A North Carolina federal judge has cleared the way for an American swimming pool parts supplier to go after a $16 million judgment from its Chinese rival for false advertising and unfair business practices following a weeklong jury trial earlier this year.
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Pool Co. Can't Avoid, Delay Paying $16M False Ad Verdict

By Hayley Fowler

A North Carolina federal judge has cleared the way for an American swimming pool parts supplier to go after a $16 million judgment from its Chinese rival for false advertising and unfair business practices following a weeklong jury trial earlier this year.

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Contractor Talking To Juror Warrants Contempt, NC Panel Told

By Hayley Fowler

A general contractor interfered with the court when he spoke to a juror during a civil trial involving his company, state prosecutors told a North Carolina appellate court in seeking to have the contractor's contempt conviction upheld.

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Honeywell Ends Suit Over $8.75M Bond For Army Base Work

By Matthew Santoni

A Pennsylvania federal court has approved a request from Honeywell International Inc. to drop its lawsuit over an $8.75 million performance bond whose issuer allegedly balked at paying to replace a bankrupt subcontractor for a long-delayed job at the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

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NC State Is Blocking Probe Of PCBs In Building, Court Told

By Travis Bland

North Carolina State University is trying to exploit the judicial process in order to destroy evidence of building contamination, a cancer-stricken professor told a state appeals court Tuesday in a bid to advance plans for a carcinogen inspection.

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Dealer Faults Trucking Co. For Damage To Yacht In $1.4M Suit

By Katherine Smith

A North Carolina boat dealer is seeking a quick exit from a suit by a yacht owner seeking more than $1.4 million for damage that a yacht sustained during transport across the East Coast, arguing that the trucking company that was hauling the yacht is to blame.

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FOURTH CIRCUIT

4th Circ. Rejects Atty Fee Bid In Fight Over Ted Nugent Photo

By Ryan Harroff

The Fourth Circuit has denied a photographer's application for attorney fees after Bricker Graydon LLP helped him secure a favorable ruling in his legal battle over a news website's allegedly unauthorized use of a Ted Nugent photo he took in an article titled, "15 Signs Your Daddy Was A Conservative."

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POLICY & REGULATION

NC House Advances Bill To Let Attys Expunge Ethics Records

By Travis Bland

The North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday voted in favor of a bill that would allow attorneys to clear certain disciplinary records, putting the proposal one step closer to becoming law.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Playing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My deep and passionate involvement in playing, writing and producing music equipped me with skills — like creativity, improvisation and problem-solving — that contribute to the success of my legal career, says attorney Kenneth Greene.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

More Law Firms Are Relocating, Signing New Leases In 2024

By Dorothy Atkins

More law firms have relocated or renewed their office leases in the first quarter of 2024 than during the same period over the last four years, continuing a post-pandemic trend that began late last year as more firms made moves, according to a recent report by real-estate services company Savills.

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Greenberg Traurig Gets 30-Year Tax Break From Saudi Arabia

By Tracey Read

Greenberg Traurig LLP is among the first law firms to get licensed as a regional headquarters, or RHQ, company in Saudi Arabia, allowing the firm to take advantage of a major tax break, the firm announced Tuesday.

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From Virtual Roots, Husch Blackwell To Grow Nashville Office

By Aebra Coe

After hiring eight attorneys based in Nashville, Tennessee, through its fully remote Link office over the past year, Husch Blackwell announced plans Wednesday to open a brick-and-mortar location in the city, to be led by intellectual property partner Tim Capria.

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Alito Won't Recuse From Jan. 6 Cases Over Flag Controversy

By Katie Buehler

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito announced Wednesday that he will not recuse himself from deciding cases related to the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol or former President Donald Trump's criminal immunity following reports that two flags used by protesters of Trump's 2020 election loss were flown outside his houses.

