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  • January 17, 2024

    5 Key Takeaways From Supreme Court's Chevron Arguments

    U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned Wednesday whether overturning a decades-old precedent instructing courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes would lead judges to legislate from the bench or diminish the value of Supreme Court precedent — and pondered whether they could "Kisorize" the doctrine rather than doing away with it altogether.

  • January 17, 2024

    State AGs Say AI-Generated Voices Fall Under Robocall Law

    Half the states in the union have banded together to tell the Federal Communications Commission they believe making unsolicited marketing calls using voices created with artificial intelligence violates federal telemarketing law.

  • January 17, 2024

    Utah Sued Over Social Media Age Verification Law

    A group of Utah residents backed by a free speech advocacy group is suing officials in Utah over the state's new social media age verification law, saying the statute violates Utahns' First Amendment rights in a one-size-fits-all approach.

  • January 17, 2024

    Health Co. Says Ex-CEO Sought 'Loyalty Oaths,' Revenge

    Summit Orthopedic Home Care has filed a federal suit in Ohio accusing its ex-CEO and his "cronies" of using oppressive behavior to gain control over operations and then using internal knowledge of Summit's relationships to benefit his new home healthcare business.

  • January 17, 2024

    High Court Majority Shows No Eagerness To Overturn Chevron

    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Wednesday appeared split about whether decades-old precedent that favors federal agencies' legal interpretations in rulemaking infringes on judges' rightful authority to decide questions of law.

  • January 16, 2024

    6 Opinions To Read Before High Court's Chevron Arguments

    The U.S. Supreme Court will consider Wednesday whether to overturn a decades-old doctrine that instructs courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes, arguments in which nearly two dozen of the justices' prior writings may be used to persuade them to toss the controversial court precedent.

  • January 16, 2024

    Windshield Repair Co. Can Fight Safelite's 'Dollar-Bill Rule'

    A Sixth Circuit panel breathed new life into a windshield repair entrepreneur's battle with Safelite on Tuesday, resurrecting the inventor's claim that Safelite drove away his customers by spreading the message that long cracks weren't safe to repair.

  • January 16, 2024

    Ohio Justices Refreeze Assets Of Indicted Ex-Utilities Chair

    The Ohio Supreme Court unraveled an appellate panel's decision Tuesday to unfreeze the assets of Samuel Randazzo, a recently indicted former state regulator and lawyer connected to the FirstEnergy Corp. bribery scandal, paving the way for the Buckeye State to secure an $8 million garnishment. 

  • January 16, 2024

    Walmart's 'Fingerprints' On Fatal Shooting, 6th Circ. Hears

    The family of a young man killed by police while he was carrying an unpackaged BB gun at Walmart urged the Sixth Circuit to revive its wrongful death claim, arguing that Ohio state court case law supports their position that the retailer should be held liable for failing to secure the gun.

  • January 16, 2024

    21 States Urge Court To Block Feds' Highway GHG Rule

    A coalition of Republican-led states asked a Kentucky federal judge to block the U.S. Department of Transportation's recently finalized Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule, which requires all states to set declining targets for on-road carbon dioxide emissions and report them no later than Feb. 1.

  • January 12, 2024

    Ohio Hospital Seeks To End Worker's COVID-Testing Suit

    An Ohio hospital asked a federal judge on Friday to dismiss a pharmacist's suit claiming it failed to accommodate her religion when she sought exemptions from its COVID-19 testing policy, arguing she has inconsistently applied her beliefs when it comes to medical intervention, taking X-rays at the dentist and undergoing temperature screenings in the past.

  • January 12, 2024

    Judge Nixes Native Fragrance Co.'s Bid To Snuff Jury Verdict

    A Connecticut state court judge has refused to throw out a jury verdict after a Native American-controlled supplier failed to recover an alleged $8 million in damages from a fragrance manufacturer, outlining why the jury probably determined that a confusing contract existed but that no breach occurred.

  • January 12, 2024

    Up Next At High Court: Chevron Deference, Corp. Filings

    The U.S. Supreme Court will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will begin a short oral argument week Tuesday, during which the justices will consider overturning Chevron deference, a decades-old doctrine that instructs courts to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of ambiguous statutes. 

  • January 12, 2024

    High Court Eyes Chevron Deference: What You Need To Know

    Will the U.S. Supreme Court overturn 40 years of doctrine telling courts to defer to federal agencies when interpreting laws? That's what is at stake Wednesday when the justices hear two cases, both from fishing companies that have asked the court to turn its back or limit the impact of the 1984 decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council. Here, catch up with Law360's coverage of the cases brought by Loper Bright Enterprises and Relentless Inc.

  • January 12, 2024

    Justices To Decide Federal Rights Exhaustion Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday to resolve lingering questions over the breadth of its previous rulings prohibiting states from requiring litigants to exhaust state administrative remedies before pursuing federal right violation claims, in a dispute over Alabama's processing of unemployment benefits claims.

