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.
The recession has helped usher in a new era. Better to embrace it than yearn for the good old days.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To classmates and teachers of Jared Loughner, it was clear that he was at best strange and at worst deranged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Obama has tapped White House Deputy Counsel Donald Verrilli Jr. to serve as solicitor general of the United States.
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.
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.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) – The Florida House is asking to join a lawsuit challenging a new state constitutional amendment on congressional redistricting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A federal judge rejected on Wednesday a challenge to Iowa’s judicial nominating and retention system.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) – A federal lawsuit over a once-planned Bible Park USA theme park in Tennessee has been dismissed.
PHOENIX (AP) – A federal judge in Phoenix has officially dismissed a police officer’s legal challenge to Arizona’s new immigration law.
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.
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.