A Michigan state judge slammed law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP for keeping ex-client MGM in the dark about its merger with another firm and called Taft Stettinius' assertion MGM should have figured it out "repugnant to civility," but nonetheless said he wouldn't disqualify Taft Stettinius from representing MGM's opponent in an arbitration.
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'Repugnant To Civility': Judge Rips, Yet Won't DQ Taft Stettinius

By Bonnie Eslinger

A Michigan state judge slammed law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP for keeping ex-client MGM in the dark about its merger with another firm and called Taft Stettinius' assertion MGM should have figured it out "repugnant to civility," but nonetheless said he wouldn't disqualify Taft Stettinius from representing MGM's opponent in an arbitration.

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Disney Says 1st Amend. Dooms 'Star Wars' Actor's Firing Suit

By Gina Kim

Disney and Lucasfilm's counsel on urged a California federal judge to dismiss "Star Wars" actor Gina Carano's wrongful firing suit, arguing in a hearing Wednesday that they have a First Amendment right to disassociate their artistic expression from her public statements mocking pronouns and criticizing COVID-19 lockdowns.

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Microsoft, OpenAI Call Papers' Suit A 'Copycat' Of NYT's Case

By Ivan Moreno

OpenAI and Microsoft Corp. have asked a New York federal court to toss the bulk of a copyright complaint from eight newspapers that accuses the companies of stealing their content to develop versions of ChatGPT, contending the lawsuit is modeled after one from The New York Times and saying the allegations mischaracterize the technology.

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Dershowitz Wants Jury To Decide Defamation Suit Against CNN

By David Minsky

An attorney for law scholar Alan Dershowitz told an Eleventh Circuit panel Wednesday the court should revive a $300 million defamation lawsuit against CNN, arguing that a jury should decide whether the news network is liable for intentionally omitting Dershowitz's statements in broadcasts over former President Donald Trump's 2020 impeachment trial.

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6th Circ. Judge Asks If Ad Limit Fight Destined For High Court

By Carolyn Muyskens

Sixth Circuit judges wondered if Republicans will have to take their challenge to limits on political parties' spending on candidate campaign ads to the U.S. Supreme Court for relief, questioning Wednesday if there's wiggle room to depart from a 20-year-old high court case upholding the limits.

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NFL Exec Denies League Fixed Sunday Ticket Price At Trial

By Craig Clough

One of the NFL's top executives denied on the witness stand Wednesday in a California federal courtroom that the league dictated the cost of the DirecTV Sunday Ticket package, pushing back when an attorney for subscribers bringing multibillion-dollar antitrust claims suggested some internal emails are evidence the league fixed the price.

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TV News Managers Blamed For Pride Memo Sue Nexstar

By Carolyn Muyskens

Two former television news managers in western Michigan sued their former employer, Nexstar Media Group, this week, saying the company turned them into scapegoats amid backlash against an internal memo suggesting reporters dial back Pride Month coverage and include "both sides of the issue." 

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First 'Survivor' Winner Wants $3M Tax Case Tossed

By Anna Scott Farrell

The winner of the first season of the TV series "Survivor" asked a Rhode Island federal court to toss the government's case against him seeking nearly $3.3 million in unpaid taxes, saying the liabilities stem from his flawed criminal conviction for tax evasion nearly 20 years ago.

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DEALS

GameStop Raises More Than $2.1B In Share Sale

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

GameStop Corp. has raised over $2.1 billion as part of a share sale, with plans to use the proceeds for general corporate purposes such as future acquisitions or investments.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Analysis

'83 Wolfpack Suit May Throw NIL Peace For A Loop

By David Steele

As the NCAA cheered a settlement aimed at marshaling payments to athletes for their names, images and likenesses last week, experts say a new suit from one of college basketball's most historic teams illustrates the shortcomings of a hasty effort to right past wrongs.

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

FTC Tells DC Circ. It Can Modify $5B Meta Privacy Deal

By Lauren Berg

The Federal Trade Commission told the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday that it has the authority to reopen its in-house proceedings in order to revise a $5 billion privacy settlement with Meta Platforms, saying the courts do not have oversight of the agency's administrative order.

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Miss. Social Media Age Law Faces Free-Speech Challenge

By Nadia Dreid

Mississippi is the latest state to enact a law that requires social media companies to verify the age of all users, but a challenge seeking to block that law from taking effect is already on the docket in federal court with a preliminary injunction hearing slated for this month.

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Mobile Game Maker Ruled Liable For Illegal Gambling In Wash.

By Greg Lamm

Two of High 5 Games' mobile apps are illegal gambling games, a Washington federal judge has ruled in an order that said the "virtual coins" used by players were things of value under Washington law, even though they are sometimes free and can't be cashed in for real money.

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COMPETITION

FTC's Amazon Prime Trial Moved To June 2025 Amid Doc Fight

By Dorothy Atkins

A Washington federal judge agreed Wednesday to push back to June 2025 a high-stakes bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's claims Amazon.com Inc. tricks consumers into enrolling in its Prime service, delaying the trial by months after the FTC accused Amazon of delaying discovery production.

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League's Antitrust Case Against US Soccer, MLS Survives

By Elaine Briseño

Major League Soccer and the sport's U.S. governing body must face allegations that they colluded to impose standards in a lopsided manner in order to hamper the North American Soccer League, after a New York federal judge refused to toss the claim.

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EMPLOYMENT

Brief

Ex-WWE Employee's Sex Abuse Suit Paused For 6 Months

By Brian Steele

A former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. legal staffer's sexual abuse and trafficking lawsuit against the company, WWE founder Vince McMahon and a former executive will remain paused until December, a Connecticut federal judge ordered, about two weeks after a prosecutor entered an appearance in the case.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

FBI Told OneTaste Witness To Delete Evidence, Ex-Execs Say

By Elliot Weld

Two former executives of sexual wellness company OneTaste Inc. said they uncovered "shocking" evidence that an FBI agent told a former employee of the business and key government witness to delete an old email account, allegedly destroying exculpatory evidence in a forced-labor conspiracy case.

