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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING
TROLL TOLL - Fox Rothschild partner Lincoln Bandlow, who represents a porn maker that’s been dubbed a copyright troll, faces a sanctions hearing today in Sacramento federal court over deadlines he’s missed in about 25 cases. Roy Strom reports that Bandlow has filed roughly 2,500 copyright infringement lawsuits on behalf of Strike 3 Holdings since late 2017. Last year, Strike 3 brought 2,185 of the 6,516 copyright lawsuits filed nationally, according to Lex Machina. Bandlow attributes the missed deadlines to problems with the court’s “calendaring procedure.”
CHANCES ARE - Should the House of Representatives sue over President Trump’s border wall? History provides the answer, Ellis Kim reports. A blueprint for such an action is the suit filed by a Republican majority led by John Boehner, which five years ago sued the Obama administration and the Health and Human Secretary Sylvia Burwell to challenge the use of federal dollars to fund cost-sharing reduction payments to health insurers. Those payments were made even though Congress had not authorized them. That case ultimately settled, after a federal judge found the House had standing to sue the administration.
NEW GIG - Marc Mukasey has left Greenberg Traurig, where he was co-chair of its white-collar defense practice, to start his own boutique, Christine Simmons reports. The departure of Mukasey, a longtime ally to Rudy Giuliani and the son of former U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey, follows Giuliani’s exit from Greenberg Traurig last spring as the former New York mayor was stepping up his work as President Trump’s personal lawyer. Mukasey said his departure last month stemmed entirely from a desire to start his own firm. Since leaving Greenberg Traurig, Mukasey, 51, has appeared in court filings for the Trump Foundation.
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING
SEOUL CYCLE - Departures continue at Clifford Chance’s South Korea outpost, this time with the exit of Seoul managing partner Kim Hyun-suk. John Kang reports that Kim has been based in Seoul since 2012 when Clifford Chance opened its office there. Since 2018, at least four other Korea-focused lawyers have left the Magic Circle firm. Hong Kong-based capital markets partner Richard Lee will split his time with the Seoul office and co-lead the firm’s Korea practice with Seoul-based finance counsel Cho Bong-sang.
WHAT YOU SAID
“When we realized we can’t do this work at the EEOC anymore, we said, ‘Let’s just take what we were doing and do it from the outside.’”
— CHAI FELDBLUM, WHOM PRESIDENT TRUMP RENOMINATED FOR ANOTHER TERM ON THE EEOC BUT WHOSE NOMINATION WAS BLOCKED BY SENATE REPUBLICANS. SHE NOW PRACTICES AT MORGAN LEWIS.
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