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  • January 21, 2020

    Sprint/T-Mobile Denial 'Problematic,' FCC Commish Warns

    With a decision in the trial over T-Mobile’s acquisition of Sprint drawing near, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly warned Tuesday that a ruling against the companies could give states much more leverage to challenge future deals.

  • January 21, 2020

    Purdue, Creditors Ask To Keep Stay On Insurance Arbitration

    Purdue Pharma and its unsecured creditors are asking a New York bankruptcy judge to deny an insurer's request to allow arbitration over how much product liability coverage it owes the drugmaker to proceed, saying it could severely disrupt Purdue's Chapter 11 case.

  • January 21, 2020

    FCC Seeks $2.1M In Fines From Fusion Connect

    Federal prosecutors have hit Fusion Connect Inc. with a suit that seeks to force the bankrupt phone and internet provider to pay $2.1 million it still owes from a 2016 civil penalty over fraudulent telemarketing practices.

  • January 21, 2020

    Weinstein Loses 11th-Hour Appeal To Relocate NYC Rape Trial

    A New York state appellate court denied Harvey Weinstein's motion to relocate his rape trial to Albany or Suffolk county on Tuesday, issuing a terse ruling that rejected the last-minute bid to derail the Manhattan trial a day before opening statements.

  • January 21, 2020

    Ex-NFLer Will Take Pot Decriminalization Bid To High Court

    A group of cannabis patients led by a former NFL player told the Second Circuit they will take their gambit to decriminalize marijuana to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that fighting the drug's designation as a controlled substance through administrative means could be disastrous for patients.

  • January 21, 2020

    Juno Reaches Deal With Creditors On Ch. 11 Doc Production

    The unsecured creditors committee in ride-hailing service Juno USA’s Chapter 11 case has reached a deal with the debtor to resolve a motion demanding discovery related to a prepetition asset sale with Lyft Inc., the committee told a Delaware judge Tuesday.

  • January 21, 2020

    Seinfeld Wants 2nd Circ. To Kill 'Comedians In Cars' Fight

    Jerry Seinfeld is urging the Second Circuit to reject a copyright lawsuit that claims he stole the concept for his "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" series, saying that a lower court correctly found that the accuser waited too long to sue.

  • January 21, 2020

    Perkins Coie Hit With $150M Suit Claiming Patent Coverup

    Muzik Inc. hit Perkins Coie LLP with a $150 million legal malpractice lawsuit in New York state court Friday, alleging a Perkins Coie partner who has since moved to Dentons LLP lied about his repeated failures to patent the Los Angeles company's headphone technology.

  • January 21, 2020

    US Bank Seeks Win On Ambac's Last Trust Insurer Claim

    U.S. Bank NA is looking for a victory on the final claim left in Ambac Assurance Corp.'s lawsuit over the bank's handling of proceeds from a mortgage-backed securities trust allegedly backed by bad Countrywide loans.

  • January 21, 2020

    Morgan Stanley Loans $142.6M To Refinance Bronx Properties

    Morgan Stanley will provide $142.6 million in financing to real estate agency The Morgan Group to refinance a New York residential portfolio, according to a Tuesday announcement by Black Bear Capital Partners, which arranged the deal.

  • January 21, 2020

    K&L Gates Boosts NY Office With Sports Atty From Loeb

    Global law firm K&L Gates LLP is bolstering its New York office with the addition of an attorney focusing on sports and entertainment from Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • January 21, 2020

    WP Carey Drops £85M On UK Logistics Facility

    Real estate investment trust W. P. Carey said Tuesday it bought a U.K. logistics facility currently leased by electronics company Dixons Carphone for £85 million ($112 million).

  • January 21, 2020

    Atty Pay Provision Trips Bell & Howell Pest Repeller Deal

    A New York federal judge has rejected a proposed settlement meant to end class litigation over allegedly defective pest repellers made by Bell & Howell, saying the attorneys should not get paid before the product buyers do.

  • January 21, 2020

    AT&T Investors Defend 'Painstakingly Specific' Lawsuit

    AT&T investors on Friday asked a New York federal judge not to end their consolidated proposed securities class action, saying they had been very specific in their claims that the company unethically boosted streaming service subscription numbers.

  • January 21, 2020

    Weinstein Can Tell Jury Of Accusers' 'Loving' Emails

    A New York state trial judge ruled Tuesday that Harvey Weinstein's attorneys may tell the jury in opening statements about what they call "dozens and dozens" of "loving emails" from women who accuse Weinstein of sexually assaulting them.

  • January 21, 2020

    Incline Equity Partners Lands $1.165B In Latest Fundraising

    Incline Equity Partners, advised by Kirkland, beat its fundraising target to lock down $1.165 billion for its latest investment platform, Sixpoint Partners — the fund’s exclusive placement agent — said Tuesday. 

  • January 21, 2020

    Sheldon Silver Partly Slips Corruption Conviction At 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit dismissed three of former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s seven convictions on Tuesday in a ruling that could further limit how prosecutors pursue unsavory dealings among lawmakers.

  • January 21, 2020

    Dentons Ducked Share Of $1.7M Tab In Fee Battle, Suit Says

    Dentons US LLP and a Virginia company have been accused of failing to pay a $1.7 million arbitration award for attorney fees that was issued almost a year ago, according to a suit filed in New York state court.

  • January 21, 2020

    Supreme Court Won't Speed Up ACA Petitions

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected Democrats' push to fast-track consideration of whether a congressional change to the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate rendered the landmark law unconstitutional, likely pushing any potential ruling past the 2020 election.

