A Georgia state court judge Friday tossed a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of a newly incorporated city in suburban Atlanta, ruling that a provision of the cityhood referendum allowing it to create a special tax district wasn't a violation of the state constitution.
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New Atlanta-Area City Beats Constitutional Challenge

By Chart Riggall

A Georgia state court judge Friday tossed a lawsuit challenging the legitimacy of a newly incorporated city in suburban Atlanta, ruling that a provision of the cityhood referendum allowing it to create a special tax district wasn't a violation of the state constitution.

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Cos. Want Ga. Firm Punished For 'Impossible' COVID-19 Suit

By Jack Karp

A Georgia law firm should face sanctions for pursuing claims that several ship operators infected a longshoreman with COVID-19 since those claims were "factually impossible" and their sanctions motion was filed on time, the companies told a Georgia federal court.

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TRUMP TRIAL

Analysis

As DA Aims High, Trump Defense Gets 'Down And Dirty'

By Phillip Bantz

Donald Trump lifted the curtain Monday on his strategy to win over jurors in his New York criminal hush-money trial, as a lawyer for the former president hammered the state's "liar" star witness and rejected the prosecution's quixotic framing of the case, experts observed.

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Trump Led Plot To Undermine 2016 Election, NY Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

A prosecutor told a Manhattan jury on Monday that Donald Trump was the head of a conspiracy to undermine the integrity of the 2016 election through hush-money payments, kicking off the first criminal trial of a former president.

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Coverage Recap: Day 1 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

By Frank Runyeon and Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments to adult film actress Stormy Daniels ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a full recap from day one.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Feds Botched Building Contract Prices, Watchdog Reports

By Peter McGuire

Federal building overseers in the Southeast U.S. used distorted pricing for medium-term construction contracts that produced significantly inflated and unreasonably low-cost estimates, according to a government watchdog.

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LITIGATION

Ga. Pesticide Maker Denies DOL Whistleblower Charges

By Chart Riggall

A Georgia pesticide maker has denied all wrongdoing after being hit with a U.S. Department of Labor complaint earlier this year that accused the company of firing a whistleblower who complained about her exposure to dangerous chemical fumes.

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GM, Others Sued For Sharing Driver Data With Insurers

By Kelcey Caulder

Two New Jersey drivers say they saw increases in their insurance premiums after General Motors and its OnStar unit allegedly used apps installed in their vehicles to illegally share driver data with consumer reporting agencies and insurance carriers without their consent.

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Opioid Marketer Completes $1.5M Damages Settlement With Del.

By Jeff Montgomery

Delaware's chancellor signed off Monday on a $1.5 million payment to the state by a company that helped Purdue Pharmaceuticals market its opioid products, the latest step in a $358 million, 50-state damages settlement reached with Publicis Health LLC.

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ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

Congress Can Enact Corp. Transparency, Orgs Tell 11th Circ.

By Kevin Pinner

Congress is empowered to require American companies to report their beneficial owners to the federal government because there is ample evidence they've previously been used to fund hostile foreign actors, evade sanctions and traffic drugs, two think tanks told the Eleventh Circuit in an amici brief.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Unemployment Rate For Recent Law Grads Improves, ABA Finds

By Kevin Penton

Fewer recent law school graduates were unemployed in March than in the previous year, as the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic further recede into memory, according to data released Monday by the American Bar Association.

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Justices To Mull Atty Fees For Preliminary Injunctions

By Ryan Boysen

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that could determine whether litigants can receive attorney fees for "prevailing" in a case by winning a preliminary injunction, despite never securing a final judgment.

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Justices Skip How Mid-Litigation Changes Affect Standing

By Katie Buehler

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Third Circuit ruling that plaintiffs must reestablish standing when defendants cause circumstances to change mid-litigation, ending a Pennsylvania attorney's challenge to the state's new anti-bias and harassment professional conduct rule.

