10th Circ. OKs Baker Hughes\' Trial Win In Worker Death Suit

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The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a jury verdict in favor of Baker Hughes in a wrongful death suit brought by the wife of a forklift operator who was crushed to death, saying certain jury instructions regarding parent company liability were properly given.
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10th Circ. OKs Baker Hughes' Trial Win In Worker Death Suit

The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a jury verdict in favor of Baker Hughes in a wrongful death suit brought by the wife of a forklift operator who was crushed to death, saying certain jury instructions regarding parent company liability were properly given.

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NY Court Says Doctor Must Face Childbirth Death Suit

A New York appellate panel on Wednesday revived claims against a physician accusing him and a nurse midwife of causing a patient's death following childbirth, saying the plaintiff adequately alleged that the doctor failed to warn the patient regarding the dangers of attempting a natural childbirth after a previous C-section.

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Lawyer Seeks Share Of $4M Atty Fees In Wrongful Death Case

A Michigan lawyer representing the family of a man fatally shot by police in San Bernardino County, California, is alleging in state court that the plaintiff's lead attorney cut him out of his portion of $4 million in attorney fees that emerged from the underlying case’s settlement.

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Virgin Islands Demands Epstein Estate Forfeit Private Islands

The U.S. Virgin Islands’ attorney general slapped the estate of the deceased millionaire Jeffrey E. Epstein with a lawsuit Wednesday, demanding that it hand over the convicted sex offender’s two private islands, repay any tax benefits it received from the government and dissolve.

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Weinstein Appeals To Move Trial Away From NYC 'Circus'

Harvey Weinstein is seeking to halt his New York state rape trial and move it out of Manhattan, arguing in a draft appeal motion released Wednesday evening that the jury pool is hopelessly tainted with bias against him.

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PG&E Asks Court To Reject Challenge To $24B Settlements

PG&E has asked a California bankruptcy judge to reject a bondholder group’s challenge to more than $24 billion in settlements for damages caused by California's 2017 and 2018 wildfires, saying the bondholders have no new arguments or evidence.

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Former Boies Schiller Lawyers Open 15-Atty Litigation Firm

Three Boies Schiller Flexner LLP lawyers are bringing together colleagues from their former employer and three other firms to launch a 15-attorney litigation shop with locations in New York and Miami, the latest in a series of recent departures from the legal powerhouse.

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Michael Avenatti To Stay In Jail Ahead Of Embezzlement Trial

A California federal judge on Wednesday remanded Michael Avenatti to federal custody after finding probable cause that the embattled attorney committed mail and wire fraud while awaiting trial on criminal charges that he embezzled client funds to pay his own debts.

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5th Circ. Calls Gender Pronoun Orders A 'Quixotic' Task

Granting requests from transgender litigants to change court records to reflect their preferred names and pronouns would be a "quixotic undertaking" that could call into question judges' impartiality, a divided Fifth Circuit said Wednesday.

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Roberts Wonders If Workers Can Sue Over 'OK, Boomer'

Chief Justice John Roberts suggested in court Wednesday that an attorney's position would allow older workers to sue over use of the popular internet put-down "OK, Boomer," indicating he didn’t want an anti-age discrimination statute to be “really just a regulation of speech in the workplace.”

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BakerHostetler Employment Pro Named To Texas Bench

President Donald Trump on Wednesday nominated the leader of BakerHostetler's employment practice in Houston to a lifetime seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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2 BigLaw Alums Among Reps. Prosecuting Trump In Senate

Two BigLaw veterans and a former federal prosecutor are among the seven impeachment managers appointed Wednesday to act as prosecutors in the coming Senate trial of President Donald Trump on House-approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

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Calif., DC Bar Groups Tapped For Mental Health Study

Bar associations in California and D.C. will be participating in a confidential research project that aims to uncover what is driving the legal industry’s mental health and substance abuse issues.

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Reed Smith Internal Task Force Will Address Mental Health

Reed Smith LLP on Wednesday announced a new mental health task force that will, among other things, examine the firm's current offerings for addressing mental health and substance use and try to tackle the stigma around them.

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Longest-Serving Calif. Justice To Step Down

California Supreme Court Justice Ming W. Chin, the longest-serving of the seven current members of the state's high court and its first Chinese American judge, will retire at the end of August, the Golden State court system announced Wednesday.

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Dentons Sees No Deal On Horizon In Guinea Fee Fight

Dentons told a D.C. federal judge Tuesday that the firm is not close to reaching a settlement with the Republic of Guinea in a fight over an unpaid $10 million legal bill, despite assertions to the contrary from the defense.

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Profane Atty Says 'Sorry' In Allstate Sanctions Fight

A Culver City, California, attorney who sent threatening, profanity-laced emails to Allstate's counsel during an insurance coverage suit has reiterated his apologies to the court and told the court that Allstate has submitted an inflated cost and fees estimate in its sanctions request, calling the motion "excessive and unnecessary."

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Law Firm Leaders: McCarter & English's Joseph Boccassini

Joseph Boccassini has served as managing partner of McCarter & English since 2016 and was recently appointed for a second five-year term. Here, Boccassini chats with Law360 about his goals for the 185-year-old law firm and how he approaches his job as a law firm leader.

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