Rudy Giuliani clarified Tuesday that his travel to and from the Republican National Convention was covered by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's conservative media outlet FrankSpeech, according to a filing in New York federal bankruptcy court.
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Rudy Giuliani Says MyPillow CEO Covered His RNC Travel

By Hailey Konnath

Rudy Giuliani clarified Tuesday that his travel to and from the Republican National Convention was covered by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell's conservative media outlet FrankSpeech, according to a filing in New York federal bankruptcy court.

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Prosecutor Turned Witness: 'Rust' Case Shows Rare Dilemma

By Phillip Bantz

The botched "Rust" trial of Alec Baldwin and Donald Trump's election interference case in Georgia have offered scarce examples of prosecutors taking the stand, demonstrating how ethics scandals can snowball and make government attorneys choose between protecting themselves or their cases.

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​​​​​​​Madonna Tells DC Judge Late Show Suit Already Failed In NY

By Ali Sullivan

Madonna and venue management company Monumental Sports & Entertainment asked a D.C. federal judge to toss a lawsuit claiming that the pop singer kept concert attendees waiting for hours before taking the stage in Washington, D.C., saying the proposed class action should fare no better than a similar suit in New York that was dropped last month.

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Chris Brown Faces Restraining Order After 'Thuggish' Assault

By Catherine Marfin

A Harris County, Texas, judge issued a temporary restraining order against rapper Chris Brown on Monday following a lawsuit personal injury attorney Tony Buzbee filed on behalf of four men who were allegedly "brutalized" by the rapper after attending his Fort Worth concert over the weekend.

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The Biggest Trademark Rulings Of 2024: A Midyear Report

By Ivan Moreno

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a California attorney's arguments that registering "Trump Too Small" as a trademark constituted speech protected by the First Amendment, and a split Ninth Circuit concluded district courts have the power to cancel trademark applications during litigation. Here's a look at some of the most notable trademark decisions so far this year.

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​​​​​​​Nigeria Fines Meta $220M Over WhatsApp Privacy Policy

By Jared Foretek

Nigerian regulators have hit Meta with a $220 million fine over alleged privacy and antitrust violations and ordered the company to stop sharing WhatsApp users' data with advertisers without express permission, the culmination of a nearly three-year-long investigative process.

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PUBLIC POLICY

Senate Dems Roll Out Bill To Codify Chevron Deference

By Courtney Bublé

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., led a group of Democratic senators Tuesday in introducing a bill to codify the now-defunct doctrine of Chevron deference after it was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court last month.

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LEGAL ETHICS & MALPRACTICE

X's Tesla Ties Could Require Judge's Recusal, Watchdog Says

By Lauren Berg

Elon Musk's X Corp. wants to avoid disclosing its financial links with Tesla in the social media company's defamation lawsuit against Media Matters for America because the Texas federal judge overseeing the case likely holds Tesla stock and would need to recuse himself, the progressive media watchdog said.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Fed. Circ. Gives Netflix 2nd Chance To Challenge Broadcom IP

By Dani Kass

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board must reconsider Netflix's petitions challenging the validity of a Broadcom unit's software performance monitoring patent, the Federal Circuit held Tuesday, finding flaws in the board's refusal to invalidate claims. 

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Music Fest 'A Mere Shadow' Of Promised Event, Fans Say

By Brian Steele

Rock music fans who were geared up for the three-day Capulet Fest in Connecticut suffered emotional distress when the outdoor event was suddenly shortened and moved to an indoor venue more than 50 miles away, according to proposed class claims by ticket holders.

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COMPETITION

Microsoft Calls FTC Price Hike Claims 'Misleading' At 9th Circ

By Rachel Riley

Microsoft pushed back against the Federal Trade Commission's contention that an increase in the company's gaming subscription pricing is evidence of the anticompetitive effects of the software giant's $68.7 billion acquisition of game developer Activision Blizzard Inc., calling the commission out for trying to "reinvent" its case against the merger on appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

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EMPLOYMENT

7th Circ. Says Ex-Officer's Offensive Posts Not Protected

By Patrick Hoff

The Seventh Circuit refused Tuesday to reopen a former officer's lawsuit alleging the Illinois Department of Corrections unlawfully suspended him for 10 days because of Islamophobic social media posts, finding the agency's need for order outweighed his interest in publicly expressing his opinions.

