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  • January 21, 2022

    YouTuber Falters During Testimony In Cardi B Slander Trial

    A YouTuber accused by Cardi B of defamation faltered while giving testimony on the witness stand Friday as one of the rapper's lawyers pointed out inconsistencies in her statements throughout the two-week trial in Georgia federal court.

  • January 21, 2022

    Ga. Judge Grapples With Pot's Legal Status In Licensing Fight

    A Georgia federal judge pushed attorneys at a hearing Friday to explain how he could grant relief in a challenge to the state's residency requirement for low-THC medical cannabis businesses, given that marijuana is still federally illegal.

  • January 21, 2022

    Home Depot Faces Bias Suit Over Medical Marijuana Use

    A Connecticut woman has sued Home Depot in federal court, accusing the company of improperly putting her on medical leave when she revealed she was using medical marijuana to treat her PTSD.

  • January 21, 2022

    Atty Stonewalled Deal In Sex Harassment Suit, Worker Says

    An attorney representing three Georgia restaurants should receive professionalism and ethics training, a worker told a federal judge, claiming the counsel stonewalled the settlement reached in her lawsuit alleging she was sexually harassed repeatedly during the course of her employment.

  • January 21, 2022

    Fintech-Focused SPAC Leads IPO Trio Totaling $625M

    Three blank-check companies focused on the financial services, cyber and media industries began trading Friday after raising a collective $625 million in initial public offerings led by seven law firms including King & Spalding LLP and Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • January 21, 2022

    Texas Man Is 1st Charged By DOJ Election Threats Task Force

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday announced the first criminal charges under Attorney General Merrick Garland's new election threats initiative, accusing a Texas man of threatening to kill Georgia election officials the day before the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

  • January 21, 2022

    Office Space Management Co. Lands $150M Vista Investment

    Office space management company OfficeSpace Software Inc. said Friday it landed a $150 million investment from Vista Equity Partners.

  • January 20, 2022

    YouTuber Says Her Cardi B Claims Came From Cardi B Boasts

    Words from Cardi B's own mouth were used by a YouTuber as the source of her allegations that the rapper has herpes, takes drugs and worked as a prostitute, the video blogger told jurors Thursday while defending herself against defamation claims.

  • January 20, 2022

    Atlanta DA Seeks Special Grand Jury Over Trump Election Call

    Atlanta's district attorney asked a chief county judge on Thursday to impanel a special grand jury to investigate potential interference by former President Donald Trump and his administration into the 2020 general election results in Georgia.

  • January 20, 2022

    Holland & Knight Hires 2 Partners To Energy, Finance Teams

    Two former Troutman Pepper partners have recently joined Holland & Knight LLP as the firm seeks to strengthen its renewable and financial services team.

  • January 20, 2022

    Investor Accuses Dating Site Of Shady Dealings In $11M Suit

    A Georgia-based private investment firm alleged in a New York state court lawsuit that an adult dating and entertainment company and its founder wrongfully altered the terms underlying certain debt securities, telling the court that if the changes stick it would cheat the investment firm out of $11 million.

  • January 20, 2022

    Senate Panel Advances 9 Judge Noms, Deadlocks On 3 Others

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nominations of Judge Alison J. Nathan for the Second Circuit along with eight district court picks Thursday, but deadlocked on three trial court nominees who received no Republican support.

  • January 19, 2022

    Juror Cut From Cardi B Libel Trial Over COVID-19 Symptoms

    A juror with COVID-19 symptoms was excused Wednesday from Cardi B's defamation case against a YouTuber, following a three-hour hearing about whether evidence deemed prejudicial to the rapper could be admitted.

  • January 19, 2022

    Video Ad Co. Had Its Chance, Google Tells 11th Circ

    Google urged the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday not to revive antitrust claims from a flagging digital media advertising company, arguing the firm already blew its chance to rejigger claims that the search giant took a number of illegal steps to capitalize on the industrywide transition away from Flash videos and force widespread use of its HTML5 alternative.

