The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped a Fifth Circuit decision that a woman who claims she was jailed in retaliation for criticizing local government officials couldn't pursue her retaliatory arrest claim, reviving a five-year dispute between the woman and a Texas city.
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5th Circ. Misapplied Precedent In Arrest Case, Justices Say

By Catherine Marfin

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday scrapped a Fifth Circuit decision that a woman who claims she was jailed in retaliation for criticizing local government officials couldn't pursue her retaliatory arrest claim, reviving a five-year dispute between the woman and a Texas city.

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Judge Flags Iowa's Blocked Immigration Law In Texas Battle

By Alyssa Aquino

The Texas federal judge overseeing the Biden administration's challenge to a state law authorizing the deportation of noncitizens urged the parties to inform the Fifth Circuit of an order blocking Iowa's similar law, anticipating an Eighth Circuit review of Iowa's defeat.

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Web-Tracking Guidance Exceeded HHS' Authority, Judge Says

By Dan McKay

A Texas federal judge ordered the Biden administration Thursday to rescind its new guidance restricting hospitals' use of online tracking technology, declaring that federal officials had overstepped their authority by redefining what they consider protected health information.

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Robertshaw Broke Invesco Loan, But Deal Lives, Judge Says

By Hilary Russ

A Texas bankruptcy judge ruled Thursday that transactions executed in December by Robertshaw breached its existing loan from an Invesco subsidiary, but otherwise sided with the appliance parts maker on the remainder of its hard-fought litigation that spotlights so-called lender-on-lender violence in private credit agreements.

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Boies Schiller Tapped To Represent Ex-Judge In Romance Suit

By Lynn LaRowe

A former Texas bankruptcy judge has brought on Boies Schiller Flexner LLP attorneys to defend him against a racketeering lawsuit from a barge business over his undisclosed romantic relationship with a then-Jackson Walker LLP attorney involved in the company's bankruptcy case.

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Justices Say Experts Can Testify Broadly On Criminal Intent

By Cara Salvatore and Phillip Bantz

The U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday that a rule barring expert witnesses from testifying about a defendant's alleged criminal intent does not block testimony about the mental state of people in similar situations.

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LITIGATION

Sunnova Execs Committed Insider Trading, Shareholder Says

By Spencer Brewer

A shareholder says solar energy company Sunnova Energy International Inc.'s executives lied about the company's predatory sales practices and opened the company up to securities litigation and heat from regulators, telling a Texas federal court Thursday that the executives breached their fiduciary duties.

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Eli Lilly Launches Round Of Diabetes Drug Suits

By Emily Field

Eli Lilly on Thursday hit various compounding pharmacies and medical spas in five states and the District of Columbia with suits saying that they trick consumers into thinking that they sell Eli Lilly medications that treat diabetes and obesity when actually they are copycats and are untested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Crypto Co. Says SEC Won't Bring Case Over Ethereum

By Aislinn Keely

Ethereum-focused software firm Consensys won't face an action over its dealings with the cryptocurrency ether, according to a notice from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, but its preemptive lawsuit against the regulator is set to continue as the agency doesn't appear to have dropped concerns over Consensys products that deal in other assets.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT

Casinos Must Fight Hotel Tax In State Court, 5th Circ. Says

By Anna Scott Farrell

Owners of two Louisiana casinos with attached hotels must challenge Baton Rouge in state court, rather than federal court, over taxes the city says they owe on free hotel stays they gave patrons, the Fifth Circuit ruled, saying the state is entitled to deference.

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Brief

5th Circ. Starts Clock For Redo Bid In CFPB Payday Rule Case

By Jon Hill

The Fifth Circuit said Wednesday that payday lender trade groups will have an opportunity to ask for another shot at litigating the validity of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's payday lending rule after their constitutional challenge fell flat at the U.S. Supreme Court.

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IMMIGRATION

Texas Says DACA Challenge Withstands Mifepristone Ruling

By Dorothy Atkins

Texas has fired back against the Biden administration's claim that the U.S. Supreme Court's recent blockbuster abortion-drug mifepristone ruling undermines the Lone Star State's standing to challenge the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, telling the Fifth Circuit that the appellate court "has held — repeatedly — that Texas has standing in this context."

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Finance Co. Asks Fed. Circ. To Read Its 1.4K Pages Of Evidence

By Andrew Karpan

A patent outfit connected to a man behind one of the world's first money market funds says that a Texas court's decision to throw out a patent case against online stockbroker TD Ameritrade went against the weight of some "1,400 pages of credible evidence," and is something that the full Federal Circuit should look into.

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PEOPLE

Dickinson Wright Brings On McDermott, Bell Nunnally Attys

By Madison Arnold

Dickinson Wright PLLC added a pair of new members who include a commercial finance and real estate attorney from Bell Nunnally & Martin LLP based in Austin, Texas, and a tax and incentives attorney from McDermott Will & Emery LLP in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

What 11th Circ. Fearless Fund Ruling Means For DEI In Courts

The Eleventh Circuit's recent backing of a freeze on the Fearless Fund's grants to women of color building new companies marks the latest major development in litigation related to diversity, equity and inclusion and may be used to question other DEI programs targeted at providing opportunities to certain classes of individuals, say attorneys at Simpson Thacher.

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How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Bonus Spotlight

McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

By Xiumei Dong

McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

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Ex-CFO Ends Bias Suit Against Anderson Kill In New York

By Rose Krebs

A disability discrimination lawsuit filed in New York federal court against insurance recovery law firm Anderson Kill PC by its former chief financial officer has been voluntarily dismissed per a stipulated order submitted by the litigation parties.

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Justices Keep Domestic Abusers Disarmed, Clarify Bruen

By Marco Poggio and Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a Texas man's constitutional challenge to a federal law prohibiting people subject to domestic violence restraining orders from possessing firearms Friday, providing limited guidance to lower courts on how to apply the high court's Second Amendment historical analogue test.

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Justices Strengthen Jury Trial Rights For Stiffer Sentences

By Jeff Overley

The constitutional rights to due process and trial by jury extend to a pivotal prong of a prominent sentencing enhancement for recidivism, the U.S. Supreme Court held in a Friday decision that casts doubt on many incarcerations and promises to reshape future trials.

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Trump Says AG Can't Appoint Prosecutor In Mar-A-Lago Case

By Carolina Bolado

Attorney General Merrick Garland did not have the statutory authority to promote an independent special counsel to prosecute former President Donald Trump over his allegedly illegal retention of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate, Trump's attorneys told a Florida federal judge Friday.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Share Public Remarks

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of judge shopping two 2022 suits challenging an Alabama law criminalizing some gender-affirming care for transgender youths have been given 48 hours to turn over any public statements, releases or other information they or their organizations have shared about the disciplinary proceedings, just days ahead of a Monday hearing.

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Delaware's Corporate Law Debate Left 'Blood On The Floor'

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware lawmakers have settled, for now, a rare, bitter, national fight over director rights to cede some powers to big stockholders, but the "Moelis" debate has also boosted friction between board and stockholder camps, with one retired law professor saying underlying litigation had left "blood on the floor."

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Ex-Trump Aide Must Face Hunter Biden's Data Hack Suit

By Gina Kim

A California federal judge has refused to toss Hunter Biden's lawsuit accusing a former Trump White House aide of obtaining and publishing emails and photos purportedly taken from his laptop, finding Biden sufficiently alleged the aide illegally accessed a "protected computer" defined under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 

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Girardi Wants To Block Evidence Of Ex-Clients' Injuries At Trial

By Ryan Boysen

At the upcoming fraud trial of disgraced attorney Tom Girardi, his defense attorneys want to exclude any mention of the horrific injuries suffered by the clients he allegedly stole from, while prosecutors want to introduce evidence that he allegedly spent $25 million to fund the lavish lifestyle of his former celebrity girlfriend.

