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Thomas and Alito blast same-sex marriage decision as SCOTUS declines Kentucky clerk’s case

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. on Monday blasted the high court’s 2015 decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage for its “cavalier treatment" of religious objections to such unions.

Couple can sue sperm bank for misrepresentations; donor allegedly hid mental illness, inflated education

The Georgia Supreme Court has revived a lawsuit alleging that a sperm bank misrepresented its screening process for donors, leading a couple to purchase sperm from a donor with mental illness and a burglary conviction.

Coronavirus-related deaths in nursing homes prompt lawsuits and questions about who’s responsible

A growing number of negligence suits are being filed across the country against nursing homes and other long-term care facilities by families whose relatives died from the coronavirus while living in such facilities.

Disbarred lawyer is convicted even though twin took responsibility for the crime

A disbarred lawyer faces up to five years in prison after jurors convicted him Friday of faking an order in a child custody case involving his twin brother.

Lawsuit over parental leave policy will continue against Jones Day

Jones Day must face a lawsuit brought by former associates who accuse the firm’s parental leave policy of discriminating against fathers, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., ruled last week.

Lawyer is accused of sexually assaulting associate and abusing another, offering custody for sex

A prominent Chicago lawyer who once chaired a screening committee for guardians ad litem is facing felony charges that accuse of him of sexually assaulting an associate at his firm, sexually abusing another and fondling a woman while telling her that she had to “do a little extra” to get custody of her children.

Foster care agencies that contract with the government shouldn’t discriminate, ABA says in amicus brief

When contracting with the city of Philadelphia to provide foster care services, Catholic Social Services must adhere to the government’s nondiscrimination policies, the ABA told the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday.

Afternoon Briefs: Sheriff bans masks for deputies; judicial panel won’t centralize COVID-19 insurance suits

Florida sheriff bans masks for deputies, office visitors

Marion County, Florida, Sheriff Billy Woods has banned face masks for his deputies and visitors to his offices. Woods made some exceptions…

Judge refuses to wear face mask and has ordered lawyers to remove theirs, public defender group says

A Philadelphia family court judge has refused to wear a face mask during in-person court hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and has sometimes ordered lawyers to remove their face masks, according to a letter by a public defender group.

Children should be protected from unreasonable restraints, seclusion and searches, ABA House says

The well-being and rights of children and youth were addressed in three resolutions approved by the ABA House of Delegates at the annual meeting on Monday.

Wife of ‘third founder of Google’ accuses Morrison & Foerster of ‘betrayal’ in divorce

The wife of Scott Hassan, a tech entrepreneur who helped write Google’s original code, is suing Morrison & Foerster for allegedly breaching its fiduciary duty to her by representing her husband's interests after she filed for divorce.

Lawyer is accused of sexually assaulting client and several employees, disciplinary commission says

A Chicago family lawyer has been accused of offering to help a woman get custody of her children in exchange for having sex with him.

Judge won’t release teen detained for failing to do homework while on probation

A Michigan teenager will remain in juvenile detention after violating probation by refusing to do her online schoolwork.

ABA president urges Senate to support nursing homes in next COVID-19 stimulus bill

ABA President Judy Perry Martinez asked U.S. Senate leadership Monday to include S. 4182, the Emergency Support for Nursing Homes and Elder Justice Reform Act of 2020, in the next COVID-19 economic relief bill.

Afternoon Briefs: BigLaw’s big bankruptcy bucks; polyamorous ties recognized

Some BigLaw firms will earn big bucks in retail bankruptcies

Several large law firms will likely earn millions of dollars representing retailers such as Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and J.C.…

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