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Brief

Shareholders To Settle Discovery-AT&T Merger Suit In Del.

By Leslie A. Pappas

Former shareholders of Discovery Inc. who sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over the media entertainment company's $43 billion merger with AT&T in 2022 have agreed to settle their class action and intend to finalize settlement documentation by July 5, the parties told the court late on Tuesday.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Lawmakers Reach Deal With DOD On Spectrum Sharing

By Christopher Cole

A Senate committee said late Tuesday that lawmakers reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense that will allow legislation for new sales of commercial spectrum licenses to move forward.

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Teams Can't Prop Up Fox Philly TV License, Group Says

By Jared Foretek

The group of advocates calling for Fox's Philadelphia affiliate to lose its broadcast license over its parent company's 2020 election coverage is pushing back against claims from three of the city's sports teams, saying the station's sports content is beside the point.

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FCC Told Alaska Needs More Broadband Support

By Jared Foretek

A major telecommunications provider in Alaska is telling the Federal Communications Commission that the government will need to boost its funding if it wants providers to meet high-speed broadband deployment goals for the state.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Key FCC Enforcement Issues In AT&T Location Data Appeal

AT&T’s decision to challenge a $57 million fine from the Federal Communications Commission for its alleged treatment of customer location information highlights interesting and fundamental issues about the constitutionality of FCC enforcement, say Patrick O’Donnell and Jason Neal at HWG.

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Litigation Inspiration: Attys Can Be Heroic Like Olympians

Although litigation won’t earn anyone an Olympic medal in Paris this summer, it can be worthy of the same lasting honor if attorneys exercise focused restraint — seeking both their clients’ interests and those of the court — instead of merely pursuing every advantage short of sanctionable conduct, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

How 3 Firms Cleared 2 Ex-Autonomy Execs In HP Fraud Case

By Bonnie Eslinger

A California federal jury's rejection last week of fraud charges against the founder and former finance vice president of British software company Autonomy validated an approach by the defendants' three law firms — Steptoe, Clifford Chance and Bird Marella — to form a "seamless" collaboration throughout the trial, from jury selection to closing arguments.

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Senate Panel OKs Fix For Federal Courts' 'Genuine Crisis'

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted out unanimously on Thursday a bipartisan bill to create 66 new and temporary judgeships to alleviate the federal courts' workload.

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Contentious Del. Corporate Law Changes Sail Through Senate

By Jeff Montgomery

After triggering rare public dissent, a multipart Delaware general corporation law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders whisked through the state's Senate on Thursday without debate or an opposing vote, with a House vote expected as early as next week.

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Rutgers Fights Law School Vice Dean Subpoena In Bias Suit

By Jake Maher

Rutgers University argued in New Jersey state court this week that an attempt from a Jewish law student to subpoena the law school's vice dean for documents is really a means to "harass" the university because the student has already subpoenaed Rutgers for the same information.

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Confronting The Psychological Toll Of Personal Injury Law

Personal injury lawyers advocate for clients who have experienced trauma, loss and life-altering injuries, but these cases can have an emotional impact on attorneys themselves — so it is crucial to address these challenges proactively and openly, and normalize the conversation around mental health in the legal profession, says Lisa Lanier at Lanier Law Group.

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Series

Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.

AT&T Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

Apple Inc.

Boy Scouts of America

CTIA

Cable News Network Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Churchill Downs Inc.

Delaware State Bar Association

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

ESPN Inc.

Fordham University

Fox Corp.

GameStop Corp.

Google LLC

Instagram Inc.

Lucasfilm Ltd.

MGM Grand Hotel LLC

MGM Resorts International

Major League Soccer LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Republican Congressional Committee

Netflix Inc.

New York Daily News Co.

Nexstar Media Group Inc.

Pew Research Center

Reddit Inc.

Robinhood Markets Inc.

Spectrum Management Holding Co.

Straight Path Communications Inc.

T-Mobile US Inc.

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The New York Times Co.

The Walt Disney Co.

TikTok Inc.

Time Inc.

Total Quality Logistics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

United Soccer League

United States Soccer Federation Inc.

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Archer & Greiner

Bernstein Litowitz

Bird Marella

Bonjean Law Group

Carney Badley

Clifford Chance

Covington & Burling

Davis Polk

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dickinson Wright

Edelson PC

Gunster Yoakley

HWG LLP

Hausfeld LLP

Hilgers Graben

Holland & Hart

Holtzman Vogel

Hueston Hennigan

Javerbaum Wurgaft

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Katten & Temple

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kessler Topaz

Labaton Keller

Langer Grogan

Lanier Law Group

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Rajeh A. Saadeh

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Mazie Slater

McCarter & English

McElroy Deutsch

Mitchell & Sheahan

Morgan Lewis

Morrison Foerster

Morvillo Abramowitz

Munger Tolles

O'Melveny & Myers

Orrick Herrington

Paul Weiss

Pearson Warshaw

Plunkett Cooney

Proskauer Rose

Rothwell Figg

Schaerr Jaffe

Steptoe LLP

Susman Godfrey

Taft Stettinius

Tousley Brain

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams Lopatto

Winston & Strawn

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Election Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Internal Revenue Service

Judicial Conference of the United States

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Telecommunications and Information Administration

New York State Assembly

U.S. Attorney's Office

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

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Defense

U.S. Department of Justice

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Government Accountability Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Tax Court

United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio