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    Breyer Doubts Other Rights At Risk In Dobbs Decision's Wake

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said Wednesday during a forum at Harvard University that he does not think other constitutional rights, including same-sex marriage and contraception, are at risk following the high court's ruling striking down a constitutional right to abortion.

  • Federal Judiciary Cites 'Productive' Talks On Free PACER Bill

    The director of the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts told lawmakers in a letter Wednesday that work is "well underway" to modernize the electronic case management system and said there have been "productive" talks with congressional staff on proposed legislation to make access to PACER free.

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    5th Circ. Says CFPB's Funding Structure Is Unconstitutional

    A Fifth Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's independent funding structure is unconstitutional, throwing out a payday lending rule from the agency that two trade groups have been fighting in court for years.

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    Judge Who Held Trump In Contempt Keeps $250M Fraud Case

    A New York administrative judge on Wednesday ruled the state attorney general's $250 million fraud case against former President Donald Trump will remain with the judge who previously held him in contempt and fined him $110,000 for violating court orders.

  • Taxpayers Ask Supreme Court To Block Student Debt Relief

    A group of Wisconsin taxpayers filed an emergency appeal Wednesday asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block President Joe Biden's student debt relief program, urging the justices to apply a narrow exception to the general rule that paying taxes does not create standing to sue the government in federal court. 

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    Girardi Victims Claim Attys Improperly Took Their $1.25M

    A law firm that represented a family of Tom Girardi's victims took an improper slice out of $5 million that the disgraced attorney repaid and hid serious conflicts of interest that have pitted the firm against its own clients, the family alleged Tuesday in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

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    Midterms Will Be Crucial To Biden's Federal Court Legacy

    A hallmark of the 80 federal judges confirmed so far during President Joseph Biden's time in office is their diversity, both demographically and in career background. However, that imprint could be thwarted if Republicans take control of the U.S. Senate in the November election.

  • 7th Circ. Affirms Lower Atty Fees In Drivers' Wage Suit Deal

    A district court correctly lowered the attorney fees in a settlement a group of drivers struck with a trucking company that they said didn't pay them for off-the-clock work, the Seventh Circuit said, finding that the workers' counsel overbilled his hours.

  • Ga. Atty Wants New Trial After Murder Conviction

    A Georgia attorney convicted of murder over the death of a real estate developer has asked a state trial court for a new trial, claiming the evidence in the case doesn't support an Atlanta jury's finding of guilt.

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    These Smaller Cities Saw The Biggest Gains In Partner Pay

    Average partner compensation has risen across the nation since 2020, but some of the smaller major cities saw even higher increases, with four showing a jump of more than double the national average, according to a new survey.

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    Partners Outpace Firms In Retreating From Remote Roles

    Partners want to be in the office more than firms require, a new survey has found, and managers might need to tweak their attendance expectations as they figure out the best policies to implement in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and as the labor market fluctuates.

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    Jay Edelson On Paying 1st-Years $225K And Hiring From Yale

    In the competition for talent, Jay Edelson, founder of plaintiffs law firm Edelson PC, says BigLaw has lost. Edelson talked with Law360 Pulse about the fight for talent, his law firm's growth and what's next.

  • Stock Disclosures No Reason To Nix $3B Win, Justices Told

    Patent lawyers and conservative legal groups have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up a petition for review by a small Virginia cybersecurity startup that lost its nearly $3 billion patent award from a bench trial against Cisco when an appeals court found the judge should not have decided the case because his wife owned Cisco stock.

  • Bribed Ex-Fla. State Atty Gets Twice The Sentence He Wanted

    A former Florida state attorney has been sentenced to 40 months in prison — double what he was asking for — in exchange for pleading guilty to accepting bribes, wire fraud and colluding with a defense attorney to help his clients get lighter sentences.

  • Senators Push OLC Head On Oversight, Executive Privilege

    Two Democratic senators pressed a Department of Justice official on the Office of Legal Counsel's role in assertions of executive privilege and accommodations for congressional oversight requests.

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    Trump Special Master Irked By Discord Over Basic Facts

    The special master reviewing thousands of documents seized from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort expressed frustration at a status conference Tuesday over seemingly contradictory assertions by the former president and discord over basic facts as he prepares to issue his report.

  • NY Pols Ask DOJ To Weigh In On Climate Suits' Jurisdiction

    Nearly three dozen New York legislators have urged the U.S. Department of Justice to officially take the position that climate change suits can be resolved in state courts, Law360 learned exclusively Tuesday.

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    'Pathbreaking' Former 3rd Circ. Judge Sloviter Dies At 90

    Retired Third Circuit Chief Judge Dolores K. Sloviter, the first woman to serve on the Third Circuit and to date its only female chief judge, has died at age 90 after nearly 40 years on the federal bench, the court announced Monday.

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    Steptoe & Johnson Won $64M Goodyear Trial With Storytelling

    Attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson LLP won a $64 million verdict by telling a David-and-Goliath story of an inventor who claimed Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. stole his ideas for self-inflating tires — and they used adverse witnesses to do it.

  • Ex-GPB Capital CEO Loses Wiretap Fight In Fraud Case

    A Brooklyn federal judge has denied a motion by GPB Capital Holdings' former CEO to produce recordings obtained by a former corporate attorney who wore a wire as part of a government investigation that led to charges of a $1.8 billion fraud scheme.

  • Everything You Need To Know About Partner Pay

    Want to know how your compensation compares with your peers'? How your practice area stacks up? Whether your level of satisfaction with your compensation matches other partners'? Explore the ins and outs of law firm partner compensation with our interactive graphic.

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    Average Partner Pay Surpasses $1M, But Not All Are Happy

    Average partner compensation at midsize and large law firms has risen by 15% over the last two years, surpassing $1 million for the first time, but there is still a large cohort of partners less than thrilled with their paychecks, according to a new report out Tuesday.

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    Are Black Box Partner Pay Systems Having A Moment?

    Open and transparent partner compensation systems have long won out when it comes to higher levels of pay and satisfaction among partners, but a new report shows a marked, if not dramatic, uptick in both pay and satisfaction in closed compensation systems over the last two years.

  • Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says Ethics Case Belongs In Federal Court

    Former U.S. Department of Justice official Jeffrey Clark, who backed former President Donald Trump's effort to overturn the result of the 2020 presidential election, removed ethics charges against him to D.C. federal court on Monday, calling the case "a direct attack" on the separation of powers.

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    Ex-K&L Gates Partner Convicted Of Cyberstalking Attys

    A Manhattan federal jury on Monday found a fired K&L Gates LLP partner guilty of criminal cyberstalking in a digital harassment campaign targeting former colleagues at the law firm, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

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