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Florida prosecutor sues governor over suspension, claiming free speech violations

A Florida prosecutor who was suspended for his positions on abortion and transgender medical care has filed a federal lawsuit against Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.



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Federal judge orders 3 pharmacy chains to pay over $650M for role in opioid epidemic

CVS, Walmart and Walgreens must pay $650.6 million to two Ohio counties after contributing to the opioid epidemic, a federal judge said Wednesday.



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Ex-judges ordered to pay more than $200M to victims of juvenile detention corruption scheme

A federal judge on Tuesday ordered two former Pennsylvania judges who orchestrated the “kids for cash” corruption scandal to pay more than $200 million to hundreds of their victims.



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Justice Amy Coney Barrett hasn’t disappointed conservative supporters—so far

Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently completed her nearly two-term tenure as the U.S. Supreme Court’s junior justice, with new Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson having been sworn in on June 30. Barrett has brought more than just froth and foam to her role on the court. When it comes to her central assignment on the court—deciding cases—Barrett has been a reliable conservative vote.



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DOJ, in work to curb attacks on election workers, charges man for threatening phone call

A Missouri man has been charged for threatening an election official in Maricopa County, Arizona, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.



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Damages awards reach nearly 10-year high in employment cases, new report shows

A total of $1.17 billion in damages were awarded in 1,016 employment cases in 2021, representing the highest amount of damages in nearly a decade, according to a new report released in early August.



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Federal court workers can engage in political expression, DC Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has rejected the restrictions on political activities that had been imposed on judiciary workers.



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Disability law protects people with gender dysphoria, 4th Circuit rules

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the Americans with Disabilities Act protects people with gender dysphoria, which describes the condition in which a person experiences distress because of a conflict between their biological sex and their gender identity.



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Following decades of discourse on nonlawyer legal services, questions of motives continue

As some states consider relaxing ethical rules prohibiting nonlawyers from owning law firms, supporters and opponents of these proposals remain suspicious of one another.



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State supreme court rules against attorney who alleged defamation and forced resignation from firm

A Delaware attorney has lost his appeal in a case involving claims that he was defamed and forced to resign from his law firm.



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Federal judge allows antitrust lawsuit against 17 elite universities to move forward

A federal judge in Chicago on Monday rejected a request by 17 private universities to dismiss claims that they violated antitrust laws by using a shared methodology to assess undergraduate applicants’ financial needs and decrease aid packages.



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Full Congressional Record in searchable format offered on law school's website

Although the U.S. Congressional Record has been in a digital format for some time, a version that can easily be searched is now available on an online platform—offered by the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School.



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Advances in legal tech and regulatory innovation explored in new ABA report

The ABA Center for Innovation on Tuesday released its inaugural Innovation Trends Report, which explores developments in the legal services industry by focusing on internal ABA innovation, advances in legal technology and regulatory innovation.



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WikiLeaks founder’s lawyers allege CIA authorized spying on their visits

Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are suing the CIA and former CIA director Mike Pompeo for allegedly recording their conversations and copying data from their electronic devices.



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New York man arrested and charged with assault after attack at courthouse

A man who had previously threatened a federal judge attacked a court security officer in the elevator at the federal courthouse in Central Islip, New York, according to a criminal complaint made public Monday.



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Athletic director’s claims that she was fired for being gay are rejected by 8th Circuit

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the University of Minnesota, which faced claims of discrimination after firing an openly gay athletic director in 2014.



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Lawyer faces 5-month suspension for lying about capital contribution to law firm

The founder of an Illinois law firm is facing a five-month suspension for “engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”



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2 top state courts issue conflicting rulings over abortion restrictions

The Montana Supreme Court on Aug. 9 upheld a lower court decision that temporarily blocked three separate laws that restrict abortion. Meanwhile, the Idaho Supreme Court declined to stop a near-total abortion ban Friday.



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Judge accused of bullying behavior and demeaning comments gets suspension

The Arkansas Supreme Court has ordered a judge to be suspended without pay after he was accused of making negative comments to unrepresented defendants about their appearance, background, residency and ethnicity.



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Lawyers can hold cryptocurrency in escrow for clients, with safeguards, state ethics opinion says

Lawyers may hold cryptocurrency in escrow for clients, but they must have technical competence and safeguard against losses, according to an Ohio ethics opinion.



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DOJ files motion to unseal warrant, property receipt relating to search of Trump’s home

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday the U.S. Department of Justice has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant and property receipt relating to the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.



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Law firm profitability continues to decline as M&A work slows, Thomson Reuters report says

Waning demand for legal services and a rebound in expenses are contributing to a continued decline in law firm profitability in 2022, according to the Thomson Reuters Law Firm Financial Index.



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Federal judge sanctions Cooley lawyer for 'hubris and disregard of procedural rules'

A federal judge in Philadelphia has ordered a Cooley lawyer to pay the legal fees of his client’s opponent for filing an unsolicited 61-page “submission” with evidentiary materials after advising the court that he did not plan to present further testimony.



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Chalking tires is unconstitutional, federal judge rules, but plaintiffs won’t get traffic-ticket refunds as damages

The practice of chalking tires to track how long cars are parked in the city of Saginaw, Michigan, is an unconstitutional search under the Fourth Amendment, a federal judge ruled Monday.



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