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These law firms make up the litigation ‘fearsome foursome,’ general counsel survey finds

Which law firms do general counsel most fear in litigation? A telephone survey by BTI consulting asked general counsel, corporate litigation chiefs and other litigation decision makers that question. The four law firms most often named were: Dentons, Jones Day, Kirkland & Ellis and Skadden. Above the Law and the Cleveland Plain Dealer have stories […]

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As murders increase nationwide, US attorney links Chicago violence to release of dashcam video

Release of dashcam video of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald set in motion a chain of events that partly explains the increase in gun violence in Chicago, according to the top federal prosecutor in northern Illinois. In a speech to the City Club of Chicago, U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said three events after the […]

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Former appellate defender employee is entitled to $1M in retaliation suit, federal judge rules

A federal judge in Chicago has ordered payment of more than $1 million to a former employee with the Illinois Appellate Defender’s office who claimed she was forced to resign after complaining about a salary cut. U.S. District Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer said former employee Alice Washington was entitled to $200,000 in compensatory damages; $613,000 in […]

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A Supreme Court Justice Predicted Trump’s Policing Plan 50 Years Ago, Warned Of ‘Totalitarianism’

Donald Trump wants to ramp up the use of stop-and-frisk policing, an aggressive approach whereby officers will seize, question and sometimes search civilians they deem suspicious. The Republican presidential candidate said on Wednesday this would reduce violence in black communities. “I see what’s going on here,” he assured the crowd at a suburban Cleveland church. “I […]

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THE SUPREME COURT AFTER SCALIA

History, as a rule, unfolds slowly at the Supreme Court. The Justices serve for decades. The cases take years. The Court’s languorous work schedule includes three months of downtime every summer. But the death of Antonin Scalia, earlier this year, jolted the institution and affirmed, once again, a venerable truism, attributed to the late Justice […]

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ACLU says it is representing bombing suspect Rahami after he was denied right to lawyer

The American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey says it is representing bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami on federal charges until federal public defenders are allowed to take over. The ACLU says in a press release that Rahami has been denied a right to a lawyer by both the U.S. Justice Department and the Union […]

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Officers fatally shoot lawyer who opened fire at strip mall; he had law firm ‘issues,’ police say

Updated: Police on Monday shot and killed a lawyer who had opened fire at a Houston strip mall, sending six people to the hospital, according to Houston police. Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo said the suspect is a lawyer with “issues concerning his law firm,” report the Dallas Morning News, the New York Times and […]

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Some Good News For Dems For A Change: Trump Could Cost GOP A Ton Of State Legislatures

WASHINGTON ― Democrats are finally paying attention to state politics. Over the past few years, major donors, national Democrats, the White House and state officials have begun organizing to win back state houses that have been dominated by Republicans since 2010. And even as the presidential race tightens nationally, Democrats are increasingly confident the party will […]

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Law prof’s Twitter account is briefly shut down for ‘run them down’ tweet about Charlotte protesters

Updated: At first, University of Tennessee lawprofessor Glenn Reynolds was defending a tweet about protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, who were blocking interstate traffic. “Run them down,” wrote Reynolds, who blogs at Instapundit and writes a column for USA Today. Twitter suspended Reynolds’ account until he took down the tweet, report Law.com (sub. req.) and […]

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Judge denies media request to unseal Trump’s divorce records

A judge in New York has denied a media request to unseal records of Donald Trump’s 1990 divorce from Ivana Trump. Judge Frank Nervo ruled on the request by the New YorkTimes and the Gannett newspaper group in a decision released on Thursday, report Politico and Law.com. Nervo cited a confidentiality provision in the couple’s […]

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