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June 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 19, 2019

How Law Schools Fared on California's February 2019 Bar Exam                               The February exam, administered months after most students graduate from law school, typically has a higher percentage                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Paul Hastings Increases Parental Leave for Lawyers, Staff                                Starting next month the firm will offer 14 weeks of paid leave to all attorneys and staff. Under the new policy, birthing                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

  

'Order in the Court!' New Federal Clerk Hiring Plan Is Off to Busy Start                This week marks the beginning of a two-year pilot Federal Clerk Hiring Plan, under which participating judges will wait                                                                                    Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Former Jones Day Partner Drops Gender Discrimination Suit Against Firm                 A spokesman for Jones Day said that former partner Wendy Moore, now a partner in the Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie                                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

SCOTUS Ruling Could Let Tech Platforms Avoid First Amendment Constraints      The Internet Association, whose members include Facebook, Twitter and Google, filed a brief in the case urging a narrow                                                                                        Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

'It's a Mess': Chief Judge Describes Fallout From Dallas Courthouse Shooting       "There were some employees of the clerk’s office and United States Attorney's office who were in the line of fire.                                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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June 13 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 13, 2019

ABA Sidesteps Georgia Abortion Debate, Moves Meeting to Chicago                         In announcing the 2021 Midyear Meeting site, ABA President Bob Carlson said the board decided to relocate to Chicago                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Sotomayor Joins Conservatives in Key Patent Ruling                                                     The justices ruled that the definition of “person does not include the government when it comes to having standing                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Facebook Lawyer Signs On To Gender Bias Suit Against Jones Day                     Jessica Jardine Wilkes, a former associate at Jones Day who is now a product counsel at Facebook, has sought to add                                                                                                Read the full story at The Recorder

  

Becerra's Office Joins Multistate Suit to Block Merger of Sprint, T-Mobile           California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who joined New York and seven other states to file suit in Manhattan federal                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Employee Nonsolicitation Clauses Are Not Enforceable in California                       After decades of uncertainty, courts have now confirmed that California's strong public policy in favor of employee                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Court of Appeal Urges Return to 'Professionalism' in Overturning $1M Default Against Orange County Lawyer                                                                                                 In particular, the court took issue with opposing counsel's use of email to warn of an impending default request, finding                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Black Law Students at Columbia Call for Firing of Central Park 5 Prosecutor         A new Netflix miniseries based on the wrongful convictions of five minority boys for a 1989 rape they didn't commit.                                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

California Jury Awards $12M in Talcum Powder Case Against J&J, Colgate-Palmolive                                                                                                                                     Both Johnson & Johnson and Colgate-Palmolive said they planned to appeal, citing numerous procedural and evidentiary                                                                                     Read the full story at The Recorder

 

With Ninth Circuit Judge Planning to Go Senior, Trump Gets Another Potential Vacancy to Fill                                                                                                                         Ninth Circuit Judge Carlos Bea intends to take senior status "upon the nomination, confirmation and appointment of his                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Revamped Judicial Misconduct System Could Allow Online Complaints                         A top official stopped short of endorsing a recommendation to split the Commission on Judicial Performance's investigative.                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder

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June 6 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Judge Disappointed Over Sanctions in Alleged Apple iPhone Throttling Case        "The remedy here—I think it's a good remedy—is remove those two counsel,” said Judge Edward Davila                                                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Weaknesses in Central Park Jogger Case Were Clear All Along                                  Nor should it be forgotten that numerous other victims in the community were left vulnerable because of the prosecutors'                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Making Waves: Trump’s Judges Court Controversy in Early Legal Writings              Through concurrences and dissents, Trump's judicial picks have tackled the Second Amendment, Title VII and other hot-button                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justices Just Made It Harder for Employers to Dismiss Job Bias Lawsuits                The unanimous decision struck down a Texas county's attempt to avoid a Title VII lawsuit.                                                                                                                                     Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Amid Antitrust Woes, Apple Hit With New Suit From App Developers                         Lawyers at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Calif. High Court Ruling: Good News for Defamation Plaintiffs                                  Courts must now determine whether a statement, even if the content touches on a general area of public interest, contributes                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Citing Indictments, California State Bar Moves to Suspend Avenatti                         In an email to The Recorder Monday evening, Avenatti called the bar's actions "a pile-on" that was "entirely expected                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

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May 30 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Justice Thomas, Recruiting Liberal Wing, Leads Pro-Consumer Ruling Against Home Depot                                                                                                                              The rare pro-consumer ruling in a class action was even more unusual because of the uncommon allies who joined Justice                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Constantly On Call, Lawyers Risk Exhaustion                                                                     “If they had just given me a couple days to sleep for 15 hours, I would have been a different person,” said one attorney-turned                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

California Needs a Task Force to Study the Bar Exam, and Needs It Now                   The deans of three California law schools write that the current bar exam's dismal pass-rates and the elevated cut score's                                                                                        Read the full story at The Recorder

