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Judge Rakoff: DOJ Forensic Panel Hobbled by Bias

Thu, 2015-01-29 07:33
A Justice Department commission on forensic science has lost one of its most prominent members, Manhattan federal judge Jed Rakoff, who quit the advisory body in the wake of a decision not to let participants examine how forensic evidence is prepared for trial.

Wells Fargo Adds Senior Lawyers

Thu, 2015-01-29 06:48
Wells Fargo recently snagged two former Bank of America Corp. high-ranking lawyers to fill openings in its litigation and workout division

Taylor Swift Trademarks ‘This Sick Beat’ and Other Catchphrases

Thu, 2015-01-29 06:00
Thinking about selling T-shirts with “This Sick Beat” or “Party Like Its 1989” emblazoned on the front? Well, think again, because the only person who can legally do so now is Taylor Swift.

AM Roundup: High Court Halts Oklahoma Executions

Thu, 2015-01-29 05:45
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.

Silk Road Trial Shines Spotlight On Former Drug Dealer

Wed, 2015-01-28 15:34
In his six months as a heroin dealer on Silk Road, Michael Duch was making $60,000 to $70,000 a month. He would hide bags of heroin inside moisture-sealed packages designed to ward off drug-sniffing dogs and sell them to almost 3,000 buyers across the U.S.

Loretta Lynch Disagrees With Obama’s View on Pot

Wed, 2015-01-28 15:07
Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch said she disagrees with President Obama's view that marijuana use was a vice, no more dangerous than alcohol.

Obama Lawyers: House Has No Right to Sue the President

Wed, 2015-01-28 14:59
Lawyers for the White House are urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Republican-led House of Representatives that alleges President Barack Obama illegally rewrote the new health law.

Embattled N.Y. Assembly Speaker and Law Firm Part Ways

Wed, 2015-01-28 11:37
Facing federal corruption charges, New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is taking a leave of absence from his personal-injury law firm Weitz & Luxenberg PC.

Can Alabama Judges Defy Federal Court on Gay Marriage?

Wed, 2015-01-28 10:50
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore says Alabama judges are free to defy a federal judge's ruling striking down the state's same-sex marriage ban. Is he right on the law? Legal scholars disagree on the answer.

‘I Am Not Holder,’ Lynch Tells Senate at AG Confirmation Hearing

Wed, 2015-01-28 09:18
The shadow of outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder loomed over Loretta Lynch's attorney general confirmation hearing underway before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

SEC Allows Pot Dealer to Register Stock Shares

Wed, 2015-01-28 08:00
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has signed off on disclosures and allowed registration of shares by a company whose business model includes cultivation and sale of marijuana, which are both illegal under federal law.

AM Roundup: Lynch Confirmation Hearing Set to Begin

Wed, 2015-01-28 05:38
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.

Sgt. Bergdahl Still Awaiting General’s Decision on His Case

Tue, 2015-01-27 17:30
The Army general weighing whether to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in connection with leaving a military base in Afghanistan in 2009 has not yet made a decision on how to proceed in the case, Defense Department officials said Wednesday.

First Amendment Rights of Judges in the Spotlight

Tue, 2015-01-27 14:50
The First Amendment rights of judges are a hot topic these days.

A Subdued Year for Securities Class Actions

Tue, 2015-01-27 11:21
Plaintiffs' lawyers dodged a bullet last year when the U.S. Supreme Court spared a quarter-century-old precedent that had served as the legal linchpin of the modern investor class-action case. Despite that win, a new report suggests that securities class actions have lost some of their firepower.

FTC Recommends Limits on Data Collection Via Internet of Things

Tue, 2015-01-27 10:20
Internet-connected wearables, cars, thermostats, ad infinitum are all the rage in Silicon Valley. But those devices can come with security and privacy holes that leave consumers exposed, regulators warned.

For Foreign Law Firms in China, It’s Survival of the Fittest

Tue, 2015-01-27 09:11
The gamble of doing business in China came into sharp relief this past week when one U.S. law firm parted ways with China while another global firm took its relationship with the country to a whole new level.

5 Questions About the DEA’s License-Plate Program

Tue, 2015-01-27 07:40
The Wall Street Journal reported that the Justice Department has been building a national database to track vehicles across the U.S. Here are answers to five questions about the program.

Justice Names Acting Chief of Public-Corruption Unit

Tue, 2015-01-27 07:23
Raymond Hulser, a veteran trial lawyer at the Justice Department, will take over as acting head of the agency's public-corruption unit.

AM Roundup: U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars

Tue, 2015-01-27 05:43
Law Blog rounds up the morning's legal news.
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