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NLJ Correspondents Preview the Supreme Court Term

By Mike Scarcella |

Marcia Coyle, the NLJ's senior Washington correspondent, spoke Monday night with PBS NewsHour host Judy Woodruff about the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court term. NLJ's congressional correspondent, Mike Sacks, offered his assessment on the term during an appearance on "The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley" on Sirius XM's POTUS channel.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. March 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Supreme Court to Spotlight Changes to Opinions

By Mike Sacks |

The U.S. Supreme Court will highlight revisions in already-published opinions, and the court confronts complaints about line-standing. The feds ink a record $20 billion settlement with BP over the April 2010 oil disaster. And Pillsbury's chairman-elect talks about the firm's plans. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Watch C-SPAN's Q&A With Tony Mauro

By Mike Scarcella |

C-SPAN on Sunday broadcast a "Q&A" interview with National Law Journal Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro in connection with a series that begins tonight on 12 landmark high court decisions through history. Mauro wrote Landmark Cases, a companion book to the series.

Morning Wrap: Back to Business at High Court | 'Guantánamo North'

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench, Hillary Clinton announces her gun control plan and the Pentagon searches for a new site for Guantánamo Bay detainees.

Visitors outside the U.S. Supreme Court on August 29, 2015.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS Docket Grows | Law Clerk's 'Senseless' Text Messages

By Mike Scarcella |

A Washington federal judge calls his law clerk’s text messages to a lawyer in a pending case "regrettable" and "senseless." The justices on Thursday tacked on 13 more cases to this term's docket. Virginia carried out the execution of a convicted serial killer. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Shirley Sherrod.

Former USDA Official Settles Defamation Suit Against Breitbart Estate

By Zoe Tillman |

Former U.S. Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod has settled her long-running defamation lawsuit against the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart.

Reggie Walton.

Judge Won’t Recuse Over Law Clerk’s 'Regrettable' Text Messages

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton in Washington has denied a request to step down from a case amid a dispute over "ill-advised" text messages his law clerk sent to a lawyer involved.

Morning Wrap: What the NCAA and Players’ Lawyer Said After Ruling | Why Richard Glossip Was Spared From Lethal Injection Yesterday

By Katelyn Polantz |

An appeals court rules on the NCAA v. player-athletes dispute, Oklahoma halts a death row execution, and Microsoft and Google settle their differences over patents: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24 outside St. Patrick's Church in downtown.

Morning Wrap: Sanctioned for a Deposition | 'Harangues' at SCOTUS | Secret Visit With Pope

By Mike Scarcella |

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to sign same-sex marriage certificates, met secretly with Pope Francis during his Washington visit. A Washington judge weighs a constitutional challenge brought by Supreme Court protesters. And the D.C. Circuit upholds the SEC's administrative venue. This is a roundup from ALM and other news sources.

U.S. Supreme Court.  June 29, 2015.

Supreme Court Protesters Take First Amendment Challenge to Court

By Zoe Tillman |

Can a whisper be disruptive? When does speech become loud? A federal district judge in Washington considered those questions on Tuesday in a constitutional challenge to a ban on protest activity at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Jason Chaffetz, left, and Elijah Cummings, right.

Chaffetz, Cummings Fight Activist's Subpoena for Trial Testimony

By Zoe Tillman |

Reps. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, are fighting efforts to force them to testify at the trial of a D.C. man charged in connection with a protest at a congressional hearing.

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison offices in Washington, D.C. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: From Treasury to Paul Weiss | Pillsbury's Next Chairman | Hastert's Talks

By Mike Sacks |

Roberto Gonzalez, a top Treasury Department lawyer, joins Paul Weiss in D.C. Pillsbury elects D.C. lawyer David Dekker as the firm's next chairman. And Sen. Robert Menendez loses the bulk of his challenge to public corruption charges. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Douglas Kendall, founder of the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Doug Kendall, Visionary Progressive Lawyer, Dies at 51

By Tony Mauro |

Doug Kendall, who founded the Constitutional Accountability Center seven years ago and built it into an influential counterweight to conservative legal thinking, died on Sept. 26 at age 51. The cause was colon cancer, according to an announcement by the Washington-based organization.

