Not the Retiring Kind: On One Partner’s Jumpto Dewey

After a 40-year career that saw him serve as arbitrator or counsel in more than 100 cases, Sullivan & Cromwell international arbitration and dispute resolution expert James Carter wasn’t ready to call it quits.

Don’t Look Back

The recession has helped usher in a new era. Better to embrace it than yearn for the good old days.

In her first opinion, Kagan covers the bases

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan today embraced the use of footnotes, the “ordinary meaning” school of statutory interpretation, the Oxford English Dictionary, and the kindly professor approach to announcing decisions. Oh yes, she also issued an opinion for the Court, the first of her brief tenure as a justice.

Drug company’s argument may not pass smell test with justices

One sign that Jon Hacker was in hot water before the Supreme Court came early on Monday, when Justice Antonin Scalia called his client’s cold medication “zircon,” a faux diamond, instead of Zicam.

Court appears sympathetic to Arizona in immigration case

Arizona’s crackdown on employers who hire unauthorized aliens won sympathy and support from a number of justices during Supreme Court arguments Wednesday in a challenge to the Granite state’s immigration law.

Court appears divided in retaliation case

The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed divided on whether the nation’s major job bias law allows lawsuits against employers who retaliate against the fianc, best friend or other third party in a close relationship with a worker who has complained of discrimination.

Court agrees to hear closely watched Wal-Mart and global warming cases

Stakes in the Supreme Court’s business-related docket this term jumped into the stratosphere today with the justices’ decisions to hear arguments in the mammoth Wal-Mart class action challenge and the latest legal front in the global warming battle.

Project Superintendent Wins $3 Mil. Verdict in Roof Fall

The superintendent for the general contractor of a Philadelphia construction site was awarded $3 million for injuries he suffered after falling through an unmarked hole a roofing company had placed on the roof of the project site.

Judge Wipes Out Civil Verdict in Pier 34 Collapse

A Philadelphia judge has ruled that an insurance company did not act in bad faith when it failed to appoint an appraiser requested by the owners of a Philadelphia pier that collapsed in 2000. The collapse led to three deaths and the indictment of the owners on criminal charges, court papers said.

Suburban Firm Opens Phila. Office With Government Focus

Jenkintown, Pa.-based general practice firm Friedman Schuman has opened an office in Center City, Philadelphia, aiming to better establish its government relations, municipal law, real estate and financial services practices within the city limits.

Jury Awards $4.2 Mil. Verdict to Woman Hit by Car

A Philadelphia jury has awarded $4.2 million in the case of a woman who was run over by a motorist as she walked by a Toyota car dealership parking lot.

DLA Piper Plans to Merge With Australian Partner

DLA Piper announced Thursday that it plans to fully merge with Australian alliance partner DLA Phillips Fox in a move aimed at giving the firm a much larger footprint in the Asia Pacific region — and positioning it as the largest firm in the world in terms of number of lawyers.

Panel selects 9 Iowa Supreme Court nominees

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A panel named nine nominees on Thursday night to fill three vacancies on the Iowa Supreme Court that were created when voters ousted some justices for their part in a unanimous 2009 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.

La. AG slams judge’s appointment of Ala. AG

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell plans to challenge a federal judge’s decision Thursday to appoint Alabama’s newly elected attorney general to coordinate all states’ interests in the litigation spawned by the massive Gulf oil spill.

Probation for lawyer in Pa. courthouse fight

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – An attorney charged with punching his opposing counsel in a northeastern Pennsylvania courthouse has been sentenced to six months probation and 75 hours community service.

Sued for Malpractice, Defense Lawyer Can Allege Client’s Guilt

A criminal defense lawyer sued for malpractice should have been allowed to pursue evidence to bolster his claim that the ex-client was convicted because he was guilty, a New Jersey appeals court says.

Fed. Circuit Provides Guidance on System Patent Infringement

In order to infringe a system patent, an end user must use all portions of the invention, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has ruled.

Louisville Slugger maker appeals aluminum bat case

HELENA, Mont. (AP) – The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats is appealing a jury’s verdict that found the company liable for the 2003 death of a baseball player who was struck in the temple by a batted ball during a game in Helena.

NM court orders publication of environmental rules

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) -The New Mexico Supreme Court on Wednesday sided with environmental groups in a pair of cases that challenged an attempt by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to delay publication in the state register of recently approved pollution control measures.

Ill. court throws out liquor taxes, video gambling

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – An Illinois appellate court ruled Wednesday that lawmakers have to start over if they want to raise taxes and legalize video gambling to pay for a $31 billion statewide construction plan.

Terror Defendant Gets Life in Embassy Bombings

Southern District of New York Judge Lewis A. Kaplan on Tuesday ordered Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani to prison for life for his role in the al-Qaeda conspiracy to bomb two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.

Obama Gently Knocks Lawyers in Annual Address

President Obama trained as a lawyer and taught law for a living, but lawyers were still among his targets in the annual State of the Union address this week.

Federal Courts in Arizona Declare Judicial Emergency

Following the shooting death of the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, his successor declared a judicial emergency on Tuesday that will temporarily lift the deadline for moving criminal defendants to trial. She cited an unmanageable caseload.

