April 15, 2013
Associated Press | April 15, 2013
In a blistering report, Republican lawmakers sharply criticized Labor secretary nominee Thomas Perez over what they said was a questionable deal he brokered while serving as head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
April 11, 2013
Wall Street Journal | April 11, 2013
Mr. Perez was the driving force behind a quid pro quo that last year saw the City of St. Paul, Minnesota withdraw a Supreme Court case, Magner v. Gallagher, in exchange for the feds not joining two False Claims Act cases against the city.
February 7, 2013
Wall Street Journal | February 7, 2013
A powerful Washington bureaucracy is gearing up to finalize an antidiscrimination regulation that the Supreme Court was likely to rule illegal last year in Magner v. Gallagher—until the feds leaned on the city of St. Paul, Minn., to withdraw the case. The same bureaucracy is now withholding evidence of its participation in that deal, which included an agreement to drop two False Claims Act cases against the city. Coincidence?
January 14, 2013
Wall Street Journal | Subscription Required | January 14, 2013
Remember how the Department of Justice and Department of Housing and Urban Development convinced Saint Paul, Minn., to withdraw a Supreme Court case last year in exchange for dropping two False Claims Act cases against the city—so that Justice could avoid the high bench's review of legally questionable antidiscrimination cases? Now a Senate investigation has revealed that a high-profile nominee to the federal bench was involved in the quid pro quo.
December 3, 2012
Bloomberg Businessweek | December 3, 2012
Johnson & Johnson won a reversal of $1.1 million in punitive damages awarded to a man who claimed the company failed to properly warn of the risks of tendon damage linked to its antibiotic Levaquin.
November 30, 2012
ThomsonReuters | November 30, 2012
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Dennis Saylor denied a defense motion to stay more than 10 suits he is overseeing against the New England Compounding Center, which supplied the steroids linked to an outbreak of fungal meningitis in September and October.
November 1, 2012
Wall Street Journal | Subscription Required | November 1, 2012
The Department of Justice convinced the city of St. Paul, Minn., to withdraw a Supreme Court case earlier this year. The Obama administration apparently didn't want the High Court to rule on the legal theory underpinning DOJ's shaky antidiscrimination settlements.
October 19, 2012
American Lawyer | Subscription Required | October 19, 2012
After a judge cited Covington & Burling's "conscious disregard" for a former client and booted the firm from representing the state of Minnesota in litigation against 3M Corporation, Covington is fighting to salvage its role in the case.
October 18, 2012
Legal Newsline | October 18, 2012
Minnesota Attorney General has appealed a judge’s decision that booted private attorneys she hired off a case against 3M.
October 15, 2012
American Lawyer | Subscription Required | October 15, 2012
In a 14-page order issued on Thursday, a state court judge in Minnesota disqualified Covington from representing the Minnesota Attorney General in an environmental case against 3M. Siding with 3M's lawyers at Bickel & Brewer and Faegre Baker & Daniels, the judge found that Covington violated ethical rules by taking the case even though the firm previously represented 3M on the chemicals at issue in the Minnesota litigation.
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