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Supreme Court Hears Bankruptcy Fight Over Inherited IRA Money

Tue, 2014-03-25 09:35
A Wisconsin woman who filed for bankruptcy in 2010 is battling a court-appointed trustee over ownership of $293,000 that the woman's mother saved in an IRA.

Appeals Court Upholds Gupta Insider Trading Conviction

Tue, 2014-03-25 08:58
A federal appeals court upheld the insider trading conviction of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. director Rajat Gupta Tuesday, affirming prosecutors’ use of wiretap recordings during the trial.

Female Justices Dominate Questions in First Half of Contraception Arguments

Tue, 2014-03-25 08:30
The Supreme Court's female justices dominated questioning in the first half of Tuesday's oral arguments challenging the health law's contraception requirement.

Hobby Lobby Case Skews Ideological Lines; SEC Probes Dealings in Loan Securities

Tue, 2014-03-25 05:45
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's new.

The ‘Nuclear Option’ Part Two?

Mon, 2014-03-24 15:45
n a dramatic move last fall, Senate Democrats changed Senate rules so that most judicial nominees could be confirmed by a simple majority of votes, rather than 60. But some in the party think that Senate Democrats, whose majority status could fall come November, should take another step to get more of their federal judges seated.

Drug Busts Yielded Lots of (Pizza) Dough for Kansas Prosecutor

Mon, 2014-03-24 13:05
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A Topeka Capital-Journal article offers an interesting window into what one local district attorney's office did with money seized from suspected drug traffickers. The paper on Monday pores over the drug-forfeiture spending reports filed by Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor since he took office in 2009. It says that Mr. Taylor's office, whose jurisdiction includes Topeka, has spent more than $600,000 in money collected from drug busts.

All Five Madoff Employees Found Guilty Of Fraud

Mon, 2014-03-24 12:39
Five former employees of Bernie Madoff were found guilty on Monday of helping the imprisoned Ponzi schemer perpetrate the largest financial fraud in history.

In Contraceptives Case, Court May Run Into Plan B

Mon, 2014-03-24 12:17
As the Supreme Court weighs whether for-profit companies have the religious right to refuse to provide contraceptives, it may also run into another question: Whether the Plan B drug is a contraceptive or a form of abortion.

Former FBI Chief Robert Mueller Takes Job at WilmerHale

Mon, 2014-03-24 08:40
Former FBI chief Robert Mueller is joining Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP as a partner, the firm announced Monday.

Justices Won’t Rescue Delaware’s Confidential Arbitration

Mon, 2014-03-24 08:22
Delaware's state-sponsored arbitration program for resolving business disputes suffered a final legal blow Monday at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Litigation Finance Is a Tangled Web: Just Ask Spider-Man

Mon, 2014-03-24 07:15
Even Spider-Man got caught in the web of litigation finance.

Gay Marriage On Hold in Michigan; Cities Move to Rein In Horse-Drawn Carriages

Mon, 2014-03-24 05:15
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Skadden, Fletcher Hedge-Fund Trustee Reach $4.25 Million Settlement

Fri, 2014-03-21 14:52
Law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP will pay $4.25 million to avoid potential legal claims related to its former representation of hedge-fund manager Alphonse "Buddy" Fletcher Jr.'s firm.

In a Louisiana City, the ‘B-Girl’ Vanishes from the Books

Fri, 2014-03-21 14:50
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There are no more “B-girls” in Kenner, La., only “B-drinkers.” If you’re not familiar with the term “B-girl,” it refers to women surreptitiously employed by bars to mingle with male patrons and entice them to buy the ladies expensive drinks. Decades ago, it was relatively common for law enforcement to raid bars suspected of using “B-girls” to hustle men. While those busts rarely happen these days, the laws against those who employ “B-girls” have stayed on the books in many places, like Kenner, La., a suburb of New Orleans. A recent case involving the owner of two bars in Kenner this week led to a change in that city’s law.

Credit Suisse Settles Mortgage Litigation for $885 Million

Fri, 2014-03-21 11:51
Credit Suisse Group AG has agreed to pay $885 million to settle allegations by the U.S. Federal Housing Finance Agency that the Swiss bank misrepresented mortgage-backed securities sold in the lead-up to the financial crisis.

David O’Neil To Head Justice Department’s Criminal Division

Fri, 2014-03-21 11:23
David O’Neil, a former federal prosecutor in New York, has been tapped to lead the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, while the department awaits a Senate vote on nominee Leslie Caldwell.

Officials to Clear FBI Agent in Shooting Linked to Boston Bomber

Fri, 2014-03-21 10:23
Federal and state officials plan to announce they have cleared a Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in the shooting of a Florida man linked to Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

D.C. Circuit Brings Back Rule Limiting Bank Fees

Fri, 2014-03-21 09:16
A federal appeals court on Friday revived a 2011 Federal Reserve rule limiting fees banks can charge merchants when customers use their debit cards, a setback for retailers who argued the Fed didn't do enough to curb the levies.

‘Abortion Pill’ Rule Faces Challenge; Illinois ‘Eavesdropping’ Law Struck Down

Fri, 2014-03-21 05:56
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Delaware Lawyer Nominated to Lead State’s Court of Chancery

Thu, 2014-03-20 14:07
Andre Bouchard, a Delaware-based lawyer, has been nominated to be the next head of the Delaware Court of Chancery, a hotbed for lawsuits over mergers, board fights and other corporate disputes.
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