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  • Senate Committee Moves to Hold Backpage.com CEO in Contempt

    By Mike Sacks

    A Senate committee approved a resolution on Wednesday to hold Backpage.com and its CEO in contempt of Congress and to take him to court to force him to comply with a subpoena related to the classified advertising website's alleged role in online sex trafficking. The resolution seeks to overcome the First Amendment defense the CEO's lawyer has argued justifies the company's refusal to hand over requested documents.

  • Morning Wrap: SCOTUS Freezes Carbon Emissions Plan | Shkreli Lawyer Questions Congress

    By Michael A. Scarcella

    The U.S. Supreme Court late Tuesday issued a temporary freeze on the Obama administration’s new plan to cut carbon emissions. A judge overseeing Clinton email litigation isn't happy with the feds over the pace of production. And a lawyer for Martin Shkreli has some choice words about his client's recent appearance on Capitol Hill. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

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  • MetLife Makes Case Against 'Too Big to Fail' Designation

    By Zoe Tillman

    MetLife, represented by Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Eugene Scalia, is challenging its designation as "too big to fail." During arguments on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer in Washington expressed concern about the setup of the federal oversight council tasked with reviewing the health of U.S. banks and companies.

  • In Blocking Obama's Energy Plan, a Surprise Move From the Supreme Court

    By Tony Mauro

    The U.S. Supreme Court's action on Tuesday halting implementation of the Obama administration's clean energy plan was an assertive move that surprised advocates on both sides. Responding to the pleas of 29 states as well as business and energy industry advocates, the court stayed the extensive power-plant regulations even though the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied a stay in January and has not yet ruled on the merits of the dispute. The plan requires states to cut carbon dioxide pollution from power plants, sharply curtailing the use of coal.

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  • Fee Fight Spurs Departures from Ethicon MDL Team

    By Amanda Bronstad

    A battle over legal fees and costs has prompted three lawyers to withdraw from the plaintiffs leadership team in the multidistrict litigation over power morcellators made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon Inc.

  • Coin Toss Decides Which Advocate Will Argue Key Patent Case

    By Tony Mauro

    When Carter Phillips and Seth Waxman, two titans of the U.S. Supreme Court bar, both want to argue the same side of a case, what are you going to do? You do what the National Football League does every game: flip a coin.

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