A group of 15 conservative states urged a Mississippi federal court to halt recently finalized regulations clarifying gender identity-based discrimination under the Affordable Care Act from taking effect, saying the new rule strips the states of their right to oversee medical ethics.
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Red States Look To Block ACA Trans Discrimination Rule

By Emmy Freedman

A group of 15 conservative states urged a Mississippi federal court to halt recently finalized regulations clarifying gender identity-based discrimination under the Affordable Care Act from taking effect, saying the new rule strips the states of their right to oversee medical ethics.

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Providers' $12M Suit Against Cigna, Multiplan Trimmed

By Kellie Mejdrich

A California federal judge trimmed a suit against Cigna and Multiplan alleging the companies lowballed reimbursement to a group of substance use disorder treatment providers seeking more than $12 million under health plans they administered, keeping a federal benefits law claim intact but dropping several state law claims.

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Analysis

4 Big ERISA Decisions From The 1st Half Of 2024

By Kellie Mejdrich

A California federal court allowed a novel type of 401(k) mismanagement suit to advance to discovery, the Ninth Circuit elaborated on the pleading standard for mental health parity claims, and workers beat back an attempt to force their federal benefits suit into arbitration at the Second Circuit. Here, attorneys discuss four consequential ERISA decisions in 2024's first half.

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LITIGATION

Novant Urges 4th Circ. To Reject FTC's 'Emergency' Bid

By Matthew Perlman

Novant Health told the Fourth Circuit there is no need to block its planned North Carolina hospital purchase while the Federal Trade Commission pushes a merger challenge, saying the deal will increase competition by preventing the hospitals from closing.

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NC AG Wants Counterclaims Canned In Hospital Contract Suit

By Hayley Fowler

North Carolina's attorney general has sought to dodge counterclaims in a suit accusing a for-profit health network of reneging on promises it made when it bought an Asheville hospital, saying he should be immune and the claims are otherwise redundant.

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Brief

3rd Circ. Merges 3 Challenges To Medicare Drug Price Talks

By Ryan Harroff

The Third Circuit will hear three separate appeals challenging Medicare's drug price negotiations together, according to a new order consolidating cases brought by AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Janssen Pharmaceuticals in New Jersey and Delaware federal courts.

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Healthcare Worker's Solo PAGA Claim Heads To Arbitration

By Abby Wargo

A California state appeals court ruled an employee's individual wage claims under the state's Private Attorneys General Act should be heard in arbitration, overturning a lower court's decision to keep the lawsuit in state court and finding the arbitration agreement encompassed the worker's claims.

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

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

By Lynn LaRowe

Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

By Madison Arnold

McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Analysis

Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

By Katie Buehler

Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

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DOJ Declines To Prosecute AG Garland For Contempt

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Department of Justice is declining to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted earlier this week to hold him in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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Hunter Biden Axes Data Privacy Suit Against Giuliani, For Now

By Emily Sawicki

Hunter Biden has tentatively agreed to drop a federal computer fraud and digital privacy suit against Rudy Giuliani and various other defendants relating to alleged data theft from his infamous laptop, after the case was partially stalled due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings Giuliani commenced in December.

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Mistrial Declared In Florida Student Debtor Lawsuit

By David Minsky

A Florida federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial in the lawsuit against a Boca Raton-based law firm accused of falsely promising to eliminate student loan debts in exchange for a fee following testimony from a former client.

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Burford Bound To Sysco And Pilgrim's Unsigned Chicken Deal

By Lauraann Wood

An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected a Burford subsidiary's bid to block a global protein price-fixing settlement that Pilgrim's Pride and Sysco memorialized through email but never signed on paper, saying it's clear the parties reached a material agreement.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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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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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

Amazon.com Inc.

American Express Co.

American International Group Inc.

AstraZeneca PLC

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mattel Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

MultiPlan Inc.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

Novant Health Inc.

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Pearson PLC

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

QUALCOMM Inc.

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RealPage Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Sysco Corp.

The Charles Schwab Corp.

The Cigna Group

The Procter & Gamble Co.

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Viking Cruises Inc.

Volkswagen AG

WESCO International Inc.

Wells Fargo & Co.

YouTube Inc.

Yves Saint Laurent SAS

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aegis Law Firm

Alston & Bird

Arnall Golden

Bailey & Glasser

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Bradley Arant

Brown Rudnick

Call & Jensen

Callahan & Blaine

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Davidoff Hutcher

Dechert LLP

Dhillon Law Group

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Freshfields

GM Law Firm LLC

Gibson Dunn

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Gordee Nowicki

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hilgers Graben

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

Joshua S. Horton Law Firm

K&L Gates

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Macy D. Hanson

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lynn Pinker

McDermott Will & Emery

Morgan Lewis

Motley Rice

Munck Wilson

Napoli Shkolnik

O'Melveny & Myers

Parker Poe

Paul Weiss

Pearson Warshaw

Phelps Dunbar

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Roberts & Stevens

Robinson Bradshaw

Ropes & Gray

Ryan Law Partners

Sanford Heisler

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Simmons Hanly

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Vasseghi Law

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

Zaiwalla & Co

Zuckerman Spaeder

gunnercooke LLP

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Internal Revenue Service

National Labor Relations Board

North Carolina Attorney General's Office

North Carolina Department of Justice

State Justice Institute

State of Tennessee

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court