| KENNEDY RETIRES
Throughout his three-decade run on the U.S. Supreme Court, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy leveraged his precious swing vote to forge robust legacies in free speech, LGBT rights and capital punishment, clerks and court watchers told Law360 after the justice announced his retirement Wednesday.
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, the U.S. Supreme Court’s most senior member, is stepping down from the bench, the court announced Wednesday. His retirement will hand President Donald Trump the chance to replace a crucial swing vote and shift the ideological balance of the court to the right.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement Wednesday echoed like a starting gun in the Senate, setting off a sprint from Senate Republicans who said they plan on having his replacement confirmed before the fall elections.
President Donald Trump made it clear Wednesday that the world already knows the name of the person he is going to nominate to replace retiring Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. The question is, which name will it be?
In his three decades on the high court, Justice Anthony Kennedy authored opinions that changed the rules for federal civil litigation, opened the floodgates for corporations and unions to fund campaign advertisements, and reshaped the legal landscape for women and same-sex couples.
As U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy prepares to step down after three decades on the bench, his colleagues stepped forward to share stories about the man they know as “Tony,” describing a thoughtful coworker who built enduring friendships and made a lasting mark on the legal landscape.
Honeywell International Inc. scored a victory Wednesday when the New Jersey Supreme Court said the company doesn’t have to help foot the bill for asbestos-related suits over automotive products filed after insurance for such claims became unavailable in 1987, dealing a blow to insurers in a long-running coverage action.
New York state’s high court ruled Wednesday that Ambac Assurance Corp. cannot recover from Countrywide Home Loans all $2.2 billion in claims payouts on $25 billion worth of securitized mortgages, and instead must follow a repurchase and cure protocol loan by loan, staking out that and other issues for a trial to come.
A West Virginia federal judge Wednesday dismissed a charity golf tournament organizer’s claims that an insurance broker’s failure to change a policy limitation left it on the hook for $200,000 in prize money, saying the charity can’t claim ignorance of the policy’s terms.
Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. has lost its bid to shield court records dealing with the methodology behind its controversial tiered health coverage plan after the New Jersey Supreme Court refused to second-guess lower court rulings that permitted a media company to access the materials.
The Fourth Circuit found on Tuesday that counsel for A&O Resource Management Ltd. co-founder Christian M. Allmendinger botched his chances of shaving some time off a 45-year prison sentence by not raising an issue that was sure to result in an easy win on appeal, reversing a district court decision to the contrary.
Two insurers asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to declare that they do not have to cover or defend Figg Bridge Engineers Inc. for lawsuits related to the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge the company helped design at Florida International University near Miami.
Paint and chemical company PPG has told an Ohio federal court it reached a settlement in principle with a group of retirees in a class action accusing the company of rolling back lifetime health benefits that were promised in a series of union contracts.
An Illinois federal judge gave the final sign-off on Wednesday to a settlement ending a class of hospital workers’ claims that Advocate Health Care Network improperly classifies its pension plan as a church plan, saying the deal “is about as good as what could have been achieved under the circumstances.”
A proposed class of more than 180 ambulatory surgical centers has urged a federal court to grant final approval to a settlement with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey that would add $4 million to the more than $150 million in relief already obtained through the centers’ lawsuits over reimbursements.
A chiropractor must arbitrate allegations his former defense counsel at Sayles Werbner PC “strong-armed” him into paying a flat fee then didn’t do enough to defend him in a civil RICO trial against Allstate Insurance Co., a Texas state judge has held.
A California state appeals court reversed and remanded the disqualification of the law firm Crowell & Moring LLP from representing an insurance company in its litigation concerning Fluidmaster Inc.’s allegedly faulty toilet connectors, finding that the recent departure of the allegedly tainted attorney changed the dynamics of the court’s measure for disqualification.
Corporate law departments are increasingly demanding more concessions from outside legal counsel, and presenting engagement letters that open the door to greater professional and cyber liability exposure for law firms — often beyond the scope of their insurance coverage. Firms must add their own language to engagement letters to limit liability, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.
Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late ’70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.
Morrison & Foerster LLP joined the growing roster of law firms that have raised associate salaries and sweetened their paychecks with summer bonuses, according to an internal memo made public on Tuesday.
One firm was named the best law firm to work for after dominating Vault.com’s quality of life rankings, the website said Wednesday, retaking the top spot after stepping down the podium to No. 3 last year.
A California judge was acting within his authority when he ordered the Golden State’s government to make $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments to a class of current and former judges, a state appeals court ruled Tuesday.