  • January 17, 2020

    PornHub Sued For Not Captioning 'Sexy Cop' And Other Vids

    PornHub is breaking the law by not providing closed captioning for hearing-impaired users on all of its videos, a deaf man told a New York federal court Thursday, hitting the pornography site with a proposed class action alleging he's been excluded from "full and equal participation."

  • January 17, 2020

    Ex-NY Congressman Gets Over 2 Years For Insider Trading

    Former U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of New York was sentenced to over two years in prison Friday for leaking inside information to help his son avoid biotech investment losses and then lying to the FBI.

  • January 17, 2020

    Freight Rail Co. Says Partners Group Stole Biz Secrets

    Under the pretense of investing in MidRail LLC, Partners Group Inc. stole confidential business information from the freight rail company, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in New York state court accusing Partners Group of costing MidRail tens of millions of dollars.

  • January 17, 2020

    Bloomberg Beats AI Company’s Trade Secret Theft Suit

    A New York federal judge handed a victory to Bloomberg by dismissing the remainder of artificial intelligence firm iSentium’s suit accusing the financial and media company of misappropriating its trade secrets and breaking contract terms.

  • January 17, 2020

    Liberty Tax Beats Investors' Suit Over CEO Misconduct Claims

    A proposed class action against Liberty Tax Inc. failed to show that the company's stock price was hurt by turmoil connected to misconduct claims against the company's founder, a New York federal judge ruled Friday.

  • January 17, 2020

    Hinshaw Hires Experienced Insurance Partner For NY Office

    Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP said it has added a seasoned attorney with a broad background in complex insurance coverage issues and trial experience as a partner in the law firm's global insurance services practice group in its New York office.

Expert Analysis

  • #MeToo Is Much More Than Last Year's News

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    Employers wondering whether #MeToo is still relevant should recognize that it is a continuous equity movement that includes pay, diversity and inclusion efforts at both the worker and executive levels, say attorneys at Epstein Becker.

  • 3 Federal Court Rulings Highlight Key Privilege Lessons

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    Recent decisions from federal courts in Illinois, Delaware and New York illustrate the importance of proactively thinking about attorney-client privilege issues such as proper procedures for conducting a review, how common interest privilege can be invoked and when public relations firm communications are protected, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Board Composition Leads 2020 Corporate Governance Issues

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    This year corporate board nominating and governance committees may face increased pressure as investor demands focus on issues such as the number of corporate boards on which directors serve, board refreshment and diversity, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Key Trends In Energy Antitrust Enforcement And Litigation

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    Antitrust agencies and private litigants continued to focus on the energy industry in 2019, and new antitrust policy initiatives announced by the U.S. Department of Justice last year will offer energy companies opportunities to avoid prosecution in certain cases, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • Climate Law Brings Challenges For NYC Co-Ops And Condos

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    New York City's Climate Mobilization Act leaves several unanswered questions for co-ops and condos, such as what will happen to buildings with rent-regulated units, how buildings will pay for compliance costs, and how building owners will divide CMA responsibilities with tenants, says William McCracken of Ganfer Shore.

  • FIRREA Remains Potent Civil Fraud Enforcement Tool

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    Last year, three court decisions addressing the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act's civil monetary penalties provision — two at the final judgment stage and one at the pleadings stage — expanded FIRREA jurisprudence and remind us why this statute cannot be ignored, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Bias Case Gives Justices Chance To Rethink Title VII

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    If the U.S. Supreme Court decides to hear Peterson v. Linear Controls, its decision could resolve a circuit split and redefine the scope of Title VII's discrimination protections, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Barbara Roth and Tyler Hendry at Herbert Smith look back on the most significant labor and employment law updates from the second half of the decade, and reveal their choice for the most important change of the 2010s.

  • NY State Flexes Muscles With Energy Service Co. Restrictions

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    The New York State Public Service Commission's new regulations for energy service companies — imposing enhanced eligibility criteria, price caps, and limitations on products and services — raise concerns about how the commission might impose similar restrictions in the broader distributed energy resource markets, say Thomas Puchner and Kevin Blake of Phillips Lytle.

  • How Associate Life Has Evolved Over The Past Decade

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    During the last 10 years, the need to embrace change was fundamental for law firms, and that change affected associates in many ways — most, but not all, for the better, says Brad Kaufman, co-president of Greenberg Traurig.

  • Tribune Ruling Charts Course For Bankruptcy Safe Harbor

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    In upholding the dismissal of fraudulent conveyance claims against former shareholders of the bankrupt Tribune Company, the Second Circuit may have laid out a path for parties looking to stay within a crucial Bankruptcy Code safe harbor provision, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • High Court May Lean Away From 2nd Circ. In 'Lucky' TM Case

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    The justices at Monday's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in the trademark case Lucky v. Marcel appeared skeptical of the Second Circuit’s new four-part test for defense preclusion and seemed to favor the application of existing legal precedent over the creation of a new one, say Robert Potter and Forrest Flemming of Kilpatrick.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Could Lower Bar For Insider Trading Charges

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    ​​​​​​​The Second Circuit’s recent decision in U.S. v. Blaszczak potentially makes it easier to prosecute insider trading cases by ruling the government doesn't need to prove an insider received any personal benefit in exchange for sharing material, nonpublic information, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Top 10 Employment Law Developments Of The Decade: Part 1

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    In the first of two articles, Barbara Roth and Tyler Hendry at Herbert Smith highlight the decade's most significant labor and employment law changes, including the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 decision in Dukes to raise the class certification threshold, and the spread of state and local paid sick leave laws.

  • Gov't Contractor Suspension And Debarment: 2019 In Review

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    Attorneys at Covington look back at last year's policy trends and developments, legislative and rulemaking activity, and notable federal district court rulings related to the exclusion of contractors from doing business with the federal government.