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The Pentagon will begin recruiting transgender people at the start of 2018, it said Monday. The Obama administration's policy, issued in June 2016, was intended to allow transgender people — for the first time — to join the military and openly serve. (AP)

DOD To Accept Trans Troops After Court Refuses To Budge

The U.S. Department of Defense will allow transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, after a Washington, D.C., federal judge on Monday refused to halt an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to stop transgender troops from serving.

  • Senate Sets Up Vote For 'Not Qualified' Trump Judge Pick

    The Senate on Monday advanced the nomination of Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel L. Steven Grasz to an Eighth Circuit vacancy, despite Democrats' protests citing his "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association.

  • American, Union Win Toss Of Ex-TWA Pilots' Seniority Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday granted a bid from American Airlines and Allied Pilots Association to dismiss a suit brought by four former Trans World Airlines pilots alleging the airline and the union mishandled a dispute over their integration into the American pilot seniority list after American merged with TWA in 2001.

  • Another Boutique Tops Cravath Scale For Associate Bonuses

    Two more firms announced in recent days that many of their associates would receive year-end bonuses that either matched or exceeded the market scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard among many BigLaw firms.

  • Ex-Gawker Workers Launch Crowdfunding Drive To Buy Site

    Gawker Media LLC might live to fight again after a group of the bankrupt publisher’s former employees on Monday unveiled a plan to crowdfund $500,000 to buy their old domain name at a scheduled auction in New York bankruptcy court.

  • Ex-Norwegian Cruise CEO Loses His $95M Defamation Suit

    A former Norwegian Cruise Line CEO lost his $95 million defamation suit against his former employer and his successor when a Miami jury returned a verdict Monday rejecting his claims that the company and its CEO killed his chances in the industry with defamatory statements and cut him out of profit-sharing revenue.

  • Turkish Ex-Cop's Testimony Sparks Mistrial Bid By Banker

    A former Istanbul police investigator told a Manhattan jury Monday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker facing charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, was being monitored about five years ago, but Atilla’s lawyers called his testimony irrelevant and asked for a mistrial.

  • Justices Leave PAGA No-Arbitration Rule Intact In Calif.

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to review a California appellate court decision that claims under the state's Private Attorneys General Act cannot be arbitrated, effectively rejecting arguments that the Federal Arbitration Act preempted state labor laws like PAGA that disfavor arbitration.

  • Gates Keeps Defense Atty Despite Potential Conflict

    Indicted Trump lobbyist Rick Gates will continue to be represented by Manhattan white-collar attorney Walter Mack despite a potential conflict of interest involving a separate criminal case, Gates told a D.C. federal judge Monday.

  • High Court Won't Decide If Title VII Bars Anti-Gay Bias

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review an Eleventh Circuit ruling affirming dismissal of a lesbian security guard’s allegations that a Georgia hospital violated Title VII by effectively firing her over her sexuality, leaving in place a circuit split over whether federal law bars discrimination against gay workers.

  • 9th Circuit's Kozinski Accused Of Showing Staffers Porn

    After reports surfaced claiming Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski had showed female clerks pornography and engaged in other misconduct, the high-profile jurist told Law360 on Friday it was “regrettable” if he had offended any of his staffers.

  • 9th Circ. Mulls 'Moral Right' In ‘Big Pimpin'’ Suit

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday pressed an Egyptian composer's nephew who claims the Jay-Z song "Big Pimpin'" illegally sampled a 1957 ballad by his late uncle to explain why foreign copyright ownership gives him the right to economic damages in the United States.

  • Turkish Banker Knew Of US Concern Over Iran Ties, Jury Told

    A former Obama administration official responsible for financial security told a Manhattan jury Friday that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker facing charges of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, attended many meetings where growing concerns in Washington over his bank's work with Tehran were aired.