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'Clearly Relevant' Fraud Claims Stay In Lin Wood Slander Trial

By Chart Riggall

Ahead of a trial where controversial attorney Lin Wood will face claims that he defamed his former law partners, a Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to keep out as evidence two state court lawsuits in which Wood is accused of stiffing them on legal fees and sheltering cash behind a real estate venture.

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Ohio Atty Reinstated After Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

By Rachel Rippetoe

An Ohio criminal defense attorney suspended for filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center was reinstated this week, according to a court filing.

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AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

By Patrick Hoff

AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell and the New Civil Liberties Alliance lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have the authority to ban firearm accessories known as bump stocks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Workers have filed a new suit accusing Tesla of failing to stop racist behavior and sexual harassment in two California factories, despite previous lawsuits. And the former head of AIG's Legal Operations Center has lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out alleged fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aaron & Partners LLP

Advisors LLC

Amster Rothstein

Anderson Kill

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Baker McKenzie

Bandas Law Firm

Bartlett LLP

Beal Sutherland

Beck Redden

Bell Nunnally

Bernstein Litowitz

Boies Schiller

Brand Woodward

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Campbell & Williams

Campbell Johnston

Clyde & Co

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cravath Swaine

DAC Beachcroft

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Debevoise & Plimpton

Denton Navarro

Dickinson Wright

Dominick Feld

Downey & Cleveland

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Earth & Water Law

Emmet Marvin

Farella Braun

Fieldfisher

Fisher & Phillips

Fox Williams

Freeths LLP

Gibson & Keith

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Glenn Agre

Gowling WLG

Greenberg Traurig

Hammonds Sills

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

Jackson Walker LLP

Jenner & Block

John Exum Law

Jones Day

Kalijarvi Chuzi

Kelley Drye

Kemp Jones

Kendall Law Group PLLC

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Silkin

Lightfoot Franklin

Littler Mendelson

Lynn Pinker

Macfarlanes LLP

Martin LLP

McDermott Will & Emery

McKool Smith

McLaughlin & Stern

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Norton Rose

O'Melveny & Myers

Pallas Partners

Parker McCay

Perkins Coie

Phelps Dunbar

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Preiskel & Co.

Quinn Emanuel

Ropes & Gray

Rosen Law Firm PA

Rusty Hardin & Associates

Sasso & Sasso

Schaerr Jaffe

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Spratt Endicott

Stein Sperling

Stris & Maher

Tousley Brain

Wachtell Lipton

Wade Grunberg

Ward Hadaway

Wick Phillips

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Young & Ma

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Accenture PLC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American Hospital Association

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

BNSF Railway Co.

Barclays PLC

Belle of Baton Rouge

Binance Holdings Ltd.

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Canyon Partners LLC

Cargill Inc.

Community Financial Corp.

Debenhams PLC

Delaware State Bar Association

Deutsche Bank AG

Eaton Vance Corp.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Ethereum GmbH

Evergreen Marine Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Ford Motor Co.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Georgia State University

Instagram Inc.

Institute for Justice

Invesco Ltd.

Kiteworks

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

ManpowerGroup Inc.

McDermott International

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MetaMask

Moelis & Co.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Rifle Association of America

New Civil Liberties Alliance

New York City Bar Association

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

One Rock Capital Partners LLC

PG&E Corp.

Paramount Global

Penn National Gaming Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Qatar Investment Authority

Sales Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

Starbucks Corp.

Sunnova Energy Corp.

TD Ameritrade Holding Corp.

Tesla Inc.

The Boeing Co.

The Charles Schwab Corp.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Progressive Corp.

The Washington Free Beacon

TikTok Inc.

United Network for Organ Sharing

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

California Civil Rights Department

Companies House

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Financial Conduct Authority

Food and Drug Administration

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Archives and Records Administration

New York City Police Department

Ohio Supreme Court

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio