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Afternoon Briefs: Judge trims bias claims against Jones Day; was Roe plaintiff paid to switch sides?

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Judge winnows claims in sex bias suit against Jones Day

U.S. District Judge Randolph Moss has tossed some claims and allowed others in a sex discrimination lawsuit filed by former female associates against Jones Day. The Washington, D.C., judge said the plaintiffs had “alleged just enough” to support claims that the firm’s secretive “black box” compensation system and subjective evaluations had a disparate impact on female associates. But he said allegations that the policies had a disparate impact on pregnant women and mothers “are considerably thinner and do not clear the bar.” (Bloomberg Law,, Moss’ May 19 decision)

Roe v. Wade plaintiff said she was paid to switch views

Roe v. Wade plaintiff Norma McCorvey told a documentary filmmaker before her death that she came out against abortion in 1995 because she was paid to do so. Operation Rescue President Roy Newman told the New York Times that the group had given McCorvey honorariums to speak, but she wasn’t paid to switch sides. (The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times)

Judge allows suit claiming Trump promoted pyramid scheme

U.S. Judge Lorna Schofield has refused to pause a lawsuit alleging President Donald Trump engaged in a scheme to defraud investors by promoting a company that that charged people to sell its products. Trump had argued the case should be delayed until an appeals court decides whether to overturn Schofield’s decisions that refused to send the case to arbitration and required production of documents. (Newsweek, CNN, Schofield’s opinion)

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