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  • January 10, 2024

    Power Cos. Urge DC Circ. To Scrap EPA Coal Ash Rule

    Power companies and an industry group urged the D.C. Circuit Monday to overturn what they call a new prohibition on the closure of coal ash impoundments that contain coal ash in contact with groundwater, saying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to couch its actions as the application of existing regulations.

  • January 09, 2024

    Ohio Judge Pauses 'Breathtakingly Blunt' Social Media Age Law

    An Ohio federal judge on Tuesday put a temporary hold on a new state law requiring social media platforms and other sites to get parents' consent before opening accounts for children under 16, calling the law "a breathtakingly blunt instrument for reducing social media's harm to children."

  • January 09, 2024

    Trade Secrets Judgment Closed Door On Fee, Ohio Justices Told

    An industrial lighting company on Tuesday urged the Ohio Supreme Court to undo a $1 million attorney fee a competitor won for an earlier appeal in the companies' trade secrets dispute, arguing that the award wasn't permitted after the entry of a final judgment.

  • January 09, 2024

    Ohio Sec. Of State Wants Justice's Election Label Suit Tossed

    Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose urged a federal court this week to reject a state Supreme Court justice's challenge to a state law that would require her to be listed as a Democrat on general election ballots, arguing that since she hasn't yet declared her candidacy for any future office or judicial seat, she has no standing to sue.

  • January 09, 2024

    Ohio High Court Urged To Toss $650M Opioid Verdict

    Walmart, CVS and Walgreens — backed by business groups — have urged the Ohio Supreme Court to toss a $650 million jury verdict awarded to two counties in opioid litigation, saying that state product liability law bars the counties' public nuisance claims.

  • January 09, 2024

    Craft Breweries Stiffed Tipped Workers, Server Says

    The parent company of craft beer brands including Sixpoint Brewery stole servers' tips and required them to spend excess time performing untipped tasks for subminimum pay, an ex-employee alleged in a proposed class and collective action filed in North Carolina federal court.

  • January 09, 2024

    Journalists Back Challenge To Mich. Court Recording Ban

    An attorney fighting a Michigan county court's ban on recording livestreamed proceedings got support from two national journalism organizations Monday, with the groups telling the Sixth Circuit that a lower court didn't analyze whether the restriction was overly broad.

  • January 08, 2024

    Claims Against LA Ad Firm Trimmed In $10M Fraud Row

    An Ohio federal judge trimmed claims of fraudulent misrepresentation and conversion against a Los Angeles-based advertising firm and its chief executive officer, leaving intact seven other counts in an insurer's $10 million racketeering fraud suit against an ex-executive and, the suit says, his co-conspirators.

  • January 08, 2024

    6th Circ. Nixes Class Rep Swap In Tax Foreclosure Suit

    A Michigan man seeking compensation for losing the surplus value of his property in a tax foreclosure sale can't be a substitute plaintiff in a class action against a group of county governments, the 6th Circuit said, because he lacks sufficient legal interest in the case.

  • January 08, 2024

    Commerce Readies Controversial Triple-Digit Tin Mill Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has released its final calculations for prospective duties on tin mill products from eight countries, with one Chinese producer's rate nearing 650% in a probe that has divided lawmakers and spurred opposition from industry.

  • January 08, 2024

    Feds Pitch $7.2M Deal With Chevron, Others Over Ohio Site

    Chevron USA Inc. and four other companies have agreed to pay more than $7.2 million to resolve claims that they polluted two waterways that flow into Lake Erie's Maumee Bay near Toledo, Ohio, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • January 08, 2024

    HP Accused Of Using Software To Create Printer-Ink Monopoly

    A group of consumers has hit HP Inc. with a proposed antitrust class action in Illinois federal court, alleging the printer maker has a monopoly over the replacement-ink cartridge market and used software updates to block consumers from using cheaper rival cartridges in HP printers.

  • January 08, 2024

    Jury 'Confused' In Shampoo Contract Case, Conn. Judge Told

    A shampoo fragrances supplier urged a Connecticut state judge to overturn a trial verdict in favor of a botanical scent producer in a contract dispute, arguing Monday that the jury's likely bafflement over the agreement's terms should invalidate its finding.

  • January 08, 2024

    Equifax Accused Of Falsely Reporting Forgiven Student Debt

    Atlanta-based Equifax recklessly published derogatory and damaging credit reports that falsely included a woman's six-figure student loan debt forgiven by the Biden administration more than a year earlier, according to a proposed class action filed in Georgia federal court.

  • January 08, 2024

    Dollar Bank Customer Drops Data Breach Class Action

    A Pennsylvania woman who said Dollar Bank "opened the door" for the cybercriminals who hacked into its systems and got access to her and other customers' personal information by not following industry standards for data security has voluntarily dismissed her proposed class action.

  • January 08, 2024

    Justices Pass On Ohio Train-Crossing Law Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider Ohio's bid to enforce a state law that penalizes railroads if their trains block grade crossings for more than five minutes, turning away a case that sought further clarity on the scope of federal preemption concerning rail regulations.

  • January 08, 2024

    Justices Won't Take Up Mistrial After Judge's COVID Exposure

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a Michigan federal judge's declaration of a mistrial in a tax case after the judge was exposed to COVID-19 when his wife tested positive for the virus.

  • January 05, 2024

    Tech Group Sues To Block Ohio Social Media Age-Check Law

    A trade association whose members include Meta Platforms and TikTok is challenging a new Ohio law requiring social media platforms and other sites to get parents' consent before opening accounts for minors under 16, saying in a federal lawsuit Friday the state can't regulate minors' access to protected speech online.

  • January 05, 2024

    6th Circ. Says Cannabis Co. Can't Block Rival's Shop

    Cannabis company Local Roots can't upend a settlement a Michigan city made with a rival enterprise that allows for more than one dispensary to set up shop in the town, the Sixth Circuit ruled, saying Local Roots missed its chance to intervene in their litigation.

  • January 05, 2024

    Ohio Governor Bans Transgender Surgery For Minors

    Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued an executive order Friday banning Ohio hospitals and other medical facilities from providing gender transition surgeries for any minor under the age of 18 and further proposed two rules to address transgender health for those seeking care.

  • January 05, 2024

    Ky. Wants Justices To Undo Threat To State Healthcare Regs

    Kentucky is asking the nation's highest court to reverse a Sixth Circuit decision that suggests states can't use their four-decade-old "certificate of need" policies to regulate new entrants into a state's healthcare market.

  • January 05, 2024

    Biggest Personal Injury And Med Mal Court Decisions In 2023

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling addressing states' jurisdiction over out-of-state companies and a key ruling in sprawling multidistrict litigation against Silicon Valley's biggest companies over social media addiction are among Law360's top personal injury and medical malpractice cases for 2023.

  • January 05, 2024

    Legal Insurance Co. Omits OT For Preshift Tasks, Court Told

    A legal insurance provider has not been paying its customer service workers for the time they spend booting up computers and software programs before their workday begins, a former customer service representative claimed in a proposed collective action in Ohio federal court.

  • January 04, 2024

    Cleaning Co. Seeks Coverage For Wrongful Termination Suit

    A kitchen exhaust system cleaning company is seeking over $250,000 in damages from two Hartford units and an insurance agency, telling an Ohio federal court that the insurers wrongfully denied coverage for an underlying judgment entered against it in a wrongful termination lawsuit.

  • January 04, 2024

    Ariz. AG Almost Certain To Challenge Kroger-Albertsons Deal

    Arizona's attorney general has offered little doubt that her office will challenge Kroger Co.'s $24.6 billion planned purchase of Albertsons Cos., indicating the state enforcer is simply waiting to see if the Federal Trade Commission will contest the transaction in a lawsuit she can join.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Pending 6th Circ. Ruling Has Broad Class Action Implications

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    If the Sixth Circuit decides in FirstEnergy Corp. Securities Litigation to treat alleged half-truths as omissions for the purposes of class certification, public companies would be exposed to near-automatic class certification in nearly every securities case and would face steeper evidentiary hurdles at the merits stages, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Ohio Rulings Are Cautionary Tales For Attorneys In Crisis

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    Two recent decisions from Ohio state courts provide a sobering reminder that a counsel’s personal emergencies will not always suffice to alter court deadlines or excuse procedural missteps, and that prompt communication and documentation are crucial in the Buckeye State and beyond, says L. Bradfield Hughes at Porter Wright.

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • What To Watch As Justices Take Up Title VII Job Transfer Case

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    With its recent decision to hear Muldrow v. City of St. Louis, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether an involuntary job transfer can count as employment discrimination under Title VII — an eventual ruling that has potential to reshape workplace bias claims nationwide, says Adam Grogan at Bell Law Group.

  • Opinion

    3 Principles Should Guide MTC's Digital Products Tax Work

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    As the Multistate Tax Commission's project to harmonize sales tax on digital products moves forward, three key principles will help the commission's work group arrive at unambiguous definitions and help states avoid unintended costs, say Charles Kearns and Jeffrey Friedman at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • How To Recognize And Recover From Lawyer Loneliness

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    Law can be one of the loneliest professions, but there are practical steps that attorneys and their managers can take to help themselves and their peers improve their emotional health, strengthen their social bonds and protect their performance, says psychologist and attorney Traci Cipriano.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Disclosure Should Be Mandatory

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    Despite the Appellate Rules Committee's recent deferral of the issue of requiring third-party litigation funding disclosure, such a mandate is necessary to ensure the even-handed administration of justice across all cases, says David Levitt at Hinshaw.

  • Recalling USWNT's Legal PR Playbook Amid World Cup Bid

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    As the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team strives to take home another World Cup trophy, their 2022 pay equity settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation serves as a good reminder that winning in the court of public opinion can be more powerful than a victory inside the courtroom, says Hector Valle at Vianovo.

  • Immigration Program Pitfalls Exacerbate Physician Shortages

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    Eliminating shortcomings from U.S. immigration regulations and policies could help mitigate the national shortage of physicians by encouraging foreign physicians to work in medically underserved areas, but progress has been halted by partisan gridlock, say Alison Hitz and Dana Schwarz at Clark Hill.

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