Iowa on Friday asked a federal district court to dismiss animal rights' and community advocacy groups' First Amendment challenge to the state's "ag-gag" law that's designed to thwart undercover investigations of animal treatment.
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Iowa Seeks To Mute 'Ag-Gag' Law First Amendment Challenge

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

Iowa on Friday asked a federal district court to dismiss animal rights' and community advocacy groups' First Amendment challenge to the state's "ag-gag" law that's designed to thwart undercover investigations of animal treatment.

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Analysis

DC Circ. Gives FERC More Clarity On Scope Of Climate Reviews

By Keith Goldberg

A recent D.C. Circuit decision not only endorses the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's current approach to reviewing the climate change impacts of gas infrastructure projects, but may also help trim environmental reviews by federal agencies across the board.

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Exxon Investor Deal Ends Suit Over Emissions Proposal

By Spencer Brewer and Lauren Berg

Activist investor Arjuna Capital has escaped Exxon Mobil Corp.'s lawsuit over a contentious greenhouse gas-related shareholder proposal the investor sought to include in the company's 2024 proxy statement after a Texas federal judge on Monday accepted the investor's promises not to resubmit the proposal.

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6th Circ. Sends Enbridge Pipeline Dispute To Mich. State Court

By Crystal Owens

A Sixth Circuit panel on Monday remanded a dispute between Michigan's attorney general and Enbridge Energy that looks to shut down dual pipelines that cross the Straits of Mackinac, saying the company failed to timely remove the case to federal court and there are no equitable exceptions to do so.

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Conn. Worker Gets $144K Counsel Fee After Bias Trial Win

By Brian Steele

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection must pay nearly $139,000 in attorney fees to W. Martyn Philpot Jr. after a Black employee won a federal jury verdict on racial hostility claims, including accusations that he found a noose hanging near his desk in a state office building.

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PRODUCT LIABILITY

Chrysler MDL Class Can Fix 'Puzzling' State Claim Skip

By Danielle Ferguson

A Michigan federal judge has said he will give a class of drivers alleging Chrysler minivans have a defect that causes their batteries to explode unexpectedly an opportunity to fix their "puzzling" choice not to plead state-by-state claims in the first master complaint of the sprawling multidistrict litigation.

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PROPERTY INSURANCE

Excess Insurers May Need To Pay In Kaiser Asbestos Dispute

By Jennifer Mandato

A policyholder can tap into first-layer excess policies as soon as the primary coverage for that period is exhausted, the California Supreme Court ruled, potentially implicating several first-level excess insurers to contribute to coverage for underlying asbestos exposure claims against Kaiser Cement and Gypsum Corp.

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LITIGATION

Feds, Tribes Say It's Too Soon To Reopen Monument Suit

By Crystal Owens

The federal government, tribes and conservation groups are fighting a bid by Utah and farming associations to lift a more than three-year stay in a challenge to the Bears Ears National Monument, arguing that the state is already involved in litigation that attempts to nullify the presidential proclamation that established it.

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Ga. County Says Battery Co.'s Dumping Caused Blaze

By Chart Riggall

A Georgia electric vehicle battery manufacturer that has come under regulatory scrutiny for a series of workplace safety violations has been hit with a lawsuit from its own county, which accused the company of dumping hundreds of batteries that led to a massive fire at a local recycling plant.

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DEALS

Ares, Searchlight-Led Group Plugs £500M Into RSK Group

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

British sustainability company RSK Group Ltd., advised by Travers Smith LLP, on Monday announced that it is set to receive a £500 million ($634.5 million) preferred equity investment from a group led by private equity firms Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP-led Searchlight Capital Partners LP and Dechert LLP-led Ares Management Corp., which will be used to fund growth initiatives.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

'Energy Communities' Update May Clarify Tax Credit Eligibility

A recent IRS notice that includes updated lists of locations where clean energy projects can qualify for additional tax credits — based 2023 unemployment data and placed-in-service dates — should help provide clarity regarding project eligibility that sponsors and developers need, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

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Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

Firms are making their attorneys happy in most areas of professional life, including culture and compensation, but stress is a constant struggle and many are taking minimal vacations, according to the latest survey from Law360 Pulse.

