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President Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen, pictured, on Wednesday backed out of congressional testimony scheduled for next month, citing "ongoing threats against his family" from the president. (AP)

Cohen Nixes Congressional Hearing Over Trump 'Threats'

Michael Cohen will not appear at a scheduled hearing before a House panel next month in light of “ongoing threats against his family” from President Donald Trump, Cohen’s lawyer said Wednesday, casting uncertainty over the longtime Trump attorney’s testimony about crimes he committed in dealings with the president.

  • NJ Atty Accused Of Raping Gov.'s Staffer Won't Face Charges

    A second prosecutor's office in New Jersey on Wednesday said it will not pursue criminal charges against an attorney accused of raping a staffer in Gov. Phil Murphy's administration when they were working on the governor's campaign, citing "a lack of credible evidence and corroboration that a crime was committed."

  • Manafort Disputes Plea Breach, Ordered To Attend Hearing

    Former Donald Trump presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Wednesday his faulty memory should not be equated to a plea agreement-violating lie as a D.C. federal judge ruled that he must show up for his Friday hearing rather than let his attorneys handle it.

  • Bear Stearns Hits Reed Smith With $500M Malpractice Suit

    Reed Smith LLP bungled its representation of two now-defunct Bear Stearns investment funds that had sued ratings agencies for overvaluing residential mortgage-backed securities they bought, the funds claimed in a suit filed Tuesday in New York state court seeking more than half a billion dollars in damages.

  • State Of The Union Invite Rescinded As Shutdown Continues

    With the partial federal government shutdown likely to extend into next week as the logjam continued on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled President Donald Trump's invitation to deliver the State of the Union during the funding lapse.

  • Ogletree Looks To Gut Ex-Shareholder's Sex Bias Suit

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC wants a California federal court to kick the bulk of a former firm shareholder's gender discrimination lawsuit to arbitration, saying she was bound by an arbitration pact even though she didn't sign it.

  • Pa. Justices Toss New Privilege Analysis In Derivative Case

    As part of a dispute over alleged mismanagement at two Pittsburgh nonprofits, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that the adoption of a seminal Fifth Circuit ruling regarding attorney-client privilege in derivative disputes would lead to impermissible uncertainty about protections available to corporate entities.

  • Mass. Wind Farm Reaches Milestone Deal To Protect Whales

    Vineyard Wind LLC reached an agreement with environmental groups to implement several safety measures designed to protect endangered right whales during the construction and operation of the proposed 84-turbine project off the Massachusetts coast, a deal that will likely make the permitting process significantly easier.

  • NFL Concussion Judge Can't Nix Funding Deals, 3rd Circ. Told

    Litigation funding companies laying claim to NFL concussion class settlement money urged the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal judge’s ruling that the class deal barred their stake in the proceeds, arguing Wednesday that the district court overstepped its bounds because the companies aren’t even parties in the case.

  • GOP Mulling 'Nuclear Option' To Speed Judicial Nominations

    Republicans could again turn to the “nuclear option” to change Senate rules and advance President Donald Trump’s nominees, one senator said this week, cutting down the time the Senate takes on judicial and other nominees.

  • Insurer's Switch In Tactics Called 'Chutzpah' By 2nd Circ.

    A switch in legal tactics by Wesco Insurance Co. to avoid paying $1.2 million to Harleysville Worcester Insurance Co. in their fight over who must fund a tainted milk transport settlement appeared to curdle in the Second Circuit on Wednesday, with one judge calling Wesco's unusual gambit an act of "chutzpah."

  • 10 Firms That Made The Most Money Lobbying In 2018

    Ten law firms bested the rest of the sector and raked in millions of dollars in revenue from federal lobbying clients in 2018, with year-end figures reported to the government showing strong results across the industry even though it was an election year.

  • Deutsche Bank Facing Global Scrutiny Over Danske Scandal

    Deutsche Bank AG said Wednesday that it has received requests for information from law enforcement agencies and regulators across the globe looking into an alleged multibillion-dollar money laundering scheme at Danish lender Danske Bank.