A Washington state appellate judge struggled Tuesday to follow a school district's argument that its insurer should cover a nearly $1.8 million legal bill for a praying football coach's U.S. Supreme Court win, pointing to a policy exclusion for certain adverse judgments.
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Praying Coach's School Faces Skeptical Judge In Fee Fight

By Rachel Riley

A Washington state appellate judge struggled Tuesday to follow a school district's argument that its insurer should cover a nearly $1.8 million legal bill for a praying football coach's U.S. Supreme Court win, pointing to a policy exclusion for certain adverse judgments.

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Ga. Panel Limits Insurer Pool's Collections For Workers' Comp

By Chart Riggall

The Georgia Court of Appeals on Tuesday limited the power of a state-sponsored insurance pool to recoup its expenses when filling in for an insolvent insurer, ruling that companies can't be forced to accept liability for an injured worker when they were placed into the position by a staffing agency.

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AIG Unit Must Face Mall's COVID-19 Coverage Claims

By Hope Patti

An AIG unit must face claims that it is liable for a mall operator's losses from rent abatement agreements entered into with tenants during the COVID-19 pandemic, a California federal court ruled, also finding a material dispute about whether the policy's contamination exclusion bars coverage for pandemic-related losses.

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Feds Oppose Acquittal For Embattled NC Insurance Mogul

By Travis Bland

Federal prosecutors opposed bids by insurance mogul Greg Lindberg and his former political consultant John Gray to undo their guilty verdicts on bribery charges, saying sufficient evidence was presented at trial showing the pair tried to bribe North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey to get rid of a regulator overseeing Lindberg's companies.

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DIVERSITY SNAPSHOT

The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

By Xiumei Dong

Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

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These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

By Gerald Schifman

Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

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LITIGATION

Development Co. Says Chubb Unit Must Cover Defense Costs

By Ganesh Setty

An economic development company told a Delaware federal court its insurer must cover the over $7.6 million it has incurred while facing a government agency's allegations that it violated the False Claims Act in connection with the agency's claim that one of its subcontractors overbilled the agency.

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Pet Store Chain Says AIG Unit Must Cover BIPA Claims

By Carolyn Muyskens

An AIG unit is misconstruing policy exclusions in refusing to defend Pet Supplies Plus in a class action alleging violations of Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act, the pet store chain told a Michigan federal judge.

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Brief

4th Circ. Rejects 'Untimely' Redo Request In Coverage Fight

By Hayley Fowler

The Fourth Circuit has flatly rejected a request to reconsider whether an insurer must cover the maker of a wood treatment product in a suit over a man's cancer diagnosis following decades of exposure to the chemical, calling the motion "untimely."

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Series

Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

3 Reasons Why 2nd Menendez Bribery Case Was The Charm

By Carla Baranauckas

Nearly seven years after the government's first bribery case against longtime U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez collapsed in a hung jury, prosecutors avenged that loss Tuesday by sealing a conviction on a new round of corruption charges.

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Menendez Guilty Of 'Shocking Corruption,' Urged To Resign

By Cara Salvatore, Pete Brush and Carla Baranauckas

A New York federal jury found U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez guilty on Tuesday of taking gold bars, cash and a Mercedes-Benz as bribes from three businessmen, handing a victory to the government on its second try to convict the embattled New Jersey Democrat on corruption charges and prompting calls for his resignation.

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Trump Special Prosecutor Ruling Could Find Favor On Appeal

By Carolina Bolado

When U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Florida over what she said was an unconstitutional appointment of a special prosecutor, she staked out a position that few other jurists have taken, but that could find support among some appellate judges, experts said.

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Ex-Trump Counsel Has Advice For GOP On Judicial Noms

By Courtney Bublé

A former Trump White House official who worked on judicial nominations has advised a potential future Republican administration to be aggressive, proactive and not to compromise on circuit court picks.

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Smirnov Wants David Weiss DQ'd After Trump Docs Ruling

By Hailey Konnath

Former FBI informant Alexander Smirnov said Monday that a Florida federal judge's order disqualifying the special prosecutor in the Donald Trump classified documents case means special counsel David Weiss should also be disqualified from Smirnov's case, according to a motion filed in California federal court.

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Fed. Circ. OKs Judge Connolly's Fine Against IP Biz Owner

By Andrew Karpan

A precedential ruling from the Federal Circuit on Tuesday found that Delaware's top judge has the right to fine a Texas paralegal who is the sole owner of patent litigation outfit Backertop Licensing LLC $200 a day for refusing to show up in court as part of the judge's investigation into whether Backertop and others hid their connection to big-name intellectual property consulting firm IP Edge.

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Musk Says X, SpaceX Moving To Texas Over Calif. Gender Law

By Lauren Berg

Elon Musk took to X Tuesday to announce he will be moving the headquarters of the social media company and his astronautics company, SpaceX, out of California to Texas, after Golden State Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill that bars policies mandating that teachers notify parents about students' gender identity.

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$4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

By Sydney Price

An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

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Tesla Swaps Cravath Out, WilmerHale In For Antitrust Defense

By Lauren Berg

WilmerHale has taken over from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP as counsel for Tesla in a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the company runs an unlawful monopoly on parts for its electric vehicles.

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ACLU Legal Director Leaving For Expanded Georgetown Role

By Kevin Penton

The American Civil Liberties Union's national legal director plans to step down from a role he has held for eight years, the organization confirmed Tuesday.

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Groups Slam UC Berkeley's 'Misreading' Of Antisemitism Case

By Jake Maher

Jewish organizations suing the University of California, Berkeley, and its law school for allegedly tolerating an antisemitic culture on campus fought to keep their suit alive this week in the face of a motion to dismiss, maintaining their claims are ripe despite UC Berkeley's "bold misreading" of the case.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Arnold & Porter

Atheria Law

Atkinson Andelson

Baker Botts

Baker Donelson

Berry Appleman

Best Best & Krieger

Boies Schiller

Bookoff McAndrews

Boyle Leonard

Buchalter APC

Buckley LLP

Cahill Gordon

Carlton Fields

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Cleary Gottlieb

Coburn & Greenbaum

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cuneo Gilbert

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dentons

Devereux & Banzhoff

Diaz Reus

Ellis George LLP

Eraclides Gelman

Esler Stephens

Farella Braun

Finger & Slanina

Finnegan

Fragomen Del Rey

Freed Kanner

Fullerton Beck

Gibbons PC

Glancy Prongay

Gorby Peters

Gordon Tilden

Gross Klein

Haynes & Boone

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Honigman LLP

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Katten Muchin

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Knobbe Martens

Kudman Trachten

Larkins Vacura

Lozano Smith

Manning & Kass

McMahan Law Firm LLC

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Nelson Mullins

Nicolaides Fink

Nossaman LLP

Orrick Herrington

Pasich LLP

Paternoster Farnell

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Potter Anderson

Riley Safer

Roig Lawyers

Saveri & Saveri

Schneider Wallace

Searson Jones

Seed IP

Shutts & Bowen

Soha & Lang

Speed Seta

Squire Patton

Sterne Kessler

Stoll Berne

Summit Law Group

Sweeny Wingate

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

Tostrud Law Group

Waymaker LLP

White & Case

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Withersworldwide

Wong Fleming

Wyatt & Blake

Zuber Lawler

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Civil Liberties Union

American International Group Inc.

Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.

CNA Financial Corp.

Chemonics International Inc.

Chevron Corp.

Cottrell Inc.

Koppers Holdings Inc.

Lexington Insurance Co.

LinkedIn Corp.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

National Rifle Association of America

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc.

Pet Supplies Plus LLC

Regents of the University of California

Riverview Bancorp Inc.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Tesla Inc.

Zep Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Georgia Court of Appeals

Illinois Supreme Court

North Carolina Department of Insurance

U.S. Agency for International Development

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

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina

U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury

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

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

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

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

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

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court