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SPORTS & BETTING

Jerry Jones Strikes Midtrial Deal With Woman Claiming Paternity

By Lynn LaRowe

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones agreed to fulfill his remaining financial obligations to a 27-year-old woman who claims to be his daughter under a settlement reached Tuesday during a Texas federal trial over his claims that she violated their agreement by suing him in state court.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

2nd Circ. Backs Project Veritas Search Tied To Stolen Diary

By Elliot Weld

The Second Circuit on Tuesday upheld a district court's rejection of claims of journalistic privilege by Project Veritas' founder and two others at the activist group as they sought to shield documents seized under search warrants in connection with the stolen diary of President Joe Biden's daughter Ashley Biden.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

FCC Urged To Protect Public Safety In 5.9 GHz Band

By Christopher Cole

A public interest group urged the Federal Communications Commission to keep public safety as the top priority for licensees of the 5.9 gigahertz airwaves as the FCC considers rules to allow advanced car connectivity uses in the band.

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Biz Groups Form Lobby Effort To Fight FCC Bulk Billing Rules

By Nadia Dreid

Bulk billing agreements are often a boon for people living in apartment buildings and condos, according to a new coalition made up of multifamily housing organizations and a cable trade group, which was formed to push the Federal Communications Commission to reconsider banning such arrangements.

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BANKRUPTCY

Judge Won't Force Meta To Run Bankrupt Rubio's Ads

By Yun Park

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday denied a temporary restraining order requested by fast-casual seafood chain Rubio's Coastal Grill against Meta Platforms Inc., which alleged Meta violated an automatic stay in the Chapter 11 case by not running Rubio's ads after the company didn't pay fees it had incurred prepetition. 

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PRIVATE EQUITY

4 Firms Guide SPAC Mergers Targeting AI, Cannabis Sectors

By Tom Zanki

An AI-powered startup that vows to combat "disinformation" and a medical cannabis developer have agreed to go public by merging with special purpose acquisition companies through separate deals unveiled this week, guided by four law firms and a law office.

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TAX

Pa. Justices Will Hear Pittsburgh's Appeal For Its 'Jock Tax'

By Jaqueline McCool

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has accepted the city of Pittsburgh's request to review a lower court decision that ended the city's fee on nonresident professional athletes, also known as the jock tax, the court said.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Lead Like 'Ted Lasso' By Embracing Cognitive Diversity

The Apple TV+ series “Ted Lasso” aptly illustrates how embracing cognitive diversity can be a winning strategy for teams, providing a useful lesson for law firms, which can benefit significantly from fresh, diverse perspectives and collaborative problem-solving, says Paul Manuele at PR Manuele Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

NALP Says Pandemic Hasn't Hindered 2020 Law Grads

By Lauren Berg

Despite entering the workforce during a pandemic, most 2020 law school graduates are thriving, with high rates of employment and a dip in educational debt, but some still feel negative effects on their mental health, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement Inc.

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Analysis

Where Biden Stands On Judicial Noms Compared To Trump

By Courtney Bublé

With President Joe Biden now set to be a one-term president, it appears he can match President Donald Trump's record on district court nominees, but it's not likely he will on nominees to circuit courts.

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Dentons Brings On Former Big 4 Exec As New Global CEO

By Aebra Coe

Global law firm Dentons, which has made a name for itself by aggressive growth through combinations, has tapped a new global chief executive officer with leadership experience at accounting giant EY, the firm's first change at the top in over a decade.

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Mintz Reelects Bodian To Final Term As Managing Member

By Tracey Read

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC announced Wednesday that Bob Bodian, who was already the longest-serving managing member in the firm's 91-year history, has been elected to a sixth and final three-year term.

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Jenner & Block Wants Out Of COVID Vax Refusal Firing Suit

By Katryna Perera

Jenner & Block LLP has asked an Illinois federal judge to toss a former employee's claims that she was fired after being denied a religious exemption from the firm's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, saying she didn't do enough to spell out her religious beliefs or how they conflict with the vaccine.

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FTC Chair Wary AI Tools Can Be Used For Corporate Collusion

By Dorothy Atkins

Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan weighed in on a host of topics during a discussion Wednesday at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, expressing concerns about the agency's high legal bills for expert witnesses and describing AI price-setting tools as a potential loophole for collusion.

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Solicitor General Warns Against Feds 'Winning At All Costs'

By Dorothy Atkins

U.S. Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar underscored the importance of the federal government ensuring justice is served and not "winning at all costs" during a keynote speech Wednesday at the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, defending the DOJ's changed position in a high court case concerning a criminal defendant's right to a jury trial.

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Watchdog Clears DOJ In 'Unusual' Roger Stone Sentencing

By Phillip Bantz

The Justice Department did not bow to political pressure to push for a more lenient sentence for former President Donald Trump's longtime adviser Roger Stone, but the way in which the department handled the sentencing was "highly unusual" and the result of a U.S. attorney's poor leadership, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday.

