BYE-BYE BANKS - Three large Am Law firms representing Russian banks that were sanctioned following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—White & Case, Debevoise & Plimpton and Latham & Watkins—will be able to withdraw from the case provided that substitute counsel file notices of appearance this month, International’s Lisa Shuchman reports. White & Case and Debevoise & Plimpton were granted permission to withdraw provided that substitute counsel file a notice of appearance by June 24. Latham & Watkins, which already missed one deadline to get substitute counsel to file an appearance notice, has been given until June 15. The three firms represent two separate Russian banks in a lawsuit that revolves around the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine. The parents of an American who was one of 298 people killed after the plane was shot down are suing the banks, alleging they helped fund those responsible for the attack. The defendants have denied the claims.


“Just five years after circumscribing the standard for allowing Bivens claims to proceed, a restless and newly constituted court sees fit to refashion the standard anew to foreclose remedies in yet more cases.”

— Justice Sonia Sotomayorpenning a strong dissent in Wednesday’s 6-3 decision in Egbert v. Boule and potentially signaling a “gloves are off” tone as SCOTUS works to wrap up its 2021 term.