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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton

The Wrap: Ken Paxton Calls SEC Charges 'Dramatic Overreach'

By C. Ryan Barber |

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's lawyers fire back the Securities and Exchange Commission's case against him. Federal regulators question automaker Tesla's alleged nondisclosure demands. And a divided Ninth Circuit says there's no Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in public. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Old Post Office in Washington, D.C., future home of Donald Trump's new hotel. August 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Trump Escalates Attack on Judge | Don Verrilli Hangs Up His Morning Coat

By C. Ryan Barber |

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump steps up his criticism of a judge presiding over a fraud suit against Trump University, but Trump's lawyers at O'Melveny & Myers haven't yet filed any recusal motion. Donald Verrilli Jr. steps down as U.S. solicitor general. And more insurers are taking the U.S. to cover demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in payments under the Affordable Care Act. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

BuckleySandler.

Morning Wrap: Preston Burton Leaves His Boutique for Big Law | Donald Trump Sues Like Crazy

By Katelyn Polantz |

Preston Burton's new firm, Donald Trump's judicial track record and highlights from John Quinn’s Museum of Broken Relationships: This is a collection of news tidbits from ALM and other sources.

U.S. Department of Justice

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

By 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 roundup from ALM and other publications.

Richard Cordray.

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

By 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.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, at the conlusion of an event held at the National Museum of Women in the Arts honoring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor with the Seneca Women Global Leadership Award. April 15, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Steel Secrets | 'Eight is Not a Good Number' | Google Beats Oracle

By C. Ryan Barber |

The International Trade Commission will investigate U.S. Steel's complaints about Chinese companies' alleged theft of trade secrets. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says an eight-justice court isn't tenable. And Google triumphs against Oracle in a $9B copyright suit. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Sally Yates.

Morning Wrap: Business Community Swings Back at Yates Memo | Man Charged in Killing of FSU Law Prof Dan Markel

By Katelyn Polantz |

U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform adds to criticism of the Justice Department’s Yates Memo, Florida authorities nab the alleged killer of a well-known law professor, and billionaire Peter Thiel fuels Hulk Hogan’s legal pursuits: This is a collection of news tidbits from ALM and other sources.

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

By 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 judge rules against a measure to restrict early-voting there. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Stephen Breyer.

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

By 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. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Ted Olson.

Morning Wrap: Midsize Hot List | Tom Brady Will Appeal | Covington Snags Former Swedish PM

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: outstanding midsize law firms, Tom Brady's lawyers will challenge 'Deflategate' decision, and the former prime minister of Sweden joins Covington & Burling as a senior policy advisor.

Anti-death penalty buttons outside the Supreme Court. June 29, 2015.

Morning Wrap: Grand Jury Report Faults Oklahoma Executions | SCOTUS and Immigration

By C. Ryan Barber |

A grand jury investigation into last year's execution mistakes in Oklahoma found that the state department of corrections "failed to perform their duties." A 5-3 Supreme Court decision on deportation scrambled ideological lines. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Ted Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Morning Wrap: Trump, Holder, Olson, Waxman and Posner

By Katelyn Polantz |

We round-up a storm of news regarding former Attorney General Eric Holder Jr.’s jobs, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher partner Ted Olson’s clients, Donald Trump’s Supreme Court, Seth Waxman’s name twin and Judge Richard Posner’s writing peeves.

Demonstrators at the U.S. Supreme Court during arguments in the health care case King v. Burwell in March 2015.

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

By 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 Scalia. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater. Photo by C. Stanley Photography.

Special Recording of Scalia Play 'The Originalist' to Air on Public Radio

By Marcia Coyle |

A 2015 political drama based on the late Justice Antonin Scalia is moving from the theater stage to the sound stage. The Originalist by John Strand will be recorded by the original cast, aired on public radio stations and distributed free to public high schools throughout the country.

Sister Loraine Marie Maguire, of Little Sisters of the Poor (at mic), meets the press outside the U.S. Supreme Court last week after arguments in a suit over the Affordable Care Act's contraceptives mandate.

