• July 16, 2024

    Musk Says X, SpaceX Moving To Texas Over Calif. Gender Law

    Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.

  • July 16, 2024

    KBR Whistleblower Loses $1.1M Settlement Award At 5th Circ.

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday reversed a KBR Inc. whistleblower's $1.1 million share of a False Claims Act settlement over alleged Iraq War contract kickbacks, agreeing with the federal government that the now-deceased whistleblower's estate deserved nothing since none of his claims were settled.

  • July 16, 2024

    Green Dot Brass Hid Declining Biz And Fed Action, Suit Says

    The top brass at prepaid debit card company Green Dot Corp. has been hit with a derivative shareholder suit, alleging they concealed the company's faltering core business and a proposed consent order from the Federal Reserve Board over internal controls while board members sold millions of dollars worth of shares at inflated prices.

  • July 16, 2024

    FTC's In-House Kroger Case Delayed Until After Fed Suit

    Kroger and Albertsons are getting a limited respite from the Federal Trade Commission's looming in-house merger challenge after an agency administrative law judge agreed to delay the case, but only until immediately after an Oregon federal court fight plays out.

  • July 16, 2024

    Kaspersky To End US Operations After Commerce Dept.'s Ban

    A Russian cybersecurity and antivirus provider will begin closing U.S. operations and laying off workers Sunday, after the U.S. Department of Commerce banned it from selling its products in the U.S. or to U.S. citizens.

  • July 16, 2024

    Complex Knew Of Rust Before CO Leak, Dallas Jury Hears

    A worker told a Dallas jury via video Tuesday that he identified rust and corrosion on an apartment complex boiler's vent pipe a year before a carbon monoxide leak left two children with debilitating conditions, closing the second day of a trial over the property owner's culpability in the incident.

  • July 16, 2024

    DC Circ. Knocks La. Site FERC Order, Tosses LNG Export Row

    Two D.C. Circuit panels on Tuesday ruled the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission inadequately explained a failure to assess the significance of greenhouse gas emissions for proposed liquefied natural gas facilities in Louisiana, dismissing a challenge of approvals allowing a Texas project to send more of its LNG exports to nonfree trade agreement countries.

  • July 16, 2024

    Banks Say 'Ambiguity' Hampers FDIC's Digital Signage Rules

    Major banking trade groups have urged the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. to clarify its new rule on how banks should display digital branding about deposit insurance to online customers, saying their compliance efforts have been hampered by "significant ambiguity" in the rule.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ill. Judge Wants Expert Testimony Preview In Madigan Trial

    An Illinois federal judge said Tuesday that he needs to hear more about potential testimony from certain Chicago politics experts and a proposal to research potential jurors before he decides whether either are appropriate for former state House speaker Michael Madigan's corruption trial.

  • July 16, 2024

    FCC's Media Ownership Rules Are 'Relics,' 8th Circ. Told

    Broadcasters are pressing the Eighth Circuit to unravel the Federal Communications Commission's latest local media ownership rules, saying they are based on views of the industry that are long outdated.

  • July 16, 2024

    FCC Dings América Móvil For Lack Of Notice On Stock Reorg

    Mexican mobile operator América Móvil has admitted to the Federal Communications Commission that it broke the rules by transferring control of certain FCC licenses and authorizations to a quartet of subsidiaries without informing the agency.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ex-Goldman Banker Denies Bribe Charges After Extradition

    A former Goldman Sachs banker pled not guilty Tuesday before a Brooklyn federal magistrate judge to charges that he bribed Ghanaian officials, after losing an extradition battle in British courts.

  • July 16, 2024

    Accuser Says WWE Paid Doctor To Give Her Mystery Drugs

    Celebrity doctor Carlon Colker gave a former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. staffer unmarked drugs that made her feel sick and later refused to provide complete and accurate records on her visits there, according to her Tuesday complaint in Connecticut state court seeking information to support her sexual abuse suit against WWE founder Vince McMahon.

  • July 16, 2024

    SiriusXM Must Face Suit Over $150M In Unpaid Royalties In NY

    A Virginia federal judge has agreed to let Sirius XM move nonprofit royalty collector SoundExchange's suit to New York federal court, but refused to let it entirely escape claims that it owes more than $150 million in unpaid royalties.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ga. Denied Extension For Medicaid Work Requirement Plan

    Georgia won't get extra time to administer a work requirement Medicaid expansion program in order to make up for federal regulators' illegal delaying of its rollout after a federal judge ruled Monday that the state didn't go through the proper channels in trying to extend the program's timeline.

  • July 16, 2024

    Coinbase Scales Back Its SEC Request For Gensler Docs

    Crypto exchange Coinbase said it will narrow its request for the communications of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler after the New York federal judge overseeing its enforcement suit warned that seeking private emails would be a "tough road to hoe."

  • July 16, 2024

    FCC Plans Vote To Expand AI Robocall Regulations

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday that it plans to vote next month on a proposal to require robocallers to disclose their use of artificial intelligence to call recipients, among other potential new rules surrounding AI in telecommunications.

  • July 16, 2024

    Former CFPB Counsel Joins Davis Wright In DC

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP announced that a former senior counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau joined the firm's financial services group as a Washington, D.C.-based partner.

  • July 16, 2024

    FCC Says Call Routing Protocols Need Better Security

    The Federal Communications Commission says it's stepping up its efforts to better secure the signaling protocols mobile telecom providers use to place and maintain calls, telling concerned lawmakers that carriers nationwide have implemented the commission's best practices for network security.

  • July 16, 2024

    Stradley Ronon Hires 2 Corporate Attorneys In DC

    Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP has hired two corporate partners in Washington, D.C., and one of those new additions will co-lead the firm's private investment funds practice, according to a Monday announcement.

  • July 16, 2024

    Vertex Pharma Widens War On Watchdog's Kickback Views

    A lawsuit from gene therapy-drug maker Vertex Pharmaceuticals over fertility treatment access is a new battle over enforcement kickback theories and health officials' interpretation of "inducement."

  • July 16, 2024

    Former Ozy Media CEO Convicted Of Defrauding Investors

    A New York federal jury on Tuesday convicted former Ozy Media CEO Carlos Watson of fraud and identity theft in a case alleging the charismatic startup founder lied to banks and investors to secure tens of millions of dollars in funding for the multimedia company.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

  • July 15, 2024

    Gemini Says CFTC Can't Have It Both Ways On Materiality

    Crypto exchange Gemini Trust Co. told a New York federal judge late Monday that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's arguments that Gemini misled it on aspects of a proposed bitcoin futures contract "directly contradict" the agency's defense of sanctions for its own alleged misstatements in another enforcement action.

Expert Analysis

  • How Tech Trackers May Implicate HIPAA After Hospital Ruling

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    A recent Texas federal court order in American Hospital Association v. Becerra adds a legal protection on key data, clarifying when tracking technologies implicate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, so organizations should ensure all technology used is known and accounted for, say John Howard and Myriah Jaworski at Clark Hill.

  • 'Outsourcing' Ruling, 5 Years On: A Warning, Not A Watershed

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    A New York federal court’s 2019 ruling in U.S. v. Connolly, holding that the government improperly outsourced an investigation to Deutsche Bank, has not undercut corporate cooperation incentives as feared — but companies should not completely ignore the lessons of the case, say Temidayo Aganga-Williams and Anna Nabutovsky at Selendy Gay.

  • Series

    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • Big Business May Come To Rue The Post-Administrative State

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    Many have framed the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decisions overturning Chevron deference and extending the window to challenge regulations as big wins for big business, but sand in the gears of agency rulemaking may be a double-edged sword, creating prolonged uncertainty that impedes businesses’ ability to plan for the future, says Todd Baker at Columbia University.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Tips For Implementing EU Sustainability Reporting Guidance

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    Lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell discuss the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group’s recently published guidance on double materiality assessments and offer takeaways on achieving a sustainability directive-compliant process that could enhance clarity and consistency among multinational stakeholders.

  • A Checklist For Lenders Preparing For CRE Loan Defaults

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    Considering the recent interest rate environment, lenders should brush up on the proper steps that they should take when preparing to respond to a borrower's default on a commercial real estate loan, and borrowers should understand what lenders will be reviewing, says attorney Norma Williams.

  • Mitigating Risks Amid 10-Year Sanctions Enforcement Window

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    In response to recent legislation, which doubles the statute of limitations for actions related to certain U.S. sanctions and provides regulators greater opportunity to investigate possible violations, companies should take specific steps to account for the increased civil and criminal enforcement risk, say attorneys at Freshfields.

  • A Timeline Of Antisemitism Legislation And What It Means

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    What began as hearings in the House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce has expanded to a House-wide effort to combat antisemitism and related issues, with wide-ranging implications for education, finance and nonprofit entities, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Criminal Enforcement Considerations For Gov't Contractors

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    Government contractors increasingly exposed to criminal liability risks should establish programs that enable detection and remediation of employee misconduct, consider voluntary disclosure, and be aware of the potentially disastrous consequences of failing to make a mandatory disclosure where the government concludes it was required, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Opinion

    States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Navigating The Extent Of SEC Cybersecurity Breach Authority

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's broad reading of its authority under Section 13(b)(2)(B) of the Securities Exchange Act in the R.R. Donnelley and SolarWinds actions has ramifications for companies dealing with cybersecurity breaches, but it remains to be seen whether the commission's use of the provision will withstand judicial scrutiny, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • 50 Years Later, ERISA Remains A Work In Progress

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    A look at the 50 years since the Employee Retirement Income Security Act’s passage shows that while the law safeguards benefits through vesting rules, fiduciary responsibilities and anti-discrimination provisions, the act falls short in three key areas, says Carol Buckmann at Cohen & Buckmann.

  • FERC Rule Is A Big Step Forward For Transmission Planning

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent electric transmission system overhaul marks significant progress to ensure the grid can deliver electricity at reasonable prices, with a 20-year planning requirement and other criteria going further than prior attempted reforms, say Tom Millar and Gwendolyn Hicks at Winston & Strawn.

  • Navigating FDA Supply Rule Leeway For Small Dispensers

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    As the November compliance deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new pharmaceutical distribution supply chain rules draws closer, small dispensers should understand the narrow flexibilities that are available, and the questions to consider before taking advantage of them, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

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