 

US Judge Backs House Subpoena for Trump Financial Records                                "Trump cannot block the subpoena to Mazars,” U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said in a ruling Monday, dealing                                                                                                                Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Ouch. Judge Koh Names and Shames Qualcomm In-House Lawyers                       Company lawyers were criticized by name in Tuesday's decision by the judge, who singled them out as the “architect                                                                                              Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Recruitment Notice For Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives                                                                                                                       The United States District Court, Central District of California, is currently accepting applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives.  The selected Lawyer Representatives will be representative of the entire district and reflect the diversity of lawyers practicing before the Court.                                                                                                                             For more information, click here

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May 23 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

See Who Passed California's February 2019 Bar Exam                                                The names represent the 31.4 percent of test-takers who lodged passing scores on an exam that has not been passed by.                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Nearly 7 in 10 Flunked California's February 2019 Bar Exam                                          Still, the success rate—31.4 percent—increased 4.1 percentage points from the historically low pass rate                                                                                                              Read the full story at The Recorder

 

ABA Toughens Bar-Pass Standard for Law Schools                                                       The American Bar Association's legal education body approved on Friday a closely watched proposal to strengthen the                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

SCOTUS overrules precedent in state immunity case; Breyer wonders what cases are next to fall                                                                                                                          On Monday, the U.S. Supreme overruled precedent and held 5-4 that, absent consent, states can’t be sued by private parties in the courts of another state.                          Read the full story at The Aba Journal

 

9 Justices Shouldn't Abide by 9 Sets of Rules                                                                   Part of the job of a justice is deciding tough cases, and some polarization can be justified. Yet a closer examination                                                                                           Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Jenner Partner Kenneth Lee Confirmed to Ninth Circuit Bench Over Calif. Senators’ Objections                                                                                                                     Lee, the fifth of President Trump's Ninth Circuit nominees to be confirmed, won senate approval despite opposition from.                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Judge Koh: Rip Up All the Qualcomm Licenses                                                                 U.S District Judge Lucy Koh of the Northern District of California has handed a sweeping win to FTC in its antitrust                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Roundup Judge Sanctions Another Plaintiffs Attorney                                                      U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Tuesday found that Jennifer Moore “intentionally joined in the bad faith                                                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Santa Cruz Judge Censured for Denying Red-Light Violation Responsibility           The Commission on Judicial Performance on Monday also admonished a Los Angeles judge for delaying action on a resentencing.                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Kirkland's Daniel Bress, Nominated to Ninth Circuit, Grilled Over California Ties  Daniel Bress, a Kirkland & Ellis appellate partner and former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia, defended his ties to.                                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 

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May 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Retired Judges Bring Claims of Age Discrimination Based on Changes to Assigned Judges Program                                                                                                                   Three retired California state court judges have sued the Judicial Council of California and the state's Chief Justice                                                                                                    Read the full story at The Recorder

 

California Judiciary Would Get 25 New Judges in Revised Budget Proposal             Judges and court administrators along with the plaintiffs bar and defense counsel have lobbied for more than a decade                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

‘Things Were Often a Bit Not Normal’: Rod Rosenstein's Colleagues Say Goodbye   Rosenstein's colleagues, gathered in the Great Hall at Main Justice, did not shy away from the matter that dominated                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Justices' Feud Over Death Penalty Flares, Exposing Tension and Private Deliberations                                                                                                                           Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday bluntly declared he was writing “to set the record straight” amid a feud involving                                                                                                     Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

MoFo Settles Texas Suit Over Billing Practices                                                               The plaintiff companies alleged in a Texas lawsuit that 34 different timekeepers at Morrison & Foerster billed 669 hours.                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Monsanto Hit With $2B in Punitives in Oakland Roundup Trial                               The verdict marked the third time that a Bay Area jury has held Monsanto's blockbuster herbicide responsible of causing.                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Confronting the Mental Health Crisis in the Legal Profession                                      Law.com's Minds Over Matters project seeks to shed light on the mental health challenges in the legal profession.                                                                                         Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Justice Breyer Denounces Ruling That Strikes Precedent in California Case, Questions Which Cases Are Next                                                                                        Breyer accused his colleagues of encouraging lawyers to challenge settled law. His dissent came in a case Monday that                                                                                            Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Split Supreme Court Greenlights Antitrust Lawsuit Over Apple's App Store Prices   The majority decision, written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said the plaintiffs are direct purchasers who can sue Apple.                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

How Courts in the Ninth Circuit Are Balancing Trademark Protection and Free Speech                                                                                                                                             A series of cases from courts within the Ninth Circuit have grappled with the issue of when a trademark owner's right.                                                                                           Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Staring Down 'Stare Decisis': How to Ask SCOTUS to Overturn Precedent                Tread softly and don't raise the issue on the first page, according to veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocate Paul Clement.                                                                                Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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May 9 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 8, 2019

