New York

  • July 30, 2021

    Maxwell's Ex-Atty Broke SDNY Rules With Cosby Op-Ed

    A New York federal judge put Ghislaine Maxwell's former lawyer "on notice" over the attorney's opinion piece, which argued that the accused sex trafficker should have her charges dropped like Bill Cosby, finding Friday that it's possible the op-ed could influence potential jurors.

  • July 30, 2021

    House Dems Want More District Judges, Too — 203 Of Them

    A group of House Democrats on Friday unveiled a proposal to create 203 new federal judgeships, introducing legislation a day after a bipartisan pair of senators proposed adding 77 federal district court seats in the coming years.

  • July 30, 2021

    BJ's Says Keurig's Coffee Monopoly Brews Up Higher Prices

    BJ's Wholesale Club launched an antitrust suit Friday against Keurig Green Mountain, claiming the single-serve coffee company's death grip on the market forced it to overpay on the hundreds of millions of dollars of product it purchased from Keurig in recent years.

  • July 30, 2021

    High Court Expansion Push Slowly Gains Steam In House

    The progressive effort to expand the U.S. Supreme Court has gradually gained more Democratic support in the U.S. House of Representatives, most recently on Thursday, as backers argue a recent voting rights ruling and an upcoming abortion case will push their long-shot effort into the mainstream.

  • July 30, 2021

    Allegheny County Sues Pa. AG Over $26B Opioid Deal

    The district attorney for Allegheny County on Thursday sued Pennsylvania's attorney general over the proposed $26 billion opioid settlement, following the Philadelphia district attorney's accusations a week ago that the deal with Johnson & Johnson and major distributors was a sellout.

  • July 30, 2021

    2nd Circ. Discovery Order Defies DOJ Stance, Court Hears

    The target of a petition seeking evidence aimed at shoring up arbitration against Lithuania over the nationalization of a prominent bank is urging the Second Circuit to revisit the petition, pointing to the Justice Department's stance that such an application flouts U.S. law.

  • July 30, 2021

    Hedge Fund, Kazakhstan Jostle Over Venue In Fraud Suit

    Kazakhstan and a hedge fund it has accused of conspiring with Moldovan oil and gas investors to secure an allegedly fraudulent half-billion-dollar arbitral award remain at loggerheads over the dispute's proper venue, as both sides jostled on Thursday over threshold jurisdictional issues.

  • July 30, 2021

    Ch. 11 Trustee Tells 2nd Circ. Church Sale Was Valid

    The trustee of a bankrupt Bronx-based church defended both her appointment and the sale of the church property before the Second Circuit on Friday, saying nothing she did violated the church's religious freedom.

  • July 30, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: DR Horton, MySales, Merchants Capital

    D.R. Horton is reportedly hoping to build 280 townhomes and 97 single-family homes in Florida, MySales is said to have dropped $25 million on a Queens, New York, industrial property, and Merchants Capital has reportedly loaned $13.8 million for a Florida affordable housing complex.

  • July 30, 2021

    Judge Tells Wholesaler GBG To Revamp Ch. 11 Loan Docs

    A $16 million debtor-in-possession loan for bankrupt clothing wholesaler GBG USA Inc. required some changes Friday before a New York bankruptcy judge would grant interim approval for the package, saying he was growing frustrated with the ballooning size of such loan documents.

  • July 30, 2021

    Judge Won't Make Hoops Trial Convicts Serve Time Just Yet

    A federal judge in Manhattan has rejected a request by prosecutors to set a prison date for an aspiring basketball business manager and a former Adidas hoops consultant convicted in the college hoops corruption crackdown as their previous sentences in a related case are on hold while they seek U.S. Supreme Court review.

  • July 30, 2021

    2nd Circ. Revives Contract Suit Against Fee-Transferring Attys

    A convicted arms trafficker may pursue breach of contract claims against attorneys who pocketed a retainer fee he says should have been refunded when one of the attorneys left the case, the Second Circuit ruled on Friday.

