The House Judiciary Committee spiraled Thursday morning after Rep. Matt Gaetz demanded a vote to subpoena Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who charged former President Donald Trump with 34 felonies, of which he has been convicted, and the Republican chair of the committee had to call for a recess.
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House Hearing On NY Trump Prosecutors Flirts With Chaos

By Nadia Dreid

The House Judiciary Committee spiraled Thursday morning after Rep. Matt Gaetz demanded a vote to subpoena Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who charged former President Donald Trump with 34 felonies, of which he has been convicted, and the Republican chair of the committee had to call for a recess.

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Rakoff Says Criminal Justice Act Attys Should Work Weekends

By Pete Brush

Indigent defendants requiring free criminal legal advice should have access to conflict-free counsel even over the weekends, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff in Manhattan said in a blistering Thursday opinion, citing a suboptimal sequence of events in a high-profile drug case.

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Analysis

Thomas Targets Group Standing In Mifepristone Ruling

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas joined his colleagues Thursday to unanimously uphold broad access to the abortion medication mifepristone for now, but he wrote separately to challenge a standing rule that often serves as the key to the courthouse doors for litigants of all varieties.

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NYSBA's First Woman President Remembered As A Trailblazer

By Andrea Keckley

The New York State Bar Association is remembering its first female president, Maryann Saccomando Freedman, as a trailblazer of the Empire State's legal world in a statement from the bar confirming her death on Wednesday at 89.

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Goldman Exec's 'Mind Entirely Blown' By Fake Ozy Media Call

By Stewart Bishop

A former Goldman Sachs executive who was looking into taking a stake in Carlos Watson's Ozy Media testified on Thursday that she was floored during a due diligence call when it became clear that someone was impersonating a YouTube executive in an apparent effort to persuade the bank to invest in Watson's startup.

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Menendez Trial Delayed After Co-Defendant Gets COVID

By Cara Salvatore

The bribery trial against U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez and associates has been halted for at least two days because co-defendant Fred Daibes has COVID-19, a judge said Thursday afternoon.

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Pryor Cashman Aided Developer Fraud, Owes $5.7M, Cos. Say

By Emma Cueto

New York-based law firm Pryor Cashman LLP has been hit with a $5.7 million lawsuit in state court accusing it of aiding and abetting fraud while representing a real estate developer by allegedly providing false information to another party in a transaction involving a Manhattan property.

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NYC Sued Over Policy Targeting Unlicensed Pot Stores

By Sam Reisman

More than two dozen New York City retailers have launched a proposed federal class action against the city alleging that enforcement of a new policy targeting stores for selling cannabis without a license has resulted in the unconstitutional closing of hundreds of businesses.

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2nd Circ. Case Over NY Broadband Law Could Wrap Up

By Christopher Cole

An agreement could soon be reached between internet providers and the New York attorney general's office that would avoid the need for further Second Circuit review of New York's controversial low-cost broadband law, court records show.

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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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BENEFITS

Media Co. Strikes Deal In Suit Alleging Pricey 401(k) Funds

By Grace Elletson

A media company has agreed to settle a class action alleging it failed to trim costly investment funds from its workers' $540 million 401(k) retirement plan serving 12,000 members, costing them millions in savings, according to a filing in New York federal court.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

Canadian Businessman Cops To Stealing Tesla Trade Secrets

By Lauren Berg

A Canadian businessman residing in China pled guilty in New York federal court to scheming to sell secret battery manufacturing technology that belongs to Tesla, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

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Brief

Man Accused Of Posing As Immigration Atty Cops To Larceny

By Elliot Weld

A New York City man who was accused by city prosecutors of posing as an immigration attorney and fraudulently raking in legal fees pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of petit larceny and was sentenced to time served.

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MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

IBM Resets Antitrust Review Clock For $6.4B HashiCorp Buy

By Al Barbarino

IBM has refiled the notice of its proposed $6.4 billion purchase of HashiCorp to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, resetting the 30-day review clock for enforcers to review the deal, according to a HashiCorp proxy statement filed Thursday.