9th Circuit: 'Dynamex' Worker Classification Test Applies Retroactively                  In a case brought more than a decade ago by janitorial workers who claim they were misclassified as independent contractors                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Sally Yates, Reflecting on Her Father, Tackles Suicide Prevention                            Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, who became a lawyer like her father, shared the story of his suicide at.                                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Strip-Search Case Could Reshape Supreme Court’s Immunity Doctrine                The petition on behalf of the girl has drawn wide support from “cross-ideological groups, as one amicus brief.                                                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Ninth Circuit Upholds CFPB Structure in Ordering Law Firm to Comply With Investigation                                                                                                                            The court ruled that a law firm under investigation for allegedly violating telemarketing rules must comply with the                                                                           Read the full story at The Recorder

 

California High Court Revives Libel Case Over Confidential, Commercial Reports  The court found the reports in question were "too tenuously tethered to the issues of public interest they implicate,                                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

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May 2 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, May 1, 2019

State Auditor: Proposed Hike in State Bar Fees Goes Too Far                                 "This report concludes that [the] State Bar should balance its need for fee increases with other actions to raise revenue                                                                                           Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Who Is the Lawyer Pre-Reading Elon Musk's Tweets?                                                  Elon Musk's tweets related to Tesla finances must now be preapproved by "an experienced securities lawyer employed by                                                                     Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Amid Shrinking Membership, ABA President Touts New Dues Structure and Focus                                                                                                                                           "We're trying to figure out a way to meet the evolving need of this profession and the changing needs of the next generation                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Senator Claims Trump’s Judicial Picks ‘Instructed’ to Evade 'Brown v. Board' Questions                                                                                                                                    Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, suggested the four nominees had "obviously been instructed" to avoid answering.                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Supreme Court Asks SG's Views on Oracle-Google Copyright Case                            The Silicon Valley titans have been disputing for nine years whether Google violated Oracle's copyright by copying Java                                                                                         Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Reed Smith Team Moves to Hold Barr, Mueller in Contempt in Russia Case             The lawyers for Concord Management and Consulting made the request following last week's release of the special counsel's                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 First-Ever Audit of Judicial Watchdog Faults 'Missed Opportunities'                             The report also concluded the Commission on Judicial Performance too often operates in secrecy and improperly mixes                                                                               Read the full story at The Recorder

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April 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Kirkland's 'Bionic Women' Don't Mind Taking on the Boys                                         Dale Cendali's predominantly female group has been laying down the law on copyright, trademark, internet and advertising                                                                         Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Facebook Hires State Department Adviser as General Counsel                          Facebook's new general counsel, Jennifer Newstead, will replace longtime legal department head Colin Stretch                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Justices, Appearing Divided, Weigh Legality of Adding Census Citizenship Question                                                                                                                                   U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued the issue of adding the citizenship question was not subject to judicial                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Google Drones Get First Federal Go-Ahead for Delivery                                              The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday Google's drone delivery subsidiary Wing Aviation is cleared for                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Roberts Delivers Latest Pro-Arbitration Ruling for Divided Court                              Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority, overturning a decision by the Ninth Circuit that allowed a class                                                                                                 Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Justices Will Hear Major LGBT Workplace Cases, Testing Title VII's Scope               At the center of each case is Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bars employers from discriminating because                                                                                                Read the full story at The Recorder

 

After 21 Years on the Federal Bench, Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte to Retire                                                                                                                                           After more than two decades serving the Northern District of California, U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Laporte announced                                                                        Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 No Impunity for Online Rant, 5th Circuit Rules in Heterosexual's Reverse-Discrimination Suit                                                                                                          "Simply put, Title VII does not grant employees the right to make online rants about gender identity with impunity,”                                                                                                      Read the full story at The National Law Journal

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April 18 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Apple and Qualcomm Settle in Midst of Opening Statements                                      It was not immediately clear if the deal affects the Federal Trade Commission's action against Qualcomm.                                                                                                                  Read the full story at The Recorder

 

The Big Fail: Why Bar Pass Rates Have Sunk to Record Lows                                       In this first installment of The Big Fail, a series focused on the high percentage of law graduates failing the bar.                                                                                                        Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

A 'budding bromance'? These 2 justices mostly agree in SCOTUS decisions so far    The U.S. Supreme Court’s newest justice, Brett M. Kavanaugh, has sided with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in all but one of 25 official decisions.                                           Read the full story at The Aba Journal

 

Meet the 5 Big Law Attorneys Fighting to Save Texas' Mandatory Bar                        Who are the attorneys going to bat to save the mandatory, unified bar? We've pulled together biographies of the defense.                                                                                      Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Disbarred San Diego Attorney Misused $2M in Charitable Funds, Becerra Claims    "The California Department of Justice will protect donors and charities who follow the law," Attorney General Xavier                                                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

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