A proposed class of data-breach victims asked a California federal judge Thursday to greenlight an $8 million settlement with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in litigation over a March 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 638,000 individuals.
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Orrick To Pay $8M To Settle Data Breach Litigation

By Lauren Berg

A proposed class of data-breach victims asked a California federal judge Thursday to greenlight an $8 million settlement with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in litigation over a March 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 638,000 individuals.

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Summary Judgment 'Waste Of Time' In 401(k) Suit, Judge Says

By Chris Villani

Boston College will face a trial in a suit accusing the school of mismanaging its 401(k) retirement plans after a Massachusetts federal judge issued a 126-page memorandum Thursday in which he blamed himself for a "monumental waste of time" that was the two sides' summary judgment proceeding.

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Gerber, Others Must Face Calif. MDL Over Baby Food Toxins

By Lauren Berg

A group of baby food manufacturers, including Gerber Products Co., Hain Celestial Group Inc. and Beech-Nut Nutrition Co., must face consolidated lawsuits alleging that heavy metals in their products cause autism spectrum disorder and other conditions in California federal court, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ruled Thursday.

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UnitedHealth Patients' Addiction Coverage Suit Revived, Again

By Gina Kim

The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived for the second time a proposed class action accusing UnitedHealth of wrongly rejecting coverage for outpatient substance use disorder treatments in violation of federal benefits law, finding the plaintiff plausibly alleged the insurer employed an excessively strict review process for those claims.

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Judge Calls Out Colo. For Limiting Prisoner Calls With Attys

By Thy Vo

A Colorado state judge on Thursday said the state's prisons seemed to be imposing "draconian" limits on virtual calls between prisoners and their lawyers, telling officials to figure out how to do more for those seeking to join a proposed class action accusing the state of using them for slave labor.

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Software Co., NC Officials Want Out Of Digital Courts Row

By Travis Bland

Software company Tyler Technologies, North Carolina court administrators and two sheriffs have asked a federal court to release them from a proposed class action alleging the state's new digital filing system has led to unlawful arrests and detentions.

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SECURITIES

Del. Justices OK Denial Of Icahn-Illumina Midcase Appeal Bid

By Leslie A. Pappas

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn may not put his Chancery Court litigation against biotechnology company Illumina Inc.'s board on hold for a review of a decision that struck portions of the complaint that were based on confidential information, Delaware's Supreme Court said Thursday, upholding the lower court's rejection of the midcase appeal.

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3 Firms Vie To Lead RTX Stockholder Suit Over Engine Cracks

By Aaron Keller

Saxena White PA and Labaton Keller Sucharow LLP on Thursday sought appointments as co-lead counsel in pension fund lawsuits alleging RTX Corp.'s stock fell when it revealed that cracks in a subsidiary's jet engines cost billions to repair, with Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP also seeking to lead the case for an individual investor.

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BNY Can't Nix Suit Alleging Mutual Fund Conflict Of Interest

By Sydney Price

The Bank of New York Mellon must face most of the remaining claims in a proposed self-dealing class action alleging it failed to disclose conflicts of interest when funneling client assets into mutual funds and other investment vehicles that favored the bank.

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COMPETITION

Visa Beats Some Merchant Claims In Antitrust MDL

By Katryna Perera

A New York federal judge has trimmed claims lodged by Home Depot and other merchants against Visa and several banks in sprawling multidistrict antitrust litigation dating back to 2005 over network rules forcing merchants to accept the companies' cards.

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EMPLOYMENT & BENEFITS

Ex-Geico Agents Ask 6th Circ. To Revive Classification Suit

By Beverly Banks

A group of former Geico agents asked the Sixth Circuit to revive their claims that they were misclassified and denied benefits, challenging the accuracy and relevance of plan documents that the lower court reviewed when dismissing the workers' suit.

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Ex-NFL Players Near Settlement In Race-Norming Benefits Suit

By Elaine Briseño

Two former players whose lawsuit accuses the NFL's disability benefit plans of awarding them lower benefits because they are Black told a Maryland federal court they have had "productive" meetings with the defendants and are near a settlement proposal.

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Fired Yellow Corp. Workers Can Proceed With Class Action

By Alex Wittenberg

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday lent support to a group of laid off Yellow Corp. workers in their bid to bring a class action against the insolvent trucking company, saying he would recognize claims tied to the terminations brought by both union members and others.

