Three defense attorneys in the long-running and tumultuous prosecution of rapper Young Thug hosted a campaign fundraiser in 2022 for the third and latest judge assigned to the case this week, adding yet another potential hiccup to the bench's game of musical chairs.
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Defense Attys Raised Cash For New Judge In Young Thug Trial

By Chart Riggall

Three defense attorneys in the long-running and tumultuous prosecution of rapper Young Thug hosted a campaign fundraiser in 2022 for the third and latest judge assigned to the case this week, adding yet another potential hiccup to the bench's game of musical chairs.

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FordHarrison Accused Of Terrorizing Conn. Library Workers

By Aaron Keller

Multistate employment law firm FordHarrison LLP has been dragged into existing feuds between a Connecticut library and two of its employees, with new state court lawsuits accusing the firm of misrepresenting state law and inflicting emotional distress by demanding the employees retract claims allegedly made at a public hearing.

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6th Circ. Is No Help To CSX Worker Fired For Train Death Post

By Ryan Harroff

The Sixth Circuit ruled Thursday that a former CSX Transporation Inc. engineer waited too long to try to revive his wrongful termination suit stemming from his firing over an online post he made about a fatal train accident.  

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Colo. Judge Ends Voter Intimidation Case Midtrial

By Daniel Ducassi

A Colorado federal judge on Thursday put an abrupt end to a bench trial in a lawsuit accusing members of a 2020 election denier group of illegal voter intimidation, concluding there was not enough evidence to back up the claims brought by voting rights groups.

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Sunday Ticket Customers Slam NFL's Bid To Upend $4.7B Win

By Gina Kim

DirecTV Sunday Ticket subscribers opposed the NFL's effort to vacate a $4.7 billion antitrust verdict handed down by California federal jurors last month, arguing on Wednesday the league cannot second-guess the jury's findings and that the plaintiffs actually received far less than what they sought.

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Live Nation Previews Part Of Case Against DOJ Suit

By Bryan Koenig

Live Nation and Ticketmaster have teed up part of their fight against an antitrust lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice and multiple state attorneys general, arguing that the state law claims are "threadbare" and that a chunk of the DOJ case amounts to trying to force them to deal with competitors.

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CoComelon Seeks Atty Fees And Sanctions After $23M IP Win

By Bonnie Eslinger

The company behind the popular children's YouTube channel CoComelon urged a California federal judge Thursday to follow up its $23.4 million copyright trial win by ordering a Chinese rival to pay an additional $6.5 million in attorney fees and costs, plus $1 million more for the rival's litigation misconduct.

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Ye Brazenly Stole DJ Khalil's Music For 'Donda,' Suit Says

By Bonnie Eslinger

The musical artist formerly known as Kanye West has been slapped with a lawsuit in California federal court claiming that he stole music from DJ Khalil and three other artists for two leading tracks on his blockbuster album "Donda."

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Comcast Gets PTAB To Eye Patent Despite EDTX Trial

By Andrew Karpan

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday said it will look into a petition by Comcast asking it to invalidate claims in a patent organizing "content on a display device" that is tied to a $338.7 million jury verdict and is being asserted in another case set to go to trial later this year.

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Meta And FTC Want DC Circ. Privacy Fight Kept Paused

By Ali Sullivan

Meta's D.C. Circuit bid to stop the Federal Trade Commission from modifying the parties' $5 billion privacy settlement should be kept on ice, both sides said Thursday, as the commission vies to toss Meta's trial court suit following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

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Ex-Cop With Illness Spared Prison In EBay Harassment Case

By Julie Manganis

A federal judge on Thursday agreed to spare a former California police captain and eBay employee from prison for a stalking and harassment campaign against two Massachusetts journalists, citing the defendant's cancer diagnosis and blaming the ordeal on "a warped corporate culture."

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Avatar-Maker Draws Facial-Scan BIPA Suit

By Lauraann Wood

Avatar company Ready Player Me Inc. has been hit with proposed class claims that it creates Illinois users' digital characters by scanning, storing and using their facial data without first obtaining informed consent.

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COMPETITION

LegitScript Asks 9th Circ. To Ax Price-Checker Antitrust Suit

By Matthew Perlman

LegitScript has told the Ninth Circuit that PharmacyChecker cannot bring antitrust claims for allegedly having its price-checking website blacklisted because the bulk of its business is geared towards helping people illegally import prescription drugs.