Morning Wrap: Overloaded Federal Courts | Mourning a Progressive Pioneer | Grand Jury Subpoena Fight

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Mourning the passing of Constitutional Accountability Center founder Doug Kendall, hot issues that could come before the high court this term and delays in overloaded federal courts.

Kevin McCarthy.

Speaker Transition Doesn't Put K Street Off-Kilter

By Katelyn Polantz |

It's steady as she goes around K Street despite the surprise resignation of House Speaker John Boehner from Congress. Several lobbyists and law firm leaders Friday afternoon indicated they're already thinking through a transition of power to Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. Others said they felt unaffected by leadership turmoil.

Pope Francis departs in his Fiat 500L after visiting St. Patrick church and Catholic Charities, and meeting with Catholic Charities’ services recipients, during his trip to Washington, D.C., on Thursday, September 24, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Alito Says No Cameras | Court Rules for Password Protections

By Mike Scarcella |

Justice Samuel Alito Jr. comments on a now-classic YouTube clip of the justices: "I got the best dog." Pope Francis is popemobiling around Manhattan now after calling for an end to the death penalty. A Pennsylvania federal trial judge says the government can't force a person to disclose a password for a smartphone. And election law experts question whether a Donald Trump cease-and-desist order, written on his company's letterhead, ran afoul of federal election rules. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Pope Francis greets nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor order during a private meeting at their convent, in Washington, on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.

Pope's Visit Boosts Little Sisters' Supreme Court Challenge

By Tony Mauro |

Pope Francis made an unscheduled visit Wednesday night to the Little Sisters of the Poor with the aim of showing support for the group's battle against the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Morning Wrap: A PillBourne or ChadBury Merger in the Works | White House Challenges Forward Movement of Another Health Care Suit

By Katelyn Polantz |

Some law firms see lateral movement and merger talks, several celebrities lawyer up, and our collection of coverage as Pope Francis traverses downtown: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Morning Wrap: 'Happy Birthday' Copyright Blown Out | 'Pope' at SCOTUS Oral Arguments

By Mike Scarcella |

A California federal judge rejects copyright claims over the song "Happy Birthday to You." A Wyoming judge denies an energy company's request to remove song mining-protest song lyrics from court records. And a Washington judge scolds the feds in a Hillary Clinton public records case. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Dentons' $10M Legal Fee Suit Against Republic of Guinea to Proceed

By Zoe Tillman |

The Republic of Guinea must face allegations in a U.S. court that it failed to pay the law firm Dentons more than $10 million in legal fees, a federal district judge in Washington ruled on Tuesday.

Former FBI Deputy General Counsel Joins Orrick's Supreme Court Group

By Marcia Coyle |

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has added former FBI deputy general counsel Thomas Bondy to its growing U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice group. Bondy, a veteran of the U.S. Justice Department's appellate staff, joined the FBI in 2012 and oversaw the agency's nationwide civil litigation docket. At Main Justice, Bondy briefed more than a hundred cases in the federal appellate courts and the Supreme Court and argued dozens of appeals.

Justice Samuel Alito Jr. (2006)

Morning Wrap: VW's Deception | Alito's Criticism | DOJ's ACA Appeal

By Mike Sacks |

The Justice Department's moving to appeal the House Republicans' suit over health care spending. Justice Samuel Alito Jr. critiques his colleagues. And the legal fallout from Volkswagen's emissions deception mounts. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

State Dept. Clashes with Ted Olson in Clinton Emails Case

By Zoe Tillman |

Lawyers for the U.S. State Department on Monday clashed with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher partner Ted Olson, who recently accused the agency of disobeying court orders in a lawsuit over records related to Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state. "The Department of State is not a for-profit law firm whose clients are billed for services rendered," Justice Department lawyers wrote in papers responding to Olson's claims.

Justice Samuel Alito speaking during the Federalist Society’s 2015 Texas Chapters Conference in Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, September 19.

Justice Alito Critiques Supreme Court Colleagues

By Tony Mauro |

"Last term was a term in which the court followed what Humpty Dumpty famously said: 'When I use a word ... it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less,'" Justice Samuel Alito Jr. said at a recent Federalist Society event in Texas. Alito said the term was a "very bad term for textualism," referring mainly to the 6-3 ruling that rescued the Affordable Care Act from an interpretation that might have wrecked it.

James Bishop.

Papal Visit Opens Arms at Pro Bono Clinic

By Katelyn Polantz |

This week, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington expects business as usual in its pro bono law intake center before and after Pope Francis drops by on Thursday. Still, the attention of the coming papal visit has boosted the legal services group in recent weeks.

Morning Wrap: D.C. Preps for the Pope | Bar Exam Scores to Drop

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: firms and courts in D.C. brace for the pope to arrive, a preview of the expected drop in bar exam scores and who represents America's largest companies.

Morning Wrap: 'Reprehensible' Judicial Conduct | Privacy in the Fourth Circuit | ACA Circuit Split

By Mike Sacks |

The Judicial Conference publicly censures former Alabama federal district judge Mark Fuller over "reprehensible" conduct. Federal prosecutors are challenging a Fourth Circuit ruling that says the government needs a warrant to obtain cell-site location information from a service provider. And the Eighth Circuit creates a split over the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive mandate. This is a daily roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Catherine Duval.

State Dept. Lawyer in Clinton Email Probe Joins Zuckerman Spaeder

By Katelyn Polantz |

Catherine Duval, a U.S. State Department lawyer who played a lead role in Hillary Clinton's ongoing email releases to Congress, has left the government to join the corporate and litigation firm Zuckerman Spaeder. Duval last worked in private practice as an associate and then counsel at Williams & Connolly from 2004 to 2013.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, D.C.

Federal Judiciary Revises Disciplinary Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

The federal judiciary's policymaking arm on Thursday adopted changes to the disciplinary rules to make clear that a judge cannot interfere with misconduct investigations by retaliating against complainants or refusing to cooperate.

Tweeting the U.S. Constitution on its 228th Birthday

By Tony Mauro |

A D.C. organization dedicated to spreading the word about the U.S. Constitution is tweeting out the entire text in 325 140-character segments today to mark the document’s 228th birthday.

Morning Wrap: GM Makes Deal with DOJ | Menendez in Court | Ahmed Needs a Lawyer

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Justice Department has reached an agreement with General Motors over its handling of an ignition-switch defect. Quinn Emanuel & Sullivan picks a fight with big banks, Sen. Bob Mendendez fights back against his indictment and jurors are deciding on the Dewey & LeBoeuf administrators’ fates: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Andrew Ceresney.

Federal Agency Lawyers Caution Senate About Electronic Privacy Changes

By Mike Sacks |

Any changes to the 1986 law that protects the privacy of electronic communications must preserve the ability of federal agencies to fully conduct civil investigations, lawyers from the federal trade and securities commissions told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Mayer Brown offices in Washington.

Fees Denied To Firm in Lobby Suit

By Zoe Tillman |

Lobbyists who sued the Obama administration over its ban on lobbyists serving on federal agency advisory committees are not entitled to legal fees, a federal judge in Washington ruled this week.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Morning Wrap: Execution Day in Oklahoma | Mark Cuban v. the SEC

By Mike Scarcella |

Richard Glossip, the Oklahoma death-row prisoner whose challenge the justices rejected this past term, is set to be executed Wednesday in Oklahoma. A Connecticut man's obscene handwritten message on a speeding ticket is protected under the First Amendment. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban takes on the SEC in a new brief in the Eleventh Circuit. And the justices get a "back-to-SCOTUS" list. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justices Get A 'Back-to-SCOTUS' List

By Marcia Coyle |

Parents struggle each year with ever growing "back-to-school lists." Now it's the Supreme Court's turn, says an organization that has mailed the justices a "back-to-SCOTUS" list to help them get into the swing of greater "transparency and accountability."

J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building.

Morning Wrap: Summer Associate Satisfaction Survey | Judge Lifts FBI Gag Order

By Mike Scarcella |

Kaye Scholer joined Boston-based Choate Hall & Stewart in a tie for first place in The American Lawyer's 2015 Summer Associate satisfaction survey. A federal judge lifts the FBI's gag order against an Internet service provider. Lawyers for the file-sharing website Megaupload press their forfeiture appeal in the Fourth Circuit. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Justice Stephen Breyer at a House hearing in March.

Breyer, Colbert Spar Over Cameras in Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer appeared on late night television Monday to promote his new book, but he ended up answering questions about cameras in the court and the collegiality of the justices. About a minute into the interview, Colbert asked Breyer why the court is "the last place where I couldn't bring my camera crew" to let the public see what is happening.

