Washington

  • February 06, 2024

    Fed Lifts Actions Against BNP Paribas, Tiny FTX-Linked Bank

    The Federal Reserve Board has ended enforcement actions it brought against Washington-based Farmington State Bank and France's BNP Paribas, the regulator announced Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Amazon Says Class Cert. Not Appropriate In Military Bias Suit

    Claims that Amazon systematically demoted and fired workers who took military leave should not move forward on a class basis, the online retail giant said, telling a Washington federal court that evidence shows thousands of military workers took time off without a hitch.

  • February 06, 2024

    GOP Chided For Turning On Border Policies They 'Demanded'

    Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday criticized Republicans for turning on a $118 billion border security package ahead of a Senate vote scheduled for Wednesday, with Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., saying Republican lawmakers were renouncing border policies they themselves insisted on.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Plans Field Trip To Dam Tribe Says Kills Protected Fish

    A Washington federal judge is planning a field trip to a rock dam and sheet pile wall on the Puyallup River that a Washington tribe says is harmful to endangered wild salmon, saying Tuesday from the bench that it's been difficult to see "what's going on out there" from photos and courtroom arguments.

  • February 06, 2024

    737 Max In Alaska Air Blowout Had 'Missing' Bolts, NTSB Says

    A mid-cabin panel that blew off a Boeing 737 Max 9 jet mid-flight last month appeared to have been missing four bolts meant to secure it in place, before the aircraft was ever delivered to Alaska Airlines, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. To DOL In Wage Rule Case: 'That's Just Not True'

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday appeared to push back against the federal government's argument that the U.S. Department of Labor's federal contract worker minimum wage rule is lawful because it promotes economy and efficiency.

  • February 06, 2024

    FTC Presses To Keep Seller Info From Amazon If Suit Survives

    The Federal Trade Commission urged a Washington federal court on Tuesday not to toss its landmark case accusing Amazon of monopolizing online retail sales and also pushed to prevent exposure of sellers' confidential information to the e-commerce giant while the case is underway.

  • February 06, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Oracle Worker's Retaliation Suit

    A former cloud service project manager at Oracle in Canada cannot revive his lawsuit claiming the software company retaliated against him after he refused to participate in what he believed was fraud, the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday, saying federal whistleblower anti-retaliation laws don't apply outside the United States.

  • February 06, 2024

    Express Scripts Cites Low Bar To Keep AG Suit In Fed. Court

    Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. pressed the Ninth Circuit on Monday to let it force its part of a California attorney general antitrust suit over skyrocketing insulin prices into federal court, arguing the enforcer and a U.S. district judge imposed the wrong standards in sending the case back to state court.

  • February 06, 2024

    NanoString Can Tap $142.5M DIP As It Weighs Ch. 11 Sale

    Life sciences company NanoString Technologies Inc. received a Delaware bankruptcy judge's approval Tuesday to borrow a portion of $142.5 million in Chapter 11 financing that the company will use to support operations while assessing outside offers to buy its business.

  • February 06, 2024

    Zillow Rival Appeals Property Listings Suit Loss To 9th Circ.

    Defunct brokerage platform REX-Real Estate Exchange is asking the Ninth Circuit to grant a new trial in its deceptive practices suit against Zillow, arguing that a Washington federal judge gave jurors improper instructions that allowed Zillow to escape culpability for REX's claims that it benefited from its allegedly unfair online listing actions.

  • February 06, 2024

    Cybersecurity Biz To Go Private Following $350M Merger

    External cybersecurity provider ZeroFox Holdings Inc., advised by Venable LLP, will no longer be a public company following its all-cash $350 million acquisition by private equity firm Haveli Investments, led by Ropes & Gray LLP, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • February 06, 2024

    Wealth Co. Says Insurers Owe Coverage In Meth Suits

    A Seattle wealth management company told a Washington state court that its insurers have improperly withheld defense coverage for underlying suits alleging a trust beneficiary harmed his condominium neighbors by using and manufacturing meth.

  • February 05, 2024

    Wash. Labor Dept. Says ICE Facility Operator Blocking Probes

    Washington state's labor department has alleged in a complaint moved to federal court that private prison operator GEO Secure Services LLC is illegally blocking inspectors from enforcing state workplace safety laws at an immigration detention facility.

  • February 05, 2024

    Groups Urge 9th Circ. To Overturn Alaskan Willow Project

    The Bureau of Land Management should have looked before it leaped in reapproving ConocoPhillips' planned Willow drilling project in Arctic Alaska, the Center for Biological Diversity said Monday, arguing that the agency refused to evaluate the effects of any alternative plans that stranded economically viable oil on the company's land leases.

  • February 05, 2024

    $4.5M Perkins Coie Crypto Settlement Gets Initial OK

    A $4.5 million settlement between Perkins Coie LLP and investors alleging it misappropriated $10 million in cryptocurrency has gotten an initial nod from a Washington federal judge.

  • February 05, 2024

    BNSF Railway Blamed For Triggering 2023 Wash. Wildfire

    A tenant who lost his belongings in a blaze last summer that destroyed 10 homes and burned more than 500 acres in Washington state blamed BNSF Railway in state court for negligently running a "fire prone train" through a hot, dry, overgrown area, igniting the Tunnel 5 Fire.

  • February 05, 2024

    Expedia Must Face Bankrupt Swiss Rival's Antitrust Claims

    A federal court in Washington state has refused to toss claims that Expedia drove a competing hotel booking website out of business by using its control over Trivago to change the price comparison site's auction process for the placement of listings.

  • February 05, 2024

    States, Enviro Groups Expand Suits Over USPS' New Vehicles

    Environmentalists and a coalition of states broadened their California federal court challenges to the U.S. Postal Service's decision to replace its aging delivery fleet with "gas-guzzling vehicles" powered by internal combustion engines, saying it failed to consider lower-emission alternatives.

  • February 05, 2024

    9th Circ. Affirms Ax Of Atty's Age Bias Claims Against Bar

    A Massachusetts patent attorney's Age Discrimination and Employment Act lawsuit doesn't overcome the sovereign immunity of the California State Bar, an undivided Ninth Circuit panel has held.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-White House Counsel Rejoins Gibson Dunn In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has welcomed back ex-White House counsel Stuart Delery to co-chair its crisis management and its administrative law and regulatory practice groups.

  • February 05, 2024

    Biotech Co. NanoString Hits Ch. 11 In Del. With $325M Debt

    Life sciences company NanoString Technologies Inc. and three affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court with $325 million in debt and $275 million in assets, months after a jury found it infringed several gene-technology patents.

  • February 02, 2024

    Monsanto Can't Wash Away Seattle's PCB Water Pollution Suit

    A Washington federal judge on Friday denied Monsanto's summary judgment bid in Seattle's complaint over polychlorinated biphenyl pollution in its waterways, ruling there are still significant factual disputes in play, including whether and to what extent PCBs traceable to Monsanto comprise the amount found in the city's water.

  • February 02, 2024

    Claims Against BNSF Cut From $1.3M Derailment Dispute

    A Washington federal judge trimmed several claims against BNSF Railway Co. and a transportation contractor from Starr Indemnity & Liability Co.'s $1.3 million suit over a shipment of clothing destroyed in a train derailment, finding they were preempted by federal law.

  • February 02, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Asylum Bid For Indian Politician's Son

    A split Ninth Circuit panel granted an Indian national and son of a Punjabi legislative assembly member another chance at asylum, faulting an immigration judge's lack of clarity about who carried the burden to show whether he could safely return to India.

Expert Analysis

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Ruling Shows Barriers Remain For Kids' Privacy Regulation

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    A California federal court’s recent decision halting state officials from enforcing the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act demonstrates that major roadblocks continue to obstruct regulation intended to make browsing more appropriate for children, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • To Responsibly Rock Out At Work, Draft A Music Policy

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    Employers may be tempted to turn down the tunes after a Ninth Circuit decision that blasting misogynist music could count as workplace harassment, but companies can safely provide a soundtrack to the workday if they first take practical steps to ensure their playlists don’t demean or disrespect workers or patrons, says Ally Coll at the Purple Method.

  • Autonomous Vehicles Must Navigate Patchwork Of State Regs

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    With only modest action by the federal government on the autonomous vehicle regulatory front in 2023, states and localities remain the predominant source of new regulations affecting AVs — but the result is a mix of rules that both help and hinder AV development and adoption, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • Federal Policies Keeping Autonomous Vehicles In Slow Lane

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    In the first installment of this two-part article, attorneys at Faegre Drinker examine recent federal regulations and programs related to autonomous vehicles — and how the federal government's failure to implement a more comprehensive AV regulatory scheme may be slowing the progress of the industry.

  • What UCC Article 12 Adoption Means For Digital Assets

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    Until it is widely adopted, both owners of digital assets and their secured lenders will need to exercise caution in jurisdictions that have adopted Uniform Commercial Code Article 12, and care will need to be taken when creating, transferring and managing digital assets to comply with its requirements, say Margo Tank and David Whitaker at DLA Piper.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Pesticide Labeling Bill, 9th Circ. Case Could Cut Prop 65 Suits

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    Both a pending bill in the U.S. House of Representatives and a case currently on appeal before the Ninth Circuit could constrain California's ability to require Proposition 65 warnings on pesticide products — thus potentially preventing numerous lawsuits and bringing relief to businesses across the country, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • CFPB, FTC Actions Show Consumer Terms Need Fresh Eyes

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    Providers of consumer financial products and services should take recent statements and actions from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission as an invitation to review their consumer-facing disclosures to ensure that the terms are clear, easy to understand and prominently displayed, say Christina Grigorian and Eric Hail at Katten.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Checking In On How SuperValu Has Altered FCA Litigation

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    Four months after the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in U.S. ex rel. Chutte v. SuperValu, the decision's reach may be more limited than initially anticipated, with the expansion of the scienter standard counterbalanced by some potential defense tools for defendants, say Elena Quattrone and Olivia Plinio at Epstein Becker.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

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