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Afternoon Briefs: Alex Kozinski returns as litigator; judge blocks firm’s defamation suit against ex-partner

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 17:20

Alex Kozinski returns to the 9th Circuit on the other side of the bench

After retiring in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, former…

Meet Paul Skalnik, one of the most prolific jailhouse informants in American history

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:15
Paul Skalnik learned about the benefits of being a jailhouse informant when he was in the Harris County Jail in Texas in 1978 for passing…

Afternoon Briefs: ‘Not qualified’ judicial nominee confirmed; white nationalist group awarded attorney fees

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 17:56

Judicial nominee rated ‘not qualified’ wins confirmation

Judicial nominee Sarah Pitlyk was confirmed Wednesday to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri…

Judge reprimanded over ‘snobby ass’ email to Washington Post reporter

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 16:41
A Montana judge has agreed to a public reprimand for expressing political opinions on QAnon to a Washington Post reporter using his official email.

Judge Michael…

Latest figures show why many law grads struggle with debt; which schools had highest and lowest debt-to-income ratios?

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 14:32
Most law students earn less money per year after graduation than the amount they borrowed for law school, according to the latest figures from the…

Can ‘SNL’ star Pete Davidson really collect $1M from fans who violate his nondisclosure agreement?

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 17:47
Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson may scare fans into keeping quiet with a $1 million nondisclosure agreement, but it’s unlikely he will be able…

Afternoon Briefs: Judge who won’t perform same-sex marriages gets warning; hemp growers no longer seen as suspicious

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 16:52

Judge gets public warning after claiming religious exemption to performing same-sex weddings

A Texas justice of the peace who refuses to perform same-sex weddings has…

Equity partner at law firm wasn’t protected by federal age bias law, 8th Circuit rules

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 15:47
An equity partner at Armstrong Teasdale can’t sue under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act for his ouster under a mandatory retirement policy, a federal…

3 law profs testify Trump committed impeachable offenses; a fourth isn’t a fan but sees ‘slipshod’ process

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 14:25
Three law professors told the House Judiciary Committee in opening statements Wednesday that President Donald Trump has committed “high crimes and misdemeanors” meriting his impeachment.

Judge admits telling suspect to treat women as if ‘holding a feather’ to show ‘you’re the man’ and in control

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 13:04
A New Jersey judge says he has “undertaken an education and enlightenment path” after giving controversial advice to a domestic violence suspect facing multiple charges.

Judge…

What do you think about adopting a four-day workweek?

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 10:51

Walter Benenati, managing partner of the Benenati Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, said recently the firm’s four-day workweek increased morale and productivity.

Benenati adopted…

Afternoon Briefs: AG Barr said to disagree with IG; 350-plus lawyers who had abortions file SCOTUS brief

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 17:40

AG Barr reportedly disagrees with DOJ watchdog on justification for Russia probe

U.S. Attorney General William Barr reportedly disagrees with a key conclusion in an…

House impeachment report says Trump abused power; these 4 law profs will testify in next step

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 16:53
The House Intelligence Committee concludes in an impeachment report released Tuesday that President Donald Trump put his personal interests above that of the United…

Is ‘The Irishman’ right about Hoffa? US attorney promises ‘more to come’

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 14:20
The U.S. attorney for the office that investigated Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance isn’t relying on the Netflix movie The Irishman for its theories of the case.…

BigLaw firm settles with 5 pregnancy-bias plaintiffs in $200M suit

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 12:35
Five out of seven plaintiffs who sued Morrison & Foerster for alleged “mommy track” bias have settled their claims after a mediation session, according to…

Man who claimed to have Epstein sex tapes duped David Boies; what are the ethical implications?

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 11:34
Famous lawyer David Boies was duped by a man who claimed to be a hacker with sex tapes implicating several powerful and rich men in…

Afternoon Briefs: DC Circuit doesn’t disturb blocked executions; polite bank robber entitled to lower sentence

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 16:57

DC Circuit declines to stay or vacate injunction stopping federal executions

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has declined to…

Malpractice suit claims BigLaw firm revealed too much information in discovery

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 15:02
A malpractice lawsuit filed against Littler Mendelson claims that the law firm gave too much information to a client’s opponent during discovery in a dispute…

Missing date stamp on photo leads 7th Circuit to threaten sanctions for lawyer’s alleged misrepresentation

Mon, 12/02/2019 - 12:54
A federal appeals court has threatened to sanction an Indiana lawyer after his office left a date stamp off a photo in an appeal of…

Afternoon Briefs: Giuliani considered representing Ukraine prosecutor; US opinion shifts on death penalty

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:33

Giuliani reportedly considered taking on Ukraine’s top prosecutor as a client

President Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, reportedly negotiated to represent Ukraine’s top prosecutor at…

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