  • July 30, 2021

    Health Hires: Polsinelli, Buchalter, Allen & Overy

    Polsinelli PC has snapped up a new shareholder from Kaufman Borgeest & Ryan LLP in New York City, Buchalter PC has beefed up its health care practice in San Diego, and Allen & Overy LLP has added an intellectual property pro from Wiggin and Dana LLP, headlining Law360's latest roundup of personnel moves in the health care and life sciences arena.

  • July 30, 2021

    Judge Sends LATAM Plane Deal Dispute To Mediation

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Friday delayed ruling on a request by LATAM Airlines creditors for permission to sue two major shareholders over a pair of canceled aircraft deals, saying the parties should take the dispute to mediation first.

  • July 30, 2021

    NYC Confirms First Woman And Latina As Its Top Lawyer

    The New York City Council has confirmed Georgia Pestana as leader of the city's law department on Thursday, making her the first woman and the first Latino person to take such a role.

  • July 29, 2021

    Mars Attacks 'Shoddiness' Of Firm's 'Recycled' False Ad Suit

    Mars has once again taken aim at the attorney behind several false advertising suits lodged against the confectionary giant, accusing the New York lawyer of "employing a raft of recycled complaints" at a pace that "reflects their shoddiness."

  • July 29, 2021

    Bipartisan Sens. Propose 77 New Fed. Judgeships Nationwide

    A bipartisan pair of senators on Thursday proposed adding 77 federal district court seats across the country, matching the judiciary's recommendations — except for omitted appellate seats — and splitting the new judgeships between 2025 and 2029 to sidestep partisan concerns.

  • July 29, 2021

    Regeneron Investor Sues Execs, Alleging Kickback Scheme

    Regeneron leadership was hit with a derivative shareholder suit over claims the company's former and current executives and board members reaped over $650 million in sales of stock whose value was inflated by a purported kickback scheme tied to a vision-loss drug. 

  • July 29, 2021

    Purdue Pharma Gets OK For $22M Worker Bonus Program

    A New York bankruptcy judge Thursday gave Purdue Pharma the go-ahead to pay up to $22.1 million in retention bonuses to midlevel workers, rejecting calls to delay the decision until after next month's Chapter 11 plan confirmation hearing.

  • July 29, 2021

    GE Opposes Energy Co.'s Fast-Track Appeal Bid In $1.1B Case

    GE has asked the Second Circuit not to expedite an Angolan energy company's appeal of a lower court order dismissing a $1.1 billion contract forgery suit on the grounds that the case should go to an Angolan forum, arguing that its challenge doesn't merit such special treatment.

  • July 29, 2021

    Clothing Importers To Pay $6M For False Invoice Scheme

    A businessman and two apparel companies agreed to pay a total $6 million for using false invoices to underpay duties for clothing imported from China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • July 29, 2021

    Travel Site Owner Drops JetBlue Antitrust Suit

    The company behind travel site CheapOair asked a New York federal court to drop its suit accusing JetBlue Airways of blocking access to its flight information in an effort to reduce competition for air fares.

  • July 29, 2021

    Culture Amp Reaches $1.5B Valuation In Funding Round

    The employee experience platform Culture Amp, which applies data analytics and behavioral science to performance management, grabbed $100 million in its latest funding round, bringing its valuation to $1.5 billion, the company said Thursday.

  • July 29, 2021

    2nd Circ. Sides With Reinsurers In Asbestos Coverage Suits

    The Second Circuit on Thursday dashed Utica Mutual Insurance Co.'s efforts in two separate cases to obtain additional reimbursement for its coverage of a wave of asbestos litigation against a pump manufacturer, saying Utica's reinsurers were only required to cover defense costs within umbrella policy limits.

