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Afternoon Briefs: Another firm trims salary cuts; lawyer is accused of writing $400K in bad checks

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Kelley Drye trims some salary cuts

Kelley Drye & Warren is reducing 10% pay cuts to 5% cuts for associates, special counsels and staff earning more than $100,000. Reductions in equity partner draws will stay in place for now. (Above the Law, Bloomberg Law)

Las Vegas lawyer is accused of writing $400K in bad checks

Las Vegas lawyer Brian Christopher Padgett, 47, has been charged with writing two bad checks totaling $400,000. Padgett was the CEO of a cannabis company that has been sued by investors, edibles companies and a business partner. (The Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Fastcase acquires Judicata in ‘blockbuster deal’

Fastcase, a legal research services company, has acquired the legal technology assets of Judicata, a company that analyzed caselaw in California. The plan is to expand Judicata’s innovative research and analytics tools nationwide. Fastcase CEO Ed Walters said the acquisition is a “blockbuster deal.” (LawSites,, Fastcase press release)

3rd Circuit upholds ban on high-capacity gun magazines

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Philadelphia said Tuesday that New Jersey’s ban on high-capacity gun magazines does not violate the Second Amendment, the takings clause and the equal protection clause. The appeals court said a previous 3rd Circuit opinion that reviewed a preliminary injunction had already considered and rejected the challengers’ arguments. Ruling in a similar case last month, the 9th Circuit at San Francisco reached a different conclusion, finding that California’s ban violated the Second Amendment. (Reason via How Appealing, the 3rd Circuit decision)

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