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Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing on March 21, 2017.

Meet Neil Gorsuch's 4 New Law Clerks

By Tony Mauro |

Meet Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new law clerks: Our spotlight on the clerks he chose for the transitional period at the high court until the current term winds down this summer.

Former White House counsel W. Neil Eggleston. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL

Obama White House Counsel Neil Eggleston Returns to Kirkland

By Katelyn Polantz |

"From the moment Neil left, we were missing him and hoping he would return," said Kirkland's Eugene Assaf.

Top 100 Verdicts 2016: Juries Return Four Billion-Dollar Awards

By John Schneider |

The billions are back. After a drop in 2015, which saw a top verdict of only $845 million, four verdicts in 2016 came in at more than a billion dollars each, according to the annual Top 100 Verdicts by ALM's VerdictSearch.

Financial technology and business investment concept.

State Banking Regulators Sue Feds Over Fintech Charter Proposal

By Stephanie Forshee |

State banking regulators are taking the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to court over its proposal to establish a special-purpose national bank charter for financial technology companies.

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

Jury Awards in Talc Cases Led Top 100 Verdicts in 2016

By John Deming |

There are three talc cases in the Top 100 Verdicts of 2016.

Government Accountability Office building in Washington, D.C.

GAO's Fintech Report Highlights Data Security, Lack of Clarity on Regulatory Oversight

By Stephanie Forshee |

A new GAO report highlights data security as an issue for fintech and its band of many regulators.

Judge Amul Thapar testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, on April 26, 2017.

Trump Tweets About Judges Become Fodder in 6th Circuit Confirmation

By Cogan Schneier |

Judge Amul Thapar was asked Wednesday at his U.S. Senate confirmation hearing about President Donald Trump's recent criticism of judges who have ruled against him.

Bud Abbott and Lou Costello perform

Supreme Court Asked to Umpire 'Who's on First' Dispute

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Abbott and Costello heirs make a pitch for their copyright case over an unlicensed use in the Broadway play "Hand to God."

Judge Neil Gorsuch testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Supreme Court. March 21, 2017.

On Patent Dance, Justices Struggle to Find Rhythm

By Scott Graham |

The U.S. Supreme Court justices indicated they could remand a case involving the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act, a decision that would leave pharmaceutical companies without needed clarity on the law.

Ronald Machen Jr., left, and David Ogden, right.

Wilmer Partners Win Tenet Health Care Work as Monitor Gigs Stay Hot

By Katelyn Polantz |

In another sign that independent monitorships are attracting top-shelf legal talent, Tenet Healthcare Corp. has tapped David Ogden and Ronald Machen to monitor its compliance under a non-prosecution agreement.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer.

Calling Justice Breyer: A Court Interrupted

By Tony Mauro |

Justice Stephen Breyer proved Tuesday that justices are in fact fallible after his cellphone went off during an oral argument.

Rod Rosenstein testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing to be deputy attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice March 7, 2017.

Rosenstein Pegged to Bring Experience, Stability to DOJ

By Cogan Schneier |

Rod Rosenstein has his work cut out for him now that he’s officially U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ right-hand man. Attorneys are looking to Rosenstein, a lifelong public servant, to bring a dose of stability to the U.S. Department of Justice after the U.S. Senate confirmed him as the deputy attorney general.

CHART: The Top 100 Verdicts 2016

The Top 100 Verdicts report is compiled by NLJ affiliate VerdictSearch, which strives to report as many jury verdicts, decisions and settlements as possible.

Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch's 'Burping Boy' Dissent Arrives at the Supreme Court

By Marcia Coyle |

Justice Neil Gorsuch may face his first recusal when the justices in May take up a petition that involves—and features prominently—one of his most famous dissents: the case of the burping 13-year-old student.

Top 100 Verdicts 2016: The Billions Are Back

After a drop in 2015, which saw a top verdict of only $845 million, four verdicts in 2016 came in at more than a billion dollars each, according to the annual Top 100 Verdicts by ALM's VerdictSearch.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building in Washington, D.C.

Whistleblower Pockets $4 Million SEC Award

By Sue Reisinger |

A whistleblower who tipped the agency with information about serious securities misconduct—which was not identified by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission—was rewarded with a $4 million award.

Xarelto Attorney Ad.

