A Colorado federal judge has imposed $275,000 in sanctions jointly and severally on Stryker-owned Howmedica Osteonics Corp., along with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, for witness coaching and discovery violations in a bitter breach-of-contract dispute, amounting to roughly one-eighth of what plaintiff ORP Surgical LLC had sought.
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Stryker Unit And Seyfarth Attys Hit With $275K Sanctions

By Emily Sawicki

A Colorado federal judge has imposed $275,000 in sanctions jointly and severally on Stryker-owned Howmedica Osteonics Corp., along with Seyfarth Shaw LLP, for witness coaching and discovery violations in a bitter breach-of-contract dispute, amounting to roughly one-eighth of what plaintiff ORP Surgical LLC had sought.

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Ex-Judge Pushed False Narrative On Atty Romance, Firm Says

By Jake Maher

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David R. Jones of Texas, who resigned last year after his secret relationship with a Jackson Walker LLP partner was revealed, attempted to head off rumors about the relationship by asking the firm to file a false, partial disclosure in 2022, the firm alleged.

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Alex Jones Atty Escapes Suspension, For Now

By Aaron Keller

The Connecticut Appellate Court on Thursday threw out the six-month suspension of Norm Pattis, the lead attorney in Infowars host Alex Jones' Sandy Hook Elementary School defamation trial, ordering new proceedings against the attorney for supervising the transmission of the victims' confidential records to other Jones lawyers.

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BakerHostetler Faces Suit Over Murdaugh Case Work

By Madison Arnold

BakerHostetler and one of its attorneys have been slammed with a lawsuit alleging they instructed an investigative agency to withhold information on the family of Alex Murdaugh, the South Carolina attorney serving a life sentence for killing his wife and son, and then refused to pay the agency its related expenses.

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'Not Us At Our Best:' SEC's Top Cop Talks Debt Box Error

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement director Gurbir Grewal took responsibility Thursday for his agency's sanctioned actions in a lawsuit against crypto project Debt Box, saying that the case did not represent the agency "at our best" but was not a sign that there were any widespread problems with the way it conducts its enforcement proceedings. 

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DLA Piper Must Share Prior Pregnancy Bias Claims With Court

By Hailey Konnath

A New York federal magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered DLA Piper to let her privately review previous pregnancy discrimination complaints against it as part of discovery in a former attorney's suit, an order that comes after the firm argued the burden of sharing them "far outweighs its likely benefit."

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NC Justices Scrap Defamation Suit Against Holtzman Vogel

By Hayley Fowler

Holtzman Vogel Baran Torchinsky & Josefiak PLLC is immune from defamation claims stemming from election protests the law firm helped file in 2016, the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting what the justices characterized as a "baseless attempt" by voters to "constrict the absolute privilege's protections."

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DC Judge Bars Giuliani From Defaming Ga. Poll Workers

By Ali Sullivan

A D.C. federal judge has entered an injunction barring Rudy Giuliani from repeating lies that two Georgia poll workers meddled with the 2020 presidential election, resolving a second lawsuit the election workers launched after securing a $146 million judgment against the former New York City mayor.

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POLICY & REGULATION

White House Says 1st Circ. Judge Didn't Aid Daughter's Nom

By Brian Dowling

The White House said Thursday that a First Circuit judge played no part in his daughter's nomination to the appeals court, and plans to retire if she's confirmed.

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Ex-Staffer Of Fulton DA Testifies On Fund Misuse Allegations

By Chart Riggall

A former program manager under Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis told a Georgia state legislative committee Thursday that she was banished to a file room and her work life was made a "hell" after she reported alleged misuse of federal grant funds.

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WHITE COLLAR

No Prison Time For Ex-State's Atty Mosby, Judge Rules

By Ali Sullivan

Former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby avoided prison time on Thursday after she was convicted of lying to make early withdrawals from her city retirement account and on a mortgage application for a Florida vacation home.

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Trump Loses 2 NY Criminal Appeals As Trial Winds Down

By Rachel Scharf

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday lost a pair of appellate challenges complaining that both the judge and jury in his ongoing New York criminal hush-money trial are biased, just a few days before closing statements in the historic case.

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Menendez Says Feds Can't Wield Texts About Egyptian Aid

By Carla Baranauckas

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez told a federal court that the government can't support its corruption case with text messages involving military aid to Egypt and a local businessman accused of bribing the senator, citing U.S. Supreme Court precedent excluding past legislative acts as admissible evidence.

