A state judge said Wednesday that she wasn't planning on sanctioning an attorney representing Houston residents living near a contaminated rail yard for allowing allegedly improper drone videos to be taken over the site despite telling the lawyer that the "miscommunication" with his staff is "really on you."
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TOP NEWS

No Sanctions Over Drone Video For Houston Cancer MDL Atty

By Catherine Marfin

A state judge said Wednesday that she wasn't planning on sanctioning an attorney representing Houston residents living near a contaminated rail yard for allowing allegedly improper drone videos to be taken over the site despite telling the lawyer that the "miscommunication" with his staff is "really on you."

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News Orgs. Say State 'Eclipsing' Honesty In Uvalde Doc Row

By Catherine Marfin

A coalition of news outlets led by the Texas Tribune told an appeals court Tuesday that the state's request to seal its appellate brief in a long-running dispute over records related to the 2022 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde is an attempt by law enforcement to "eclipse" transparency into the tragedy.

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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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Judge Says Texas Can't Relitigate DHS Parole Program

By Britain Eakin

A Texas federal judge won't reconsider a March decision dismissing the Lone Star State's challenge to the Biden administration's parole program for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, saying Texas is trying to relitigate the court's conclusion that it lacks standing.

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Texas Judge Bans Using $1.4B Border Wall Funds For Repairs

By Alyssa Aquino

A Texas federal judge on Wednesday permanently blocked the White House from using $1.4 billion of border wall construction funding for barrier repair, rejecting requests from landowners, contractors and environmental groups to reconsider the scope of the ban.

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POLICY & REGULATION

House Ethics Committee To Probe Indicted Rep. Cuellar

By Courtney Bublé

The House Ethics Committee announced on Wednesday that it has formed a subcommittee to investigate activities of Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Texas, who was recently charged with accepting bribes from entities in Azerbaijan and Mexico in exchange for political favors.

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ENFORCEMENT

Texas Securities Regulator Orders Crypto MLM To Shut Down

By Madeline Lyskawa

Texas State Securities Board Commissioner Travis J. Iles has ordered the shutdown of an allegedly fraudulent Arkansas-based multilevel marketing scheme that claimed to offer investments in cloud mining cryptocurrency.

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LITIGATION

American Airlines Sued By Black Men Profiled For Body Odor

By Y. Peter Kang

Three Black men are suing American Airlines for racial discrimination claiming they and five other Black men were each asked to exit an airliner after a white flight attendant complained of an unknown passenger's body odor, according to a suit filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

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FDA Sued Over Controversial Lab Test Rule

By Mark Payne

A clinical lab trade group that has been highly critical of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's new final rule on laboratory-developed tests filed a lawsuit late Wednesday, saying the agency doesn't have the authority to regulate the tests as medical devices.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT

5th Circ. Sends Hain Toxic Baby Food Suit To State Court

By Jonathan Capriel

Grocery store chain Whole Foods Market Inc. and international food company Hain Celestial Group Inc. can't escape a lawsuit seeking to hold them liable for the mental and physical decline of a toddler, allegedly caused by tainted baby food they sold, the Fifth Circuit ruled, saying the case was improperly removed to federal court.

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5th Circ. Stays Transfer Of Suit Over CFPB's Late Fee Rule

By Jon Hill

The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday halted the transfer of a banking industry lawsuit against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's $8 credit card late fee rule, again intervening in the case less than a day after a Texas federal judge ordered it sent to Washington, D.C., for a second time.

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Feds, Dreamers Tell 5th Circ. That Fight For DACA Isn't Over

By Rae Ann Varona

The Biden administration and recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program urged the Fifth Circuit to reverse an order that held the program unlawful, saying the program has a chance of surviving in light of recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Verizon Urges Court Not To Postpone VoIP-Pal Patent Trial

By Andrew Karpan

Verizon is fighting a bid by patent litigation company VoIP-Pal.com to get U.S. District Judge Alan Albright to delay sending the Texas federal suit against the telecom giant to a jury, amid a feud over getting a "do-over" on VoIP-Pal's $5 billion damages request.

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DEALS

Wachtell, Kirkland Steer $22.5B ConocoPhillips-Marathon Deal

By Al Barbarino

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz-advised ConocoPhillips has agreed to acquire Marathon Oil, represented by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, in an all-stock transaction with an enterprise value of $22.5 billion, inclusive of $5.4 billion of debt, the companies said Wednesday. 

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PEOPLE

Sidley Brings On Akin's Oil And Gas Leader In Houston

By Lynn LaRowe

Sidley Austin LLP has fortified its energy, transportation and infrastructure group with a partner in Houston who previously led the U.S. oil and gas practice at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

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Brief

Fisher Phillips Adds Employment Pro In Dallas From GRSM50

By Lynn LaRowe

Fisher Phillips has strengthened its Dallas roster with a litigator experienced in representing employers in a broad array of complex labor and employment disputes who came aboard from Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Tips For Advising CRE Owners Affected By Houston Storms

As Houston residents begin the arduous process of recovery after this month's devastating storms, attorneys should guide commercial real estate owners and managers toward immediate action under their insurance coverage to facilitate restoration and a return to normalcy, says Justin Ratley at Munsch Hardt.

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5th Circ. Bond Claim Ruling Shows Creditors Must Be Vigilant

In Raymond James & Associates v. Jalbert, the Fifth Circuit recently held that the bankruptcy debtor's indemnification obligations were discharged by the confirmed plan because the indemnified party failed to speak up, demonstrating that creditors must proactively protect their rights, says Joshua Lesser at Bradley Arant.

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Cos. Must Stay On Alert With Joint Employer Rule In Flux

While employers may breathe a sigh of relief at recent events blocking the National Labor Relations Board's proposed rule that would make it easier for two entities to be deemed joint employers, the rule is not yet dead, say attorneys at ​​​​​​​Day Pitney.

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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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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

Akin Gump

Baker Botts

Baker Donelson

Barnes & Thornburg

Bass Berry

Beck Redden

Bracewell LLP

Bradley Arant

Buchalter APC

Cantey Hanger

Covington & Burling

Dacus Law Firm

Day Pitney

Dentons

Dewsnup King

Dowd Bennett

Durrell Law Group

Farrar & Ball

Finnegan

Fisher & Phillips

Fried Frank

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Gordon Rees

Greenberg Traurig

Haynes & Boone

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Hudnell Law Group

Husch Blackwell

Jones Day

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Lewis Brisbois

Manatt Phelps

Milberg Coleman

Mishcon de Reya

Munsch Hardt

NechelesLaw

Orrick Herrington

Outten & Golden

Parsons Behle

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Quinn Emanuel

Richilano Shea

Ropes & Gray

Shackelford Bowen

Sidley Austin

Spencer Fane

Steptoe LLP

Wachtell Lipton

Wiley Rein

Wright Close & Barger

Yetter Coleman

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Amazon.com Inc.

American Airlines Group Inc.

American Bankers Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union of Texas

American Clinical Laboratory Association

Brandeis University

Caterpillar Inc.

Chesapeake Energy Corp.

Chevron Corp.

ConocoPhillips Co.

Diamondback Energy Inc.

Ethereum GmbH

Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGAA

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Litecoin Inc.

Marathon Oil Corp.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Morgan Stanley

Occidental Petroleum Corp.

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

Public Citizen Inc.

Raymond James Financial Inc.

Ripple Labs Inc.

Savills Inc.

Sierra Club

States United Democracy Center

T-Mobile US Inc.

The Hain Celestial Group Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Union Pacific Corp.

Verizon Communications Inc.

Whitley Penn LLP

Whole Foods Market Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Colorado Supreme Court

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Marin County, California

National Labor Relations Board

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New Jersey Attorney General's Office

Texas Attorney General's Office

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas Department of Public Safety

Texas General Land Office

Texas State Securities Board

Texas Workforce Commission

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

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

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

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Louisiana

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of State

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office