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  • February 28, 2024

    SafeSport Cites 'Absolute Immunity' In Young Swimmer's Suit

    The U.S. Center for SafeSport on Wednesday asked a Washington federal court to dismiss a suit claiming the sexual abuse watchdog botched an investigation into purportedly false allegations of sexual misconduct, arguing that it has "absolute immunity" from suits challenging its eligibility decisions regarding young athletes.

  • February 28, 2024

    'You Gave Away Your Case': Crypto Win Wilts At High Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday leaned toward letting a technical tug-of-war continue in litigation accusing the cryptocurrency platform Coinbase Inc. of running a sketchy sweepstakes, as multiple justices suggested the Ninth Circuit overlooked key issues when it sided with aggrieved consumers.

  • February 28, 2024

    Sbarro Worker Appeals 'Prejudiced' Verdict On Rape Claims

    A former Sbarro employee asked the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to order a retrial on her allegations that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by a manager and co-workers, claiming a jury verdict favoring the company resulted from a trial tainted by prejudicial assertions, improper evidence and defamatory comments toward her and her counsel.

  • February 28, 2024

    Binance Founder Against More Travel Limits, Floats UAE Trip

    Binance founder Changpeng Zhao has told a Washington federal judge he opposes prosecutors' motion for further travel restrictions and suggested, without explicitly asking, that he be allowed to see his family in the United Arab Emirates. 

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Suit Over Google's Cell Data Use In Androids

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday partially revived a putative class action by Android users accusing Google of illegally using their cellular data allotments to transmit information back to itself, finding they plausibly allege Google's "unauthorized transfer" could block customers from using data they purchased from their carriers.

  • February 28, 2024

    Tilray Can't Get Exec's $4M Arbitration Award Tossed

    Cannabis company Tilray Brands Inc. can't evade a nearly $4 million arbitration award to a former executive it fired, a federal judge ruled, saying the company's arguments for why the Washington district court should have jurisdiction over a Minnesota arbitration are "wrong on all counts."

  • February 28, 2024

    Amazon Sat On Texts In Alexa Recording Suit, Users Says

    Plaintiffs accusing Amazon of illegally recording them with Alexa devices say the tech giant kept text messages from employees out of discovery, alleging while the company claimed to have never reviewed any texts as part of the suit, a former executive admitted his devices had been scanned. 

  • February 28, 2024

    9th Circ. Says DOL Can Use Las Vegas Data For Nev. Wages

    The Ninth Circuit has said the U.S. Department of Labor was legally able to use data for a higher-paid Nevada region when it sorted out prevailing wages in the state, turning down a bid by three construction industry-related organizations to consider geographic limitations for wages.

  • February 28, 2024

    Enviro Orgs Sue EPA Over Factory Farm Water Pollution Regs

    Green groups are pushing the Ninth Circuit to revive their petition asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to craft new, stronger Clean Water Act regulations for the large animal feeding facilities they call "sewerless cities."

  • February 28, 2024

    Wash. Man Accused Of Killing, Selling Eagles To Plead Guilty

    One of two men accused of conspiring to kill federally protected bald eagles and golden eagles on tribal lands in northwest Montana to sell on the black market has entered a plea agreement, court records show.

  • February 28, 2024

    Alaska Airlines Says Religion Didn't Factor Into Worker Firings

    Alaska Airlines is urging a Washington federal judge to toss two Christian flight attendants' claims that they were pushed out of work due to bias against their religious beliefs by the company and their union, saying they were actually fired because they expressed their beliefs in a discriminatory manner.

  • February 28, 2024

    Seattle Convention Center's Virus Losses Not Covered

    A Seattle convention center operator is not owed coverage for pandemic-related business interruption losses, a Washington federal judge ruled, finding that although the governor's emergency pandemic proclamations prohibited access to the convention center, they weren't issued because of physical loss or damage to the property.

  • February 27, 2024

    Amazon Hit With Copyright Suit Over 'Road House' Reboot

    The writer behind the 1989 movie "Road House" sued Amazon Studios LLC on Tuesday in California federal court, alleging the company ignored his copyright for the screenplay and rushed to finish the movie before the rights reverted to him by using artificial intelligence.

  • February 27, 2024

    CARES Act Not For Violent Tenants, Court Says, Creating Split

    A Washington appellate panel said Monday that the CARES Act eviction notice only applies to tenants who are late on rent, not when landlords want to quickly oust violent tenants, in an opinion that differs from a recent ruling from another state appellate panel.

  • February 27, 2024

    Wash. Judge Asks If COVID 'Fire Sale' Should Impact Tax Plan

    A Seattle city attorney asked a Washington state appeals court on Tuesday to let the city keep a $160 million special property tax in place to fund waterfront improvements, as one judge questioned during oral arguments whether diminished property values post-pandemic should make the city recalculate the tax.

