$1.15B Lead Paint Ruling in California

January 7, 2014

On January 7, 2014, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg issued a final verdict ordering Sherwin Williams, National Lead and ConAgra to pay $1.15 billion to help government agencies remediate lead in an estimated 5 million homes in California. The lead paint industry has turned back over 50 lawsuits filed in the […]

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Cantor Fitzgerald and American Airlines 9/11 Suit Settled for $135M

December 17, 2013

On December 17, 2013, Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. reached a $135 million settlement with American Airlines Inc. and its insurers to end the final airline-centered case stemming from the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center.  Cantor brought an action against American Airlines after hijackers flew American Airlines Flight 11 into Tower One of the […]

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ABA Cautions Lawyers on Prepaid Legal Services

October 21, 2013

​Many businesses see the use of Groupon-type marketing websites as an effective way to attract new clients.  According to a recent ABA ethics opinion, however, lawyers who use these types of marketing strategies need to be aware of potential ethical issues. ​One of the primary problems with these arrangements is that they are prepaid, so lawyers do not have […]

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JPMorgan Chase agrees on Settlement with U.S. over Bad Mortgages

October 19, 2013

JPMorgan Chase has reached a tentative agreement with the Justice Department to pay a $13 billion dollar settlement to resolve the claims that it knowingly sold faulty mortgage securities. 18 financial firms, including JPMorgan, were sued by the FHFA for taking part the issuing of loans to homebuyers, pooling hundreds of mortgages and marketing the […]

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Salinas v. Texas – Your Silence Can Be Used Against You

June 17, 2013

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled today in Salinas v. Texas that a criminal suspect, prior to being Mirandized, must explicitly invoke the right against self-incrimination to preclude silence and nonverbal communication from being introduced as evidence of the suspect’s guilt. Genovevo Salinas was convicted of a double homicide in 1992.  During the murder […]

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District Court Sanctions Party for Inadequate Preparation of Corporate Witness

June 2, 2013

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 30(b)(6) governs the practice of designating and deposing organizations.  An organization that receives a notice of deposition must designate and present representatives to testify on its behalf about information “known or reasonably available to the organization.”  The rule provides no guidelines regarding the degree of preparation required of such witnesses, […]

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AWNG’s Suit Against Sandi Group Reinstated

February 18, 2013

On February 15, 2013, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion made by Aria Watan Nassery Group (AWNG) to reinstate its case against Washington-based Sandi Group.  The district court previously had dismissed AWNG’s case against Sandi Group because AWNG had been unable to quickly retain new counsel when its […]

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The Lewis Firm Moves to Reinstate AWNG’s Lawsuit against Sandi Group

January 14, 2013

On November 9, 2011, Aria Watan Nassery Group, Inc. (AWNG) sued The Sandi Group, Inc. (TSG) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.  AWNG’s Complaint states claims arising out of breaches of a contract to provide fuel transport services to U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.  Aria Watan Nassery Group, IRC v. […]

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DOJ and SEC Bring Charges in $276 Million Insider Trading Case

November 29, 2012

On November 20, 2012, DOJ and SEC charged Matthew Martoma, a former hedge fund portfolio manager at CR Intrinsic Investors (a subsidiary of SAC Capital), with participating in a $276 million insider trading scheme.  Martoma was charged with securities fraud and conspiracy to commit securities fraud; the government claims that he sold and shorted sales of drug […]

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District Court Approves Warrantless Use of Surveillance Cameras

November 2, 2012

In a frightening opinion issued on October 30, 2012, by Chief Judge William Griesbach of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, the court approved the warrantless use of surveillance cameras on private, gated property. Defendants Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana of Green Bay, Wisconsin were charged with federal drug crimes after Drug Enforcement Administration agents installed […]

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