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Morgan Lewis Atty Aims ERISA Suit At Firm's Plan, Unum

By Hailey Konnath

A Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP lawyer has lodged an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit against the firm's benefit plan, claiming the plan illegally and abruptly terminated her long-term disability benefits after seemingly applying criteria irrelevant to her work.

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Walden Macht Launches Securities Group With Ex-Sidley Atty

By Emma Cueto

White collar boutique Walden Macht & Haran LLP announced Monday that it has launched a securities enforcement defense practice headed by a recent arrival from Sidley Austin LLP in New York.

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Trump, NY AG Reach Deal To OK $175M Fraud Appeal Bond

By Rachel Scharf

Donald Trump's lawyers agreed Monday to bond conditions requiring the former president to give up control of his $175 million cash deposit pending appeal of a $465 million civil fraud judgment, staving off scrutiny from both the New York attorney general and the judge who entered the award.

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11 State AGs Urge Senate To Confirm Mangi For 3rd Circ.

By Courtney Bublé

A group of 11 attorneys general is calling on the Senate to confirm Adeel Mangi, nominee for the Third Circuit, who would be the first federal Muslim appellate judge if confirmed, condemning allegations that he is antisemitic or anti-law enforcement.

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Senate OKs Permanent Status For 10 Fed. District Judgeships

By Lynn LaRowe

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill put forth by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that would transition 10 previously temporary district court judgeships in 10 states to permanent posts, including in Texas, California and Florida.

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DOJ Legal Counsel Must Disclose Interagency Rulings: Judge

By Adrian Cruz

Opinions from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel on interagency disputes should be made available for public review, a judge has found, siding with an open government watchdog in a long-running records dispute.

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Congress Urged To Fund Attys For Immigrants In Removal

By Britain Eakin

A coalition of more than 100 immigrant rights groups and several local governments urged congressional appropriators on Monday to allocate funds next fiscal year to increase legal representation for individuals in removal proceedings to protect their due process rights.

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Ex-US Atty's Stepson Says He Has None Of Docs Gov't Seeks

By Anna Scott Farrell

The stepson of a former Nevada U.S. attorney convicted of failing to pay taxes told a Nevada federal court that he doesn't have the financial documents the federal government has demanded in its $1.3 million tax suit against his stepfather.

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Paul Hastings Adds Private Equity Team At New Boston Office

By Emily Sawicki

Paul Hastings LLP has expanded into Boston, the firm announced Tuesday, establishing its new Beantown foothold with the help of a seasoned private equity buyout team headed up by a former Sidley Austin LLP partner, the firm's latest move to strengthen its growing global private equity platform.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bingham McCutchen

Bouhan Falligant

Bressler Amery

Continental PLLC

Covington & Burling

Ford O'Brien

Goodwin Procter

Gupta Wessler

Habba Madaio

Hamilton Lincoln Law Institute

Hughes Hubbard

Hunton Andrews

Kantrowitz Goldhamer

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Baach

Longman Law PC

Maynard Nexsen

McGuireWoods

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Patterson Belknap

Paul Hastings

Pisanelli Bice

Proskauer Rose

Richards Layton

Robert & Robert PLLC

Salmanson Goldshaw

Savage Turner

Sidley Austin

Troutman Pepper

Walden Macht

Williams & Connolly

Wimberly Lawson Steckel

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Bar Association

American Media Inc.

Cornell University

Great Hill Partners

Hapag-Lloyd AG

Legal Aid Justice Center

LexisNexis Group Inc.

LexisNexis Risk Solutions Inc.

Morgan Stanley

New York University

OnStar LLC

Property Management Inc.

Purdue Pharma LP

The Charles Schwab Corp.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The New York Times Co.

Trump Organization Inc.

Unum Group

Vera Institute of Justice Inc.

Verisk Analytics Inc.

Walmart Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Delaware Court of Chancery

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network

Georgia Supreme Court

Judicial Conference of the United States

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New York Attorney General's Office

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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

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

U.S. General Services Administration

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Nevada

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia

Virginia Attorney General's Office

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles