The Fifth Circuit on Thursday vacated a December ruling upholding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' rule banning bump stocks and granted an en banc rehearing of a suit challenging the rule.
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5th Circ. Grants En Banc Hearing On ATF's Bump Stock Ban

The Fifth Circuit on Thursday vacated a December ruling upholding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' rule banning bump stocks and granted an en banc rehearing of a suit challenging the rule.

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Feds Agree To Improve Emergency Shelters For Migrant Kids

The Biden administration has agreed to impose new living and sanitary standards on temporary emergency facilities housing hundreds of migrant children to resolve advocates' claims that it was holding minors in unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

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Houston Judge Scolded For Delayed Rulings Yet Again

Another Texas appellate panel has told a Houston judge — for the 14th time — she is taking too long to rule on pending motions, this time directing her to decide a natural gas transportation company's more than 18-month-old bid to end a personal injury case.

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Trecora Investor Sues In Del. To Probe $247M Balmoral Merger

A stockholder of Trecora Resources has sued in Delaware for corporate records, seeking to investigate private equity firm Balmoral Funds LLC's plans to acquire the Texas-based petrochemical products manufacturer in a $247 million tender offer set to expire on Friday at midnight.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT

Zurich Fights La. Helicopter Co.'s Virus Coverage Appeal

Zurich urged the Fifth Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a Louisiana-based helicopter service company's suit seeking to recover COVID-19-related business interruption losses, after a state appeals panel handed a New Orleans restaurant owner a rare win in its own pandemic coverage suit.

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5th Circ. Reverses Businessman's Kickback Conviction

The Fifth Circuit has reversed a businessman's conviction for paying illegal kickbacks, but affirmed he was rightly found guilty of conspiring to defraud a federal health care program out of tens of millions of dollars.

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PEOPLE

Ashurst Opens 3rd US Office In Austin, Texas

International law firm Ashurst has opened its third U.S. office in Austin, Texas, the firm announced Thursday.

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Husch Blackwell Adds Winstead RE Litigator In Houston

Husch Blackwell LLP recently announced that it is beefing up its real estate practice following the passage of last year's federal infrastructure bill with the addition in Houston of a former Winstead PC attorney specializing in eminent domain litigation.

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Fox Rothschild Hires Barnes & Thornburg M&A Atty

A former Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney with 20 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions has joined Fox Rothschild LLP as a partner in Dallas, the firm announced Tuesday.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

High Court's Tribal Ruling May Enable More Gambling In Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Texas v. Ysleta, finding that Texas cannot regulate a tribe's electronic bingo, paves the way for Native American tribes in Texas to upscale their gaming operations, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

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Employer Abortion Policy Considerations In A Post-Roe World

Restricted abortion access in many states after the U.S. Supreme Court’s expected reversal of Roe v. Wade may cause corporate recruitment and retention concerns, but before implementing policies that help employees access reproductive care, employers should consider their workforce’s values, legal risks and potential political backlash, says Meredith Kirshenbaum at Goldberg Kohn.

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Lessons From Lawyer Fee-Sharing Agreements Gone Wrong

The recent fee-sharing dispute between Edelson and Girardi Keese is a reminder that lawyers who do not strictly follow the applicable rules may risk a disciplinary complaint, lose their share of the fee, or wind up in costly litigation with co-counsel, says David Grossbaum at Hinshaw.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Abortion Questions Swirl Over Health Attys In Post-Roe World

Lawyers for the health care industry's myriad participants — hospitals, pharmacies, telemedicine platforms, investors and more — are fielding countless queries about ethical duties to patients and a minefield of legal risks after the U.S. Supreme Court erased the constitutional right to abortion and allowed states to criminalize the procedure.

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Analysis

From Leak To Decision, Dobbs Majority Didn't Waver

Justice Samuel Alito's leaked draft striking down Roe v. Wade underwent few substantive changes before becoming the law of land Friday, signaling a unified conservative majority that never wavered even as public outcry over the decision grew.

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Analysis

Dobbs Casts Shadow On Gay Rights, Birth Control

As other conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices sought to blunt a political firestorm by emphasizing that their decision to overturn women's constitutional abortion rights on Friday was not an attack on other rights, like those protecting birth control and same-sex couples, Justice Clarence Thomas made it clear that the door should be wide open.

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Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday upheld a Mississippi abortion ban and overturned the constitutional abortion right established nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade, setting the stage for a widespread rollback of abortion rights in many statehouses around the country.

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Analysis

Dobbs May Be Just The First Domino, Dissent Warns

In a scathing and sorrowful dissent, the U.S. Supreme Court's liberal justices warned Friday that the "catastrophic" decision to overturn Roe v. Wade not only strips millions of American women of their constitutional right to abortion but "throws longstanding precedent to the winds" and threatens the very foundation of the U.S. legal system.

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Biden Urges Congress To Undo High Court's 'Tragic Error'

President Joe Biden on Friday called the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning abortion rights a "tragic error" and called on Congress to codify abortion protections into law. 

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Podcast

The Term: 50 Years Of Abortion Rights, Overturned

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and upheld a Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. In this special episode, Law360's The Term breaks down the historic ruling and its potential impacts.

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Kirkland Unlikely To Regret Split With Clement, Experts Say

Kirkland & Ellis LLP's decision to shun Second Amendment cases, and by extension famed appellate lawyer Paul Clement, appears to be the latest example of how client selection has become an increasingly important strategy for law firms when it comes to honing their brand.

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3rd Judge On NYC Vax Case Refuses To Step Down

The third federal judge tapped to oversee a challenge to New York City's vaccine mandate for city workers has issued a statement saying she no longer owns stock in Pfizer after the plaintiffs pressed her on her earlier decision not to recuse herself. 

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RNC Tells DC Circ. Jan. 6 Panel's Subpoena Too Intrusive

The Republican National Committee argued to the D.C. Circuit Friday that a subpoena from the Jan. 6 House select committee is too broad, urging the appellate court to block the bid for email campaign records and testimony from Salesforce.com, the RNC's software vendor.

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Pa. Feds Say 2 Attys Siphoned Legal Fees From Former Firm

Two personal injury attorneys are accused of resolving cases behind their former law firm partners' backs and pocketing thousands of dollars in legal fees for themselves, federal prosecutors in Pennsylvania said Friday.

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Costco Can't Subpoena Itself To Use Chicken Docs In Arb.

An Illinois federal magistrate judge refused Thursday to let Costco Wholesale Corp. "circumvent" confidentiality protections for documents in a sprawling antitrust lawsuit accusing major chicken producers of price-fixing, documents Costco wanted to use in parallel arbitration against Tyson Foods Inc.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new report warned that cyberattacks threaten "catastrophic" harm to the country's utilities, financial systems and energy pipelines, and it urges the country to act now. And a House committee has accused the NFL, the Washington Commanders football team and the team owner of obstructing a sexual misconduct probe.   

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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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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: The New Reality Of Expanded Gun Rights

In what shaped up to be a particularly historic week at the U.S. Supreme Court, the justices struck down a New York law that placed strict limits on carrying guns outside the home, significantly bolstering gun rights.

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Arnold & Porter

Axinn Veltrop

Barnes & Thornburg

Brewer Pritchard

Cohen Milstein

Conner & Winters

Cooch & Taylor

Cotchett Pitre

Covington & Burling

DLA Piper

Edelson PC

Eimer Stahl

Eversheds Sutherland

Falkenberg Ives

Fox Rothschild

Fried Frank

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Goldberg Kohn

Greenberg Traurig

Gustafson Gluek

Hagens Berman

Harmon Parker

Hart McLaughlin

Hinshaw & Culbertson

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hunton Andrews

Husch Blackwell

J. Diamond & Associates

Jordan Price

Joseph D. Carney & Associates

Kahn Swick & Foti

Kane Russell

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lipe Lyons

Lockridge Grindal

Lynch Thompson

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

McGuireWoods

Miller Shakman

Montgomery McCracken

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

Motley Rice

Nelson Madden

Novack & Macey

Orrick Herrington

Outten & Golden

Pearson Simon

Phelps Dunbar

Proskauer Rose

Reed Smith

Ropes & Gray

Sacks Weston

Shook Hardy

Smith Gambrell

SmithAmundsen LLC

Statecraft PLLC

Sullivan & Cromwell

Tilton & Tilton LLP

Vedder Price

Venable LLP

Weil Gotshal

Wexler Boley

Wilkinson Stekloff

WilmerHale

Winstead PC

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond Dickinson

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Medical Association Inc.

Apple Inc.

Arabian American Development Co.

Association of Corporate Counsel

Balmoral Funds LLC

Cargill Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Cisco Systems Inc.

Citigroup Inc.

Costco Wholesale Corp.

Federalist Society

Fieldale Farms Corp.

Freeport LNG Development LP

George Washington University

Google LLC

Guttmacher Institute

Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.

Johnson & Johnson

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC

Microsoft Corp.

National Center for Youth Law

New Civil Liberties Alliance

New York Law School

Onit Inc.

Oracle Corp.

Peco Foods Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

Planned Parenthood Federation

Public Citizen Inc.

Salesforce.com Inc.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.

SimpleLegal Inc.

Spotify Technology SA

Starbucks Corp.

Tesla Inc.

The Brattle Group Inc.

The Brink's Co.

The Center for Reproductive Rights

The Walt Disney Co.

Tyson Foods Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA School of Law

University at Albany

University of Virginia

Yelp Inc.

Zurich Insurance Group AG

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Cabazon Band of Mission Indians

California Supreme Court

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Delaware Court of Chancery

Executive Office of the President

Government Accountability Office

Louisiana Supreme Court

National Indian Gaming Commission

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

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