  • January 19, 2022

    11th Circ. Allows US To Argue School Bathroom Policy Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has granted the federal government's motion to participate in oral arguments in support of a transgender former high schooler's civil rights case alleging gender discrimination by a Florida school board.

  • January 19, 2022

    Insurers Must Hand Over Info To $200M Verdict Winners

    A Georgia state court said Wednesday that a Florida couple who won a $200 million jury verdict over their son's boating death can subpoena the boat manufacturer's insurers as well as the insurers' parent companies to determine what policies exist that could satisfy the verdict.

  • January 19, 2022

    The Hottest FCA Cases And Trends To Watch In 2022

    The False Claims Act litigation landscape at the dawn of 2022 is teeming with intrigue as the U.S. Supreme Court eyes one of the law's deepest circuit splits, lawyers ponder the paucity of enforcement involving pandemic relief spending, and prosecutors increasingly pursue fraud theories targeting private equity investors and lax cybersecurity.

  • January 19, 2022

    11th Circ. Upholds Atty's Suspension From Fla. District Court

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed a decision suspending an attorney from practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida for violating multiple court orders, ruling Wednesday that the lower court made no errors in applying a specific local rule and that it provided her with due process.

  • January 19, 2022

    Ga. Hospital Seeks Dismissal Of 'Patient Dumping' Claims

    A Georgia health care system sought to dismiss a doctor's suit claiming it fired him for blowing the whistle on a small hospital's practice of "patient dumping," or transferring or discharging certain patients based on economic reasons, by arguing he didn't detail the patients' conditions.

  • January 19, 2022

    Ex-Fisher Phillips Atty Seeks To Upend His Murder Conviction

    A former Fisher Phillips partner sentenced to life in prison for murdering his wife urged the Georgia Supreme Court for a new trial on Wednesday, arguing that jurors should've been allowed to decide whether the woman's shooting death constituted involuntary manslaughter rather than murder.

  • January 19, 2022

    Delaware Supreme Court Overturns Lin Wood Dismissal

    Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously reversed a decision that controversial attorney L. Lin Wood could not represent a former Trump campaign adviser in a state defamation case, while in a separate ruling affirming the dismissal of the defamation case itself. 

  • January 18, 2022

    Purdue Urges 2nd Circ. To Quickly Undo Ch. 11 Plan Rejection

    Purdue Pharma on Tuesday asked the Second Circuit to overturn a New York federal judge's decision rejecting the embattled drugmaker's Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan, arguing that other courts have long permitted the nonconsensual releases of third-party claims of nondebtors that the judge had flagged.

  • January 18, 2022

    ​​​​​​​Justices Call Solicitor General Into Fraud Standards Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday invited U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth B. Prelogar to weigh in on a dispute over fraud pleading standards as the justices consider arguments concerning a Georgia hospice company's alleged kickback scheme.

  • January 18, 2022

    SEC Seeks $338K From Adviser Who Lost Investors Millions

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission wants a Georgia federal judge to make an investment adviser pay more than $338,000 in penalties for losing $2.6 million of investors' funds after he allegedly duped them into believing that their money was insured, and that he had worked with a financial research lab that didn't actually exist.

  • January 18, 2022

    Contractor Can't Ditch Insurer's Hotel Project Coverage Suit

    A Georgia federal court refused Tuesday to let a North Carolina-based general contractor escape an insurer's bid to wash its hands of any obligation to provide coverage to the contractor and another company for underlying disputes alleging $2.2 million of construction defects at a hotel.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Electricity Market Competition Helps Consumers And Climate

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    Lawmakers looking to combat climate change and increase consumer choice should encourage and expand competitive electricity supply markets, to free customers from inefficient and often corrupt vertically integrated monopoly utilities, says Todd Snitchler at the Electric Power Supply Association.

