A Florida judge refused Thursday to strike a lawsuit accusing John Ruiz and his company, MSP Recovery, of failing to pay $12.5 million promised for LifeWallet software, finding that Ruiz had not met his burden of showing the lawsuit was a sham.
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Judge Won't Strike $12.5M Suit Over LifeWallet Software

By Carolina Bolado

A Florida judge refused Thursday to strike a lawsuit accusing John Ruiz and his company, MSP Recovery, of failing to pay $12.5 million promised for LifeWallet software, finding that Ruiz had not met his burden of showing the lawsuit was a sham.

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Fla. Justices Make Civil Trial Delays More Difficult

By Carolina Bolado

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday made it more difficult to delay a civil trial as part of a number of changes to the Sunshine State's civil court rules and procedures meant to speed along the efficient resolution of civil cases.

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22 States Seek To Defend EPA Heavy-Duty Truck GHG Rule

By Madeline Lyskawa

A coalition of 22 Democrat-led states and four cities moved to intervene on Thursday in defense of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's final rule establishing greenhouse gas emission standards for heavy-duty vehicles, arguing that vacating the rule would lead to direct injuries to state lands and resources.

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White House Pushes Back On GOP's Nominee Complaints

By Courtney Bublé

Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., is withholding his go-ahead for a nominee to serve as a U.S. district judge in the Southern District of Florida, alleging that the White House did not work with him. The White House says otherwise.

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Irma Power Outage Claims Must Be Brought To Fla. Regulator

By David Minsky

A Florida state appellate court reversed the class certification in a multibillion-dollar lawsuit brought against Florida Power & Light Co. over extended electricity outages during Hurricane Irma, citing a new law requiring ratepayers to bring their claims before the state's Public Service Commission.

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DOJ Sues Live Nation 14 Years After Ticketmaster Deal

By Bryan Koenig

The U.S. Department of Justice sued Live Nation Thursday over the 2010 agreement clearing the concert promotion giant's purchase of Ticketmaster, an oft-maligned deal that enforcers now want to unwind and that is blamed for fiascoes like the meltdown of ticket sales for Taylor Swift's Eras tour.

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Latham, Cravath Rep Live Nation In DOJ Ticketmaster Battle

By Hannah Albarazi

In the battle against the U.S. Department of Justice's push to break up Live Nation and Ticketmaster, the concert promotion and ticketing company has called upon a team of attorneys at Cravath Swaine & Moore and Latham & Watkins to go up against a large roster of highly experienced government antitrust attorneys.

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ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

Lockheed Urges 11th Circ. To Affirm Win In Solvent Suit

By Kelcey Caulder

Lockheed Martin Corp. asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a Florida district court's rejection of a proposed expert's testimony purporting to link a now-deceased former employee's multiple sclerosis to her work-related exposure to industrial solvents.

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DOL Says 11th Circ. 'Alone' In ERISA Internal Remedy Stance

By Emmy Freedman

The U.S. Department of Labor urged the Eleventh Circuit to reinstate a lawsuit from former seafood company workers who claimed their employee stock ownership plan was overcharged in a $92 million deal, saying they didn't jump the gun by suing instead of pursuing claims internally.

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Ga. Fights Disbarred Atty's Reinstatement Bid At 11th Circ.

By Emily Johnson

Georgia's bar admissions office urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reject a disbarred Georgia attorney's attempt to regain her law license, arguing that she asserted a hypothetical injury because she didn't have an application to the state's bar at the time she filed the operative complaint.

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ENFORCEMENT

High Court Sides With Gov't Over Repeat Offender Sentencing

By Alison Knezevich

A state drug conviction can trigger a mandatory 15-year sentence under the Armed Career Criminal Act if it involved a drug on the federal schedules at the time of that conviction, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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LITIGATION

Whirlpool Aims To Sink Fridge Wiring Defect Claims

By Mike Curley

Whirlpool Corp. is asking a Delaware federal court to throw out claims in a consolidated class action alleging it sold refrigerators with defective wiring, saying the complaint fails to show it had any knowledge of the defect.

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Wiz Khalifa Settles Suit Over Cannabis Venture

By Jonathan Capriel

Rapper Wiz Khalifa has settled a lawsuit filed by the co-owner of his cannabis enterprise who claimed he was cut out of a $20 million deal to license the artist's name and likeness to promote cannabis products.

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DEALS

Virtual Reality Startup's $150M SPAC Merger Is Scrapped

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Blank-check company Maquia Capital Acquisition Corp. and virtual reality software provider Immersaid have mutually agreed to cancel their planned merger that would have taken Immersed public at an estimated $150 million valuation.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

A Changing Regulatory Landscape For Weight Loss Drugs

As drugs originally approved to treat diabetes become increasingly popular for weight loss purposes, federal and state regulators and payors are increasing their focus on how these drugs are prescribed, and industry participants should pay close attention to rapidly evolving compliance requirements, say attorneys at Goodwin.

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2 Oil Trader FCPA Pleas Highlight Fine-Reduction Factors

Recent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements with Gunvor and Trafigura — the latest actions in a yearslong sweep of the commodities trading industry — reveal useful data points related to U.S. Department of Justice policies on cooperation credit and past misconduct, say Michael DeBernardis and Laura Perkins at Hughes Hubbard.

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The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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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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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Acosta & Associates

Armas Bertran Pieri

Boies Schiller

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Chimicles Schwartz

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Cravath Swaine

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Dalton & Associates PA

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Dimond Kaplan

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Frankfurt Kurnit

Friedman PA

Gateley PLC

Goodwin Procter

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hausfeld LLP

Heise Suarez

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Homer Bonner

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Hughes Hubbard

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kirkland & Ellis

Kozyak Tropin

Latham & Watkins

Law Offices of Allan M. Lerner

Levin Sedran

Marino Tortorella

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Migliaccio & Rathod

Morgan & Morgan

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Robbins Geller

Robert Peirce & Associates

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Schlichter Bogard

Shutts & Bowen

Sidley Austin

Spencer Fane

Squire Patton

Stranch Jennings

Swift Currie

Welsh & Recker

Wheeler Trigg

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Wimberly Lawson Steckel

Winston & Strawn

Zuber Lawler

deLeeuw Law

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Amgen Inc.

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

BlackRock Inc.

BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp.

British Broadcasting Corp.

CVS Health Corp.

Corteva Inc.

Cox Communications Inc.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

Duke Energy Corp.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Edison Electric Institute Inc.

Electronic Arts Inc.

Eli Lilly & Co.

Emerson Electric Co.

Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Florida Power & Light Co.

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Honeywell International Inc.

Horizon Therapeutics PLC

Icertis Inc.

Idaho Power Company

Illumina Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers Iron Ship Builders Blacksmiths Forgers & Helpers

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

JetBlue Airways Corp.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

LifeWallet

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Mining Association

National Rural Electric Cooperative Association

New York Football Giants Inc.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Novo Nordisk A S

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

Penguin Random House LLC

PetroChina Company Limited

Petrobras

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Roblox Corp.

Simon & Schuster Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Spirit Airlines Inc.

Spotify Technology SA

StubHub Inc.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tampa Electric Co.

Tesla Inc.

Texas Public Policy Foundation

The District of Columbia Bar

The Florida Bar

The New York Times Co.

Therapeutics Inc.

Trafigura Group Pte. Ltd.

United Mine Workers of America

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

Whirlpool Corp.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Companies House

Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Florida Public Service Commission

Florida Supreme Court

Food and Drug Administration

National Labor Relations Board

Ontario Securities Commission

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court