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House Lawmakers Press on IRS Probe; BNP Deal Puts Spotlight on Law Firms

Thu, 2014-07-03 05:43
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

Cooley Law School Plans to Cut Jobs, Halt First Year Enrollments in Ann Arbor

Wed, 2014-07-02 14:08
Thomas M. Cooley Law School plans to cut faculty and staff, citing declining enrollments.

Administration Points to Hobby Lobby Ruling in Wheaton College Case

Wed, 2014-07-02 13:45
AP
WASHINGTON—In the latest battle over the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration Wednesday cited the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling to buttress the claim it has offered religious nonprofits an acceptable compromise to opt out of contraceptive coverage in employee health plans. U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli made the arguments in a Wednesday filing involving Wheaton College, a Christian institution in Illinois, that is seeking to avoid complying with the contraceptive-coverage alternative while litigation over its challenge continues in lower courts.

Bankruptcy Judge Sets Schedule for GM ‘Economic Victims’ Fight

Wed, 2014-07-02 11:42
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A judge on Wednesday set a schedule for General Motors Co.'s bankruptcy court fight with the so-called "economic victims" of GM's ignition switch defect, urging both sides to work together toward a resolution. Judge Robert Gerber of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan must ultimately decide, among other issues, whether his approval of a 2009 sale of the so-called "old GM" absolves "new GM" from lawsuits brought by those who say their cars lost value because of the ignition switch defect.

Benghazi Suspect to Be Held Without Bail

Wed, 2014-07-02 09:15
AP
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Ahmed Abu Khatallah—a key suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya—held without bail as he awaits trial in Washington.

Target Asks Customers to Keep Guns Out of Stores

Wed, 2014-07-02 07:56
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Target Corp. on Wednesday said it would ask customers to no longer carry guns in its stores, bowing to a month-long pressure campaign. The retailer said it would "respectfully request" that customers not bring guns into its stores, "even in communities where it is permitted by law."

A Legal Preview of House v. Obama

Wed, 2014-07-02 05:49
House Speaker John Boehner is poised to embark on an unusual constitutional experiment that will test the ability of Congress to defend its legislative power -- by taking a sitting president to court.

Judge Throws Out Two Insider-Trading Charges Against Rengan Rajaratnam

Tue, 2014-07-01 14:08
Reuters
A federal judge dismissed two insider trading counts Tuesday against the younger brother of Raj Rajaratnam in the third week of his trial in Manhattan federal court. The ruling came after the government rested its case against Rengan Rajaratnam and means that the jury may only consider one remaining conspiracy count against him. The ruling, made by U.S. District Judge Naomi Buchwald, cannot be appealed.

Kenneth Feinberg On GM Payouts: ‘Fast Is Possible, Fair Isn’t’

Tue, 2014-07-01 12:47
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Kenneth Feinberg on Monday outlined the detailed strategy that General Motors Co. will follow in making payouts to the injured and families of the dead killed in accidents linked to Chevrolet Cobalts equipped with a defective ignition switch. The lawyer says he handles the thorny, emotionally and fiscally complex work of compensation by working quickly to "get the money moving out the door." Mr. Feinberg spoke to The Wall Street Journal about what is next for GM and how empathy figures into his job. Edited excerpts:

Supreme Court Adds Several Corporate Cases to Next Term’s Docket

Tue, 2014-07-01 12:39
Bloomberg
WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court on Tuesday added a bundle of new cases to consider in its fall term, including one involving United Parcel Service Inc. that examines employer obligations to accommodate pregnant workers. The court agreed to hear eight new cases examining a wide range of issues, including employment discrimination, state taxes and antitrust issues.

Ruling Limits Defunct Law Firms’ Claims to Unfinished Business

Tue, 2014-07-01 12:29
In a blow to law-firm bankruptcy trustees, New York's high court ruled that defunct law firms cannot recoup profits from unfinished work taken by their former lawyers to new professional homes. The unanimous decision by the New York Court of Appeals, released Tuesday, roundly rejects arguments brought by those unwinding the law firms Coudert Brothers LLP and Thelen LLP , who have long insisted the so-called unfinished business doctrine gives them authority to claw back money earned on pending legal matters for the benefit of creditors.

NY Court Strikes Down Cyberbullying Law

Tue, 2014-07-01 11:48
New York's top court struck down a law that made cyberbullying a crime, in what had been viewed as a test case of recent state and local statutes that target online speech.

Judge Throws Out Conviction of Ex-NYC Cop Accused of Cannibal Plot

Tue, 2014-07-01 08:26
A federal court judge overturned the kidnapping conspiracy conviction of a former NYPD officer accused in a cannibal plot that created a tabloid frenzy but blurred the line between fantasy and crime.

Justices Plot Middle Course on Business; ‘Cannibal Cop’ Conviction Overturned

Tue, 2014-07-01 05:39
The AM Roundup: Law Blog rounds up the morning's news.

BNP Paribas’s U.S. Sanctions Settlement: Read the Documents

Mon, 2014-06-30 15:14
BNP Paribas SA agreed to pay an unprecedented fine of nearly $9 billion and plead guilty to violating U.S. sanctions against Sudan, Iran and other countries, according to a settlement , as part of a settlement announced Monday by U.S. authorities.

Dear Internet, SCOTUSblog Is Not the Supreme Court

Mon, 2014-06-30 12:46
Naming yourself after the organization you cover is supposed to offer clarity, but on Monday, it managed to confuse the Internet. SCOTUSblog, the independent site known for covering all-things Supreme Court, found themselves on the receiving end of numerous angry tweets

The Big Cases: How the Supreme Court Ruled

Mon, 2014-06-30 11:28
The Supreme Court ended the 2013-2014 court term with two big rulings -- one on whether companies can opt out of covering certain types of contraceptives under the Obama health-care law, and the other on public-sector union dues. Here is a rundown of the court's biggest rulings.

Legal Experts, Advocates React to Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby Ruling

Mon, 2014-06-30 11:04
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled 5-4 that companies may, on religious grounds, opt out of a federal requirement that companies provide contraception coverage for employees. Reactions from constitutional-law experts and others are coming in.

Hobby Lobby Contraceptive Ruling: Key Excerpts from Ginsburg’s Dissent

Mon, 2014-06-30 10:18
Law Blog collects the most important passages from Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's dissent in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
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