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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.

  • Turkish Banker Blasts Ex-Cop's 'Irrelevant' Testimony

    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.

  • Hearst Interns Not Employees, 2nd Circ. Rules

    A group of Hearst Corp. interns can’t revive their proposed class action seeking minimum wages because they don’t qualify as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Second Circuit ruled Friday.

  • Aide To Pa. Congressman Admits Guilt In Campaign Probe

    A former political consultant for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady, D-Pa., pled guilty Friday to making a false statement to the FBI, following his indictment in a scheme involving an illicit $90,000 campaign contribution to Brady’s rival in a 2012 congressional primary that prompted him to exit the race.

  • Legal Sector Picks Up 600 New Jobs In November

    U.S. legal services jobs climbed by 600 jobs in November, marking four consecutive months of job growth and the second-highest total for the sector so far in 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday in its latest jobs report.

  • EU Antitrust Chief Cites Deep Worries About Lufthansa Deal

    The European Union’s chief antitrust enforcer on Friday cited “deep competition concerns” about Deutsche Lufthansa AG’s proposal to buy €210 million ($247 million) in assets from beleaguered rival Air Berlin PLC.

  • Trump Tweet Raises Concern Over Regulators' Independence

    President Donald Trump on Friday said that Wells Fargo & Co. would face tougher penalties even as the administration rolls back bank regulations amid reports that a penalty against the bank would be reviewed and potentially lowered.