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Attorney Michael Avenatti leaves the Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division after posting bail for a felony domestic violence charge Wednesday. (AP)

Avenatti Arrested On Felony Domestic Violence Charge

Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing adult film actress Stormy Daniels in her now-dismissed defamation suit against President Donald Trump, was arrested on a felony domestic violence charge, the Los Angeles Police Department said Wednesday.

  • S. Korean Cos. On Hook For $236M In Bid-Rigging Conspiracy

    Three South Korea-based oil refiners and logistics companies pled guilty Wednesday to rigging bids on U.S. Department of Defense fuel supply contracts, violating the Sherman Antitrust Act, and agreed to pay $236 million in criminal fines and civil damages, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Ex-Paul Weiss, Munger Atty Tapped For Calif. High Court

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday picked his own senior adviser, who previously worked at both Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP, to fill an associate justice seat on the California Supreme Court.

  • Calif. Jury Deadlocks In J-M Bad Pipes Damages Bellwether

    A California federal judge declared a mistrial on Wednesday in a bellwether False Claims Act suit against J-M Manufacturing after a jury deadlocked on the amount the company owes, if any, to a group of municipalities that paid $2.1 million for pipes that weren't uniformly compliant with industry standards.

  • J&J Staves Off Asbestos Baby Powder Suit In Calif. Jury Win

    A California state jury found Wednesday that although Johnson & Johnson's baby powder contained asbestos and a manufacturing defect, it was not a substantial factor in causing a woman's malignant mesothelioma, ruling in favor of the pharmaceutical giant.

  • Bio-Rad Wins $24M Jury Verdict In 10X Genomics Patent Suit

    A Delaware federal judge on Wednesday ordered 10X Genomics Inc. to pay nearly $24 million to Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. and the University of Chicago after a jury found that it infringed a droplet-based method of manipulating DNA.

  • GOP Senate Leader Puts Brakes On Mueller Protection Bill

    The Senate's Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, tamped down an effort Wednesday to pass a bill protecting Special Counsel Robert Mueller, setting up a showdown with Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, who vowed to block judicial nominations over the issue.

  • 9th Circ. Creates New Role To Tackle Workplace Harassment

    In a first for the federal judiciary, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has created the new position of director of workplace relations to confront workplace harassment issues in the appellate, trial and bankruptcy courts within the circuit’s jurisdiction.

  • Feds, NYC Housing Authority's $1.2B Spending Deal Nixed

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday rejected a proposed settlement between the federal government and the New York City Housing Authority that calls for more than $1.2 billion in additional spending to correct the “bureaucratic breakdown of the largest public housing agency in the United States,” finding that the settlement overlooks the human impact of the claims.

  • Ranbaxy Consumers Denied Cert. In Drug Contamination Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge Wednesday denied class certification in a suit claiming Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc. distributed pills that might have contained glass, saying there was not enough data to identify who got pills from the potentially affected batches.

  • Acting AG Whitaker’s Appointment Legal, DOJ Counsel Says

    The U.S. Department of Justice defended the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general on Wednesday, reasoning in a memo from the DOJ Office of Legal Counsel that his appointment followed the law and Constitution and was consistent with past practice.

  • CNN Faces Tough Questions On Trump's Reporter Ban

    A lawyer for CNN faced repeated questioning from a D.C. federal judge Wednesday on his arguments that the Trump administration had unfairly targeted the network by revoking reporter Jim Acosta's White House press credentials, with a ruling expected Thursday afternoon.

  • UK Cabinet Signs On To Breakthrough Brexit Deal

    Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet on Wednesday adopted her draft agreement for Britain to exit the European Union on March 29, increasing the chances of a regulatory transition period for banks and businesses.