New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.
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NY High Court Denies Trump's Gag Order Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon

New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.

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Ex-CBS Sports Chair Denies Fixing NFL Sunday Ticket Price

By Craig Clough

The recently retired chairman of CBS Sports on Tuesday told a California federal jury considering multibillion-dollar antitrust claims against the NFL that his network didn't collude with the league to fix the price of the DirecTV Sunday Ticket television package.

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6th Circ. Asks Who's A 'Consumer' In Meta Data Sharing Case

By Carolyn Muyskens

Sixth Circuit judges questioned how a decades-old federal privacy law aimed at protecting people's video rental history applies to website users, as one customer argued Tuesday that the court should revive claims that Paramount unlawfully shared his data with Meta, Facebook's parent company.

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4th Circ. Says Filmmaker Has Right To Sealed Court Docs

By Hayley Fowler

The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday revived a documentary filmmaker's bid to access sealed documents from a False Claims Act suit against student loan providers, finding he has a First Amendment right to the material and the parties must prove if the seal is warranted.

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Megan Thee Stallion Escapes IP Suit Over 'Savage' Song

By Ivan Moreno

A Manhattan federal judge concluded Tuesday that rapper and songwriter Megan Thee Stallion did not rip off music from a hip-hop producer to create her hit song "Savage" in 2020, saying the plaintiff failed to show that she and the other defendants had access to his composition or that the two songs are substantially or strikingly similar.

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High Bidder Insists Auctioneers Turn Over Potential Van Gogh

By Brian Steele

The highest bidder in an auction for a painting that might be a previously unknown work by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh is entitled to summary judgment for breach of contract against auction houses that have refused to turn it over to her, she said in a new filing in her state court lawsuit.

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FTC Escalates Probe Into TikTok's Privacy Measures For Kids

By Allison Grande

The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday took the rare step of publicly disclosing its referral to the U.S. Department of Justice of a complaint against TikTok and its parent company over their compliance with a 2019 privacy settlement, saying there's "reason to believe" that the companies are out of step with their pledge to protect children on the platform.

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DEALS

Blackstone Plans Takeover Of Japan's Infocom In $1.7B Deal

By Al Barbarino

Blackstone said Tuesday it is planning to take Japanese digital comic distributor Infocom private in a deal that marks its largest private equity deal ever in Japan, worth 275 billion yen ($1.7 billion). 

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Novant Pays $6.7M For Sharing Patient Data With Facebook

By Hailey Konnath

A North Carolina federal judge on Monday gave the final seal of approval to a proposed $6.7 million deal resolving litigation alleging Novant Health Inc. shared sensitive patient data with Facebook, certifying a nationwide settlement class of roughly 1.3 million individuals.

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COMPETITION

IPhone Buyers Want Canadian Data In Amazon Antitrust Case

By Nadia Dreid

Apple Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. must be forced to turn over Canadian sales data as part of a lawsuit accusing the pair of hatching an anticompetitive agreement to choke third-party sales, a group of iPad and iPhone buyers told a Washington federal court.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

Archegos Trader Doubles Down On Hwang Accusations

By Rachel Scharf

A former protégé of Archegos founder Bill Hwang told New York federal jurors Tuesday that the hedge fund boss directed manipulative and improper trading, pushing back on insinuations by Hwang's counsel that the trades were above-board.

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9 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Over Ad Tech Co.'s Microsoft Ties

By Sydney Price

Pomerantz LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and several other firms have filed competing bids to lead a proposed shareholder class action alleging that shares of ad tech company Perion Network declined nearly 40% after its strategic partner Microsoft Bing "unilaterally" changed its search advertising pricing.

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Social Media Stock Promoter Beats Trader's Suit For Good

By Sydney Price

A Texas federal judge has tossed a suit from a stock trader alleging a social media stock promoter artificially drove up share prices, saying the promoter did not have any duty to disclose to the trader his plans to sell the shares.

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RR Donnelley Pays $2.1M To Settle SEC Claims Over Hack

By Bonnie Eslinger

Marketing and communications giant R.R. Donnelley & Sons has reached a deal with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission to pay over $2.1 million to settle claims over a 2021 cybersecurity incident that stemmed from poor internal controls and disclosure failures, the agency announced Tuesday.

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Democrats Punt On Spectrum Bill, Claiming GOP 'Obstruction'

By Christopher Cole

A Senate Democratic leader again delayed consideration of a bill Tuesday to renew the Federal Communications Commission's spectrum auction powers, saying the holdup was instigated by Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee.

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Anticompetitive Rules Hinder BEAD Fund, Critic Claims

By Nadia Dreid

The success or failure of the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment program lies in the "devilish details," according to one free-market think tank, which says that rules encouraging rate regulation and favoring "gold-plated" fiber technology could soon "cause havoc" if oversight is not rigorous enough.