  • July 29, 2021

    Insurer Asks 2nd Circ. To Chop Martial Arts Studio's Virus Suit

    Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday not to revive a New York martial arts studio's COVID-19 lawsuit for business losses that was tossed by a lower court in April.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Urgent Employer Steps After NY's New Airborne Virus Law

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    Attorneys at Morgan Lewis lay out necessary protocols and best practices for employers with New York work sites to implement industry-specific airborne infectious disease prevention standards by Aug. 5, as required by the New York Health and Essential Rights Act.

  • Responding To Fraud Charges Based On Trade Data Analytics

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    Anthony Barkow and Charles Riely at Jenner & Block examine recent charges against a Canadian hedge fund manager to highlight how defense practitioners can appraise suspicious trading pattern evidence gleaned from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's data analytics.

  • Law Firms, Know Who's Responsible For Your Cloud Security

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    Lawyers generally know that files go into the cloud and that the files are then secured and protected, but it's necessary for firms to take a closer look at their cloud supply chain and then come up with a responsibility matrix that helps mitigate any potential risks or weaknesses, says Martin Ward at iManage.

  • Benefits For Law Firms Venturing Into New Services

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    By offering more services, law firms can deepen and strengthen their client relationships and truly become an extension of their clients' teams while generating new revenue streams, and while there are risks associated with expanding into consulting, they may be worth it, says Lou Ramos at Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Exelon GC Talks Diversity Initiatives

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    Executing a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion programming, through recruitment, inclusive legal pipelines and community empowerment via pro bono efforts, can ensure a strong environmental, social and governance proposition, says Gayle Littleton at Exelon.

  • Revamping Law Firm Marketing Lists — With Partner Buy-In

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    Jackson Lewis’ Paige Bowser shares lessons from the firm's recent overhaul of an outdated email marketing database, including tips for getting partners on board, ensuring compliance with privacy laws and augmenting outreach strategies.

  • First 2021 Corporate FCPA Case Offers Compliance Reminders

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    Foster Wheeler's recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement — the first corporate enforcement action since President Joe Biden took office — highlights the FCPA risks related to public contracting and tenders, the use of third-party agents, successor liability following M&A activity, and the U.S. authorities' aggressive assertion of jurisdiction in international corruption cases, says Robert Johnston Jr. at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • A Look At Tribal Involvement In Juul Litigation

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    The vaping epidemic has had a disproportionate impact on Native American tribes, and the ensuing litigation against Juul Labs has many parallels with Big Tobacco suits from the 1990s, but this time around tribes have a seat at the bargaining table, say Geoffrey Strommer and Riley Plumer at Hobbs Straus.

  • The Murky World Of Legal Rankings Gets Some Clarity In NJ

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    New Jersey's new, stringent approach to legal rankings will make accolade advertising more transparent, benefiting both attorneys and clients and offering legal marketers a new set of best practices amid evolving standards, say Penny Paul at Lowenstein Sandler and Susan Peters at Greybridge.

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 2

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    While federal circuits continue to split on whether to approach fact and expert evidence differently at class certification, and there is no sign of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling to resolve the issue, applying an admissibility standard to one and not the other appears illogical, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • ADA Compliance After 2nd Circ. Short-Term Injury Ruling

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    Disability discrimination lawsuits are likely to increase following the Second Circuit’s recent decision in Hamilton v. Westchester County, which affirmed that temporary injuries are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act, and could affect accommodations for shorter term conditions — including those resulting from COVID-19, say David Jacoby and Mishell Kneeland at Culhane Meadows.

  • Courts' Clashing Standards For Evidence At Class Cert.: Part 1

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    The Sixth Circuit's recent ruling in Lyngaas v. Ag highlights an ongoing circuit split on whether plaintiffs moving to certify a class must use admissible evidence and whether fact and expert evidence should be treated equivalently in this regard, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • Sea Change In Drug Assistance Programs May Be On Horizon

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    Clint Hermes and Jennifer Michael at Bass Berry discuss how recent developments, such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's accelerated drug approvals and the Pfizer v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services case, have the potential to change the way that federal health care program beneficiaries receive financial assistance.

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