  • January 12, 2024

    Justices Take Up Starbucks' NLRB Injunction Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to standardize the circuit courts' approach to vetting National Labor Relations Board injunction bids after accepting on Jan. 12 Starbucks' challenge to a Sixth Circuit ruling upholding an order to rehire seven fired workers.

  • January 12, 2024

    Ohio Chain Serves Similarly Named Eatery With TM Suit

    A Lebanese restaurant group based outside Cleveland filed a federal lawsuit Friday accusing a similarly named establishment outside Toledo of violating its trademarks on the "Taza" name and logo.

  • January 11, 2024

    FirstEnergy Investors Seek Damages Clarification In Cert. Row

    FirstEnergy Corp. investors asked an Ohio federal judge who certified their class claims stemming from the company's role in a high-profile bribery scandal to clarify that the court didn't assume the damages methodologies for claims under different federal securities statutes were interchangeable, as FirstEnergy has claimed in its appeal to the Sixth Circuit.

  • January 11, 2024

    Marathon Wins Fee Award For Ex-Worker's Deleted Texts

    A Colorado federal magistrate judge on Thursday awarded Marathon Petroleum nearly $13,400 in fees for time its attorneys spent trying to track down text messages deleted by a former employee suing the company for gender bias and pursuing sanctions for the evidence spoliation.

  • January 11, 2024

    Fine Looms For Ohio Co. Rebuffing Union Fund Suit

    An Ohio federal magistrate judge has recommended that a Toledo demolition company incur a $100 fine for each day it continues ignoring discovery and deposition requests in a payment dispute with union benefit fund trustees, saying the company violated a court order compelling a response to those requests.

  • January 11, 2024

    TSA Ignored Scale Of Co.'s Past Work In $19M Deal, GAO Says

    The Transportation Security Administration must revisit proposals for a $19.45 million task order because it failed to document how the experience of a Maryland company that won the contract corresponded to the required work, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has decided.

  • January 11, 2024

    Dollar Bank Hit With Pa. Suit Over Merged Bank's Data Breach

    Pittsburgh-based Dollar Bank FSB is facing a proposed class action in Pennsylvania state court that claims the bank failed to protect private information it inherited in a 2021 merger with Standard AVB Financial Corp., then waited months to inform customers whose data was compromised.

  • January 10, 2024

    Ohio House OKs Ban On Youth Gender-Affirming Care

    The Ohio House on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a measure that would restrict hormone treatments and other gender-affirming care for transgender youths and bar transgender girls from participating on girls' athletics teams.

  • January 10, 2024

    Kroger Urges Justices To Review TM Dispute With Grubhub

    The Kroger Co. has urged justices to review a Seventh Circuit decision that held Grubhub Inc.'s logo does not infringe the one used by Kroger's meal-kit delivery service Home Chef, arguing the lower courts did not conduct a full likelihood-of-confusion analysis between each product's fork-and-knife logo.

  • January 10, 2024

    OSU, Dentist End Retaliation Suit Amid New Trial Request

    Ohio State University and a former faculty member settled a retaliation suit ahead of a potential new trial for punitive damages that would have followed a $600,000 compensatory award after she convinced a federal jury her job was threatened for participating in an investigation into a senior faculty member's misconduct, according to a Wednesday court filing.

Expert Analysis

  • What FERC-PJM Negotiations Mean For The Energy Industry

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    Following the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliot, disputes associated with the PJM Interconnection settlement negotiations taking place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have brought to the fore a potential legal minefield arising out of extreme weather events that could lead to commercial risks for power generating companies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Corporate Compliance Lessons From FirstEnergy Scandal

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    Fallout from a massive bribery scheme involving Ohio electric utility FirstEnergy and state officeholders — including the recent sentencing of two defendants — has critical corporate governance takeaways for companies and individuals seeking to influence government policymaking, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • What Circuit Split May Mean For FCA Kickback Liability

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    The recent circuit split on the meaning of the resulting-from provision in False Claims Act kickback cases could have significant ramifications for FCA liability, as it could affect the standard of causation that plaintiffs must meet to establish liability, say former federal prosecutors Li Yu, Ellen London and Gregg Shapiro.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's Next For Adult-Use Marijuana In Ohio

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    After Ohio voters defeated a proposal that would have made it harder to pass any citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, a state ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana has fairly good chances of passing — but advocates still face a long road ahead, say Perry Salzhauer and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Insurers, Prepare For Large Exposures From PFAS Claims

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    With thousands of lawsuits concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances pending across the country, several large settlements already reached, and both regulators and the plaintiffs bar increasingly focusing on PFAS, it is becoming clear that these "forever chemicals" present major exposures to insurers and their policyholders, say Scott Seaman and Jennifer Arnold at Hinshaw.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

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