Morning Wrap: Justice Breyer Speaks | Rising Stars | Death Penalty on Life Support

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Justice Breyer discusses his new book and life on the bench, D.C.'s rising stars and top congressional lawyers, and the challenges facing the death penalty.

(l-r) David Sentelle; Laurence Silberman, and Sri Srinivasan.

DOJ, Dutch Company Urge Court to Revive Settlement in Sanctions Case

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court on Friday weighed whether a trial judge abused his authority when he rejected a corporate settlement as too lenient—one day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced plans to take a tougher approach against white-collar crime.

Writer Sought to Record History of Veterans' Appeals Court

By Marcia Coyle |

The clamor for "Author! Author!" is not confined to the theater. A federal appeals court recently made the call for a writer to record the court's first 25 years in business. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has put out a request for proposals for a "scholarly book on the history of the creation and the first 25 years" of the court.

Sally Yates, during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to be Deputy Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice. March 24, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: The Yates Memo | Securities Whistleblowers

By Mike Sacks |

Reaction from federal judges and white-collar defenders to the Justice Department's new push to prosecute Wall Street executives. And the Second Circuit creates a split over whether whistleblowers reporting violations of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform law need to go to the Securities and Exchange Commission to be covered. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Visitors look through books before Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the library of the Schneerson family of Hasidic rabbis in the Jewish Museum in Moscow, Thursday, June 13, 2013. The vast collection of Jewish books and documents is the focus of a dispute between Moscow and Washington.

Russia Hit With $43M Sanction For Refusal to Return Jewish Books

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth in Washington entered a $43.7 million judgment against the Russian Federation on Thursday as a sanction for rebuffing an order to return thousands of Jewish religious texts seized in the early 20th century.

Richard Blumenthal.

Blumenthal: New DOJ White-Collar Guidelines are 'Important Step'

By Mike Sacks |

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, who has advocated for tougher prosecution of corporate wrongdoing, called the U.S. Justice Department's new directive to focus on individuals an "important step" but not a final one.

Morning Wrap: New DOJ Guidelines on White Collar Crime

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Justice Department says it will launch a full-court press on prosecuting individuals for white collar crime in addition to corporate investigations: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Vicki Kennedy.

Vicki Kennedy, Sen. Ted Kennedy's Widow, Joins Greenberg Traurig

By Katelyn Polantz |

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy and a lawyer herself, will work for Greenberg Traurig in Boston and D.C., the firm announced Wednesday. Her title will be senior counsel, and she will focus on corporate legal issues, the firm said, rather than work in the government relations group.

William Moore.

Texas Businessman Settles Decades-Long Suit Against the Feds

By Zoe Tillman |

A Texas businessman who unsuccessfully pressed claims for more than two decades that he was the victim of malicious prosecution and retaliation by the federal government will pay $9,800 to bring the case to a close.

Richard Alexander.

Arnold & Porter's MP Named Next Firm Chairman

By Katelyn Polantz |

Arnold & Porter will have a new chairman on Jan. 1. Richard Alexander, the managing partner and a financial services lawyer in Washington, will take over for Thomas Milch, the firm announced Tuesday.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (June 2015)

Morning Wrap: Sotomayor on Student Debt | Corporate Prosecution Deals Face Scrutiny

By Mike Scarcella |

Justice Sonia Sotomayor dishes with students in Massachusetts. The D.C. Circuit this week will look at corporate prosecution deals. And the plaintiffs in the Texas same-sex marriage case want $740,000 in legal fees. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

J. Dennis Hastert.

Dennis Hastert's Son, a Lawyer, Replaced In Representing Father

By Katelyn Polantz |

Dennis Hastert's son Ethan Hastert will no longer represent his father in a civil case in Chicago, according to a motion filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Richard Roberts.

Feds' Fraud Case Over Bulletproof Vests Moves Closer to a Trial

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of Justice's decade-old fraud case against a Japanese textile company that supplied material for bulletproof vests bought by law enforcement agencies is one step closer to a trial.

Georgetown University Law Center.

Former Washington Post President to Head Georgetown Law Business Program

By Katelyn Polantz |

Stephen Hills will become founding director of the law center's Business Skills program, the law school announced Tuesday.

