News Year: 2020

Former Judge: Latest Death Row Case is ‘Different Than Any Other You’ve Heard’

February 14th, 2020

Former federal judge Kevin Sharp has never represented a death row inmate as an attorney. Nicholas Todd Sutton’s story convinced him to change that. Current and former prison officers have lined up to support Sutton as his Feb. 20 execution date approaches. They say he has become a model inmate, one who stepped into dangerous […]

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‘They’re con artists and scoundrels’: NZ best friends built GirlsDoPorn empire on lies and deception

February 11th, 2020

By James Purtill Speaking over the phone from San Diego, lawyer Ed Chapin is emphatic: “They’re not good representatives of Australia or New Zealand.” “They’re con artists and scoundrels.” How Michael Pratt, 36, and Matthew Wolfe, 37, became ringleaders of a sex crime operation and charged with sex trafficking — with Pratt the target of […]

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Desert Regional Medical Center must pay $1.4 million to settle false Medicare claims suit

February 11th, 2020

Nicole Hayden, Palm Springs Desert Sun Desert Regional Medical Center and its parent company, Tenet Healthcare Corp., must pay $1.41 million to the United States following a settlement agreement to resolve allegations that the Palm Springs hospital made false Medicare claims. The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that the hospital allegedly violated the False […]

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Tenet Settles FCA Suit Over Needless Pacemakers For $1.4M

February 11th, 2020

By Kevin Stawicki Law360 (February 11, 2020, 3:27 PM EST) — Tenet Healthcare Corp. and one of its California hospitals will pay the federal government $1.4 million to resolve a False Claims Act lawsuit claiming it implanted unnecessary pacemakers into patients and stuck Medicare with the tab, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The […]

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Pornhub Doesn’t Care

February 6th, 2020

Pornhub hosts hundreds of Girls Do Porn videos; a Motherboard investigation shows the high-tech solution meant to stop those videos from spreading doesn’t work. By Samantha Cole and Emanuel Maiberg On May 1, 2016, in the middle of final exams, a young woman got a text message that would change her life forever. It included […]

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Sanford Heisler Fights To Take Helm In GE ERISA Battle

February 6th, 2020

By Emily Brill Law360 (February 6, 2020, 10:24 PM EST) — Sanford Heisler Sharp LLP urged a Massachusetts federal judge Thursday to appoint it as head class counsel in an ERISA suit against General Electric Co., saying it has done more work in the proposed class action than the other firms that seek to lead […]

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Volkswagen, workers reach settlement in age discrimination lawsuit

February 4th, 2020

by Mike Pare Volkswagen and workers who were part of an age discrimination lawsuit against the company and the Chattanooga plant have reached a proposed preliminary settlement calling for changes in hiring and promotion procedures. The proposed settlement filed in federal court in Chattanooga said it provides for comprehensive anti- discrimination training and education, safeguards […]

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Jones Day’s ‘Sleight Of Hand’ Draws Fire In Sex Bias Suit

February 4th, 2020

By Vin Gurrieri Law360 (February 4, 2020, 3:29 PM EST) — A group of female ex-associates accusing Jones Day of sex bias said the BigLaw powerhouse has resorted to “sleight of hand” to try to score sanctions against them, arguing the firm faulted them for ignoring data that wasn’t available when they filed their proposed […]

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Most Trump clemency grants bypass Justice Dept. and go to well-connected offenders

February 3rd, 2020

By Beth Reinhard and Anne Gearan Two days after President Trump freed a great-grandmother sentenced to life in prison, he praised the reality-television star and social influencer who had championed the woman’s release. “Kim Kardashian was great because she brought Alice to my attention,” Trump said in 2018 of Alice Marie Johnson, who had served […]

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Former Ogletree Lawyer Drops Sex Discrimination Suit

January 31st, 2020

By Hailey Konnath Law360 (January 31, 2020, 11:02 PM EST) — A former Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC attorney who’d hit the management-side powerhouse with a $300 million sex discrimination suit has dropped her claims, according to a stipulation filed in California federal court Friday. Dawn Knepper, who now works for Buchalter Law […]

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