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The Capitol on Friday, hours before the government shutdown. (AP)

Government Shuts Down After Band-Aid Funding Falls Off

The federal government remained shut down over the weekend after Senate Democrats blocked a short-term funding measure, following a breakdown in spending negotiations and partisan wrestling over immigration policy.

  • 7th Circ. Won't Revive Claims Of 1,000 Pfizer Suits In MDL

    The Seventh Circuit on Friday declined to revive claims in more than 1,000 lawsuits against Pfizer Inc. included in the multidistrict litigation for testosterone replacement therapy drugs, finding the suits’ state law claims about the company’s drug Depo-Testosterone were preempted by federal drug regulations.

  • 'Jersey Shore' Star, Brother Plead Guilty To Tax Charges

    Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino, a performer on the defunct reality TV series “Jersey Shore,” and his brother Marc Sorrentino copped to tax-related charges Friday in New Jersey federal court, with the television personality’s attorney later saying that he hopes to stay out of prison.

  • DC Circ. Upholds NRC's Wyo. Uranium Mine License

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected environmental groups’ effort to revive their challenge to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s decision to issue a license for Strata Energy Inc.’s uranium mining project in Wyoming.

  • Sanctuary City Args Put DOJ On 'Slippery Slope,' Judge Warns

    A Seventh Circuit judge hearing arguments Friday over new federal grant rules targeting sanctuary cities seemed to think the U.S. Department of Justice overstepped, calling the government’s interpretation of its powers a “slippery slope.”

  • Thompson Hine Atty Still DQ’d In $86M Pump-And-Dump Case

    A Brooklyn federal judge has declined to reconsider his disqualification of a Thompson Hine LLP attorney from representing a broker charged with aiding an $86 million pump-and-dump scheme, ruling in an order entered Thursday that there’s no alternative but for the broker to find new counsel.

  • Judiciary Can Stay Open For 3 Weeks After Shutdown

    Even though the government has shut down, the federal courts will open their doors Monday and remain up and running at least until their funds run dry in about three weeks, an Administrative Office of U.S. Courts spokesperson said Friday.

  • DC Circ. Backs FERC In New England Power Auction Row

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday backed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rejection of a complaint by New England power producers challenging regional grid operator ISO New England Inc.'s clawing back of auction revenues for delivering future power due to high real-time power prices.

  • Feds Will Retry Menendez On Corruption Charges

    Prosecutors said Friday that they plan to retry U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist on corruption charges in New Jersey federal court after a deadlocked jury led to a mistrial last fall.

  • High Court Agrees To Review Trump's Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to review whether the third iteration of the Trump administration’s ban on travel to the U.S. by nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries is unconstitutional and violates federal immigration law.

  • Ex-Dewey Exec DiCarmine Might Represent Self At SEC Trial

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive director Stephen DiCarmine is considering defending himself against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's fraud claims at a possible jury trial because of "significant financial issues," his counsel told a Manhattan federal judge Friday.

  • MetLife, US Agree To End Appeal Over Stricter Regulatory Tag

    MetLife Inc. and the government on Thursday agreed to end an appeal of a judge’s order releasing the insurer from its status as a systemically important financial institution, ending a fight that fizzled after the Trump administration started easing regulations put into place after the financial crisis.

  • High Court Says NC Maps Don't Need Immediate Redo

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Thursday that lawmakers do not have to immediately redraw North Carolina’s federal congressional map before this year’s midterm elections, issuing a stay on last week’s decision by a panel of federal judges that found the state’s current Republican-drawn map is unconstitutional.