June 2019

26
Jun

Facebook Awards Kilpatrick Townsend for Diversity Efforts

Facebook has tapped Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton for its first Law Firm Diversity Champion Award. The award recognizes Kilpatrick Townsend’s dedication to diversity in its staffing of Facebook matters and its overall diversity program, according to a law firm press release and an article by the American Lawyer. Facebook chose Kilpatrick Townsend after gathering diversity data from 40 of its

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26
Jun

4th Circuit Allows Trial Judge To Consider New Census Evidence

A federal appeals court is allowing a Maryland federal judge to consider new evidence of an alleged discriminatory motive in the Commerce Department’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Richmond, Virginia, ruled Tuesday, a day after U.S. District Judge George Hazel issued an opinion explaining his ruling last

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26
Jun

New York OKs Ban on Gay & Trans ‘Panic Defenses’

New York is poised to join the increasing number of states that are banning gay and trans “panic defenses” in murder cases. According to USA Today, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he would sign a bill passed Wednesday saying “it shall not be a ‘reasonable explanation or excuse’ … when the defendant’s conduct resulted from the discovery, knowledge or disclosure

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19
Jun

In re Fulton

In re Fulton, 18‐2527 Held that the City of Chicago violated the Bankruptcy Code’s automatic stay when it continued to hold debtors’ impounded vehicles until they paid their outstanding parking tickets. The city must return the vehicles to the debtors, the Seventh Circuit concluded in these four consolidated Chapter 13 bankruptcy cases.

14
Jun

In re Linn Energy, L.L.C

In re Linn Energy, L.L.C., 18-40443 Held that an energy company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan did not entitle a class of lenders to $30 million in post-petition default interest. Affirmed the rulings below.

14
Jun

In re Wade

In re Wade, 18-2564 Held that bankruptcy debtors could not appeal the denial of their motion for sanctions, because they had not filed a petition for permission to appeal, as required under Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 8006(g). Criticized two circuit precedents that appeared to recognize exceptions to this procedural requirement.