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How Rich Are the Trump Administration’s Top Lawyers?

By Katelyn Polantz |

Here are some of the top billers who’ve joined the government since President Donald Trump took office in January.

John Beisner of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

For Plaintiffs Bar, Taking on J&J Means Battling a Shadow Foe

By Amanda Bronstad |

In lobbying and litigation, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Johnson & Johnson often draw from the same playbook. One major connection is John Beisner, head of mass torts at Skadden Arps.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

Nothing 'Inappropriate' to See Here. CFPB Defends Going to State Regulators As Court Stalls Subpoena

By C. Ryan Barber |

In a court filing earlier this month, pension advance provider Future Income Payments said the CFPB was demanding information from state authorities that the company provided “generally under confidentiality restrictions.”

Alexandra Walsh, left, and Beth Wilkinson of Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz.

Wilkinson Walsh Lures SCOTUS Clerks With $350K Bonuses, Hires in 3 Cities

By Katelyn Polantz |

The trial boutique Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz has hired two clerks from the most recent U.S. Supreme Court term, and in the process it appears to have set a new high for incoming associate bonuses.

Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

Makers of Xarelto Rack Up Third Defense Verdict in Third Trial

By Amanda Bronstad |

A jury in the third bellwether trial over the blood thinner Xarelto has sided with defendants Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bayer – again. The verdict, rendered on Friday, came about three hours after the jury began deliberating and despite the absence of star defense attorney Beth Wilkinson.

ford logo

Ford Motor Will Do More Than Just Pay Up In Harassment Settlement

By Erin Mulvaney |

On top of a $10.1 million payment, the automotive company will have to work on its programs to prevent harassment and discrimination in the workforce.

Some Law Schools Take the Lead in Students' Well-Being, Report Finds

By Angela Morris |

Many law schools across the country run programs to help stressed out or depressed students, some of whom struggle with alcohol or drug problems.

Deepak Gupta.

Maybe Not an 'Anti-Trump Firm,' but Still Suing the White House Often

By Marcia Coyle |

Don't call the Washington boutique shop Gupta Wessler an "anti-Trump law firm," said its founder, Deepak Gupta. A number of Trump-related policies fall squarely within the firm's core mission, he said, putting the lawyers there—an expanding group—in court in major fights against the White House.

AARP headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Judge Tells EEOC to Revisit Rule for Workplace Wellness Programs

By C. Ryan Barber |

A federal judge on Tuesday told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to revisit regulations for increasingly popular workplace wellness programs, ruling in part that the agency failed to justify its 30 percent cap on cost incentives for participating workers.

Real Fake News: Washington, DC's Unpredicted Solar Eclipse

By Richard Ben-Veniste |

How Mayer Brown's Richard Ben-Veniste earned a gold record for helping a client blot out the sun.

Scenes outside the perimeter of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump on Jan. 20, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

What to Watch in Government's Fight for Visitor Info on Anti-Trump Website

By Cogan Schneier |

DreamHost refuses to comply with a search warrant that requests a broad swath of information related to a website it hosts, disruptj20.org, which was used to organize protests during President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Bronze memorial statue of Chief Justice Roger Brooke Taney on the grounds of the Maryland State House in Annapolis, MD.

Post-Charlottesville, Justice Roger Taney Statues Are Removed, but Not at the Supreme Court

By Tony Mauro |

Is it time to say goodbye to the marble bust and portrait of Chief Justice Roger Taney, who authored the 1857 Dred Scott decision endorsing slavery?

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Ex-NLRB Compliance Officer Pleads Guilty to Stealing $400K in Back Pay

By C. Ryan Barber |

A former National Labor Relations Board compliance official pleaded guilty Monday in Washington to charges he used his position to steal more than $400,000 in back pay that was meant for victimized employees.

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Flip a Coin? Lawyers Maneuver in Key Labor Case at Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

The biggest workplace challenge in the coming U.S. Supreme Court term will require a delicate dance to divide up argument time in three consolidated cases with six lawyers, including two stars of the high court bar, and a U.S. Justice Department that has changed positions.

The scene outside the perimeter of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.

Ahead of Hearing, Anti-Trump Website Visitors Seek to Intervene in DreamHost Fight

By Cogan Schneier |

Visitors to the website say execution of the government’s search warrant would violate their First Amendment rights to read information on the internet anonymously.

Carl Icahn speaking at the World Business Forum in New York in 2007

Billionaire Investor Icahn Resigns From Regulatory Role Amid Conflict-of-Interest Concerns

By C. Ryan Barber |

Carl Icahn’s resignation came with President Donald Trump’s blessing, the investor wrote, and capped a week marked by an exodus of top executives and business leaders from White House advisory panels in response to the president’s comments to the recent violence in Charlottesville.

Advocacy Groups Side With Plaintiffs Alleging Unpaid Labor At For-Profit Prison

By Erin Mulvaney |

The organizations filing briefs supporting plaintiffs in the suit against GEO, a massive for-profit prison company, include the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Employment Law Project.

A photo of Heather Heyer, who was killed during a white nationalist rally, sits on the ground at a memorial the day her life was celebrated at the Paramount Theater, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Industry Reacts to Charlottesville; Ex-Bancroft Partner Joins OMB; Jay Sekulow’s New Music Video

By Katelyn Polantz |

Washington Wrap is a weekly roundup of Big Law hires and other Washington, D.C., legal industry news.

Uber headquarters, located at 1455 Market St. in San Francisco, CA.

Susan Fowler, Uber's Thorn, Shares Her Story With the Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Susan Fowler, the former Uber engineer who exposed in a blog post her claims of a hostile work environment, tells the U.S. Supreme Court in a key workplace challenge that class action waivers in arbitration agreements unfairly allow companies to eliminate legal risks associated with systemic, illegal employment practices.

W.Va. Solicitor General Elbert Lin, Clean Power Plan Opponent, Will Leave Post

By Marcia Coyle |

Elbert Lin, West Virginia solicitor general who led the state's court fight against the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, is leaving his post, according to the state's attorney general.

Judge John Bates of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

DC Federal Judge Greenlights Discrimination Case Against Travelers

By Cogan Schneier |

Even under the heightened standard recently articulated by the Supreme Court, the judge ruled the plaintiffs' claims under a disparate-impact theory could move forward.

8th Circuit Finds Standing in Data Breach, but Tosses Claims as 'Bare Assertions'

By Amanda Bronstad |

A federal appeals court has found that a plaintiff had standing to sue over a 2013 data breach but couldn't bring his claims based on "bare assertions." Monday's decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a Missouri federal judge's finding for St. Louis-based investment firm Scottrade Inc. based on federal jurisdiction.

Ubiquity of Cellphones Isn't Probable Cause for Home Searches, DC Circuit Rules

By Cogan Schneier |

In its opinion, the court said the fact that most people carry cellphones “was not enough” to justify a warrant allowing police to search a suspect’s home in hopes of finding one.

Federal Trade Commission

Four More Companies Flagged by FTC Over 'Made in USA' Claims

By C. Ryan Barber |

President Donald Trump wants more products labeled "Made in USA." But companies beware: The Federal Trade Commission in recent weeks revved up enforcement of allegedly deceptive "Made in USA" marketing, resolving accusations that four companies' advertising violated the agency's requirement that products be "all or virtually all" manufactured in the United States to live up to domestic origin claims. So far this year, 15 companies have resolved the FTC's allegations through the agency's so-called "closing letters."

U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C.

Fiduciary Rule's Anti-Arbitration Provision Faces New Threat

By Melanie Waddell |

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Minnesota-based insurer suing the U.S. Labor Department over its fiduciary rule, said Monday it plans to file a preliminary injunction to halt the anti-arbitration clause that is set out in the regulation's best-interest contract exemption.

U.S. Supreme Court building.

Justices Are Urged to Confront Military Role in Civilian Offices

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court hasn't reviewed a service member's challenge to a court-martial in more than 20 years. But that hasn't deterred Army and Air Force appellate lawyers and a Texas law professor from seeking review on behalf of more than 174 service members. The petitioners want the justices to decide whether military judges violated a Civil War-era statute by hearing their appeals while also holding a nonmilitary office.

As Hearing Looms, DOJ Seeks to Narrow Search Warrant for Anti-Trump Website

By Cogan Schneier |

The warrant, issued to the website hosting company DreamHost, requested records kept on disruptj20.org, a site used to organize protests during President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Chief Judge Diane Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Volvo Class Action 'Pick-Off' Attempt Blocked in Seventh Circuit

By Amanda Bronstad |

The latest attempt at "picking off" a lead plaintiff in a class action got shot down on Tuesday—and by the same circuit that rejected a similar move earlier this summer.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau building in Washington, D.C.

How to Win CFPB Favor? Self-Report Misconduct, Like American Express Did

By C. Ryan Barber |

American Express became the latest company to benefit from the CFPB's sympathy for self-reporters.

The scene outside the perimeter of the Inauguration of President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017.

DreamHost Lawyer Balks at DOJ Modifications to Search Warrant

By Cogan Schneier |

A hearing on the issue is set for Thursday morning before D.C. Superior Court Chief Judge Robert Morin.