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New recreational cannabis laws could make it harder for employers to fire impaired workers

New Jersey now has the equivalent of hall monitors in some workplaces. Except these hall monitors—known officially as workplace impairment recognition experts—are keeping an eye on the adults in the building. They are looking for signs the adults are high.

Citing show-cause order against Reed Smith partner, judge allows firm to withdraw from case

A federal judge in Maryland is allowing four Reed Smith lawyers to withdraw from the representation of former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby because of possible contempt proceedings against one of them.

Judicial discretion should be upheld in case involving sentencing standards, ABA says in amicus brief

The ABA has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court to support the argument that federal criminal statutes do not require a New York defendant who was convicted for his role in a murder related to drug trafficking to be sentenced to mandatory consecutive sentences.

Amid internal ethics disputes, special counsel probe into origins of Russia investigation finds no deep-state plot

Special counsel John Durham’s probe of the origins into the Russia investigation is starting to wrap up without finding a deep-state plot to implicate the campaign of former President Donald Trump, according to a story based on anonymous sources by the New York Times.

More than a quarter of Louisiana prisoners have been held past their release dates since 2012, DOJ says

There is reasonable cause to think that Louisiana is violating the constitutional rights of imprisoned people by keeping them in custody past their release dates, the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded.

Welcome to the 118th Congress

The 118th Congress began earlier this month with President Joseph R. Biden still in office and a divided government. After hard-fought midterm elections, the Democrats retained majority control in the…

Legal services company Axiom opens ‘reimagined law firm’ to directly serve clients, thanks to Arizona approval

A subsidiary of legal services provider Axiom Global will open as an Arizona law firm, thanks to its approval of as an alternative business structure by the Arizona Supreme Court.

‘Routine performance management’ can’t be basis for fired associate’s bias suit, BigLaw firm argues

Kirkland & Ellis is arguing that a fired associate’s lawsuit against the firm should be tossed partly because a harassment claim under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act can’t be based on “routine performance management.”

Is debt limit unconstitutional? Answer is yes, some argue, based on the 14th Amendment’s public debt clause

The possibility that the United States will default on its bills has resurrected arguments that the debt limit is unconstitutional under the 14th Amendment.

Google has monopoly in digital advertising technology, DOJ antitrust suit claims; are consumers harmed?

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined with eight states in a civil antitrust lawsuit alleging that Google is monopolizing the digital advertising industry, bringing harm to website publishers, advertisers and ultimately consumers who get less content for free.

$2.1M IRS civil penalty for unreported Swiss bank account merits SCOTUS review, Gorsuch argues

Justice Neil Gorsuch argued Monday that the U.S. Supreme Court should have agreed to hear the case of a woman who argued that the Internal Revenue Service violated the excessive fines clause when it required her to pay a $2.1 million civil penalty for failing to report a Swiss bank account.

DeSantis violated Florida Constitution by suspending prosecutor, but federal court can’t act, judge says

A federal judge in Florida has ruled that the 11th Amendment prevents him from ordering the reinstatement of a reform prosecutor suspended by Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Reed Smith asks to drop representation of former Baltimore state’s attorney after judge threatens sanctions

Four lawyers from Reed Smith are asking a judge to allow them to withdraw from the representation of former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby after a judge threatened sanctions against a law firm partner for violating local court rules.

Attorney-client privilege case dismissed by Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court has dismissed an attorney-client privilege case two weeks after hearing oral arguments.

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