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SCOTUS Leak Breaks the Internet: Morning Minute

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“IT’S AN EARTHQUAKE” – Social media quickly exploded Monday night after an unprecedented leak showed the US Supreme Court released a draft opinion that would overturn two key abortion rights precedents. The Politico-acquired project was drafted by Judge Samuel Alito and would overturn Roe vs. Wade and Family planning c. Casey. The decision would crown Mississippi’s defense of its ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, a case that eventually turned into a call to overturn the two landmark rulings. The news quickly lit up social media as legal experts weighed in on how the potential ruling could affect the court’s legitimacy. “It’s an earthquake – for what it portends for the future not just of Roe, but of *all* the fundamental rights implied, and for the staggering breach of court confidentiality standards. And whatever you thought of the leak, the first has *everything* to do with the second”, tweeted Steve Vladeck of the University of Texas Law School.

FORGIVE THE INTERRUPTION – The momentum for the insurance industry in COVID-19 business interruption litigation has accelerated in recent weeks. As we note in the latest Law.com Litigation Trendspotter column, another federal appeals court, as well as the first two high state courts in the United States, issued rulings last month dismissing policyholders’ claims that COVID-19 caused “harm or harm direct physical properties” to their properties. With the majority of federal appeals courts siding with insurers in these cases, state and federal courts now have a stronger plan to follow in these cases than they did even six months ago. But at least one federal court has refused to consider the case fully settled, creating a small glimmer of hope for policyholders in some of these matters.

WHO GOT THE JOB?℠ – Martin R. Martos II and Gabrielle Winslow of Fox Rothschild have stepped in to defend iRobot Corporation in an ongoing class action lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed March 10 in court for the Northern District of Illinois by Frankfort Law Group, alleges that iRobot knowingly sold defective Roomba vacuums to consumers and charged consumers $59 for a repair kit that didn’t work. did not correct the defect. The case, assigned to U.S. District Judge Martha M. Pacold, is 1:22-cv-01290, Toolis versus iRobot Corporation. >> Read the file on Law.com Radar and check out the latest edition of Law.com’s Who Got the Work?℠ column to find out which law firms and lawyers are brought in to handle key cases and close important deals for their clients.

RAGE AGAINST MACHINE LEARNING – Riskified Ltd., an e-commerce risk management platform, and certain officers and directors were hit by a securities class action lawsuit on Monday in court for the Southern District of New York in connection with the company’s July 2021 IPO. The lawsuit, brought by Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd and Johnson Fistel LLP, alleges Riskified overstated its platform’s capabilities machine learning to successfully detect and prevent fraud. The suit also brings claims against Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Credit Suisse and other investment banks that served as IPO underwriters. Lawyers have yet to appear for the defendants. The case is 1:22-cv-03545, Thomas v. Riskified Ltd. et al. SKeep up to date with the latest cases and disputes with the new Law.com.


EDITOR’S CHOICES


WHILE YOU SLEEP

THE WEIGHT OF EXPECTATIONS – A few weeks after Russia invaded Ukraine, violating international and humanitarian law, the wheels of the international legal system began to turn. Three days after the invasion, Ukraine announced that it would file a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the UN’s highest court. A day later, on February 28, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Karim Khan, announced that he would open an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. And a few weeks later, an international legal task force was created to explore other avenues offered by international law to bring a case against Russia. But several lawyers says Linda A. Thompson of Law.com International that the expectations of international law and international criminal law today are both unrealistic and misplaced. This does not mean, however, that laws are useless. “[International law] may look toothless from the outside, but you can see it has this subtle, longer-term effect that can create real change,” said a London lawyer. “As desperate as it may seem at the moment in relation to Russia, when you take that long-term perspective, there is reason to be optimistic.”


WHAT YOU SAID

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Aaron N. TaylorManaging Director of the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence, the new ABA bar exam data showing that disparities in transition rates persist between different racial groups


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