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November 15, 2010

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FDIC Sues Bryan Cave Over Bank Records


The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has sued Bryan Cave in federal court in Atlanta, charging the firm with failing to hand over records related to the collapse of Hillcrest Bank.

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Minus Kagan, Supreme Court Lets 'Don't Ask' Policy Remain in Place


In an order Friday, the Supreme Court denied a motion aimed at allowing a worldwide ban on enforcement of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military to take effect.

MGA Loses Effort to Stall Trial in Fee Fight With O'Melveny


A Los Angeles judge issued a tentative ruling Friday denying toymaker MGA Entertainment's efforts to stay a lawsuit that was filed by its former lawyers at O'Melveny & Myers.

Proskauer and SJ Berwin Halt Merger Discussions


Proskauer Rose and SJ Berwin have decided against merging, saying the timetable needed to reach agreements that would ensure the firms' successful integration is "not workable at this time."

IRS Throws In Towel on Closely Watched International Tax Case


Baker & McKenzie attorneys are celebrating after beating the IRS in a complicated transfer pricing case that's been closely watched by tech companies and international tax lawyers.

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Dallas Judge Amends Suit Against Lawyer, Deletes Extortion Claim


Dallas Judge Carlos Cortez has amended his petition in a suit, deleting allegations that an attorney and three judges created rumors so that a political opponent would run against him.

A Creative Approach to Preserving Copyright for Twain Autobiography


The 100-year delay between the creation and publication of the first volume of Mark Twain's autobiography created a unique copyright dilemma -- and inspired a creative solution.

A Little Judicial Intervention Leads to a Settlement in Warhol Foundation Dispute


The Andy Warhol Foundation has reached a settlement with two disgruntled individuals who got appraisals of disputed Warhol artworks from the foundation.

Prop 8 Judge to Teach at UC-Berkeley


U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who struck down California's ban on same-sex marriage, will teach at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law following his retirement.

Parent Company Kept In as Defendant in Hostile-Workplace Harassment Suit


As the trial nears for a notorious hostile-workplace case in New Jersey, the employer's parent company and its board are facing vicarious liability for the alleged discrimination.

Judge Sides With Prosecutor in 'Gringa' Case


A Miami-Dade circuit judge has tossed out a reverse discrimination claim made by a former state attorney's office supervisor who was called "gringa" by her boss.

Sugarland Faces Trial Over Split With Former Band Member


After more than two years of litigation, trial begins today for country music duo Sugarland in a partnership dispute over a 2005 split with founder and former member Kristen Hall.

Climate Change Finds Its Way Into Energy Contracts


The frontiers of carbon regulation are still coming into focus, but parties to energy contracts are beginning to adopt innovative commercial principles and legal arrangements to allocate the risks and mitigate the uncertainties of current and future regulation of greenhouse gases.
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