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  • December 01, 2022

    CarMax Inks Deal With Dozens Of AGs Over Recall Disclosure

    Used car dealer CarMax Inc. on Thursday reached an agreement with 36 attorneys general, promising to provide consumers with information about safety recalls on critical vehicle parts before selling them and setting what New York Attorney General Letitia James called "a new industry standard" for used car dealers.

  • December 01, 2022

    DC, Calif., Ill. AGs Try Again To Block Albertsons' $4B Payout

    The District of Columbia, California and Illinois again asked a D.C. federal judge to block Albertsons' planned $4 billion shareholder payout, arguing Thursday that while their temporary restraining order was rejected, they're entitled to a preliminary injunction because further investigation shows the dividend will harm Albertsons.

  • December 01, 2022

    9th Circ. Revives Crypto Users' Suit Over Shopify Data Breach

    The Ninth Circuit has resurrected a proposed class action that cryptocurrency users brought against Canadian e-commerce giant Shopify and French cryptowallet maker Ledger over a 2020 data breach, overturning a California federal court's conclusion that it completely lacked jurisdiction over the defendants. 

  • December 01, 2022

    Feds Weigh New Enforcement Advice On Apps, Compensation

    ​An official with the U. S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division said Thursday it is considering new guidance for provisions of its revised corporate criminal enforcement policy that relate to the government's evaluation of business' compensation structures and the use of secret messaging apps. 

  • December 01, 2022

    Teamsters Local Tells Justices To Nix Strike Damages Suit

    A Washington concrete company cannot proceed with a lawsuit seeking to recover damages for property it claims workers destroyed during a work stoppage because the workers' actions were arguably protected under federal labor law, a Teamsters local told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

  • December 01, 2022

    Game Maker Zynga Pays $12M To End Gambling App Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Thursday approved a $12 million settlement that dismisses a class action lawsuit alleging Zynga Inc. ran illegal gambling games through social casino-style apps.

  • December 01, 2022

    Tribe's River Pollution Claims Aren't Ripe, Metal Co. Says

    The metals division of Teck Resources renewed its attempt to throw out damages claims in a river pollution suit by the state of Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, calling the claims unripe because an investigation into remediation actions is still ongoing.

  • December 01, 2022

    T-Mobile Settles Ex-Worker's COVID-19, LGBTQ Bias Suit

    T-Mobile has agreed to settle a former worker's suit claiming that he was illegally denied disability medical leave after contracting COVID-19 and that he was subjected to discriminatory comments as a member of the LGBTQ community.

  • December 01, 2022

    Ex-Amazon Employees Plead Guilty To $9.4M Invoice Fraud

    Two former workers at an Amazon warehouse in Georgia entered guilty pleas on Thursday on charges that they used fraudulent invoices to induce the company into paying them $9.4 million.

  • December 01, 2022

    Over 20 Groups Urge FTC To Block Kroger-Albertsons Deal

    More than 20 advocacy groups on Thursday sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission urging it to block the proposed nearly $25 billion merger between grocery giants Albertsons and Kroger.

  • December 01, 2022

    Justices Urged To Limit Tech Immunity In Terror Aid Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court should limit the broad legal immunity afforded to tech companies under the Communications Decency Act, the family of a Paris terrorist attack victim has told the justices in calling for a way to hold YouTube accountable for recommending ISIS propaganda videos to susceptible users.

  • December 01, 2022

    Senate Panel Ties On 1st Circ. Pick, OKs 11 Others For Bench

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced 11 circuit and district court nominees Thursday, but deadlocked on the nomination of abortion rights attorney Julie Rikelman, who is President Joe Biden's pick for a vacancy on the First Circuit.

  • December 01, 2022

    'The Morning Show' Asks 9th Circ. To Undo Chubb's Virus Win

    The production company behind Apple TV+'s "The Morning Show" asked the Ninth Circuit to reverse a Chubb unit's win in a $44 million coverage dispute over pandemic-related losses, saying a lower court erroneously found that the insurer did not owe coverage for its production delays amid the pandemic.

  • November 30, 2022

    DOJ Official Says More FCPA Cases At Hand, Defends Record

    The chief of the U.S. Department of Justice's Fraud Section on Wednesday said at least two corporate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act resolutions are slated to occur in the coming weeks and lauded the section's performance, in the face of an overall decline in corporate prosecutions.

  • November 30, 2022

    9th Circ. Tells Uber Objectors Settlement Isn't A Coupon Deal

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed Uber Technologies Inc.'s $32.5 million deal and class counsel's $5.7 million fee award in litigation over the ride-hailing service's deceptive "safe rides" fee, rejecting objectors' arguments that the settlement amounts to a coupon deal with "de minimis" individual payouts.

  • November 30, 2022

    Immig. Board Told To Consider Mom's Missed Hearing Excuse

    The Board of Immigration Appeals must consider whether an asylum-seeker can be excused for missing an immigration hearing after her autistic children knocked over the papers containing the hearing date, a split Ninth Circuit ordered on Wednesday.

  • November 30, 2022

    Hearing Aid Co. Sonova Hit With Breach Of Contract Suit

    Hearing aid maker Sonova USA Inc. has been accused of using a former business partner's proprietary pricing system to lure away its customers, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington federal court that alleges millions in damages from lost commissions.