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Atty Can't Deduct Car Racing Costs As Ads, US Tells 10th Circ.

By Anna Scott Farrell

A personal injury lawyer who also races cars shouldn't be allowed to deduct about $300,000 for racing-related costs as ordinary business advertising expenses because they're unrelated to his law practice, the U.S. government told the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday.

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Pa. Judge Won't 'Chase' Deadline-Flouting ADA Case Attys

By P.J. D'Annunzio

A Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday told attorneys in an Americans with Disabilities Act case against Tommy Bahama that he wasn't going to "chase" lawyers flouting scheduling orders, warning that the consequences might hurt more than just complying with the plan.

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Harvard Vow To Tackle Antisemitism Can't Nix Suit, Court Told

By Julie Manganis

Harvard University's arguments to dismiss claims it fails to protect Jewish students from antisemitic intimidation and threats boil down to telling the plaintiffs "cool your jets" while the school tries to address the issue, a lawyer for the students told a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday.

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Legal Tech Co.'s $1.3M Data Privacy Deal Gets OK'd

By Andrea Keckley

A Kansas federal judge granted preliminary approval to a proposed $1.3 million settlement between a data and professional services company catering to law firms and a class of thousands of its customers and employees, who said their personal information was stolen in a March 2023 data breach that exposed 200 gigabytes of sensitive information.

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Parts Of Klehr Harrison Bills Not Privileged, Pa. Panel Finds

By Emily Sawicki

Pennsylvania journalists can view the subject lines of invoice requests sent to the Pennsylvania Office of General Counsel by outside law firms, including Klehr Harrison, with a state appeals court panel determining the information falls under the state's Right-to-Know Law and is not privileged, nor is it protected by a court order.

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Ex-McElroy Deutsch Exec Says Ch. 11 Doesn't Pause Claims

By Emily Lever

A former McElroy Deutsch executive told a New Jersey state court that just because her husband — former McElroy Deutsch chief financial officer John Dunlea — has filed for bankruptcy does not mean she needs to pause her claims against the firm for discrimination and retaliation.

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SF DA Sued By Staffer Fired Over 'Panties' Reply-All Snafu

By Bonnie Eslinger

A San Francisco District Attorney's Office staffer who says he was fired after accidentally sending a risqué reply-all email at work has filed a state court lawsuit accusing his former boss and the county of defamation and standing in the way of his getting future employment.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ACA Connects - America's Communications Association

Activision Blizzard Inc.

American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations

Apple Inc.

Barclays Center

Boston College

Broadcom Inc.

Central Coast Agriculture Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Comcast Corp.

Community Associations Institute

Getty Images Holdings Inc.

HBI International

Harvard University

Illumina Inc.

Instagram Inc.

International Business Machines Corp.

Jack Daniel's Properties Inc.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major League Baseball Inc.

McAfee Inc.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

Monumental Sports & Entertainment LLC

NASDAQ Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NFL Enterprises LLC

Nascar Digital Media LLC

National Association for Law Placement Inc.

National Association of Consumer Advocates

National Hockey League

National Multifamily Housing Council

Netflix Inc.

Oracle Corp.

Pizza Hut Inc.

Rubio's Restaurants, Inc.

Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Tesla Inc.

The Walt Disney Co.

Tommy Bahama Group Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Union of Concerned Scientists

UnitedLex Corp.

VANS Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

ArentFox Schiff

Bell Law LLC (Kansas City, MO)

Berger Fischoff

Bergman Gray

Bracewell LLP

Buzbee Law Firm

Covington & Burling

Dapeer Law

Dentons

Dingess Foster

Donnelly Conroy

DuBose Miller

Elias Law Group LLP

Gibson Dunn

Halbrook Wood

Hemenway & Barnes

Hiraldo PA

Irell & Manella

Jackson Walker LLP

Jenner & Block

Kasowitz Benson

King & Spalding

Klehr Harrison

Loeb & Loeb

Lowenstein Sandler

McElroy Deutsch

Mintz Levin

Nelson Mullins

Obermayer Rebmann

Proskauer Rose

Quarles & Brady

Raines Feldman

Sheppard Mullin

Sidley Austin

Siri & Glimstad

Skadden Arps

Stueve Siegel

Wagstaff & Cartmell

Webber McGill

Weil Gotshal

Whiteford Taylor

Wilkinson Stekloff

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wolf Greenfield

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office

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

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

United States District Court for the District of Kansas