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Supreme Court temporarily blocks $6B opioid settlement, agrees to consider Sackler family shield

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to consider the propriety of a bankruptcy plan for OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma that shielded the company’s current owners from future civil liability in exchange for a $6 billion payout.

High-risk, high-reward world of mass torts is a billion-dollar business

It’s a practice area that can yield blockbuster verdicts against deep-pocket corporations—the kinds of cases frequently featured in the news. Mass torts is a field that’s often misunderstood and mischaracterized, praised by some for prompting consumer safeguards and forcing corporate change but also viewed as overwhelmingly white and male with high barriers to entry. And the field has plenty of detractors.

Judge reluctantly tosses second bankruptcy attempt by baby powder maker Johnson & Johnson

A federal bankruptcy judge has reluctantly thwarted Johnson & Johnson’s second attempt to protect itself from claims related to its baby powder through the bankruptcy of a subsidiary created to hold Johnson & Johnson liabilities.

Weekly Briefs: Wire-transfer fraudsters fool 3 law practices; Quinn Emanuel discloses cyberattack

Unwitting money transfers to fraudsters yield reprimands

Three North Carolina lawyers have been reprimanded for separate incidents in which they or their staff members mistakenly transferred real estate money or…

My career approach could have killed me

In 1982, as a healthy 29-year-old with a brand-new JD, I joined a Washington, D.C., law firm handling class action tort litigation. Workdays there were fast and furious. Sixty-hour work weeks were the norm, but I was young and hungry, the work was stimulating and I leaned in.

Weekly Briefs: ‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark spat resolved; Trump Organization settles with Michael Cohen

‘Taco Tuesday’ trademark abandoned

Taco John’s has agreed to give up its “Taco Tuesday” trademark after Taco Bell sought its cancellation in what it described as a “liberation” campaign.…

Lawyer’s RICO suit seeks to force fossil fuel companies to pay for hurricane damage

A small-town Illinois lawyer who once sued oil companies over contaminated land has turned her attention to climate change and the companies allegedly fueling the problem.

BigLaw partner sued for alleged ‘toxic work environment’ comment about ex-Commanders executive

A Holland & Knight partner’s alleged remarks about a “toxic work environment” and a fired Washington Commanders executive are cited in a defamation lawsuit filed earlier this month.

Giuliani ordered to pay over $89K discovery sanction in poll workers’ suit

A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has ordered lawyer Rudy Giuliani to pay more than $89,000 to Georgia poll workers as a sanction for discovery delays in their defamation lawsuit against him.

Weekly Briefs: 96-year-old judge must mediate suit to keep job; DOJ reverses stance on Trump shield

Mediation ordered in judge’s bid to keep job

A 96-year-old judge on the Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Pauline Newman, must mediate her lawsuit seeking to stay on the…

‘The gloves are off’: Baby powder maker J&J sues doctors who linked talc products to cancer

Johnson & Johnson has filed two lawsuits against four doctors who published studies claiming a link between talcum powder and mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer. “When a litigant starts suing opposing experts, that’s very aggressive,” an expert says.

Judge rejects Tulsa Race Massacre survivors’ reparations claim

An Oklahoma state court judge has thrown out a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, ending what could be the survivors’ best hope for justice for one of the worst racial terror attacks in U.S. history.

Weekly Briefs: $10.3B ‘forever chemicals’ deal announced; data-breach suit against Cadwalader dropped

3M agrees to settle ‘forever chemicals’ cases for $10.3B

3M, a multinational conglomerate corporation and a maker of chemicals, has agreed to pay $10.3 billion to settle claims by municipalities…

Weekly Briefs: Biden’s longest-waiting judicial nominee confirmed; Trump’s ‘wack job’ comment added to defamation suit

ACLU lawyer is confirmed to judgeship after long wait

After a wait of about 650 days, ACLU voting-rights lawyer Dale Ho has been confirmed as a federal judge in the…

Ex-clients accuse Trump lawyer and Cadwalader of ‘haphazard’ billing and malpractice

Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft and its former partner Todd Blanche “severely overbilled” two former clients who are entitled to a $1.65 million refund, a June 12 lawsuit alleges.

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