First Xarelto Case to Test Views Over Attorney Ads

By Amanda Bronstad |

The first bellwether trial over blood thinner Xarelto began on Monday in New Orleans—but it's not just your ordinary case involving a pharmaceutical drug.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Invigorated Justice Ginsburg Says 'I Love My Job'

By Tony Mauro |

Speaking at Georgetown University, an exuberant Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 84, exclaimed "I love my job," sounding not at all like someone who is even beginning to consider retirement.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Trump Dining With the Justices? Not Yet

By Marcia Coyle |

On a relatively quiet Sunday morning, the news exploded across social media: The U.S. Supreme Court would be dining with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, according to the White House weekly outlook. By Monday morning, the dinner was off. What happened? The White House blamed scheduling conflicts.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Need Help Fighting the CFPB? One Company Turns to Trump's Justice Department

By C. Ryan Barber |

Ocwen Financial Corp., the mortgage loan servicer fighting a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau lawsuit, has turned to an unlikely source for help: the U.S. Justice Department. In a federal court filing styled as a motion "to invite the views of the attorney general of the United States," the company on Wednesday took the remarkable step of asking the Justice Department to weigh in on the side of a corporation fighting another federal agency.

E. Barrett Prettyman Court House.

9 Firms Drop Off DC Circuit's Pro Bono Leaders List

By Cogan Schneier |

Of the record-breaking 33 firms that made the Judicial Conference of the District of Columbia Circuit's list of pro bono leaders in 2015, 24 are back on the list this year for their work in 2016. But, those who dropped off the list include some big names like Paul Weiss and Kirkland & Ellis.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

No Clear Road Map in Key Jurisdiction Cases Before SCOTUS

By Tony Mauro |

Two hours of argument Tuesday yielded no clear sign that the high court would clarify the jumbled rules of jurisdiction, which University of Texas School of Law professor Linda Mullenix called "a problem that has confounded generations of law students, not to mention attorneys and courts."

Jeff Sessions.

Sessions Puts White-Collar Focus on Individual Prosecution

By Cogan Schneier and Katelyn Polantz |

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave a rare glimpse into his philosophy on white-collar crime Monday, putting an emphasis on holding individuals accountable for crimes instead of companies.

United Airlines Airbus A320.Source: wiki / CC.

United Settles With Passenger Forcibly Removed From Flight

By Cogan Schneier |

Details of the settlement were not disclosed, but attorneys said it would cover David Dao's injuries.

MetLife, Citing Trump, Urges Court to Postpone 'Too Big To Fail' Ruling

By Allison Bell |

MetLife Inc. on Monday asked a federal appeals court to give the Trump administration time to review the government's process for designating systemically important financial institutions.

From Threesomes to Channeling the Dead, Not Much Shocks This Legal Ethics Guru

By Leigh Jones |

With a blog that tracks lawyer misconduct cases nationwide and posts the results of their adjudication, Mike Frisch has a perspective of the legal profession that few share.

A large crowd rallies in front of the U.S. Capitol to denounce President Donald Trump’s travel ban order.

In First, Fourth Circuit to Livestream Travel Ban Hearing

By Cogan Schneier |

Lawyers who cheered the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit’s live broadcast of oral arguments in President Donald Trump’s first travel ban case now have another show to look forward to after the Fourth Circuit said it will live livestream oral arguments in its case next month.

Don't Call This Supreme Court Term a 'Sleeper'

By Marcia Coyle |

The U.S. Supreme Court wrapped up oral arguments for the term on Wednesday. The justices' quest for unanimity is always tested toward the end of a term when some of the most difficult cases await decision. This term is no different. Here's a snapshot of some of the big cases that await decisions.

Anthem Loses DC Circuit Bid to Revive $54B Cigna Merger

By C. Ryan Barber |

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday rejected Anthem Inc.'s proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp., upholding a trial judge's decision to block the deal on the ground it would substantially reduce competition.

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.

States Take On Battle Over Regulating the Gig Economy

By Erin Mulvaney |

Florida lawmakers will likely pass a measure that classifies drivers for companies such as Uber and Lyft as independent contractors rather than employees, marking the latest state to attempt to regulate the rapidly growing and litigious ride-hailing workforce.

Senior counsel John Conner Jr., left, and partner Peter Gray, of Crowell & Moring.

Crowell Snags Chemicals Pros From Dentons in DC

By Katelyn Polantz |

Crowell & Moring added to its chemicals regulatory practice this week by picking up two longtime pesticides lawyers from Dentons.

When Government's Need for Secrecy Clashes With the Public's Right to Know

By Sue Reisinger |

A panel sponsored by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Law and National Security explored those lines in a webcast Tuesday. "Whistleblowers, Leaks and the Media: The Legal Rules" included lawyers and journalists who have been caught up in national security issues.

Richard Franklin, left, and George Karibjanian, right, of Franklin Karibjanian & Law in Washington, D.C.

A Firm's Velvet Touch, Eggleston Returns, the Hogan Lovells Difference

By Katelyn Polantz |

The week's biggest law firm moves and news in the D.C. market.

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

CFPB, Online Lenders Spar Over Interest Rates, Tribal Law

By Stephanie Forshee |

The CFPB has filed a suit against several online lenders, accusing them of charging illegally high interest rates and violating consumer protection laws.

Justice Samuel Alito speaking at the Federalist Society 2016 National Lawyers Convention at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

Take a 'Journey' Through the Justices' Bookshelves

By Marcia Coyle |

In the U.S. Supreme Court term that ended last June, Justice Samuel Alito turned to books most often to bolster his opinions, while Justice Anthony Kennedy—the court's most influential voter—made least use of the wisdom embodied in books. Justices cite books for a variety of reasons, Yale Law School's Linda Greenhouse, a veteran high court observer, writes in "The Books of the Justices" in the latest Michigan Law Review.

Energy: A Special Report

When you think of energy, oil and gas comes to mind. But a Haynes and Boone partner expects wind energy production to increase during the current administration. Next, more energy investors are making their voices heard on environmental issues, attorneys from Vinson & Elkins say. And while master limited partnerships started to suffer after oil and gas prices slid, it now appears that the worst is over, according to Baker Botts attorneys. Read more in our energy special report.

Diana Liebmann, partner at Haynes and Boone in San Antonio.

Why Wind Power’s Prospects Are Bright

By Miriam Rozen |

Diana Liebmann, a partner in Haynes and Boone, has developed the firm's electrical power legal practice from scratch and knows that the Lone Star State ranks at the top of the nation for production of wind energy.

Julie Brill

Microsoft Hires Ex-FTC Commissioner as Cybersecurity, Privacy Lead

By David Ruiz |

Former commissioner for the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Julie Brill will be deputy general counsel and report directly to Microsoft president and chief legal officer Brad Smith. Brill joins the company after roughly a year with Hogan Lovells.

New Pressure for Energy Over Environment?

By Margaret Peloso, Leonard Wood and Corinne Snow |

A well-worn stereotype portrays American corporations and particularly the energy industry as ambivalent at best about the environment. However, increasingly, major asset managers and investors have been asserting their views on the relationship between the well-being of the environment and the strength of their returns.

Strong Energy M&A Fuels Optimism for MLPs

By Joshua Davidson and A.J. Ericksen |

Following the collapse in oil and gas prices that started in 2014, master limited partnerships initially remained resilient. But by the second half of 2015, MLPs also began to suffer. Unit prices fell, a record number of MLPs cut distributions and most MLPs were shut out of the capital markets.

FILE - In this March 21, 2016 file photo, the Flint Water Plant water tower is seen in Flint, Mich. Michigan environmental officials announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, that Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit. The finding by the Department of Environmental Quality is good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have grappled with the man-made water crisis since 2014. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

Plaintiffs Fight CAFA's Current in Flint Water Suits

By Amanda Bronstad |

An appeals court ruling this week doesn’t bode well for plaintiff lawyers, who are on the losing end of a fight to keep the cases in state court. The decision, along with a series of dismissals, have left the Flint class actions treading water.

Nina Pillard.

DC Circuit Judge Warns Ruling Could 'Destabilize' Most Arbitration Awards

By Erin Mulvaney |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit on Friday invoked a rare public-policy exception that "threatens to destabilize" arbitration awards in future cases, a federal appeals judge said in her dissent. "The court's decision to vacate the arbitral award in this case contradicts decades of precedent delineating a narrow public policy exception and threatens as a practical matter to destabilize many, if not most, arbitral awards," Judge Nina Pillard wrote.

Appeals Court Stalls, Again, on Clean Power Plan

An order issued Friday holds the case in abeyance for 60 days and asks parties to file briefs on whether it should halt the case indefinitely or remand to the EPA.