Marcia Coyle

Skadden Loses a Tax Dispute, and Jenner Wins Fee Fight

Marcia Coyle

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered multimillion-dollar good news and bad news to two major law firms. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom lost its challenge to a tax refund in Michigan. Jenner & Block prevailed in a fee dispute that involved a former client. Here's a snapshot of the two cas

ABA Counters Trump's Transgender Directive in Appeals Court

Marcia Coyle

The consequences of discrimination follow transgender students and their classmates into the legal profession, warned the American Bar Association in an amicus brief that urged a federal appellate court to find that such unfairness violates federal civil rights.

Trump's Justice Department Works Both Sides of the CFPB

Marcia Coyle

The Trump administration's U.S. Justice Department is both simultaneously challenging and backing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, creating a litigation whirlwind as Republicans and business advocates push reforms that would strip some power from the Obama-era federal agency.

Neil Gorsuch Lays Down Some Early Markers

Marcia Coyle

What have U.S. Supreme Court advocates learned from Justice Neil Gorsuch based on his early sittings? "Justice Gorsuch comes as advertised: someone deeply committed to ruling by the text and the Constitution's underpinnings, like federalism," Mayer Brown's Timothy Bishop, a veteran high court advoca

Noel Francisco, Trump's SG Nominee, Reveals Divestiture Plan in Ethics Pledge

Marcia Coyle

Noel Francisco, still awaiting a hearing on his nomination as U.S. solicitor general, has promised to divest his interests in technology, financial and pharmaceutical companies—including Apple Inc., Vanguard Financials and Merck & Co.—if he wins Senate confirmation. In his financial disclosure form,

A SCOTUS First-Timer Tees Up Clash Between Congress and the Courts

Marcia Coyle

Sometimes at the U.S. Supreme Court, big cases come in small packages. Scott Gant of Boies Schiller Flexner saw a potentially major separation-of-powers issue in an unhappy property owner's court case, and the justices on Monday agreed to review it.

Don't Call This Supreme Court Term a 'Sleeper'

Marcia Coyle

The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up oral arguments for the term on Wednesday. The justices' quest for unanimity is always tested toward the end of a term when some of the most difficult cases await decision. This term is no different. Here's a snapshot of some of the big cases that await decisions.

Orrick Stokes DEA Over Alleged Marijuana Misstatements

Marcia Coyle

A team from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, representing the medical marijuana advocate Americans for Safe Access, isn't holding its breath for federal drug enforcement officials to erase their alleged misstatements about the health risks of cannabis.

A Supreme Court First-Timer Scores on the Money

Marcia Coyle

Stuart Banner is a legal historian who has written books on the history of baseball's antitrust exemption, the struggle to control airspace and how American Indians lost their land. On Wednesday, Banner achieved a new distinction: He won his first U.S. Supreme Court argument.

Banks, Finance Companies Fret Over Sweep of Debt Collection Law

Marcia Coyle

Banks, retailers, finance companies and other entities that buy and sell loans are sounding alarms about a U.S. Supreme Court case that could bring them under the regulatory eye of a 1977 law that prohibits certain debt collection practices.

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