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Lindsay Lohan has agreed to settle a case with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) without admitting wrongdoing after collaborating with the SEC’s investigation into Chinese cryptocurrency entrepreneur Justin Sun's alleged fraud, resulting in Lohan paying a fine and disgorging money she had received.
Republican members of the House Judiciary, Oversight, and Administration Committees wrote a letter to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, accusing him of an "unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority" in relation to the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels, pushing for Bragg to testify on a "politically motivated prosecutorial decision", despite having no visibility on the grand jury, which the DA responded to as an "unlawful incursion into New York's sovereignty", while Trump's supporters make death threats against him on Truth Social.
California is currently proposing a new rule that would require attorneys to file a complaint with the state bar against another attorney if they have credible evidence of misconduct potentially raising a substantial question as to the attorney’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as an attorney in other respects, however, some federal judges have recommended that law schools tell employers if law students participate in protests that disrupt speakers on campus, which raises concern about the harm such snitching rules could cause to innocent people who have different points of view.
Legal professionals are not using or planning to use generative AI tools in their work, with only 2% of legal professionals who are aware of these tools saying they are using them daily, according to a survey by LexisNexis Legal & Professional, which polled 1,176 US lawyers and 1,239 law students. Meanwhile, of the consumers who responded that they were aware of generative AI tools, 32% say they are using them personally or professionally, with 48% saying they had used them for legal advice or assistance.
The Israeli Defense establishment is concerned that the Biden administration may slow or cut off the flow of arms from Washington, as Israel's right-wing government's judicial reforms have plunged the country into a domestic crisis, causing major demonstrations and concern from world leaders due to how the reforms affect the balance between the legislative, judicial, and executive branches that could damage US relations with Israel, hence impact Washington's desire to approve Israel's annual foreign military financing budget.
English trainee solicitor Tauseef Sadeeq has been sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to 20 counts of fraud totaling over £100,000, and admitting to having used the funds he misappropriated to pay off gambling debts, including funds belonging to clients of the firm hired him.
Fox News has filed a motion to seal parts of the employment discrimination case brought against them by Abby Grossberg, including allegations around the conduct of lawyers preparing Grossberg for deposition and increasing the potential for legal consequences.
Scott Diamond, a former partner at the Pennsylvania-based Sacks Weston, has been sentenced to six months in prison and six months of house arrest following the theft of $320,000 in legal fees from the firm, which he shared with a co-conspirator, after two counts of fraud were brought against him.
The article discusses the benefits of flat fees for lawyers, including predictability, incentivizing efficiency, and allowing for selective implementation, and provides answers to common questions surrounding the ethical and logistical considerations of flat fees.
White & Case, a Biglaw firm, filed a lawsuit for $8.3 million against former client Colonnade Acquisition Corp. II for three years of unpaid bills and breach of contract despite providing legal services based on the amount of time spent.
The Drug Price Transparency in Medicaid Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that aims to lower prescription drug prices for patients by banning spread pricing by pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), was introduced in the House of Representatives and has gained support from the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP).
The article features various legal news, including SCOTUS examining a parody Jack Daniel's dog toy, Johnson and Johnson seeking Supreme Court help, White & Case suing a client, Trump's failed attempt to delay an AG's civil case, an article exploring how reality TV brought a Biglaw lawyer into the limelight and Muslim attorneys sharing advice for Ramadan.
The article poses a trivia question asking how many lateral partners Paul Hastings has added since January 2022 from notable firms, with a hint that the firm plans to continue expanding, especially in finance, private equity, M&A, capital markets, litigation, and real estate.
The shift to a more digital economy presents a unique set of issues when it comes to taxation on legal services by lawyers who start or operate their own firms, including tax deductions for tech tools, taxes related to virtual legal services and contractors in different states and countries, tax payments related to flat fees and traditional retainers and crypto payments.
Actor LeVar Burton speaks at the Legalweek conference in New York City, encouraging companies to diversify their environments, workforces, and efforts to increase richness of participation and ultimately produce the best outcomes for their enterprise.
Angela Reading, a New Jersey mother and Villanova Law student, has sued her Jersey town, local police chief, school superintendent, and military officials, alleging a “conspiracy” to “suppress” and “chill” her free speech rights over “Math Night” posters created by elementary school students with “polysexual,” “pansexual,” and “genderqueer” as part of the district’s “Week of Respect,” leading to Reading posting on Facebook and receiving backlash.
Former US President Donald Trump's appeal to nix Judge Beryl Howell's request for Evan Corcoran to testify to the grand jury and hand over client communications has been denied by the DC Circuit court.
The US Supreme Court is considering the legal dispute between Jack Daniel's and VIP Products, as Jack Daniel's appeals a lower court's ruling that the "Bad Spaniels" chew toy is an "expressive work" protected by the First Amendment, though Chief Justice Kagan believes it is a commercial product that is not a First Amendment case.
Former Cozen O’Connor attorney William Gericke has been suspended from practicing law in Pennsylvania for one year and fined $20,000 by the Securities and Exchange Commission for buying stock in a client company before its merger with another firm was announced, conduct which he subsequently admitted was illegal insider trading.
Dan K. Purdy, a defense attorney in Missouri who sexually assaulted six clients, has been indefinitely suspended from practicing law but is allowed to apply for reinstatement after just one year, which has been deemed insufficient by some judges.
Lawyers who are willing to offer fee flexibility and adapt to the needs of smaller clients can help nurture those clients who may one day expand, bringing larger sources of revenue for a law firm through additional legal services, solid referrals, or networking groups, with many startup companies interacting with one another.