U.S. Department of Justice building in Washington, D.C.

Former Acting Chief of DOJ Fraud Section Joins Willkie Farr & Gallagher

By Zoe Tillman |

William Stellmach, the former acting chief of the Fraud Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, has joined Willkie Farr & Gallagher in Washington as a partner, the firm announced on Tuesday.

Former Hogan Lovells Clients Drop Lawsuit Over $36M Loss

By Zoe Tillman |

Former clients of Hogan Lovells legacy firm Hogan & Hartson have dismissed a lawsuit seeking to hold the firm liable for a $36 million loss in court.

Morning Wrap: Clerk's Texts Cause Trouble | Defense Rests in Dewey Trial

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Lawyers move to disqualify judge over clerk's texts and law firm ties, the latest on jailed Kentucky clerk and the defense rests in the Dewey & LeBoeuf trial.

Reggie Walton.

Clerk's Texts and Law Firm Ties Prompt Move to Disqualify Judge

By Zoe Tillman |

Lawyers for a woman who has accused professional baseball player Alfredo Simón Cabrera of rape have asked the judge in the case to step down, citing one of his clerk's ties to the law firm representing Cabrera. The disqualification effort was prompted by text messages the clerk sent to one of Cabrera's lawyers.

Hillary Clinton.

State Department Wants One Judge to Oversee Clinton Email Searches

By Zoe Tillman |

The U.S. Department of State has asked the federal district court in Washington to assign a single judge to oversee issues related to the search of Hillary Clinton's emails and records provided by her former State Department aides.

U.S. Department of Justice

Morning Wrap: NSA in Court | DOJ Wants 'Coordinating Judge' in Clinton Email Litigation

By Mike Sacks |

A D.C. federal judge offers guidance on how to keep alive a suit challenging the NSA's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. The Justice Department wants a single judge to coordinate the FOIA lawsuits that involve Hillary Clinton's emails. And Akin Gump starts a Cuba practice. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Larry Klayman, left, and Richard Leon, right.

Judge Offers Guidance to Plaintiff Challenging NSA Phone Program

By Zoe Tillman |

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon—who nearly two years ago ruled against the government's bulk collection of Americans' phone records—wants to proceed quickly now that a federal appeals court kept the case alive. He offered guidance to the lawyer who brought the challenge on what to do next.

An Update on the NLJ's Annual Influence 50 Survey

By Katelyn Polantz |

Later this month, The National Law Journal plans to publish a comprehensive look into public policy and lobbying practices across Washington. But first, we need your firm's help. We’re collecting data from law firms with public policy practices and government relations/strategy groups based in Washington, D.C.

Cozen Keeps Red Carpet, Plant Wall in Old Squire Sanders Space

By Katelyn Polantz |

The old-but-new Squire Sanders office space in Washington has a new occupant: Cozen O'Connor. Cozen, a Philadelphia-founded firm with a growing Washington office of litigators and public policy specialists, has subleased from Squire Patton Boggs, Squire's successor firm, until October 2026. The deal relieves a real estate burden for Squire Patton Boggs following a merger and quickly solves Cozen’s problem of needing more space in Washington.

Morning Wrap: The Uber Driver Class | Kentucky Defiance

By Mike Scarcella |

A California federal judge certifies a class of Uber drivers in employment litigation against the ride-share company. A Kentucky county clerk digs in, refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. And the D.C. Circuit says Wiley Rein isn't entitled to $2 million in fees for its work challenging the Voting Rights Act for Shelby County, Alabama. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Death Penalty Under Review | Petraeus Prosecutor Defends Hillary Clinton

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The Ninth Circuit considers the death penalty, former Petraeus prosecutor argues Hillary Clinton committed no crime and a man with a drug history gets a second chance at law school.

Visitors outside the U.S. Supreme Court on August 29, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Justices Rule Against Ky. Clerk in Gay Marriage Case | D.C. Judge OKs Moral Challenge to ACA

By Mike Sacks |

The justices rule against the Kentucky county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses in response to the high court's same-sex marriage decision. A federal judge in Washington tees up a new challenge to the Affordable Care Act. And the Ninth Circuit takes a look at the constitutionality of California's death penalty. But will the panel even get to the merits? This is a daily news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Stephen Breyer.