  • The Rising Demand For Commercial Litigators In 2022

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    Amid broken supply chains, pandemic-induced bankruptcies and a rise in regulation by litigation, strong commercial litigators — strategists who are adept in trying a range of tortious and contractual disputes — are becoming a must-have for many law firms, making this year an opportune moment to make the career switch, say Michael Ascher and Kimberly Donlon at Major Lindsey.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Make The Case For Settling Early

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    Following the recent settlement in McDonald's v. Easterbrook, in-house counsel should consider decision-tree analyses and values-driven communications plans to secure effective, early resolutions in litigation, saving time and money and moving the company mission forward, say Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein and Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.

  • To Retain Talent, GCs Should Prioritize Mission Statements

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    With greater legal demands and an increasing number of workers resigning during the pandemic, general counsel should take steps to articulate their teams' values in departmental mission statements, which will help them better prioritize corporate values and attract and retain talent, says Catherine Kemnitz at Axiom.

  • How State High Courts Are Ruling On Consent To Jurisdiction

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    Recent state supreme court decisions from New York, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Georgia implicate whether a corporate defendant will be subject to suit for claims unconnected to a state merely for registering to do business there, and the tension between the Georgia Supreme Court's decision and settled precedent means the issue may be before the U.S. Supreme Court soon, say Jayne Risk and Neal Kronley at DLA Piper.

  • Top 5 Drug And Medical Device Legal Issues Of 2021

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    Two years into the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to drive significant legal developments for drug and device companies, but opioid, personal jurisdiction and litigation funding trends are noteworthy as well, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Recent Bias Suits Against Law Firms And Lessons For 2022

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    2021 employment discrimination case filings and developments show that law firms big and small are not immune from claims, and should serve as a reminder that the start of a new year is a good time to review and update salary, promotion and leave policies to mitigate litigation risks, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.

  • Workers' Comp Considerations As Ga. Cannabis Laws Evolve

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    With medical marijuana legislation in Georgia expected to implicate workers’ compensation claims, to address potential issues related to cannabis prescribed for work-related injuries, employers should implement zero-tolerance drug policies and strong screening methods, and keep apprised of the ever-changing policy and litigation landscapes, says Joanna Hair at Swift Currie.

  • Associate Hiring Outlook At Law Firms Is Bright For 2022

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    After a year of extraordinary signing bonuses, nearly instantaneous offers and flexible work arrangements, strong demand for talented law firm associates will continue into 2022 — with some differences between East and West Coast markets — and junior attorneys should take steps to capitalize on the opportunity, say Ru Bhatt and Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Roundup

    The Most-Read Legal Industry Guest Articles Of 2021

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    Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on the admissibility of video depositions, an unusual U.S. Supreme Court citation, the perils of lawyer perfectionism, and more.

  • Injunctions May Only Pause Gov't Contractor Vaccine Mandate

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    Notwithstanding a string of recent decisions enjoining implementation of President Joe Biden's COVID-19 vaccine mandate for government contractors, it would be prudent for contractors to keep compliance infrastructure in place as litigation continues, says Richard Arnholt at Bass Berry.

  • A Law Firm Leader's Guide To Seeking Effective Feedback

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    Law firm leaders often claim to have their fingers on the pulse of the people in their firms, but perspectives can be heavily weighted toward certain partners, so leaders should take certain steps to ensure they receive well-rounded feedback that helps them make more informed decisions, says Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Whirlpool CLO Talks Structural Improvement

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    As the global understanding of what it means to measurably make a positive societal and environmental impact evolves, creating a solid governance structure, backed up by bold action and increased transparency, will set up companies and their legal teams to remain resilient through economic and societal changes and manage risk, says Ava Harter at Whirlpool.

  • Top 10 SALT Developments Of 2021: Part 2

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    Attorneys at Grant Thornton continue their countdown of the 10 biggest state and local tax issues of 2021, including pass-through entity tax regimes, American Rescue Plan Act tax mandate challenges and the extended tax implications of telework.

  • Opinion

    Fla. High Court Is Wrong To Ban CLE Diversity Requirements

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    The Florida Supreme Court is wrong in precluding attorneys from getting any continuing legal education credit for courses that use so-called diversity quotas, as it erroneously assumes existing biases and prejudices in the legal profession will change without proactive steps, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC LLC.

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