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Attorneys Expect Wave of Litigation Following EPA's Proposed Rule to Cap 'Forever Chemicals' in Drinking Water at Close-to-Zero

Wed, 2023-03-15 20:45

Cleanup and litigation costs could amount to billions of dollars, attorneys say, given the scope of pollution and extensive use of PFAS in consumer products.


State Appellate Court Split: USAA Owes $30K Under Auto Policy for Injuries Sustained While Loading Luggage Into Vehicle

Wed, 2023-03-15 19:09

"Here, Estep contends that his accident occurred while he was loading his car with luggage, which was part of a greater mission of returning home to Chesapeake with that luggage," Judge Frank K. Friedman wrote on behalf of the majority. "Simply put, transporting luggage is a valid and expected use of a vehicle, and one cannot transport the baggage without first packing the vehicle."


Citing 'Ample State and Federal Authority,' Federal Judge Declines to Certify COVID-19 Business Interruption Question to State High Court

Wed, 2023-03-15 18:16

A federal judge in Virginia court joined the ranks of other federal courts around the country on the issue of COVID-19 business interruption coverage, refusing to reconsider her previous ruling that the coronavirus did not cause "physical loss or damage" and declining to certify the question to the Virginia Supreme Court.


'That Is a Glock 26 in My Judgment': 1st Circ. Says Judge Was Allowed to Draw on Personal Gun Knowledge During Probation Hearing

Wed, 2023-03-15 18:15

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected a defendant's claims that a judge in Massachusetts improperly relied on "personal observations about his own, private gun collection" during a probation violation hearing when determining that at least one weapon shown in a video was a real firearm.


'Objection!': Baker & Hostetler Partner Accused of Tanking His Deposition

Wed, 2023-03-15 17:39

"Whenever a truthful answer would reflect poorly on him, Mr. Rosebush would veer off course and reiterate—often with identical words, emphases, cadence, and gestures—his scripted, and completely non-responsive, speech about the nature of the PBM audits," the Roche motion says.


State High Court Questions Whether Attorney's Delayed Motion to DQ Judge Was Prompted by Adverse Ruling

Wed, 2023-03-15 17:27

The Ohio Supreme Court has denied an affidavit to disqualify a probate court judge, chastising the plaintiff's counsel for failing to file the affidavit until nearly three years after becoming aware of a potential conflict of interest.


Appeals Court Casts Doubt on 'Service Awards' in Class Action Settlements

Wed, 2023-03-15 16:38

The panel ordered the district court to lower the service award, but upheld the $5.6 billion settlement, which is believed to be the largest antitrust class action settlement in history.


Attorney's 'Groundless, Provocative, and Legally Meritless' Against Judge's Integrity Leads Indefinite Suspension

Wed, 2023-03-15 16:35

"What Marshall did not have the right to do was make serious, disparaging allegations impugning Judge Wechsler's integrity as a judicial officer without a factual basis," stated the opinion. "It was the groundless, provocative, and legally meritless quality of his allegations, not his filing of a motion to recuse, that we sanctioned."


Everyone Talks About Their Law Firm's 'Culture,' But Is It Possible to Measure It?

Wed, 2023-03-15 16:17

Talent wars and remote work are pushing firms to be more systematic about understanding the dynamics that drive the way their personnel interact.


Accountable AI is Here to Stay, and Big Law Has Taken Notice

Wed, 2023-03-15 16:16

"This is of interest to everyone and my mother because it has so much potential to impact people, both good and potentially bad," Gibson Dunn's AI leader Vivek Mohan said. "People want to see responsibility and guardrails put in place, to unlock the opportunity of the tech while not having us end up like 'Terminator 2.'"


Sneak Peek at the 2023 Go-To Law Schools: Nos. 41-50

Wed, 2023-03-15 15:02

Here's a first look at the law schools that sent the highest percentage of 2022 graduates to associate jobs at the largest 100 law firms.


Sandy Hook Plaintiffs File 4 New Bankruptcy Lawsuits Against Alex Jones

Wed, 2023-03-15 14:56

"The law cannot repair the harm that Jones has done to the Sandy Hook Families, but it can and must hold Jones fully accountable for the injury he has caused and the resulting judgment against him," the Connecticut plaintiffs' complaint said.


Litigation Involving Failed Banks: What Litigators and In-House Counsel Should Be Thinking About

Wed, 2023-03-15 10:30

"Bank failures are rare and, given the size of these failures and the government's unusual response, these in particular will likely raise novel issues," says Complex Appellate Litigation Group's Reno Fernandez.


In Developing Alternatives to Bar Exam for Admission, Oregon Seeks Bar Member, Public Comment on Drafted Rules

Wed, 2023-03-15 10:08

In developing the two new "apprenticeship" and "experiential" options, Oregon's committee says it has "examined other jurisdictions that offer multiple licensure pathways, but is creating examinations that will best serve Oregon consumers."


As India Finally Liberalizes Its Legal Market, Foreign Firms Prepare to Move In

Wed, 2023-03-15 06:30

Foreign law firms will be allowed to establish offices on the ground for the first time in one of the world's biggest economies.


Big Law Works 'Around the Clock' After SVB Collapse: The Morning Minute

Wed, 2023-03-15 06:00

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Read the Document: SEC Responds in Fight Over Subpoena Seeking Covington's Client List

Wed, 2023-03-15 00:48

The law firm was asked by the agency for documents following a hack of the firm in 2020. While they complied with parts of the request, the firm refused to hand over its client list.


Attorneys Expect Wave of Litigation Following EPA's Proposed Rule to Cap 'Forever Chemicals' in Drinking Water at Close-to-Zero

Wed, 2023-03-15 00:39

Cleanup and litigation costs could amount to billions of dollars, attorneys say, given the scope of pollution and extensive use of PFAS in consumer products.


Donald Flexner, Antitrust Titan of Boies Schiller Flexner, Dies at 81

Tue, 2023-03-14 18:30

During a legal career that spanned 55 years, Flexner helped break up AT&T while at the DOJ and went on to advise on the country's biggest mergers in private practice.