Afternoon Briefs: Crowell merger introduced; choose reverses himself on juror vaccinations
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Crowell & Moring will merge with IP agency
Crowell & Moring is merging with Chicago-based Brinks Gilson & Lione, a 61-lawyer mental property legislation agency. Crowell can have greater than 625 attorneys after the merger, with new places of work in Chicago and Indianapolis. Crowell has additionally begun a course of with the Chinese authorities to open an workplace in Shenzhen, China, with Brinks Gilson’s professionals there. (Law.com, Crowell & Moring press release)
Judge reverses himself on juror vaccinations
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio has reversed his preliminary determination to robotically disqualify potential jurors who’re unvaccinated for COVID-19 in an opioid lawsuit towards a number of pharmacy chains. Polster stated the defendants had made good points about how tossing unvaccinated jurors might have an effect on the demographics of jury pool. (Reuters, Law360, Polster’s June 23 order)
Judge blocks debt aid for minority farmers
A federal choose in Jacksonville, Florida, has issued a nationwide injunction blocking a provision of the stimulus bundle that forgave federally backed agricultural debt of “socially disadvantaged” farmers. Black, Hispanic and Asian farmers are amongst those that are deemed socially deprived. U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard of the Middle District of Florida stated this system discriminated based mostly on race and sure violated the equal safety clause. (The Washington Post, Pacific Legal Foundation press release, Howard’s June 23 decision)