Prosecutors are trying to criminalize friendship, gifts and advocacy, the counsel for one of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's co-defendants said Thursday in an opening statement in the corruption trial in Manhattan federal court.
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Menendez Bribery Case Criminalizes Gifts, Jury Told

By Carla Baranauckas

Prosecutors are trying to criminalize friendship, gifts and advocacy, the counsel for one of U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez's co-defendants said Thursday in an opening statement in the corruption trial in Manhattan federal court.

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NJ Judge Scrutinizes J&J Unit's Libel Claim Over Talc Study

By George Woolston

A bankrupt Johnson & Johnson unit's libel claims over a scientific article linking talcum powder to mesothelioma intrigued a New Jersey federal judge during an oral argument on Thursday, prompting her to muse that the author's consideration of other exposures seemed to bolster the study at issue.

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NJ Atty Can't Revive Fee Dispute With Former Law Partner

By James Boyle

A New Jersey appellate court upheld Thursday the dismissal of a fee dispute between two former law partners arguing over the allocation of proceeds from a personal injury settlement.

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ENFORCEMENT

Metal Co., Supplier Will Pay $14M To Settle NJ Pollution Suit

By Madeline Lyskawa

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin unveiled a $14 million settlement Thursday between the state's Department of Environmental Protection and the once-owners of a former metal etching facility and its supplier for their alleged role in contaminating groundwater with trichloroethylene in northern Bergen County.

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THIRD CIRCUIT

3rd Circ. Shuns Teva's 'Novel' Appeal On Israeli Investor Class

By Jessica Corso

The Third Circuit on Thursday turned away an appeal brought by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., saying the class certification stage was not the right time to hear arguments over the "novel" question of the applicability of U.S. securities laws to Israeli-listed shares.

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No Double Jeopardy In Philly Execs' Embezzlement Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio

Two former Philadelphia nonprofit executives convicted for an embezzlement scheme weren't subject to double jeopardy when a judge rescheduled trial after several jurors left, the Third Circuit ruled Thursday, reasoning that the court had no other choice.

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3rd Circ. Revives Wesco Retirees' ERISA Fee Case

By Patrick Hoff

The Third Circuit reinstated a proposed class action Thursday accusing Wesco Distribution Inc. of letting its employee retirement plan pay exorbitant administrative fees, ruling a trial court's "partly valid" criticisms of the suit weren't enough to warrant dismissal.

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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

Bayard PA

Buchalter APC

Burr & Forman

Cantey Hanger

Carella Byrne

Chimicles Schwartz

Clyde & Co

Cooper Barton & Cooper

Duane Morris

Duffy & Young

Eckert Seamans

Faruqi & Faruqi

Florio Perrucci

Franklin D. Azar & Associates

Gibbons PC

Haynes & Boone

Holland & Knight

Jones Day

Kaplan Marino

King & Spalding

Lanier Law Firm

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Baach

Locks Law Firm

Lubin & Enoch

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McElroy Deutsch

Mescall Law PC

Mincey Fitzpatrick

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Nelson Mullins

Obermayer Rebmann

Patterson Belknap

Paul Hastings

Poole Huffman

Ropes & Gray

Schertler Onorato

Skadden Arps

Skiermont Derby

Squire Patton

The Law Firm of Cesar de Castro

Troutman Pepper

Willkie Farr

Winston & Strawn

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Allianz SE

American Bankers Association

American Society of Anesthesiologists

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

BHP Group PLC

BP PLC

Beam Suntory Inc.

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

Blackbaud Inc.

Brennan Center for Justice

Change Healthcare Inc.

Costco Wholesale Corp.

Enel SpA

Exxon Mobil Corp.

Federalist Society

Geico Corp.

Google LLC

Invitae Corp.

Johnson & Johnson

Meadow

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Microsoft Corp.

NASDAQ Inc.

National Australia Bank Ltd.

New Jersey State Bar Association

New York University

Permira

Rite Aid Corp.

Ryan LLC

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

The Catholic University of America

The New York Times Co.

Thrasio Holdings Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UBS Group AG

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

WESCO International Inc.

WeWork Inc.

Wells Fargo & Co.

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

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

New Jersey Supreme Court

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

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third 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 New Jersey

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court