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COVID-19 cases reportedly lead to federal court shutdown

The federal courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, was temporarily closed Friday after several security officers from the building reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. An online notice says the court will reopen Tuesday. (The New York Daily News)

En banc 4th Circuit blocks abortion-referral ban

The en banc 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, has blocked the Trump administration’s ban on abortion referrals by federally funded health care providers. The court upheld an injunction preventing the rule from taking effect in Maryland. (Law360, the Washington Post)

Troutman Pepper will restore salaries

The recently merged law firm Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders is reportedly restoring salaries that were cut because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The firm said in a memo obtained by Above the Law that its goal is to repay all amounts withheld before the end of the year, “depending of course on the financial performance of the firm.” (Above the Law)

Hogan Lovells will reverse pay cuts

Hogan Lovells will restore lawyer salaries to pre-pandemic levels while repaying money lost to the pay cuts. The firm said the moves are due to “solid performance” over the summer. (

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