The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania could devastate American workers who use birth control in the short term while chipping away at nondiscrimination protections in the long term, civil rights advocates say.
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Civil Rights Attys Fear Religious Turn At High Court

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania could devastate American workers who use birth control in the short term while chipping away at nondiscrimination protections in the long term, civil rights advocates say.

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High Court Sends Birth Control Coverage Cases To 9th Circ.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday undid a Ninth Circuit injunction that blocked a pair of Trump administration rules making it easier for employers to skirt the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, a day after the justices upheld the regulations in a similar case.

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Ex-Wawa Workers Ink $22M Deal To End ERISA Class Action

A certified class of ex-Wawa workers urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday to give preliminary approval to a $21.6 million settlement to end their Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit accusing the convenience store chain of forcing them to divest from the employee stock ownership plan.

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Univ. Of Miami Says ERISA Suit Is 'Literal Copy-And-Paste'

The University of Miami has urged a Florida federal judge to toss a proposed ERISA class action accusing the school of saddling its retirement plan with excessive fees and poorly performing investments, arguing that the plan participants lifted their allegations from other cases and got the facts wrong.

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Home Depot Hit With COBRA Notice Class Action In Fla.

Home Depot has violated federal labor law by providing certain employees with insufficient information about health insurance options under the COBRA program, according to a former employee's proposed class action filed Thursday in federal court in Tampa, Florida.

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LITIGATION

Liberty Mutual Workers Fight Bid To Nix Suit Over 401(k) Plan

A group of Liberty Mutual workers and retirees have urged a Massachusetts federal judge not to toss their proposed class action claiming their retirement plan lost millions to excessive fees and poorly performing funds, saying they adequately alleged the company dropped the ball with the plan.

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Walgreens Wants Insurers' Overcharging Suit Tossed

Walgreens asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to toss a "misguided" fraud suit accusing it of intentionally overcharging private insurers for prescription drugs, saying the case can't move forward without the pharmacy benefit managers that act as intermediaries in insurers' transactions with pharmacies.

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Teva Says Securities Claims Filed Too Late In Price-Fixing Suit

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. has urged a Connecticut federal court to toss securities fraud claims that it operated a price-fixing scheme and lied about profit growth, arguing that the allegations were brought too late.

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Judge OKs Poultry Co., Buyers' $3M Deal In Price-Fix Suit

An Illinois federal judge gave his preliminary approval to a $2.95 million settlement on Thursday between poultry producer Amick Farms LLC and a group of indirect buyers as part of multidistrict litigation over an alleged price-fixing conspiracy for chicken.

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Dycom Investors' $9.5M Stock-Drop Deal Gets Initial Approval

A Florida federal judge on Thursday preliminarily approved a $9.5 million deal between telecommunications infrastructure company Dycom Industries and investors accusing it of overstating projected growth, leading to a drop in its stock price.

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Quid Inc. Co-Founder Says He Was Duped Into Stock Deal

The co-founder of software company Quid Inc. filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court Thursday accusing the company and its former CEO of failing to disclose financial details and fraudulently inducing him to buy roughly $328,000 in company stock last year.

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DEALS

Skadden-Led Insurer Trean Seeks To Raise $150M In IPO

Specialty insurer Trean said Thursday its upcoming initial public offering could raise $150 million for the company and another $50 million for selling stockholders if the Skadden-steered company's shares price at midpoint.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

6 Considerations When Shopping For Legal Tech Software

When evaluating the vast range of legal technology options available today, law firms will want to make sure that firm intellectual property and client data stored in the software are encrypted, isolated, protected through backups and in compliance with the ever-growing list of data regulations, say Eric Tucker and Dorna Moini at Documate.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.

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Feature

The Majority Of One: How Roberts Is Shaping The Court

The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.

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Feature

Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.

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Firms Wanted PPP Money, But Will It Prevent More Cuts?

Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.

