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  • Conn. Defamation Trial Can Proceed Against Jones, Infowars

    A Connecticut state court defamation damages trial brought against Alex Jones and his podcast business by Sandy Hook victims' families will proceed as scheduled next month after the parties agreed to lift the bankruptcy stay of litigation imposed by Free Speech Systems' Chapter 11 case.

  • Disbarred Real Estate Atty Gets 6½ Years For Mortgage Fraud

    A former real estate attorney has been sentenced in Boston to 6½ years in prison and ordered to pay $6.4 million for defrauding banks and homeowners he was supposed to be representing.

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    Jurors More Likely To Convict When Given Deciding Vote

    New research suggests that jurors faced with casting a deciding vote often choose to convict due to pressure to bring deliberations to a close rather than basing the vote on the facts of a case.

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    US Atty In Philly Adds New Community Engagement Leader

    A former Public Financial Management Company consultant has been appointed as the Eastern District of Pennsylvania's executive U.S. attorney for community engagement, a newly created role at the district.

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    Ga. Governor, Trump Atty Must Testify In 2020 Election Probe

    Georgia's governor and an attorney for the Trump campaign must testify before an Atlanta grand jury investigating potential criminal interference in the state's November 2020 presidential election, the judge overseeing the case ruled Monday.

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    Law Firm Owed Coverage In Real Estate Deal, 9th Circ. Told

    A Los Angeles law firm that settled claims of malicious prosecution related to a soured real estate deal told the Ninth Circuit that its insurer must continue to cover it for that settlement, arguing California insurance law precludes reimbursement.

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    NYC Correction Dept.'s Top Atty On Rejoining Public Service

    With over four decades of legal experience, former Bracewell LLP partner Paul Shechtman is well known by New York's defense bar and in the criminal justice arena. He recently took on a position as a deputy commissioner and general counsel of the New York City Department of Correction.

  • Judge Inclined To Appoint Special Master In Mar-A-Lago Case

    A Florida federal judge said Saturday that she is inclined to grant former President Donald Trump's request to appoint a third-party special master to oversee the FBI's review of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.

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    3 Takeaways From Mar-A-Lago Search Warrant Affidavit

    The heavily redacted probable cause affidavit unsealed Friday did not provide many new details about the investigation into former President Donald Trump's alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, but it did give hints about what kinds of documents federal authorities found on the Florida property and how they got that information.

  • The Brewing Legal Fight Over Biden's Debt Cancellation

    President Joe Biden's move to cancel billions of dollars in college debt held by the federal government could spur legal challenges in the courts, setting up a potential showdown over executive power. But there's just one problem for challengers: Who can sue?

  • Atty Faces Contempt For Going AWOL In $18B Chevron Suit

    An attorney facing sanctions for allegedly fabricating a news article to bolster his clients' efforts to enforce an $18 billion arbitral award against Chevron may now also be facing contempt charges and disciplinary proceedings after he failed to appear for a hearing in Southern California on Friday.

  • More Than 60 Legal Vets Support Suspended Fla. Prosecutor

    More than 60 current and former prosecutors, attorneys general, judges, U.S. attorneys and federal officials on Friday urged a Florida federal court to rescind Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' removal of a state attorney after he pledged not to use his resources to enforce abortion bans or laws targeting transgender people.

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    Powell, Meadows Ordered To Testify In Ga. Election Probe

    A Georgia state judge has ordered attorney Sidney Powell and former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to testify as part of a grand jury probe in Atlanta into possible interference in the 2020 presidential election.

  • 5th Circ. Affirms Fraud Convictions Of Texas Atty, Client

    The Fifth Circuit upheld the conviction of a Texas attorney and his client on tax fraud charges after rejecting arguments that the Internal Revenue Service had failed to show it had issued a demand seeking years of unpaid taxes.

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    For Attys Of Color, There's Not Enough Help On The Way Up

    When Joan Haratani was a young lawyer, there was a white partner at her old law firm who would drop in to her office every year on the same day, Dec. 7, the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

  • Law Clinics Win Battle Over 2016 FOIA Amendment's Meaning

    Companies hoping to redact confidential information from Freedom of Information Act requests must now justify their arguments that release of that data would cause material commercial harm to the business after a precedent-setting decision in the Second Circuit this month.

  • Lowenstein Sandler DQ'd From Fight Over Ex-Client's Estate

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP cannot represent a firm partner as co-executor of a former client's estate in a probate matter since it represented his widow in estate planning, she is at odds with the lawyer, and the firm did not obtain her written informed consent before representing the attorney, a New Jersey state appeals court said Friday.

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    David Boies Faces Grievance Complaint Over Epstein Case

    A victim of Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking ring has filed a grievance against her former lawyer David Boies, alleging he "mistreated" her while representing her in a civil case against Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell and three of their alleged co-conspirators.

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    4 Things To Know About Acting NY Chief Judge Cannataro

    It only took 14 months for Judge Anthony Cannataro to rise from new member to acting chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest bench. Here are four things you should know about him.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    It was another action-packed week in news for the legal industry with new reports on gender diversity and law firm chief operating officer compensation, plus news of several big lateral moves. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Killer Of Mayer Brown Partner Gets 23 Years For Murder

    The brother-in-law of slain Mayer Brown LLP partner Stephen Shapiro has been sentenced to 23 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Illinois state court records show.

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    Redacted Affidavit For Mar-A-Lago Warrant Made Public

    Prosecutors had reason to believe sensitive documents were being improperly kept at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate after finding "a lot of classified records" intermixed with other documents in a batch handed over by Trump in December, according to an affidavit of probable cause for the Mar-a-Lago search warrant partially unsealed in Florida federal court Friday.

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    Meet The Biden 7th Circ. Pick Winning GOP Support

    The judge nominated by President Joe Biden to sit on the Seventh Circuit who managed to win the rare approval of both of her Republican home-state senators is a smart, respectful and professional judge, say attorneys who know her.

  • Dominion To Depose Fox's Hannity, Carlson In Voting Suit

    Dominion Voting Systems Inc. is set to depose Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and other big names at Fox News as it moves forward with its defamation suit accusing the network of spreading "outlandish" claims about the 2020 presidential election, according to a series of notices filed in Delaware court.

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    New NYS Bar Task Force Aims To Improve Access To Justice

    The New York State Bar Association launched a task force Thursday to suggest new laws and policies to improve the criminal justice system and tackle a variety of issues that emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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