The Ninth Circuit sided with Meta Platforms on Monday by declining to revive an Illinois resident's proposed class action accusing Facebook of breaking the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, ruling that the "face signature" at issue isn't protected by the law because it cannot be used to identify someone.
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9th Circ. Says Facebook 'Face Signatures' Not Subject To BIPA

By Rachel Riley

The Ninth Circuit sided with Meta Platforms on Monday by declining to revive an Illinois resident's proposed class action accusing Facebook of breaking the state's Biometric Information Privacy Act, ruling that the "face signature" at issue isn't protected by the law because it cannot be used to identify someone.

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DOJ Wants 15 Years For Outcome CEO's $1B Fraud

By Lauraann Wood

Federal prosecutors said former Outcome Health CEO Rishi Shah should serve 15 years in prison while Outcome's co-founder and ex-financial chief each serve 10 years following their convictions for running a $1 billion fraud that affected lenders, investors and clients.

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BNSF's $75M BIPA Deal With Truckers Nears Final OK

By Lauraann Wood

A $75 million biometric privacy settlement between BNSF Railway Co. and a class of truck drivers who challenged the railroad's gate-access practices neared final approval Monday, resolving litigation that had been pending in Illinois' state and federal courts.

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LITIGATION

Justices To Decide If False Claims Act Applies To E-Rate

By Ali Sullivan

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to review whether reimbursement requests made to the Federal Communications Commission's E-rate program for schools and libraries are "claims" under the False Claims Act.

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Amazon Fired Worker For Flagging Sex Harassment, Suit Says

By Emmy Freedman

A former Amazon employee who described himself as "not heterosexual" filed a suit in Illinois federal court claiming the company allowed a co-worker to use homophobic slurs and harass him, then fired him after he complained.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Q&A

Lambda Legal Calls For More LGBTQ+ Judges

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden has made a historic increase in the diversity of judicial appointees, but a major LGBTQ+ legal organization is hoping for more progress with LGBTQ+ judges and says the clock is ticking.

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Justices To Hear Nvidia Case On Securities Pleading Standard

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling that revived investors' claims over chipmaker Nvidia's crypto mining sales, giving the high court a chance to weigh in on the pleading requirements needed to sustain a shareholder class action.

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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Milbank Snags FTC Competition Trial Chief For DC Office

By Lauren Berg

Milbank LLP announced Monday it has hired the chief trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, bulking up its Washington, D.C., antitrust and competition practice with a veteran litigator who led the government's challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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Columbia Law Adds UChicago Vice Provost As 1st Black Dean

By Tracey Read

A former deputy dean at the University of Chicago Law School will take over as dean of Columbia Law School on Aug. 1, Columbia University President Minouche Shafik announced Monday.

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NYC Bar Blasts Judges' Columbia Boycott Letter

By Sue Reisinger

The New York City Bar Association on Monday questioned the impartiality of 13 federal judges who issued a letter last month publicly refusing to hire students from Columbia Law School as clerks because of campus political protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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Texas Bar Proposes Limits On Services From In-House Attys

By Lynn LaRowe

The State Bar of Texas said in-house lawyers working for companies owned by nonattorneys are barred from providing legal services to the businesses' customers unless the work meets specific criteria because otherwise, the companies run afoul of rules forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, according to a proposed ethics opinion.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Turn Over Q&A Doc

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of a coordinated effort to "judge shop" amid federal suits challenging an Alabama law banning certain medical procedures for transgender youth must supply a document the court believes displays the attorneys' preparations for a panel hearing in which one of the attorneys allegedly committed perjury.

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NJ Firm Defends Lien On Ex-Client's Patents After Unpaid Bills

By Andrew Karpan

A major New Jersey law firm said it has a "common law" right to place a lien on its former client's patents without telling it, after the "failed" biopharmaceutical startup fired the firm and stopped paying its outstanding legal bills.

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NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

By George Woolston

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

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Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

By Jack Karp

California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

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Man In Murder-For-Hire Plot To Kill Atty Gets Extradited To NY

By Gina Kim

An Indian national indicted in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to assassinate an attorney connected to a Punjab political revolution has been extradited to the Southern District of New York and made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, during which he pled not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

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McConnell Denounces Judicial Nominee For District Of Ore.

By Courtney Bublé

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor on Monday to criticize Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai, a nominee for a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon whose confirmation vote is teed up for Tuesday. 

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Brief

Biden: High Court 'Never Been As Out Of Kilter'

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden said at a campaign event over the weekend that the U.S. Supreme Court "has never been as out of kilter as it is today."

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Proposed amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law that were prompted by several recent Chancery Court rulings sailed through the state Senate last week despite loud opposition from corporate law professors and other Chancery Court watchers, and Tesla shareholders filed two new suits against CEO Elon Musk. 

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Atlas Consumer Law

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Bernstein Litowitz

Brown & Connery

Bryan Cave

Carey Rodriguez Milian

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

Day Pitney

Dominick Feld

Farella Braun

Gibson Dunn

Goldberg Kohn

Hogan Lovells

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lightfoot Franklin

Loevy & Loevy

Manly Stewart

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McCarter & English

McGuire Law PC

Melehy & Associates

Milbank LLP

Milian Legal Group

O'Neil Cannon

Parker McCay

Poole Huffman

Shook Hardy

Stein Sperling

Williams & Connolly

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Home Assurance Co.

BNSF Railway Co.

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

CTIA

Chegg Inc.

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cott Corporation

De Novo

Delaware State Bar Association

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Google LLC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

New York City Bar Association

Oregon State Bar

Outcome Health

Public Citizen Inc.

Retrophin Inc.

Sales Inc.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

State Bar of Texas

Tesla Inc.

The AES Corp.

The American Law Institute

The Kroger Co.

The Michaels Organization

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA Health System

United States Telecom Association

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

Yale University

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

California Public Employees' Retirement System

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Illinois Supreme Court

Los Angeles Superior Court

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court