A California judge expressed skepticism Friday over Meta's bid to ax the claims of 34 state attorneys general from multidistrict litigation over social media platforms' allegedly addictive design, saying Meta and its co-defendants haven't been transparent about how their platforms work, and it's plausible the states can obtain psychiatric treatment receipts to show economic injuries.
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Meta Faces Uphill Fight To Nix AG Claims In Addiction MDL

By Dorothy Atkins

A California judge expressed skepticism Friday over Meta's bid to ax the claims of 34 state attorneys general from multidistrict litigation over social media platforms' allegedly addictive design, saying Meta and its co-defendants haven't been transparent about how their platforms work, and it's plausible the states can obtain psychiatric treatment receipts to show economic injuries.

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EPA Says 2 'Forever Chemicals' Are Hazardous Substances

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday officially declared two "forever chemicals" to be hazardous materials under federal law, which could bring a host of consequences for Superfund site cleanups and development projects.

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Nevada Justices Stop Block On State's Ghost Gun Ban

By Mike Curley

The Nevada Supreme Court has reversed an order blocking enforcement of state laws blocking the sale of so-called ghost gun kits, saying the lower court was wrong in finding the laws were unconstitutionally vague.

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Defense Firms Say 'Political Question' Dooms Yemeni War Suit

By Rae Ann Varona

Three defense contractors warned a D.C. federal court that it would be improperly meddling with the executive branch's national security decisions if it didn't toss a lawsuit accusing the companies of supplying weapons used in Yemen's deadly civil war.

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Flint Class Urges Approval Of $25M Water Firm Settlement

By Mike Curley

A proposed class of 45,000 Flint, Michigan, property owners, businesses and adult residents on Friday urged a Michigan federal court to give the go-ahead to a $25 million settlement with Veolia North America, the last remaining engineering defendant in sprawling litigation over the city's water crisis.

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DRUGS & DEVICES

Walgreens Inks $110M Deal To End Philly Opioid Crisis Suit

By Matthew Santoni

Walgreens will pay the city of Philadelphia $110 million over the next five years to settle claims that it contributed to the opioid epidemic by ignoring suspicious prescriptions for addictive opioid painkillers, city officials announced Friday.

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J&J Unit Sued Over Defective Knee Replacements

By Mike Curley

A woman is suing Johnson & Johnson unit DePuy Orthopaedics in New Jersey federal court, alleging it marketed and sold a faulty knee replacement system that's prone to failing, requiring additional surgery to fix the issue.

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FOOD & BEVERAGE

Pennsylvania Chocolate Factory Sued Over Fatal Explosion

By Matthew Santoni

The estate representing another victim of a 2023 fatal explosion at a Pennsylvania R.M. Palmer chocolate factory has filed suit in state court, claiming the candy company, the gas company and the maker of the plastic gas line all contributed to the catastrophe.

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CONSUMER GOODS

Shampoo-Maker Can't Wash Away 'Natural' False Ad Suit

By Henrik Nilsson

An Illinois federal judge on Thursday trimmed but refused to toss a proposed class action alleging Dr. Squatch LLC deceptively labels its shampoo as "natural" even though it contains multiple artificial ingredients, saying the consumers had sufficiently alleged consumer fraud and unjust enrichment.

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PEOPLE

Arnold & Porter Atty Returns To Greenberg Traurig In Calif.

By Jack Rodgers

Greenberg Traurig LLP has rehired a former associate from Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP whose practice focuses on a range of environmental litigation dealing with cancer-causing chemicals, plastic pollutants and the laws surrounding their regulation.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Assigning Liability In Key Bridge Collapse May Be Challenging

In the wake of a cargo ship's collision with Baltimore's Key Bridge last month, claimants may focus on the vessel's owners and the agencies responsible for the design and maintenance of the bridge — but allocating legal liability to either private or governmental entities may be difficult under applicable state and federal laws, says Clay Robbins at Wisner Baum.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Unemployment Rate For Recent Law Grads Improves, ABA Finds

By Kevin Penton

Fewer recent law school graduates were unemployed in March than in the previous year, as the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic further recede into memory, according to data released Monday by the American Bar Association.

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Justices To Mull Atty Fees For Preliminary Injunctions

By Ryan Boysen

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that could determine whether litigants can receive attorney fees for "prevailing" in a case by winning a preliminary injunction, despite never securing a final judgment.

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Justices Skip How Mid-Litigation Changes Affect Standing

By Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Third Circuit ruling that plaintiffs must reestablish standing when defendants cause circumstances to change mid-litigation, ending a Pennsylvania attorney's challenge to the state's new anti-bias and harassment professional conduct rule.