The DC Circuit has administratively stayed the district court’s March 17, 2023 order on Donald Trump’s retention of government records pending further order of the court, which requires Evan Corcoran, Trump’s lawyer, to testify more fully against the president.
The author expresses concern over churches and politicians using deceptive fundraising tactics, and suggests that while fraud may be difficult to prove in these cases, people should still be vigilant in monitoring their donations.
U.S. News & World Report will release its new Best Graduate Programs rankings on April 18 despite over 40 law schools withdrawing from participating in the rankings following a revolt against the institution started by Yale Law School in mid-November due to criticism of their methodology.
A ruling by the Superior Court of Pennsylvania has denied parental rights to a woman who was not genetically related to a child carried by her legally married wife, causing concern for same-sex couples and families formed through assisted reproductive technology across the US.
Georgia attorney William McCall Calhoun has been found guilty on multiple charges for his role in the January 6th U.S. Capitol riot, including felony obstruction of an official proceeding and misdemeanor charges of entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; disorderly conduct in a Capitol building; and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building.
The IRS is seeking comments on how to treat non-fungible tokens (NFTs) for tax purposes and is contemplating treating them as "collectibles", with potential tax implications for long-term holders and full-time dealers, and will determine whether an NFT is considered a collectible by applying a "look-through" analysis that examines the asset's ownership rights, while seeking input on factors such as NFT definitions, whether NFTs can be considered works of art, tangible personal property or both, and other helpful guidance.
Michael Chertoff, Sam Alito's former colleague, has been secretly advising the Supreme Court on several security consulting projects, including the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health leak investigation, leading lawmakers to ask for additional clarification on his company's work and advocating for transparency and accountability in the Court.
The No Surprises Act, which protects Americans from surprise medical bills, is being undermined by providers who ask patients to waive these protections through the "Surprise Billing Protection Form," which, although marketed as a way to facilitate treatment from non-network providers, takes away the patient's legal rights to contest the treatment, making it necessary for health plan providers to track patients who sign it to avoid surprise billing instances.
The article highlights various news items including the Supreme Court giving millions of dollars to Michael Chertoff, Facebook being tagged for trafficking, Arkansas introducing anti-trans bathroom laws, the Supreme Court talking about influencers and the stupidity of the bar exam.
Joseph Tacopina, Donald Trump's new lawyer, who represents him in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case, as well as the possibility of indictment for Stormy Daniel's hush money payment, has been making increasingly manic appearances to insist that his client wasn't lying despite having admitted an attorney-client relationship with her, while also trashing the claims he is now making on Trump's behalf on new tapes that have surfaced.
The article discusses a recent lawsuit filed by a Fox News producer alleging that network attorneys, including outside counsel from a Biglaw firm, encouraged her to provide "evasive" testimony in Fox's litigation with Dominion Voting Systems, and she was discouraged from getting her own attorney.
Fox News is currently facing multiple legal challenges, including Dominion Voting System's defamation suit, which it argued for summary judgment, while a former producer has filed a lawsuit in New York alleging violations of the US equal pay law and saying that she was fired from the company after complaining about religious and gender-based harassment.
Items from the Murdaugh family hunting lodge, where a mother and son were murdered earlier this year, are up for auction, with items including animal heads and skulls and monogrammed pillows available for purchase.
Jonathan Perlin, CEO of the Joint Commission, has spoken at the closed-door, invitation-only Lake Nona Impact Forum in Florida to explain how the healthcare industry can take certain easy and cost effective actions, including cutting down on travel and using less fluorine-containing anesthesia, to reduce carbon footprints to help deal with the growing issue of climate change while setting decarbonization standards to live up to in the future.
Rudy Giuliani warned that a republic falls when the prosecution system is turned into a political device, in reference to former President Trump's imminent indictment over the alleged hush-money payout to adult film star Stormy Daniels.
A handful of law schools have started using a messaging platform called Early Alert that sends texts to law students each week to rate their feelings and provide help or outreach when answers are in the mid-to-low range.
DoD CIO John Sherman has said that the Biden administration’s National Cyber Strategy is aligned with DoD's ongoing cloud and cybersecurity efforts and speaks to its fundamental role in collaborating with industry to provide an enduring effort to maintain DoD's edge over near-peer competitors.
National Jurist's preLaw Magazine has released its Most Devout Law Schools ranking, which lists the top law schools that incorporate faith into their teachings and curriculum, with methodology including the percentage of students and faculty who belong to a religion, religion-focused courses, religious services and clergy available, and the school's mission.
Legal commentator Alan Dershowitz compares the Manhattan District Attorney's office to the KGB and calls the potential arrest of Donald Trump, a violation of "core American values" on the Charlie Kirk YouTube show.
Lawyers Jared Beck and Elizabeth Lee Beck are suing Twitter for the alleged material breach of contract in relation to their suspension from the platform, which they allege violates Twitter's newly revised terms and conditions announced by CEO Jack Dorsey in a tweet.
Above the Law's attempt to replace the US News rankings of law schools involves a pure popularity contest after the law schools did not cooperate on a data-driven ranking model, with a few upsets appearing in the half of the sixteen matchups.
Venue continues to be a critical issue in modern patent litigation; but defendants seeking a transfer motion or motion to dismiss for improper venue could get into trouble, as Texas’ patent-savvy judges have become increasingly well-versed in practices like this and are willing to call out behavior that crosses the line, placing great importance on defendants providing fulsome venue discovery, in the form of documents and interrogatory responses.
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