An Iowa federal judge Monday temporarily blocked a controversial state law empowering local officials to arrest and remove previously deported individuals, even if they're now authorized to be in the country, ruling that the measure is trumped by federal law and therefore invalid.
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Iowa's Controversial Immigration Law Temporarily Blocked

By Hailey Konnath

An Iowa federal judge Monday temporarily blocked a controversial state law empowering local officials to arrest and remove previously deported individuals, even if they're now authorized to be in the country, ruling that the measure is trumped by federal law and therefore invalid.

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Mifepristone Ruling Means End Of Texas DACA Suit, Feds Say

By Catherine Marfin

A Texas-led coalition of states doesn't have standing to challenge the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision rejecting a challenge to the abortion drug mifepristone, the Biden administration told the Fifth Circuit on Monday.

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'No Religious Freedom In Texas' If El Paso Org. Shut Down

By Catherine Marfin

An attorney for a Catholic nonprofit accused by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton of smuggling or harboring migrants told an El Paso judge Monday that Paxton shouldn't be able to use an "ancient" legal procedure in his attempt to shut it down.

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Foreign Investors Sue Over Lost $7.7M NYC Mall Investment

By Grace Dixon

Fourteen foreign investors who lost the entirety of their $7.7 million investment in a New York City shopping mall project filed suit against two lenders, a developer and the manager of an EB-5 lender in New York federal court, saying they are owed damages.

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ENFORCEMENT

Nursing Home Co. Owes Fees On Staffing Deal, Recruiter Says

By Hayley Fowler

An international recruiter has accused the owners of nursing homes and assisted living communities in several states of failing to fork over fees for placing nurses and nursing assistants in their facilities, saying they owe over $3.4 million in outstanding fees.

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Bouncer Admits To Promoting Prostitution After $5.7M Sting

By Aaron Keller

A 41-year-old bouncer at a Connecticut strip club pled guilty Monday to facilitating prostitution and received a promise from the prosecution to recommend a reduced sentence as authorities press separate cases against a club boss who allegedly hid $5.7 million in income without reporting it to the Internal Revenue Service.

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LITIGATION

Don't Let Farm Org Rewrite Wage Rule Suit, DOL Tells Judge

By Emilie Ruscoe

A farm group shouldn't be allowed to revise its challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor's new wage rule for certain temporary workers, the agency told a Charlotte, North Carolina, federal judge, saying the revision attempt comes too late as the matter is already awaiting the judge's decision.

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Weigh Therapist's Opinion In Deportation Case, 4th Circ. Says

By Alyssa Aquino

A divided Fourth Circuit on Monday revived a Mexican woman's efforts to stay in the country, faulting an immigration judge for not considering the impact of his deportation order on the woman's clinically depressed daughter.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

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

Allen Chesson

Benesch

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Clark Hill

Cranfill Sumner

Critchley Kinum

Cuti Hecker

Fox Rothschild

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Holzer & Holzer

Kaplan Fox

Law Office of Christopher Duby

Law Offices of Jay S. Marks

Levi & Korsinsky

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

McElroy Deutsch

Minnella Tramuta

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Pomerantz LLP

Poole Huffman

Reid & Wise

Ropes & Gray

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Popper

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Civil Liberties Union

American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa

American Hospital Association

American Immigration Council Inc.

Burford Capital LLC

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

De Novo

Envision Healthcare Corp.

Home Box Office Inc.

Lihua International Inc.

Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

New Jersey State Bar Association

Perion Network Ltd.

Rowan University

Sterling Financial Corp.

Sun Bancorp Inc.

Texas RioGrande Legal Aid Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Vision Inc.

United Way Worldwide Inc.

Webster Financial Corp.

WorldWide HealthStaff Solutions Ltd.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Delaware River Port Authority

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Internal Revenue Service

Iowa Legislature

New Jersey Attorney General's Office

New York Attorney General's Office

Texas Attorney General's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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

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

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court