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Morgan Lewis Atty Aims ERISA Suit At Firm's Plan, Unum

By Hailey Konnath

A Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP lawyer has lodged an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against the firm's benefit plan, claiming the plan illegally and abruptly terminated her long-term disability benefits after seemingly applying criteria irrelevant to her work.

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Walden Macht Launches Securities Group With Ex-Sidley Atty

By Emma Cueto

White collar boutique Walden Macht & Haran LLP announced Monday that it has launched a securities enforcement defense practice headed by a recent arrival from Sidley Austin LLP in New York.

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Analysis

As DA Aims High, Trump Defense Gets 'Down And Dirty'

By Phillip Bantz

Donald Trump lifted the curtain Monday on his strategy to win over jurors in his New York criminal hush-money trial, as a lawyer for the former president hammered the state's "liar" star witness and rejected the prosecution's quixotic framing of the case, experts observed.

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Trump Led Plot To Undermine 2016 Election, NY Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

A prosecutor told a Manhattan jury on Monday that Donald Trump was the head of a conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election through hush-money payments, kicking off the first criminal trial of a former president.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

By Frank Runyeon and Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a full recap from day one.

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Trump, NY AG Reach Deal To OK $175M Fraud Appeal Bond

By Rachel Scharf

Donald Trump's lawyers agreed Monday to bond conditions requiring the former president to give up control of his $175 million cash deposit pending appeal of a $465 million civil fraud judgment, staving off scrutiny from both the New York attorney general and the judge who entered the award.

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11 State AGs Urge Senate To Confirm Mangi For 3rd Circ.

By Courtney Bublé

A group of 11 attorneys general is calling on the Senate to confirm Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first federal Muslim appellate judge if confirmed, condemning allegations that he is antisemitic or anti-law enforcement.

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Senate OKs Permanent Status For 10 Fed. District Judgeships

By Lynn LaRowe

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill put forth by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that would transition 10 previously temporary district court judgeships in 10 states to permanent posts, including in Texas, California and Florida.

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DOJ Legal Counsel Must Disclose Interagency Rulings: Judge

By Adrian Cruz

Opinions from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel on interagency disputes should be made available for public review, a judge has found, siding with an open government watchdog in a long-running records dispute.

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Congress Urged To Fund Attys For Immigrants In Removal

By Britain Eakin

A coalition of more than 100 immigrant rights groups and several local governments urged congressional appropriators on Monday to allocate funds next fiscal year to increase legal representation for individuals in removal proceedings to protect their due process rights.

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Ex-US Atty's Stepson Says He Has None Of Docs Gov't Seeks

By Anna Scott Farrell

The stepson of a former Nevada U.S. attorney convicted of failing to pay taxes told a Nevada federal court that he doesn't have the financial documents the federal government has demanded in its $1.3 million tax suit against his stepfather.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abood Law Firm

Arnold & Porter

Ballard Spahr

Baron & Budd

Bartlit Beck

Bingham McCutchen

Bressler Amery

Bronstein Gewirtz

Campbell Conroy

Cody & Pfursich

Cohen Milstein

Continental PLLC

Covington & Burling

Dilworth Paxson

Eckert Seamans

Faegre Drinker

Feldman Shepherd

FisherBroyles

Ford O'Brien

Goodman Hurwitz

Greenberg Traurig

Habba Madaio

Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute

Hilgers Graben

Hunton Andrews

Jenner & Block

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Law Offices of Teresa A. Bingman

Levin Sedran

Lewis Baach

Lieff Cabraser

Marshall Dennehey

Mayer Brown

McAlpine PC

McGuireWoods

McKeen & Associates

Morgan Lewis

Motley Rice

Munger Tolles

Napoli Shkolnik

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Patterson Belknap

Pisanelli Bice

Pitt McGehee

Post & Schell

Robert & Robert PLLC

Salmanson Goldshaw

Shea Aiello

Sheehan & Associates PC

Sidley Austin

Simons Hall Johnston

Susman Godfrey

Venable LLP

Walden Macht

Weitz & Luxenberg

Williams & Connolly

Wisner Baum

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

A.P. Moller-Maersk

Acme Markets Inc.

American Bar Association

American Media Inc.

Cornell University

DePuy Synthes Cos.

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

General Dynamics Corp.

Getty Images Inc.

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Legal Aid Justice Center

LinkedIn Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Morgan Stanley

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Raytheon Technologies Corp.

Rite Aid Corp.

Snap Inc.

The Charles Schwab Corp.

TikTok Inc.

Trump Organization Inc.

UGI Corp.

Unum Group

Veolia Environnement SA

Vera Institute of Justice Inc.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.

Walmart Inc.

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Department of Justice

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Illinois Attorney General's Office

Judicial Conference of the United States

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Transportation Safety Board

New York Attorney General's Office

State of Nevada

Supreme Court of Nevada

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Nevada

Virginia Attorney General's Office

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles