Google closed its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracking device maker Fitbit on Thursday despite ongoing probes of the deal's competitive effects by enforcers in the U.S. and Australia.
The lead prosecutor in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, who prosecuted actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, has left the Boston U.S. attorney's office for a boutique litigation firm and is now suing another high-profile defendant: Alex Rodriguez.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Thursday it has finalized its "fair access" rule limiting the ability of bigger national banks to stop lending to fossil fuel companies, gun makers and other politically controversial businesses, a move that's already being condemned by bankers and consumer advocates as midnight rulemaking.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association urged a California appellate panel Wednesday to block a new defamation trial for former University of Southern California assistant football coach Todd McNair, arguing that the lead juror should not have been disqualified after the verdict.
U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday criticized the NCAA's decision this week to table proposals to relax its restrictions on athletes earning money from the use of their name, image and likeness, arguing it is evidence of why their "College Athletes Bill of Rights" needs to be passed.
Two-time U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday in D.C. federal court for allegedly participating in the riots last week at the U.S. Capitol.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city will end its concession contracts with the Trump Organization, blaming President Donald Trump for the "deadly insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol last week.
A former designer for Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. dropped a suit alleging a pattern of gender discrimination at the company, according to a one-page notice of voluntary dismissal filed Wednesday.
JP Morgan Investment Management has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $91.7 million, F45 Training is said to be leasing 44,000 square feet south of downtown Austin and Silverstone Senior Living is reportedly hoping to rezone a property in Wellington, Florida.
Brown Rudnick LLP is continuing to expand its litigation practice, recently announcing the addition of an experienced partner from Spar & Bernstein PC who had established that firm's corporate business, sports and entertainment practice.
A New Jersey racetrack operator has reached an agreement with the NCAA and other sports leagues to drop a dispute over a $3.4 million bond and $150 million in damages stemming from the landmark case that made sports betting legal.
USA Taekwondo's coach Steven Lopez has urged a Colorado federal judge to ax sexual exploitation and forced labor claims against him in a suit from female athletes, arguing that the women failed to provide any facts regarding the alleged sexual encounters within the applicable time period.
A California federal judge on Monday gave initial approval of a settlement between the U.S. Soccer Federation and members of the women's national team on claims the women were provided worse travel accommodations and working conditions, but refused to allow the players an immediate appeal to revive equal pay discrimination claims before the settlement is finalized.
San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to court filings showing the National Hockey League player has accumulated more than $26 million in debts and is facing six active legal disputes.
Professional sports leagues may soon have to consider whether to require COVID-19 vaccines for players, an issue legal experts warn could lead to another labor fight, though both the leagues and players have an interest in limiting outbreaks that have been disrupting seasons despite safety protocols.
Surges in COVID-19 cases led to renewed restrictions in Delaware, Massachusetts and New York this past week, while the pandemic also steered new guidance for New Jersey public schools and a workforce development boost in Pennsylvania.
At least 10 companies under the guidance of 14 law firms are readying initial public offerings that could raise nearly $5 billion combined this week, marking the new year's first burst of IPOs by operating companies after a banner 2020.
A Manhattan federal judge agreed Monday to delay for the fifth time the sentencing of Michael Avenatti following his conviction for extorting Nike Inc. after the embattled attorney pointed out the dangers of the spiking coronavirus pandemic all over the country.
The widow of a longtime Houston Rockets scout who died in a bicycle accident in October filed suit on Monday alleging a construction company is responsible for his death because it failed to properly cordon off a sidewalk during a repair.
A Pennsylvania federal judge Monday axed a Philadelphia bowling alley's suit seeking coverage from its insurer for COVID-19 related losses, holding that it is too early for federal courts to rule on an issue involving unresolved questions of state law that are pending in state courts.
A New Jersey developer has slammed the PGA with a federal lawsuit alleging it leveraged favors to U.S. Army personnel to sink a proposed deal that would have given the builder ownership of a military site adjacent to a Jersey City golf club where the association holds tournaments.
The Sixth Circuit ruled Monday that a Louisville, Kentucky, bakery claiming trademark rights to "Derby Pie" couldn't sue the city's main newspaper for using the treat's name in articles.
A Virginia federal judge rejected The Washington Post's request to open a hearing held Friday in the Washington Football Team's bid to seal certain documents in a now-dismissed case against litigator Beth Wilkinson, who is probing allegations of sexual harassment in the NFL team's front office.
WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett's wrestling promotion and production company and Toronto-based Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions told a Tennessee federal judge Friday they have reached a settlement of their sprawling trademark case's claims and counterclaims following a mistrial in July.
A Pennsylvania appellate panel won't revive an ex-college athlete's lawsuit accusing the NCAA of contributing to his development of a degenerative neurological disease by failing to warn him about concussions.
After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.
Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on white privilege in BigLaw, the pandemic's outsize impact on female lawyers, and business development in a socially distanced world.
Courtney Hudson and Megan Senese at Pillsbury offer tips on how law firms can utilize podcasts to deliver important legal insights to clients in a COVID-19 world, and how to make the process stress-free for participating lawyers and guests.
The rapid adoption of varied remote communication and collaboration tools during the pandemic created new information preservation and privilege considerations this year, while courts and regulators offered some guidance on technology-assisted review and the movement of data across borders, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper and Boehringer Ingelheim.
To close the diversity gap between the judiciary and the litigants that regularly appear in criminal courts, institutions including police departments, prosecutor offices and defense law firms must be committed to advancing Black and Latino men, says New York Supreme Court Justice Erika Edwards.
The COVID-19 pandemic is already adding new complexities to damages calculations used in lost-profit claims litigation, even in cases in which the coronavirus is not the direct cause of the breach, say Neil Ashton and Michael Yachnik at StoneTurn.
Attorneys can pick open-minded neutrals by taking a client's race, gender, sexual orientation and nationality into account, and by ensuring the mediator is able to communicate effectively across cultures, says Anelise Codrington at Swift Currie.
Attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland look at Eleventh Circuit opinions from the past five years to determine the odds of a spoliation finding, and how risks in the federal appeals court compare to those in the federal district and state courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.
What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.
While federal and state anti-discrimination laws may not expressly prohibit employers from exclusively recruiting workers vaccinated for COVID-19 or advertising a safe workforce, those who do could face equal employment opportunity and unfair consumer practice claims, says Jen Rubin at Mintz.
As guardians of their companies' codes of conduct and ethical standards, general counsel have the ability to endorse changes that will help their corporations create more diverse and equitable workplaces, says Deborah Marson at Iron Mountain.
Federal courts across the country have rejected civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims at the pleading stage in several recent cases that illustrate how defendants can utilize specificity, distinct enterprise and proximate cause to head off allegations of racketeering, says Gopi Panchapakesan at Bird Marella.
As Pennsylvania companies adjust to this year’s new sick leave laws, updated overtime standards and myriad COVID-19 regulations, they should keep an eye on issues like minimum wage requirements that were sidelined during the pandemic but may regain focus in 2021, says Stephanie Rawitt at Clark Hill.
With unconscious biases deeply embedded in the court system, judges must take steps to guard against the power and influence of stereotypes during jury selection, evidence admissibility hearings, bail proceedings and other areas of judicial decision making, says U.S. Circuit Judge Bernice Donald.
In light of recent American Bar Association guidance on conflicts of interest posed by social or intimate relationships between opposing counsel, lawyers must carefully consider whether any personal ties could lead to ethics violations that may affect the outcome of a case, say Thomas Wilkinson and Douglas Fox at Cozen O'Connor.