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Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.
 
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A historic challenge to the NCAA over its purported failure to warn college athletes about the dangers of repetitive head injuries fizzled in California state court last week as a jury found that the organization was not liable for the death of a former USC linebacker who was posthumously diagnosed with CTE. This week on Pro Say, the hosts break do…
 
It’s time once again for one of Pro Say’s grandest traditions, as the hosts gather round and give thanks for another crop of legal oddities. This year delivered a bounty, as the crew offers an update on the curious case of the Ana de Armas movie trailer that wasn’t and revisits the fecal rage of a former court officer directed at an Ohio congressma…
 
One of the cryptocurrency market’s largest exchanges collapsed in particularly stunning fashion last week after some questionable financial entanglements came to light, leading to a “run on the bank” and ultimately the loss of FTX’s $32 billion value. On this week’s episode of Pro Say, we’re talking you through all the legal elements of the FTX fia…
 
Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter wiped away one thorny lawsuit over his attempts to back out of the deal, but his rough start at the helm of the social network has spawned a new host of legal problems. On this week’s Pro Say, the hosts examine Musk’s decision to lay off thousands of Twitter’s workers, which has invited new litigation from former emp…
 
A $2.2 billion merger between Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has been put on ice after a federal judge found that the tie-up poses a likely threat to the market for publishing top-selling books. The ruling came after a three-week trial that saw testimony from literary giants like Stephen King who warned against the dangers of consolidati…
 
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is facing an existential crisis after the Fifth Circuit said the agency is unconstitutionally funded. On this week's episode, Law360 senior baking reporter Jon Hill tells us about the fallout of that ruling, including a flurry of filings from companies looking to get CFPB cases thrown out. Also this week, we…
 
The legal headaches keep piling up for Dechert LLP and the former head of its white collar shop in London, Neil Gerrard. The BigLaw fixture and its ex-partner have been targeted with suits on both sides of the Atlantic alleging a range of systemic corruption. The years-long saga gained new steam over the past week as Dechert now faces fresh challen…
 
President Biden’s recent cannabis proclamations mark the most significant shift in federal marijuana policy in decades. Still, the move to wipe out all federal possession convictions is mostly symbolic, as the drug is most aggressively policed at the state level. Law360’s senior cannabis reporter Sam Reisman joins the show to break down what Biden’…
 
Four years since the FBI’s inquiry into alleged sexual misconduct by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, questions linger as to how the agency handled the mountain of tips it received and what that could mean for future high court nominees. Law360 features reporter Cara Bayles joins Pro Say this week to discuss what we've learned since 2018, wha…
 
Federal prosecutors’ decision to drop charges against a Massachusetts state judge accused of impeding the arrest of an undocumented immigrant in her courtroom turned up the heat on an already fraught case, stoking fears that quickly changing political winds played an outsized role in the matter from the start. Law360’s Boston courts reporter Chris …
 
Residents of Jackson, Mississippi, have thrust the city’s failure to provide clean water into federal court, suing numerous public officials and engineering firms that they say have degraded the city’s water through negligence and mismanagement. This week on Pro Say, the hosts dive into the specifics of the proposed class action and break down the …
 
Litigants and lawyers involved in bringing high-profile lawsuits are increasingly facing threats and harassment. That’s bad enough on its own but becomes even worse when it stops people from turning to courtrooms in the first place or impacts the outcome of cases that do get filed. On this week’s episode of Pro Say, Law360 senior reporter Jack Karp…
 
The Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing shift to remote work led many employers to begin using software to monitor workers’ productivity. But are these trackers all they're cracked up to be? Today we're joined by senior employment reporter Amanda Ottaway to discuss the downside of productivity tracking. Also this week, we share the latest on Twitter’…
 
Earlier this month the FBI searched President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, turning up 33 boxes of documents taken from the White House with more than 100 classified records. The action set off a firestorm of reactions, but what if instead of the political punditry you just want to understand exactly what happened with the search and…
 
On a special episode of the Pro Say podcast we go behind the scenes of HBO’s hit miniseries We Own This City. The show explores the true story of a corrupt Baltimore Police Department task force that was ultimately charged with an array of crimes, a depiction that lays bare the systemic problems with policing in America and the war on drugs. Lucas …
 
Until recently, contract provisions meant to guard against unforeseen disasters and “Acts of God” were fairly routine, and even seasoned attorneys didn’t pay them much mind. But that all changed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has sent attorneys scrambling to make sure their bases are covered in the event of the next global calamity. On…
 
The typically subdued and etiquette-filled sport of professional golf is anything but these days, as a highly contentious battle between the establishment PGA Tour and its newly formed rival LIV Golf has spilled into federal court. LIV and its players allege the PGA operates as a monopoly that violates antitrust laws, while the PGA insists it’s und…
 
