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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

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    Paul Hastings Adds Longtime White & Case Arbitration Pro

    Paul Hastings LLP announced Wednesday that it has recruited the longtime leader of White & Case LLP's Latin America arbitration practice to serve as global co-chair of its international arbitration practice.

  • Trump Allies Say DC Circ. Gave Partisan Attys 'A Loaded Gun'

    The D.C. Circuit's rejection of former President Donald Trump's purported immunity from indictment will trigger "the complete partisan weaponization of criminal law" and empower officeholders to "clear the field of their political rivals," supporters of the beleaguered ex-president told the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

  • Nevada Dem. Says She Can't Support 3rd Circ. Nom.

    U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, on Tuesday became the first Democrat to publicly say she cannot support Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, if confirmed.

  • Schumer Scolds McConnell For Judge-Shopping Policy Rebuff

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday lauded the Judicial Conference's updated policy on random case assignments to prevent litigants from judge-shopping, saying that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against the policy since it'd make it tough for hard-right partisans "to hijack our courts for their purposes."

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    Trump Asks Supreme Court For Absolute Criminal Immunity

    Former President Donald Trump implored the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to find that former presidents are absolutely immune from criminal charges related to official acts, warning the court that its adoption of a fact-specific test could appear as a "gerrymandered ruling tailored to deprive" him alone of immunity.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    Miller Canfield Names IP Litigator As Next CEO

    Michigan-based firm Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has named a co-head of both its litigation and intellectual property practices as its next CEO, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    WilmerHale Elevates 5 Leaders Known For High-Stakes Work

    WilmerHale unveiled five major firmwide and office leadership appointments on Monday, elevating practice and department leaders on both coasts as the firm continues making its mark on headline-grabbing disputes.

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    Michael Best Strategies Adds Ex-Capitol Hill Chief Of Staff

    Michael Best Strategies LLC, the lobbying arm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, has hired a former congressional staffer who most recently helped lead the office of Nebraska Republican Sen. Pete Ricketts, the group announced Tuesday.

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    Migrant Arrest Law On Hold Again Pending 5th Circ. Hearing

    Texas' Senate Bill 4 authorizing immigrant deportations by state and local law enforcement is on ice again — just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court let it take effect, only to be followed by the Fifth Circuit restoring a hold on the law and scheduling a hearing for Wednesday morning.

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    Ropes & Gray Adds Former Cooley Antitrust Partner In DC

    Ropes & Gray LLP has added a longtime Cooley LLP partner who has helped guide some of the largest corporate mergers and acquisitions in recent years, some of which totaled multiple billions of dollars, the firm announced Monday.

  • Pro-Trump Mich. Atty Evading Warrant Arrested In DC

    A Michigan attorney facing state criminal charges of tampering with voting machines was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday after she was arrested following a hearing in separate defamation litigation brought by Dominion Voting Systems.

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    Justices Say Courts Can Review Immigration Hardship Denial

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a Trinidad and Tobago native's bid to cancel his removal based on the hardship it would cause his U.S. citizen son, ruling that circuit courts do have authority to review mixed questions of law and fact.

  • High Court Won't Moot Suit Over Rescinded No-Fly Listing

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the federal government cannot moot a challenge to an individual's placement on the federal no-fly list by removing the person from the list, in the absence of a definite declaration that the government will not return them to the list in the future.

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    Legal Ops Pay Gap Has Widened For Women Since 2023

    Despite heavy representation in the legal operations field, women in this area continue to be underpaid compared to men, earning as much as 25% less total compensation than their peers, a new survey has found.

  • Atty For Ex-Overstock CEO Admits Dominion Discovery Leaks

    A lawyer representing former Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne against a defamation lawsuit from Dominion Voting Systems admitted to a D.C. federal judge on Monday that she shared Dominion's discovery documents with law enforcement as Dominion's attorneys decried the leak as a flagrant violation of a court protective order.

  • RBG Award Gala Axed After Objections To Musk, Murdoch Nods

    Following objections by family members of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the foundation presenting her namesake leadership award has canceled the ceremony, saying it meant no offense in naming Elon Musk, Rupert Murdoch, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart and Michael Milken as the 2024 honorees.

  • Justice Roberts Denies Ex-Trump Aide's Bid To Avoid Prison

    Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro is headed for federal prison.

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    High Court Doubts Feds Coerced Social Media Cos.

    A majority of the U.S. Supreme Court appeared unconvinced Monday that the Biden administration violated the First Amendment by working with social media platforms to combat the spread of misinformation, often chiding Louisiana's solicitor general for presenting confusing and overly expansive arguments.

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    Rise In Civil Case Filings Mostly Driven By MDLs In 4 Districts

    The number of civil lawsuits filed in federal court grew significantly in 2023, but much of that growth was deceptive, as it was driven by a small number of mass torts in just a handful of individual districts.

  • DC Panel Explains Denial Of Ethics Subpoena On Ex-DOJ Atty

    A subpoena from D.C. attorney ethics authorities demanding that former U.S. Department of Justice attorney Jeffrey Clark produce documents pertaining to his alleged role in promoting Donald Trump's stolen election narrative would be "sufficiently testimonial and potentially incriminating" to implicate the Fifth Amendment, a D.C. Court of Appeals panel ruled.

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    Paris-Based Boutique Leaders On Firm's Push Into DC

    While a number of U.S. law firms have expanded into Europe in recent years, the Paris-based Pinna Legal has flipped the script by recruiting a White & Case LLP partner to open the international arbitration and litigation boutique's first U.S. shop in Washington, D.C.

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    Ex-Holland & Knight Atty To Lead Hilgers Graben Gov't Team

    A former securities defense leader at Holland & Knight LLP has moved to Hilgers Graben PLLC's Dallas office to lead the firm's government investigations and regulatory enforcement group.

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    Steptoe Hires Amazon Web Services Corporate Counsel

    Steptoe LLP has added an attorney to its government affairs and public policy practice who worked at the firm twice before and most recently spent more than two years as an in-house attorney for Amazon Web Services.

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