Dozens of Lawyers Vie to Lead Data Breach Case Against Marriott

The fight over who will lead class actions brought over Marriott’s data breach began Friday, when dozens of lawyers submitted applications for leadership positions. More than 80 lawsuits were filed over the breach, which Marriott International Inc. announced Nov. 30, compromised the personal data of 500 million guests of its Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide … More Dozens of Lawyers Vie to Lead Data Breach Case Against Marriott

Supreme Court leans toward restricting access to business data – POLITICO

Justices heard arguments on Monday in the case, which pits business groups against news organizations and open-government advocates. In 1974, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that an exemption for “confidential” business records did not apply to information that simply wasn’t public. The exemption, the judges said, could only be used in cases where … More Supreme Court leans toward restricting access to business data – POLITICO

Lawyers’ “Billing Judgment … Demonstrates an Extraordinary Dedication to Containment of Cost …” – Reason.com

“… and renews this court’s faith in conscientious billing practices.” With a few exceptions as noted above, the court finds that the requested fees are reasonable and certainly, there is no “padding” of billable hours by counsel. Counsel themselves did not bill for all the work performed in this case. For example, J. Christian Adams … More Lawyers’ “Billing Judgment … Demonstrates an Extraordinary Dedication to Containment of Cost …” – Reason.com

Judge rules Flint residents can sue federal government over water crisis | TheHill

A federal judge this week said residents of Flint, Mich., can sue the federal government over its response to the city’s drinking water crisis. Judge Linda Parker of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan said Thursday the government is not immune from a lawsuit. She did not rule on whether federal employees … More Judge rules Flint residents can sue federal government over water crisis | TheHill

60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

Authorities said the 60 includes 53 medical professionals tied to some 350,000 prescriptions and 32 million pills. The operation was conducted by the federal Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force, launched last year by the Trump administration. Authorities said arrests were being made and search warrants carried out as they announced the charges at a … More 60 people charged in illegal prescription opioid crackdown

Supreme Court strikes down protective labor law, April 17, 1905 – POLITICO

The case quashed a labor law which barred employees from working for more than 60 hours a week or 10 hours a day. In a 5 to 4 decision, the court rejected the argument that the law was necessary to protect the health of bakers. In crafting the majority opinion, Justice Rufus Peckham wrote: “A … More Supreme Court strikes down protective labor law, April 17, 1905 – POLITICO

Barr makes major reversal in ruling some asylum seekers could be held indefinitely – CNNPolitics

On October 12, 2018, the attorney general “directed the Board of Immigration Appeals to refer Matter of M-S- for his review,” according to a Justice Department fact sheet. Barr’s ruling could likely affect thousands of migrants apprehended at the border, many of whom are seeking asylum and would be subject to expedited removal. “Basically if … More Barr makes major reversal in ruling some asylum seekers could be held indefinitely – CNNPolitics

In ‘FUCT’ fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word

The justices did some verbal gymnastics to get through about an hour of arguments without saying the brand’s name. Chief Justice John Roberts described it as the “vulgar word at the heart of the case.” Justice Samuel Alito called it “the word your client wants to use.”And Justice Stephen Breyer called it “the word at issue.” The case has … More In ‘FUCT’ fashion brand case, justices avoid saying word

Judge restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic

U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason in a decision late Friday threw out Trump’s executive order that overturned the bans that comprised a key part of Obama’s environmental legacy. Presidents have the power under a federal law to remove certain lands from development but cannot revoke those removals, Gleason said. “The wording of President Obama’s … More Judge restores Obama-era drilling ban in Arctic