Afternoon Briefs: Alex Kozinski returns as litigator; decide blocks agency’s defamation swimsuit in opposition to ex-partner

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Alex Kozinski

Former Choose Alex Kozinski.

Alex Kozinski returns to the ninth Circuit on the opposite facet of the bench

After retiring in 2017 amid allegations of sexual misconduct, former Choose Alex Kozinski is returning to the ninth U.S. Circuit Courtroom of Appeals at San Francisco to argue a copyright case. Kozinski will contend that the movie The Form of Water used components from the play of a late playwright. In response to Gabe Roth, government director at Repair the Courtroom, Kozinski’s return to the courtroom reveals the necessity to amend the legislation to permit ethics instances in opposition to judges to outlive their retirement. (The Recorder, Repair the Courtroom)

Choose blocks Pierce Bainbridge swimsuit in opposition to ex-partner

A Los Angeles decide has blocked a defamation lawsuit filed by Pierce Bainbridge in opposition to a former accomplice who claims that the legislation agency fired him in retaliation for his information of monetary improprieties. Pierce Bainbridge says within the swimsuit that the previous accomplice, Don Lewis, tried to extort a settlement by threatening litigation with embarrassing claims after he was fired for sexual harassment. Choose Patricia Nieto quashed service of summons within the Los Angeles defamation swimsuit Dec. 5 after concluding that Lewis’ contracts with California had been inadequate to present the courtroom jurisdiction over him. Two fits stemming from the identical dispute are nonetheless pending in New York. (Courtroom paperwork right here and right here, the American Lawyer)

Woman, 8, is strip searched earlier than jail go to along with her dad

An 8-year-old woman going to go to her father in a Virginia jail Nov. 24 was strip searched by guards after drug canine had been alerted on the daddy’s girlfriend. The woman was traumatized by the search, and he or she is not going to return to the jail, her mom mentioned. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has halted the jail coverage that allowed for the search pending an investigation and overview. (The Virginian-Pilot by way of the Marshall Undertaking)

Private damage lawyer makes use of novel argument to carry Fb accountable for trafficking

A Houston private damage lawyer is arguing that the Communications Decency Act doesn’t protect Fb from civil legal responsibility in state courts for intercourse trafficking. Annie McAdams is making a novel argument: that Fb has an obligation to warn of potential hazard beneath product legal responsibility legislation and should do extra to cease predators. A Texas decide has denied Fb’s motions to dismiss in two of McAdams’ instances. (The New York Instances)