The creators of a docudrama about the Central Park jogger rape case deliberately cast the then-head of the Manhattan district attorney's sex crimes unit as an "unmistakable villain," lawyers for the former official told a Florida federal judge Wednesday.
Attorneys are set to tackle a number of lingering legal issues in the second half of the year, such as a reexamination of NCAA rules prohibiting college athletes from earning money and novel, pandemic-created disputes including fans demanding refunds for canceled games.
Grocery delivery service Instacart is suing to block a Seattle ordinance requiring coronavirus hazard pay for gig delivery workers, New York police officers and Las Vegas resort workers claim they haven't been provided with adequate protections during the pandemic, and the ACLU says California courts can't block public access to trials, despite the virus.
A J.P. Morgan venture has reportedly landed $120 million in financing for a Philadelphia mixed-use project, the city of Hollywood, Florida, is reportedly looking for a development partner for a beachfront project, and Elion Partners is said to have paid $7.2 million for a Florida warehouse.
The coronavirus pandemic dominated the first half of the year in Florida as judges and litigators had to adjust to the new normal of justice by computer screen, but the courts continued their work, issuing rulings in battles over felon voting rights and bitcoin holdings, as well as handling pandemic-related litigation over business interruption coverage and cruise ship liability.
While the federal government continued to pour funding into the development of a coronavirus vaccine, it also awarded multibillion dollar contracts to Raytheon for surveillance radars and General Dynamics for ballistic missile submarines in June. Here are Law360's top picks for government contracts awarded for the month, along with details about a $50 billion IT contract for small businesses on the horizon.
As Florida grapples with a dramatic upswing in COVID-19 cases, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners said Wednesday that it is canceling the in-person general bar exam scheduled for later this month and will instead administer an online exam on Aug. 18.
U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday it may be high time to scrutinize sports labor antitrust exemptions, with the NCAA urging Congress to give it a pass from antitrust scrutiny as it works to reform its rules restricting college athletes from profiting from the use of their names, images and likenesses.
A group of Palm Beach residents said the county is stomping on their constitutional rights by forcing them to "submit to dangerous medical treatments" and "wear harmful medical devices like masks" amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a lawsuit filed in Florida state court.
Online retailer ShoppersChoice.com can get another shot at scoring attorney fees in a patent dispute it won after the Federal Circuit ruled in a precedential opinion Wednesday that the lower court disregarded evidence of its opponent's "abusive pattern" of litigation.
The New York bankruptcy judge overseeing newspaper chain McClatchy Co.'s bankruptcy said he would decide by the end of the week whether to give unsecured creditors permission to sue over what he called "troubling" aspects of a 2018 debt restructuring.
The Eleventh Circuit in a published opinion Wednesday reversed a Florida federal judge's decision to dismiss a cash-advance fraud suit against Citigroup based on the finding it belonged in Mexico, remanding the case back to the Sunshine State and saying the wrongdoings involved "reverberated in the United States."
A country club in a Florida retirement community fired one of its longtime employees after he took time off to recover from COVID-19, according to a suit filed in Florida federal court Wednesday.
A campus security guard who was on duty during the February 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, must face a lawsuit brought by a victim's parents, after a state appeals court found Wednesday that the allegations overcome the guard's claim that he is protected by sovereign immunity.
A developer is reportedly hoping to build 51 apartment units in Northridge, California, All Year Management reportedly has a new deal to sell 68 New York apartment buildings for $302 million, and Amazon is said to be eyeing a new 1 million-square-foot development project in South Florida.
A Florida federal judge overseeing a contentious telecom contract fight hit a Kelley Drye & Warren LLP office managing partner and two others connected to the firm with a $30,000 fine and harsh sanction order, saying their attempt to dodge blame for their own wrongdoing "smacks of desperation."
The Eleventh Circuit has refused to revive a former longtime Steris Corp. employee's lawsuit claiming he was canned because of his age and disability, saying the ex-worker himself admitted he had serious performance issues.
A former account executive for Telemundo said she suffered years of sexual harassment at the hands of her superiors and that she was forced to work while on medical leave following spinal surgery, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Florida federal court.