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NY Jury Eyes Trump Tower 'Conspiracy' As Deliberations Start

By Frank G. Runyeon, Rachel Scharf and Stewart Bishop

Jurors in Donald Trump's criminal hush money trial ended their first day of deliberations Wednesday without a verdict, as the panel appeared to home in on testimony about a key 2015 meeting where the alleged scheme was hatched.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Deliberations In Trump's NY Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from the first day of deliberations Wednesday.

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Colo. Suspends Ex-Trump Atty For Aiding Ga. Election Lies

By Thy Vo

A Colorado disciplinary judge has suspended Jenna Lynn Ellis from practicing law in the state for three years over her guilty plea in a Georgia election interference case, after the former attorney and legal adviser to Donald Trump disavowed her actions in a letter that admitted, "I was wrong."

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Menendez Trial Judge Sticks With Order Barring Texts

By Carla Baranauckas

The federal judge presiding over the corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez announced Wednesday that he is holding firm to his decision barring prosecutors from using text messages to bolster their claims that the New Jersey Democrat took bribes in exchange for authorizing millions of dollars in aid for Egypt.

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Wash. Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Judge

By Madison Arnold

A Washington man is charged with intimidating a judge on allegations he threatened to kill Asotin County Superior Court Judge Brooke Burns, as well as her dog, Motley, after she oversaw his guilty plea to charges alleging he made threats to shoot up an elementary school and a county fair parade.

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Quinn Emanuel Atty Ducks Sanctions Over Musk Deposition

By Jake Maher

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP partner Alex Spiro beat an attempt to sanction him for alleged "astonishingly unprofessional" conduct at a deposition while defending billionaire and investor Elon Musk from a defamation suit in Texas state court, but the suit survived a motion to dismiss, according to an order signed Wednesday.

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Interview

6 Questions For FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez

By Christopher Cole

A year after she was nominated for the Federal Communications Commission's third Democratic seat, Anna Gomez says she's steadily progressing toward goals tied to connectivity, innovation, public safety and media localism in what she calls the "best job I've had in my career."

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Interview

Acting Boston US Atty Says Fraud Cases Still High Priority

By Julie Manganis

Prosecuting a range of fraud cases despite finite resources will remain a priority for Massachusetts acting U.S. Attorney Joshua Levy as he enters his second year in the job, he told reporters on Wednesday in a question and answer session at his office.

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Meta's Policy On Threats List 'Sounds Nefarious,' Judge Says

By Dorothy Atkins

The California federal judge overseeing claims Meta blacklists certain adult performers questioned the social media giant's practice of keeping its list of dangerous organizations and individuals as a "living document" that changes constantly and isn't archived, saying the policy appears to destroy evidence and "sounds nefarious."

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Whistleblower Counsel Can't Get 'Exorbitant' $11.5M Fee

By Brian Dowling

A Boston federal judge slashed an "exorbitant" $11.5 million fee request made by counsel for a False Claims Act whistleblower in a case involving lab testing company Fresenius Medical Care, hammering the attorneys for inflated hourly rates, inflated time entries and a host of questionable billing practices.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Bradley Arant

Bricker Graydon

Buchalter APC

Crowell & Moring

DeVlieger Hilser

Dentons

Dewsnup King

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Edwards Kirby

Farrar & Ball

Finnegan

Fishman Decea

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

Kilpatrick Townsend

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Manatt Phelps

McCarter & English

McGivney Kluger

McQuaide Blasko

Milberg Coleman

Mishcon de Reya

NechelesLaw

Parsons Behle

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Pope McMillan

Preti Flaherty

Quinn Emanuel

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Shackelford Bowen

Shumaker Loop

Sidley Austin

Spencer Fane

Wiley Rein

Womble Bond

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Amazon.com Inc.

Brandeis University

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

Google LLC

Honeywell International Inc.

Instagram Inc.

North Carolina State Bar

Savills Inc.

States United Democracy Center

Twitter Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Colorado Supreme Court

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Marin County, California

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New Hanover County

North Carolina Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of State

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

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

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

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office