Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.
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NEW YORK U.S. President Donald Trump bowed to political pressure and changed his immigration policy on Wednesday. In an executive order, the president said immigration officials would no longer separate migrant parents and children stopped at U.S. borders but would instead detain families together for as long as it takes to complete criminal or immigration proceedings against them.
Fujifilm filed a $1 billion complaint in Manhattan federal court Monday, accusing Xerox of breaching a $6.1 billion agreement that would have given the Japanese company control of its longtime joint venture partner. Fujifilm claims that when the Xerox board voted to terminate the transaction on May 13, it surrendered “to the whims of activist investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason,” who own a combined 15 percent of Xerox’s shares and now control the Xerox board. The Japanese company wants Xerox to pay at least $1 billion in damages in addition to its $183 million breakup fee for the failed deal.
In a newly unsealed motion, the plaintiffs’ firm Labaton Sucharow has asked U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf of Boston to consider stepping aside from an inquiry into a $70 million fee award to Labaton and other firms that obtained a $300 million class action settlement with State Street Bank. Labaton’s motion, originally filed last week under seal, argues that Judge Wolf has injected unsupported allegations of misconduct and public corruption into the inquiry, calling his impartiality into doubt.
When Esquire Bank went public in 2017, it pitched itself to investors as a new kind of financial institution, tailoring bespoke banking services to mass torts and class action lawyers who need reliable cash flow. “We believe the litigation industry has significant growth potential for us across the lending and depository spectrum,” Esquire said in its prospectus. The bank promised to leverage the relationships of the prominent trial lawyers on its board of directors and advisory board – among them Russ Herman of Herman Herman & Katz, a pre-IPO investor in Esquire - to capitalize on the surge in litigation finance as an alternative asset class.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows young people brought to this country illegally as children to apply for work permits and Social Security numbers, is an unconstitutional exercise of executive branch power. The U.S. government nevertheless continues to process renewal applications by DACA recipients in order to comply with sweeping injunctions issued by federal district judges in Brooklyn (279 F.Supp.3d 401) and San Francisco (279 F.Supp.3d 1011).
On the day after federal investigators raided the homes and office of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump tweeted, “Attorney-client privilege is dead.” It’s not.
The obvious takeaway from the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ milestone ruling Wednesday in LabMD v. Federal Trade Commission (2018 WL 2714747) is that the FTC is probably going to have to tailor the conditions it imposes on companies it has accused of failing to safeguard consumer data. The 11th Circuit said the FTC’s cease and desist order against LabMD, a cancer-screening company that went out of business in the course of litigating against the commission, was unenforceable because it required the company to meet a vague standard of reasonableness. If the ruling stands, the FTC will have to set specific data security benchmarks for corporate defendants.
The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System is scheduled to inform U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf of Boston whether it wants to continue to serve as lead plaintiff in a $300 million class action against State Street by the end of the day on Wednesday, a week after an extraordinary hearing in which the judge questioned the fund’s executive director about ATRS’ relationship with the plaintiffs’ firm Labaton Sucharow and hinted he may not allow the fund to continue to lead the case because of conflict concerns.
President Trump’s Justice Department is going to have an opportunity to convince an en banc appellate court to take away one of the most powerful tools available to Democratic state attorneys general and civil rights groups attempting to block presidential policies. On Monday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals granted DOJ’s petition for en banc review of an April 19 decision (888 F.3d 272) upholding a nationwide injunction against the Justice Department policy of withholding grant money to so-called sanctuary jurisdictions.
In 1997, Neil Eggleston represented Bill Clinton’s administration at the District of Columbia U.S. Court of Appeals in a fight over documents from the White House’s internal investigation of onetime cabinet member Mike Espy. Espy was under scrutiny from an independent counsel, Donald Smaltz, for allegedly accepting gifts from organizations with business before his department. Smaltz, who was conducting a grand jury investigation, wanted to see what Clinton’s advisers had turned up in their own inquiry. Eggleston argued the subpoenaed documents were shielded by executive privilege.
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