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From left, Chief Judge Sidney R. Thomas and Judges Carlos Bea and Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit on Capitol Hill in March. Thursday's order comes in direct response to a Washington Post story in which at least six women accused Judge Kozinski of lewd behavior. (Getty)

9th Circ. Chief Launches Kozinski Sex Misconduct Inquiry

The chief judge of the Ninth Circuit on Thursday ordered a judicial misconduct inquiry into U.S. Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski over media reports the judge showed female clerks pornography and committed other acts of sexual misconduct.

  • DaVita Unit To Pay $64M To Resolve FCA, Kickback Claims

    The pharmacy unit of DaVita Inc. has agreed to pay $63.7 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that it improperly billed and overcharged federal and state health care programs and violated the Anti-Kickback Statute by providing financial inducements to patients, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

  • Senate Confirms Trump's EPA GC, Water Chief Picks

    The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Matthew Leopold of Carlton Fields as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's general counsel, and Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Ross as the EPA's water office chief.

  • NLRB Overturns Employee Handbook Standard

    The National Labor Relations Board overturned its 2004 Lutheran Heritage Village-Livonia standard for weighing the legality of employee handbook policies in a 3-2 decision Thursday, with the Republican majority saying the board should balance a given rule's impact on workers' rights and the employer's reasons for maintaining it going forward.

  • NLRB Ditches Browning-Ferris Joint Employer Test

    A divided National Labor Relations Board on Thursday erased the landmark expansion of its test for determining joint employment that it had issued in the 2015 Browning-Ferris Industries case, voting along party lines to revert back to its previous standard.

  • Del. Justices Reverse $7B Price Bump In Dell Deal Appraisal

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday reversed the Chancery Court’s appraisal decision of Dell Inc.’s $25 billion buyout that said it was underpriced by roughly $7 billion, ruling that Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster’s analysis was “based on several assumptions that are not grounded in relevant, accepted financial principles.”

  • J&J Unit Hit With $15M Pelvic Mesh Verdict In NJ

    A New Jersey state jury on Thursday slammed Johnson & Johnson unit Ethicon with $15 million in damages over claims the company lied about the safety of a pelvic mesh product that caused a woman debilitating pain.

  • Senate Panel Advances USPTO Head, US Attorneys

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved President Donald Trump's pick to head the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on a voice vote Thursday, along with nominees for five U.S. attorney positions.

  • FCC Overturns Net Neutrality Rules

    As anticipated, the Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to overturn Obama-era net neutrality rules mandating that internet service providers treat all online content equally, handing industry groups a win and offering ISPs leeway to try out “fast” and “slow” lanes for web traffic.

  • Final Tax Bill To Allow State Income, Sales Tax Deductions

    The final tax cut bill speeding through Congress will allow a deduction for state and local property taxes as well as income or sales taxes while maintaining a $10,000 cap proposed in earlier versions, according to a Thursday announcement from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

  • Fla. High Court Won't Rule On Gov.'s Plan To Name 3 Justices

    The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday that it would not decide on whether Gov. Rick Scott can appoint the next three Supreme Court justices on his final day in office because the governor has not yet acted on his stated plan.

  • Biosimilar Act Trumps State Laws, Fed. Circ. Rules

    The federal biosimilars act prevents drugmakers from using state laws to punish rivals for withholding information about copycat products, the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday.

  • Disney Buys 21st Century Fox Assets In $52.4B Blockbuster

    Disney and 21st Century Fox have come to terms on a $52.4 billion agreement that will see Disney pick up 21st Century Fox’s film and television studios, along with cable and international TV assets, according to a Thursday statement.