Donald Trump's counsel repeatedly assailed the credibility of star witness Michael Cohen Tuesday in a final pitch to the New York jury that will decide whether to convict the former president of falsifying business records, calling Cohen "an MVP of liars" and "the human embodiment of reasonable doubt."
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Trump Atty Calls Cohen 'MVP Of Liars' As NY Trial Closes

By Rachel Scharf, Frank G. Runyeon and Stewart Bishop

Donald Trump's counsel repeatedly assailed the credibility of star witness Michael Cohen Tuesday in a final pitch to the New York jury that will decide whether to convict the former president of falsifying business records, calling Cohen "an MVP of liars" and "the human embodiment of reasonable doubt."

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Coverage Recap: Day 17 Of Trump's NY Hush Money Trial

By Stewart Bishop

Law360 reporters are providing live updates from the Manhattan criminal courthouse as Donald Trump goes on trial for allegedly falsifying business records related to hush money payments ahead of the 2016 election. Here's a recap from day 17.

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Analysis

The NCAA Put Out One Fire, But The House Is Still Ablaze

By David Steele

Despite the enormous size of the settlement of a class action by hundreds of thousands of former college athletes over name, image and likeness compensation denied to them, experts say it only resolves one of the NCAA's many legal crises, while shining a light on the severity of the others.

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Absent Atty Irks Judge In Girardi-Linked Bar Corruption Case

By Craig Clough

A California judge on Tuesday chastised a lawyer representing former clients of Tom Girardi accusing the state bar of "rampant corruption," telling the attorney over the phone that he is "nonplussed" as to why he attempted to skip the hearing on the bar's motion to toss the case.

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Microsoft, OpenAI Beat Overstuffed Privacy Suit, For Now

By Hailey Konnath

A California federal judge threw out, for now, consumers' suit alleging their privacy was violated by Microsoft Corp. and OpenAI LP's products, slamming the complaint as "excessive" and packed with "unnecessary and distracting allegations" to the point it's "nearly impossible" to determine the adequacy of the claims.

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AI Co. Can't Escape Meta's Suit Over User Data Scraping

By Allison Grande

A California federal judge has refused to toss Meta Platforms Inc.'s suit accusing an artificial intelligence company of unlawfully scraping Facebook users' data and selling it to its clients, finding that Meta had identified a valid contract and that the court had jurisdiction over all the social media giant's claims.

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Singer Tells Justices Jurors Should Hear His 'Rockstar' Song

By Andrew Karpan

The frontman of a band called Snowblind is telling the U.S. Supreme Court that at least one appeals court judge seemingly decided for herself that his 2001 demo sounded nothing like the Nickelback hit record "Rockstar," something he thinks a jury should decide instead. 

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2nd Circ. Ready For Project Veritas' Free Speech Claims

By Aaron Keller

The Second Circuit seemed eager on Tuesday to get to the merits of a Project Veritas self-proclaimed journalist's assertion that the First Amendment bans the government from reviewing his communications with sources and colleagues surrounding the diary of Joe Biden's daughter Ashley Biden.

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Amazon Can't Duck FTC's Prime Subscription Suit

By Lauren Berg

Amazon cannot escape the Federal Trade Commission's lawsuit alleging the e-commerce giant tricks consumers into enrolling in its Prime service and makes it difficult for members to cancel subscriptions, a Seattle federal judge ruled Tuesday, saying the commission has adequately alleged Amazon's Prime terms were not "clearly and conspicuously disclosed."

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Activision Wins $14M From Call Of Duty Cheat Code Sellers

By Gina Kim

Activision Publishing scored over $14.4 million in damages and nearly $300,000 in attorney fees against German companies accused of selling cheat codes for Call of Duty games when a California federal judge Tuesday granted its motion for default judgment, finding none of the defendants appeared in the case for a year.

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Twitter Investors Seek Cert Over Musk's Backtrack On Buyout

By Dorothy Atkins

A group of Twitter investors have asked a California federal judge to certify a class over claims Elon Musk fraudulently tweeted about the social media company's alleged bot problem to get out of his $44 billion acquisition, arguing that the case is "perfectly suited for class certification."

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50 Cent's Co. Can't Exit Injured Fan's Suit Over Thrown Mic

By Craig Clough

A California judge on Tuesday denied 50 Cent's touring company an early exit from a lawsuit alleging the rapper injured a fan by throwing a microphone into a crowd, saying the complaint does not lump the defendants together in a way that makes the allegations "unduly vague." 

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PRIVACY & CONSUMER PROTECTION

Christie's CEO Confirms Cyberattack On Auction House's Data

By Joyce Hanson

The chief executive officer of Christie's said it has identified the hacking group behind a cyberattack that hit the international auction house's website just as it launched a series of live and online auctions for art and luxury goods this spring.

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Google, Meta Can Arbitrate H&R Block User's Tax Data Suit

By Henrik Nilsson

A California federal judge on Friday ruled that a man who was previously instructed to arbitrate his proposed class action alleging that H&R Block shared private data must also arbitrate claims against Google and Meta Platforms Inc., saying the allegations against the two technology companies are closely connected to those against H&R Block.

