A federal judge last week ruled papers from an Iraq war contractor’s internal inquiry into an alleged kickback scheme aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege in a whistleblower’s lawsuit against the company.
A federal judge last week ruled papers from an Iraq war contractor’s internal inquiry into an alleged kickback scheme aren’t protected by attorney-client privilege in a whistleblower’s lawsuit against the company.
‘Tis the season for giving, and a large Washington law office found a way to take part when it revamped its interior this year.
As challenges to election disclosure rules proliferate around the country, campaign finance reform advocates scored a significant victory Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson struck down a Federal Elections Commission rule limiting donor disclosures for "electioneering communications."
U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch has a fan in Microsoft Corp. general counsel Brad Smith.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is "resting comfortably" after undergoing a heart catheterization procedure on Wednesday. She was released from the hospital on Thursday.
A round up of legal news from ALM and other publications, including: The National Guard keeps the peace in Ferguson but St. Louis County Prosecutor faces criticism; UVA hires O'Melveny to investigate rapes; Uber gets sued.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert will analyze the federal regulatory climate in the wake of the 2014 midterm elections at the National Law Journal’s 2014 Regulatory Summit on Tuesday.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, last week filed his long-anticipated lawsuit against the Obama administration. But the speaker’s biggest foe in this interbranch fight isn’t the president or the Democrats. It’s Antonin Scalia and Robert Bork.
The beleaguered University of Virginia on Tuesday turned to a "multidisciplinary team" from O’Melveny & Myers to serve as independent counsel and investigate the problem and handling of sexual violence on the campus.
Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Jay Rockefeller IV of West Virginia have demanded numerous internal documents from Takata Corp. about its deadly air bag safety defect, saying a top executive at the Japanese manufacturer left them with "many significant questions" about the problem.
The Washington Redskins’ legal fight to defend its trademarks can proceed in a federal district court, a judge ruled on Tuesday.
Hundreds of demonstrators surged up the off-limits steps of the U.S. Supreme Court early Tuesday morning as part of nationwide protests against a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict the police officer who fatally shot a Ferguson teenager in August.
A roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications, including: The Justice Department's Michael Brown investigation continues; DOJ lawyer Leondra Kruger is picked for the California Supreme Court; Microsoft sues the IRS.
Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. said the U.S. Justice Department's investigation of the shooting death of Michael Brown is ongoing. "The federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now," Holder said late Monday.
Gov. Jerry Brown will nominate U.S. Department of Justice attorney Leondra Kruger to the California Supreme Court later today, sources familiar with the decision told The Recorder. Kruger, 38, has served as acting principal deputy U.S. solicitor general and has argued more than 10 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig is appealing an order that requires him to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign funds he used to pay legal bills.
A former Hunton & Williams partner is facing disbarment in the District of Columbia six years after he was convicted of using his law firm computer to download child pornography.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has declined to make the disclosure of corporate political spending a priority for next year, despite mounting pressure by a law professor and his supporters to put the matter back on the agency's agenda.
Timothy Heaphy, U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, will join Hunton & Williams to lead its white-collar investigations unit. The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Monday Heaphy had told the president and attorney general he would step down.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration reform, a new home for about 750 Bingham McCutchen lawyers and staffers, lobbying in the Republican-controlled Congress and the incoming chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Wiley Rein said Friday afternoon it planned to acquire all of McBee Strategic Consulting, a lobby shop recently deserted by its founder for a job leading a New Jersey-based energy company. The acquisition isn’t yet a done deal. A number of McBee employees continue to interview for jobs with other lobby shops.
As a new Congress prepares to take over in January, advocates for Google Inc., credit-reporting company Experian PLC and other users of consumer data on Friday urged federal lawmakers to approve a national standard for notifying customers of corporate data breaches.
Judge Herbert Dixon Jr., known as the “technology judge” in the District of Columbia Superior Court, is set to retire next spring after 30 years on the bench.
