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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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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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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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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POLICY & REGULATION

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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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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WHITE COLLAR

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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Baldwin Prosecutors Push For 'Rust' Armorer's Testimony

By Phillip Bantz

New Mexico state prosecutors are seeking to force a convicted armorer to testify during "Rust" actor-producer Alec Baldwin's involuntary manslaughter trial, telling a judge the "world is watching" how the court decides a potentially pivotal legal dispute in the high-profile case.

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Ga. Judge Shuts Down Bond Bid From Convicted Fla. Atty

By Emily Johnson

A Georgia federal judge has denied a Florida attorney's request to remain free on bond while she appeals her conviction and more than six-year prison sentence for fraudulently obtaining federal pandemic-relief loans meant for businesses, calling her request "the latest chapter in her attempt to dodge the consequences of her malevolence."

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LITIGATION

LA City Atty Accused Of Retaliating Against Criminal Chief

By Dorothy Atkins

The former criminal chief of the Los Angeles city attorney's office is seeking more than $1 million over claims she faced a "barrage of retaliation" and was unfairly placed on leave after reporting the city attorney's alleged excessive on-the-job alcohol consumption, her refusal to prosecute certain companies and other purported misconduct.

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Microsoft Renews Sanctions Bid Against Texas IP Law Firm

By Bonnie Eslinger

Microsoft asked a Texas federal court Friday to order Ramey LLP to pay its $100,000 attorneys' fees tab for "vexatiously" pursuing infringement litigation against it, even when the patent plaintiffs firm's now-former client CTD Networks LLC called for it to end.

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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

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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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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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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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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Bernstein Litowitz

Bowles Law Firm

Brown & Connery

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

Day Pitney

Dominick Feld

Farah & Farah

Farella Braun

Garland Samuel & Loeb

Gillam Smith

Hogan Lovells

Jenner & Block

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lightfoot Franklin

Manly Stewart

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

McNicholas & McNicholas

Melehy & Associates

Milbank LLP

Parker McCay

Paul Hastings

Poole Huffman

Quinn Emanuel

Ramey LLP

Shook Hardy

Stein Sperling

White & Case

Whitestone Law

Williams & Connolly

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Home Assurance Co.

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.

Microsoft Corp.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

New York City Bar Association

Oregon State Bar

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 Florida Bar

The Kroger Co.

The Michaels Organization

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA Health System

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 Trade Commission

Los Angeles Superior Court

Texas Supreme Court

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia