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  • December 18, 2018

    Kraft Gets 'All Natural' Sour Cream False Ad Suit Tossed

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a proposed class action against Kraft Heinz Foods Co. and Daisy Brand LLC that claimed the companies deceived customers by advertising their sour cream as “natural,” ruling that the named plaintiff's claims are based on conjecture and speculation.

  • December 18, 2018

    Weinstein Accusers Say Ch. 11 Emails Need To Be Reviewed

    Attorneys representing a group of women accusing movie executive Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Monday that documents being given to Weinstein in the Chapter 11 case of his former studio should be subject to a protective order in a New York civil case against the mogul.

  • December 18, 2018

    2nd Circ. 'Troubled' By Gov't DQ'ing Al Jazeera-Watching Juror

    While denying a convicted cash smuggler’s appeal, the Second Circuit said Tuesday that New York federal prosecutors’ decision at trial to cut the jury pool’s only member of Arab heritage because she received her news from Qatar’s state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera was “dangerously close” to discrimination.

  • December 18, 2018

    Where 5 Top MDLs Stand At The End Of 2018

    The past year was a lively one on the multidistrict litigation docket as major MDLs over the opiate crisis and the Equifax data breach got up and running, while cases concerning a Monsanto weedkiller and a common hospital technology revved for early bellwether trials.

  • December 18, 2018

    Gov't Defends Census Citizenship Question Before High Court

    The Department of Commerce on Monday told the U.S. Supreme Court that a lower court had improperly challenged an agency action by ordering extra-record discovery, including the deposition of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, in a suit over the inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census.

  • December 18, 2018

    3 Firms Steer Centerbridge's $1.4B Civitas Solutions Buy

    Investment firm Centerbridge Partners will snap up Massachusetts-based Civitas Solutions in a $1.4 billion deal led by Goodwin Procter LLP, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, following a strategic review of the health and human services company.

  • December 18, 2018

    Pulling Up Stakes: Greenberg, McDermott, Willkie Farr

    In our latest roundup of deal-makers on the move, Greenberg Traurig LLP added some corporate firepower to its Dallas and Atlanta offices, McDermott Will & Emery brought on a former Reed Smith LLP deals pro, and Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP snagged a pair of ex-Paul Hastings LLP attorneys to launch a West Coast office.

  • December 18, 2018

    Enviros Fight To Sink NY Nuke Subsidies

    A coalition of environmental groups on Monday asked a New York state judge to strike down a state program offering subsidies to prop up struggling nuclear power plants, arguing that the state's Public Service Commission violated the requirements for public comment and review.

  • December 18, 2018

    NY Judge Tosses Casino Arrest Suit Against Oneida Cops

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a suit against officers of the Oneida Indian Nation Police Department at the tribe's Turning Stone Resort Casino, saying they hadn’t used excessive force in making a arrest at the facility.

  • December 18, 2018

    Jay-Z Seeks Paris Hilton, Jessica Simpson Scent Deals' Info

    Lawyers for musician Jay-Z and the perfume company accusing him of failing to promote a branded scent have asked a New York state judge to sign off on subpoenas related to similar deals for socialite Paris Hilton, singer Jessica Simpson and fashion businessman Vince Camuto.

  • December 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Equity LifeStyle, Sugar Hill, TH

    Equity LifeStyle Properties has reportedly picked up a Florida mobile home park for $49 million, Sugar Hill Capital is said to have paid more than $250 million for a Harlem multifamily portfolio, and TH Real Estate has reportedly loaned $135 million for a portfolio of industrial properties in Southern California.

  • December 18, 2018

    Film Scammer Ducks More Prison As Judge Cites Cooperation

    A California entertainment industry veteran who spent 15 years scamming investors out of more than $10 million was sentenced to time served Tuesday after a Manhattan federal judge credited his acceptance of responsibility and cooperation with prosecutors, saying the nine months he has been jailed is enough.

  • December 18, 2018

    NY Fines Barclays $15M Over CEO's Whistleblower Hunt

    New York’s top banking regulator has hit Barclays with a $15 million fine as part of a settlement announced Tuesday resolving claims stemming from the agency’s investigation into a push by the bank’s CEO to smoke out the source of two 2016 whistleblower letters that raised concerns about a recently hired executive.

  • December 18, 2018

    Retailers Level Fresh Claims In AmEx Anti-Steering MDL

    A proposed class of merchants have put forward a broader set of claims in multidistrict litigation challenging American Express Co. rules that bar them from steering customers to use lower-fee credit cards, taking into account a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision finding those provisions were legal.

  • December 18, 2018

    Sears Gets Approval For $60M Home Improvement Biz Sale

    Sears Holding Corp. on Tuesday won approval from a New York bankruptcy judge for the sale of its home improvement business for $60 million, while telling the judge it is going ahead with the sale of the rest of its assets without a stalking horse bidder.

  • December 18, 2018

    Architect Hit With $12.5M Suit By NYC Hotel Developer

    A development company that spent more than $23.5 million acquiring condominium units in New York’s garment district is seeking at least $12.5 million in damages from an architect and his firm for allegedly failing to give proper advice regarding the restrictions on building a new hotel in a neighborhood under the New York City Zoning Resolution, according to a complaint filed in New York state court.  

  • December 18, 2018

    Trump Foundation Agrees To Shutdown, NY AG Says

    The Donald J. Trump Foundation has agreed to dissolve under judicial supervision, following a recent state court decision allowing a suit by New York against the charity to move forward, the New York attorney general’s office said Tuesday.

  • December 18, 2018

    Attys In $29M Och-Ziff Securities Settlement Seek $8.6M Fees

    Attorneys who reached a preliminary $28.75 million settlement resolving investors’ allegations that hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC downplayed investigations into an African bribery scheme asked a New York federal court on Monday for $8.63 million in fees.

  • December 18, 2018

    BIA Used Wrong Standard To Review Marriage, 2nd Circ. Finds

    The Board of Immigration Appeals erred by using a “clear error” standard for reviewing an immigration judge’s determination that a Bangladeshi man did not enter a marriage with a U.S. citizen with good faith, the Second Circuit determined in a published decision on Monday.

  • December 18, 2018

    Exxon Insists Bid To Halt NY AG Climate Probe Is Valid

    Exxon Mobil Corp. urged the Second Circuit to keep alive its bid to halt New York state's climate change probe, arguing the Empire State can't be shielded from judicial review of alleged constitutional violations just because it's now launched a civil enforcement case against the oil giant.

Expert Analysis

  • Trump And Cohen: What Lawyers Can Learn

    Arash Hashemi

    Though many details have yet to emerge, the takeaway for lawyers watching the saga of Michael Cohen is a simple one: You can act as a legal advocate, but don’t let “blind loyalty” to your client — no matter how powerful they may be — direct your behavior, says criminal defense attorney Arash Hashemi.

  • Opinion

    State AGs Can Lead The Fight For Online Privacy Protection

    James Steyer

    The record $5 million settlement between Oath and the New York attorney general's office this month is more than just a win for children illegally targeted by advertising — it demonstrates how the government can protect our privacy and safety online, says James Steyer, a civil rights attorney and founder of Common Sense Media.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

    Judge Michael Mills

    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • State Net

    New Year, New Opportunities For State Governments

    Lou Cannon

    While gridlock may prevail between the Democratic House and GOP Senate in Washington next year, it will be another story at the state level. For the first time since 1914, a single political party will control both chambers of every legislature except one, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Good News For Nonprofits On Transit Benefit Compliance

    George Constantine

    Nonprofit organizations struggling to comply with a new tax on parking and public transit benefits for their employees received three pieces of somewhat good news on Dec. 10. Attorneys at Venable LLP provide the details.

  • Merely A Setback For CFTC Market Manipulation Cases

    Daniel Chirlin

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission last month suffered a stunning blow to its expansive interpretation of market manipulation in its case against DRW Investments. But this does not quite spell the end for such cases, says Daniel Chirlin of Walden Macht & Haran LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • TC Heartland's Impact In 2018

    Alex Chachkes

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods in May 2017, revitalizing the patent venue statute. Alex Chachkes and Josh Montgomery of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP review its impact over the past year and a half.