Judge Rosemary Collyer, a 12-year veteran of the federal district court in Washington, was assigned on Friday to hear House Republicans’ legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans on Friday filed a long-threatened lawsuit challenging certain provisions of the Obama administration's signature health care reform law.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Friday morning that Kirkland & Ellis partner Mark Filip will not lead the study of sexual assault policies at the University of Virginia. The announcement came just hours after Filip was picked last night.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Obama unveils his immigration plan, law enforcement drug-house stings face scrutiny, Uber hires Hogan to quiet privacy uproar, New York prosecutors probe payday lenders.
The arm of the U.S. Department of Justice that provides legal advice to the executive branch reviewed and approved the Obama administration’s immigration reform proposal, according to a memo the department released Thursday.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is again a winner during a lobbying practice shakeup, this time creating a strategic partnership with consultants who’ve left DLA Piper: Kristen Ratcliff and Krista Drobac, who founded Sirona Strategies this month.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday turned down a request from South Carolina to halt same-sex marriages there. Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas voted in support of the application to stay.
Three partners—former Ambassador Laurie Fulton, Lisa Duggan and Dennis Black—have left Williams & Connolly in the latter half of 2014, an anomaly at the tight-knit firm.
Wiley Rein, Eric Cantor’s team and the attorney general of Missouri all consider changes in the lobbying industry: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit nlj.com and law.com.
Wiley Rein has been in talks to acquire McBee lobbyists, likely as a subsidiary, and a deal could be finalized by the end of the month. The McBee Strategic lobbyists received offer letters from a law firm late Monday night.
A federal judge Tuesday dismissed a company’s claims that a competitor’s low-bid $59.3 million offer to staff a terrorist screening center violated bidding regulations.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit spent several hours on Wednesday weighing whether corporations and state attorneys general had legal standing to challenge the existence of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board, the merits of their challenges notwithstanding.
The U.S. Department of Justice in fiscal 2014 secured $24.7 billion from its cases, more than tripling its haul from fiscal 2013, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. announced Wednesday.
Technology industry and civil liberties groups are in mourning after the Senate on Tuesday night all but killed legislation intended to curb National Security Agency surveillance powers.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: South Carolina requests a stay on same-sex marriages; the Keystone Pipeline falls short in the Senate; Obama may hold off deporting undocumented parents of U.S. citizens.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday assured the business community that congressional efforts to fight patent trolls will continue in 2015, saying he expects lawmakers to resume work on patent litigation reform "very early" in the next Congress.
Investigating allegations of attorney misconduct—and giving transparency to the process—continue to pose challenges for the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a new report by the department’s independent inspector general.
Jonathan Turley is taking over as lead counsel in House Speaker John Boehner’s yet-to-be-filed lawsuit against President Barack Obama’s executive actions. The hiring of Turley comes after two other firms—Quinn Emanuel and Baker & Hostetler—backed out of pursuing any case.
Mayer Brown and the U.S. Department of Justice are quarreling in Washington federal district court over whether lobbyists who prevailed in a closely watched case against the Obama administration should get legal fees.
Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler will head to the Washington office of BuckleySandler when he finishes his second term of office in January.
A roundup of legal news from ALM and other publications, including: AT&T's data privacy amicus brief in the Eleventh Circuit; a Baltimore judge gets irked over surveillance, and Morgan Lewis' growth strategy.
Google Inc., Microsoft Corp., Yahoo! Inc. and other technology companies have put new pressure on federal lawmakers to approve legislation intended to rein in National Security Agency surveillance practices as the full Senate prepares to take up the bill this week.
Federal Circuit nominee Kara Stoll has a lot going for her: a successful patent appellate practice at an Am Law 100 firm, strong connections in Washington and the patent bar, and a reputation for playing well with others—a valuable asset for a court with a history of factiousness.
Covington & Burling and Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will move into new office buildings Dec. 8, shifting two large chunks of the Washington legal community into different neighborhoods in one weekend.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, in his own words, doesn’t play around when it comes to prosecutors’ obligation to turn over favorable evidence to defense lawyers—he presided over the prosecution of the late Sen. Ted Stevens, which collapsed amid revelations that prosecutors withheld information. That legacy has loomed large over recent proceedings before Sullivan about an FBI agent's alleged misconduct.
A U.S. corporation's planned acquisition of a foreign company received the blessing of U.S. Department of Justice lawyers tasked with vetting the businesses for potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, according to a DOJ opinion released Friday.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Loretta Lynch's past, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius partner additions, the effects of a 1996 death-penalty appeals law and surprise Drug Enforcement Administration inspections for the National Football League.
