Georgia Supreme Court candidate John Barrow can't pause a state ethics commission's investigation into his pro-abortion rights comments on the campaign trail, a federal judge ruled on Thursday, tossing Barrow's lawsuit and citing several flaws right out of the gate.
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Ga. High Court Candidate Can't Stop Abortion Remarks Probe

By Ryan Boysen

Georgia Supreme Court candidate John Barrow can't pause a state ethics commission's investigation into his pro-abortion rights comments on the campaign trail, a federal judge ruled on Thursday, tossing Barrow's lawsuit and citing several flaws right out of the gate.

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Ex-Ga. Coach Says Earlier Race Suit Doesn't Bar Title VII Suit

By Kelcey Caulder

A former Georgia high school football coach, who alleged his contract was terminated because of his race, urged the Eleventh Circuit to revive his suit against the Valdosta City School District on Thursday, arguing the dismissal of an earlier suit against school board members does not bar this suit.

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AI Study Tool Student Creator Sues Emory Over Suspension

By Kelcey Caulder

A student who received a $10,000 prize last year from Emory University for helping to create an artificially intelligent study tool is now suing the university for suspending him on the basis that using the tool could be a violation of the academic honor code.

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Trump Says 1890 Ruling Can't Be 'Pigeonholed' By Ga. DA

By Chart Riggall

Former President Donald Trump has renewed his bid to have two of his Georgia election interference charges dropped under an 1890 U.S. Supreme Court case, arguing prosecutors are trying to "improperly pigeonhole" the ruling as irrelevant to his criminal case.

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Apt. Complex Must Face Insurer's Mold Death Coverage Suit

By Madeline Lyskawa

A Georgia federal judge has refused to toss an insurer's suit seeking to evade coverage of an apartment complex accused of failing to stop a mold infestation that killed a tenant, finding the insurer has plausibly alleged it does not have a duty to defend under the prevailing insurance policy.

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LITIGATION

Ga. Judge Cites 'Exemplary Life' In 3-Year PPP Fraud Sentence

By Chart Riggall

A Georgia woman convicted earlier this year of helping to launder the proceeds of a pandemic loan fraud scheme was hit with a three-year prison sentence on Thursday by a federal judge, who noted the woman has otherwise led an "exemplary life," warranting a sentence lower than what prosecutors had sought.

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Mass. Business Owner Charged In $18M Pandemic Loan Scam

By Julie Manganis

A Massachusetts man was arrested Wednesday on federal charges that he fraudulently sought $18 million in pandemic relief loans for multiple companies and used some of the proceeds to purchase a luxury condo while wiring other funds overseas.

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ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

11th Circ. Tries To Untangle Aftermath Of Judge's Early Exit

By Ivan Moreno

An Eleventh Circuit panel on Thursday quizzed attorneys for rival breeders of disease-resistant shrimp about whether a $10 million trade-secrets jury verdict should be overturned after a federal magistrate judge presided over the trial's ending because a federal district judge had to catch a flight, with one of the panel judges saying the parties had been put "in a very difficult position."

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11th Circ. Denies Ayahuasca Church's Bid For Rehearing

By Jonathan Capriel

The Eleventh Circuit has refused to grant an en banc rehearing to a Florida church that wanted to use ayahuasca as a sacrament, leaving in place an appellate ruling that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration properly denied a religious exemption from federal law against the psychedelic substance.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Exploring An Alternative Model Of Litigation Finance

A new model of litigation finance, most aptly described as insurance-backed litigation funding, differs from traditional funding in two key ways, and the process of securing it involves three primary steps, say Bob Koneck, Christopher Le Neve Foster and Richard Butters at Atlantic Global Risk LLC.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Alito Flag Report Fuels Ethics Debate, But Likely No Recusal

By Katie Buehler

Responses to a report that an upside-down American flag flew outside U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's home following the 2020 presidential election broke along partisan lines Friday, with conservatives decrying it as a smear campaign and liberals calling for his recusal from pending election-related cases and for general court ethics reform.

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Analysis

Trump's Potential Witness Could Be Defense 'Dynamite'

By Phillip Bantz

As Donald Trump's hush money trial in Manhattan nears its end, experts say criminal defense attorney Robert Costello, who once advised the former president's ex-fixer and key prosecution witness Michael Cohen, has surfaced as a potentially bombshell witness for the defense.

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Menendez Bribery Trial: 5 Things To Know About Week 1

By Carla Baranauckas

Explosive opening statements, closed-door jury questioning and an FBI agent's recount of the moment he found a treasure trove of gold bars and cash highlighted the first week of trial in the government's second corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.

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Ga. Judge In 2020 Election Cases To Take Senior Status

By Courtney Bublé

U.S. District Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia, who has presided over high-profile cases involving the 2020 election, voting rights and abortion, will take senior status on Jan. 1, 2025, according to an update Friday.

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AG Garland Held In Contempt By House Committees

By Courtney Bublé

Two House committees voted late Thursday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Ex-Baltimore State's Atty Says 20-Month Sentence Too Harsh

By Emily Sawicki

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby has asked a federal judge to cut down prosecutors' requested 20-month prison sentence after she was convicted of abusing a COVID-19-era program to obtain money from a retirement fund and conning a lender to obtain a vacation home, arguing the proposal "stray[s] from the reality of this case."

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'We Feel It': NJ Ranks 2nd In Ch. 11 Cases, Chief Judge Says

By George Woolston

New Jersey federal courts saw the second most Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings in the nation over the last year, Chief U.S. District Judge Renée Marie Bumb of the District of New Jersey said on Friday.

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NJ Courts Chief Warns Plan To Pick Appeals Bench A 'Mistake'

By George Woolston

Chief Justice Stuart Rabner of the New Jersey Supreme Court on Friday defended how the state judiciary assigns appeals court judges, criticizing a proposal to move the power to appoint appellate judges from the chief justice to the state Senate and the governor's office.

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1st Circ. Rejects Ex-Immigration Judges' Bid For Asylum Redo

By Elliot Weld

The First Circuit's full bench refused to reopen a Salvadoran woman's case seeking asylum, despite former immigration judges weighing in to say that the judge who denied her asylum didn't follow a legal requirement to ensure her record was complete.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Haynes and Boone LLP and Lubin & Enoch PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously determined that federal courts do not have discretion to toss a case once it's decided that the claims belong in arbitration.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The SEC adopted cybersecurity rules to require investment advisers and broker-dealers to put procedures in place for detecting data breaches and for notifying customers when their personal information may have been compromised, and lawyers said SPACs won't get sought-after relief from a new 1% tax on stock buybacks under a recent Treasury Department proposal. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

A. Brian Phillips PA

Akin & Tate

Archer & Greiner

Bayard PA

Buchalter APC

Burr & Forman

Cantey Hanger

Clyde & Co

Cooper Barton & Cooper

Duane Morris

Duffy & Young

Freeman Mathis

Gibbons PC

Haynes & Boone

Holland & Knight

Jones Cork LLP

Jones Day

Kaplan Marino

King & Spalding

Knight Palmer

Krevolin & Horst

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Baach

Lubin & Enoch

Mayer Brown

McGuireWoods

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Paul Hastings

Poole Huffman

Ropes & Gray

Savage Turner

Schertler Onorato

Skadden Arps

Skiermont Derby

Squire Patton

Troutman Pepper

Willkie Farr

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Allianz SE

American Bankers Association

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

BHP Group PLC

BP PLC

Bank of America Corp.

Beam Suntory Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Blackbaud Inc.

Brennan Center for Justice

Change Healthcare Inc.

Enel SpA

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Federalist Society

Invitae Corp.

Johnson & Johnson

McAfee Inc.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Microsoft Corp.

NASDAQ Inc.

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York University

Permira

Rite Aid Corp.

Ryan LLC

Tesla Inc.

The Catholic University of America

The New York Times Co.

Thrasio Holdings Inc.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UBS Group AG

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

WeWork Inc.

Wolters Kluwer

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Judicial Center

Federal Trade Commission

Georgia Supreme Court

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New Jersey Supreme Court

Superior Court of Fulton County

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of the Treasury

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court