  • November 30, 2022

    9th Circ. Rehearing To Explore 1980 Alaska Conservation Law

    The Ninth Circuit has indicated that the full bench plans to delve into the Carter-era Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act as it mulls the legality of a proposed land swap between the federal government and a Native Alaskan village.

  • November 30, 2022

    Wash. City Offers To Pay $300K To End Tribe's Cleanup Suit

    The city of Yakima, Washington, on Wednesday offered to pay nearly $300,000 to reimburse the Yakama Nation for its work cleaning up a former city landfill in an effort to end a lawsuit over the project.

  • November 30, 2022

    Fed. Circ. Backs Valve's Win Over Video Game IP Suit

    The Federal Circuit has upheld a lower court's decision to wipe out a patent holder's infringement suit against video game developer Valve over data-collection technology, determining Wednesday that a district judge didn't abuse his discretion by striking expert testimony that didn't align with an agreed-upon claim construction.

  • November 30, 2022

    Wash. Justices Pause Nix Of Capital Gains Tax

    Washington's highest court said Wednesday it would stay the ruling of a lower court that struck down the state's capital gains tax, clearing the way for the state tax agency to collect it.

  • November 30, 2022

    US Giving Tribes $75M For Climate-Related Relocation

    The Biden administration will give a combined $75 million to help three Indigenous tribes start relocating to higher ground, as the coastal communities confront a host of worsening climate-related threats to their critical infrastructure, including rising seas, flooding and erosion.

  • November 29, 2022

    Former Del. Justices Back The Gap In 9th Circ. Investor Case

    Two former chief justices of the Delaware Supreme Court are among those calling on the full bench of the Ninth Circuit to uphold the dismissal of a shareholder derivative lawsuit brought against retailer The Gap, saying the suit properly belongs in Delaware by way of a forum selection clause.

  • November 29, 2022

    Tobacco Cos. Want Appeal Nixed To Clear Way For High Court

    The maker of Vuse e-cigarettes and a host of top-selling cigarette brands, alongside other tobacco stakeholders, urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to uphold the lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction blocking California's flavored tobacco ban, saying a speedy disposal would allow "all parties to preserve their arguments" for review by the high court.

  • November 29, 2022

    2nd Circ. Questions Amazon Union Head's Race Bias Claims

    The Second Circuit appeared unlikely Tuesday to revive Amazon Labor Union leader Christian Smalls' claims that he was fired in March 2020 because he's Black, questioning his purported link between his race and the protest that led to his firing.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Benefits Ruling Shows Need For Revised ERISA Procedure

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    The Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in Collier v. Lincoln Life Assurance demonstrates that not only are there no uniform court procedures for Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are not always followed, demanding a reappraisal of ERISA civil procedure, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Lessons From Bittrex's Settlements With OFAC And FinCEN

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    Bittrex’s recent settlements with the Office of Foreign Assets Control and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network over allegations it violated sanctions and anti-money laundering laws provide lessons for crypto companies that engage in cross-border financial transactions, especially when they rely on third-party compliance vendors, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Could State Ownership Solve US Cannabis Policy Issues?

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    Provincial cannabis wholesalers in Canada are enjoying huge profits, begging the question of whether a government-owned cannabis model could eventually be replicated in the U.S. to tackle issues ranging from social equity to overproduction — but this would undoubtedly introduce other complex challenges, says Hilary Bricken at Harris Bricken.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • Does NLRA Preempt Suits Against Unions For Strike Damage?

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    The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up Glacier v. Teamsters Local 174, whose central issue is whether the National Labor Relations Act preempts state lawsuits brought against unions for causing property damage while conducting strikes, which will affect the balance of power between unions and employers during labor disputes, say Michael Warner and Jenny Lee at Franczek.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Beware FTC's Expanded Focus On Private Equity, Individuals

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent policy statement broadening its interpretation of unfair methods of competition signals an expanded focus that could have far-reaching implications for future private equity acquisitions, as well as the potential to discourage executives from taking top positions at companies, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • State AG Consumer Protection Shift Isn't An Election Fad

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    We are starting to see the first signs of a new state attorney general consumer enforcement paradigm emerge — with creative use of most favored nation clauses as structural tools — and that is unlikely to end when the last ballot is counted for the 2022 election, says O.H. Skinner at Alliance for Consumers.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • ABA's No-Contact Rule Advice Raises Questions For Lawyers

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    The American Bar Association's ethics committee recently issued two opinions concerning the no-contact rule — one creates an intuitive and practical default for electronic communications, while the other sets a potential trap for pro se lawyers, say Lauren Snyder and Deepika Ravi at HWG.

  • 4 Key Skills For An Effective Attorney Coaching Conversation

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    As BigLaw firms are increasingly offering internal coaching as one of many talent strategies to stem ongoing lawyer attrition, Stacey Schwartz at Katten discusses how coaches can help attorneys achieve their goals.

  • Perspectives

    How Civilian Attorneys Can Help Veterans

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    With legal aid topping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' annual list of unmet needs of veterans facing housing insecurity, nonmilitary volunteer attorneys can provide some of the most effective legal services to military and veteran clients, say Anna Richardson at Veterans Legal Services and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

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