The family of the youngest Astroworld victim have settled their case, an attorney for the family said Thursday, bringing the end of all wrongful death litigation stemming from the crowd crush at the 2021 music festival.
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Astroworld Death Claims Close As 9-Year-Old's Family Settles

By Catherine Marfin

The family of the youngest Astroworld victim have settled their case, an attorney for the family said Thursday, bringing the end of all wrongful death litigation stemming from the crowd crush at the 2021 music festival.

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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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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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RFK Jr.'s Anti-Vax Suit Against Wash. AG Tossed

By Greg Lamm

A Washington federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. on behalf of NBA legend John Stockton trying to shield doctors who make anti-vaccine statements, ruling claims that a medical board probe has chilled speech are speculative.

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NYC Mayor And Assault Accuser Spar Over Discovery 'Theatrics'

By Rachel Scharf

The first conference in a lawsuit alleging New York City Mayor Eric Adams sexually assaulted a Police Department colleague in 1991 grew heated Thursday, as attorneys on both sides accused the others of improper discovery gambits.

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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

Sunsetting Section 230 Gains Traction On Both Sides Of Aisle

By Nadia Dreid

Everyone at Wednesday's House subcommittee hearing, from left to right, seemed to agree that it's time to ditch the Communications Decency Act's hotly contested Section 230, which shields online platforms from liability for content posted by third parties.

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LITIGATION

LA Jury Awards $58M To Train Yard Worker Injured In Slip

By Craig Clough

A train yard worker was awarded over $58 million this week by a Los Angeles jury due to an injury that he says occurred when he slipped on top of a wet train car, which resulted in a fractured foot and a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome. 

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Bell, Boeing Face Suit Over Marines Killed In Osprey Crash

By Mike Curley

The families of four of the five marines killed in the June 2022 crash of an Osprey V-22 aircraft sued Bell Textron Inc., The Boeing Co. and Rolls-Royce Corp. Thursday in California federal court, alleging defects in the aircraft led to the fatal crash.

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GSK, Boehringer Prevail In 1st Zantac Cancer Trial

By Celeste Bott

A Chicago jury found Thursday that Zantac heartburn medication and its generic counterparts sold by GlaxoSmithKline and Boehringer Ingelheim are not responsible for an Illinois woman's colon cancer and her subsequent, debilitating symptoms, handing the drug companies a decisive victory in the first of hundreds of such cases to go to trial.

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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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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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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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Man Can't Enforce Fatal Car Crash Settlement, Ga. Panel Says

By Kelcey Caulder

The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday affirmed a trial court's rejection of a motion to enforce a presuit settlement in a case accusing a driver of fatally striking a man who was standing next to his vehicle on a highway's emergency lane, finding no agreement ever formed.

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Pipe Supplier Can't Nix $2.6M 'Take Home' Asbestos Verdict

By Mike Curley

A California appeals panel won't upend a $2.6 million verdict against J-M Manufacturing Co. Inc. in a case alleging a man contracted mesothelioma because of his brother's work, rejecting the company's argument that the court should apply a duty standard for negligence claims to the man's strict liability claim.

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Length A 'Red Herring' In Black Student's Hair Bias Case

By Catherine Marfin

A Black Texas high school student claiming his Houston-area district is discriminating against him for wearing his hair in locs told a Galveston judge Thursday the district forces students to choose a religion if they want to style their hair outside the district's dress code, as he fought off multiple dismissal bids.

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Kratom Cos. Failed To Warn Man About Risks, Colo. Suit Says

By Sam Reisman

The parents of a deceased Colorado man allege that four companies that sell kratom are liable for their son's death because of their failure to warn consumers about the risks associated with using the loosely regulated plant-derived substance with opioid-like effects.

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Fertility Doc Says Fraudulent Insemination Suit Filed Too Late

By Ryan Harroff

A Connecticut doctor accused of using his own sperm to artificially inseminate a patient instead of the donor sperm she agreed to use has argued that his former patient and her daughter cannot pursue claims against him more than 36 years after the alleged fraudulent insemination.

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MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT

TikTok, YouTube Must Produce European Privacy Data In MDL

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal magistrate judge overseeing discovery in multidistrict litigation over whether social media platforms' design is addictive ordered TikTok and YouTube on Thursday to give American personal injury plaintiffs certain technical documents regarding the companies' safety features implemented in Europe and Australia, which have tougher consumer privacy laws.

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INSURANCE

Estate Sues Hanover For $13.4M Judgment In Death Suit

By Brian Steele

The Hanover Insurance Group has refused to pay a judgment of nearly $13.4 million to the family of a man who died in the care of a Connecticut group home, according to a lawsuit in state court.

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Ex-Physical Therapy Clinics Owner Gets 2 Yrs. In Billing Scam

By Julie Manganis

The former owner of eight physical therapy clinics in the Boston area was sentenced Thursday in Massachusetts federal court to just over two years in prison for a years-long scheme to bill insurance companies for nonexistent treatments, including for himself.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Opioid Suits Offer Case Study In Abatement Expert Testimony

Settlements in the opioid multidistrict litigation provide useful insight into leveraging expert discovery on abatement in public nuisance cases, and would not have been successful without testimony on the costs necessary to lessen the harms of the opioid crisis, says David Burnett at DiCello Levitt.

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How To Use Exhibits Strategically Throughout Your Case

Exhibits, and documents in particular, are the lifeblood of legal advocacy, so attorneys must understand how to wield them effectively throughout different stages of a case to help build strategy, elevate witness preparation and effectively persuade the fact-finders, say Allison Rocker at Baker McKenzie and Colorado prosecutor Adam Kendall.

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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

Arnold & Itkin

Baker & Hostetler

Baker McKenzie

Beasley Allen

Ben Crump Law

Berger Fischoff

Bondurant Mixson

Brodhead Law LLC

Burnham & Gorokhov

C.A. Goldberg PLLC

Caldwell Carlson

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Covington & Burling

Crowell & Moring

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Dechert LLP

DiCello Levitt

DuBose Miller

Duane Morris

Eversheds Sutherland

Faegre Drinker

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Gateley PLC

Gibbs Law Group

Goddard Law PLLC

Goldman Ismail

Greenberg Traurig

Hamlins LLP

Harris St. Laurent

Hill Dickinson

Holland & Knight

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Husch Blackwell

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jones Day

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

Keller Postman

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Kline & Specter

Lamb McErlane

Latham & Watkins

Lieff Cabraser

Lynch Traub

Lyons & Simmons

Manning Gross

Marino Tortorella

Maune Raichle

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Mead Law

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Miller Barondess

Morgan & Morgan

Motley Rice

Munger Tolles

Norton Rose

Pallas Partners

Parris Law Firm

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Rogers Morris & Grover

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Skadden Arps

Spencer Fane

Susman Godfrey

Webb Daniel Friedlander

Welsh & Recker

Wilkin Chapman

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Wisner Baum

Young Thagard

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Aetna Inc.

Allergan PLC

Amazon.com Inc.

Amneal Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Apple Inc.

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

ByteDance Ltd.

CVS Health Corp.

Cardinal Health Inc.

Children's Health Defense

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

EMCOR Group Inc.

Endo International PLC

Ferrari SpA

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Glencore PLC

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Johns Manville Corp.

Johnson & Johnson

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

Lincare Holdings Inc.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

MAPFRE SA

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

McKesson Corp.

McKinsey & Co. Inc.

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Norfolk Southern Corp.

OptumRx Inc.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

Pfizer Inc.

Purdue Pharma LP

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Sanofi

Snap Inc.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Textron Inc.

The Boeing Co.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Hanover Insurance Group Inc.

The New York Times Co.

TikTok Inc.

University of Virginia

Wells Fargo & Co.

YouTube Inc.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Supreme Court

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Companies House

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Food and Drug Administration

Georgia Court of Appeals

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Labor Relations Board

New York City Police Department

Ohio Supreme Court

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

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

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 Northern District of California

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

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

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Marine Corps

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio

Washington Attorney General's Office