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Afternoon Briefs: Cravath tops this ranking; 2 court victories for transgender youths

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Cravath tops Vault rankings

Vault has named its most prestigious law firms in America, based on a survey of associates at peer firms. The top five in the 2022 Vault Law 100 rankings are Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Sullivan & Cromwell; and Latham & Watkins. (The 2022 Vault Law 100, Original Jurisdiction)

Federal judges block 2 laws affecting transgender youths

Two federal judges on Wednesday blocked laws affecting transgender youths. U.S. District Judge Jay Moody of the Eastern District of Arkansas temporarily enjoined an Arkansas law that bans gender-affirming treatments for transgender youths younger than age 18. And U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin of the Southern District of West Virginia blocked a West Virginia law that bans transgender athletes from competing in female sports in middle school, high school and college. The U.S. Department of Justice had filed statements of interest in both cases that sided with those challenging the laws. (The Associated Press, American Civil Liberties Union press releases here and here)

Federal judge blocks state law banning nearly all abortions

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law that bans most abortions while she considers a legal challenge. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker of the Eastern District of Arkansas said a ban on abortions before fetal viability is “categorically unconstitutional,” and challengers are likely to succeed. The law bans all abortions except those needed to save the life a pregnant woman. (The Washington Post, the New York Times, ACLU of Arkansas press release)

Judge tosses case over targeted Facebook ads

A 55-year-old would-be renter can’t sue Facebook over ads that targeted younger tenants for rentals, a federal judge in Maryland has ruled. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte of the District of Maryland said the plaintiff, Neuhtah Opiotennione of Washington, D.C., didn’t have standing because she hadn’t shown any injury, partly because she could have found the rentals through other means. (Law360)

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