The Georgia Supreme Court said Wednesday that a defense lawyer for Atlanta rapper Young Thug doesn't have to head to jail Friday, ruling that he can appeal the criminal contempt charge lodged against him for refusing to divulge how he knew of a closed-door conversation between prosecutors, a witness and the judge presiding over the racketeering case.
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Ga. Justices Pause Jail For YSL Atty For Contempt Appeal

By Emily Johnson

The Georgia Supreme Court said Wednesday that a defense lawyer for Atlanta rapper Young Thug doesn't have to head to jail Friday, ruling that he can appeal the criminal contempt charge lodged against him for refusing to divulge how he knew of a closed-door conversation between prosecutors, a witness and the judge presiding over the racketeering case.

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Georgia DA Willis Moves To Ax Trump Appeal In DQ Fight

By Ryan Boysen

A prosecutor from Fulton County District Attorney Fani T. Willis' office wants a Georgia appellate court to nix an appeal that seeks to disqualify Willis from her election interference case against former President Donald Trump, claiming the appeal rests on flimsy evidence.

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KeyBank Borrowers' $6M Data Breach Deal Gets Initial OK

By Sydney Price

A Georgia federal judge on Thursday granted preliminary approval to a $6 million settlement deal resolving a class suit over data breaches at KeyBank and other regional lenders and a technology contractor despite objections from a subclass of borrowers — who had previously settled their claims — saying the deal was inequitable.

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Red Roof Had 'Revolving Door' For Trafficking, Ga. Jurors Told

By Kelcey Caulder

A former Red Roof Inn Inc. employee and the leader of a nonprofit testified Thursday about sex trafficking they saw take place at two metro Atlanta Red Roof Inn locations as part of a landmark civil trial in which 11 women allege the company knew trafficking was taking place at the locations and did nothing to stop it.

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Alston & Bird Wins Bid To Arbitrate COVID Vax Claims

By Lauren Berg

Alston & Bird LLP can arbitrate a former aide's allegations that she was fired after refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, a Georgia federal judge ruled Thursday, putting the litigation on ice pending the outcome of arbitration.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Senate Panel OKs Fix For Federal Courts' 'Genuine Crisis'

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted out unanimously on Thursday a bipartisan bill to create 66 new and temporary judgeships to alleviate the federal courts' workload.

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LITIGATION

Brewpub Reaches $115K Deal To Exit EEOC Retaliation Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A restaurant and brewery agreed Thursday to pay $115,000 to resolve a lawsuit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accusing it of firing a Black cook for flagging verbal abuse of Black and Hispanic employees in the workplace, according to a filing in Georgia federal court.

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Lil Uzi Vert Owes Production Co. Over $500K, Suit Says

By Chart Riggall

A California-based music touring company has accused rapper Lil Uzi Vert of stiffing the company of more than half a million dollars in unpaid fees for designing and producing the musician's concerts, according to a Georgia federal lawsuit filed Thursday.

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Brief

Vero Biotech Tried To 'String Along' Safety Monitor, Suit Says

By Julie Manganis

Georgia-based medical device maker Vero Biotech LLC reneged on a payment plan with a consulting firm hired to monitor its products, according to a lawsuit filed in Massachusetts state court on Wednesday.

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ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

Lockheed Should Face Toxic Exposure Suit, 11th Circ. Told

By Jonathan Capriel

A widower who sued Lockheed Martin Corp. claiming it exposed his wife to chemicals that ultimately killed her urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse the dismissal of his lawsuit, saying a Florida federal court improperly excluded a key expert witness by not reviewing the evidence.

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PEOPLE

Ballard Spahr Lands Barnes & Thornburg Litigator In Atlanta

By Emily Johnson

Ballard Spahr LLP has added a former Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner and onetime prosecutor to its Atlanta office, strengthening its intellectual property department and its IP litigation group.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Where Anti-Discrimination Law Stands 4 Years After Bostock

On the fourth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Bostock ruling, Evan Parness and Abby Rickeman at Covington take stock of how the decision, which held that Title VII protects employees from discrimination because of their sexual orientation and gender identity, has affected anti-discrimination law at the state and federal levels.

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Series

Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Consumer Law Group

Aidala Bertuna

Alston & Bird

Andersen Tate

Baker & Hostetler

Ballard Spahr

Barnes & Thornburg

Barnow & Associates

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Bondurant Mixson

Bradley Arant

Brown Rudnick

Caldwell Carlson

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Copeland & Copeland

Covington & Burling

Dechert LLP

Dickinson Wright

Evangelista Worley

Freshfields

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Greenberg Traurig

Griffin Durham

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kirkland & Ellis

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Lewis Brisbois

Morgan & Morgan

O'Melveny & Myers

Pierson Law LLC

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Polsinelli PC

Robbins Alloy

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

St John & St John

Troutman Pepper

Tucker Ellis

Vasseghi Law

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Zaiwalla & Co

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American International Group Inc.

Boston College

Bregal Investments Inc.

Catholic Relief Services

Fulton Financial Corp.

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson Controls International PLC

KeyCorp

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Lex Machina Inc.

LexisNexis Legal & Professional

LinkedIn Corp.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Marks & Spencer

McAfee Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

National District Attorneys Association

New York University

OSI Systems Inc.

Pearson PLC

Princeton University

RELX PLC

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

Red Roof Inns Inc.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

T-Mobile US Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

UCLA School of Law

Vero Biotech LLC

Volkswagen AG

Yves Saint Laurent SAS

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

Judicial Conference of the United States

State Justice Institute

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

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

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Supreme Court