Marcia Coyle on SCOTUS Nondecision Decisions

By NLJ Staff |

The NLJ's Marcia Coyle sits down with PBS NewsHour host Hari Sreenivasan to analyze the justices' small steps in this post-Scalia court.

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

By 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 Clinton and Donald Trump. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Antonin Scalia

'Nobody Asked Questions Like Scalia,' the NLJ's Tony Mauro Recalls

By NLJ staff |

The National Law Journal's Tony Mauro breaks it down with Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick about highlights from the U.S. Supreme Court’s oral argument term, which ended in late April.

Clarence Thomas.

Morning Wrap: Flat Rates for Bankruptcy Lawyers | Justice Thomas Speaks | Start-Ups Embrace Arbitration

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the latest billing rates for bankruptcy lawyers, Justice Clarence Thomas on the high court's "difficult time," and start-up companies turn to arbitration to resolve disputes.

Justice Antonin Scalia on Capitol Hill in 2011.

Morning Wrap: George Mason Profs Support 'Scalia Law' Renaming | Judge Paul Grewal Takes Facebook Job

By C. Ryan Barber |

George Mason law professors support renaming the school in honor of the late Justice Antonin Scalia. Paul Grewal, a federal magistrate in California, is taking a legal post at Facebook. The Supreme Court last night split 4-4 in a death case, a ruling that keeps in place the Eleventh Circuit's execution stay. SEC Chair Mary Jo White criticizes pending legislation that she says would hamper law enforcement. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights (December 5, 2007)

Morning Wrap: K&L Gates D.C. Forefather Retires | So long, Michael Ratner | Legal Battle of John and Yoko

By Katelyn Polantz |

K&L Gates renames a conference room after a retiring partner, plus coverage of law firms on Jeopardy!, the legacy of Michael Ratner, and the immigration ballad of John and Yoko.

(l-r) Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Chris Coons (D-DE), Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, formally receive Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland’s questionnaire before assembled media at the U.S. Capitol.  Tuesday, May 10, 2016.

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

By 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 federal rules of appellate procedure will change—and that means lawyers have a new, reduced word count. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Merrick Garland.

Morning Wrap: Garland to Send Questionnaire to Senate | DOJ v. North Carolina

By Mike Scarcella |

U.S. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland today is expected to send the Senate a questionnaire, even if the Judiciary Committee didn't ask for one. The Justice Department and North Carolina square off over the state's controversial "bathroom bill." This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

David Boies

Morning Wrap: Mental Health of Law Students | New Approach to Terror Defendants | David Boies on TV

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: A special report on mental health at U.S. law schools, a judge's new approach for dealing with terror defendants and a farewell to legal drama "The Good Wife."

Marcia Coyle, Chief Washington Correspondent for The National Law Journal, left, speaking on stage with retired Supreme Court Associate Justice John Paul Stevens, right, at The Robert H. Smith Auditorium of the New-York Historical Society, on May 5, 2016.

Morning Wrap: John Paul Stevens: 'Hold a Hearing' for Garland | Forced Arbitration Attacked

By C. Ryan Barber |

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, sitting down with the NLJ's Marcia Coyle, says the Senate should give Merrick Garland a hearing. The CFPB unveils a new proposal to restrict mandatory arbitration. And Lanny Davis starts a new law firm. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Federal Health Care Fraud Cases Cut In Half Since 2011 | Apple Pursues Trademark Suit in China

By Katelyn Polantz |

California takes action against the tobacco industry, Apple moves in Chinese court and health care fraud cases go soft: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

Ellen Pao

Morning Wrap: Silicon Valley Diversity | Minnesota Vikings Clash With Wells Fargo

By Mike Scarcella |

A new tool is launched in Silicon Valley to measure and boost diversity in the tech industry. The Minnesota Vikings clash with Wells Fargo over signage and stadium branding. And the feds could bring more charges against ex-pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

U.S. Department of Justice

Morning Wrap: Aggressive Antitrust | Cheering Copyrights | Breyer Renews Criticism

By Mike Scarcella |

The Obama administration's antitrust enforcers are aggressively pursuing new cases. Twitter's transparency suit survives, in part. Steptoe is consolidating operations in Los Angeles. And Justice Breyer renews his criticism of the death penalty. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Robert Mueller.

