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Devin Nunes' Defamation Case Against CNN Transferred to Manhattan Federal Court

Fri, 2020-05-22 15:22

U.S. District Judge Robert E. Payne of the Eastern District of Virginia said it would be more convenient for the parties and witnesses to appear in Manhattan, where CNN is headquartered; he also said the California congressman has no clear ties to Richmond.

Categories: General Law

Our Weekday Workout: Green Griffith & Borg-Breen's Wendy and Jeff Ward

Fri, 2020-05-22 14:32

"Olympic weightlifting not only keeps me healthy physically (and gives me energy), but it also keeps me healthy mentally. Because it takes such intense focus to do it well, it's almost like yoga or meditation."

Categories: General Law

Weeks After Job Cuts, Luxury Brand TheRealReal Hires Veteran Chief Legal Officer

Fri, 2020-05-22 12:48

Todd Suko arrives weeks after the company laid off 10% of its workforce and furloughed another 15%.

Categories: General Law

Defending FCA Actions Related to Pandemic Programs

Fri, 2020-05-22 09:50

There will likely be some fraud in connection with the pandemic-related programs that should be pursued by the DOJ and the Inspectors General, who have said they will keep close eyes on these programs. They will have no shortage of targets, given the many recipients of government funds, and the breadth of the requisite certifications.

Categories: General Law

COVID-19 Unlikely to Spur Short-Term Changes to Firms' Tech Spending

Fri, 2020-05-22 09:00

COVID-19 made most in the legal industry thankful for remote access technology but prior investments and a shaky economy leaves more IT spending unlikely.

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Top Law Firms in UK Implement Return-To-Work Plans

Fri, 2020-05-22 07:40

Norton Rose Fulbright, Ashurst, White & Case, and others, identify the steps they are taking in the U.K.

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Tracking Trump's Legal Spend, Embattled Soccer GC Bows Out, Flynn Feud Heats Up: The Morning Minute

Fri, 2020-05-22 07:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.

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Back to Brick-and-Mortar: Law Firms Reopen S-L-O-W-L-Y in the COVID-19 Era.

Fri, 2020-05-22 01:57

Temperature checks. Plexiglass partitions. Crowd-controlled elevator access. Law offices for the foreseeable future will look very different, an issue we explore with David Bario, business of law senior editor. Plus, one Legal Speak co-host bids adieu.

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As California State Courts Ramp Up Operations, 'It's the Wild West'

Fri, 2020-05-22 01:27

"Even though we're opening, it's not business as usual," said Contra Costa County Superior Court Presiding Judge Barry Baskin. "It's anything but."

Categories: General Law

Wigdor Drops Biden Accuser Tara Reade as a Client, Citing 'Double Standard' in Coverage

Fri, 2020-05-22 01:14

Wigdor said the decision did not reflect any change in his view of the truthfulness of Reade's claims. Instead, he cited a "double standard" in the media coverage his former client had received.

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In Flynn Case, Emmet Sullivan Will Brief DC Circuit About Power of Trial Judges

Thu, 2020-05-21 19:05

The Michael Flynn dispute in the D.C. Circuit tees up a fresh clash over the role federal trial judges play in presiding over criminal prosecutions.

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Judges Get Creative as Patent Jury Trials Resume Next Month

Thu, 2020-05-21 18:26

Plexiglass, larger deliberation rooms and physically distant seating are some of the safety solutions coming online in the heavy patent dockets of Texas and California. In New York, a judge is mulling a hybrid virtual/in-person bench trial.

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Hired Over Zoom, Incoming Dean Takes the Helm in Unprecedented Times

Thu, 2020-05-21 18:02

University of Virginia law professor Benjamin Spencer will take over the deanship at the College of William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law at an unprecedented time of uncertainty for the legal profession and higher education.

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US Soccer Chief Legal Officer Resigns in Wake of Controversial Court Filing

Thu, 2020-05-21 17:27

Lydia Wahlke was suspended in March and quit her job Thursday, but has agreed to act as an ad hoc consultant for the organization until Sept. 15, according to a statement from the Chicago-based federation.

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CLOC Appoints Betsi Roach as Organization's New Executive Director

Thu, 2020-05-21 17:04

Betsi Roach, formerly of the Legal Marketing Association and the American Bar Association, will join CLOC as the organization's executive director. Her responsibilities will include boosting CLOC's membership as well as improving "the digital experience."

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Higher Law: SCOTUS Gets Marijuana OT Petition | Paul Weiss Advises on CBD Deal | Pennsylvania Court Weighs Probation & Pot | Massachusetts Re-Starts Adult-Use Sales

Thu, 2020-05-21 17:00

Welcome to Higher Law. This week we're looking at: An appeal to SCOTUS on overtime in the marijuana industry Paul Weiss' work on a CBD company acquisition A legal fight over medical pot and probation Recreational pot stores reopening in Massachusetts. Thanks for reading!

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The Money Rolled Right in for Am Law 200 Firms in the Midwest

Thu, 2020-05-21 16:40

With a global pandemic far from anyone's mind, law firms based outside Chicago saw a boom in mergers last year and grew their revenues faster than those inside the region's biggest commercial and financial hub.

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Where the Trump Campaign is Spending Its Legal Consulting Cash

Thu, 2020-05-21 16:23

The bulk of the campaign's April legal spending went to Harder LLP, a firm that has threatened and sued media companies on Trump's behalf.

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US Judge Sanctions Trump Administration Over Document Production in Census Dispute

Thu, 2020-05-21 15:21

U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman of the Southern District of New York declined to order additional discovery, finding that a coalition of states and nongovernmental organizations had already succeeded in the case.

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Lucid Motors Snags General Counsel From Rival Tesla

Thu, 2020-05-21 15:16

"I think the benefit of having worked at Tesla is that I was exposed to so many interesting and challenging projects and undertakings," said Jonathan Butler, Lucid's new GC.

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