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Weil Gotshal bonuses could reach $50K for top billers

Weil Gotshal & Manges is breaking from the ranks by tying special bonuses to hours worked and raising the top amount to $50,000. Most other firms with special bonuses are paying $7,500 to $40,000, based on class year. Weil Gotshal’s special bonuses range from $10,000 for those working below 1,800 hours on an annualized basis to $50,000 for those working more than 2,600 hours. (Above the Law,

Trump’s niece sues him for fraud

President Donald Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, filed a lawsuit Thursday alleging that Trump and his siblings “used their position of power to con her” into giving up her interests in the estate of Fred Trump Sr. One of the defendants is Maryanne Trump Barry, a former federal appeals judge. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday there was no fraud by the defendants. (The New York Law Journal, Law360, Courthouse News Service, the New York Times)

DC Circuit revives border wall lawsuit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Friday reinstated a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump violated the appropriations clause when he used unappropriated funds to build a border wall. U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden had ruled in June 2019 that U.S. House of Representatives had no standing to sue. The D.C. Circuit panel tossed administrative law claims but allowed the constitutional challenge, citing an August ruling on standing by the en banc D.C. Circuit. (The National Law Journal, the Washington Post, the Sept. 25 opinion)

Judge blocks early end to census count

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh of San Jose, California, has blocked the Trump administration from ending the census count a month early. Koh said a shortened schedule would likely lead to an undercount of groups, such as minorities and immigrants. The Trump administration has filed a notice that it will appeal Koh’s Sept. 24 preliminary injunction. (The New York Times, NPR, the Washington Post, Koh’s Sept. 24 opinion)

BigLaw firm restores salaries

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe is restoring salaries after instituting pay cuts for associates, of counsels and staff members. Staff members who had their hours cut will be moved back to full-time work. (Above the Law)

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