Primo Water Corp., the parent company of popular water brands such as Alhambra and Crystal Springs, on Monday announced plans to merge with the parent company of water brands Poland Spring and Arrowhead, BlueTriton Brands Inc., in an all-stock deal built by five law firms that is meant to create a North American water giant.
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Primo Water, BlueTriton All-Stock Merger Creates Water Giant

By Jade Martinez-Pogue

Primo Water Corp., the parent company of popular water brands such as Alhambra and Crystal Springs, on Monday announced plans to merge with the parent company of water brands Poland Spring and Arrowhead, BlueTriton Brands Inc., in an all-stock deal built by five law firms that is meant to create a North American water giant.

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McDonald's Nears Fee Win For Beating $100M Fraud Suit

By Gina Kim

A California state judge has tentatively granted McDonald's request for over $231,000 in fees after winning an anti-SLAPP victory against Byron Allen's suit claiming that it fraudulently pledged to increase spending on Black-owned media, but the judge asked the restaurant Monday to submit a proposed judgment to account for its work in filing the fee request.

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Cocoa Trade Case May Hinge On Justices' Mifepristone Ruling

By Emilie Ruscoe

The U.S. Supreme Court's recent narrow ruling on standing in a case over access to the abortion medication mifepristone may figure prominently in upcoming oral arguments in a dispute involving imported cocoa allegedly harvested via forced child labor before the U.S. Court of International Trade, a judge said Monday.

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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NFL Commish Goodell Takes Stand To Deny TV Price Controls

By Craig Clough

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified Monday in front of a California federal jury considering multibillion-dollar antitrust claims against the league that the NFL does not control the price of DirecTV's Sunday Ticket with any secret deals, insisting instead that the broadcast strategy is shouted "from the mountaintops."

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ENFORCEMENT

Commerce Says Trimmed Garlic Covered By Fresh Garlic Duty

By Alyssa Aquino

The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled Monday that peeled and trimmed garlic is covered by an anti-dumping duty order on fresh Chinese garlic.

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LITIGATION

Don't Let Farm Org Rewrite Wage Rule Suit, DOL Tells Judge

By Emilie Ruscoe

A farm group shouldn't be allowed to revise its challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor's new wage rule for certain temporary workers, the agency told a Charlotte, North Carolina, federal judge, saying the revision attempt comes too late as the matter is already awaiting the judge's decision.

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Iowa Seeks To Mute 'Ag-Gag' Law First Amendment Challenge

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

Iowa on Friday asked a federal district court to dismiss animal rights' and community advocacy groups' First Amendment challenge to the state's "ag-gag" law that's designed to thwart undercover investigations of animal treatment.

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Farm Cos. To Pay $475K To End Wash. AG's Sex Assault Suit

By Emmy Freedman

A pair of agricultural companies agreed to pay $470,000 to resolve Washington state's lawsuit accusing them of standing by as a supervisor sexually harassed and assaulted female employees and firing those who complained, the state attorney general announced Monday.

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Foreign Investors Sue Over Lost $7.7M NYC Mall Investment

By Grace Dixon

Fourteen foreign investors who lost the entirety of their $7.7 million investment in a New York City shopping mall project filed suit against two lenders, a developer and the manager of an EB-5 lender in New York federal court, saying they are owed damages.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

The 2024 Lawyer Satisfaction Survey

Firms are making their attorneys happy in most areas of professional life, including culture and compensation, but stress is a constant struggle and many are taking minimal vacations, according to the latest survey from Law360 Pulse.

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Akin Elects US, London Duo To Take Over From Veteran Chair

By Ashish Sareen

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP said on Tuesday that it has elected the partner in charge of its New York office and a corporate specialist in London to jointly lead the firm as its longtime chair prepares to step down next year.

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Healthcare Tensions Equal Business For Litigation Funders

By Ryan Boysen

As rampant consolidation collides with inflation-squeezed margins in the American healthcare system, tensions between service providers and insurers are at the breaking point and increasingly boiling "over into litigation," providing opportunities for litigation funders, according to a new article by Burford Capital LLC.

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NY High Court Denies Trump's Gag Order Appeal

By Frank G. Runyeon

New York state's highest court on Tuesday denied Donald Trump's rapid appeal of the gag order that limited his speech during his criminal hush money trial, finding it did not raise serious constitutional issues.

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DC Bar Counsel Moves To Suspend Hunter Biden's Law License

By Alison Knezevich

Attorney disciplinary authorities in the nation's capital have moved to suspend Hunter Biden's license to practice law there after he was convicted of three federal gun charges last week.

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Dems' Absences Bring Canceled Vote On Ore. Federal Judge

By Courtney Bublé

The Senate scrapped a vote on Tuesday for Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai's nomination to a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon amid vast Republican opposition.

