• September 22, 2023

    Excess Insurer Balks At $22.5M Ask In Kroger Shooting Row

    An insurer for The Kroger Co. urged a Georgia state court to reject another Kroger insurer's bid to recoup $22.5 million it paid toward a $50 million settlement over a shooting in 2015, following a jury's $61.4 million verdict against the grocery giant.

  • September 22, 2023

    Judge Dismisses Catalog Retailer's Ch. 11 Case

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge has agreed to a structured dismissal of AmeriMark Interactive's Chapter 11 case, telling the catalog retailer it can wind down the case and its business once it pays the expenses it has incurred since entering bankruptcy.

  • September 22, 2023

    Businessman Can't Dig Into Former Hot Dog Eatery Partner

    The North Carolina Business Court on Friday denied a businessman's request to sit his former partner down and question him as part of a lawsuit alleging that the partner cut him out of a deal to purchase hot dog restaurants, reasoning that the deadline for interrogation passed months ago.

  • September 22, 2023

    Dueling Doctor Opinions Right For Jury Decision, Panel Finds

    A split Ohio state appeals panel has affirmed a jury verdict in favor of a man who suffered complications after a prostate procedure, ruling that the trial court was right to let a jury weigh the opinions of conflicting experts rather than issue a ruling.

  • September 22, 2023

    Chevron Doctrine Supporters Flock To High Court In Key Case

    Health groups, scientists, a labor union, small businesses and environmentalists are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to strike down a nearly 40-year-old precedent that allows judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of law in rulemaking disputes, arguing it's a valuable and reliable tool in administrative law cases.

  • September 22, 2023

    Saltz Mongeluzzi Seeks $125K In Fees From Post-Hack OT Suit

    Attorneys from Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky PC are seeking more than $125,000 in fees and expenses for more than 150 hours of representation for a class of rehab facility workers who claimed they were underpaid for overtime when their company's timekeeping system was hacked.

  • September 22, 2023

    EV Maker Says Richards Layton Can Represent It In Ch. 11

    Lordstown Motors is defending its proposed retention of Richards Layton & Finger PA as its bankruptcy co-counsel, disputing the federal bankruptcy watchdog's contention that a conflict exists that should disqualify the Delaware firm from representing the electric-truck maker in its Chapter 11.

  • September 22, 2023

    Labaton Sucharow Will Lead Norfolk Southern Investor Suit

    A New York federal judge appointed Labaton Sucharow LLP as lead counsel for a proposed class of investors bringing a suit against Norfolk Southern Corp. and multiple major financial firms alleging the transportation company overstated its commitment to safety before a train derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

  • September 21, 2023

    Split 6th Circ. Revives Preppy Kids Clothing Rivals' IP Feud

    A split Sixth Circuit panel revived a trademark infringement suit by preppy children's clothing maker Bella Bliss against a rival company started by one of its co-founders, ruling Thursday that Bella Bliss plausibly alleged a likelihood of confusion that allows its federal and Kentucky state claims to proceed.

  • September 21, 2023

    Opioid MDL Special Master Fights Bias DQ For 'Email Mistake'

    The special master overseeing the massive opioid multidistrict litigation against pharmacy benefit managers OptumRX Inc. and Express Scripts Inc. is fighting a disqualification bid filed following his reply-all flub, telling an Ohio federal judge on Thursday that it is "hokey" but true that every day he reminds himself of the role's "honor and privilege."

  • September 21, 2023

    Sherwin-Williams Says NJ Must Testify About 'Dump Site'

    Sherwin-Williams has urged a New Jersey state judge to compel testimony from the reticent New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection about the effects of the paint company's alleged pollution at the site of one of its former manufacturing plants, arguing it's entitled to the requested testimony during discovery, and it's not protected by privilege.

  • September 21, 2023

    Biden Holds Off On Disaster Declaration Over Ohio Derailment

    President Joe Biden has called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take steps to name a coordinator for long-term recovery efforts in the East Palestine, Ohio, area in the aftermath of the Norfolk Southern train derailment, but stopped short of declaring the region a disaster area.

  • September 21, 2023

    Ohio Justices Reject Bar Owner's Sunday Booze Ballot Fight

    The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a Cleveland-area bar owner's suit over his unsuccessful attempt to place a local liquor regulation issue on Medina County's November election ballot, with the majority stating that the owner invoked the wrong law in his complaint and one justice saying in a dissent that he lacked standing anyway.

  • September 20, 2023

    States Tell Alito Social Media Work Ban Protects Free Speech

    The U.S. Supreme Court should allow a lower court's order prohibiting members of the Biden White House and certain federal agencies from working with social media companies to combat the spread of misinformation to take effect, a move that challengers of the government's efforts claimed Wednesday is required to stop the systematic suppression of free speech.

