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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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April 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

'Someone Has to Speak Up': Lawyers Suing Jones Day Say Career Risk Is Worth It   "I think the fear for me is in not holding powerful institutions and larger employers accountable, and in allowing law                                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Judge recommends dismissing lawsuits challenging Oregon State Bar’s mandatory dues                                                                                                                                                                   A federal magistrate judge has recommended dismissing two lawsuits that challenge the Oregon State Bar’s membership fees that several attorneys contend have been used to support political speech without consent.                                       Read the full story at The Oregonian

 

In 'Mommy Track' Suit, Morrison & Foerster Seeks Sanctions Against Former Associate and Sanford Heisler                                                                                                  The firm claims that a former associate brought claims that were "knowingly baseless," due to a release she signed upon.                                                                      Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Retired Judges Grumble at Assignment Program Reforms, as Audit Raises Questions                                                                                                                                   State Auditor Elaine Howle found that in 2016 the judiciary spent nearly $7 million to send retired judges to five courts.                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

High-Salaried Lawyers Should Pay More in Dues Than Others: Lawmaker                  The California Legislature has not increased licensees' fees, previously called dues, since 1998 despite bar leaders'.                                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

En Banc 9th Circuit Will Rehear Major Equal Pay Challenge After Reinhardt’s Death                                                                                                                                           The case was remanded by the U.S. Supreme Court, which found the Ninth Circuit incorrectly counted Judge Stephen Reinhardt's                                                                          Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Third Federal Judge Strikes Down Citizenship Question on US Census                       Similar rulings have come out of New York and California.                                                Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Willkie Cuts Ties as Gordon Caplan Plans Guilty Plea in College Cheating Case         "The remorse and shame that I feel is more than I can convey," Caplan said through his attorneys.                                                                                                                               Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Two More Ninth Circuit Nominees Advance to US Senate Vote                                       The Munger Tolles and Jenner & Block partners, if confirmed, would mark President Trump's fifth and sixth judge for.                                                                                                 Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Calif. Associates Take Aim at 'Fraternity Culture' at Jones Day in New Sex Bias Suit                                                                                                                                                 Two named plaintiffs in the proposed class action, Nilab Rahyar Tolton and Andrea Mazingo, worked as associates in Jones                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

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April 4 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Justice Clarence Thomas Stirs Up a First Amendment Squabble Over Libel Law     “We should not continue to reflexively apply this policy-driven approach to the Constitution, Justice Clarence.                                                                                                Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Women Lawyers' Group Stands Up for Jessie Liu After DOJ Nomination Scuttled

The National Association of Women Lawyers, where Jessie Liu was once a vice president, issued a broad statement Monday

Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 

Gorsuch's 'Troubling Dicta' in Death Case Draws Sotomayor Rebuke

“Last-minute stays should be the extreme exception, not the norm," Gorsuch wrote Monday. Sotomayor was having

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A Post-#MeToo Standard Emerges in Law Firms as Orrick, Mayer Brown Oust Partners

The same incentives that once kept allegations of misconduct quiet at law firms, now push firms to take bolder action.

Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Big Law Beats Big Business for LGBTQ Equality, Report Says                                   While law firms came out on top, the number of them receiving perfect scores from the Human Rights Campaign dropped                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Chemerinsky: Partisan gerrymandering has returned to the Supreme Court           On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in what could be the two most important cases of the term—both involving the question of whether federal courts can hear challenges                                                                                                       Read the full story at The Aba Journal

 

Judge Accuses US Labor Dept. of Making 'End-Run' Around ACA                                New York Attorney General Letitia James is leading a coalition of 12 states in the litigation against the federal agency                                                                                         Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers Faces Collective Action in Age Bias Case

A federal judge in San Francisco has conditionally certified a collective action of applicants over 40 years old who

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Anita Hill Calls for Reforms After Kavanaugh, Thomas SCOTUS Hearings                 Anita Hill, who testified at Clarence Thomas' 1991 confirmation hearing, spoke at an event in Houston Tuesday, the same                                                                                     Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Governor Gavin Newsom Announces Launch of Judicial Appointment Application Process                                                                                                                                            For more information, click here 

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March 28 Digest

Posted By Administrator, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Justice Roberts Straddles the Middle as Gorsuch Questions Federal Regulatory Power                                                                                                                                          U.S. Supreme Court might not be closing the door just yet on deference to regulators.   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 Justice Thomas breaks 3-year silence in oral arguments                                             U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas surprised courtroom observers when he asked a question during oral arguments Wednesday in a case alleging repeated prosecutor bias in jury selection.                                                                                               Read the full story at The Aba Journal

 

 Trump Gets a 4th Judge Appointed to 9th Circuit                                                           Bridget Bade was confirmed 78-21 Tuesday.                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

 Big Law Is Targeted—In Person—By Law Students Opposing Mandatory Arbitration                                                                                                                                     Law students who want firms to do away with the agreements are escalating their efforts ahead of the upcoming summer                                                                              Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

Expulsion of USC Student Who Cheated to Get on Law Review OK'd by Court          Claudine Tisman argued in court that administrators should have placed more weight on her diagnoses of mental illness..                                                                                       Read the full story at The Recorder

 

With Kavanaugh, a Second SCOTUS Justice Is on Scalia Law School Faculty              News of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's appointment as a distinguished visiting professor has caused a bigger stir than a                                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

 New FOIA Lawsuit Demands Release of Mueller Report                                                   "I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review,"                                                                                   Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

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March 21 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2 California Ninth Circuit Nominees Get Confirmation Hearing Despite Senators' Objections                                                                                                                     California's Democratic U.S. Senators. Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris came out publically against President                                                                                                Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Facebook Agrees to Change Ad Platform to Settle Discrimination Claims               As a result of the settlement, anyone seeking to place housing, employment or credit ads on Facebook will no longer                                                                                                   Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Cantil-Sakauye: Courthouses Must Be 'Safe From Discrimination and Harassment'                                                                                                                                 Cantil-Sakauye's reference to courthouse harassment follows the disclosure last summer that courts paid more than $645,000                                                                          Read the full story at The Recorder

 

Justice Breyer, in Dissent, Tangles With Kavanaugh Over Immigration                "The question before us is not 'narrow,'" Justice Stephen Breyer said in his dissent, responding to Justice Brett Kavanaugh                                                                                  Read the full story at The National Law Journal

 

California Bar, Seeking $100 Dues Increase, Warns of Service Cuts                              The fee hike and add-ons would raise an active lawyer's 2020 bill to $860. The Legislature has not approved an increase.                                                                             Read the full story at The Recorder

 

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