Hi there. Law.com’s litigation editor Ian Lopez back again with the news you can use for the day ahead. Here’s what we’re keeping an eye on.

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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

 

LGBT WORKPLACE RIGHTS - The U.S. Supreme Court today is set to review a slate of petitions confronting the scope of anti-discrimination rights of LGBT workers. The cases confront a divide in the appeals courts over whether Title VII protects against sexual orientation discrimination. The justices also have a petition on Friday’s conference that questions whether employers can use a job applicant’s prior salary to justify paying men and women separately for the same roles. Business advocates have urged the court to reject the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, which favored employees.

AGS FOR ACA - A coalition of Democratic state attorneys general took their first step in appealing a Texas judge’s order that declared the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. The coalition, led by California’s Xavier Becerra, filed a notice of appeal Thursday in the Northern District of Texas. The AGs hinted that they are likely to hone in on whether the individual mandate can be separated from the entire law. (District Judge Reed O’Connor, who issued the injunction against the landmark Obama-era healthcare act, ruled last month that it couldn’t). The case will now head to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

STATES TAKE ON STUDENT DEBT - Speaking of AGs, Robert Storace reportsthat 48 of them from across the country reached a settlement that will benefit nearly 180,000 borrowers and wipe out about $493.7 million in student debt. The agreement with Illinois-based Career Education Corp. followed an eight-state investigation into the for-profit education company. And it requires Career Education Corp. to forgo hundreds of millions, change how it does business, reform its enroll process for greater transparency about tuition costs, and establish a risk-free trial period for undergraduates.


 

EDITOR’S PICKS

 

Kirkland & Ellis, Wachtell Advise on Bristol-Myers Squibb’s $74B Celgene Acquisition

Trump Portrays Supreme Court as Key Player in DACA, Border Wall Fights

Judge Signs Off on Fee Allocation in $1.5B Syngenta Corn Settlement

Latham Snags Hogan Lovells Deal Maker as Private Equity Boom Fuels NY Moves

Licensing and Mergers Halt With FCC Shutdown


 

WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

 

BIG FOUR’S BIG REACH - As if KPMG couldn’t get any bigger. The mega-accounting firm took its latest international step by bringing Norton Rose’s Zein El Hassan onto its Australian legal services team. This brings the count of KPMG Law partners between Sydney and Melbourne to 13, while KPMG’s global staff of lawyers sits at 1,800 across offices in 75 countries.


 

WHAT YOU SAID

“I made the mistake of representing myself.”

—  THOMAS BECK, A SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LAWYER WHO SPECIALIZES IN POLICE MISCONDUCT CASES, COMMENTING ON HIS  RECENT LOSS IN A FIGHT WITH A FORMER EMPLOYEE OVER ROUGHLY $300 IN BACK PAY THAT WILL COST HIM UPWARDS OF $100,000 IN ATTORNEYS FEES AND INTEREST.

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