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Epic Says Apple's 'Strategic Delay' Tactics Still Ongoing

By Bryan Koenig

The ongoing fight between Epic Games and Apple over the tech giant's compliance with a court order meant to open up app payment competition showed little sign of abating as Epic continued to blast Apple for slow and incomplete production.

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EMPLOYMENT

Warner Bros. Hit With PAGA Suit By Background Actor

By Abby Wargo

Warner Bros. has not been paying background actors all their wages owed by failing to incorporate incentive payments into overtime calculations and requiring them to work through breaks unpaid, according to a Private Attorneys General Act suit filed in California state court.

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Brief

X's NYC Office Settles Ex-Janitors' Back Pay Suit

By Elliot Weld

A group of unionized janitors who used to work in the New York City offices of social media company X have settled a suit alleging the company failed to comply with a city law requiring it to keep the janitors on for 90 days after terminating their contract.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

Chancery Strains To Unwrap Shareholder's Amazon Order

By Leslie A. Pappas

A Delaware Chancery Court vice chancellor struggled on Thursday to wrap her head around a shareholder's demand for corporate documents to probe antitrust allegations at Amazon.com Inc. after a magistrate's report found the shareholder had not presented enough evidence to force the retailer to open its books.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

FCC Votes On Party Lines To Subsidize Wi-Fi For Students

By Christopher Cole

The Federal Communications Commission voted along a partisan divide Thursday to expand a federal school and library subsidy to cover Wi-Fi services for students to remedy gaps in broadband access.

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State PUCs Urged To Keep Eye On Broadband Projects

By Nadia Dreid

States need to step up and do more to ensure that telecommunication companies working on Rural Digital Opportunity Fund projects within their borders do the work they committed to doing on time, according to a former Federal Communications Commission official.

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COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

Owner Of Ex-Sports Illustrated Publisher Wants Out Of Suit

By Elaine BriseƱo

The majority owner of Sports Illustrated's onetime publisher is hoping to exit a suit filed by an executive who was fired from the company, arguing he had nothing to do with terminating his employment and defending the denial of a severance package.

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Brief

Investor Signs $897K Settlement Over R. Kelly Show Funding

By Brian Steele

After security and credit agreements for the promotion of a concert series at the Foxwoods Resort Casino headlined by R&B artist R. Kelly fell apart, an investor has signed a roughly $900,000 deal in a Connecticut state court to recover an out-of-state settlement.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

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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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Amazon.com Inc.

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Apple Inc.

Authentic Brands Group LLC

CSX Corp.

Coinbase Global Inc.

Comcast Corp.

Epic Games Inc.

Ethereum GmbH

Foxwoods Resort Casino

Google LLC

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.

Instagram Inc.

LegitScript LLC

Lenovo Group Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Meta Platforms Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

Nardello & Co. LLC

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Orbit International Corporation

Panoramic Health

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The Florida Bar

The Gap Inc.

The State University of New York

Twitter Inc.

Universal Music Group NV

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

World Economic Forum

YouTube Inc.

Zions Bancorp.

eBay Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baker & Hostetler

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Benanti & Associates

Bona Law PC

Bruce Harvey Law Firm

Bursor & Fisher

Clendenen & Shea

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Cravath Swaine

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Davis Polk

FordHarrison

Geragos & Geragos

Gibson Dunn

Gordon Rees

Goulston & Storrs

Gregor Wynne

Hach Rose Schirripa

Hausfeld LLP

Holland & Knight

Jackson Lewis PC

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kakalec Law

Kienbaum Hardy

Langer Grogan

Latham & Watkins

Lathrop GPM

Leventhal Lewis

Libby Hoopes

Litchfield Cavo

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

Orbit IP LLP

Paul Hastings

Perkins Coie

Prickett Jones

Quinn Emanuel

Ramey LLP

Rosenberg Fortuna

Ross Aronstam

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Susman Godfrey

Tyz Law Group

Wachtell Lipton

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White & Case

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Winston & Strawn

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Cook County Circuit Court

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Florida Supreme Court

Georgia Supreme Court

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation

New York State Unified Court System

Small Business Administration

Superior Court of Fulton County

U.S. Attorney's Office

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. Copyright Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Justice

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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 California

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

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

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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