Warning Signs: Educators Say Rules Are Vague When Dealing With Potentially Violent Students

To classmates and teachers of Jared Loughner, it was clear that he was at best strange and at worst deranged.

Nebraska considers 1st execution since 1997

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska is inching closer to its first execution in more than 13 years and its first since retiring its electric chair in favor of lethal injection.

Blackwater suit tossed 7 years after grisly deaths

RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) – A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit that blamed the security company formerly known as Blackwater for the deaths of four contractors killed in a grisly 2004 ambush on the restive streets of Iraq.

Court affirms ruling favoring SD diocese

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A federal appeals court has upheld a judge’s ruling favoring the Catholic Diocese of Rapid City in a lawsuit brought by a woman who says a priest sexually assaulted her in 1987.

Dechert to Pay $429,000 to Settle Meal Break Claims

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch approved a final settlement Monday in a class action that accused Dechert of having workers sign waivers in order to work through meal breaks.

Obama Taps Verrilli for Solicitor General Post

President Obama has tapped White House Deputy Counsel Donald Verrilli Jr. to serve as solicitor general of the United States.

ACLU: Detainees owed bail hearing after 6 months

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Immigrants fighting deportation should not languish in U.S. detention centers for years without bail hearings, civil-rights lawyers argued Monday in a U.S. appeals court.

Independent voter challenges Okla. state question

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An independent Oklahoma voter and former congressional candidate filed a lawsuit Monday that alleges a recently enacted state question that revamps the state Apportionment Commission discriminates against independent voters.

Fla. House challenges redistricting amendment

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida House is asking to join a lawsuit challenging a new state constitutional amendment on congressional redistricting.

Obama’s Inclusive Bench: Far More Minorities, Women Among President’s Confirmed Judges

For Asian-Americans eager to see more of their own serving as judges, the Clinton administration was a time of unprecedented success. Five people of Asian or Pacific descent were confirmed to the federal bench in those eight years — more than were confirmed during any previous administration or during the George W. Bush administration.

High Court Says Third Parties Can Sue In Retaliation Cases

Employers are prohibited from retaliating against a worker who has filed a discrimination complaint by making reprisals against that worker’s fiance, family members or other close associates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.

High court rejects farmer who tangled with Tyson

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Monday turned down an appeal from a former Tennessee poultry farmer who sued Tyson Farms after losing his contract to raise their chickens.

Lawyers to pay $25 million in Princess Di dispute

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A Los Angeles law firm that sued the Franklin Mint for marketing Princess Diana memorabilia has agreed to pay the mint’s former owners $25 million to settle a malicious prosecution lawsuit.

Bob Marley’s heirs win image case in Nevada court

LAS VEGAS (AP) – A federal jury has sided with Bob Marley’s family in ruling against a Nevada company accused of making and selling apparel featuring the reggae icon’s image.

Securities Class Actions Inched Up in 2010

This past year was a relatively slow one for federal securities class action filings, according to the latest research from the Securities Class Action Clearinghouse — a partnership between Stanford Law School and Cornerstone Research.

Attorneys Sanctioned For ‘Absurd’ Argument About Jurisdiction

A federal judge has sanctioned two attorneys for “absurd” arguments demonstrating “frivolity and illogic” that she lacked jurisdiction to hear allegations that a 2004 settlement had been violated in a copyright infringement case.

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Court: McCord may attend private gaming sessions

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A Commonwealth Court judge is ordering the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to let state Treasurer Rob McCord attend its closed-door meetings.

Pa. school district sued over truancy fines

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) – A federal lawsuit accuses a Pennsylvania school district of imposing excessive and illegal fines on truant children or their families, including one parent ordered to pay $27,000 and a 17-year-old student fined more than $12,000.

Feds ask judge to toss Mo. health care lawsuit

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder challenging the federal health care overhaul.

Amici Claim Contact Between Judge, Prosecutors Tainted Trial

A trio of prominent legal advocacy groups threw their support behind imprisoned former meat processing executive Sholom Rubashkin last week, highlighting accusations that a federal judge improperly cooperated with prosecutors before Rubashkin’s arrest.

N.J. Foreclosure Gets Green Light Despite Lost Mortgage Note

A Bergen County, N.J., chancery judge says a foreclosure can go forward even though the original lender lost the mortgage note and thus never passed it along when it assigned the mortgage to the bank now trying to enforce the debt.

Judge rejects challenge to Iowa judicial retention

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A federal judge rejected on Wednesday a challenge to Iowa’s judicial nominating and retention system.

Federal judge dismisses suit over Tenn. Bible park

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A federal lawsuit over a once-planned Bible Park USA theme park in Tennessee has been dismissed.

Judge dismisses officer’s challenge to Ariz. law

PHOENIX (AP) – A federal judge in Phoenix has officially dismissed a police officer’s legal challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law.

1st Circuit: Plaintiffs in Bedbug Case Deserve New Trial

An exterminator hired to remove plaintiffs’ bedbugs may testify at trial without filing an official expert witness report, the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. That’s because he was not retained by the plaintiffs’ law firm in the capacity of an expert.

Justices Wary of FOIA Exemption For Corporations

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to agree on Wednesday that corporations don’t have the same privacy rights as people, at least under the Freedom of Information Act.