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  • December 04, 2023

    Ex-Ohio Utilities Chairman Indicted In Bribery Scandal

    The former head of Ohio's public utilities agency surrendered himself to authorities Monday after a federal grand jury returned an indictment accusing him of bribery, fraud and embezzlement that purportedly included taking $4.3 million in bribes from an unspecified energy company.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justices Call O'Connor 'American Hero,' 'Perfect Trailblazer'

    Following news of retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's death at the age of 93, current and former high court justices paid public homage to her trailblazing career, devotion to the rule of law and illuminating charisma.

  • December 01, 2023

    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • December 01, 2023

    3rd Circ. Lets Rule Stand In Case Where FERC Deadlocked

    The Third Circuit on Friday upheld a rule change allowing the nation's largest grid operator to no longer require state-backed renewable energy sources to meet a price floor in electricity capacity auctions, holding that the appellate court can review the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission deadlock that allowed the rule to take effect.

  • December 01, 2023

    Executions Concentrated In 5 States As Fairness Doubts Grow

    Only a handful of states executed people in 2023 as more Americans think the death penalty is carried out unfairly than fairly for the first time, according to a year-end report released Friday by the Death Penalty Information Center.

  • December 01, 2023

    GM Says No Proof Plaintiff's Engine Guzzles Oil

    General Motors LLC asked an Ohio federal judge to throw out a driver's class action claims alleging the automaker knowingly sold vehicles with engines that consume excess oil and wear out piston rings too soon, arguing there is no evidence her car even has the alleged defect.

  • December 01, 2023

    Race Bias Suit Doesn't Need 'Magic Words,' 6th Circ. Rules

    The Sixth Circuit has revived a minority-owned government contractor's racial discrimination claim against a consultant who allegedly made false statements about it to a Detroit suburb, ruling in a precedential opinion that a lower court wrongly dinged the contractor for not using "magic words" in its civil rights complaint.

  • December 01, 2023

    3 December Argument Sessions Benefits Attys Should Watch

    Physicians' groups will ask the Sixth Circuit to reinstate their suit claiming the federal government is illegally forcing them to provide gender transition-related care, while American Airlines pilots will try to get their military leave class action back on track at the Third Circuit. Here, Law360 looks at three appellate argument sessions that should be on benefits attorneys' radar in December.

  • December 01, 2023

    4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

  • December 01, 2023

    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • December 01, 2023

    Ohio Atty Suspended For Stalling Settlement For 9 Years

    The Supreme Court of Ohio laid down a six-month suspension on Thursday for a Columbus attorney who was found to have made a client wait nearly a decade to receive a payout from her ex-husband.

  • December 01, 2023

    Sandra Day O'Connor, First Woman On Supreme Court, Dies

    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, the court's first female member, died Friday at 93, according to the court. Justice O'Connor's position at the ideological center of the court gave her outsized influence in controversial cases during her 25-year tenure.

  • November 30, 2023

    6th Circ. Says Ohio Is Entitled To Title X Abortion Funds

    The Sixth Circuit on Thursday granted Ohio the right to a preliminary injunction from federal government interference on the allocation of Title X funding to clinics that connect clients to abortion services, denying that right to 11 other states.

  • November 30, 2023

    6th Circ. Says Rehab Co.'s Money Woes Justified Ch. 7 Pivot

    The Sixth Circuit upheld an Ohio bankruptcy court's decision to convert California Palms Addiction Recovery Campus Inc.'s case to a Chapter 7, because the substance use rehabilitation company was facing ongoing losses and wasn't likely to recover fast enough for an abbreviated Chapter 11.

  • November 30, 2023

    Ohio Panel Won't Hold Drug Testing Co. Liable For Fatal Crash

    An Ohio state appeals court on Thursday refused to revive allegations that Concentra Health Services Inc. should be held liable for a fatal crash involving a tool rental company driver who beat a drug test by using synthetic urine, reasoning that Concentra had no relationship with the decedent or a survivor and therefore no duty to protect them.

