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  • 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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    BCLP Axes 50 Jobs In US, UK Amid Headcount Declines

    Following years of declining lawyer headcount, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has confirmed that it is conducting a restructuring that will impact approximately 50 jobs in the U.S. and U.K., marking the second round of layoffs the firm has conducted in the past year.

  • Supreme Court Won't Review Dallas Strip Club Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up a case challenging a Dallas city ordinance requiring sexually oriented businesses to close during the early morning hours that was enacted in an attempt to reduce crime.

  • Up Next At High Court: Gov't Jawboning & Retaliatory Arrests

    The U.S. Supreme Court has a packed oral arguments calendar this week that includes disputes over the Biden administration's work with social media companies to combat misinformation, the appropriate evidence standard for bringing retaliatory arrest claims and whether the federal government can object to a consent decree entered into by three states.

  • Judiciary Clarifies Judge Shopping Policy After Senator Letter

    The Judicial Conference of the United States said Friday that its updated policy aimed at preventing litigants from shopping for the judge of their choice is not intended to overstep judges' authority or discretion under the law, issuing guidance one day after Republican senators pushed back against the policy.

  • Navarro Appeals To High Court To Stay Free As Prison Looms

    Former Trump White House adviser Peter Navarro turned to the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday in his efforts to evade prison while he appeals his conviction for defying a subpoena related to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

  • White House Stands By 3rd Circ. Nominee Amid GOP Attacks

    White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday urged the Senate to confirm Third Circuit nominee Adeel Mangi, who would be the first Muslim federal appellate judge, amid widespread criticism from Republicans and a report that the votes might not be there to secure confirmation.

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    Ginsburg Family Rips Award In Her Name To Musk, Murdoch

    Calling the decision an "affront" to her memory, family members and associates of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have taken aim at how the foundation presenting her eponymous leadership award has named Elon Musk, Rupert Murdoch, Sylvester Stallone, Martha Stewart and Michael Milken as the 2024 honorees.

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    Morgan Lewis Adds 3 Perkins Coie Attys To Investment Team

    Global firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP announced Friday that it has hired three ex-Perkins Coie LLP attorneys, including one of its practice group co-chairs, to strengthen its investment management team.

  • Law360 Pulse Spotlight On Mid-Law Work

    Keker Van Nest's representation of Meta in a suit against a former executive and Morrison Cohen's work on behalf of a venture capital fund lead this edition of Law360 Pulse's Spotlight On Mid-Law Work, recapping the top matters for Mid-Law firms from March 1 to 15.

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    As BCLP Bleeds Attys, Leaders Say Firm Is 'Turning A Corner'

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP has seen several high-profile partner departures in recent months, including multiple department and firm leaders. Despite hiring 206 lawyers globally since the start of 2023, the law firm's headcount contracted 6%, with former partners pointing to "balance sheet issues" and sluggish profitability as drivers.

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    Atty Joins Kirkland's Investment Practice From Fried Frank

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP has hired a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP partner who until now has spent his entire legal career with the firm, Kirkland announced Thursday.

  • High Court Won't Intervene In West Texas Drag Show Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Friday to force West Texas A&M University to let an LGBTQ student group host a charity drag show on campus while the group challenges the university president's decision to prohibit the event as unconstitutional. 

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Perfect Storm' Caused 2023 Surge In Law Firm Leasing

    U.S. law firms in 2023 took on nearly 17 million square feet of office space, an unprecedented level of leasing activity driven by major law firm moves into trophy buildings in New York City, according to a report from commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Littler Mendelson PC kick off this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, with a win for business groups striking down the National Labor Relations Board's joint employer rule.

  • Justices Back Strict View Of Sentencing 'Safety Valve' Relief

    The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to let a broader class of nonviolent drug offenders qualify for relief from federal mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines, siding against certain recidivists in a ruling that focused on the meaning of the word "and" in a section of the First Step Act.

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