A Missouri federal judge on Tuesday reduced a $159 million verdict awarded to the family of a man shot while riding an Amtrak train to $44 million, saying while Amtrak's conduct showed an "indifference or reckless disregard of the safety of others," the punitive damages the jury awarded were excessive.
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Amtrak Slashes $159M Award Over Passenger Death To $44M

By Bonnie Eslinger

A Missouri federal judge on Tuesday reduced a $159 million verdict awarded to the family of a man shot while riding an Amtrak train to $44 million, saying while Amtrak's conduct showed an "indifference or reckless disregard of the safety of others," the punitive damages the jury awarded were excessive.

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Judges Press Amazon On Its Duty To Guard Against Suicide

By Greg Lamm

Washington appellate judges on Tuesday challenged Amazon's argument that the e-commerce giant should be free from liability for selling sodium nitrite that buyers used to kill themselves, with one judge asking what other use a "small bottle" of nearly pure poison would have.

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I 'Suggest You Stop,' Judge Warns Atty In UMich Graffiti Case

By Danielle Ferguson

A Michigan federal judge stopped an attorney in his tracks on Tuesday as he argued his former University of Michigan hockey-player client did something "stupid" by painting a homophobic slur in front of a campus Jewish center, with the judge saying it was clear the player did something "very wrong."

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Complex Knew Of Rust Before CO Leak, Dallas Jury Hears

By Spencer Brewer

A worker told a Dallas jury via video Tuesday that he identified rust and corrosion on an apartment complex boiler's vent pipe a year before a carbon monoxide leak left two children with debilitating conditions, closing the second day of a trial over the property owner's culpability in the incident.

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Carnival Can't Get Out Of Woman's Cruise Ship Fall Suit

By Mike Curley

A Florida federal judge won't dismiss a woman's claims against Carnival Corp. over injuries she suffered from a fall on one of the cruise line's ships that she blames on an "undetectable" slope on a walkway between decks.

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No Immunity For Philadelphia Transit In Bus-Stop Injury

By Jonathan Capriel

The Philadelphia-area transit system can't escape a lawsuit accusing one of its bus drivers of refusing to lower a handicap accessible ramp, resulting in a passenger twisting her leg while exiting the vehicle, a state appeals court ruled, saying the claims fall squarely with the motor-vehicle exception to sovereign immunity.

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Cohen Asks Justices To Hear Claim Trump Put Him In Prison

By Elliot Weld

Donald Trump's former attorney-turned-critic Michael Cohen has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take another look at his suit claiming the former president had him imprisoned in retaliation for his plans to portray Trump negatively in his book.

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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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MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

Accuser Says WWE Paid Doctor To Give Her Mystery Drugs

By Ryan Harroff

Celebrity doctor Carlon Colker gave a former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. staffer unmarked drugs that made her feel sick and later refused to provide complete and accurate records on her visits there, according to her Tuesday complaint in Connecticut state court seeking information to support her sexual abuse suit against WWE founder Vince McMahon.

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ABC Asks Judge To Toss Trump's Defamation Suit

By Carolina Bolado

ABC News has urged a Florida federal judge to toss former President Donald Trump's defamation lawsuit against ABC News, arguing that statements made by television host George Stephanopoulos regarding writer E. Jean Carroll's two lawsuits against Trump were true.

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No 'Racial Animus,' Nuggets Claim In Bid To Toss Fan's Suit

By David Steele

The fan accusing the NBA's Denver Nuggets of racial profiling did not prove that a team employee showed any "racial animus" when he questioned the validity of his ticket at a game last December, the team said as it urged a Colorado federal judge to toss the case.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Cannabis Patients And DOJ Offer Dueling Reads On Rahimi

By Sam Reisman

A group of Floridians and the U.S. Department of Justice have advanced dueling interpretations of whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gun laws justifies stripping medical cannabis patients of their right to bear arms.

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LITIGATION

Gilead Asks Calif. Supreme Court To Ax 'Disastrous' Decision

By Bonnie Eslinger

Gilead Sciences on Monday urged the California Supreme Court to overturn an appellate panel's decision that the company can't ditch claims it held back a safer HIV drug to maximize profits on an older medication, saying that holding manufacturers liable for non-defective products would "yield disastrous policy consequences."