  • November 30, 2023

    Property Owner Says Insurer Mishandled Windstorm Claims

    An Ohio property owner told an Ohio federal court that his insurer mishandled his claims after a windstorm hit two of his properties, causing at least $75,000 in damage.

  • November 30, 2023

    Software Flaws Exposed Sealed Court Docs, Researcher Says

    Soon after cybersecurity researcher Jason Parker began probing a court records website this year, they discovered they could easily access a sealed order granting children new names to protect them from an abusive parent, they said. Next, Parker was able to view an "extremely detailed" mental health evaluation from a doctor in a criminal case.

  • November 29, 2023

    Free Speech Experts Denounce Trump In Colo. Ballot Suit

    A group of First Amendment experts Wednesday urged Colorado justices not to let Donald Trump use free speech as "cover for insurrectionist violence," according to one of more than a dozen amicus briefs filed in a case challenging the former president's eligibility to hold office.

  • November 29, 2023

    DuPont, Corteva Ink $110M Deal To End Ohio PFAS Claims

    DuPont de Nemours, Corteva and the Chemours Co. said Wednesday they agreed to pay the state of Ohio $110 million to end claims over 70 years worth of "forever chemical" contamination tied to a Teflon facility in bordering West Virginia.

  • November 29, 2023

    FirstEnergy Must Give Internal Investigation Info To Investors

    First Energy investors suing the company over the massive bribery scheme to bail out two failing nuclear energy plants can get documents relating to an internal investigation conducted by two major law firms, a special master ruled on Wednesday, reasoning that the company had not sufficiently proved that the materials are shielded by attorney-client privilege.

  • November 29, 2023

    Ohio Atty Suspended For Flinging Feces-Filled Pringles Can

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a criminal defense attorney for one year, with six months stayed, over the attorney filling a Pringles can with his own feces and throwing it in the parking lot of a victim advocacy center just before meeting with the center's staff in court about a murder case.

  • November 28, 2023

    Ex-Root Exec Cops To Stealing $10M For Vehicles, Surgery

    The ex-chief marketing officer for Root Inc. pled guilty in Ohio federal court Tuesday to wire fraud and contempt after he embezzled more than $10.2 million from the insurance company during the single year he worked there, spending the money on luxury vehicles and plastic surgery, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • November 28, 2023

    6th Circ. Backs Restaurateurs' Migrant Harboring Conviction

    A Sixth Circuit panel majority on Tuesday affirmed a Kentucky federal jury's verdict convicting two restaurateurs of harboring immigrants who were living in the country without legal permission, rejecting the duo's arguments that the government did not prove they intentionally hid the migrants but splitting on whether prosecutors have to prove as much in the first place.

  • November 28, 2023

    Mich. Health Dept. Asks 6th Circ. To Back Baby Blood Program

    Michigan health officials urged the Sixth Circuit Monday to reverse a ruling that dismantled its newborn blood-screening program, calling that program a "paragon of good government."

  • November 28, 2023

    Rival Mich. Libertarian Parties Take TM Fight To 6th Circ.

    A faction arguing it is the official Libertarian Party of Michigan, rather than another that's endorsed by the Libertarian National Committee, has urged the Sixth Circuit to draw a sharp line excluding political activities from the reach of trademark infringement law, saying a ban on using the national organization's name and logo must be lifted.

Expert Analysis

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    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Ohio Voters Legalize Cannabis — What Comes Next?

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    This month, voters approved a citizen-initiated statute that legalizes marijuana for recreational use in Ohio, but the legalization timeline could undergo significant changes at the behest of the state's lawmakers, say Daniel Shortt and David Waxman at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • Seized Art Ownership Row Highlights Importance Of Vetting

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    The Cleveland Museum of Art's recent suit against the Manhattan District Attorney's Office to block a seizure order and contest its rightful ownership of a headless statue worth $20 million presents an uncommon challenge that underscores the criticality of due diligence prior to acquiring artworks, especially older pieces, say Robert Darwell and Zach Dai at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

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