Loughlin, 'Varsity Blues' Parents Want 'Sham' Case Tossed
Lori Loughlin and other parents caught up in the "Varsity Blues" college admission scandal urged a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday to throw out the "sham" case against them, saying prosecutors had hidden information that could prove their innocence.
Old-School Mass. Courts Ill-Equipped For Pandemic, Attys Say
As Massachusetts state courts grapple with shutdowns and cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of widespread online filing and limited use of video and phone conferencing could make an already-backlogged docket even worse.
Releasing ICE Detainee, Judge Says Jail No Safer Than Court
An immigrant was ordered released from the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Wednesday when a federal judge said he wasn't comfortable telling attorneys to avoid coming to court during the coronavirus pandemic while incarcerating someone who had not been charged with a crime.
Gainey McKenna & Rosen Will Lead Derivative IRobot Suit
Attorneys from Gainey McKenna & Egleston and the Rosen Law Firm PA, with an assist from the Law Office of Michael P. Utke LLC, will represent investors in iRobot, the maker of Roomba vacuums, in a derivative action accusing executives of artificially inflating the company's revenue growth using a "channel-stuffing" scheme that caused the company's stock to plummet.
15 AGs Call For Amazon To Improve Coronavirus Paid Leave
Fourteen states and Washington, D.C., penned a letter to Whole Foods and its owner, Amazon, on Wednesday urging the grocer and the online retail giant to enact the same paid sick leave policy that Congress enacted amid the coronavirus pandemic for all companies with fewer than 500 employees.
Abiomed Escapes FCA Whistleblower's Retaliation Claim
A former Abiomed employee whose kickback allegations against the medical device maker sparked a $3.1 million False Claims Act settlement failed to convince a federal judge that his firing was in retaliation for protected activity under the law.
Chevron Urges Courts To Ignore 4th Circ.'s Climate Ruling
Chevron Corp. has said the Fourth Circuit wrongly concluded that Baltimore's lawsuit seeking to put fossil fuel companies on the hook for climate change belongs in state court and its decision should be ignored by circuit courts weighing similar suits.
ICE Must Turn Over Records From Speech At Sheriffs' Confab
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have to turn over to the ACLU of Massachusetts draft talking points for a February 2019 speech given by an ICE deputy director, a federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying the notes are not privileged under the Freedom of Information Act.
1st Circ. Reopens Partially Blind Cop's Disability Bias Suit
The First Circuit on Tuesday revived a former Somerville, Massachusetts, police officer's disability discrimination suit alleging the city forced him to retire after learning that he had monocular vision, saying there is enough evidence for jurors to decide that car chases aren't inherent to the job.
Ohio, Mass. Bills Aim To Expand Companies' Virus Coverage
Lawmakers in Ohio and Massachusetts have proposed bills that would retroactively expand business interruption insurance policies to cover companies’ losses attributable to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, following on the heels of New Jersey legislators’ recent introduction of a similar proposal.
UnitedHealthcare Wins Toss Of 'Proton Beam' Coverage Suit
UnitedHealthcare on Wednesday dodged a class action over its decision to deny coverage for an experimental "proton beam" cancer treatment, but a Massachusetts federal judge said the cancer survivor who filed the case will get a chance to amend her claims.
Stay Home Orders Unlikely To Trigger Civil Authority Coverage
As authorities order Americans to stay at home, insurers may see a surge in civil authority claims, but insureds will likely struggle to prove the property damage standard necessary to trigger such coverage, say Adam Fleischer and Michael Passman at BatesCarey.
10 E-Discovery Challenges Caused By COVID-19
The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.
Legal Community Rallies To Soften The Blow Of COVID-19
Amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 outbreak, the legal community has stepped up to lend financial support and services to colleagues, vulnerable populations, first responders and medical staff. Here, Law360 looks at some of the ways lawyers are helping others during the global crisis.
Coping With A Pandemic: Google's Mary Shen O'Carroll
As self-isolation and social distancing become the norm during the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from people around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Mary Shen O'Carroll, director of legal operations at Google and president of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.
ABA Says Gov't Should Declare Legal Workforce 'Essential'
The president of the American Bar Association on Tuesday called for the federal government to deem legal services "essential," so that lawyers are exempt from local shelter-in-place rules that prohibit employees from leaving their homes for work in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
COVID-19 Relief Bill Would Expand Remote Court Hearings
The U.S. Department of Justice would receive an extra $1 billion and the federal courts would get $7.5 million as well as provisions allowing video or teleconferencing in some criminal hearings as part of the massive coronavirus relief bill, according to a draft of the bipartisan deal reached early Wednesday.
Delaying Bar Exam Amid COVID-19 Is A Risky Move, Profs Say
With the coronavirus pandemic expected to disrupt the bar exam this summer, U.S. courts and regulators need to act fast to come up with a new way to license lawyers, and simply postponing the exam for later this year isn't going to cut it, according to a group of law professors.
What Texas Patent Attys Need To Know For Remote Practice
Texas patent judges are working to adapt their pre-coronavirus pandemic courtroom procedures for the virtual world, even if that means conducting hearings with the occasional dog barking in the background or an attorney presenting argument in front of a backdrop designed by their children. Here, they break down what's been working for them.
Virtual Arraignments Raise Real Concerns In NY Courtroom
New York criminal courts carried out the first virtual arraignments on Wednesday, an unprecedented step in response to the COVID-19 outbreak that was beset with delays and concerns over hard-to-see defendants and protective equipment for remaining courtroom staff.
Miffed Client Alleges Malpractice By Pot-Smoking Attorneys
A man who hired a Southern California law firm to help him acquire a cannabis dispensary license slapped the firm with a legal malpractice suit in California state court Wednesday that claimed the attorneys smoked pot during business meetings and overcharged him for "untimely incompetent legal services."
Andrus Wagstaff 401(k) Participant Ends Nationwide Fee Suit
Nationwide Life Insurance and a former employee at mass tort firm Andrus Wagstaff PC have agreed to settle her 401(k) suit, six months after a federal judge rejected a bid to certify sweeping classes that would have covered thousands of retirement plans and plan sponsors, according to a Wednesday filing.
Law Firm Leaders: Herrick Feinstein's Irwin Kishner
Irwin Kishner has served as executive chairman for midsize New York law firm Herrick Feinstein LLP for the last 12 years. Here, Kishner chats with Law360 about his firm’s strategy and goals, and how it is responding to the spread of COVID-19.