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NC High Court Sees No DA Conflict In Cyberstalking Case

By Travis Bland

North Carolina's highest court ruled Thursday that a county prosecutor was improperly disqualified from a criminal case in which the alleged victim is a county manager, reasoning that the scenario didn't meet conflict-of-interest parameters established by the court's decades-old precedent.

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Mich. Atty Convicted For Arranging Murder Of Jeweler Client

By Danielle Ferguson

A Michigan attorney was one of two convicted by an Oakland County jury Thursday of first-degree premeditated murder and conspiracy for their role in a plot to kill his client, a well-known jeweler, to gain access to millions of dollars in the jeweler's trust.

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DISCIPLINARY MATTERS

Trump Atty Nears Deal To End Colo. Discipline Case

By Thy Vo

Former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis and Colorado's attorney discipline office said Thursday that they were finalizing a settlement in a disciplinary case over Ellis' false statements about the presidential election in Georgia, though the disciplinary judge cautioned that he is prepared to rule if he does not like the deal.

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Wash. Atty Stops Practicing Law After Assaulting Associate

By Greg Lamm

A family law attorney in Washington state has resigned from practicing law after a series of criminal offenses, including a misdemeanor sexual assault and an attempted hate crime involving a colleague after a work-sponsored event, according to state bar association disciplinary records made public this week.

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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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LITIGATION

J&J Loses Expedited Bid For Beasley Allen Docs In Talc MDL

By Rose Krebs

Johnson & Johnson has lost its bid in New Jersey federal court to have the Beasley Allen Law Firm quickly produce documents related to what J&J said seems to be an "intentional effort" by the firm to "bias the vote" against a proposed $6.5 billion reorganization plan for its talc subsidiary.

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NC Fintech Atty Sues Paymentus For Gender, Age Bias

By Emily Sawicki

A former senior corporate counsel for cloud-based billing company Paymentus Corp. has slapped her former employer with a $100,000 age and gender discrimination suit in North Carolina federal court, saying she was paid less than her male colleagues and eventually fired for complaining, only to be replaced by a much younger male attorney.

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Houston Law Firm Wants To DQ Creditors' Counsel In Ch. 11

By Daniel Connolly

Troubled MMA Law Firm PLLC is seeking to stop another firm from representing its bankruptcy creditors, arguing that MMA's principal had previously spoken with the other firm as a prospective client and had shared confidential information that now could be used against his firm.

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Ex-Kline & Specter Atty Fights Firm's Counterattack

By P.J. D'Annunzio

An ex-Kline & Specter PC attorney struck back at the firm's counterclaims in a court battle after he departed and started a solo practice, arguing to a Pennsylvania state court that the firm wasn't privy to the client communications that formed the basis of its argument.

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Legal Marketer, Ark. Firm Agree To End Trade Secrets Suit

By Rose Krebs

A legal marketing business has agreed to dismiss a Georgia federal lawsuit accusing an Arkansas law firm and others of stealing and profiting off its trade secrets, including a database of client leads for mass torts over talcum powder and heartburn medication.

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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

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Baker & Hostetler

Beasley Allen

Berger Fischoff

Blanchard Miller

Bloom Parham

Bradley Arant

Buckley LLP

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Caplan Cobb

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

DuBose Miller

Duane Morris

Elliot Morgan Parsonage

Eversheds Sutherland

Faegre Drinker

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Glenn Agre

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Higgins Benjamin

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Hart

Holland & Knight

Holtzman Vogel

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jackson Walker LLP

Johnson & Vines

Jones Day

Kane Russell

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Kirkland & Ellis

Kline & Specter

Lamb McErlane

Latham & Watkins

Marino Tortorella

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Mead Law

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

NechelesLaw

Okin Adams

Oliver Maner

Pallas Partners

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Richards Carrington

Richilano Shea

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Seyfarth Shaw

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

Stanley Esrey

Walker and Patterson

Welsh & Recker

Wigdor LLP

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

de Castro PC

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Delta Air Lines Inc.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paymentus Holdings Inc.

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Sorrento Therapeutics Inc.

Southern Coalition for Social Justice

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Stryker Corp.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Kraft Heinz Co.

The New York Times Co.

University of Virginia

Washington State Bar Association

Wells Fargo & Co.

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Colorado Supreme Court

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Executive Office of the President

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Georgia General Assembly

Louisiana Department of Insurance

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Labor Relations Board

North Carolina Department of Justice

Superior Court of Fulton County

U.S. Attorney's Office

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

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 Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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

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

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia