• March 14, 2024

    Publisher Must Face Privacy Claims Over Meta Pixel Tool

    An Ohio federal judge has ruled that the publisher of The Toledo Blade and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette can't duck a proposed privacy class action alleging that the newspapers shared the video-viewing history of their website users with Facebook's parent company, Meta Platforms Inc., without their permission.

  • March 14, 2024

    Norfolk Southern Must Face Most Derailment Suit Claims

    Norfolk Southern must face the bulk of the claims in consolidated suits brought over a train derailment and subsequent chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, a federal judge ruled in a spate of opinions that also kept intact most of the rail giant's third-party claims against a chemical company and two railcar leasing firms.

  • March 14, 2024

    Most States Fall Short In Disclosing Justices' Finance Reports

    The vast majority of state supreme courts make it exceedingly difficult for the public to get information about justices' financial entanglements, and the information they do give out is often scant at best, according to a report released Thursday.

  • March 14, 2024

    Biden Comes Out Against $14.9B US Steel-Nippon Merger

    President Joe Biden came out in opposition of U.S. Steel's planned $14.9 billion merger with Japan's Nippon Steel Corp. on Thursday, echoing lawmakers who have expressed concerns about the sale of an American institution to a foreign power. 

  • March 13, 2024

    6th Circ. Kills Orders On Calculating Delivery Driver Costs

    A Sixth Circuit panel has swept away rulings from courts in two separate states — one that sided with pizza delivery drivers and another that sided with the restaurants — over how drivers should be reimbursed for using their cars to make deliveries, saying they both got it wrong.

  • March 13, 2024

    6th Circ. Told Woman Helped Life Partner Avoid $3M In Taxes

    The federal government justifiably sold off the property of a woman who paid for it with money from her dead long-term life partner, the U.S. government told the Sixth Circuit on Wednesday, saying the purchase helped her partner skirt more than $3 million in tax liabilities.

  • March 13, 2024

    FTC Bid To Block Kroger's $25B Albertsons Deal Set For Aug.

    An Oregon federal court has scheduled an August hearing on the Federal Trade Commission's challenge of Kroger's planned $24.6 billion purchase of fellow grocery store giant Albertsons, a deal also under attack by state enforcers in Washington and Colorado.

  • March 13, 2024

    FERC Can't Change Power Auction Results, 3rd Circ. Rules

    The Third Circuit has wiped out the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's tweak to the results of an electricity capacity auction run by the nation's largest regional grid operator, saying it amounted to retroactive rate-making in violation of the filed-rate doctrine.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ohio Says 'Fatal Flaws' Doom Justice's Partisan Label Suit

    Ohio Supreme Court Justice Jennifer Brunner's effort to keep alive her suit challenging a new rule requiring certain judicial candidates in the state to have their political party affiliations listed on general election ballots did nothing to fix her complaint's "numerous fatal flaws," the Ohio secretary of state has said.

  • March 13, 2024

    Online University, Workers To Settle Wage Suit For $110K

    Employees of an online university based in Ohio asked a federal judge to sign off on a $110,000 deal ending their claims that the school stopped paying them for hours they had worked.

  • March 12, 2024

    Tire Cos. Seek Exit From Salmon-Harming Chemical Suit

    A dozen tire companies are asking a California federal judge to toss a suit claiming a rubber additive is harming protected salmon, arguing that the litigation stretches the Endangered Species Act "beyond its breaking point" and that regulation of the substance belongs with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, not in courts.

  • March 12, 2024

    MV Realty Says NC AG Is Working For Real Estate Industry

    Embattled Florida-based real estate company MV Realty told the North Carolina Supreme Court the state's attorney general is "wielding the power of the state under the guise of consumer protection" to shut down the business at the behest of "entrenched real estate brokerage interests."

  • March 12, 2024

    DC Circ. Questions MPLX Alternatives In FERC Decision

    D.C. Circuit judges on Tuesday pressed attorneys for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the agency's decision allowing crude oil transportation company MPLX to charge market rates on its Ozark Pipeline, questioning in particular how much capacity would be available on other lines if shippers needed an alternative to supracompetitive pricing.

  • March 12, 2024

    NTSB Slams Order To Allow Hands-On Train Parts Inspection

    The National Transportation Safety Board objected to a federal magistrate judge's order compelling it to let a rail car leasing firm and a chemical company physically inspect parts of the Norfolk Southern train that derailed in East Palestine, Ohio, last year, arguing its own investigation could be harmed.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ohio Atty Disbarment Sparks Call For Criminal Rule Change

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred an attorney convicted of joining her boyfriend in the sexual abuse of his young daughter, rejecting as too lenient a state ethics board's recommendation that the attorney be suspended, and resurfacing a call for criminal justice reform from one justice of the court.

  • March 12, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Revive Mich. Mall's Faulty Parking Lot Suit

    A general contractor is not liable for a Michigan parking lot that began to fail "mere months" after construction, the Sixth Circuit said, finding the company did not violate its contract with outlet mall chain Tanger.

  • March 12, 2024

    GE Aerospace Plans $650M Manufacturing Investment

    GE Aerospace said Tuesday it plans to invest $650 million into its manufacturing facilities and supply chain this year to bolster support for its commercial and defense customers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Judge OKs Big-Box Stores' 'Flushable' Wipes Deals

    A South Carolina federal judge has granted his blessing to a deal that ends claims that retailers and consumer products companies sold "flushable" wipes that clogged up sewer systems, despite objections from one Maryland public works that wanted to, but can't, "opt-out" of the settlement.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ohio Panel Backs Boys Home's Early Win Over Car Death Suit

    An Ohio state appeals court backed an early win Monday given to a Cincinnati-area group home for "wayward boys" against claims that it negligently failed to supervise a boy in its care who then drove a car without a license, crashed and caused the death of one of his passengers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Shoppers' Kroger, Albertsons Suit Shelved Pending FTC Case

    A California federal judge pumped the brakes Monday on a private lawsuit challenging Kroger's $24.6 billion bid for Albertsons, preferring to wait on the outcome of a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against the deal newly filed in Oregon federal court.

  • March 11, 2024

    Goodyear, Competitors Hit With Another Tire Price-Fixing Suit

    The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and several of its competitors from around the globe were hit with a proposed class action accusing them of conspiring to universally hike up prices for their replacement tires, as the companies face increasing scrutiny.

  • March 08, 2024

    Split NC High Court Reopens Embattled Realty Firm

    The North Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily lifted a business shutdown order on MV Realty amid the state's claims that the company imposed predatory fees, with a dissenting justice fearing that unshackling it could put homeowners at risk of losing their homes.

  • March 08, 2024

    Abercrombie Ex-CEO Gets Legal Fees For NY Sex Assault Suit

    Abercrombie & Fitch Co. must front the legal fees of a former CEO accused of using his position to sexually abuse aspiring male models, a Delaware Court of Chancery judge ruled Friday, finding the allegations raised in a New York federal lawsuit were tied to his corporate role.

  • March 08, 2024

    Debt-Stricken Homeowners Fight Back After High Court Ruling

    Ten months after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision finding a Minnesota county wrongly held onto excess proceeds it reaped after seizing a woman’s condominium and selling it to settle a tax debt, states are scrambling to reexamine their laws as financially distressed homeowners file new suits challenging the practice.

  • March 08, 2024

    Migrant Parole Program Survives GOP States' Challenge

    A Texas-led coalition of states lost their bid to challenge a Biden administration program letting Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans temporarily work in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled Friday they lack standing to sue over the program.

Expert Analysis

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Ohio Voters Legalize Cannabis — What Comes Next?

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    This month, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute that legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio, but the legalization timeline could undergo significant changes at the behest of the state's lawmakers, say Daniel Shortt and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Seized Art Ownership Row Highlights Importance Of Vetting

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    The Cleveland Museum of Art's recent suit against the Manhattan District Attorney's Office to block a seizure order and contest its rightful ownership of a headless statue worth $20 million presents an uncommon challenge that underscores the criticality of due diligence prior to acquiring artworks, especially older pieces, say Robert Darwell and Zach Dai at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

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