As jury selection begins Monday in the first-ever criminal trial against a former president, experts say both the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and lawyers for Donald Trump will rely on voir dire questioning and social media sleuthing to keep out jurors who'd use their civic duty to "have a stronger vote in the next presidential election."
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Trump Voir Dire Aims To Keep Ballot Box Out Of The Jury Box

By Rachel Scharf

As jury selection begins Monday in the first-ever criminal trial against a former president, experts say both the Manhattan District Attorney's Office and lawyers for Donald Trump will rely on voir dire questioning and social media sleuthing to keep out jurors who'd use their civic duty to "have a stronger vote in the next presidential election."

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Trump Trial's Anonymous Jury Signals Sacrifice Of Service

By Cara Bayles

As jury selection begins Monday in the criminal trial of former president Donald Trump, the panel's identities will remain shielded from the public and the media. So-called anonymous juries are relatively new and rare, but they're being used more and more for high-profile cases in an age of doxxing and political polarization.

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NY Court System Launches Panel To Study AI Risks, Rewards

By Emily Sawicki

New York's state court system has announced a new statewide advisory panel to study how the potential implementation of artificial intelligence could improve justice in the Empire State, as well as ways to avoid ethical risks posed by the new technology.

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Trump Can't Derail Hush Money Trial Over Media Saturation

By Lauren Berg

A New York judge overseeing Donald Trump's hush money case on Friday rejected another of the former president's bids to derail trial next week, waving off his complaints that prejudicial media coverage has tainted the jury pool.

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Creditors To Depose Giuliani In Ch. 11 Quest For Assets

By Emlyn Cameron

Rudy Giuliani will be deposed by his Chapter 11 creditors beginning on Monday, according to a filing in a New York bankruptcy court.

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The Week In Trump: Catch Up On The Ex-President's Cases

By Phillip Bantz

Donald Trump and his legal team proved that they are nothing if not persistent as they repeatedly tried — and failed — to hit the brakes on the former president's porn star hush money trial in Manhattan.

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Petition Watch: Judge DQs, 'Excessive' Damages & Price Wars

By Katie Buehler

A former al-Qaida member has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clarify disqualification protocol for judges overseeing a case related to their prior work as a government attorney, and energy drink manufacturers want the court to develop a modern-day test to determine if companies qualify as price-discrimination competitors. Here's four high court petitions filed recently that you might've missed.

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UMG Seeks Escape From Woman's Diddy Sex Assault Suit

By Henrik Nilsson

UMG Recordings Inc. urged a New York state judge on Thursday to dismiss it from a lawsuit accusing hip-hop mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and R&B artist Aaron Hall of sexually assaulting a woman in 1990, saying the woman's claims are untimely and have nothing to do with the music company.

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Santos Says Feds Withheld Key Evidence For Over A Year

By Elliot Weld

Former U.S. Rep. George Santos accused New York federal prosecutors of withholding evidence that he said undermined their fraud and campaign finance charges against him.

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Jane Street Says Millennium, Ex-Workers Stole Trade Secrets

By Henrik Nilsson

Trading firm Jane Street Group LLC sued rival Millennium Management LLC and two former employees in New York federal court Friday, alleging they stole a confidential trading strategy and have reaped "massive profits from this theft."

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Off The Bench

Off The Bench: Ohtani 'Victim' In Theft, Arbitration Nod To NFL

By David Steele

In this week's Off The Bench, Shohei Ohtani looks to get off the hook on sports-betting allegations while his former interpreter faces charges, the NFL wins a critical court victory in the Brian Flores lawsuit, and troubled WWE founder Vince McMahon cuts even more financial ties with the company.

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Feds Rest In $110M Mango Markets Trial Of Crypto Trader

By Stewart Bishop

Manhattan federal prosecutors on Friday rested their case against a crypto trader accused of stealing $110 million from Mango Markets investors by pumping the price of the exchange's native token, while the defense argued that the government had failed to show that the crypto derivatives at issue were swaps as alleged in the indictment.

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POLICY & REGULATION

House To Retry Spy Bill After Warrant Measure Fails By 1 Vote

By Rae Ann Varona

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to reauthorize government surveillance of foreigners without warrants, only to have a Florida Republican call for a reconsideration vote for Monday to require warrants for spying on Americans' communications caught up in the surveillance.

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REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Roundup

Real Estate Authority: RE Women In BigLaw, Q1, Proptech

By Real Estate Authority Staff

Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. Catch up on this week's key developments by state — as well as on gender diversity rates among 20 BigLaw real estate practices, M&A and financing stats from the first quarter, and the 2024 Real Estate Technology Conference in New York.

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CONSUMER PROTECTION

NY Health Network To Pay $1M For Deceptive COVID Test Bills

By Elliot Weld

Long Island, New York-based hospital network Northwell Health will pay $1 million over allegations that it fraudulently billed patients for a hospital visit after they came for what they thought was a free COVID-19 test, the state's attorney general said Friday.