  • September 20, 2023

    DOL Nixes Bid For H-2B Mechanics At Ohio EV Battery Plant

    A U.S. Department of Labor appeals board has backed a decision denying LG Solutions Partner LLC's request to temporarily hire foreign industrial-machinery mechanics to set up machinery for electric-vehicle battery production, saying the company failed to show a one-time hiring need.

  • September 20, 2023

    Ohio Justices Affirm Return Rate For Dominion Energy

    The Ohio Supreme Court has said state utility regulators did not err in approving a challenged return rate that will let Dominion Energy collect about $73 million from customers to pay for its past natural gas infrastructure upgrades.

  • September 20, 2023

    6th Circ. Tosses Detroit Suburb's Challenge To Atty Fee Award

    A Sixth Circuit panel has ordered a Detroit suburb to pick up the $240,000 tab a regional water provider incurred defending itself against a Clean Water Act lawsuit that was found to be frivolous, rejecting the city's appeal of the fee award. 

  • September 20, 2023

    Basketball Academy Sues Ex-VP For Starting Rival Program

    A professional basketball training academy filed suit in Ohio federal court Tuesday seeking a temporary restraining order against one of its former vice presidents over allegations that after he left the organization, he used proprietary information to start a competing program.

  • September 20, 2023

    Vance Denies Durbin's Latest Bid To Confirm US Attorneys

    Republican Sen. J.D. Vance blocked the confirmation of four U.S. attorney nominees Wednesday, saying from the Senate floor that his objection isn't specific to their qualifications, but to what he described as the further politicization of the U.S. Department of Justice following its indictment of former President Donald Trump.

  • September 20, 2023

    Opiate MDL Special Master Faces DQ Bid Over 'Reply All' Goof

    Pharmacy benefit managers OptumRX Inc. and Express Scripts Inc. called for the disqualification of the special master overseeing multidistrict litigation brought against the PBMs over the national opioid epidemic after he allegedly revealed a bias against them in an email they said he inadvertently sent as a "reply all."

  • September 19, 2023

    6th Circ. Told Enbridge Pipeline Suit Belongs In State Court

    A legal effort to shut down an Enbridge Inc. pipeline must be heard in state court, Michigan's attorney general said, urging the Sixth Circuit to undo a ruling that blessed Enbridge's transfer of the case to federal court more than two years after it was filed.

  • September 19, 2023

    Railcar Owners Want Out Of East Palestine Derailment Suit

    The owners of two of the dozens of railcars involved in the fiery East Palestine, Ohio, derailment say Norfolk Southern can't drag them into a proposed class action because federal rules put responsibility on the railroad, which had already filed third-party claims against the railcar companies in another suit.

  • September 19, 2023

    Chamber Tells 6th Circ. Worker-Silencing Ruling Goes Too Far

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce asked the Sixth Circuit Monday to vacate a National Labor Relations Board decision that says severance agreements can't bar workers from disparaging their employers, as the decision exceeds the board's authority and runs against precedent.

  • September 19, 2023

    Zoo's Ex-Execs Ran Wild With Public Funds, Ohio AG Says

    Three former executives for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium stole $2.3 million in public funds from the zoo and bought themselves concert tickets, golf club memberships, vacations and more, according to a grand jury indictment announced Monday by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost.

  • September 18, 2023

    Investors' Suit Over Norfolk Southern Derailment Lands In Ga.

    A proposed securities class action accusing Norfolk Southern of misleading investors by not disclosing the heightened risk of train derailments prior to the East Palestine, Ohio, accident in February has been transferred from the Buckeye State to Georgia, where the company's headquarters and key witnesses are located.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What FERC-PJM Negotiations Mean For The Energy Industry

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    Following the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliot, disputes associated with the PJM Interconnection settlement negotiations taking place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have brought to the fore a potential legal minefield arising out of extreme weather events that could lead to commercial risks for power generating companies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Corporate Compliance Lessons From FirstEnergy Scandal

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    Fallout from a massive bribery scheme involving Ohio electric utility FirstEnergy and state officeholders — including the recent sentencing of two defendants — has critical corporate governance takeaways for companies and individuals seeking to influence government policymaking, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • What Circuit Split May Mean For FCA Kickback Liability

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    The recent circuit split on the meaning of the resulting-from provision in False Claims Act kickback cases could have significant ramifications for FCA liability, as it could affect the standard of causation that plaintiffs must meet to establish liability, say former federal prosecutors Li Yu, Ellen London and Gregg Shapiro.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • What's Next For Adult-Use Marijuana In Ohio

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    After Ohio voters defeated a proposal that would have made it harder to pass any citizen-initiated constitutional amendment, a state ballot measure to legalize adult-use marijuana has fairly good chances of passing — but advocates still face a long road ahead, say Perry Salzhauer and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

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