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Judge Hints Amazon Can't Avoid BIPA Suit For Stored Data

By Rachel Riley

A Washington federal judge pushed back Tuesday against Amazon's claims it cannot be sued for data that merely passed through its servers, noting that Illinois' biometric privacy law doesn't just create liabilities for the original data collector.

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COMPETITION

Apple Denied Appeal Of Cert. In App Store Monopoly Suit

By Gina Kim

The Ninth Circuit on Friday rejected Apple's interlocutory appeal of an order certifying a class of millions of App Store users who allege antitrust violations, paving the way for discovery to proceed as the case heads toward a trial currently set for February 2026.

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Consumers, Advertisers Seek Class Cert. Against Meta

By Nadia Dreid

Advertisers and consumers suing Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc. over allegations of monopolizing the online social media advertising market and misusing users' data in the process have told the California federal court overseeing their claims that they believe it's time for the proposed classes to be certified.

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EMPLOYMENT

DC Circ. Revives Campaign Ad Fight At Mail Carriers Union

By Emily Brill

The D.C. Circuit has revived claims that a mail carriers union violated the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act by refusing to publish an officer candidate's campaign ads in its magazine, ruling Tuesday that a Washington, D.C., federal judge prematurely dismissed the suit.

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SECURITIES & WHITE COLLAR

Chancery Speeds Microsoft Query Over $68.7B Activision Deal

By Leslie A. Pappas

Microsoft Corp. is entitled to a quick court declaration on whether its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard Inc. in October was valid, and a pension fund shareholder that challenged the deal has a right to be involved in the process, Delaware's Court of Chancery said Tuesday.

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Wisconsin Atty Gets 5½ Years For $2.3M Fraud, Tax Evasion

By Adrian Cruz

An attorney licensed in Wisconsin has been sentenced to 5½ years in federal prison and ordered to pay around $2.3 million in restitution for her involvement in multiple fraud schemes, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Delaware Court of Chancery watchers shifted their focus last week from the courtroom to Dover's legislative hall, as proposed amendments to Delaware's corporate code were finally introduced to state lawmakers. Hearings, decisions and reversals involved Kraft-Heinz, AMC Entertainment and the merger of cryptocurrency companies BitGo and Galaxy. In case you missed it, here's the latest from Delaware's Chancery Court.  

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS

Industry Lines Up Behind Net Neutrality Repeal Measure

By Christopher Cole

Broadband service providers lined up Tuesday to support a Republican-backed U.S. House bill to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's recently passed net neutrality rules, but the measure faces a chilly reception in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

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Hawaii Warns Telecom Co.'s Loan Woes Will Affect Consumers

By Nadia Dreid

The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is warning customers who live in the home lands and use Sandwich Isles Communications for phone and internet service that they need to switch companies immediately or risk losing service, but Sandwich Isles is blaming the state agency for the issue.

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COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS

Heavyweight Champ Lobs New Suit At Don King, Promoters

By Elaine Briseño

Legendary promoter Don King and champion heavyweight boxer Mahmoud Charr have entered the ring for another round of legal sparring over a new contract dispute in which the fighter accuses the defendants of canceling a planned fight that cost him a $1 million payout.

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PERSONAL INJURY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Dominican Air Co. Says CEO Deposition Not Needed In Suits

By Mike Curley

Dominican air charter company Helidosa Aviation Group SA is urging a Florida federal court not to allow jurisdictional discovery in two suits over the deaths of music producer Flow la Movie, his partner and their 4-year-old son in a 2021 plane crash, saying the court already has all the facts it needs to decide on Helidosa's motion to dismiss.

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PEOPLE

Reed Smith Gets Digital Music Pro From Calif. Boutique Firm

By Rose Krebs

Reed Smith LLP announced Tuesday it has hired a music and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles who worked at boutique entertainment law firm Granderson Des Rochers LLP, Universal Music Publishing Group and Google.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

How AI Cos. Can Cope With Shifting Copyright Landscape

In the evolving landscape of artificial intelligence, recent legal disputes have focused on the utilization of copyrighted material to train algorithms, meaning companies should be aware of fair use implications and possible licensing solutions for AI users, say Michael Hobbs and Justin Tilghman at Troutman Pepper.

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How Attys Can Avoid Pitfalls When Withdrawing From A Case

The Trump campaign's recent scuffle over its bid to replace its counsel in a pregnancy retaliation suit offers a chance to remind attorneys that many troubles inherent in withdrawing from a case can be mitigated or entirely avoided by communicating with clients openly and frequently, says Christopher Konneker at Orsinger Nelson.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Podcast

Approach The Bench: Judge Humetewa Talks Tribal Relations

Before she joined the federal bench in Arizona, Judge Diane Humetewa worked as a jurist on a relatively young court, where she regularly set new legal precedent.

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American To Cut Attys Who Blamed Child Filmed In Bathroom

By Lynn LaRowe

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP attorneys are on the brink of being removed as counsel for American Airlines in a Texas state lawsuit over an ex-flight attendant's secret bathroom recording of a 9-year-old girl.

