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  • Mug Shots Are Not Secret Records, Detroit Paper Tells Supreme Court

    By Marcia Coyle

    The Detroit Free Press is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a court decision that restricts public access to the mug shots of federal criminal defendants. Booking photos provide an "important window" into the government's exercise of its police powers, the media outlet said in its petition in Detroit Free Press v. U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Texas Court, After Trump Win, Is Asked to Put Immigration Case on Hold

    By Marcia Coyle

    The first major litigation effect of the election of Donald Trump took place in a Texas federal district court Friday when the lawyers in the challenge to the Obama administration's plan to delay deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants asked the judge to postpone proceedings until Feb. 20.

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Regulation

  • Aetna-Humana Trial, Unlike Anthem-Cigna, Will Feature Amicable Merger Partners

    By C. Ryan Barber

    For the past two weeks, the U.S. Justice Department has clashed with Anthem Inc. in a blockbuster antitrust trial rife with conflict. The government is fighting to block a $48 billion health care merger that Anthem's tie-up partner—Cigna Corp.—appears to no longer want. The drama of that trial, where Cigna's chief executive hardly hid the strain between the insurer and its suitor, isn't expected to be mirrored when Aetna Inc., on Monday, begins to defend its $37 billion takeover of rival Humana Inc.

  • Engineer's Suit Over FTC's 'Robocall' Contest Is Blocked in Appeals Court

    By Marcia Coyle

    When the Federal Trade Commission in 2012 announced a competition for "innovative solutions" to block automated sales calls, David Frankel thought he had a winning submission. He didn't. Blocking so-called "robocalls" can be tough and frustrating for the average person. Blocking a lawsuit over an agency's competition seemed a relatively easy task for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Thursday.

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Litigation

  • Mug Shots Are Not Secret Records, Detroit Paper Tells Supreme Court

    By Marcia Coyle

    The Detroit Free Press is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a court decision that restricts public access to the mug shots of federal criminal defendants. Booking photos provide an "important window" into the government's exercise of its police powers, the media outlet said in its petition in Detroit Free Press v. U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Johnson & Johnson Hit With $1 Billion Verdict in Hip Implant Case

    By Amanda Bronstad

    The award for six plaintiffs included $1 billion in punitive damages and $40 million in compensatory damages. J&J's Skadden Arps defense team pledged to appeal.

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