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Afternoon Briefs: Boies Schiller fires LA lawyers and staffers; tweets to Barr turn hostile

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Boies Schiller fires associates and staff in LA

Boies Schiller Flexner has fired several associates and staff members in Los Angeles who were left behind after 13 partners they worked with left the law firm. Boies Schiller managing partner Nick Gravante said in a statement that the departing partners “made the decision to suddenly thrust all of their former associates and staff on us” after leaving the firm “on short notice during a global pandemic.” Gravante said it wasn’t fair for Boies Schiller to bear the expense of people it doesn’t need. Gravante did not disclose how many people were fired. (Law360)

Twitter users use Q-and-A invitation to lambast Barr

Most Twitter users went far off topic when invited to submit questions to Attorney General William Barr about the Justice Department’s fight against fraud and price gouging during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Exactly when did you sell your soul?” asked one Twitter user. Someone with a different political inclination tweeted, “When will HRC be held to account for her crimes?” Barr is supposed to be providing answers on May 1. (The Washington Post)

7th Circuit says DOJ can’t stop grants to sanctuary cities

The Chicago-based 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Justice Department can’t impose new restrictions that will stop grant money from reaching sanctuary cities. The appeals court kept an injunction in place and extended its reach nationwide. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at New York has issued a contrary opinion. (The Chicago Tribune, Law360)

Law firms sends 777 pizzas to health care workers

Laborde Earles has responded to a “pizza challenge” from law firms in Massachusetts and Arksansas by sending 777 pizzas to hospital workers throughout Louisiana. (KATC 3)

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