Senators next week plan to put embattled Takata Corp. under the microscope, holding a hearing on the Japanese company's air bag safety defect that allegedly caused five deaths and prompted a U.S. criminal investigation and class action lawsuits.
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., this week called the Senate’s delay in voting on pending judicial nominees for the District of Columbia’s local courts one of “many injustices” faced by the city because of its lack of control over local affairs.
A group of religious nonprofits on Friday lost its challenge to the Affordable Care Act's contraceptive coverage regulations.
U.S. District Senior Judge Royce Lamberth hasn’t practiced law since he joined the bench in 1987, but he decided this week that his past experience defending military grooming policies required him to back out of a case recently assigned to him.
In-house counsel for eBay Inc., Google Inc. and the National Music Publishers' Association agreed Thursday that the U.S. copyright system needs improvement, but they offered different views about how to approach reform.
Justices speak to conservatives and President Obama plans for immigration policy changes: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Randolph Moss to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia by a 54-45 vote. Moss faced resistance from Republicans, who took issue with statements he made in private practice supporting campaign finance reform and gun control.
Loretta Lynch’s confirmation can turn as much on what she will say as on what she has said. Here's a look at past remarks on topics that include voting rights, terror trials and relations with the press.
Victims of terror attacks and their families have been largely unsuccessful in collecting billions of dollars in damages from state sponsors of terrorism. Earlier this week, a group of plaintiffs hit another roadblock when a federal judge in Washington ruled they couldn’t go after Internet domain identifiers to satisfy those judgments.
Justice Antonin Scalia on Thursday, addressing the annual Federalist Society convention in Washington, gives a history lesson on the Magna Carta.
Is Wiley Rein in talks to acquire a portion of the lobby shop McBee Strategic? Jim Slattery of Wiley Rein declined to comment on the possibility of the acquisition. “In the next year we’re going to be making a series of strategic hires,” Slattery told the NLJ.
Recent Supreme Court movements, Jones Day’s recent success and a Page Six flame war: This is a round-up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and news outlets around the country. For more legal news, visit law.com.
Kara Farnandez Stoll, a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner in Washington, was nominated Wednesday to a seat on the Federal Circuit.
Over the dissent of two justices, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas.
A federal appeals court in Washington will not wade into the latest fight over the federal health care reform law until the U.S. Supreme Court rules.
A round up of legal news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: A costly paralegal's slip-up at Squire Patton Boggs; five banks settle FX rigging charges; a Georgetown rabbi is due in court.
A new organization targeting the U.S. Supreme Court over transparency will soon air television ads that describe the court as the "most powerful, least accountable" government institution.
A test prep company has been ordered to pay more than $900,000 in legal fees and costs to plaintiffs who accused the company of violating District of Columbia consumer protection laws.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito Jr.’s speech to the Federalist Society lawyers’ convention on Thursday will be closed to broadcast media, the group announced on Tuesday.
Washington will host a first-of-its-kind legal career fair for military veterans next year, Orrick announced Tuesday. The fair will take place May 1 and May 2.
A roundup of news from ALM publications and other media outlets, including: Kansas takes same-sex marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court; an Oklahoma businessman's billion-dollar divorce settlement; and a judge reverses himself in a prior restraint dispute in Georgia.
The Daschle Group at Baker Donelson is beginning to take shape. The firm said Monday that three DLA Piper lobbyists will join former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle’s new group.
President Barack Obama put telecommunications and cable companies in his crosshairs Monday, calling on the Federal Communications Commission to defend a free and open Internet by regulating broadband service like a public utility.
A former House aide convicted for taking illegal gratuities from Jack Abramoff’s lobbying group wants the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review the case.
A former top legal adviser to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has joined the Washington office of Jenner & Block, the firm announced Monday.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the presumptive chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Monday outlined his leadership plans—including his vow to confirm “consensus” nominations to the federal judiciary.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: President Barack Obama nominates U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. attorney general, a U.S. Supreme Court review of same-sex marriages seems nearly inevitable, the legal industry picks up jobs and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating an influx of drones.
Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., on Friday pushed the U.S. Department of Justice to think about filing criminal charges against Takata Corp. after a media report indicated that the Japanese manufacturer intentionally concealed information about a safety defect with its air bags.
The U.S. Department of Justice may have deleted emails related to the Chandra Levy case that it was supposed to save, according to new court papers filed by lawyers for the man convicted of Levy’s murder.
The Washington, D.C.-based firm confirmed a decision to separate its eight-lawyer bankruptcy and financial restructuring practice following a strategic review.
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the Sixth Circuit upholds same-sex marriage laws, a forthcoming ruling on the Detroit bankruptcy plan and sentencing related to the Boston Marathon bombings put on hold.
Top intelligence agency lawyers said on Thursday that the U.S. government can do more to increase the transparency of surveillance activities that have drawn rebukes from the technology industry and the public at large after the revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
It’s almost payday for the Navajo Nation—and BuckleySandler. The federal government on Wednesday greenlighted a payment of $554 million to settle charges that the Department of the Interior failed to properly manage, invest and account for tribal trust funds
A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: indictments dismissed because of possible misconduct by an FBI agent, men with a drone arrested near a nuclear site and a reprimand for a Federal Circuit lawyer.
President Obama on Wednesday, addressing reporters about the midterm elections and his agenda, didn't give any hints on the timing of his pick to replace Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. And he didn't give up any names.
A federal magistrate judge issued a report this week criticizing the Metropolitan Police Department’s handling of evidence related to mass arrests more than a decade ago in downtown Washington.
After two Western states and the District of Columbia voted Tuesday to allow wider legal use of marijuana, law firms are again sizing up potential business related to the drug.
Venable partner Karl Racine will be the District of Columbia’s first elected attorney general, taking over an office that will be dramatically reshaped by the time he takes office.
Jones Day announced Wednesday it has hired seven former U.S. Supreme Court law clerks as associates in recent weeks. And if the news sounds familiar, that’s because Jones Day hired six former clerks last year and six the year before, for a total of 19 Supreme Court clerk hires in three years.
A round up of legal news from ALM-affiliated publications and around the web: A Republican landslide; GM's bankruptcy shield; the Supreme Court hears whistleblower case.
Inside the Election Protection call center, where lawyers talk to voters from Pennsylvania and Florida on behalf of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The voters have called the hotline for help—how to vote, where to vote, what to take, or if they’ve encountered an issue—and often don’t realize they’re conferring with some of D.C.’s greatest legal brainpower.
James Duff, president and CEO of the Freedom Forum and CEO of the Newseum and Newseum Institute, will take on a repeat engagement as head of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, effective Jan. 5.
Leading business and technology groups have called on Congress to boost funding for U.S. Department of Justice work on certain international law enforcement requests.
In weighing a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records, a panel of federal appeals judges in Washington expressed doubts about whether the challengers had standing to be in court—let alone whether they could prove that the surveillance program violated the Fourth Amendment.
Voter ID laws, ballot referendums and law firms participating in the political process—this midterm Election Day brings a plethora of activity affecting the legal community. Brush up on the issues to watch tonight when polls close, and take a look back at the NLJ's best election stories.
As the midterm elections kick off on Tuesday, U.S. Department of Justice lawyers and civil rights groups are heading to the polls to keep tabs on state and federal voting law compliance.
The D.C. Circuit today will hear a challenge to the NSA's bulk collection of phone records. The clocks were haywire Monday at the Supreme Court. And a decision nears on the president's pick to replace Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. Here's a news roundup from ALM publications and other media outlets.
Former Republican Congressman James Walsh, now at K&L Gates, has predicted that federal earmarks could return to Congress next year. The change could revive the lobbying industry and spark a now-stagnant Congress by giving it more discretionary power after the mid-term elections Tuesday, he said during a webinar sponsored by his firm.
The Futures Industry Association, the main advocacy group in Washington for futures commission merchants, is losing its general counsel, Barbara Wierzynski, who has served as the organization's top lawyer for 20 years.
Partners at Dickstein Shapiro didn’t register to lobby Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi despite meeting with, calling and emailing her and her staff, according to an ethics complaint filed in the state on Friday.