By ruling that a Miami-area vendor can receive alcohol deliveries directly to offsite catered events, Florida's First District has served up both a major blow to state regulators but also a "hollow victory" for now for the business, its counsel said, with major events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee was joined by the panel's Democrats on Tuesday in calling to create new federal judgeships for the first time in nearly 20 years, but the idea needs broader GOP support to move forward.
The parent company of Advantage Rent A Car received permission from a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday for the sale of its airport rental agency agreements in two transactions worth more than $17 million.
Prologis has reportedly paid $24.53 million for a Miami development site, Oceanwide Holdings' roughly $1 billion deal to sell a San Francisco mixed-use project has reportedly hit another delay, and Valley National Bank is said to have loaned $10.55 million for a Florida self-storage project.
As COVID-19 cases surged in multiple regions amid noncompliance with wearing face masks over the past week, governors of newly dubbed hot-spot states and their neighbors, even ones with declining cases and deaths, rushed to pause reopening activities such as indoor dining.
Florida told a state appeals court Tuesday that video evidence collected by police in the day spa prostitution sting that ensnared New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft should not be suppressed, arguing that there was no Fourth Amendment violation in the police's use of video surveillance.
Five former executives of Florida-based Seacoast Bank cannot escape its suit accusing them of stealing confidential customer information and trade secrets before hastily quitting and taking a team of employees to a rival, a federal judge ruled Monday.
New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito and Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Grippo share how the U.S. Department of Justice is combating hoarding and price-gouging of medical supplies and analyze some of the prosecutions a new task force has brought during the pandemic.
Now that law firms are on board with fully remote work environments, they must develop policies that match in-office culture and align partner and associate expectations, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.
What emerges from the group of 200 federal judges confirmed by the Senate under President Donald Trump is a judiciary stacked with young conservative ideologues, many of whom lack basic judicial qualifications, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
As lawyers have had more time to write in recent weeks, the number of law firm alerts has increased massively, but a lot of them fail to capture readers and deliver new business, says Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.
Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson's new book, "Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court," is a service to an overlooked group of nine women who were considered for the U.S. Supreme Court before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed, and offers constructive tips for women looking to break through the glass ceiling, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.
A Texas federal judge’s recent holding in McDonald v. Sorrels that mandatory bar memberships do not violate members' constitutional rights indicates that such requirements survive the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Janus, but it may mean that the Supreme Court will address the issue in the not-too-distant future, say Majed Nachawati and Misty Farris at Fears Nachawati.
As the U.S. gradually emerges from quarantine, commercial landlords of properties with gyms should assess their obligations to reopen, and whether they can comply with public health regulations and remain financially viable while doing so, say Angie Daniele and Patrick Abell at Thompson Hine.
Attorneys should accept that remote mediation may be their only current option for resolving a dispute and take steps to obtain a fantastic outcome for their clients, including making sure the right people attend the remote mediation and beginning the session with an apology, says Eric Meyer at FisherBroyles.
A recent survey shows that law and prelaw students have serious concerns about the quality and value of remotely provided legal education, and rapid action from the legal community is necessary to prevent promising young people from leaving in favor of other professions, says Mehran Ebadolahi at TestMax.
While few courts have addressed the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine in the context of online collaboration tools, existing case law supports five best practices as organizations increasingly use these tools in the COVID-19 era, say Christopher Campbell and Marcus Sandifer at DLA Piper.
Court decisions from the last few months suggest that failure to preserve or produce surveillance video does not automatically result in a negative inference or other sanction, but there are practice pointers that can be distilled, say Donna Fisher and Matthew Hamilton at Pepper Hamilton.
An analysis of 27 recent cases shows that multidistrict litigation courts frequently fail to screen out unreliable expert opinion testimony — making it imperative that the Advisory Committee on Evidence Rules enact amendments to address this problem, say attorneys at Phillips Lytle and King & Spalding.
Even before the pandemic, troubling data about mental distress among lawyers pointed to a profession in crisis, but addressing the challenge requires a better understanding of the causes, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna Corp.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday not to review Atlantic Trading v. BP means that we will have to wait for another matter to address the Second Circuit's interpretation of tests designed to determine when a Commodity Exchange Act trade occurred domestically, says Katherine Cooper at Murphy & McGonigle.
As with most governmental action, pandemic-related executive orders can and do infringe on fundamental rights, and courts are grappling with striking the right balance, says Sarah Jenkins at Faegre Drinker.