Mike Scarcella

A Judge Who Speaks His Mind: Richard Posner's Greatest Quips

Mike Scarcella and Vanessa Blum

We suspect it's not the last we'll hear from Richard Posner. But as he ends his judicial career on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, here's a snapshot of some favorite Posner zingers.

Trump's FBI Pick Christopher Wray Earned $9.2M Partnership Share at King & Spalding

Katelyn Polantz and Mike Scarcella

Christopher Wray, the King & Spalding white-collar partner who was nominated to replace fired FBI director James Comey, reported earning $9.2 million in his partnership share from 2016 and so far this year, according to financial documents made available Monday. Wray, a King & Spalding partner for n

AstraZeneca Draws DOJ Rebuke for Push to Shield Crestor from Competition

Mike Scarcella

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday urged a Washington judge to reject AstraZeneca's effort to block regulators from approving generic versions of the cholesterol-treatment drug Crestor, saying agency officials haven't yet made a final decision on a lower-cost alternative to the brand medicatio

Morning Wrap: DOJ Resists Judge's Ethics Sanctions | Trump U.'s 'Playbook'

Mike Scarcella

The U.S. Justice Department is mounting a challenge to a Texas judge's attorney-ethics sanctions. A federal appeals court rules for the feds in a Fourth Amendment case over cell-phone location data. And a federal judge in California releases Trump University docs that had been kept secret. This is a

Morning Wrap: Feds Bank on New Regs | Tech Companies Turn to State Lawmakers

Mike Scarcella

The feds have "armies" of new rule enforcers for the banking and finance industry. Tech companies are increasingly taking legislative concerns to the states. And Merrick Garland gets a chance to speak (at his high school). This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Ten Cases to Watch in the D.C. Circuit | Hulk Hogan's Litigation Funding

Mike Scarcella

The D.C. Circuit is poised to issue major rulings over the next several months on net neutrality and campaign finance. Forbes and The New York Times dig into suspicions of secret funding for Hulk Hogan's suit against Gawker. Volkswagen makes progress on its deal with the feds, drivers. And an Ohio j

Morning Wrap: Bank of America Fights Discrimination Finding | Breyer Talks Post-Scalia Court

Mike Scarcella

Bank of America sues the Labor Department over its finding of racial discrimination in job-hiring. Justice Stephen Breyer dismisses the notion that the justices could be hampered without a ninth colleague. And the Supreme Court reverses a death sentence in Georgia for race-based juror selection. Thi

Morning Wrap: Health Insurers Sue Feds for $223M | The Consensus Court

Mike Scarcella

Reed Smith represents insurers First Priority and Highmark in their Federal Claims Court suit seeking $223 million in damages related to the health care law. The justices are taking small steps to reach consensus. And George Mason's law school is officially renamed to honor the late Justice Antonin

Morning Wrap: Lead Uber Plaintiff Objects | Climate Plan Goes to Full D.C. Circuit

Mike Scarcella

The lead plaintiff in a California class action against Uber on Monday said he feels "utterly betrayed" by the $84 million settlement for drivers. The D.C. Circuit, acting on its own, speeds up full-court review of the Obama administration's climate plan. And a look at Morgan Lewis' work for Hillary

Morning Wrap: Why Merrick Garland Recuses | Staples-Office Depot Deal Abandoned

Mike Scarcella

Merrick Garland lists his most important cases, and he identifies dozens of cases in which he recused for financial and other reasons. Staples and Office Depot abandon their merger plan after a Washington judge finds the deal would "substantially" hurt competition. And starting in December, the fede

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