The trial to determine how much right wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones should pay for spreading lies about the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting was adversarial, emotional, and at times downright bizarre. The proceedings saw both Jones and his legal team repeatedly reprimanded by the judge, while opposing counsel also delivered a bombsh…
 
Texas federal Judge Alan Albright has spent the last few years turning his Waco court into a patent litigation hot spot. But one judge having that much power over IP cases brought scrutiny from lawmakers and Chief Justice John Roberts that came to a head when a new policy was announced to randomly assign patent cases filed in Waco to one of 12 judg…
 
A fairly mundane lawsuit over oil and gas royalties in West Virginia has been jolted by the revelation that the judge overseeing the case purportedly brandished a gun at an attorney who had previously tried to get him booted from the case. On this week’s all-host edition of Pro Say, the crew breaks down the truly wild development out of the Mountai…
 
Elon Musk’s months-long dalliance with Twitter has finally spilled into court, as the social media platform sued the Tesla billionaire for backing out of his commitment to buy the company for $44 billion. With months of litigation likely ahead in Delaware’s notorious Court of Chancery, we welcome Law360 Delaware courts expert Leslie Pappas to unpac…
 
A Supreme Court term that by any measure was historic has concluded, and it takes a village of podcasters to untangle everything that happened. So this week, hosts from Pro Say team up with the hosts of The Term to discuss this momentous term. We take a look at the conservative supermajority’s turn toward originalism and the shifting power dynamics…
 
The Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and remove constitutional abortion rights is not even a week old and already its reverberations are massive. This week, the Pro Say hosts bring you an all-Dobbs show to examine the immediate fallout from the court’s ruling. First, we look at the early reactions from the legal industry an…
 
It is blockbuster Supreme Court decision season, and this week was historic with rulings on abortion and gun rights. On Pro Say, we’ll explore the court's most consequential expansion of the Second Amendment in over a decade. Also this week, we're joined by Law360 senior reporter Xiumei Dong, who's been investigating an alarming spike in data breac…
 
In a packed U.S. Supreme Court term with blockbuster issues like abortion rights, guns and religion some other key cases may have flown under the radar. So this week, we’re joined by appellate pro and Mayer Brown partner Andy Pincus to talk about a trio of employment arbitration rulings you should know. Also this week, we discuss an industry first …
 
The legal fallout from Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of gymnasts took a new turn this week as more than 90 victims sued the FBI for botching the early stages of its investigation. The claims add to growing scrutiny over law enforcement’s purported oversights that allowed Nassar to evade scrutiny for years before he was eventually convicted. But the v…
 
For the last six weeks America has been transfixed by a defamation case between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard that featured dueling testimony about abuse. The salacious details dominated headlines, obscuring the legal strategies that allowed Depp to mostly prevail. On this week's show we break down the legal arguments and expected appeals…
 
A day after yet another mass shooting that left 19 children and two teachers dead in a Texas school, a New York federal court issued a momentous gun rights ruling that upheld a state law allowing for civil suits against gunmakers when illicit sales of firearms cause a public nuisance. It’s a ruling that would have drawn eyeballs regardless, but its…
 
The victims of the catastrophic Surfside, Florida building collapse reached a $1 billion settlement this week with a slew of defendants, resolving what could have been a messy, emotionally charged dispute with unusual swiftness that left the judge overseeing the litigation speechless. On this week’s episode of Pro Say, Law360 senior reporter Caroli…
 
The court stenographer, typing feverishly to document all the utterances of a legal proceeding, has in recent years been pushed aside by digital reporting and voice recognition software. But the transition has not always been a smooth one, with malfunctions and built-in biases often leaving court transcripts incomplete or entirely blank, creating a…
 
This week a draft opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked revealing that the U.S. Supreme Court is poised to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Roe v. Wade that made abortion legal nationwide. We devote our entire show to exploring this potential seismic shift in American jurisprudence. We’re joined by a guest with special insights into…
 
A Washington high school coach's practice of praying on the 50-yard-line after games has the U.S. Supreme Court once again weighing the separation of church and state in a case that has dragged a divisive decades-old ruling back into the spotlight. Our own Supreme Court expert Jimmy Hoover comes back to Pro Say to explain the so-called Lemon test t…
 
This week saw a strange turn in the saga of Endo Pharmaceuticals, which has been raked over the coals for suppressing key documents pertaining to its role in the opioid crisis. The Tennessee judge that handed the company its latest loss not only saw his decision reversed, but found himself booted from the case entirely over concerns about pointed c…
 
If your vehicle breaks down, shouldn’t you have the right to fix it on your own terms? That’s the question we’re tackling this week as we explore the difficulties consumers face when sellers of goods and equipment – from vehicles to electronics, and even the McDonalds McFlurry machines – maintain exclusive and costly rights to keep them working. La…
 
The push to curtail nondisclosure agreements in the workplace is spreading, with a new law in Washington state going further than ever to prevent employers from concealing harassment, discrimination, sexual assault and other illegal activity on the job. Law360’s Hannah Albarazi joins the show this week to discuss that statute and its implications f…
 
The population of homeless individuals across the country has continued to rise, and so have the lawsuits over the rights of the unhoused to occupy public spaces. On the other side of that fight however are business owners who are pressing cities to crack down on encampments that affect their livelihood. On this week’s episode we talk with Law360 r…
 
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s testimony on Capitol Hill this week was marked with the kind of partisan theatrics that have become standard for Supreme Court confirmations in recent years. But the hearings also allowed Jackson to speak at length about her judicial philosophy and the mindset she brings to the bench, at times clashing with her billing…
 
An increasing number of law clerks are speaking out about how they were harassed by judges they worked for. This week, we’re joined by Aliza Shatzman, a former D.C. Superior Court clerk who shares her story and explains what Congress can do to eliminate institutional barriers that hinder clerks from receiving help when they are in a similar situati…
 
As the war in Ukraine rages on, we turn our attention to how the U.S. legal system and the industry have reacted. First, we discuss the Justice Department’s task force that will hunt for sanctions violators and seize the assets of Russian oligarchs. Then, we talk about how BigLaw has reacted to the war – from pro bono efforts and donations to offic…
 
The battle to confirm Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Supreme Court begins later this month with much anticipated congressional hearings. On this week's Pro Say podcast we discuss a handful of her opinions that you should read before she heads to Capitol Hill. Also this week, we're joined by Law360 editor-at-large Andrew Strickler to break down a…
 
It was a monumental week for the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team, whose high-profile equal pay case ended in a settlement for $24 million in owed wages and strong equal pay protections moving forward. On this week’s episode of Pro Say we’re joined by Mayer Brown partner Nicole Saharsky, who represented the players during their appellate proceedin…
 
Both a Manhattan federal jury and a district judge rejected Sarah Palin's libel claims against The New York Times this week bringing an action-packed trial over a 2017 editorial to a close. On this week's episode, Law360's Frank Runyeon explains how the twisty case came to a close. Also this week, we look at Remington’s historic settlement with fam…
 
A judicial watchdog called out a Fifth Circuit judge last week for insisting that a Justice Department attorney remove his face mask, despite the attorney’s wish to keep it on in court. On this week’s episode of Pro Say we’re breaking down the complaint, which seems to encapsulate the fraught situation of covid protection and personal safety in the…
 
The NFL was hit with allegations of systemic racism in its hiring practices after a Black former Miami Dolphins head coach found out he had not been selected for a job opening before his interview had even taken place. This week we’re joined by Law360 senior sports reporter Zach Zagger to talk about the big charges leveled against the league. Also …
 
Stephen Breyer has never been the kind of Supreme Court justice to make headlines with his opinions and dissents, but he set the legal world abuzz this week with news of his impending retirement, opening up a key vacancy within the court’s dwindling liberal bloc. Law360 reporter and The Term co-host Jimmy Hoover joins the show this week to unpack B…
 
Environmental justice groups have been working for years to help communities facing health and environmental problems from nearby polluting industries, and three states have recently emerged as leaders in helping the cause. What are these states doing differently, and what lessons can the rest of the country take from them? Law360 senior environmen…
 
The Supreme Court late on Thursday blocked a Biden Administration rule that required private employers with 100 or more workers to implement a vaccine-or-test policy, but approved mandating vaccines for healthcare workers at facilities that receive government funding. On this week’s episode of Pro Say, we review the rulings on this hotly-contested …
 
This week a federal jury convicted former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes of defrauding investors, but cleared her of charges that she deceived patients with blood-testing technology she knew didn’t work. We’re joined by Law360 reporter Dorothy Atkins who covered the lengthy trial to walk us through which side was the big winner in the case, what it …
 
Tom Girardi allegedly grifted clients for years and got away with it. How could that happen, and who should have stopped him? On part two of our series exploring the downfall of Tom Girardi, Law360 reporter Brandon Lowrey shares the findings of his extensive investigation into the flaws in the system meant to hold attorney accountable. What he foun…
 
The Pro Say podcast is taking a break this week for the holiday. In its place, please enjoy Law360 Explores: The Fall Of Tom Girardi, a two-part series investigating how the life and career of one of America's most successful plaintiff's attorneys unraveled after he was accused of stealing money from clients. In part one of our series, we explain h…
 
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