Supreme Court Declines to Rehear Death Penalty Challenge

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday denied a request by three Oklahoma death row inmates for a rehearing of their case in order to re-examine the constitutionality of capital punishment. The high court's order denying the rehearing petition was issued without comment or dissent.

Jones Day

Morning Wrap: Video Sanction Voided | Feds Sued Over Fake News Article

By Mike Scarcella |

A federal appeals court has reversed an unprecedented sanction that required a Jones Day partner to make a training video. The Associated Press and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on sue the FBI. And the Obama administration considers building a "Guantánamo North." This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Judge Rejects Claims in Suit Against McBee Strategic Over 'Soured' Deal

By Katelyn Polantz and Mike Scarcella |

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed three claims against McBee Strategic Consulting from a former business partner who alleged he was duped into signing away his company and certain assets in a deal with the lobbying and consulting firm. "Without the assistance of hindsight, ill-fated corporate combinations, like bad marriages, may be as challenging to resist as they are unlikely to succeed. The coupling at the center of this case is no different," U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote.

Morning Wrap: Colorado Movie Theater Shooter Sentenced, Virginia TV News Shooter Case History Detailed

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Colorado movie theater shooter’s time in court comes to an end, and details emerge about the southern Virginia TV news shooter’s history of lawsuits: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Justice Anthony Kennedy in March on Capitol Hill.

Morning Wrap: What Justice Kennedy Said | Feds Ordered to Pay Fees in Forfeiture Case

By Mike Scarcella |

Justice Anthony Kennedy’s words in the high court’s landmark gay-marriage ruling are being repeated at wedding ceremonies around the country. A federal district judge in Nevada says the U.S. government must pay nearly $147,000 in legal fees in a civil asset forfeiture case. And David Kendall, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton, responds—again—to Congress. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey

Morning Wrap: Menendez | Marriage | Market Meltdowns

By Mike Sacks |

Federal prosecutors file hundreds of pages of court records that challenge Sen. Robert Menendez's effort to stop the criminal case against him. The Sixth Circuit is poised to rule on whether clerks can, at least for now, stop issuing marriage licenses altogether. And Big Law, with its interest in China, closely eyes ongoing market volatility. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: The Lawyers Behind a Month of Big News

By Katelyn Polantz |

Twas the weekend to read meaty profiles of attorneys, from David Kendall of Williams & Connolly, to Tonja Carter of Alabama, to the corporate team at Cleary Gottlieb that works with Alphabet née Google: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Judge Amit Mehta in Washington quashed a subpoena issued by Amgen Inc. for journalist Paul Goldberg to testify at a deposition.

Pharmaceutical Company Can't Force Journalist to Testify, Judge Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Pharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. cannot force a journalist to testify about an article he wrote in 2007 that was cited in a shareholder lawsuit against the company, a federal district judge in Washington ruled on Friday.

Jamyra Gallmon, seen here in a hotel surveillance video the authorities provided to the media.

D.C. Lawyer's Killer Gets 24 Years in Prison

By Zoe Tillman |

The woman who fatally stabbed DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt in a downtown Washington hotel room was sentenced Friday to 24 years in prison.

Thomas Boggs (2012)

Morning Wrap: The Tommy Boggs Estate Fight | Ted v. Larry in Calif. Court

By Mike Scarcella |

The estate of Thomas Hale Boggs Jr., the late super lawyer-lobbyist in Washington, is wrapped up in a fight over property. Ted Olson and Lawrence Lessig face off in a California court. And the Detroit couple in the Supreme Court's landmark gay marriage case will wed soon. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

David Messerschmitt.

Slain DLA Lawyer's Colleagues, Friends and Family Reflect on Loss

By Zoe Tillman |

In 82 pages of letters, colleagues, friends and family members of slain Washington lawyer David Messerschmitt shared their memories and grief with the judge who will sentence his killer on Friday. Many asked District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Michael Ryan to send the defendant, Jamyra Gallmon, to prison for 25 years—the highest sentence prosecutors agreed to seek in the plea deal.

Headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington D.C.