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Law Firm Leaders' 3 Biggest Worries For The Rest Of 2020

After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.

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Brown Rudnick IP Litigation Team Leaves To Start New Firm

The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.

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Miller Canfield Lays Off Attorneys Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

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NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.

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Chicago Federal Court Extends Remote Hearings To Mid-Sept.

The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.

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LA Labor Partner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Associate

The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.

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DOJ's DuCharme Named Acting US Attorney For EDNY

U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.

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Study Noting 'Racial Tension,' 'Nepotism' Shakes Philly Courts

Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.

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Flynn Case Paused, DC Circ. Weighing Judge's En Banc Bid

The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Opinion

Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Absolutely (Not) Immune

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.

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Client Says Hagen Berman Pulled Fast One On Special Master

A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.

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Law360 Practice Groups of the Year

LAW FIRMS

Arnold & Porter

Baker McKenzie

Bernstein Litowitz

Beveridge & Diamond

Block & Leviton

Boies Schiller

Brown Rudnick

Cohen Milstein

Cotchett Pitre

Crowell & Moring

Cullin O'Brien Law

Davis Polk

Day Pitney

Debevoise & Plimpton

Donahoo & Associates

Dorsey & Whitney

Duane Morris

Dykema Gossett

Edelson PC

Feinberg Jackson

Fish & Richardson

Fisher Phillips

Foley Hoag

Genova Burns

Ghidotti Berger

Gibson Dunn

Goldstein & Russell

Goodwin

Grant & Eisenhofer

Gustafson Gluek

Hagens Berman

Halloran Farkas

Harvey & Binnall

Hodgson Russ

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hughes Hubbard

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Hurwitz Sagarin

Ivie McNeill

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Jones Foster

Justice for Justice LLC

Kelley Drye

Kessler Topaz

Kirkland & Ellis

Kline & Specter

Labaton Sucharow

Latham & Watkins

Levi & Korsinsky

Lieff Cabraser

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

McKool Smith

Mike Scott Law

Miller Canfield

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan Lewis

Motley Rice

Naumes Law

Nixon Peabody

Norton Rose

Nutter McClennen

O'Melveny & Myers

Pietragallo Gordon

Pomerantz LLP

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rivkin Radler

Robbins Geller

Ropes & Gray

Schiff Hardin

Schlichter Bogard

Scott+Scott Attorneys at Law LLP

Shearman & Sterling

Sheppard Mullin

Shipman & Goodwin

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Stern Tannenbaum

Stroock & Stroock

Thompson Coe

Thornton Law Firm LLP

Tucker Law Group

Vedder Price

Weil Gotshal

Wenzel Fenton

Wilkinson Walsh

Williams & Connolly

Williams Montgomery

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES

Airbnb Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

Apple Inc.

Applegate Farms LLC

Association of Corporate Counsel

Booking.com BV

Brooklyn Law School

CITGO Petroleum Corp.

Cato Institute

Center for Justice

Comcast Corp.

Costco Wholesale Corp.

Dycom Industries Inc.

Evercore Inc.

Facebook Inc.

Fordham University

General Electric Co.

Getty Images Inc.

Google Inc.

HealthNow New York Inc.

Infinite Global

International Business Machines Corp.

JMP Group Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Lake Whillans

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Legal Services NYC

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc.

Mazars LLP

Microsoft Corp.

NASDAQ Inc.

Perdue Farms Inc.

Philip Morris International Inc.

Sanofi-Aventis

Spotify Technology SA

Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association of America

Tenneco Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The Brattle Group Inc.

The Home Depot Inc.

Twitter Inc.

Tyson Foods Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Walgreens Co.

Wawa Inc.

Waze Mobile Ltd.

Wells Fargo & Co.

William Blair & Co. LLC

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Attorney General's Office

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Delaware Court of Chancery

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Health Resources and Services Administration

Montana Department of Revenue

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Small Business Administration

U.S. Army

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court