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Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

By Ashish Sareen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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NY High Court Denies Trump's Gag Order Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon

New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.

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Dems' Absences Bring Canceled Vote On Ore. Federal Judge

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate scrapped a vote on Tuesday for Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai's nomination to a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon amid vast Republican opposition.

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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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The 2 New Jersey Attys Ensnared In A Mogul's Extortion Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of an extortion scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but an explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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Panel Laments 'Hunger Games' Tactics In Mich. Judicial Races

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has expressed concern that judicial candidates are weaponizing the complexity of Michigan's filing requirements to eliminate their competition, with one judge commenting that "contests for vacant judgeships all too often have turned into the Hunger Games." 

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McElroy Deutsch Says Exec Embezzled Money For Home

By Tracey Read

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP has doubled down on its bid for a constructive trust on the home of two former executives accused of stealing from the firm.

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9 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Over Ad Tech Co.'s Microsoft Ties

By Sydney Price

Pomerantz LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and several other firms have filed competing bids to lead a proposed shareholder class action alleging that shares of ad tech company Perion Network declined nearly 40% after its strategic partner Microsoft Bing "unilaterally" changed its search advertising pricing.

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Healthcare Tensions Equal Business For Litigation Funders

By Ryan Boysen

As rampant consolidation collides with inflation-squeezed margins in the American healthcare system, tensions between service providers and insurers are at the breaking point and increasingly boiling "over into litigation," providing opportunities for litigation funders, according to a new article by Burford Capital LLC.

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Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

By Ali Sullivan

Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Dems Ask For Update On Justice Thomas Gifts Investigation

By Katie Buehler

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have asked the judiciary's governing body for an update on its review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose years of luxury gifts and travel he received from conservative billionaires.

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Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harrassment Claims In New Suit

By Dorothy Atkins

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Barrack Rodos

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Cantey Hanger

Casey Gerry

Cotchett Pitre

Covington & Burling

Critchley Kinum

Cuti Hecker

Dechert LLP

Dickinson Wright

Duane Morris

Foley Hoag

Fox Rothschild

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Greines Martin

Hagens Berman

Hitchcock Law Firm PLLC

Hogan Lovells

Holzer & Holzer

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kaplan Fox

Klein Thomas

Levi & Korsinsky

Lovins Trosclair

Lynberg & Watkins

Marino Tortorella

McDonald & Cody

McElroy Deutsch

Nelson Mullins

PAMH LLC

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Patterson Earnhart

Pomerantz LLP

Poole Huffman

Roxanne Conlin & Associates

Sinnott Puebla

Sonosky Chambers

Steptoe LLP

Stinson LLP

The Miller Law Firm PC (Rochester, MI)

Travers Smith

Troutman Pepper

Willkie Farr

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Popper

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Farm Bureau Federation Inc.

American Hospital Association

American Insurance Association

Ares Management Corp.

Burford Capital LLC

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

De Novo

Earthjustice

Enbridge Energy Partners LP

Ennis Inc.

Envision Healthcare Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

FCA US LLC

FarmSTAND

Food & Water Watch

Foundation to Support Animal Protection

Granite State Insurance Co.

Home Box Office Inc.

Institute for Policy Integrity

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

Native American Rights Fund Inc.

Natural Resources Defense Council

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York University

Perion Network Ltd.

Rowan University

Searchlight Capital Partners LP

Sierra Club

Sun Bancorp Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Vision Inc.

United Policyholders

United Way Worldwide Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe

Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Supreme Court

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Delaware River Port Authority

Energy Information Administration

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Hopi Tribe

Internal Revenue Service

Michigan Attorney General's Office

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Navajo Nation

New York Attorney General's Office

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

Pueblo of Zuni

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Ute Indian Tribe

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe