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May 15 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 15, 2017

SCOTUS to States: Keep Out of Arbitration Agreements

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday continued its streak of pro-arbitration rulings, reaffirming in a closely watched nursing home case that states may not impose rules that single out, overtly or otherwise, arbitration agreements for negative treatment.

The 7-1 ruling came in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark, a seemingly narrow case that could have broader ramifications for the nursing home industry in particular and businesses in general that look to the Federal Arbitration Act to protect arbitration agreements from invalidation under state laws.
Read the full story at Inside Counsel

What the 9th Circuit Is Saying About Trump's New Travel Ban

The lead lawyer for the Department of Justice defending President Donald Trump’s executive order limiting travel from six predominantly Muslim countries began his argument to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by focusing on standing.

But Acting Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall was again called to defend Trump's motivation for the order and answer allegations that it discriminates against Muslims.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal


Alice Fisher of Latham Considered for FBI Director—But Who Is She?

Washington corporate defense lawyer Alice Fisher interviewed on Saturday to be the next FBI Director, after the agency was shocked by the firing of James Comey last week. Fisher’s among the reported top contenders.

The National Law Journal has done comprehensive coverage of Fisher, the former Bush-era Criminal Division chief-turned law firm leader, over the years, since she’s been a major name in public service at the U.S. Justice Department and private practice at Latham & Watkins.
Read the full story at The National Law Journal 

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