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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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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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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Ex-County Exec Wants Firm Kicked Off NJ Discrimination Suit

By George Woolston

A former New Jersey county health director who claims his termination was retaliatory wants the firm representing the county disqualified, arguing Testa Heck Testa & White PA is conflicted due to interactions he had with two of the firm's attorneys before and during his termination meeting.

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Drugmaker BioLineRx Beats Investor Suit Over Cash Shortfall

By Katryna Perera

Israeli biotech company BioLineRx has, for now, beaten a proposed class action over claims that it misled investors on its capital shortfall, which caused a major decline in its share price, with a New Jersey federal judge saying the plaintiffs have failed to plead any actionable misleading or false statements.

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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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ENFORCEMENT

Feds Say Drug Monitoring Co. Founder Pulled $5M Scam

By Ryan Harroff

The founder of a patient monitoring company pitched as an effort to help people recovering from addictions to avoid relapsing during medical treatment duped around 50 investors into putting $5 million into his firm, a now-unsealed criminal indictment alleges in Pennsylvania federal court.

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THIRD CIRCUIT

3rd Circ. Backs Tossing Over 1K Suits In Merck Vaccine MDL

By Mike Curley

The Third Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of 1,189 cases in multidistrict litigation alleging Merck & Co. Inc.'s shingles vaccine, Zostavax, caused the disease, saying the district court did not abuse its discretion by requiring medical tests to support the claims.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Brief

Pentagon, GSA Seek 'Record-Setting' Clean Energy Projects

By Ryan Harroff

The U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. General Services Administration say they are going for "record-setting federal purchases of clean energy" in a joint statement seeking contractors who will be able to get multiple federal facilities running entirely on carbon-pollution-free power by 2030.

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PEOPLE

Greenbaum Rowe Trial Pro Joins McCarter & English In NJ

By Jake Maher

A former chair of Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis LLP's criminal defense and regulatory compliance practice moved to McCarter & English LLP this week, bringing over 25 years of experience representing doctors, elected officials and other high-profile clients.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Differences In Enforcing Oral Settlements In NJ And Pa.

New Jersey mediations should incorporate new best practices for settlement agreements after a recent state appellate court ruling eliminated the enforceability of oral-only settlements, setting New Jersey at odds with Pennsylvania’s established willingness to enforce unwritten agreements that were clearly intended to be binding, say Thomas Wilkinson and Thomas DePaola at Cozen O'Connor.

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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

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

Bronstein Gewirtz

Buchalter APC

Buckley LLP

Cahill Gordon

Carlton Fields

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Cleary Gottlieb

Coburn & Greenbaum

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cozen O'Connor

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cuneo Gilbert

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Diaz Reus

Ellis George LLP

Esler Stephens

Farella Braun

Finger & Slanina

Finnegan

Fragomen Del Rey

Freed Kanner

Fullerton Beck

Gibbons PC

Glancy Prongay

Greenbaum Rowe

Greenberg Traurig

Gross Klein

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Ionno & Higbee

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Knobbe Martens

Kudman Trachten

Larkins Vacura

Lozano Smith

Manning & Kass

McCarter & English

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Nelson Mullins

Nossaman LLP

Orrick Herrington

Pashman Stein

Paternoster Farnell

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Pomerantz LLP

Riley Safer

Roig Lawyers

Saveri & Saveri

Schneider Wallace

Seed IP

Shutts & Bowen

Squire Patton

Sterne Kessler

Stoll Berne

Summit Law Group

Testa Heck

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

Tostrud Law Group

Venable LLP

Waymaker LLP

Welsh & Recker

White & Case

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Withersworldwide

Wong Fleming

Zuber Lawler

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Aetna Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

BioLineRx Ltd.

Chevron Corp.

Citigroup Inc.

Cottrell Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Merck & Co. Inc.

National Rifle Association of America

PJM Interconnection LLC

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc.

Regents of the University of California

Riverview Bancorp Inc.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Tesla Inc.

United Refining Co.

XPO Logistics Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

New York Attorney General's Office

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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

U.S. Civilian Board of Contract Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. Department of Defense

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 New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon

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

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

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. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. General Services Administration

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court