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May 30, 2015
Former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert indicted, resigns from Dickstein Shapiro

In a stunning development for the Illinois political establishment, a former speaker for the U.S. House of Representatives who had most recently been working at…

May 30, 2015
2nd Circuit nixes Apple campaign to boot BigLaw partner as court-appointed monitor in e-book case

A federal appeals court has nixed a campaign by Apple Inc. to replace a monitor appointed by a federal judge to oversee the company’s compliance…

May 30, 2015
Obama won’t seek SCOTUS intervention on blocked immigration plans after adverse 5th Circuit ruling

The Obama administration won’t ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him immediately to implement an immigration program that would defer deportation for millions of…

May 30, 2015
Woman gets time served in beach-sex case; state seeks 2.5 years for man

A 20-year-old Florida woman convicted of having sex on a beach with a 40-year-old man was released from jail Wednesday after agreeing to be sentenced…

May 30, 2015
Street band playing outside DC office windows is not sweet music to ears of Skadden lawyers

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom is globally known for its corporate deal-making expertise. But the Wall Street powerhouse has so far been stymied in…

May 30, 2015
2nd Circuit to hear contract lawyer’s appeal on overtime pay

A federal appeals court will hear arguments on Friday in a case contending contract lawyers are entitled to overtime pay. Contract lawyer David Lola is…

May 30, 2015
Do notes highlighting prospective black jurors support a Batson violation? SCOTUS accepts case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether Georgia prosecutors violated a constitutional ban on the use of race in jury selection when they…

May 30, 2015
Nebraska lawmakers abolish death penalty with exact vote count required to override governor’s veto

Nebraska lawmakers abolished the death penalty on Wednesday, as the state’s unicameral legislature overrode a veto by the Republican governor in a 30-19 bipartisan vote.…

May 30, 2015
FIFA officials indicted by US in claimed $150M ‘World Cup of Fraud’ scheme

U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday announced a racketeering case against nine current or former FIFA officials, contending that they had operated international soccer’s governing body as…

May 30, 2015
Do you miss any technology that is now behind the times?

Westlaw recently notified its subscribers that Westlaw Classic will be discontinued later this summer. This has been inevitable since the 2010 launch of WestlawNext, Robert…

May 30, 2015
Class action claiming Yahoo intercepted email for advertising analysis gets OK from federal judge

A federal judge has given the green light to a class action alleging Yahoo Inc. invaded the privacy of non-Yahoo account holders by analyzing—for advertising…

May 30, 2015
Judge resigns amid allegations she retaliated after rebuffed Facebook request, exhibited paranoia

A Florida judge has resigned before the resolution of ethics charges alleging she “repeatedly expressed paranoia” and exhibited “inexplicable” and “disruptive” behavior. Judge Linda Schoonover…

May 30, 2015
Florida lawyers prepare to provide legal advice on doing business in Cuba

Corrected: Lawyers and law firms in Florida are gearing up to provide legal advice on doing business in Cuba following President Barack Obama’s agreement to…

May 30, 2015
IRS tax records for 100,000 people accessed by third parties who knew what personal info to plug in

The Internal Revenue Service has temporarily shut down a service that allowed individuals to access their own tax-return information for former years online. That’s because…

May 30, 2015
New issue in Takata air bag recall: Are replacements safe?

Investigations are ongoing by automakers, safety regulators and air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. to determine why inflators failed on some Takata airbags, sending metal shrapnel…

May 30, 2015
Should ineligible voters be counted in district remap? SCOTUS to consider ‘one man, one vote’

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider whether the size of state legislative districts should be based on eligible voters or the overall…

May 30, 2015
Bankruptcy judges may decide related issues with parties’ consent, SCOTUS rules

Federal bankruptcy judges may decide related state law claims outside their constitutional authority if the parties consent, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in a…

May 30, 2015
DOJ reaches deal on Cleveland policing; demonstrations follow officer’s acquittal

Updated: The U.S. Justice Department has reached a settlement with Cleveland over an alleged pattern of unconstitutional policing, officials announced on Tuesday. The deal includes…

May 30, 2015
Looking for law schools? Yelp says it can help

If you are considering Yale Law School, be forewarned: The crowd there is “a little on the nerdy side,” but the Friday happy hours offer…

May 30, 2015
Dad of hurt girl sues home insurer: House guest’s chain saw prank a foreseeable cause of truck crash

The parents of a girl struck by a truck in an Omaha, Nebraska, street on Halloween 2011 have sued a home insurance company, among other…