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Arizona Appeals Court Clarifies Difference Between 'Clerical' and 'Judgmental' Mistakes

Tue, 2023-05-23 17:17

"Like all humans, judges make mistakes (yes, even appellate judges)," said Judge Michael S. Catlett, in his written opinion for the court. "Arizona Rule of Civil Procedure 60 accounts for that fallibility. Rule 60(a), for example, allows a superior court to amend a final judgment to fix 'a clerical mistake or a mistake arising from oversight or omission.' And Rule 60(b) allows a superior court to relieve a party from a final judgment due to, among other things, a 'mistake.'"


Washington Appellate Court Joins Other States, Finding No Error in Allowing 'Nontransparent Face Masks' During Jury Trial

Tue, 2023-05-23 17:17

Other courts across the country have "uniformly rejected" challenges to the "pandemic-induced jury selection procedures" similar to Bell's, while this is the first time a Washington court has addressed the matter.


Debt Ceiling Impasse Creates Uncertainty for Federal Courts

Tue, 2023-05-23 17:00

An effort to find precedent by comparing the debt-ceiling impasse to a federal shutdown, like the one the country incurred in early 2019, was a challenge.


9th Circiuit: Magistrate Judge's DQ of Entire US Attorney's Office Failed to Show 'Judicial Respect' to Executive Branch

Tue, 2023-05-23 15:42

"[T]he district court—whose decision to disqualify was informed, in part, by a comparison to an internal investigation of a private company—does not appear to have sufficiently appreciated the separation-of-powers concern," the appeals court said.


Judge Lets In-House Attorney Fearing 'Reputational Harm' From FDA Probe Keep Anonymity for Now

Tue, 2023-05-23 15:13

Chief Judge James Boasberg seemed underwhelmed with the attorney's arguments but granted the request anyway. Boasberg said the judge who'll be assigned the case might reach a different conclusion.


Justice Cleo Elaine Powell, First and Only African American Woman on Virginia High Court, to Receive Diversity Achievement Award

Tue, 2023-05-23 14:50

Cleo Elaine Powell, a Virginia Supreme Court justice who in 2011 became the first and only African American woman to serve on the state's high court in its 244-year history, has been named the 2023 recipient of the state bar's Clarence M. Dunnaville Jr. Achievement Award.


Ex-Startup CFO Indicted in Seattle Federal Court Over Alleged 'Secret' Transfer of $35M to Cryptocurrency Platform

Tue, 2023-05-23 10:08

Within weeks, though, the defendant lost virtually all of the startup company's $35 million in the alleged cryptocurrency-venture scheme, and only then did he tell the executives of the company what he'd done, the indictment alleges.


Are Second Hundred Firms the New 100?

Tue, 2023-05-23 10:02

Am Law 100 partners are defecting to Second Hundred firms for better business development opportunities, and their clients are on board.


Smaller but Mightier: The 2023 Am Law 200 Outperforms Larger Firms

Tue, 2023-05-23 10:02

For the Am Law Second Hundred, 2022 was a great year. They are looking to continue that growth, but is their market-leading performance here to stay?


Law of the Land: Citing Misapplied Nonuser Statute, Washington Appeals Court Says Couple's Land Belongs to Town

Tue, 2023-05-23 09:53

"The nonuser statute imposes a time limit for opening only county roads. The roads and alleyway in Waltman's Addition ceased to be subject to the nonuser statute in 1890 when the town of Rockford was incorporated and Waltman's Addition was annexed and became part of the town," held Judge Siddoway.


Man Sentenced in Jan. 6 Attacks Sues Parler for $370M Over Blocked Account

Tue, 2023-05-23 09:39

The suit was first surfaced by Radar.


Plaintiffs Firms Strive to Keep Fierce External Competition Out of Internal Culture

Tue, 2023-05-23 09:00

Post-COVID, plaintiffs firms are leveraging the increased focus on purpose-driven work, though they still have similar struggles to Big Law on return-to-office policies and paths to equity.


Judicial Conduct Complaints Spiked in 2022: The Morning Minute

Tue, 2023-05-23 06:00

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DOJ's New Self-Reporting Program Leaves Companies With Tough Call on Whether to Fess up

Tue, 2023-05-23 05:57

"You're going to see scrutiny like you've never seen before," BakerHostetler partner John Carney said of the DOJ's pursuit of wrongdoing. "It's not like 20 years ago, when a company would circle the wagons and contain it."


Judge Tosses Consumer Class Actions Over Abbott's Recalled Infant Formula

Mon, 2023-05-22 19:24

On Monday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly found that a class of consumers could sue Abbott Laboratories for economic damages tied to its recall of contaminated infant formula.


Will the Supreme Court Revisit 'New York Times v. Sullivan'?

Mon, 2023-05-22 18:36

Former coal magnate Don Blankenship challenges landmark First Amendment decision in bid to revive his defamation claim against cable giants who called him a "convicted felon."


Lights, Camera, Lawsuit: Detainees Alleged 'More Severe' Conditions During Filming of Fox's 'Empire' at Juvenile Detention Center

Mon, 2023-05-22 18:27

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit determined a juvenile detention center's superintendent was entitled to state sovereign immunity from a class action by youth detainees who alleged that they were subjected to unduly harsh conditions after he allowed a popular show to film at the facility.


Law Firm Partner Hourly Rates Rose Last Year at Biggest Clip in at Least a Decade

Mon, 2023-05-22 18:24

"Touching partner compensation is the third rail of law firm politics. You don't touch it. It can cause a lot of consequences you're not ready for," said Ken Callander, principal at Value Strategies.


Ahead of the Curve: Some Law Schools Are Happy About the US News Rankings

Mon, 2023-05-22 16:58

This week, we delve once again into the U.S. News & World Report's education rankings, but this time examining law schools who were happy with this year's results.


After Spinning Out of Meta, Kustomer Brings Back Ex-GC to Lead Legal

Mon, 2023-05-22 15:39

Mike Chapin said on LinkedIn that he is excited to rejoin the company as it rekindles its "startup superpowers."