A D.C. federal judge on Monday tossed most of the claims in four overlapping lawsuits challenging federal agents' forcible removal of peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square near the White House last June to enable then-President Donald Trump's photo-op at the historic St. John's Episcopal Church.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday theoretically gave the next director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office expansive new power to determine the validity of patents, but practical and political considerations will likely limit the eventual nominee's ability to wield it, attorneys say.
The U.S. Department of Labor's benefits unit is asking employers and insurers how they might be affected by a new requirement to disclose prescription drug costs, teaming up with other agencies to request the information Monday as the Biden administration mulls how to implement a Trump-era policy change.
The Seventh Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of claims that Perkins Coie LLP and the Democratic National Committee disseminated false information about a former Donald Trump campaign adviser, deeming the law firm "stateless" for purposes of federal court jurisdiction.
A Missouri federal judge barred the state Monday from enforcing rules requiring that medical marijuana businesses be majority-owned by people who have lived in the state for at least a year, saying the policy likely violated the dormant commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation and the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida have told a D.C. federal judge that they were again shortchanged by the Treasury Department's distribution of panedmic relief funds when the department tried to fix problems with an earlier payout.
The U.S. Supreme Court undid two lower court rulings that blocked a Trump-era asylum policy Monday, deeming an injunction on the Migrant Protection Protocols moot three weeks after President Joe Biden formally ended the program.
North Carolina would phase out the state's corporate income tax, cut personal income taxes and boost the child tax deduction under a proposed $52.3 billion budget for 2021 to 2023 put forward Monday by leadership in the state Senate.
Challengers to the U.S. Department of State's approval of $23.4 billion in proposed arms sales to the United Arab Emirates have pushed back against the department's bid to toss the dispute, saying they have legal standing to pursue the case.
The full Ninth Circuit will not rehear a split-panel decision that allowed enforcement of a California worker classification law on truckers after the majority found that federal law doesn't trump the state's higher standard.
Cannabis inventory tracking service Metrc LLC asked an Oklahoma state judge to dismiss a Tulsa dispensary's challenge to the Sooner State's deal to partner with the company, but the retailer said its claims were misconstrued and it's pushing to keep the suit alive.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether companies failed to disclose the effects of the now infamous SolarWinds cyberattack on their businesses, offering amnesty to those that come forward and potential enforcement actions and steep fines for those that don't, according to industry sources and at least one major law firm.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday revived an OSI Systems shareholder's constitutional challenge to a new California law requiring public companies headquartered in the Golden State to have a minimum number of female board members, ruling that it's plausible the law requires shareholders to discriminate on the basis of sex.
The New Jersey General Assembly passed a bill on Monday that would ban U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from detaining immigrants in the Garden State.
The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear challenges from insurers who have said they have been shortchanged on payments they said they are owed as a result of being stiffed on Affordable Care Act cost-sharing reduction payments.
The Second Circuit denied an appeal Monday from border wall crowdfunding organization We Build the Wall to unfreeze some of its assets, saying the group's bid to undo the restraining order on its bank accounts is premature as its executives are still facing fraud charges for allegedly ripping off donors.
The New Jersey Assembly unanimously passed a bill Monday designed to extend insurance coverage to public health crises like the recent coronavirus outbreak, though attorneys have said the measure could provide insurers with another litigation tool for avoiding coverage of losses stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trade groups for major U.S. airlines and labor unions asked the U.S. Department of Justice on Monday to crack down on a recent spike in unruly passenger behavior and in-flight disturbances, saying disruptive passengers should face criminal prosecution in addition to existing fines.
A D.C. federal judge said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency does not have to release a draft assessment on the human health risks of formaldehyde, deciding that it reveals the deliberations of the agency and is exempt from public records law.
Law enforcement agencies would be required to obtain a warrant in most cases to use cell site simulator devices, commonly known as "stingrays," to track people's mobile devices, under a newly introduced bill in the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. Department of Justice is reshuffling the leadership of its Criminal Division as a top deputy departs for private practice, promoting acting Fraud Section chief Daniel Kahn to deputy assistant attorney general and replacing him with a veteran health care fraud prosecutor.
Policy requests slowed slightly at the Federal Communications Commission during the month of May as lobbyists offered input on how a COVID-19 relief program for student connectivity should shape up and weighed in on the agency's broadband mapping efforts.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear a landowner's lawsuit claiming the private developers of a high-speed passenger train from Dallas to Houston cannot use eminent domain to survey and trample on Texans' private property rights for a costly project that's doomed to fail.
The former owner of a physical therapist staffing company accused U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors Friday of breaking their promise not to charge him in their first criminal wage-fixing case, arguing he's never been given an explanation of where his cooperation fell short.
A Virginia federal judge on Monday ended a challenge to a Trump-era rule overhauling the use of the National Environmental Policy Act, saying questions over whether the rule will ever be implemented by the Biden administration means there's no ripe dispute to adjudicate.
A recent letter from the U.S. Department of Justice to a group of research universities indicated that a proposed technology-focused patent licensing pool contained sufficient competition protections, providing a collaboration road map that higher education can use to support further IP development, say attorneys at BCLP.
Congress should amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to clarify that online platforms, like other businesses, have a reasonable duty of care toward users, and to curtail the broad liability limitations that currently allow heinous content to flourish unchecked, says Neil Fried at DigitalFrontiers Advocacy.
This fall, Illinois voters will decide on a proposed collective bargaining amendment to the state constitution, which if enacted would significantly expand both public and private sector bargaining rights, raising questions about federal preemption, union security and more, say Jennifer Jones and Tanja Thompson at Littler.
As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.
The Supreme Court's recent ruling in Nestle v. Doe — blocking claims that chocolate makers aided and abetted child slavery in Africa — underscores the need for federal legislation to ensure that U.S. corporation supply chains are not complicit in human rights abuses overseas, says Alexandra Dufresne at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
As state legislatures across the U.S. consider bills modeled after California’s lucrative Private Attorneys General Act, employers should gear up for potential litigative burdens, work to mitigate liability risks and get involved in the legislative process, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.
The Internal Revenue Service’s recent push to gather information about cryptocurrency accounts is similar to its Swiss bank account investigations of the early 2000s, which should prompt taxpayers to consider voluntarily disclosing transactions before they are individually targeted for enforcement, say Timothy Wagner and Thomas Barnard at Baker Donelson.
As the rising popularity of special purpose acquisition companies extends beyond the U.S., attorneys at Morgan Lewis look at how governments in Asia and Europe are positioning themselves through regulatory shifts, and what market trends can be expected in the U.S.
Recent developments in Congress and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that point toward an expansion of corporate climate risk disclosure requirements beyond securities filings are a clear signal to publicly traded companies that they must further integrate climate considerations into strategic planning at all levels, say attorneys at Akin Gump.
The District of New Jersey's wide-reaching proposal to require automatic disclosure of third-party litigation finance poses several problems for attorneys and litigants alike and should be nipped in the bud, say Sarah Williams and Marlon Becerra at Validity Finance.
Adjusting for changing volatility over a special purpose acquisition company's life cycle, as well as changes in marketwide volatility, is crucial for proper evaluation of market efficiency, loss causation and damages claims in securities class actions, say Alok Khare and Erica Rose at FTI Consulting.
Recent policy proposals — from the Biden administration as well as members of Congress from both parties — promoting carbon capture, utilization and sequestration suggest that this technology has a key role to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, says Kevin Poloncarz at Covington.
The European Commission's new standard contractual clauses for transferring personal data outside the EU, which take effect June 27, place significantly more onerous obligations on companies, but there are several steps they can start implementing to comply, say William Long and Francesca Blythe at Sidley.
Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.
Keen for acquisitions in a tight market, cannabis investors are heading to riskier special purpose acquisition companies as they anticipate the rewards of both federal legalization and legislation that would allow financial institutions to provide services to cannabis companies, say Matthew Rizzo and Marco Eadie at O'Keefe.