Morning Wrap: Lawyers May Be Getting Dumber, While Wachtell Makes a Clever Request

By Katelyn Polantz |

Wachtell Lipton ups the ante in its fight with activist investors by making an unusual request to the SEC. Plus, meet the female lawyers on the Dewey & LeBoeuf defense team, presidential candidate Lawrence Lessig, Gawker's general counsel and the law school grads who are failing the bar exam in this roundup of recent news stories.

David Messerschmitt.

Morning Wrap: Sentencing Set for DLA Lawyer's Killer | Feds Abandon Appeal Over Laptop Search

By Mike Scarcella |

Prosecutors in D.C. recommend a 25-year prison sentence for the woman who fatally stabbed DLA Piper associate David Messerschmitt. David Kendall, a lawyer for Hillary Clinton, responds to a congressional demand for information. A California judge is censured for helping out a friend. And the feds abandon their appeal, and criminal case, against a businessman who challenged the search of his laptop. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Amy Berman Jackson.

Laptop Evidence Suppressed, Feds Drop Criminal Case Against Businessman

By Zoe Tillman |

Federal prosecutors in Washington have dropped the criminal case against a Korean businessman charged with violating U.S. economic sanctions after a federal judge suppressed evidence seized from his laptop.

KBR Sues Defense Department for Records to Fight Tort Claims

By Mike Scarcella |

Defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Services alleges in a new lawsuit that the U.S. government is unfairly withholding contract records that the company says it needs to challenge tort allegations tied to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The company, represented by Covington & Burling, filed a public-records complaint Monday in Washington federal district court against the U.S. Department of Defense. "KBR's ability to defend itself adequately against litigation, in both pending suits and suits not yet filed, materially depends on obtaining records in possession of the DoD," the company's lawyers wrote.

Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee (August 5, 2015)

Morning Wrap: Feds Defend Megaupload Forfeiture | Clinton Lawyer David Kendall Gets a Grassley Letter

By Mike Sacks |

The U.S. Justice Department defends the government's seizure of millions of dollars in assets tied to the defunct Megaupload file-sharing site. Sen. Chuck Grassley grills Hillary Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, over email security. And the NCAA on Monday won its appeal before the National Labor Relations Board over Northwestern University football players' attempt to unionize. This is a roundup of news from ALM and other publications.

Viet Dinh.

Bancroft Moves to New Office Near Georgetown Law

By Tony Mauro |

The Bancroft law firm, which launched from its founder's home 12 years ago and then relocated to downtown Washington, has moved into bigger digs near Georgetown University Law Center. "We wanted more space, more light and more food trucks," firm founder Viet Dinh said Monday. The new office at 500 New Jersey Ave., N.W., is also convenient because Dinh and former solicitor general Paul Clement, a partner at the firm, teach at Georgetown Law.

Morning Wrap: Julian Bond, Remembered | Former SCOTUS Clerks on the Hill | Jury Exclusions

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Civil rights leader Julian Bond dies, plaintiffs lawyers take on police brutality cases and renewed scrutiny of prosecutors who strike black jurors from the pool.

Alan Gura.

D.C. to Pay $75K in Legal Fees After Losing Challenge to Ban on Carrying Firearms

By Zoe Tillman |

The District of Columbia government has agreed to pay $75,000 in legal fees to Alan Gura, the lawyer who successfully challenged the city’s prohibition on carrying firearms in public.

Joe Arpaio.

D.C. Circuit Rejects Arizona Sheriff's Challenge to Obama Immigration Policies

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected a constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, finding that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio lacks standing to bring the case.

Morning Wrap: Death Penalty Ruling | Pirate Sentencing

By Happy Carlock |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The Connecticut Supreme Court strikes down the death penalty, a Colorado court says a baker could not cite religious beliefs in refusing to make wedding cakes for same-sex couples and a patent lawyer who escaped punishment by the U.S. Supreme Court in March joins a new firm.

Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., future home of Donald Trump's new hotel.

Meet the D.C. Lawyers Representing Celebrity Chefs Sued by Trump

By Happy Carlock |

Defending lawsuits filed by one of the most outspoken 2016 presidential candidates against a pair of celebrity chefs, Washington lawyers Paul Kiernan and Deborah Baum look like they can take the heat.

Bert Brandenburg.

DC Court Reformer Moving to New Job

By Katelyn Polantz |

This month Justice at Stake, one of the most visible groups opposing the politicization of judicial seats, will lose its executive director.

