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Amid Growing Scandal, MoFo Launches Investigation Into Partner Justin Fairfax

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The Morrison & Foerster partner is taking a leave of absence, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.

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Record Multimillion-Dollar Settlement Reached for Susman Godfrey Partner’s Traumatic Brain Injury

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Brooke Taylor was 38 at the time of the crash and in the early part of what was an already decorated career with the law firm Susman Godfrey as an intellectual property litigation attorney.

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DOJ Hiring Attorneys to Handle Property Seizures for Border Wall

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The attorneys likely will deal with eminent domain property seizures and quarrels with landowners over what their land is worth.

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Border Wall Needs Private Property. But Some Texans Won’t Give Up Their Land Without a Fight.

Border Wall Needs Private Property. But Some Texans Won’t Give Up Their Land Without a Fight.

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Previous eminent domain attempts along the Texas border have led to more than a decade of court battles, according to The Washington Post.

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Judge Rebukes DOJ, Says U.S. ‘Laughable’ for Using Shutdown to Delay Suit

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The judge decried “an abdication by the president and the Congress” of the duty to govern responsibly.

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General Counsel Named in Corruption Probe Subpoenas Resigns

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Emily McNeeley was placed on unpaid leave in April after corruption investigators repeatedly named her, and her boss in subpoenas served on the county.

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Federal Courts Run Out of Cash Next Friday. Here’s What Happens Then

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During the shutdown, the system can spend money left over from fees and other sources to run through Jan. 11.

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In 8-Month Tenure, Non-Elected NY AG Was Leading Trump Antagonist

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Barbara Underwood was an apolitical force in New York, quietly serving as solicitor general before getting an unexpected promotion to become the state’s first female attorney general, writes the Associated Press.

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Complaints Against Kavanaugh Dismissed Because He’s No Longer Covered By Misconduct Rules

Complaints Against Kavanaugh Dismissed Because He’s No Longer Covered By Misconduct Rules

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The action closes out one more chapter of the confirmation hearings that consumed the nation’s capital for several weeks and reverberated in November’s midterm elections, reports CNN.

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Judge Who Tossed Obamacare Has Had More Than His Share of Contentious, High-Profile Cases

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Judge Reed O’Connor has become a go-to judge for Republicans over certain heated national social issues such as health care and transgender rights, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Local Taxation of Oil and Gas Activities Fails Again

Local Taxation of Oil and Gas Activities Fails Again

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The Texas Supreme Court issued four opinions addressing the taxation of compressors used to deliver natural gas into pipelines, according to a post on Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law blog.

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Federal Judge – Deemed ‘Unqualified’ – Becomes First in U.S. History Confirmed By Senate Tiebreaker

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Vice President Mike Pence cast the deciding vote in favor of Jonathan Kobes after senators split 50-50 on his confirmation.

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Incoming New York AG Plans Wide-Ranging Investigations of Trump and Family

Incoming New York AG Plans Wide-Ranging Investigations of Trump and Family

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Letitia James campaigned on passing a bill to change New York’s double jeopardy laws with an eye on possible pardons coming out of the White House.

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Supreme Court Suggests Forcing Lawyers to Pay Bar Association Dues Violates Their Free Speech

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At least 30 states require the dues, in most cases with bar associations regulating the legal profession by licensing lawyers and disciplining those who violate the rules.

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Newspaper Report Foils Trump Labor Secretary’s Chances of Being the New AG

Newspaper Report Foils Trump Labor Secretary’s Chances of Being the New AG

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Alexander Acosta is out of the running to be President Donald Trump’s attorney general following a report that he oversaw a sweetheart deal for a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls

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Controversial Trump Judicial Nominee in Peril of Senate Defeat

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Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona is blocking all judicial nominees, including Farr’s, until GOP leaders agree to hold a vote on a bill to put up guardrails against any threat of Trump firing special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Attorney’s Eye-Popping $460,000 in Earnings to Defend Indigent Clients Prompting Changes

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Attorney Marc Fratter, 46, also earned significantly more than anyone on the county payroll, including the district judges who approved his pay sheets.

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Katie Ashley Joins Bradley as Senior Advisor for Government Affairs

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Katie Ashley, former director of legislation for Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, has joined the Nashville office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as a senior advisor in Bradley’s Government Affairs and Economic Development practice groups.

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2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Sets Attendance Record

2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Sets Attendance Record

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Andrei Iancu, U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, delivered a major policy address during the event.

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Jackson Walker Lawyers Offer Election Day Assistance to Reporters Covering Voting

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First Amendment lawyers with Jackson Walker LLP are assisting the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press with challenges journalists may face at polling places on Election Day.

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