Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC is immune from defamation claims stemming from election protests the law firm helped file in 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting what the justices characterized as a "baseless attempt" by voters to "constrict the absolute privilege's protections."
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NC Justices Scrap Defamation Suit Against Holtzman Vogel

By Hayley Fowler

Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC is immune from defamation claims stemming from election protests the law firm helped file in 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting what the justices characterized as a "baseless attempt" by voters to "constrict the absolute privilege's protections."

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NC Fintech Atty Sues Paymentus For Gender, Age Bias

By Emily Sawicki

A former senior corporate counsel for cloud-based billing company Paymentus Corp. has slapped her former employer with a $100,000 age and gender discrimination suit in North Carolina federal court, saying she was paid less than her male colleagues and eventually fired for complaining, only to be replaced by a much younger male attorney.

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NC High Court Sees No DA Conflict In Cyberstalking Case

By Travis Bland

North Carolina's highest court ruled Thursday that a county prosecutor was improperly disqualified from a criminal case in which the alleged victim is a county manager, reasoning that the scenario didn't meet conflict-of-interest parameters established by the court's decades-old precedent.

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NC Top Court Finds Credit Union's Arbitration Add-On Is Valid

By Katryna Perera

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday said a credit union can enforce an arbitration clause tacked on to a customer's contract at a later date, confirming a ruling by a lower appellate panel and requiring the customer suing the nonprofit over allegedly illegal overdraft fees to arbitrate her claims.

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NC GOP Wants 'Citizen-Only' Voting Question On Ballots

By Alyssa Aquino

North Carolina Republicans on Thursday pushed to amend the state constitution to clarify that only U.S. citizens may vote in the state.

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NC Justices Back Manufacturer Tax Break For Contractor

By Travis Bland

The North Carolina Supreme Court on Thursday backed a $130,000 tax break for an asphalt maker, upholding a lower court's decision that the company qualified for an exemption reserved for manufacturers even though it sold just a small portion of its product.

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ENFORCEMENT

Latham, Cravath Rep Live Nation In DOJ Ticketmaster Battle

By Hannah Albarazi

In the battle against the U.S. Department of Justice's push to break up Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the concert promotion and ticketing company has called upon a team of attorneys at Cravath Swaine & Moore and Latham & Watkins to go up against a large roster of highly experienced government antitrust attorneys.

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DOJ Sues Live Nation 14 Years After Ticketmaster Deal

By Bryan Koenig

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Live Nation Thursday over the 2010 agreement clearing the concert promotion giant's purchase of Ticketmaster, an oft-maligned deal that enforcers now want to unwind and that is blamed for fiascoes like the meltdown of ticket sales for Taylor Swift's Eras tour.

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LITIGATION

NC High Court Grants Review In Clothier's Virus Coverage Suit

By Hayley Fowler

North Carolina's top court on Thursday agreed to take up a clothing company's coverage appeal for COVID-19 losses against Zurich after a lower appellate panel found the virus did not cause the kind of physical loss or damage necessary to invoke coverage.

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Whirlpool Aims To Sink Fridge Wiring Defect Claims

By Mike Curley

Whirlpool Corp. is asking a Delaware federal court to throw out claims in a consolidated class action alleging it sold refrigerators with defective wiring, saying the complaint fails to show it had any knowledge of the defect.

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FOURTH CIRCUIT

4th Circ. Rules No Coverage For Mars' COVID Losses

By Ganesh Setty

Candymaker Mars Inc. can't get coverage from Factory Mutual Insurance Co. for its COVID-19-related losses, the Fourth Circuit ruled Thursday, further rejecting Mars' bid to certify a question to the Virginia Supreme Court.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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'Legendary' Former NJ Justice Handler Dies At 92

By Jake Maher

Retired Associate Justice Alan B. Handler, who served on the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1977 to 1999, died Thursday at 92, Law360 has learned.

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Alito Flag Displays 'Improper' And 'Dumb,' District Judge Says

By Alison Knezevich

A Massachusetts federal judge is calling out U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for controversial flags reportedly seen flying outside his homes, saying such actions erode public trust in the courts.

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CFTC's Johnson Is Under Consideration For FDIC Top Job

By Jon Hill

The Biden administration is considering Kristin Johnson, a Democratic member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as a possible candidate to replace Martin Gruenberg at the helm of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Law360 has learned.

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Malware Backdoor Found In Software Used By Courtrooms

By Lauren Berg

Software created by a company that provides digital audiovisual technology to courtrooms, jails and other facilities contains a backdoor associated with malware that disguises itself as a normal update, analysts at a cybersecurity firm reported, warning that "users are at high risk and should take immediate action."

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Analysis

5 Themes That Could Determine Trump's NY Criminal Trial

By Stewart Bishop, Frank G. Runyeon and Rachel Scharf

With closing arguments set for Tuesday morning in Donald Trump's New York hush money case and deliberations on the horizon, here's a look at the themes that have dominated the historic, monthlong trial so far.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baker & Hostetler

Bartlett LLP

Blanchard Miller

Brooks Pierce

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Chimicles Schwartz

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Cohen & Malad

Cranfill Sumner

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Dalton & Associates PA

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Duane Morris

Elliot Morgan Parsonage

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hausfeld LLP

Higgins Benjamin

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Holtzman Vogel

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Kozyak Tropin

Latham & Watkins

Levin Sedran

Littler Mendelson

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Migliaccio & Rathod

Morgan Lewis

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robbins Geller

Robert Peirce & Associates

Robinson Bradshaw

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Spencer Fane

Teague Campbell

Welsh & Recker

Wheeler Trigg

Wilentz Goldman

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

deLeeuw Law

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Affiliated FM Insurance Co.

American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina

American Media Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.

British Broadcasting Corp.

CVS Health Corp.

Cincinnati Financial Corp.

Corteva Inc.

Cox Communications Inc.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Electronic Arts Inc.

Emerson Electric Co.

Ferrari SpA

First Republic Bank

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

Icertis Inc.

Illumina Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JetBlue Airways Corp.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mars Inc.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paymentus Holdings Inc.

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

Penguin Random House LLC

PetroChina Company Limited

Princeton University

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Rapid7 Inc.

Roblox Corp.

Simon & Schuster Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Spirit Airlines Inc.

Spotify Technology SA

StubHub Inc.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The Cato Corp.

The District of Columbia Bar

Trump Organization Inc.

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

Whirlpool Corp.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Zurich Insurance Group AG

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Federal Trade Commission

National Labor Relations Board

New Jersey Supreme Court

North Carolina Attorney General's Office

North Carolina Department of Justice

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

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

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court