Morning Wrap: Slower SCOTUS | Lynch's Agenda | 'Stop-and-Frisk' Judge Speaks

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: How the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy could affect the next term, Attorney General Loretta Lynch's agenda and departing thoughts from retiring U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin.

Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

Morning Wrap: Grassley's Gamble | Eight New Court Picks

By C. Ryan Barber |

"I would have to admit it’s a gamble," Sen. Chuck Grassley, the judiciary chairman, says about the GOP's block on the nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. President Obama announces eight new court picks, including two for the D.C. federal trial bench. And a criminal justice reform bill moves forward in the Senate. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Learns His Sentence While Bob McDonnell Challenges His Own

By Katelyn Polantz |

Two of the nation’s most well-known Republican politicians had their days in court Wednesday, plus Robert Durst and Ruth Bader Ginsburg's reactions to when they were on the hot seat: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

J. Dennis Hastert, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, speaking at the NLJ's regulatory summit in December.

Morning Wrap: Dennis Hastert Faces a Judge | Bob McDonnell's Case at SCOTUS

By Mike Scarcella |

Dennis Hastert is set to be sentenced today in Chicago federal district court. Ex-Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell takes his corruption challenge to the justices today. And the plaintiffs who lost their case against North Carolina's voter identification law have taken an appeal to the Fourth Circuit. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Mayer Brown

Morning Wrap: N.C. Voter ID Upheld | Big Law Support for Hastert | Brady Reprimand Reinstated

By Mike Scarcella |

A federal judge in North Carolina upholds the state's voter identification law. Several Big Law lawyers write letters supporting Dennis Hastert. A federal appeals court reinstates the NFL's punishment of Tom Brady. This is a news roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Am Law 100 | Top Verdicts | Fines Considered for Rule-Breaking Jurors

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: the latest edition of the Am Law 100, a look at the top verdicts in 2015 and California lawmakers consider fining jurors who violate rules against researching trials on the internet.

Uber sticker on a parked car on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. September 4, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Morning Wrap: Uber Settles with Drivers for $100M | Feds Shell Out for iPhone Hack

By C. Ryan Barber |

Uber has agreed to pay $100 million to settle a class action brought by drivers over their employment classification. The feds pay $1 million to hack into the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone. And the D.C. Circuit keeps drone-strike documents under wraps. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Dickstein Shapiro State Attorneys General Lawyer Didn’t Breach Ethics Rules | John McKay Returns to Private Practice

By Katelyn Polantz |

An ethics commission finds a resolution in its investigation of the Dickstein Shapiro-turned-Cozen O’Connor state attorneys general practice, and big-name turnover materializes at K&L Gates, Davis Wright Tremaine, the Sacramento U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia bench. This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, Northern District of California

Morning Wrap: Charles Breyer Didn't Become an Actor | Transgender Teen's Case Reinstated

By Mike Scarcella |

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer, brother of Justice Stephen Breyer, one time aspired to be an actor. A federal appeals court revives a Virginia transgender teen's case challenging a school's bathroom policy. And a Washington judge hears arguments in the FTC's antitrust case against the Staples-Office Depot merger. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at his nomination ceremony.

Morning Wrap: Public Support Rises for Garland | Trump's New Election-Law Strategist

By Mike Scarcella |

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds increasing public support for the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. Donald Trump hires a top election-law strategist. And Gibson Dunn's Helgi Walker talks with the NLJ about her first argument at the high court—as an appointed friend of the court. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

American Bar Association offices in Washington, D.C. January 24, 2016. Photo by Mike Scarcella/NLJ.

Morning Wrap: ABA Evaluates Garland | Immigration at the Supreme Court | Soccer Probe Broadens

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: The ABA's evaluation of Merrick Garland presses on, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in immigration case, and sponsors and broadcasters are under scrutiny in international soccer investigation.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland with President Obama and Vice President Biden on March 16 in the Rose Garden.

