Former President Donald Trump and other defendants fighting a $465 million civil fraud judgment called on New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron to recuse himself Thursday in light of a once-suspended real estate attorney's recent judicial misconduct claims, which have since sparked a judicial investigation.
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Trump Calls For Engoron's Recusal In Civil Fraud Case

By Dorothy Atkins

Former President Donald Trump and other defendants fighting a $465 million civil fraud judgment called on New York Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron to recuse himself Thursday in light of a once-suspended real estate attorney's recent judicial misconduct claims, which have since sparked a judicial investigation.

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Boies Schiller Tapped To Represent Ex-Judge In Romance Suit

By Lynn LaRowe

A former Texas bankruptcy judge has brought on Boies Schiller Flexner LLP attorneys to defend him against a racketeering lawsuit from a barge business over his undisclosed romantic relationship with a then-Jackson Walker LLP attorney involved in the company's bankruptcy case.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Rebut Fraud Allegations

By Emily Sawicki

An Alabama federal judge is conducting an in-camera review of a long-awaited "Q&A document" believed to have circulated among attorneys accused of judge shopping their efforts to fight a 2022 state law preventing transgender youth from accessing gender-affirming care, with the lawyers handing over the document but denying allegations of misconduct.

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2nd Circ. Affirms AIG's Win In Ex-Atty's Retaliation Suit

By Ryan Boysen

A former legal executive's retaliation lawsuit against American International Group Inc. has fizzled out as the Second Circuit on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that found he was not fired for blowing the whistle on alleged fraud.

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Pa. Justices Rule 'Client Exception' Can't Save Med Mal Case

By Donald Morrison

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a law firm violated state discovery rules by simultaneously representing a physician and a nondefendant witness, saying a law firm representing a defendant treating physician cannot obtain information from a non-party treating physician without written consent or through discovery.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Brief

House Dems Ask Chief Justice To Say How He'll Review Ethics

By Courtney Bublé

Two top Democrats on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee asked Chief Justice John Roberts on Thursday how he's working to address the "glaring episodes" of ethical improprieties on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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WHITE COLLAR

Meet The Bridgegate Atty For NJ Power Broker In RICO Case

By Jake Maher

Law360 Pulse caught up with Michael Critchley Sr., counsel for recently indicted New Jersey Democratic power broker George E. Norcross III, and lawyers who know him about his decadeslong track record of successful legal defenses in high-profile cases and how he’s preparing for his latest challenge.

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Trump Says Willis Can't Erase DQ Appeal In Election Case

By Emily Johnson

Former president Donald Trump urged the Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday to keep alive his appeal of a trial court's decision that blocked Trump's bid to have Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis disqualified from the election interference case against him and co-defendants, arguing that his appeal involves issues of law.

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Prosecutors Deny Spoiling Evidence In OneTaste Case

By Elliot Weld

Brooklyn federal prosecutors have denied allegations of misconduct in the forced labor conspiracy case against two executives of sexual wellness company OneTaste, who claim an FBI agent instructed a potential key witness to delete emails.

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Judge Who Faced Ethics Trial Arrested At Atlanta Nightclub

By Kelcey Caulder

A Georgia probate judge who has been the subject of a years-long judicial misconduct investigation was booked at the Fulton County Jail on Thursday after being arrested in the early morning hours.

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DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

Fla. Judge's 'Conservative' Label No Cause For Reprimand

By Lynn LaRowe

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday declined to sanction a judge for calling herself a "conservative" during her first campaign for office last year, but the state justices did issue a public reprimand over the jurist's approval of a social media post that misled voters about her fundraising ahead of the election.

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Colo. Prosecutor Says Ex-DA Undermined Her Leadership

By Daniel Ducassi

An elected Colorado prosecutor facing disciplinary charges regarding her handling of a high-profile murder case pushed back on charges she was a negligent manager, telling a disciplinary panel Thursday she inherited a backlog of cases from a predecessor she said tried to undermine her office.

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LITIGATION

DLA Piper Accused Of Evading Order In Pregnancy Bias Case

By Rose Krebs

DLA Piper continues to evade a court directive to turn certain documents over to a former attorney with the firm who has filed a pregnancy bias suit, a lawyer representing the former employee has told a New York federal magistrate judge.

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Calif. Court, Judge Escape Former Exec's Racial Bias Suit

By Emily Johnson

A California federal judge handed an early win Wednesday to a state court and one of its judges, tossing out a racial discrimination and retaliation suit after finding that a former court executive officer failed to show how the judge who fired her had discriminated against her as a Black woman.

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Madonna Mulls Sanctions Bid After Fans Drop 'Frivolous' Suit

By Lauren Berg

Attorneys defending Madonna, Live Nation and the Barclays Center against allegations that fans were "lulled" into buying tickets for a tardy show slammed the plaintiffs' unannounced dismissal of the "frivolous" case, telling a New York federal judge Wednesday they don't agree to bear their own costs and might seek sanctions.

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Ex-McElroy Deutsch CFO Asks To Pull 5th Amend. Assertions

By Jake Maher

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLC's former chief financial officer, who pled guilty to embezzling over $1.5 million from the firm in May, moved Wednesday to withdraw Fifth Amendment assertions he made in the firm's civil case against him.

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NC Law Firm Fights Ex-Client's Bid To Ditch Malpractice Deal

By Hayley Fowler

A personal injury law firm and one of its former attorneys urged a North Carolina state appeals court to enforce their settlement with a prior client in a legal malpractice suit, as the client asserts that he was sick during mediation and didn't know what he was doing when he signed the agreement.

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Brief

Conn. Atty Can't Get Reinstated Early After Embezzlement Rap

By Brian Steele

A Connecticut state court judge dismissed the reinstatement application of a disbarred attorney who, according to disciplinary authorities, filed it nearly 13 years early and without paying full restitution for the embezzlement that sent him to prison.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Money, Money, Money: Limiting White Collar Wealth Evidence

As courts increasingly recognize that allowing unfettered evidence of wealth could prejudice a jury against a defendant, white collar defense counsel should consider several avenues for excluding visual evidence of a lavish lifestyle at trial, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

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How Associates Can Build A Professional Image

As hybrid work arrangements become the norm in the legal industry, early-career attorneys must be proactive in building and maintaining a professional presence in both physical and digital settings, ensuring that their image aligns with their long-term career goals, say Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners and Estelle Winsett at Estelle Winsett Professional Image Consulting.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Bonus Spotlight

McKool Smith Handing Out Midyear Bonuses Of Up To $30K

By Xiumei Dong

McKool Smith PC will be awarding midyear bonuses of up to $30,000 to its principals, associates and senior counsel, according to an internal email sent Thursday by Chairman David Sochia.

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Manhattan DA Seeks To Retain Trump Gag Order, Amid Threats

By Stewart Bishop

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office urged a New York state judge Friday to leave in place most restrictions of the gag order preventing Donald Trump from speaking publicly about witnesses, jurors and others tied to his criminal trial, citing a barrage of threats from his supporters in recent months — including "actionable" death threats before and after the verdict.

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Ohio Atty Reinstated After Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

By Rachel Rippetoe

An Ohio criminal defense attorney suspended for filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center was reinstated this week, according to a court filing.

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'Clearly Relevant' Fraud Claims Stay In Lin Wood Slander Trial

By Chart Riggall

Ahead of a trial where controversial attorney Lin Wood will face claims that he defamed his former law partners, a Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to keep out as evidence two state court lawsuits in which Wood is accused of stiffing them on legal fees and sheltering cash behind a real estate venture.