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BANKRUPTCY

Judge Orders $2.9M Chinese Dissident's Fund Share Sale

By Yun Park

A Connecticut bankruptcy judge approved a request by the Chapter 11 trustee overseeing exiled Chinese billionaire Miles Guo's case to liquidate $2.9 million in investment fund shares held by Lamp Capital LLC, a shell company whose assets the judge already determined belonged to Guo's estate.

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BANKING

Visa, Mastercard Fee Deal Not 'Likely' To Get Court Approval

By Hailey Konnath

A New York federal judge said at a hearing Thursday that she will "likely not approve" Mastercard and Visa's proposed settlement in long-running litigation over merchant transaction fees, according to the case docket.

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Brief

Judge OKs RBS, Lloyds Bank and Others' $1.9M Libor Deal

By Sydney Price

A New York federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a $1.9 million deal between lender plaintiffs and several large banks, including the Royal Banks of Scotland, Lloyds, and others, over their alleged role in manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate.

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INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

Judge Will Tap Arbitrator To Explain $87M Shipping Award

By Emlyn Cameron

A New York federal judge will let an arbitrator who found that Levona Holdings Ltd. owed Eletson Holdings Inc. almost $87 million in damages clarify the order, saying it was sufficiently ambiguous to require elaboration and rejecting Levona's request that the arbitrator not be given that chance.

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PEOPLE

Manatt Picks Up Crypto Co. DCG's Legal Head As New Partner

By Emily Sawicki

The former top lawyer for Digital Currency Group has departed the cryptocurrency company to join professional services firm Manatt as a financial services partner based in New York, focusing on blockchain, emerging companies and venture capital, the firm announced Thursday.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Playing The Odds: Criminal Charges Related To Sports Betting

In light of recent sports betting scandals involving MLB player Shohei Ohtani and NBA player Jontay Porter, institutions and individuals involved in athletics should be aware of and prepared to address the legal issues, including potential criminal charges, that sports gambling may bring to their door, say attorneys at Steptoe.

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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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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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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

Arnold & Porter

Baker & Hostetler

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Brown Rudnick

Capozzi Adler

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Coburn & Greenbaum

Cohen & Lombardo

Constantine Cannon

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

Davis Polk

Dechert LLP

Doar Rieck

Freed Kanner

Freshfields

Gibbons PC

Gibbs & Bruns

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Grant & Eisenhofer

HWG LLP

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Herbert Smith Freehills

Hill Dickinson

Hilliard & Shadowen

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Holwell Shuster

Jackson Lewis PC

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Katten Muchin

Kauff Laton

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Lewis Brisbois

Loeb & Loeb

Manatt Phelps

Meland Budwick

Milbank LLP

MoloLamken

Nelson Robinson & El Ashmawy

Neubert Pepe

Nussbaum Law Group

O'Melveny & Myers

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Pomerantz LLP

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Schindler Cohen

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

St John & St John

Steptoe LLP

Vasseghi Law

Vorys

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Zaiwalla & Co

Zeisler & Zeisler

de Castro PC

gunnercooke LLP

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

7-Eleven Inc.

ACA Connects - America's Communications Association

Adidas AG

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Gaming Association

American International Group Inc.

Associated Press

Bank of America Corp.

Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc.

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

CTIA

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Digital Currency Group Inc.

ESPN Inc.

FedEx Corp.

GrubHub Inc.

Harvard University

HashiCorp Inc.

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

International Business Machines Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Baseball Inc.

Marks & Spencer

MasterCard Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

NASDAQ Inc.

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

National Basketball Association Inc.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Telephone Cooperative Association

New York State Bar Association

New York University

Novo Nordisk A S

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Owens Corning Corp.

Pearson PLC

Princeton University

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

Reverence Capital Partners

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

S&P Global Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

T. Rowe Price Group Inc.

Target Corp.

Tesla Inc.

The Gatorade Company Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

Twitter Inc.

USA Today International Corp.

United States Telecom Association

Visa Inc.

Volkswagen AG

Walmart Inc.

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

City of New York

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Judicial Conference of the United States

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New York Attorney General's Office

New York City Department of Finance

State Justice Institute

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

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

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Connecticut