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Mich. Gov.'s Bid To Stop Pipeline Won't Change Enviro Review

A Michigan administrative law judge has ruled that a state commission shouldn't review the environmental effects of the entirety of Enbridge Inc.'s Line 5 pipeline but only of a plan to relocate it, despite Michigan's governor pulling an easement for the whole project.

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Feds Ask 2nd Circ. To Block Report On IHS Doctor Abuse

The federal government should not have to release a report to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal detailing over two decades of sexual abuse committed by a former Indian Health Service pediatrician, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services argued Wednesday.

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Spokane Tribe Says Dams Block Fish And Destroy Culture

The Spokane Tribe of Indians told an Oregon federal judge Thursday that the Grand Coulee Dam is "nothing short of an attempt to permanently destroy a culture" by blocking fish migration while also threatening endangered species such as Southern Resident killer whales.

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Senate Confirms Granholm For Energy Secretary

The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Jennifer Granholm to serve as secretary of energy, giving President Joe Biden's administration a forceful advocate for funding the clean energy development that's a central plank of the president's climate change policy.

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DOT Secretary Buttigieg Builds Buzz For Biden's Transpo Plan

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg vowed Thursday to bolster the federal government's partnerships with state, local, territorial and tribal governments on transportation infrastructure investments, saying his department will prioritize enhancing safety, equity and economic growth and combating climate change.

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Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

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The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

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Foley & Lardner Beefs Up In Bay Area With Lehot, Others

Foley & Lardner LLP said Thursday that it secured a team of four new partners, including former DLA Piper rainmaker Louis Lehot, and three senior and special counsel to fill out its Bay Area corporate practice group and focus on emerging tech and life science companies.

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Texas Trade Name Shift Will Benefit Small, Specialized Firms

Texas attorneys are currently voting on allowing firms in the state to practice under trade names, which would bring the Lone Star State in line with 48 other states and is expected to have the greatest benefit for smaller and niche firms that don't have long-established branding.

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Fox Rothschild, DLA Piper To Face Ponzi Claims In State Court

A California federal court has approved the voluntary dismissal of a suit accusing a former DLA Piper and Fox Rothschild LLP attorney and the firms of involvement in a $170 million real estate Ponzi scheme, allowing the plaintiff — a receiver appointed to represent investors — to pursue the claims in state court instead.

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Apollo Stole Litigation Funder's Valuation Secrets, Suit Says

Legal action financier Greenpoint Capital Management LLC is accusing a fund of private equity giant Apollo Global Management Inc. of stealing proprietary litigation funding valuation methods shared during investment deal talks and sharing that information with a Greenpoint competitor, in a suit filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

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4th Circ. To Rehear Convicted W.Va. Justice's New Trial Bid

Former West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Allen Loughry won his bid Thursday for the full Fourth Circuit to examine his appeal seeking a new trial or an evidentiary hearing based on claims that a juror improperly viewed information on Twitter about his fraud case during trial.

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Dems Seek Political Donor Disclosure, Including Judicial Ads

Groups paying for advertisements about federal elections and judicial confirmation fights would have to reveal their donors under an expanded bill Democratic lawmakers reintroduced Thursday.

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Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

Uber Inc.'s Postmates is the latest food delivery giant to be taken to court by a coronavirus-ravaged restaurant, Walmart has beat bias claims over its exclusive pandemic shopping hours and the Italian fashion brand Valentino is being sued for $207 million by its former landlord.

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Law360's The Term: Will Court's Latest Cases Be Moot?

The U.S. Supreme Court swept away the last of the election cases and a Trump subpoena battle this week, so why did it take up two new challenges to Trump-era abortion and immigration policies that could very well be rescinded and rendered moot by President Joe Biden before they're argued? Law360's The Term discusses.

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