Morning Wrap: Microsoft Takes Feds to Court Over Gag Orders | GOP Unswayed After Garland Meetings

By C. Ryan Barber |

Microsoft is suing over restrictions on the company's ability to tell customers about search warrants. Republicans Senators continue to meet with Merrick Garland, and continue to explain why President Obama should not be allowed to choose Antonin Scalia's replacement. And a judge says Dennis Hastert can't secretly file letters in his support. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justice Clarence Thomas

Morning Wrap: Clarence Thomas Confirmation Revisited | Jones Day’s Work for Donald Trump’s Campaign

By Katelyn Polantz |

Stories on Donald Trump’s election lawyer, Anita Hill’s Capitol Hill testimony and Dennis Hastert’s accusers: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

CFPB Director Richard Cordray

Morning Wrap: CFPB a Tough Sell in D.C. Circuit | Contraception Compromise

By Mike Scarcella |

A D.C. Circuit panel seems ready to disrupt the power structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland continues his meet-and-greets on Capitol Hill. And the lawyers in the latest health care case over contraceptives respond to the justices about a possible compromise. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa.

Morning Wrap: Merrick Garland's Web | Bill Baer Rises | Goldman Sachs Pays Up

By Mike Sacks |

Chuck Grassley and Merrick Garland are set to meet for breakfast today. The NLJ maps Garland's influence, as seen through his dozens of former law clerks. And Bill Baer, the former DOJ Antitrust Division chief, will take over as acting associate attorney general. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: Feds Detail Alleged Abuse by Hastert | Justices Mum on Garland | Outstanding GCs

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Prosecutors detail alleged sexual abuse of children by Dennis Hastert, the U.S. Supreme Court's silence on Garland nomination fight and a federal appeals court weighs award to families of victims of terrorist attacks.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland with President Barack Obama

Morning Wrap: Graham to Meet Garland | GOP Floats SCOTUS Pick

By C. Ryan Barber |

While he's still holding firm against proceeding with hearings, Sen. Lindsey Graham has agreed to meet with Judge Merrick Garland. Twenty-five years after her sexual harassment allegations dominated Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing, Anita Hill says she would do it all again. And the District of Columbia and the federal government have agreed to pay a combined $2.8 million to settle claims filed over arrests. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at his nomination ceremony.

Morning Wrap: Panama Papers Law Firm Has U.S. Presences | Garland’s Student Tutoring Schedule

By Katelyn Polantz |

Updates on the law firm behind the Panama Papers, Judge Merrick Garland’s whereabouts this week and the renaming of George Mason University’s law school: This is a round-up of legal industry news from ALM and other outlets.

John Roberts Jr.

Morning Wrap: Grassley Takes on Chief Justice Roberts | A DPA Do-Over | Scalia Law

By Mike Scarcella |

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley takes on Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.'s recent remarks about the politics of the confirmation process. The D.C. Circuit revives a deferred prosecution deal that a judge rejected as too lenient. George Mason tinkers with the new name of its law school. And Hogan Lovells announces leadership changes. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Justice Elena Kagan, attending the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Morning Wrap: Justices 'Working Hard' to Avoid Deadlocks | The Grassley-Garland Breakfast

By Mike Sacks |

Justice Elena Kagan says the court is "working hard" to achieve consensus and avoid 4-4 deadlocks. Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley will meet Merrick Garland for breakfast. And a look at the Panama law firm at the center of the offshore-account data leak. This is a roundup from ALM and other publications.

Morning Wrap: 'Equally Divided' | Cravath Deal Lawyer Goes to Paul Weiss | Garland Preparations Continue

By Zoe Tillman |

A round up of news from ALM affiliated publications and around the web: Supreme Court continues to adjust to eight-member court, a top Cravath deal lawyer departs for Paul Weiss and documents held by a Panama-based law firm reveal use of tax havens by world leaders.