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GE General Counsel Mike Holston Heading To Paul Weiss

By Sue Reisinger

The general counsel who navigated General Electric Co. through its recent split into three companies is becoming a partner at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP on Oct. 1, where he looks forward to taking on corporate crises and maybe even a pro bono death penalty case.

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Profile

The Patent Attorney Who Shook Up Professional Poker

By Alex Lawson

Moving from private practice to corporate counsel is a common path for lawyers of all stripes. Considerably less common is the shift from private practitioner to in-house counsel to poker world champion, but that's the exact trick Greg Raymer pulled off 20 years ago this week. Here, Law360 talks to Raymer about his legal career, the big poker win, and what life has been like since.

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Trump's Florida Prosecutors Scolded For Gag Order Filing

By Elliot Weld

The Florida federal judge overseeing Donald Trump's classified documents case on Tuesday temporarily rejected the government's request for a limited gag order and admonished prosecutors for what she said was a lack of "substance and professional courtesy" in their conferral with defense attorneys before filing the motion.

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Serial Numbers Tie Gold Bars To Menendez, Jury Hears

By Carla Baranauckas

The executive assistant of a New Jersey real estate developer on trial alongside U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez linked her boss to some of the gold bars found in the congressman's New Jersey home, confirming Tuesday that the serial numbers of her employer's stash of bars matched the ones stamped on the flashy evidence.

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Gorsuch Unhappy Court Won't Rethink Jury Size Precedent

By Rose Krebs

In a strongly worded dissent Tuesday, Justice Neil Gorsuch said the U.S. Supreme Court needs to rethink precedent that "made the unthinkable a reality" by permitting juries of fewer than 12 people to decide cases involving serious criminal offenses.

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Head Of Judicial 'Progressive Powerhouse' To Step Down

By Courtney Bublé

Russ Feingold will step down next year as president of the American Constitution Society, which is a liberal counterpart to the Federalist Society.

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Tech Co. Says Houston Court Set Trial Despite Atty Vacations

By Catherine Marfin

A Kansas-based technology company has asked a Texas appellate court to push back a June trial date in Houston, writing that a trial court judge scheduled the proceeding despite being notified of vacation conflicts by multiple attorneys.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

ACA Connects - America's Communications Association

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc.

Activision Blizzard Inc.

Adobe Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Airlines Group Inc.

American Constitution Society

Anschutz Entertainment Group Inc.

Ansell Ltd.

Apple Inc.

Archaea Energy Inc.

Associated Press

Axel Springer SE

BitGo Inc.

Bloomberg

Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP

Change Healthcare Inc.

Crypto.com Arena

Delaware State Bar Association

ESPN Inc.

Epic Games Inc.

Federalist Society

Financial Times Group Ltd.

GE Vernova Inc.

Galaxy Digital Holdings Ltd.

General Electric Co.

Google LLC

H&R Block Inc.

Hawaiian Telcom Holdco Inc.

Instagram Inc.

International Business Machines Corp.

Koch Industries Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Merck & Co. Inc.

Meta Platforms Inc.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.

Microsoft Corp.

NVIDIA Corp.

National Association of Letter Carriers

National Collegiate Athletic Association

Pfizer Inc.

Rhapsody International Inc.

Service Employees International Union

Southwestern Law School

Spotify Technology SA

State Bar of California

Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.

Tesla Inc.

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Vanity Fair

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Xponential Fitness LLC.

YouTube Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Abbott Cooper PLLC

Ahdoot & Wolfson

Akerman LLP

Bartlett LLP

Bathaee Dunne

Berkowitz Oliver

Block & Leviton

Bragalone Olejko

Carter Arnett

Clarkson Law Firm PC

Clyde & Co

Cohen Weiss

Continental PLLC

Cooley LLP

Cotchett Pitre

Covington & Burling

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Dickerson Law Group

Faegre Drinker

Gibbons PC

Gibson Dunn

Girardi & Keese

Gish PLLC

Goldenberg Heller

Granderson Des Rochers

Gray Cary

Hagens Berman

Hoge Fenton

Hueston Hennigan

Jones Day

Kellogg Hansen

Kelly Hart

Kessler Topaz

Levin Sedran

Lewis & Llewellyn

MLE Law

McCarter & English

McDowell Hetherington

Mitchell Silberberg

Morgan & Morgan

Morgan Lewis

NechelesLaw

Orbach Huff

Orsinger Nelson

Osborne Law Firm

Paul Hastings

Paul Weiss

Pendley Baudin

Podhurst Orseck

Prickett Jones

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Sanders Roberts

Scott&Scott

Simpson Thacher

Skadden Arps

Susman Godfrey

Troutman Pepper

Tyson & Mendes

Willkie Farr

WilmerHale

Wilson Elser

Wisner Baum

Wolf Haldenstein

Young Conaway

de Castro PC

​Bottini & Bottini

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Supreme Court

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Florida Attorney General's Office

Hopi Tribe

Internal Revenue Service

Los Angeles Superior Court

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Labor Relations Board

Office of Tribal Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Sentencing Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana