weighted Baby Swaddle 'Inherently Dangerous,' Suit Alleges

By Julie Manganis

A Massachusetts company has been hit with a proposed class action over its allegedly "inherently dangerous" weighted baby blankets and swaddling wraps, a product category suspected in multiple infant deaths and under investigation by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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Mass. Business Owner Charged In $18M Pandemic Loan Scam

By Julie Manganis

A Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he fraudulently sought $18 million in pandemic relief loans for multiple companies and used some of the proceeds to purchase a luxury condo while wiring other funds overseas.

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Nantucket Accused Of Biased Car-Rental Licensing

By Elliot Weld

A Nantucket couple has sued the island town's government in Massachusetts federal court, alleging it enforced an illegal and racially biased bylaw enacted 27 years ago to shut down their car rental business.

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Ex-Pharma Exec Cops To Contempt For Barred Finance Work

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge on Thursday accepted a former pharmaceutical company executive's guilty plea to a criminal contempt charge for using an alias to work on a finance venture despite a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ban.

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POLICY & REGULATION

FDIC's Gruenberg Scolded By Senators Over Agency Culture

By Katryna Perera

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg on Thursday faced a second round of congressional reprimand from both sides of the political aisle over his agency's workplace misconduct scandal, but Senate Democrats seemed ready to let Gruenberg clean up the mess himself and continue his tenure.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Alito Flag Report Fuels Ethics Debate, But Likely No Recusal

By Katie Buehler

Responses to a report that an upside-down American flag flew outside U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home following the 2020 presidential election broke along partisan lines Friday, with conservatives decrying it as a smear campaign and liberals calling for his recusal from pending election-related cases and for general court ethics reform.

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Solicitor General Says No High Court Case Is 'Hopeless'

By Thy Vo

Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar told lawyers Saturday that despite the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority, she has never thought a case she's overseen for the Biden administration was "entirely hopeless," and that there's always room to shape the court's opinion.

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Analysis

How A $3K Pro Se Claim Led To A 9-0 High Court Decision

By Daniel Wilson

A milestone victory at the U.S. Supreme Court for $3,000 in wages started with a Pentagon worker’s principled commitment to his employer — a dedication that ironically led to a decadelong fight against his own bosses. Stuart R. Harrow and his attorneys speak to Law360 about how a seemingly low-stakes conflict turned into a high-profile case with reverberations for hundreds of federal employees.

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Calif.'s Top Judge Launches Task Force To Probe AI Uses

By Lauren Berg

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero has created a new task force to look into how generative artificial intelligence could benefit the court system and its users, while also evaluating its potential risks, the court announced Friday.

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Trump Hush Money Judge Warned For Biden Donation

By Frank G. Runyeon

The judge presiding over Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial was quietly cautioned after making a political campaign contribution to President Joe Biden and a Democratic group, disposing of an ethics investigation into the donation, it was confirmed Friday.

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Analysis

Trump's Potential Witness Could Be Defense 'Dynamite'

By Phillip Bantz

As Donald Trump's hush money trial in Manhattan nears its end, experts say criminal defense attorney Robert Costello, who once advised the former president's ex-fixer and key prosecution witness Michael Cohen, has surfaced as a potentially bombshell witness for the defense.

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Menendez Bribery Trial: 5 Things To Know About Week 1

By Carla Baranauckas

Explosive opening statements, closed-door jury questioning and an FBI agent's recount of the moment he found a treasure trove of gold bars and cash highlighted the first week of trial in the government's second corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

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Ga. Judge In 2020 Election Cases To Take Senior Status

By Courtney Bublé

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia, who has presided over high-profile cases involving the 2020 election, voting rights and abortion, will take senior status on Jan. 1, 2025, according to an update Friday.

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AG Garland Held In Contempt By House Committees

By Courtney Bublé

Two House committees voted late Thursday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Dozens Of Pro Bono Attys Back 3rd Circ. Nominee Mangi

By Courtney Bublé

Forty-nine pro bono partners, counsel and chairs from major law firms and organizations wrote to Senate leadership on Friday with concerns that the staunch opposition against Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi over his pro bono work will have a chilling effect on future attorneys seeking judgeships, according to a letter shared with Law360.

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Man Admits To Threatening Judge Over 'Don't Say Gay' Ruling

By Christine DeRosa

A retired teacher from Pensacola, Florida, has pled guilty to threatening to harm a federal judge in five voicemails he left after the jurist ruled against a challenge to Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law, federal prosecutors announced.

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Jenner & Block Sued For Firing Worker Over Vax Refusal

By Henrik Nilsson

A former Jenner & Block LLP employee filed a discrimination suit against the law firm Friday, claiming she was fired after the firm refused to provide a religious exemption from its COVID-19 vaccine mandate despite her belief that taking the vaccine would make her complicit in abortion.

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Ex-Baltimore State's Atty Says 20-Month Sentence Too Harsh

By Emily Sawicki

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has asked a federal judge to cut down prosecutors' requested 20-month prison sentence after she was convicted of abusing a COVID-19-era program to obtain money from a retirement fund and conning a lender to obtain a vacation home, arguing the proposal "stray[s] from the reality of this case."

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'We Feel It': NJ Ranks 2nd In Ch. 11 Cases, Chief Judge Says

By George Woolston

New Jersey federal courts saw the second most Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in the nation over the last year, Chief U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb of the District of New Jersey said on Friday.

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NJ Courts Chief Warns Plan To Pick Appeals Bench A 'Mistake'

By George Woolston

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday defended how the state judiciary assigns appeals court judges, criticizing a proposal to move the power to appoint appellate judges from the chief justice to the state Senate and the governor's office.

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1st Circ. Rejects Ex-Immigration Judges' Bid For Asylum Redo

By Elliot Weld

The First Circuit's full bench refused to reopen a Salvadoran woman's case seeking asylum, despite former immigration judges weighing in to say that the judge who denied her asylum didn't follow a legal requirement to ensure her record was complete.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Haynes and Boone LLP and Lubin & Enoch PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously determined that federal courts do not have discretion to toss a case once it's decided that the claims belong in arbitration.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The SEC adopted cybersecurity rules to require investment advisers and broker-dealers to put procedures in place for detecting data breaches and for notifying customers when their personal information may have been compromised, and lawyers said SPACs won't get sought-after relief from a new 1% tax on stock buybacks under a recent Treasury Department proposal. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen a wave of claims filed against Verity Trustees Ltd., Harley-Davidson hit retailer Next with an intellectual property claim, Turkish e-commerce entrepreneur Demet Mutlu sue her ex-husband and Trendyol co-founder Evren Üçok and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a claim against the former boss of collapsed law firm Axiom. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alston & Bird

Ashfords LLP

Bailey & Glasser

Bayard PA

Berger Montague

Bishop & Sewell

Buchalter APC

Burr & Forman

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Cantey Hanger

Charles Russell Speechlys

Cleary Gottlieb

Clyde & Co

Cooley LLP

Cooper Barton & Cooper

Crowell & Moring

Duane Morris

Duffy & Young

Feldman Shepherd

Freeths LLP

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Haynes & Boone

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Kaplan Marino

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Law Offices of Lucas Newbill

Lewis Baach

Lubin & Enoch

Mayberry Law Firm

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Osborne Clarke

Patterson Belknap

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Ropes & Gray

Schertler Onorato

Schulte Roth

Skadden Arps

Skiermont Derby

Squire Patton

Teacher Stern

Troutman Pepper

Trowers & Hamlins

Tydings & Rosenberg

Weightmans LLP

Willkie Farr

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Allianz SE

Amazon.com Inc.

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Bankers Association

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

BHP Group PLC

BP PLC

Bank of America Corp.

Beam Suntory Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Bibby Financial Services Ltd.

Blackbaud Inc.

Brennan Center for Justice

Change Healthcare Inc.

Clarkson PLC

Enel SpA

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Federalist Society

Google LLC

Harley-Davidson Inc.

Invitae Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Johnson & Johnson

LinkedIn Corp.

Lloyds Bank PLC

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Microsoft Corp.

NASDAQ Inc.

New Civil Liberties Alliance

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York University

Permira

Rite Aid Corp.

Ryan LLC

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The Catholic University of America

The New York Times Co.

Thrasio Holdings Inc.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UBS Group AG

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Walmart Inc.

WeWork Inc.

Wolters Kluwer

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Supreme Court

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Colorado Supreme Court

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Defense Contract Management Agency

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Election Commission

Federal Judicial Center

Federal Reserve System

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Institutes of Health

New Jersey Supreme Court

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Serious Fraud Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court