The Second Circuit refused Tuesday to block states including New York from taking what the Trump administration called "wide-ranging" discovery in a fight over what motivated the addition of a controversial question about citizenship status to the 2020 census.
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White House Can't Block Discovery In Census Fight

The Second Circuit refused Tuesday to block states including New York from taking what the Trump administration called "wide-ranging" discovery in a fight over what motivated the addition of a controversial question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. Read full article »

GM Buyers Must Certify Class To Advance $1B Defect Deal

Purchasers of General Motors vehicles manufactured before the carmaker's 2009 bankruptcy, now seeking damages stemming from ignition-switch defects, must certify a class to pursue a proposed settlement that could cost the reorganized New GM $1 billion in new stock, a New York bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday. Read full article »

Xerox Investors Say Fuji Will Pounce If Merger Stop Lifted

Counsel to Xerox Corp. shareholders urged a Manhattan trial court on Tuesday to continue blocking an abandoned merger agreement with Fujifilm Holding Corp. once valued at $6.1 billion, saying a change could give Fuji an opening to cash in on the companies' falling-out. Read full article »

2nd Circ. Flips Utica's $6.9M Asbestos Reinsurance Award

The Second Circuit on Tuesday reversed an order requiring reinsurer Clearwater Insurance Co. to shell out $6.9 million to help Utica Mutual Insurance Co. defray the cost of asbestos-related claims against a pump manufacturer, directing a lower court to assess whether Clearwater is obligated to pay for such claims and, if so, how much. Read full article »

NY AG Claims Basketball Academy Defrauded Customers

The New York attorney general announced Tuesday she has filed a fraud suit against the operators of an upstate New York basketball academy, claiming their advertised promises of top-notch instruction and facilities are blatant lies. Read full article »

SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

NY Atty Indicted In Scheme To Bribe Homicide Trial Witness

A Queens defense attorney has been indicted in connection to his role in an alleged scheme to bribe a witness to lie during a double murder trial, an indictment unsealed in New York federal court Tuesday revealed. Read full article »

PRODUCT LIABILITY

Adidas Escapes Suit Alleging Defective Running Shoes

A New York federal judge on Friday dismissed for lack of prosecution a claim that Adidas’ Springblade running shoes are defective, more than two years after he rejected an attempt to certify a class in the case. Read full article »

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

BMI Seeks Higher Royalty Rates For Live Concerts

Licensing group Broadcast Music Inc. filed a new case Monday in New York federal court seeking higher copyright royalties for live concerts, saying rates must keep up with a “dramatic trend” of declining record sales and booming box offices. Read full article »

BANKRUPTCY

Pacific Drilling Sees Ch. 11 Plan Funding Deal Go Forward

Pacific Drilling SA made headway Tuesday in its bid to reorganize in Chapter 11 proceedings, receiving New York bankruptcy court authorization to enter into a scrutinized $500 million equity commitment agreement and borrow up to $85 million in debtor-in-possession loans. Read full article »

INSURANCE

17 AGs Back Mass. In Trump Birth Control Rules Challenge

Pennsylvania and 16 other states threw their support behind Massachusetts' First Circuit bid to revive its challenge to Trump administration rules exempting employers with moral or religious objections from providing birth control coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Read full article »

Aetna, Benefit Seeker Both Denied Quick Win In Disability Row

Aetna Life Insurance Co. must face a suit accusing it of wrongly denying long-term disability benefits to a former executive at Four Seasons Solar Products LLC after a New York federal judge rejected two requests to wrap up the case early on Tuesday. Read full article »

REAL ESTATE & DEVELOPMENT

Real Estate Rumors: Tenet, Elie Schwartz, Treo Group

Tenet Healthcare has reportedly landed $23.5 million in financing for a Florida surgery center project, Nightingale Properties CEO Elie Schwartz is said to have picked up a New York penthouse for nearly $18 million, and Treo Group has reportedly scored a $33 million loan for a Florida retail and restaurant project. Read full article »

CAPITAL MARKETS

3 Firms Guide WeddingWire, XO Group To $933M Marriage

Private equity-backed WeddingWire Inc. and the multimedia content publisher behind fellow online wedding service marketplace The Knot on Tuesday announced a roughly $933 million merger, in a deal guided by Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Robins Kaplan Snags DOJ Antitrust Veteran For NY Office

Robins Kaplan LLP has hired a former trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice with experience in cases ranging from arson and murder to bank fraud and criminal antitrust. Read full article »

Ex-NLRB Member Hirozawa Settles Back At Gladstein Reif

Former National Labor Relations Board member Kent Hirozawa, whose term expired two years ago, will return to Gladstein Reif & Meginniss LLP, the union and worker-side firm where he spent nearly two decades prior to joining the board, the firm announced Tuesday. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

How The Mueller Investigation Could Look Without Rosenstein

Uncertainty about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s future at the U.S. Department of Justice has rekindled fears about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s fate, but potential Rosenstein successors could find ways to slow Mueller down rather than outright dismantle an investigation that has already felled some of the president's associates. Read full article »

Trump Calls Kavanaugh Allegations A 'Con Game' By Dems

President Donald Trump on Tuesday abandoned a measured approach to sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, calling the matter a con cooked up by Democrats and attacking one accuser’s credibility because she “admits she was drunk.” Read full article »

Feature

4 Secrets To Ace The Interview For Your In-House Dream Job

Whether it's a yearning to have an impact on a business or ditch the pressure of billable hours, there are various reasons lawyers consider jumping to an in-house role. But making that leap, or falling flat, can hinge on a strong performance during the interview process. Here, Law360 looks at four ways attorneys can shine when interviewing with corporate decision makers. Read full article »

BigLaw Atty Sues To Get $100K Ring Back From Ex-Fiancee

A Troutman Sanders LLP associate filed suit in D.C. federal court Monday against his former fiancee, saying that she has refused to return a $100,000 engagement ring even after the engagement was called off. Read full article »

Memo In State St. Case Ties Labaton Proxy To Ark. Politician

The Massachusetts federal judge overseeing a probe of an eight-figure plaintiff fee award in the $300 million State Street class action unsealed a report Tuesday saying a Texas lawyer and a former Arkansas state senator played a "significant role" in securing the case for plaintiffs firm Labaton Sucharow LLP. Read full article »

Political Balance Needed For Fair Judiciary, Del. Tells 3rd Circ.

Delaware told the Third Circuit on Tuesday that the state's requirement for political party balance for its judiciary is a vital source of evenhandedness on a bench that grapples with many of the nation's corporate disputes, fighting a lower court's decision that the rule is unconstitutional. Read full article »

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