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  • March 21, 2019

    NY's Vullo Set For Hot Seat In NRA Discrimination Suit

    The National Rifle Association will have a chance to grill Maria T. Vullo, New York’s former top financial services regulator, after an Albany federal magistrate judge granted its deposition bid in its lawsuit alleging she and Gov. Andrew Cuomo sought to silence the gun rights advocacy group by squeezing the financial institutions it works with.

  • March 21, 2019

    Donziger Still Defying Court In $9.5B Ecuador Fight: Chevron

    Chevron Corp. told a New York federal judge Wednesday that new evidence proves attorney Steven Donziger flouted an order barring him from profiting off a fraudulent $9.5 billion judgment in an Ecuadorian environmental case, saying his “brazen” misdeeds warrant sanctions.

  • March 21, 2019

    2nd Circ. Says NY Judge Botched Marriage Fraud Trial

    The Second Circuit tossed the marriage fraud convictions of two Indian nationals and an American woman, ruling Thursday that they didn’t get a fair trial because the judge had a solo meeting with some of the jurors and gave the entire jury an inappropriate instruction.

  • March 21, 2019

    'Training Wheels' Come Off New NY Cybersecurity Rules

    New York’s financial services regulator has demonstrated an eagerness to help companies get up to speed on the state's landmark cybersecurity rules over the past two years, but with the implementation grace period now over, enforcement is likely to heat up, experts say.

  • March 21, 2019

    Spirit Balks At Flyers' 2nd Circ. Bid To Revive Bag-Fee Suit

    Spirit Airlines told the Second Circuit on Thursday that federal law preempts a proposed class action alleging it defrauded consumers by concealing its carry-on bag fees on tickets sold through other online travel agents, saying passengers cannot invent and force a disclosure obligation.

  • March 21, 2019

    Don Imus’ Ex-Sportscaster Loses Ageism Suit On Appeal

    A New York appellate panel has rejected a sportscaster’s age discrimination claims against his former boss Don Imus, finding they don't jibe with state human rights laws because the ex-employee was working in Florida when he was fired.

  • March 21, 2019

    NYC Subway Fall Victim's $3.2M Injury Award Trimmed

    A New York appellate panel on Thursday reduced a $3.2 million jury verdict in a stairway slip-and-fall case against the New York City Transit Authority by $525,000, finding the awards for past and future pain and suffering were unreasonably high.

  • March 21, 2019

    National Events Ch. 7 Trustee Sues Ex-CEO For $45M

    The liquidating estate of defunct concert and sporting event ticket brokerage National Events Holdings LLC filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking over $45 million from the company's former chief, who pled guilty to wire fraud after being accused of running a Ponzi scheme.

  • March 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Obama Adviser As Privacy Co-Chair

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Trader-Pastor Gets 5 Years For Hack-Based Insider Trading

    A former hedge fund manager turned Slavic Baptist pastor on Thursday was sentenced to five years in prison, following his conviction at trial for a purported $30 million scheme to trade on nonpublic information gleaned from hacked, unpublished press releases.

  • March 21, 2019

    Judge Says He Can't Decide $15M Sears Credit Card Row Yet

    A New York bankruptcy judge told Sears and a hedge fund owned by its former CEO on Thursday that he'll need more time and evidence before he can decide the rightful owner of $14.6 million in credit card receipts.

  • March 21, 2019

    2nd Circ. Wary Of Denying Fraudster Cooperation Credit

    Two Second Circuit judges voiced skepticism on Thursday about the government's opposition to an admitted wire fraudster's request that his sentence be reduced because he later helped put six co-conspirators behind bars, expressing concern with the notion that they couldn't check the lower court's work for errors.

  • March 21, 2019

    'Real Housewives' Star Settles Signature Apparel Suit

    An apparel company formerly owned by “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Christopher Laurita says it has reached a $500,000 settlement of its claims that Laurita and his family's spending habits sent the company into Chapter 11.

  • March 21, 2019

    FDIC's $695M Mortgage-Backed Securities Suit Tossed

    A New York federal judge dumped the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s $695 million residential mortgage-backed securities suit against three banks Wednesday, finding for the second time that the agency lacked standing to bring claims of improper conduct against trustees of the bundled mortgages.

  • March 21, 2019

    New Testimony Can't Save Suit Against Madoff Associate

    A New York federal judge has shot down another attempt by Bernie Madoff’s former investors to go after his associate Jeffry Picower, ruling that new testimony in their latest complaint is not enough to get around a 2011 injunction against duplicating claims related to the Ponzi scheme.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Seadrill Can't Dodge Oro Negro Ch. 15 Depo Subpoena

    Seadrill Ltd. cannot duck a subpoena seeking to unearth what the company knew about alleged efforts to disrupt rival Perforadora Oro Negro's Gulf of Mexico oil drilling operations, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Wednesday, saying it would not be overly burdensome for the company to designate a suitable deponent.

  • March 20, 2019

    Fired Waiter Blasts Trump Critic Restaurateur's 'Glass House'

    A waiter cut loose from the Waverly Inn tossed a stone at the "glass house" of Graydon Carter, slamming the New York City restaurant's co-owner for criticizing President Donald Trump while purportedly mistreating his own workers, according to a proposed class action filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

  • March 20, 2019

    New Impeachment Info Fails To Get Ex-Vereit Exec A New Trial

    A Manhattan federal judge said Tuesday that while prosecutors didn't disclose evidence that former Vereit Inc. executive Brian Block could have used against a cooperating witness in his criminal fraud case, that evidence wouldn't have stopped the jury from convicting Block.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • Is 'Manifest Disregard' Defense Only Mostly Dead In Texas?

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    While Texas state courts have barred use of the "manifest disregard of the law" defense in international arbitration matters, recent cases in the Fifth Circuit describe the doctrine alternatively as “alive but not well,” “dead,” or “triumphantly ‘back from the dead,” say James Rogers and Clarissa Medrano of Akerman LLP.

  • Liability For CEO Misconduct Expands After #MeToo

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    The Nevada Gaming Commission's recent $20 million fine against Wynn Resorts for failing to act after reports of its former CEO's alleged sexual misconduct demonstrates how #MeToo has altered the classic economic assessment for harassment claims, says Dove Burns of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.