Morning Wrap: An FTC Announcement, Plus Tom Brady and Rose’s Luxury

By Katelyn Polantz |

The Federal Trade Commission has changed the way it handles antitrust cases. This is a round-up of legal news from ALM and around the country.

Morning Wrap: KBR Granted Privilege | ACLU Victory

By Happy Carlock |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Defense contractor Kellogg Brown & Root Inc.'s docs are protected by attorney-client privilege, Ohio’s Board of Professional Conduct says Ohio judges can't refuse to marry same-sex couples and a federal appeals court orders jail officials to deliver ACLU letters sent to inmates.

Amit Mehta.

Journalist Fights Pharmaceutical Company Subpoena

By Zoe Tillman |

A federal district judge in Washington on Tuesday expressed concerns about Amgen Inc.'s efforts to force a journalist to testify about an article that spurred a shareholder suit against the pharmaceutical company.

A Taste of Summer With The BBQ Legal Expert

By Katelyn Polantz |

Food and flame seem longingly distant from health care law, but barbecue is never that far away for one attorney in Dallas. We took a few minutes to ask BBQ law expert Cecil Kuhne III for tasty pointers about lawyering around a grill. This interview is part of an occasional NLJ summer series about diversions from Big Law.

Robert Wilkins.

KBR Docs Protected by Attorney-Client Privilege, D.C. Circuit Rules

By Zoe Tillman |

Defense contractor KBR will not be forced to turn over internal documents that the company says are protected by attorney-client privilege, a federal appeals court in Washington ruled on Tuesday.

Lawrence Lessig.

Lessig Mounts Presidential Bid on Campaign-Reform Platform

By Mike Sacks |

Harvard Law School professor Larry Lessig announced on Tuesday his intention to run for president on the single issue of election and campaign-finance reform.

Justice Anthony Kennedy in March on Capitol Hill.

Morning Wrap: Solitary Confinement | Trouble in Ferguson

By Mike Sacks |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Lawyers for Alfredo Prieto, a death row prisoner convicted of multiple murders, are answering Justice Anthony Kennedy's call in June for a constitutional challenge to long-term solitary confinement.

Brazilian Steakhouse Accuses Feds of Violating D.C. Circuit Order

By Zoe Tillman |

The knives are out again in a visa dispute between Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao and federal immigration authorities. In a new lawsuit, the chain accused the feds of violating a federal appeals court order.

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS Advocates' Rates | Uber Strategy | 'Sham' Trial in Iran

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: new filing reveals hourly rates of top Supreme Court advocates, what's next for civil suits in Aurora theater shooting and the end of the trial against journalist Jason Rezaian in Iran.

Brett Kavanaugh, left, and Judith Rogers, right.

Divided D.C. Circuit Refuses to Rehear ACA Challenge

By Mike Sacks |

The Affordable Care Act survived yet another round of constitutional attack on Friday as the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit refused to reconsider a panel decision for the government. Friday's vote among the circuit's active judges divided along ideological lines. The court's seven Democratic appointees voted to deny an en banc rehearing, while the four Republican appointees wanted to revisit the case.

U.S. Supreme Court.

Wife of Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 84

By Tony Mauro |

Maryan Mulholland Stevens, the wife of retired U.S. Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens, died Friday morning at the age of 84.

Karen LeCraft Henderson.

D.C. Circuit Invalidates Appointment of Former Acting GC for Labor Board

By Zoe Tillman |

The former acting general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board served in violation of federal law for more than two years, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled on Friday.

U.S. Supreme Court (Oct. 5, 2014)

Morning Wrap: SCOTUS at the GOP Debates | Pa. Attorney General Charged

By Happy Carlock |

The U.S. Supreme Court made an appearance, if fleeting, at the first GOP Republican presidential debates. The Pennsylvania attorney general was one of two state AGs charged this week in unrelated criminal cases. And a civil suit against former AIG executives seems never-ending. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Latham Tops Wilmer in Fundraising Campaign for Legal Aid

By Zoe Tillman |

The Legal Aid Society for the District of Columbia is reaping the benefits of lawyers' inherently competitive nature.The group's annual "Generous Associates" fundraising campaign—organized by associates from D.C. firms—brought in a record-breaking $1.36 million this year.