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No Reason To Move Net Neutrality Suits To DC Circ., ISPs Say

By Christopher Cole

Nearly a dozen industry groups are calling on the Sixth Circuit to reject an effort by the Federal Communications Commission to move a raft of lawsuits over the FCC's net neutrality rules to the D.C. Circuit.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Determining Who Owns Content Created By Generative AI

Adobe's recent terms-of-service update and ensuing clarification regarding its AI-training practices highlights the unanswered legal questions regarding ownership of content created using artificial intelligence, says John Poulos at Norton Rose.

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Firms Must Rethink How They Train New Lawyers In AI Age

As law firms begin to use generative artificial intelligence to complete lower-level legal tasks, they’ll need to consider new ways to train summer associates and early-career attorneys, keeping in mind the five stages of skill acquisition, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

Firms are making their attorneys happy in most areas of professional life, including culture and compensation, but stress is a constant struggle and many are taking minimal vacations, according to the latest survey from Law360 Pulse.

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Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

By Ashish Sareen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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Healthcare Tensions Equal Business For Litigation Funders

By Ryan Boysen

As rampant consolidation collides with inflation-squeezed margins in the American healthcare system, tensions between service providers and insurers are at the breaking point and increasingly boiling "over into litigation," providing opportunities for litigation funders, according to a new article by Burford Capital LLC.

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Dems' Absences Bring Canceled Vote On Ore. Federal Judge

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate scrapped a vote on Tuesday for Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai's nomination to a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon amid vast Republican opposition.

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Dems Ask For Update On Justice Thomas Gifts Investigation

By Katie Buehler

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have asked the judiciary's governing body for an update on its review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose years of luxury gifts and travel he received from conservative billionaires.

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Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harrassment Claims In New Suit

By Dorothy Atkins

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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The 2 Attys Ensnared In A NJ Mogul's Racketeering Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of a racketeering scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but the explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

By Ali Sullivan

Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

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9th Circ. Won't Revive Vax Mandate Case Amid Judge DQ Bid

By Emily Sawicki

In a nonprecedential opinion, the Ninth Circuit has refused to restore a COVID vaccine mandate suit brought by federal workers and contractors who also sought to disqualify a judge they believed was conflicted, finding the workers lacked standing because they named officials who cannot reinstate them rather than their employers.

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Panel Laments 'Hunger Games' Tactics In Mich. Judicial Races

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has expressed concern that judicial candidates are weaponizing the complexity of Michigan's filing requirements to eliminate their competition, with one judge commenting that "contests for vacant judgeships all too often have turned into the Hunger Games." 

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McElroy Deutsch Says Exec Embezzled Money For Home

By Tracey Read

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP has doubled down on its bid for a constructive trust on the home of two former executives accused of stealing from the firm.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ACA Connects - America's Communications Association

Amazon.com Inc.

American Hospital Association

Anthropic PBC

Apple Inc.

Burford Capital LLC

ByteDance Ltd.

CBS Interactive Inc.

CTIA

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

Discord Inc.

ESPN Inc.

Envision Healthcare Corp.

Fox Corp.

GitHub Inc.

Home Box Office Inc.

IMDb.com Inc.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Consumer Law Center Inc.

Nelnet Inc.

New Jersey State Bar Association

Novant Health Inc.

Paramount Global

Perion Network Ltd.

Public Citizen Inc.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.

Rowan University

SLM Corp.

Spectrum Management Holding Co.

Sun Bancorp Inc.

TBS International Limited

Texas Cable Association

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

TikTok Inc.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Vision Inc.

United States Telecom Association

United Way Worldwide Inc.

Warner Music Group Corp.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Bailey & Glasser

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Brooks Pierce

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Chestnut Cambronne

Consumer Litigation Associates

Covington & Burling

Critchley Kinum

Cuti Hecker

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Fox Rothschild

Friedman Kaplan

Gibson Dunn

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Grant & Eisenhofer

Hagens Berman

Hausfeld LLP

Holland & Knight

Holzer & Holzer

Kaplan Fox

King & Spalding

Kramer Levin

Langer Grogan

Latham & Watkins

Lerman Senter

Levi & Korsinsky

Marino Tortorella

Markovits Stock

McElroy Deutsch

Milberg Coleman

MoloLamken

Norton Rose

Orrick Herrington

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Peiffer Wolf

Pomerantz LLP

Powers Pyles

Pryor Cashman

Sheppard Mullin

Sidley Austin

Sullivan & Cromwell

Susman Godfrey

Weil Gotshal

Wiley Rein

Wilkinson Stekloff

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Haldenstein

Wolf Popper

Zeisler & Zeisler

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware River Port Authority

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

New York Attorney General's Office

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

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

U.S. Copyright Office

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth 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 First Circuit

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 Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court