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AM Roundup: BofA Could Pay Record Sum to Settle Probe; Bergdahl Tells His Story

Thu, 2014-08-07 06:12
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Gay Marriage Debate Reaches a Crescendo as Sides Face Off in Cincinnati

Wed, 2014-08-06 13:53
The Potter Stewart U.S. Courthouse in Cincinnati took center stage Wednesday in the national debate over gay marriage, as a federal appeals court considered same-sex marriage cases from four states -- Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

Should Google Have to Scrub Its ‘Autocomplete’ Suggestions?

Wed, 2014-08-06 12:03
A Hong Kong court Tuesday ruled that Albert Yeung Sau-shing, chairman of the Emperor Group conglomerate, can sue Google for defamation because its "autocomplete" function suggests searches linking him to organized crime.

Sprint’s Pursuit of T-Mobile US Faced Grim Regulatory Prospects from Start

Wed, 2014-08-06 10:08
Sprint Corp.'s pursuit of T-Mobile US Inc. faced grim regulatory prospects from the start, a reality the company succumbed to on Tuesday when it abandoned its acquisition plans. Regulators were quick to embrace Sprint's move, which pre-empted what could have been a lengthy legal fight in which the company faced long odds.

AM Roundup: Apple, Samsung Call Patent Truce Outside U.S.

Wed, 2014-08-06 05:50
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Russian Hackers Steal 1.2 Billion Usernames and Passwords, Firm Says

Tue, 2014-08-05 17:43
Security company claims to have uncovered breaches across more than 420,000 web sites.

Disbarred ‘Prince of Torts’ Could be on the Hook for at Least $25 Million

Tue, 2014-08-05 17:38
A Kentucky judge has ruled that Ohio trial lawyer Stanley Chesley must help pay $42 million to plaintiffs over a disputed diet-drug settlement from 2001.

Utah Asks Supreme Court to Uphold Gay-Marriage Ban

Tue, 2014-08-05 13:25
WASHINGTON—Utah officials on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could set the stage for the justices to decide whether gay couples have a constitutional right to marry. "A vast cloud covers this entire area of the law, and only this court can lift it," Utah said in a petition filed with the high court.

Lawyer Discipline in New York is ‘Seriously Deficient,’ Says NYU Professor

Tue, 2014-08-05 11:35
New York's system for disciplining lawyers is shrouded in secrecy and rife with inconsistency, according to a new paper by a leading legal ethics expert.

Approval of SEC-Citigroup Deal Leaves Rakoff With a Case of ‘Sour Grapes’

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:48
A sulky U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Tuesday approved a $285 million fraud settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Citigroup Inc. over claims the bank misled investors in a mortgage security.

Student Lawyers Get in on the Intellectual Property Boom

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:23
Times may be tough for some lawyers, but high-profile technology disputes and tweaks to federal patent law have been keeping intellectual property attorneys busy. In fact, demand for their services is such that law school students have been getting in on the game. This summer the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office expanded its legal clinic programs—where supervised students practice intellectual property law before the USPTO—to include another 19 law schools, or 45 in all.

How Tax Inversions Became the Hottest Trend in M&A

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:21
In 2010, a group of lawyers from New York and London took a bike trip through the rolling countryside of Southern France, and helped set the wheels in motion on the hottest new trend in mergers and acquisitions. Part holiday, part corporate offsite, the peloton brought together top tax and M&A lawyers from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. Deal making was in the doldrums, but, in tandem, some of the lawyers figured out a plan that could persuade clients to take the brakes off M&A.

AM Roundup: James Brady Dies at 73; Doyle Estate Ordered to Pay Legal Fees

Tue, 2014-08-05 05:44
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Federal Judge Finds Alabama Abortion Law Unconstitutional

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:33
A federal judge in Montgomery ruled Monday that a portion of an Alabama law requiring abortion clinic doctors to have admitting privileges at a local hospital is unconstitutional.

California Prison Officials Rethink Use of Force on Mentally Ill Inmates

Mon, 2014-08-04 12:29
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California prison officials have proposed new policies regarding the use of force after videos of prison guards dousing mentally ill prisoners with pepper spray surfaced during a civil trial last year.

Excerpts from Joseph Wood’s Execution File in Arizona

Mon, 2014-08-04 11:32
As Arizona investigates why it took nearly two hours for a death-row inmate to die during his execution last month, attorneys for convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood have released their client’s redacted execution file obtained from the state's Department of Corrections.

Debt Collection Law Firms Face Regulatory Scrutiny

Mon, 2014-08-04 08:07
A U.S. financial regulator could upend the business model of law firms that file waves of cookie-cutter lawsuits to collect money from people who haven't paid their bills.

AM Roundup: U.S. Readies Ban on In-Flight Cellphone Calls; Cuomo Aide to Meet With Prosecutors

Mon, 2014-08-04 05:28
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Report Reveals Arizona Injected Inmate 15 Times With Lethal Injection Drugs

Sat, 2014-08-02 09:35
Joseph R. Wood, the convicted murderer put to death on July 23 in Arizona, was injected with far more of each of the two drugs used by the state than is called for in the state's lethal injection protocol, according to notes released Friday by the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Judge Orders Florida Legislature to Redraw Congressional Map

Fri, 2014-08-01 15:15
A Florida judge ordered the state legislature on Friday to redraw the state's congressional map and raised the possibility that some U.S. House elections may be delayed until after the expected Nov. 4 election day.
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