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AAA, Worker End Sex Bias Suit After Missed Eclipse Day Depo

By Patrick Hoff

AAA and a former insurance agent told a Florida federal court Friday that they've settled the ex-employee's gender discrimination lawsuit amid a fight over how much his attorney owes the organization for missing a deposition because he was traveling to see April's solar eclipse.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Attorney Jonathan Mitchell and the New Civil Liberties Alliance lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives does not have the authority to ban firearm accessories known as bump stocks.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Workers have filed a new suit accusing Tesla of failing to stop racist behavior and sexual harassment in two California factories, despite previous lawsuits. And the former head of AIG's Legal Operations Center has lost his appeal on his claim that he was fired in retaliation for pointing out alleged fraud. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen JD Wetherspoon sue a Welsh pub over its name in the Intellectual Property Court, ex-professional boxer Amir Khan and his wife file libel action against an influencer, the Performing Right Society hit with a competition claim over music licensing, and Manolete Partners bring action against the directors of a bust investment firm. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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Glassblowing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

I never expected that glassblowing would strongly influence my work as an attorney, but it has taught me the importance of building a solid foundation for your work, learning from others and committing to a lifetime of practice, says Margaret House at Kalijarvi Chuzi.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aaron & Partners LLP

Adam Leitman Bailey

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Baker McKenzie

Bandas Law Firm

Beal Sutherland

Beck Redden

Bernstein Litowitz

Boies Schiller

Bonjean Law Group

Brown & Connery

CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang

Campbell & Williams

Campbell Johnston

Clyde & Co

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Cranfill Sumner

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

DAC Beachcroft

DLA Piper

Davis Polk

Dominick Feld

Downey & Cleveland

Farella Braun

Fieldfisher

Fisher & Phillips

Fox Williams

Freeths LLP

Gibson Dunn

Gowling WLG

Greenberg Traurig

Habba Madaio

Hall & Evans

Hill Dickinson

Hogan Lovells

Hueston Hennigan

Hunton Andrews

Husch Blackwell

Jackson Walker LLP

Jenner & Block

John Exum Law

Jones Day

Kalijarvi Chuzi

Kemp Jones

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Knott & Knott

Lamb McErlane

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Silkin

Lightfoot Franklin

Littler Mendelson

Losey PLLC

Lynn Pinker

Macfarlanes LLP

Mandelbaum Barrett

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Messa & Associates

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Norton Rose

Pallas Partners

Parker McCay

Pashman Stein

Perkins Coie

Pinsent Masons

Poole Huffman

Preiskel & Co.

Proskauer Rose

Quarles & Brady

Quinn Emanuel

Robert & Robert PLLC

Ropes & Gray

Rusty Hardin & Associates

Scanlon Howley

Sheppard Mullin

Shook Hardy

Siegel Yee

Spratt Endicott

Stein Sperling

Tousley Brain

Trump & Trump

Wade Grunberg

Ward Hadaway

Wigdor LLP

Williams & Connolly

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Accenture PLC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

BNSF Railway Co.

Barclays Center

Barclays PLC

Binance Holdings Ltd.

Bouchard Transportation Co. Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Cargill Inc.

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Debenhams PLC

Delaware State Bar Association

Energizer Holdings Inc.

Evergreen Marine Corp.

Exxon Mobil Corp.

First State Bank

Ford Motor Co.

Instagram Inc.

Kiteworks

Koninklijke DSM NV

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

ManpowerGroup Inc.

McAfee Inc.

McDermott International

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Microsoft Corp.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

Netflix Inc.

New Civil Liberties Alliance

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

Paramount Global

Qatar Investment Authority

Sales Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The Boeing Co.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

TikTok Inc.

United Network for Organ Sharing

Volkswagen AG

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Financial Conduct Authority

Florida Supreme Court

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission

Georgia Supreme Court

Judicial Conference of the United States

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New Jersey Supreme Court

New York Attorney General's Office

New York City Police Department

New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct

Ohio Supreme Court

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

Superior Court of Fulton County

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court