  • February 27, 2024

    Wash. Judges Likely To Let Public Defender Keep Workplace Win

    A King County public defender who won a $7 million workplace harassment judgment against her bosses after she was stalked by a client found a receptive appeals panel Tuesday, as the Washington state judges pressed the county to explain how they could unwind a jury's factual findings.

  • February 27, 2024

    Netflix Keeps Win Over '13 Reasons' Suicide Suit At 9th Circ.

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday refused to revive a proposed class action alleging Netflix Inc. contributed to a spike in child suicides by pushing its "13 Reasons Why" series about a young girl's suicide onto vulnerable teenagers, saying the lead plaintiff's estate waited too long to sue.

  • February 27, 2024

    Salmon Fishing Mitigation Effort Is Absent, Green Group Says

    Conservation group Wild Fish Conservancy told the Ninth Circuit the district court did not abuse its discretion in "narrowly partially vacating" an incidental take statement underpinning a Chinook salmon troll fishery in southeast Alaska, saying the overarching biological opinion is inconsistent with the Endangered Species Act.

  • February 27, 2024

    Vape Supplier Asks 9th Circ. To Toss $892K Award

    A vape company that supplies products for use with cannabis is asking the Ninth Circuit to overturn a district court decision affirming an $892,000 arbitration award against it in a distributor's contract dispute, saying the district court ignored evidence of fraud.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ore. City Urges High Court To Revive Homeless Camp Ban

    An Oregon city urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that its ban on camping in public spaces violated homeless residents' Eighth Amendment rights, arguing that the court's ruling impermissibly immunizes some conduct from all punishment.

  • February 27, 2024

    New Fuel Terminals Ban Doesn't Discriminate, Judge Says

    An Oregon federal judge has recommended the dismissal of a lawsuit in which Montana and a collection of fuel industry groups are challenging a ban on new oil and gas terminals in Portland, Oregon, saying there's no evidence the ban unconstitutionally discriminates against out-of-state companies.

  • February 26, 2024

    Amazon Loses Round In Suit Over Subscription Renewals

    Amazon must face claims in a proposed class action that its automatic renewal for Prime, Kindle and other services violates California and Oregon consumer laws, according to a Washington federal judge who said Monday that it was unclear if the retail giant did enough to make it easy to cancel after a free trial.

  • February 26, 2024

    Clement, Prelogar Odd Bedfellows In Social Media Showdown

    After GOP-led states targeted perceived stifling of conservative voices on social media, Monday's oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court could have featured predictable partisan fissures. But the case instead illustrated that legal ideology in the digital age is sometimes surprising.

  • February 26, 2024

    EPA Must Act On Failed Skagit River Temps Plan, Tribe Says

    The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community said it plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Endangered Species Act violations unless it revisits a failed Washington state plan to address high water temperatures in the Lower Skagit River Basin that are harming protected salmon species.

  • February 26, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Freshub Didn't Lie To Revive Patent App

    The Federal Circuit on Monday upheld a Texas federal court's ruling that Amazon's Alexa voice assistant didn't infringe voice-processing system patents owned by Freshub and that Freshub didn't use nefarious means to obtain those patents.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • No AI FRAUD Act Is A Significant Step For Right Of Publicity

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    The No Artificial Intelligence Fake Replicas and Unauthorized Duplications Act's proposed federal right of publicity protection, including post-mortem rights, represents a significant step toward harmonizing the landscape of right of publicity law, Rachel Hofstatter and Aaron Rosenthal at Honigman.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • Class Actions At The Circuit Courts: February Lessons

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    In this month's review of class action appeals, Mitchell Engel at Shook Hardy discusses five notable circuit court decisions on topics from property taxes to veteran's rights — and provides key takeaways for counsel on issues including class representative intervention, wage-and-hour dispute evidence and ascertainability requirements.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Aviation Watch: 737 Max Blowout Raises Major Safety Issues

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    The sudden in-flight loss of a side panel on an Alaska Air 737-9 Max last month, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the plane's cabin, highlighted ongoing quality issues at Boeing, the jet's manufacturer — but the failure also arose from decisions made by the airline, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and aviation expert.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Takeaways From 9th Circ. Nix Of Ex-GOP Rep.'s Conviction

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    The Ninth Circuit recently reversed the conviction of former Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., for lying to the FBI, showing that the court will rein in aggressive attempts by the government to expand the reach of criminal prosecutions — and deepening a circuit split on an important venue issue, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Ore. Insurance Ruling Opens Door To Extracontractual Claims

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    The Oregon Supreme Court's recent Moody v. Oregon Community Credit Union decision expanding an insurer's potential liability when adjusting life insurance policies exposes insurers to extracontractual tort liability, and the boundaries of this application will likely be tested through aggressive legal action, says Tessan Wess at GRSM50.

  • Navigating New Regulations In Healthcare And Other M&A

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    While notice requirements recently enacted in several states are focused on the healthcare industry for now, this trend could extend to other industries as these requirements are designed to allow regulators to be a step ahead and learn more about a transaction long before it occurs, say Kathleen Premo and Ashley Creech at Epstein Becker.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

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