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  • June 05, 2020

    Calif. Gives Hollywood A Green Light To Restart Production

    California authorities announced on Friday that the state's entertainment industry can get up and running again by next week, laying out some basic guidelines for restarting production amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • June 05, 2020

    HUD Agrees To Produce Docs On 'Devastating' Rent Aid Rule

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agreed to hand over internal agency documents to the Legal Aid Society, which had sought the information related to a proposal to cut housing assistance for certain immigrant families.

  • June 05, 2020

    Feds Say Chinese Co. Sold Defective Masks Amid Pandemic

    A Chinese manufacturing company produced and exported nearly half a million misbranded and defective masks to the United States as the country scrambled to equip its medical workers with personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • June 05, 2020

    2nd Circ. Orders Attys Charged In Molotov Attack Back To Jail

    The Second Circuit on Friday agreed to stay a lower court's ruling granting bail to two attorneys charged over an alleged Molotov cocktail attack on a New York City Police Department vehicle amid recent protests while the government's appeal plays out, and both lawyers were taken into custody by U.S. marshals.

  • June 05, 2020

    Cannabis Bill Roundup: NJ Lawmakers Eye Decriminalization

    A bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana was introduced in New Jersey on Thursday, just months before the state is due to vote on full legalization. Here, Law360 takes stock of some of the legislative developments in cannabis at the state and federal level.

  • June 05, 2020

    As SEC's Reg BI Deadline Looms, Firms Face A 'Very Big Lift'

    With the compliance deadline for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Regulation Best Interest fast approaching on June 30, broker-dealers and those who advise them are gearing up for a slew of new requirements that attorneys acknowledge will be a "very big lift."

  • June 05, 2020

    Investors Accuse Curaleaf Of Downplaying Stock Drop Claims

    A proposed class of investors in cannabis company Curaleaf has asked a New York federal judge not to dismiss its claims alleging the company caused share prices to fall by improperly marketing CBD products, saying Curaleaf understated the severity of the claims.

  • June 05, 2020

    Trump Lifts Obama's Fishing Restrictions In Marine Monument

    President Donald Trump on Friday rescinded a fishing ban in a New England marine monument established by former President Barack Obama and also threatened to put a tariff on cars imported from Europe and other goods from China if they don't drop tariffs on U.S. lobsters.

  • June 05, 2020

    Challenge To Stuffed Toy Copyrights 'Just Fluff,' Judge Says

    A retail company's challenge to the validity of stuffed toy copyrights asserted by Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Co. is "all just fluff," a Manhattan federal judge said Thursday, finding that there isn't enough evidence showing the registrations contain inaccuracies.

  • June 05, 2020

    High Court Ruling May KO 2nd Circ. WWE Injury Appeals

    A Second Circuit panel looked ready Friday to apply recent Supreme Court guidance on timeliness of appeals in consolidated cases, after grouped suits claiming World Wrestling Entertainment hid the risks of head injuries were dismissed by a Connecticut federal judge.

  • June 05, 2020

    Morrison & Foerster Adds Freshfields Atty As NY M&A Partner

    Morrison & Foerster said it has snagged a former Freshfields corporate partner as a partner for its mergers and acquisitions and private equity and buyouts practice in New York.

  • June 05, 2020

    Principal Life Loans $90M For Queens Mixed-Use Building

    Principal Life Insurance has loaned $90 million to a Werner Management entity for various commercial and residential condo units at a property in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens, according to records made public in New York on Friday.

  • June 05, 2020

    Ex-Davis Polk Associate Says Bias Claims Are Timely

    A black former Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP associate told a New York federal court Friday that his discrimination suit against the firm should stand, saying in response to a motion to dismiss that the firm and its partners "do not believe their actions are constrained by the law or reality."

  • June 05, 2020

    Argentina Must Face Investors' Suit In NY, Judge Says

    Argentina must face a lawsuit in New York federal court accusing the nation of hurting an energy company's shareholders when the firm was nationalized, a judge said Friday.

  • June 05, 2020

    Dow Chemical, Others Must Face 24 Contaminated Water Suits

    A New York federal judge has ruled that Dow Chemical Co., Ferro Corp. and Vulcan Materials Corp. must face claims from two dozen New York water authorities and municipalities alleging they allowed a toxic chemical to get into their groundwater.

  • June 05, 2020

    Taxation With Representation: White, Kirkland, Skadden

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, gaming company Zynga buys Turkey-based Peak for $1.8 billion, snack company Utz makes a $1.6 billion merger, and Australian digital payment company Zip increases its equity holdings in QuadPay.

  • June 05, 2020

    COVID-19 IP Catch-Up: Publishers, Vodka Co. Head To Court

    In the last week or so, the Internet Archive's library service came under fire, a vodka company that started making hand sanitizer sought to defend its brand name, a convicted intellectual property thief asked to be let out early over the pandemic, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office launched a new resource center. 

  • June 05, 2020

    NYC Legal Observers Detained At George Floyd Protest

    The New York City Police Department briefly detained at least 10 legal observers with the National Lawyers Guild during a peaceful protest in the Bronx on Thursday night amid ongoing demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police.

  • June 04, 2020

    Judge Weighs Israeli Contractor Execs' Bid To Skirt SEC Suit

    A New York federal judge is weighing motions by a pair of executives for an Israeli government communications contractor to dodge an SEC enforcement action accusing them of misleading investors about the contractor's success before a merger.

  • June 04, 2020

    NYPD Defeats Bid To Free 300 Jailed Amid Protests

    A New York state court judge on Thursday denied a demand to free hundreds of people arrested amid protests and looting in New York City, accepting the NYPD's argument that the more than 24-hour delays to release people are caused by "a crisis within a crisis" and not malice.

  • June 04, 2020

    Ex-Pfizer Global Trade Counsel Joins StoneTurn As NY Partner

    Advisory firm StoneTurn has announced that Pfizer's former chief counsel for global trade has joined as a partner in its New York office, where he's focusing on trade controls and incorporating new technology into compliance.

  • June 04, 2020

    Venezuela Mining Co. Owes $12M, Commodities Co. Says

    A British Virgin Islands commodities company has asked a New York federal judge to confirm a $12.6 million arbitration award against a Venezuelan state-owned mining company for breach of a charter ship contract after failing to live up to a shipping agreement.

  • June 04, 2020

    Law Firm Seeks To Toss DirecTV Subscriber's RICO Claim

    A New York law firm on Thursday said it didn't take part in any illicit conspiracy as the firm urged a New Jersey federal court to toss a beauty salon owner's New Jersey Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claim that the firm tried to extort money from her over purportedly unauthorized DirecTV services.

  • June 04, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals says one of its suppliers is "holding hostage" the development of its COVID-19 vaccine, Amazon workers have accused the company of failing to follow laws and health guidelines at a New York fulfillment center, and a lawsuit comparing Massachusetts' governor to King George III challenges his decision to close businesses during the pandemic.

  • June 04, 2020

    2nd Circ. Grapples With Grammar In Fabric IP Coverage Fight

    A Second Circuit panel parsed the grammar and punctuation of a provision in a Hartford Fire Insurance Co. policy on Thursday as it weighed fabric supplier Spandex House Inc.'s argument that the insurer should be required to fund its defense of a copyright infringement lawsuit.

Expert Analysis

  • FCA Ruling Shows Importance Of Relator As Original Source

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision remanding the long-running False Claims Act case U.S. v. Florida Cancer Specialists is an important reminder that whether a relator is an original source is a threshold issue for determining the viability of a qui tam action, says Kenneth Abell at Abell Eskew.

  • SEC's Token Issuer Case May Help Define Crypto Market

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    A New York federal court's upcoming decision on whether digital tokens should be considered securities in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Kik, on the heels of a similar case against Telegram Group, will likely help clarify the legal status of blockchain tokens, say attorneys at BakerHostetler.

  • Health Litigation Trends To Watch Now And After COVID-19

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    COVID-19 presents a number of immediate challenges for health care providers and payers, as well as increased litigation related to standard-of-care issues, data breach risks and other concerns that will extend beyond the end of the pandemic, say attorneys at Manatt Phelps.

  • Law Firms Must Beware Risks In Nontraditional Financing

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    Law firms in today's financial crisis may be looking at nontraditional arrangements such as portfolio funding or factoring to provide liquidity and cash support, but firms must first consider lawsuits brought against Pierce Bainbridge and other recent developments, says Katherine Toomey at Lewis Baach.

  • Opinion

    Copyright Office Should Call For Further DMCA Rebalancing

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    By refusing to endorse a policy that would require websites to permanently ban certain content, the U.S. Copyright Office's recent Digital Millennium Copyright Act report, although laudable, does not go far enough to rebalance competing interests, say Doug Mirell and Josh Geller at Greenberg Glusker.

  • 2 Tested Alternatives To Unavoidable Court Delays

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    Those seeking resolution in commercial disputes that are stuck in an unavoidable but lengthy court backlog due to the pandemic must consider the advantages of arbitration and mediation over court proceedings, says former U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin now at Stroock.

  • A Guide To Executing NY Contracts While Working From Home

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    Although relatively informal and commonly taken for granted, electronic signatures — such as typing a name at the end of an electronic message — may lead to a contract that is valid, enforceable and deemed to satisfy New York's Statute of Frauds, say Martin Siegel and Ally Hack at Warshaw Burstein.

  • Opinion

    Minn. Ruling Represents Sensible Stance On Legal Finance

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    The Minnesota Supreme Court's Maslowski v. Prospect Funding Partners decision this week reaffirms that the doctrine of champerty is archaic, impedes important litigation finance activity, and should be abolished in the handful of states where it remains alive, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • 'Bridgegate' Further Cabins Public Corruption Prosecutions

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    Last month's "Bridgegate" decision represents the latest remarkable chapter in a 20-year U.S. Supreme Court arc drastically narrowing prosecutors' ability to use previously flexible fraud statutes as tools to curtail putative public corruption by government officials, say Jason Halperin and David Drew at Mintz.

  • NY Shareholder Litigation Dismissal Raises Bar For Plaintiffs

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    The New York Supreme Court Commercial Division's recent dismissal of Culligan Soft Water v. Clayton Dubilier & Rice highlights nuances associated with presuit demand and demand futility in shareholder derivative litigation, and imposes a new hurdle for plaintiffs when there is a change in the company's control, say Ian Kerr and Muhammad Faridi at Patterson Belknap.

  • Best Practices For A Paperless Law Practice

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    A significant challenge in practicing law remotely is the use and handling of documents without paper, because common digital tools such as email or even secure file transfer applications are problematic, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • How Insurers Can Prepare For Hurricanes During A Pandemic

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    Insurance companies will face unique challenges if a major hurricane strikes before the conclusion of the pandemic, so they should prepare for the possibility of depleted resources and socially distant claims investigations, say attorneys at Zelle.

  • Blunting Copyright Enforcers' Excessive Settlement Demands

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    In an online copyright landscape that creates incentives for enforcement agents to seek windfalls and for defendants to make settlement payments — as recently illustrated by a New York federal court's holding in Seidman v. Authentic Brands — there are several measures for mitigating unreasonable demands, says Jordan Feirman at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

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    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • How NJ Talc Case May Shift NY Courts On Expert Testimony

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    A New Jersey federal court's recent decision in litigation over Johnson & Johnson talc products may help push state courts in neighboring New York further toward using the Daubert evidentiary standard — giving courts a more active gatekeeping role over expert testimony, say attorneys at Darger Errante.

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