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  • Alito, Thomas to Headline Federalist Society Annual Convention

    By Marcia Coyle

    Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito Jr. are headliners next month at the Federalist Society's annual national convention, which will focus on the legacy of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The agenda marks the return of the appearance of at least one conservative justice—a seven-year streak that ended last year when no justice spoke at the event in Washington. Numerous lawyers from Big Law are set to participate on panels at the convention.

  • Airbnb Defends Arbitration in Push to Dismiss Discrimination Suit

    By C. Ryan Barber

    Lawyers for Airbnb Inc. defended the home-sharing platform’s terms of service Wednesday in Washington federal district court, arguing that a user who brought a discrimination case against the company should be forced into arbitration to resolve the dispute.

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  • Warren Questions 'Proper Accountability' at Wells Fargo

    By Melanie Waddell

    Senator Elizabeth Warren told Wells Fargo's board of directors on Thursday that John Stumpf's resignation is not enough to assure "proper accountability" at the bank, and raises questions about Stumpf's departing compensation and whether the bank's new chief executive was involved in the fake accounts scandal.

  • CFPB Must Now Justify Costs of Rules, Hensarling Warns

    By Melanie Waddell

    House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling, seizing on a federal appeals court ruling last week, warned Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray on Wednesday that his agency is no longer independent and must now follow executive orders that require regulatory authorities ensure the benefits of proposed regulations outweigh the costs.

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  • Uber Loses Drive to Block NLRB's National Subpoenas

    By Rebekah Mintzer

    A federal magistrate judge in California on Wednesday granted the National Labor Relations Board permission to issue nationwide subpoenas to investigate whether Uber drivers who brought complaints against the ride-hailing company are statutory employees with the ability to sue under the National Labor Relations Act.

  • SEC Says Companies Should Take the Hint and Not Impede Whistleblowers

    By C. Ryan Barber

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is cracking down on severance agreements that impede whistleblowers. Are companies taking the clue? "I'm hoping that companies are getting the message about this, and I think by taking some of these actions in quick succession, we are getting the message out there," Jane Norberg, head of the SEC's whistleblower office, said.

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