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Wednesday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling is part of a long-running battle between retailers and banks and credit card companies about fees for processing credit card transactions. (AP)

Justices Set Tough Standard For State Credit Card Fee Laws

A Wednesday U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a New York law restricting credit card fee disclosures regulated retailers' speech puts similar statutes around the country on shaky ground.

  • $45M Medicare Trial Ends With Lesser Pleas After Gov’t Error

    A trio of defendants accused of cheating Medicare out of $45 million pled guilty to much lesser charges Wednesday and could spend little to no time in jail after the government failed to hand over key evidence during a weekslong trial.

  • Westinghouse Hits Ch. 11, Reassesses Nuclear Projects

    Toshiba-owned Westinghouse Electric Co. LLC, a global icon in nuclear technology design and construction, filed an anticipated Chapter 11 petition on Wednesday, aiming to shore up its core businesses and reassess the future of its nuclear reactor projects in Georgia and South Carolina that could cost the debtors billions.

  • Dan Aykroyd's Skull Vodka Co. Wins Booze Bottle IP Trial

    A tequila company ripped off the distinctive skull-shaped bottle of comedy legend Dan Aykroyd’s Crystal Head Vodka, a California federal jury found on Wednesday, handing Crystal Head a win in its trade dress infringement suit.

  • GWB Scandal Figures Get Prison Terms For ‘Abuse Of Power’

    Two former public officials convicted in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal were slapped with prison terms Wednesday for what a New Jersey federal judge called “an outrageous display of abuse of power” driven by a culture in the state Capitol where political opponents faced retribution.

  • High Court Says NY Credit Card Disclosures Regulate Speech

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday asked a federal appellate court to determine whether a New York law that restricts the disclosures retailers can make to customers about credit card surcharges violated retailers’ First Amendment rights, vacating the lower court’s ruling that upheld the law.

  • EPA Asks DC Circ. To Put Off Ruling On Clean Power Plan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday asked the D.C. Circuit to hold off on issuing an opinion on the validity of the Clean Power Plan, following President Donald Trump’s signing of an executive order directing the EPA to review the rule.

  • UK's May Officially Starts Country's Exit From EU

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday formally launched the process of taking Britain out of the European Union after more than four decades of shared institutions and laws, setting the stage for at least two years of complex divorce negotiations.

  • Artist Testifies Prior Witness Lied In Aykroyd Vodka Trial

    Lawyers for actor Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka dropped a bombshell just before closing arguments in their trade dress suit against a tequila rival, calling a sculptor to testify that he had been asked to base the rival's bottle on Crystal Head’s — and that the tequila company’s founder admitted to him that she lied on the stand about it last week. 

  • Dewey Cooperator Says He Never Told CFO Of Fraud

    The former controller for Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Tuesday told a Manhattan jury that he never told former Dewey Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders that the law firm wasn’t in compliance with its lending agreements, as the retrial of Sanders and former Dewey Executive Director Stephen DiCarmine neared the two-month mark.

  • Wells Fargo To Pay $110M To End Phony Accounts Suits

    Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $110 million to resolve 12 putative class actions that allege bank workers opened unauthorized accounts in customers’ names or enrolled them in the bank’s services without their consent, the bank announced Tuesday.

  • 2nd Circ. Denies Bail For Ex-Ranking Sen. John Sampson

    The Second Circuit denied bail Tuesday for former New York State Senate Minority Leader John Sampson, hours after the former ranking Albany Democrat argued he should stay out of prison while appealing his conviction on an obstruction count and two counts of lying to federal agents investigating corruption.

  • Trump Signs Order Targeting Obama's Climate Legacy

    President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Tuesday that directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to start rolling back the Clean Power Plan, lifted the Obama administration's moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands and told the Department of the Interior to consider rescinding its rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands.

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How Cybercriminals Are Breaching BigLaw’s Defenses

By Ed Beeson

Lawyers have long been the target of sophisticated hackers who see them as soft and lucrative targets. But are legal industry safeguards keeping pace with the deep dark web?