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Tech Co. Can't Knock Out Challenge To 401(k) Fees

By Grace Elletson

A Missouri federal judge refused to toss a worker's suit accusing a technology company of wasting employees' retirement savings by charging their 401(k) plan excessive fees, ruling that he put forward enough proof showing similar plans snagged better deals.

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CYBERSECURITY & PRIVACY

Judge Grants $3.2M In Fees For Wawa Class Counsel

By James Boyle

There is no evidence of side agreements or collusion between attorneys representing a proposed class in a suit against Wawa Inc. and the convenience store's defense counsel, according to a Pennsylvania federal judge's order approving $3.2 million in attorney fees following appellate court review.

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Ernest Health Hit With Suit After Cybercriminal Data Breach

By Spencer Brewer

A group of former Ernest Health Inc. patients has hit the Texas-based hospital system with a proposed class action after a notorious group of cybercriminals breached the company's systems, saying that the company should've done more to protect patient data in a Thursday complaint.

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CONSUMER PROTECTION

$24M Hidden Fee Deal Between Class, AIG Units Gets 1st OK

By Hope Patti

A California federal court granted preliminary approval of a nearly $24 million settlement between a class of travel insurance buyers and several AIG units resolving claims that the companies stacked hidden fees on top of insurance travel premiums.

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ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL

Pacific Pipeline To Pay Calif. Landowners $70M Over Oil Spill

By Henrik Nilsson

A class of landowners urged a California federal judge to sign off on a $70 million deal with Pacific Pipeline Co. to resolve litigation stemming from the rupture of an onshore pipeline that leaked 140,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara, California, according to a motion for settlement approval entered Wednesday.

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BANKRUPTCY

FTX Brass, Investors Can't Move Bankruptcy Suit To MDL

By Elliot Weld

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday denied a bid to move a Delaware bankruptcy proceeding regarding the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX Trading Ltd. to an ongoing multidistrict litigation brought by the company's investors seeking to recoup their losses.

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REAL ESTATE

REIT Hit With Suit By Ex-CEO Over Share Buyback Conflict

By Sydney Price

A real estate investment trust has been hit with a proposed class action by its former CEO alleging the company's insiders breached their fiduciary duties by failing to make a legitimate effort to repurchase certain preferred shares prior to their redemption date, leading to severe dilution of the common shares.

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SPORTS & BETTING

2nd Circ. Rules Flores Can't Block NFL's Arbitration Challenge

By David Steele

The Second Circuit on Thursday handed the NFL a win in its effort to overturn a decision that kept former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores' racial discrimination lawsuit out of arbitration, ruling Flores cannot cross-appeal the NFL's appeal of a lower court decision leaving the suit in federal court.

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NCAA Athletes Can't Get MDL Over Compensation Rules

By Elaine Briseño

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation denied the request of NCAA athletes to centralize two suits accusing the organization and five major college sports conferences of exercising a monopoly over labor in Division I sports by not allowing student-athletes to be compensated for their performances.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Rulings In 9th Circ. Provide Ammo To False Label Defendants

Courts in the Ninth Circuit have recently delivered a series of wins to advertisers, making clear that any ambiguity on the front of a product's package can be resolved by reference to the back label — which guarantees defendants a powerful tool to combat deceptive labeling claims, say attorneys at Patterson Belknap.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

OJ Simpson's Jury Was Sequestered. Why Not Trump's?

By Phillip Bantz

Unlike jurors in the murder case of O.J. Simpson, the 12 Manhattanites picked to hear criminal charges against Donald Trump likely won't be sequestered during the trial — easing psychological and financial burdens but potentially exposing them to outside pressures.

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Calif., NY And SD Judicial Nominees Advance To Full Senate

By Courtney Buble

Four judicial nominees were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, including one scrutinized for his affiliation with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the group's position on hot button issues.

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Leonard Leo Rebuffs Senate Judiciary Committee Subpoena

By Courtney Bublé

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, served influential conservative and longtime Federalist Society executive Leonard Leo with a subpoena on Thursday as part of his U.S. Supreme Court ethics probe, which Leo is refusing to comply with.

