With closing arguments set for Tuesday morning in Donald Trump's New York hush money case and deliberations on the horizon, here's a look at the themes that have dominated the historic, monthlong trial so far.
Law360
White Collar
TUESDAY, MAY 28, 2024 Law360 iOS App Law360 Android App Follow Law360 on Facebook Follow Law360 on LinkedIn Follow Law360 on Twitter

TOP NEWS

Analysis

5 Themes That Could Determine Trump's NY Criminal Trial

By Stewart Bishop, Frank G. Runyeon and Rachel Scharf

With closing arguments set for Tuesday morning in Donald Trump's New York hush money case and deliberations on the horizon, here's a look at the themes that have dominated the historic, monthlong trial so far.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Alec Baldwin Must Face 'Rust' Shooting Charges

By Phillip Bantz

A New Mexico state judge on Friday denied Alec Baldwin's motion to dismiss his indictment on involuntary manslaughter charges in the fatal on-set shooting of a cinematographer during the filming of "Rust" in Santa Fe, rejecting the actor's claims of prosecutorial misconduct before the grand jury.

4 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

Letter attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Weinstein Atty Trying To Chill Retrial Testimony, DA Says

By Rachel Scharf

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office has argued that a lawyer for Harvey Weinstein violated ethics rules by publicly accusing one of the movie mogul's alleged rape victims of perjury in an "obvious" attempt to dissuade her from testifying again at an upcoming retrial.

Letter attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Fulton DA Appeals Nixing Of Six Counts In Ga. Elections Case

By Kelcey Caulder

The Fulton County District Attorney's Office said it is appealing a ruling that dismissed six counts from the Georgia election interference indictment of former President Donald Trump and his co-defendants.

Notice attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

NATIVE AMERICAN

SD Tribe Says Feds Won't Give Up Info Amid Safety Crisis

By Crystal Owens

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe is suing the Bureau of Indian Affairs' Office of Justice Services, asking a federal district court to order the agency to hand over five years of budget records in an effort to combat a public safety crisis on its reservation.

Complaint attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

LEGAL ETHICS

McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

Motion attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Carhartt Heiress Atty Can't Get Mistrial Over Own Witness

By Danielle Ferguson

A Michigan attorney can't get a mistrial in a criminal case accusing him of embezzling millions from his wealthy Carhartt heiress client after his own witness discussed the heiress' $37 million potential loss during cross-examination, with a state judge saying Friday he was mystified why the witness was even called but that the defense had insisted on it. 

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Foley & Lardner Given All-Clear To Exit SEC Suit

By Rose Krebs

A North Carolina federal judge permitted Foley & Lardner LLP on Friday to exit as counsel for a Malta-based registered investment adviser that is defending claims in a $75 million lawsuit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, despite the judge's previous concerns about the firm's withdrawal.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

HEALTH

Burn Charity Bookkeeper Did Not Steal Money, Estate Says

By Brian Steele

The estate of a Connecticut burn care charity's longtime bookkeeper has denied that she stole more than $655,000 before her death in August 2023, pushing back on claims in a state court lawsuit that seeks nearly $2 million in damages.

2 documents attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Fla. Lab Owner Will Pay $27M To End False Billing Suit

By Carolina Bolado

A Florida medical lab owner who pled guilty to charges related to accusations he billed Medicare for $53 million in unnecessary genetic cancer screening tests has agreed to pay more than $27 million to resolve three whistleblower suits over the same conduct, according to an announcement Friday from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Settlement attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

FEPA Cases Are Natural Fit For DOJ's Fraud Section

The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that its Fraud Section would have exclusive jurisdiction over the Foreign Extortion Prevention Act — a new law that criminalizes “demand side” foreign bribery — makes sense, given its experience navigating the political and diplomatic sensitivities of related statutes, say James Koukios and Rachel Davidson Raycraft at MoFo.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Malware Backdoor Found In Software Used By Courtrooms

By Lauren Berg

Software created by a company that provides digital audiovisual technology to courtrooms, jails and other facilities contains a backdoor associated with malware that disguises itself as a normal update, analysts at a cybersecurity firm reported, warning that "users are at high risk and should take immediate action."

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Alito Flag Displays 'Improper' And 'Dumb,' District Judge Says

By Alison Knezevich

A Massachusetts federal judge is calling out U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito for controversial flags reportedly seen flying outside his homes, saying such actions erode public trust in the courts.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

CFTC's Johnson Is Under Consideration For FDIC Top Job

By Jon Hill

The Biden administration is considering Kristin Johnson, a Democratic member of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, as a possible candidate to replace Martin Gruenberg at the helm of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Law360 has learned.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

Brief attached | Read full article » | Save to favorites »

'Legendary' Former NJ Justice Handler Dies At 92

By Jake Maher

Retired Associate Justice Alan B. Handler, who served on the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1977 to 1999, died Thursday at 92, Law360 has learned.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

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

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

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.

Read full article » | Save to favorites »

Promo that reads Law360 2024 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar Promo that reads Law360 Pulse 2024 AI Survey

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abell Eskew

Aidala Bertuna

Baker & Hostetler

Bartlett LLP

Bell & Davis

Bell Davis & Pitt PA

Bradley Arant

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Flannery Georgalis

Foley & Lardner

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Garland Samuel & Loeb

Gateley PLC

Gibson Dunn

Greenberg Traurig

Griffin Durham

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jacobs & Dow

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Katten Muchin

KaurMaxwell

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Larracuente & Goulden

Latham & Watkins

Littler Mendelson

Maloy Jenkins

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Morrison Foerster

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Spencer Fane

Turning Point Litigation

Vezina Law

Welsh & Recker

Wilentz Goldman

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

American Media Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Doeren Mayhew

EMCOR Group Inc.

Ferrari SpA

First Republic Bank

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

McAfee Inc.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

New Jersey State Bar Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

North Carolina State Bar

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Princeton University

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Rapid7 Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

State Bar of Michigan

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The New York Times Co.

Trump Organization Inc.

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Indian Affairs

Commodity Futures Trading Commission

Companies House

Crow Creek Sioux Tribe

European Commission

European Union

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Georgia Court of Appeals

Georgia Supreme Court

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

Michigan Attorney General's Office

National Labor Relations Board

New Jersey Supreme Court

Northern Cheyenne Tribe

Oglala Sioux Tribe

State of Michigan

Superior Court of Fulton County

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida

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

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court