A Georgia federal judge declined to grant a win to a mineral products company trying to compel a Travelers unit to defend it against an underlying suit claiming that it supplied asbestos-containing talc products.
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Ga. Mineral Co. Can't Nab Win In Row Over Talc Suit Coverage

By Tom Lotshaw

A Georgia federal judge declined to grant a win to a mineral products company trying to compel a Travelers unit to defend it against an underlying suit claiming that it supplied asbestos-containing talc products.

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Split 9th Circ. Panel Backs Restoring DHS Bond Rule

By Jared Foretek

A Ninth Circuit panel upheld a Department of Homeland Security rule barring some immigration surety firms from posting bonds for detained border-crossers Thursday, saying the rule's 2021 ratification by current Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas cured any defects with its original introduction in 2020.

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LITIGATION

Insurer Settles Coverage Row Over Wash. Day Care Sex Abuse

By Elizabeth Daley

Following a contested nearly $25 million settlement agreement, an insurance coverage dispute arising from the molestation of children at an Olympia, Washington, day care center has been resolved, a Washington federal court announced Thursday.

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Colo. Injury Firm, Insurer End Bad Faith Suit

By Adrian Cruz

Two months after a Colorado personal injury firm and insurer settled a dispute over coverage of litigation costs, the two sides have agreed to dismiss the firm's lawsuit against a former firm attorney accused of trying to steal its entire class action department.

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DEALS

Mixed Results Greet 2 IPOs For Hospital Giant, Insurance Firm

By Tom Zanki

Private equity-backed hospital operator Ardent Health and insurance brokerage TWFG Inc. began trading Thursday after completing two initial public offerings that raised $379 million combined at varying points of their price ranges, guided by four law firms.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Feature

NY Courts Limit Access To Ethics Data, Violating Own Rules

By Frank G. Runyeon

After a decade of widespread noncompliance with income and gift reporting rules, the New York court system's Ethics Commission has refused to publicly release all judges' annual financial disclosures, which safeguard against conflicts of interest, corruption and ethics lapses.

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Florida Opts To Use NextGen Bar Exam Starting In 2028

By Madison Arnold

Florida will adopt a new bar exam test component, known as the NextGen Bar Exam, from the National Conference of Bar Examiners beginning July 2028, the state's board of bar examiners announced Thursday.

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Analysis

Menendez Appeal Could Make Hay From Bribery Case Law

By Cara Salvatore

Sen. Robert Menendez's planned "aggressive" appeal will almost certainly include broadsides against his novel foreign-agent conviction and attempt to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court's proven appetite for bribery cases, experts say.

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Hunter Biden Wants Charges Tossed After Trump Docs Ruling

By Lauren Berg

Hunter Biden on Thursday asked federal judges in Delaware and California to throw out his conviction on felony gun charges and to toss other charges of tax evasion, citing a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in Donald Trump's classified documents case.

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Ex-BigLaw Atty Gets Nearly 2 Years For Election Crimes

By Chris Villani

A former BigLaw attorney was sentenced to 21 months in prison Thursday after being convicted of campaign finance violations tied to a failed run for U.S. Congress, with a Boston federal judge citing the defendant's legal acumen and experience as a law clerk as evidence he "should have known" better.

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Crypto Law Firm's SEC Challenge Met With Doubt At 9th Circ.

By Aislinn Keely

A Ninth Circuit panel appeared skeptical Thursday of a law firm's quest for a judgment that its use of the crypto asset ether doesn't offend securities laws, questioning whether the firm has shown it faces enough of a threat from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to keep its case against the regulator alive.

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Judge 'Not Optimistic' Houston Firm's PPP Suit Will Succeed

By Catherine Marfin

A Texas federal judge said Thursday he would give a Houston law firm another chance to make its case that the U.S. Small Business Administration was wrong in denying the firm's bid for loan forgiveness under a COVID-19-era relief program, but noted he was "not really optimistic" the firm would be able to succeed with its suit.

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Healthcare Co. Says Fired In-House Atty Lacks Standing To Sue

By Sue Reisinger

Kidney care company Panoramic Health has urged a Colorado federal judge to toss a former assistant general counsel's lawsuit that claims she was fired for raising concerns about violations of federal anti-kickback statutes.

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Akin Gump

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Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

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BMO Capital Markets Corp.

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Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

KBW, Inc.

Leerink Partners LLC

Mizuho Securities Co. Ltd.

Morgan Stanley

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Nardello & Co. LLC

Panoramic Health

Piper Sandler Cos.

RBC Capital Markets

Stephens Inc.

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William Blair & Co. LLC

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GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Florida Supreme Court

New York State Unified Court System

Small Business Administration

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

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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

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

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

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