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Flight Student Blames Canadian Airplane Co. For NC Crash

By Hayley Fowler

Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. has been hit with a federal lawsuit claiming the Canadian aircraft manufacturer designed and sold a defective single-engine, four-seater plane that had to be crash-landed on an interstate in the mountains of North Carolina during a training flight.

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Tesla Says Chinese Co. Sells 'Dangerous' Charging Adapter

By Emily Field

Tesla said on Monday that a Chinese company sells a "dangerous" charging adapter that lets owners of non-Tesla electric vehicles charge at its network, saying in a suit filed in California federal court that the device could injure consumers and damage the power infrastructure.

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Conn. Nonprofit Skirts Sanctions Over Skipped Depositions

By Brian Steele

A month after three officers of a Connecticut nonprofit failed to sit for postverdict depositions in a $13.8 million wrongful death case because their attorney was on vacation in Europe, the organization dodged sanctions Tuesday in state court when a judge ordered them to submit to the questioning within 30 days.

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INSURANCE

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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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

Opinion

High Court Made Profound Mistake In Tossing Purdue Deal

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to throw out Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan jeopardizes a multistate agreement that would provide approximately $7 billion in much-needed relief to help fight the opioid epidemic, with states now likely doomed to spend years chasing individual defendants across the globe, says Swain Wood at Morningstar.

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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

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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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

C.A. Goldberg PLLC

Cahill Gordon

Carlton Fields

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Cleary Gottlieb

Coburn & Greenbaum

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Corrie Yackulic Law Firm

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

Cuneo Gilbert

David G. Hill & Associates

Davis & Wright

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Diaz Reus

Ellis George LLP

Eraclides Gelman

Esler Stephens

Esner Chang

Farella Braun

Finger & Slanina

Finnegan

Fragomen Del Rey

Freed Kanner

Fullerton Beck

Gibbons PC

Gilbert LLP

Glancy Prongay

Gorby Peters

Grant & Eisenhofer

Greenberg Traurig

Gross Klein

Habba Madaio

Haynes & Boone

Hickey Law Firm PA

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Honigman LLP

Hurwitz Sagarin

Irell & Manella

Jones Day

Jones Walker

Kasowitz Benson

Keker Van Nest & Peters

Kershaw Talley

Knobbe Martens

Kudman Trachten

Landman Corsi

Larkins Vacura

Law Offices of Daniel Weltin

Lozano Smith

Manning & Kass

McMahan Law Firm LLC

Morningstar Law Group

Morrison Foerster

Munger Tolles

Nelson Mullins

Nossaman LLP

Orrick Herrington

Pangia Law Group

Paternoster Farnell

Paul Hastings

Pearson Warshaw

Perkins Coie

Riley Safer

Roig Lawyers

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Scharnhorst Ast

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Seed IP

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Shutts & Bowen

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Stoll Berne

Summit Law Group

Sweeny Wingate

Talmadge Fitzpatrick

Taylor Anderson LLP

Ted B. Lyon & Associates

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

Tostrud Law Group

Trammell PC

Tueth Keeney

Warner Norcross

Waymaker LLP

White & Case

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Withersworldwide

Wong Fleming

Wright Close & Barger

Zuber Lawler

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ABC Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Civil Liberties Union

Argo Group International Holdings Ltd.

Balentine

Carnival Corp. & PLC

Chester Water Authority

Chevron Corp.

Cottrell Inc.

Denver Nuggets

Dow Corning Corp.

Gilead Sciences Inc.

Instagram Inc.

Johns Manville Corp.

Koppers Holdings Inc.

Lincare Holdings Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Morningstar, Inc.

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws

National Rifle Association of America

Pacific Premier Bancorp Inc.

Purdue Pharma LP

Regents of the University of California

Riverview Bancorp Inc.

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Tesla Inc.

World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.

Zep Inc.

eBay Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Supreme Court

Dallas County, Texas

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Georgia Court of Appeals

National Railroad Passenger Corp.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court

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 Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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U.S. Department of the Treasury

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

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. District Court for the Western District of Missouri

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

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United States District Court for the District of Colorado

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