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Dems Ask For Update On Justice Thomas Gifts Investigation

By Katie Buehler

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have asked the judiciary's governing body for an update on its review of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' failure to disclose years of luxury gifts and travel he received from conservative billionaires.

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Cuomo's Ex-Aide Details Sex Harrassment Claims In New Suit

By Dorothy Atkins

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's onetime executive assistant has filed a civil lawsuit in New York state court, accusing Cuomo of "outrageous sex discrimination and retaliation" roughly two years after related misdemeanor charges over the alleged misconduct were dropped.

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Del. House Panel Splits On Senate-Passed Corp. Law Change

By Jeff Montgomery

A divided Delaware House committee released on Tuesday contested amendments to the state's general corporation law, sending the measure toward a full House vote after sometimes edgy testimony that included a committee chair's shutdown of an opposing law professor's reference to HBO's seamy corporate drama series "Succession."

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The 2 Attys Ensnared In A NJ Mogul's Racketeering Rap

By George Woolston

New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III may be the alleged mastermind of a racketeering scheme to reap millions in tax credits on waterfront property in a distressed city, but the explosive indictment also reveals the purported roles of two attorneys with close ties to the Democratic Party.

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Ariz. County Says New Kari Lake Vote Claims Merit Sanctions

By Ali Sullivan

Maricopa County officials are slamming former gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake's bid to unravel a Ninth Circuit decision affirming the toss of her lawsuit over Arizona's voting machines, contending that the "fatally flawed" effort warrants sanctions.

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9th Circ. Won't Revive Vax Mandate Case Amid Judge DQ Bid

By Emily Sawicki

In a nonprecedential opinion, the Ninth Circuit has refused to restore a COVID vaccine mandate suit brought by federal workers and contractors who also sought to disqualify a judge they believed was conflicted, finding the workers lacked standing because they named officials who cannot reinstate them rather than their employers.

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Panel Laments 'Hunger Games' Tactics In Mich. Judicial Races

By Carolyn Muyskens

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel has expressed concern that judicial candidates are weaponizing the complexity of Michigan's filing requirements to eliminate their competition, with one judge commenting that "contests for vacant judgeships all too often have turned into the Hunger Games." 

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McElroy Deutsch Says Exec Embezzled Money For Home

By Tracey Read

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP has doubled down on its bid for a constructive trust on the home of two former executives accused of stealing from the firm.

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9 Firms Vie To Lead Suit Over Ad Tech Co.'s Microsoft Ties

By Sydney Price

Pomerantz LLP, Levi & Korsinsky LLP and several other firms have filed competing bids to lead a proposed shareholder class action alleging that shares of ad tech company Perion Network declined nearly 40% after its strategic partner Microsoft Bing "unilaterally" changed its search advertising pricing.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Hospital Association

BlueTriton Brands

Burford Capital LLC

CBS Interactive Inc.

Cincinnati Bengals

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cooper Health System

Cushman & Wakefield Inc.

De Novo

Envision Healthcare Corp.

FarmSTAND

Foundation to Support Animal Protection

Home Box Office Inc.

Lihua International Inc.

McDonald's Corp.

Microsoft Corp.

Moelis & Co.

NFL Enterprises LLC

New Jersey State Bar Association

One Rock Capital Partners LLC

Perion Network Ltd.

Primo Water Corp.

Public Citizen Inc.

Rowan University

Sales Inc.

Sterling Financial Corp.

Sun Bancorp Inc.

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Anesthesia Partners

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Vision Inc.

United Way Worldwide Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

Weather Group Television LLC

Webster Financial Corp.

YouTube Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Akin Gump

Bernstein Liebhard

Block & Leviton

Brown & Connery

Burgess Law Group

Clark Hill

Covington & Burling

Cranfill Sumner

Critchley Kinum

Cuti Hecker

Faegre Drinker

Fox Rothschild

Glancy Prongay

Glavin PLLC

Goodmans LLP

Gordon Rees

Hausfeld LLP

Holzer & Holzer

Hueston Hennigan

Kaplan Fox

Kelley Drye

Kirkland & Ellis

Langer Grogan

Latham & Watkins

Levi & Korsinsky

Marino Tortorella

McElroy Deutsch

Melehy & Associates

Miller Barondess

Parker Daniels Kibort

Parker McCay

Pomerantz LLP

Poole Huffman

Reid & Wise

Roxanne Conlin & Associates

Stein Sperling

Stikeman Elliott

Susman Godfrey

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

Winston & Strawn

Wolf Popper

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware River Port Authority

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

New York Attorney General's Office

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

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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

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

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

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

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

Washington Attorney General's Office