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EMPLOYMENT

Ex-Exec Says MLB Underpaid Retirement Benefits By $5.9M

By Patrick Hoff

A former Major League Baseball executive told a New York federal court he's owed $5.9 million in retirement benefits based on the league's erroneous calculation that excluded substantial bonuses he received during his decades-long tenure.

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High Court Keeps Arbitration Exemption's Focus On Workers

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court held Friday that distributors who delivered Tastykake, Wonder bread and other baked goods to retailers may qualify for an exemption from the Federal Arbitration Act that could let them keep their wage-and-hour suit in court.

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Journalists Say WARN Act Claims Perfect For Class Cert.

By Abby Wargo

Workers for the now-shuttered digital media startup The Messenger urged a New York federal judge Friday to certify a class of hundreds of staffers who were terminated with no advance notice in violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, saying the law is suited for class wide proceedings.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

Ex-Amazon Engineer Gets 3 Years For $12M Crypto Hacks

By Rachel Scharf

The former technical lead of Amazon's "bug bounty" program was sentenced in Manhattan federal court Friday to three years in prison for using his specialized computer engineering skills to steal more than $12 million from two decentralized cryptocurrency exchanges.

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Ex-Pfizer Worker's Pal Avoids Prison In Insider Trading Case

By Rachel Scharf

An electrical engineer was sentenced to probation Friday for trading Pfizer Inc.'s stock using confidential tips about the efficacy of its COVID-19 drug, after a Manhattan federal court recognized his decision to voluntarily assist prosecutors with the trial conviction of his friend, a former Pfizer employee who leaked insider information.

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Trump Media Attys Flag Co-Founders' Del. Suit Expansion

By Jeff Montgomery

Attorneys for Trump Media & Technology Group and its insiders have objected to what they say is an attempt by two co-founders to secure fast-tracking of an expanded but still-sealed Chancery Court lawsuit initially focused on share-dilution claims against company insiders.

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HomeStreet Hit With Shareholders Suit Over FirstSun Merger

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Banking company HomeStreet Inc. has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that it failed to disclose details about the sale process of its merger with FirstSun Capital Bancorp., saying that the company entered into the agreement with "little to no consideration" to any of its shareholders.

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Hedge Fund Fires Back At Hotel REIT With Proxy Contest Suit

By Spencer Brewer

Blackwells Capital LLC has fired back at Braemar Hotels & Resorts Inc. with a lawsuit against the hotel REIT and its board chair Monty Bennett, seeking a green light to move forward with a campaign to place its own candidates on the company's board.

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BANKRUPTCY

Bridal Designer Seeks Conversion Of JLM Couture To Ch. 7

By Vince Sullivan

A bridal dress designer engaged in litigation with bankrupt dressmaker JLM Couture asked a Delaware court Friday to convert the company's insolvency case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, saying the costs of that ongoing litigation will drain estate resources to the point it won't be able to pay for the bankruptcy case.

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BANKING

Credit Suisse, Lloyds, Others Ink $3.5M Libor Deal

By Katryna Perera

Plaintiffs in the yearslong suit alleging various big banks manipulated the London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, have reached a $3.45 million settlement with Credit Suisse AG, Lloyds Bank and others, bringing the total settlement recovery amount to more than $780 million.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

PEOPLE

Freshfields Continues Litigation Growth With NY Partner Hire

By Adrian Cruz

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has announced that an experienced litigation attorney who has worked on high-profile matters including the FIFA corruption case joined the firm's New York office as a partner.

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Moses & Singer Hires New Private Clients Chair, Trusts Expert

By Jack Rodgers

Moses & Singer LLP has hired a new chairman of its private clients group, who joins the firm after spending over a decade navigating trusts and estates matters with Kudman Trachten Aloe Posner LLP.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

An NYDFS-Regulated Bank's Guide To Proper Internal Audits

As certification deadlines for compliance with the New York State Department of Financial Services’ transaction monitoring and cybersecurity regulations loom, lawyers should remember that the NYDFS offers no leeway for best efforts — and should ensure robust auditing and recordkeeping processes for clients, say attorneys at Arnall Golden.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Microsoft, Walmart CLOs Recognized For Integrity, Creativity

By Michele Gorman

The legal chiefs at Microsoft and Walmart are among about a dozen leading corporate lawyers who soon will be recognized at the Burton Awards as "Legends in Law" for their track records of addressing complex matters and creativity in solving challenges.

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Justice Thomas Misses Monday's Supreme Court Arguments

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was absent Monday for oral arguments examining disputes over whether accepting illegal gratuities without a quid pro quo is prohibited under a federal bribery statute and what test courts should apply when determining whether malicious prosecution claims can proceed. 

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Consumer Class Action Trio Joins Morgan Lewis From Crowell

By Tracey Read

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP said Monday that it has added three partners from Crowell & Moring LLP to its consumer class action and product liability practice.

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Analysis

Dueling Bills Highlight Partisan Divide Over 'Judge Shopping'

By Courtney Bublé

Dueling proposals to limit so-called judge shopping were unveiled by Senate party leaders last week, sparking optimism that Congress will rein in plaintiffs' ability to bring cases before judges they think will be friendly to their views, while others raised questions about the proposals' feasibility.

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Analysis

Stressed About The Trump Trial? Imagine How The Attys Feel

By Cara Salvatore

A trial-of-the-century moment like Donald Trump's New York criminal case heaps singular attention and pressure on the lawyers involved — and a commensurate need for smart stress relief tactics during months of prep, lawyers who have taken on landmark cases say.

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Trump Accused Of Witness Threats As Jury Selection Begins

By Frank G. Runyeon

The Manhattan district attorney's office moved to hold Donald Trump in contempt on the first day of jury selection in his hush money case for allegedly violating the court's gag order barring witness intimidation, citing his social media posts attacking two key witnesses.

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Prosecutor Says Trump Can't Keep Punting Docs Deadlines

By Carolina Bolado

The special counsel prosecuting former President Donald Trump over the alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate has asked a Florida federal judge to deny Trump's request for another delay, arguing Trump should not be able to use a trial against him in New York to further delay the proceeding.

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Baltimore Taps DiCello Levitt, Saltz Mongeluzzi For Key Bridge

By Lauren Berg

The city of Baltimore announced Monday it has hired DiCello Levitt and Saltz Mongeluzzi Bendesky PC as it plans legal action against those responsible for a container ship destroying the Francis Scott Key Bridge last month, the same day FBI agents boarded the ship as part of a criminal investigation.

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Harvard Says Antisemitism Case Not 'Legally Appropriate'

By Julie Manganis

Harvard University has said a lawsuit seeking to force it to submit to court-ordered monitoring and other conditions following allegations of antisemitism on campus "is neither an effective nor legally appropriate vehicle" to address the issue.

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Clark Smith Villazor

Cleary Gottlieb

Continental PLLC

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Cravath Swaine

Cross & Simon

Crowell & Moring

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Dewey & LeBoeuf

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Eversheds Sutherland

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Gibson Dunn

Goddy & Donnelly

Goldstein & Russell

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Hausfeld LLP

Henderson Franklin

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Holland & Knight

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Jones Day

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King & Spalding

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Kudman Trachten

Latham & Watkins

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Lewis Brisbois

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Morgan Lewis

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OlenderFeldman

Paul Hastings

Pechman Law

Pillsbury Winthrop

Proskauer Rose

Quinn Emanuel

Raisner Roupinian

Richards Layton

Rimon PC

Saltz Mongeluzzi

Schindler Cohen

Schulte Roth

Seyfarth Shaw

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Sidley Austin

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

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Sterne Kessler

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Sullivan & Cromwell

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Vinson & Elkins

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Williams & Connolly

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Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

Ascendant Capital LLC

Ashford Inc.

Baker Hughes Co.

Brooklyn Law School

CME Group Inc.

Cable News Network Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Citigroup Inc.

Cornell University

Costco Wholesale Corp.

Credit Suisse Group AG

Deutsche Bank AG

DraftKings Inc.

Endeavor Operating Company LLC

Federation Internationale de Football Association

Flowers Foods Inc.

George Washington University

Georgia-Pacific LLC

Getty Images Inc.

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Harvard University

HomeStreet Inc.

Intuit Inc.

Jane Street Group LLC

Kroll Bond Rating Agency LLC

Lenox Hill Hospital

Lincoln National Corp.

Lloyds Bank PLC

Magna Legal Services LLC

Major League Baseball Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

Millennium Management LLC

NFL Enterprises LLC

New York City Bar Association

New York State Bar Association

New York State Trial Lawyers Association

New York University

Northwell Health Inc.

Packaging Corp. of America

Pfizer Inc.

Real Estate Board of New York

Royal Bank of Canada

Southwest Airlines Co.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

Sunstone Hotel Investors Inc.

T-Mobile US Inc.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Durst Organization Inc.

Trump Organization Inc.

Twitter Inc.

UBS Group AG

UCLA School of Law

United States Soccer Federation Inc.

University of Virginia

Walmart Inc.

Western Digital Corp.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Election Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Internal Revenue Service

Library of Congress

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Maryland Department of Transportation

National Archives and Records Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

National Transportation Safety Board

New York Attorney General's Office

New York Department of Financial Services

New York State Unified Court System

Small Business Administration

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

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

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois

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 Southern District of New York

U.S. Coast Guard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Department of Defense

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U.S. Department of Transportation

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. House of Representatives

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