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Tax Controversy Quintet Joins Bradley Arant In Atlanta

By Adrian Cruz

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that it hired a five-person tax controversy team from Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry highlighted by the addition of three experienced partners, including two former Internal Revenue Service trial attorneys.

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Ex-Ellenoff Grossman Atty Faces Possible Firing Suit Remand

By Patrick Hoff

A former Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP associate's suit saying she was fired for protesting sexual harassment should return to state court, a New York federal judge recommended, saying the federal court can't enforce arbitration pacts invalidated by a 2022 amendment to the Federal Arbitration Act.

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Jewish Attys Sue Union Over Dues After Pro-Palestine Stance

By Emily Brill

A public defenders union violated the First Amendment by forcing two Jewish attorneys who oppose its pro-Palestine rhetoric to continue paying dues, the New York City-based attorneys claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, naming the city and their employer as defendants as well.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abrams & Bayliss

Alston & Bird

ArentFox Schiff

Arnall Golden

Arnold & Clifford

Arnold & Porter

Baker & Hostetler

Beasley Allen

Berger Montague

Boies Schiller

Bondurant Mixson

Bradley Arant

Brownstein Hyatt

Cappello & Noel

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Chimicles Schwartz

Cohen & Wolf

Constantine Cannon

Cooley LLP

Councill Gunnemann

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Culp Elliott

Daniel G. Suber & Associates

Davenport Evans

Day Pitney

DiCello Levitt

Duane Morris

Elefterakis Elefterakis

Ellenoff Grossman

Entwistle & Cappucci

Fair Work PC

Federman & Sherwood

Fine Kaplan

Ford O'Brien

Fox Rothschild

Freed Kanner

Gardner Firm PC

Goodwin Procter

Grant & Eisenhofer

Green & Noblin PC

Groom Law Group

Gutride Safier

Hagens Berman

Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute

Hilliard & Shadowen

Holwell Shuster

Jackson Lewis PC

Jacob & Klein

Johnson Becker

Kantor & Kantor

Kaplan Fox

Kasowitz Benson

Keller Rohrback

Kendall Law Group PLLC

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Korein Tillery

Labaton Keller

Lankenau & Miller

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Roca

Lieff Cabraser

Margolis Edelstein

Mayer Brown

Morgan Lewis

Moskowitz Law Firm

Nelson Mullins

Nussbaum Law Group

O'Melveny & Myers

Olson Grimsley

Orrick Herrington

Pachulski Stang

Paduano & Weintraub

Patterson Belknap

Paul Weiss

Paulson & Nace

Potter Anderson

Quinn Emanuel

Raisner Roupinian

Reed Smith

Robinson Bradshaw

Rolnick Kramer

Saxena White

Schubert Jonckheer

Schwartz Perry

Scott & Corley

Sidley Austin

Silver Golub

Sinclair Law Firm

Tin Fulton

Turke & Strauss

Vorys

Wachtell Lipton

Wheeler Trigg

White & Case

White and Williams

Wigdor LLP

Wilkinson Stekloff

Winston & Strawn

Wisner Baum

Womble Bond

Woods Rogers

Young Conaway

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

7-Eleven Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees

American International Group Inc.

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons Football Club LLC

Atlantic Coast Conference

Boston College

CVS Health Corp.

Del Monte Foods Inc.

Federalist Society

GOJO Industries Inc.

GRAIL Inc.

Geico Corp.

Gerber Products Co.

Houston Texans

Icahn Enterprises LP

Illumina Inc.

Jack Henry & Associates Inc.

Jacksonville Jaguars LLC

JetBlue Airways Corp.

KPMG International

LinkedIn Corp.

Lowe's Cos. Inc.

MasterCard Inc.

Miami Dolphins

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co.

New York Football Giants Inc.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Plains All American Pipeline L.P.

Plains GP Holdings LP

Pratt & Whitney

San Francisco 49ers

Spirit Airlines Inc.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.

The Hain Celestial Group Inc.

The Home Depot Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

The Tennessee Titans

Tyler Technologies Inc.

United Auto Workers

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

University of Southern California

Wawa Inc.

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust Inc.

Yellow Corp.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

City of New York

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

North Carolina Department of Justice

North Carolina Judicial Branch

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Supreme Court

United Nations

United States District Court for the District of Colorado