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ALI Shouldn't Inject Opinion Into Its Interpretation of Consumer and Insurance Law

On Thursday, leaders of the American Law Institute are set to gather in Philadelphia to discuss controversial changes to its restatements of consumer and insurance law, the results of which would dramatically shift how the law in these areas is interpreted in courts nationwide in a way that could profoundly benefit the plaintiffs' bar.       

Wilmer's Seth Waxman Makes Case Against Lawyer in Death Penalty Dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday grappled with whether a criminal defense lawyer violates the Constitution by ignoring his client's express wishes in order to save him from the death penalty.       

Part of DOJ's Criminal Discovery 'Blue Book' Unsealed for First Time

The unsealed pages are "broad statements of the government's public criminal discovery policies," U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said in an unsealing order.       

DOJ Sides With Archdiocese in Lawsuit Over Christmas Ads

The Justice Department supports a lawsuit against the Washington, D.C., subway system over its refusal to run religious ads.       

Marcia Coyle Explains: What's Up With the Dearth of SCOTUS Opinions?

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a single signed opinion since the start of the 2017-2018 term. What's up with that?       

State AGs Launch Legal Battle Over Net Neutrality

Attorneys general from 21 states and the District of Columbia filed a challenge to the repeal of the Obama-era rules.       

Arnold & Porter Adds Ex-Sen. Dodd, Eli Lilly Litigation Chief

The firm started out the post-holiday workweek with a bang, hiring former Sen. Chris Dodd and senior pharma lawyer Steve Benz in Washington, D.C.       

These Trump Tweets Are 'Not Law,' Harvard Law Review Study Says

"The conviction that the tweets were not law is rooted in beliefs about what law does and should look like and how it is and should be made," the Harvard Law Review article said.       

No Trial Date Yet: What To Know After the Latest Manafort Hearing

In a hearing Tuesday, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said the criminal trial for the former Trump campaign chairman and his deputy might not begin for months.       

EEOC Resists Judge's Deadline to Craft Rules for Employer 'Wellness' Programs

"It would also be permissible for the EEOC to decide never to issue such regulations, or for the EEOC to study the issue for several years before commencing a new rulemaking," the U.S. Justice Department said on behalf of the EEOC.       

Wilmer Snags Perkins Coie Government Contracts Leader

Andrew Shipley chaired the government contracts practice at Perkins Coie after 16 years as a senior in-house lawyer at Northrop Grumman.       

Trump Picks Morgan Lewis Partner John Ring to Fill NLRB Vacancy

John Ring would replace Philip Miscimarra, a former Morgan Lewis partner in Chicago who had been a key vote for business interests during his term on the Obama-era board.       

New Book on Scalia Bares Turbulent and Good Times With the Justice

Writing expert Bryan Garner doesn't pull punches in a new book about his partnership with the late Antonin Scalia. The result is a fascinating and three-dimensional portrayal.       

With New IP Case on its Docket, SCOTUS Poised to Shake Up Patent Damages

In WesternGeco v. Ion Geophysical, the justices might carve a small exception into the usual presumption against extraterritorial damages or open the spigot to global patent damages.       

Supreme Court Takes Up Dispute Over SEC Judges

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted review in a case that could imperil thousands of commission proceedings and affect the status of administrative law judges in other federal agencies.       

Justices, Adding 12 Cases, Will Rule on State Sales Taxes for Online Retailers

A victory for the state could open a potential multibillion-dollar source of revenue for the states.       

Marijuana Dispensary, Pointing to Jeff Sessions, Seeks Immunity in IRS Audit Case

"If absolute immunity is not granted to the taxpayer, there will be a full claim of Fifth Amendment privilege," lawyers for the dispensary said in court papers in Colorado this week.       

DC Leader Reprises Reed Smith Role After Office Head Joins Boutique

A. Scott Bolden is again managing Reed Smith's D.C. office after insurance litigator Gary Thompson left Big Law to battle insurers from a new perch at Weisbrod Matteis & Copley.       

Former OSHA Head Predicts Shift From Enforcement to Compliance Assistance

Fisher Phillips partner Ed Foulke, a former OSHA head, predicts a greater focus on compliance and outreach over enforcement.       

Medical Charity Brings First Amendment Challenge Against HHS

The charity alleges HHS issued an advisory opinion that prohibits it from communicating with companies about treatment options for patients.       

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