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January 29, 2015
Amid criticism of Eric Holder, attorney general nominee promises to ‘be Loretta Lynch’

Senate Republicans heaped criticism on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder but were mostly cordial on Wednesday as they questioned the woman nominated to replace him.…

January 29, 2015
See the video: PD is handcuffed in court hall for refusing to step aside for police photo of client

When a longtime public defender heard Tuesday afternoon that a misdemeanor client was being questioned by plainclothes police in a hallway outside a San Francisco…

January 29, 2015
Curbs on pay guarantees don’t crimp lateral moves; which firms gained the most?

Lateral moves by partners at America’s 200 largest law firms increased last year, even as the firms curbed pay guarantees for new partner hires. In…

January 29, 2015
Facing up to the challenge: It’s time to prepare law students for their profession

The legal profession is under immense pressures. Clients are demanding steep discounts and increasingly insist on fixed prices or other forms of value-based fees. Law…

January 29, 2015
Are app-summoned workers contractors? Suits seek protections; profs say new category needed

Workers who find jobs through apps such as Uber are questioning whether they are being wrongly classified as independent contractors who aren’t covered by minimum-wage…

January 29, 2015
Have you ever asked for a raise? If so, did you succeed in getting one?

This week, we noted a law professor’s assertions, based on her research, that women who ask for raises tend to be disliked, while men…

January 29, 2015
Top NY lawmaker prosecuted over $3M asbestos-case referral fees exits speaker post and law firm role

After the announcement of criminal charges that he took millions of dollars in kickbacks under the guise of legal fees in exchange for misusing his…

January 29, 2015
Alabama chief justice: Federal ruling on gay marriage doesn’t bind state judges

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore claims in a letter to the governor that a federal court ruling striking down the state’s gay-marriage ban doesn’t bind…

January 29, 2015
Paul Weiss leads ‘Deflategate’ probe for NFL

With the Super Bowl only days away, the National Football League has tapped Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison to lead the “Deflategate” probe of…

January 29, 2015
Promoter who touted weight loss benefits of green coffee beans settles with FTC

A promoter who claimed green coffee beans help weight loss has agreed to pay $9 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The…

January 29, 2015
American Idol winner Phillip Phillips seeks to void ‘oppressive’ management deals with show producer

Phillip Phillips, the singer who won the American Idol competition in 2012, is seeking to void the contracts he signed with the show’s producer in…

January 29, 2015
Chemerinsky: It’s shaping up to be a momentous term for SCOTUS

Absent extraordinary circumstances, the docket for October Term 2014 is now complete, and it has the potential to be one of the most momentous in…

January 29, 2015
Secret DEA program tracks vehicle movement throughout the US

The Drug Enforcement Administration is operating a secret program to track vehicle movement throughout the United States through license plate readers, according to the American…

January 29, 2015
Women who ask for raises tend to be disliked, while men may ‘get a pass on swagger,’ law prof says

One theory offered to explain why women make less money than men is that women don’t ask for raises. But University of California at Hastings…

January 29, 2015
California judges will be banned from Boy Scouts as a result of vote by state supreme court

Judges in California won’t be able to belong to nonprofit youth groups that practice discrimination because of an ethics proposal adopted last week by the…

January 29, 2015
Should Google stop pointing out police cars to users of popular Waze traffic app?

Add law enforcement officers to the list of those concerned about personal privacy and safety implications of Internet tracking. Among other services provided by

January 29, 2015
Posner ruling tosses Social Security judges’ grievance claim, compares them to assembly line workers

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that administrative law judges for the Social Security Administration can’t pursue a grievance against their…

January 29, 2015
Prosecutor’s PowerPoint closing leads to overturned conviction

The Washington Supreme Court has overturned a conviction for murder and other crimes in the slaying and robbery of an armored car guard because of…

January 29, 2015
Would-be client says Baker Botts revealed his unsolicited email, resulting in his firing

A would-be client of Baker Botts claims in a lawsuit that he was fired after the law firm apparently forwarded his unsolicited email to his…

January 29, 2015
Supreme Court agrees to decide whether sedative can be used in executions

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the use of the sedative midazolam in executions by lethal injection, the Associated…