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31 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Ep. 210: New York’s Weed Law Aims For A True Clean Slate
Earlier this year, New York joined the growing list of states to legalize recreational marijuana. But the Empire State’s law goes a step further by automatically expunging hundreds of thousands of cannabis-related criminal convictions, offering a clean slate to those hampered by aggressive enforcement in the past. Law360 reporter Marco Poggio joins the show this week to break down the impact of this provision, the challenges that lie ahead, and the likelihood of other states following New York’s lead. Also this week: intrigue in Florida where a federal judge ordered a new trial after learning government prosecutors had deliberately spied on defense strategy meetings; and a huge jury award for a former Walmart employee fired after the company refused to accommodate her disability.
64 minutes | Jul 20, 2021
Pro Say Movie Club - A Few Good Men
In the Pro Say Movie Club it is our code built on honor and respect for the chain of command to carefully break down outrageous courtroom showdowns in legal cinema. That’s why this week we’re talking about A Few Good Men, the gripping 1992 drama featuring Tom Cruise as a cocky young Navy lawyer who prides himself on never seeing the inside of a courtroom, until he finds purpose in defending two marines accused of murder. Cruise faces off with Jack Nicholson in one of the most iconic trial confrontations in movie history. We discuss just how accurate that witness examination really is, some of our favorite scenes from the movie, and whether we can, in fact, handle the truth.
40 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Ep. 209: Guardianship Abuse Goes Way Beyond Britney
Britney Spears’ battle against a guardianship that she says is unwarranted and abusive is a high-profile case, but it is far from the only one questioning the legal mechanism that can strip people of their rights to basic self-determination. On this week’s episode we talk with Law360 features reporter Cara Bayles about just what’s going on with the guardianship system. Also this week: Joe Exotic, the eccentric Oklahoma zookeeper at the center of Netflix’s hit documentary ‘Tiger King,’ wins an appeal following his criminal trial; actor Justin Theroux notches a victory in a long-running and dramatic property dispute with his attorney neighbor; and a Wisconsin state judge gets dinged for brandishing a firearm during a court proceeding.
52 minutes | Jul 13, 2021
Pro Say Movie Club - Legally Blonde
For the first episode of our new summer movie series, we’re watching the iconic 2001 law school comedy “Legally Blonde,” in which sorority queen Elle Woods conquers Harvard Law. What, like it’s hard? What begins as a scheme to win back her boyfriend turns into a journey of self-realization for Elle, who teaches us along the way that lawyers come in all forms, and that staying true to yourself is the key to unlocking your full potential. Or, put another way: You can wear pink and still be a successful attorney. We’ll break down our favorite scenes, what the movie got right or got wrong about the law and its lasting impact on the legal industry on this week’s episode.
39 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
Ep. 208: The Legal Fallout Of The Florida Condo Collapse
This week we’re discussing the legal dimensions of the tragic collapse of the Champlain Towers condominium complex in Surfside, Florida. We unpack the litigation that has followed the disaster, the lawyers working the case pro bono, and the lessons to be learned that could help prevent future tragedies. Also this week, a wrap-up of the latest Supreme Court term with Law360 reporter Jimmy Hoover, and a Fifth Circuit ruling with big consequences for mandatory bar fees. Finally, stay tuned next week as we drop the first episode in our new summer legal movie series: The Pro Say Movie Club.
2 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
NEW SUMMER SERIES: The Pro Say Movie Club!
The hosts of the Pro Say podcast love talking about two things: the law and the movies. So we're going to spend our summer bringing them together for the Pro Say Movie Club, a new limited-run podcast series about the greatest films in legal cinema history — from “My Cousin Vinny” to “A Few Good Men” and everything in between. Episodes will drop every Tuesday starting on July 13, when we journey to Harvard Law School with Elle Woods in “Legally Blonde.”
37 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Ep. 207: Bill Cosby Is A Free Man. Why?
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court threw out Bill Cosby’s sexual assault conviction this week, ruling that the disgraced comedian was improperly prosecuted after being promised immunity. On this week’s show, the hosts break down the court’s decision and its implication for the post-#MeToo legal landscape. Also on the show, on the final day of the Supreme Court term, the justices uphold controversial voting restrictions in Arizona; and RobinHood is hit with a record regulatory fine for lax oversight that harmed millions of its customers.
37 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Ep. 206: High Court Strikes Blow Against NCAA
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this week that the NCAA violated federal antitrust laws by barring student athletes from receiving compensation. The decision wasn’t a sweeping overhaul for players, but it could open the door to new, broader challenges at a time when college sports are already changing. We’re joined this week by Law360 senior sports law reporter Zach Zagger to break down the ruling and what it might mean going forward. Also this week: Harvard University wins a lawsuit seeking tuition refunds over COVID-19; the Supreme Court sides with a high school cheerleader who dropped F-bombs while off-campus; and a former BigLaw associate is in hot water after allegedly faking thousands of hours of pro bono work.
35 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Ep. 205: What’s Driving The BigLaw Salary Wars?
Elite law firms across the country are racing to heap higher salaries and big new bonuses onto associates — a surprising development at the tail end of a global pandemic where economic belt-tightening was a common theme. We’re joined this week by Law360 legal industry editor Natalie Rodriguez to explain the so-called ‘salary wars’ in BigLaw, including what firms are bumping pay, why they’re doing it, and what might be next. Also this week: The U.S. Supreme Court issues big rulings on Obamacare and gay rights; a federal court upholds a Houston hospital’s vaccine mandate for workers; and Zoom mishaps abound during jury selection down in Texas.
34 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Ep. 204: Toyota May Have Bribed Some Judges. The Feds Are On It.
Toyota is under federal investigation for allegedly bribing Supreme Court judges in Thailand in an effort to overturn a $350 million tax judgment. Law360's Frank Runyeon joins the show this week to explain what we know so far about the unfolding scandal. Also this week, we discuss an insurance suit that weighs whether the coronavirus or government orders were to blame for losses to a strip club; the DOJ recovering millions in ransom paid to hackers who halted operations of Colonial Pipeline; and a law student's homage to Legally Blonde that caught the eye of Reese Witherspoon.
28 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Ep. 203: NFL Drops Race-Based Tests For Concussion Payouts
The NFL has agreed to end the use of a controversial race-based method of evaluating brain damage claims as part of its billion-dollar concussion settlement, months after a federal judge said she was “concerned” by the practice. On this week’s show, we’re breaking down the controversy, the NFL’s new move and what it means going forward. Plus, a Supreme Court ruling on a federal hacking law that critics warned could criminalize normal internet users; and more blowback from the bench for law firm Robbins Geller, this time over “reprehensible" efforts to steer a case toward a Long Island courthouse.
27 minutes | May 28, 2021
Ep. 202: Amazon Joins The Big Tech Antitrust Party
Amazon was hit with an antitrust lawsuit from Washington DC’s attorney general this week, accusing the tech giant of crushing competition and driving up prices. On this week’s show, Alex and Bill break down the new lawsuit and how it compares to recent similar cases against Google and Facebook. Also this week: A prominent plaintiffs firm is scolded for “fraud” and booted from a securities class action related to the FIFA bribery scandal, and a Trump-era ambassador sues over a verbal promise from Mike Pompeo to pay his legal bills.
40 minutes | May 21, 2021
Ep. 201: The Thorny Law That Brought Down A DA
An elected North Carolina district attorney was recently forced out of office via an obscure state law. Some say this was an instance of the law holding a DA accountable for ethical breaches, but others fear the state law could be used to punish DAs for unpopular decisions. On this week’s episode of Pro Say we welcome Law360 ethics expert Andrew Strickler to unpack this unusual ouster. Also this week: The Supreme Court takes up a bombshell abortion rights case with the potential to undo Roe v. Wade; lawsuits stemming from the GameStop trading saga from earlier this year get bundled into multidistrict litigation; and a former MLB pitcher claims that the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal cost him more than his career -- his trade secrets were also stolen.
39 minutes | May 14, 2021
Ep. 200: The Abrupt Fall Of The SEC's New Top Cop
Just a week into her tenure as a high-ranking SEC official, former BigLaw partner Alex Oh abruptly resigned in April — with little indication as to why. Now, the former Paul Weiss attorney has been sanctioned over a tense deposition in a human rights case against Exxon. On this week’s episode, Law360 senior securities reporter Deal Seal joins the show to unpack this messy situation. Also this week: A Texas bankruptcy judge dismisses the NRA’s bankruptcy case on account of bad faith; New Jersey sets strict guidelines on attorney accolades like Super Lawyers; and a Michigan man shows up for Zoom court with an unfortunate (and hilarious) screen name.
38 minutes | May 7, 2021
Ep. 199: A Tense Battle Over Vaccine IP
Covid-19 vaccines have hit the market, but there remains a huge discrepancy in access to the life-saving treatments between rich and poor countries. This week, the Biden administration endorsed a suspension of global intellectual property rules that advocates say will help worldwide vaccine distribution, teeing up a closely watched clash with the pharmaceutical industry. Law360’s Ryan Davis joins the show this week to break down this high-stakes collision of trade law, IP rights and public health. Also this week, a D.C. judge strikes down a federal eviction ban sparked by the pandemic, and the U.S. Tax Court puts a dollar figure to the complicated public image of Michael Jackson. Finally, the attorney who got tossed out of the Second Circuit for “discourteous” behavior gets a formal rebuke.
37 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Ep. 198: What Opioid Crisis? Drugmakers Test Bold New Tack
After years of denying responsibility for the opioid crisis, major drugmakers are trying out a bolder defense in a trial that just kicked off in California: downplaying the severity of the crisis itself. This week, we’re breaking down the big trial and this new strategy, plus: Accusations that Bayer is running a “pay-to-appeal scheme” to help beat cancer litigation about Roundup weedkiller; A crash of a self-driving Tesla highlights legal uncertainty over who should be held liable for automated car wrecks; and a Morrison & Foerster staffer pleads guilty to spending more than $400,000 of firm money on personal products like “butt-enhancing trunks.”
48 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Ep. 197: How Derek Chauvin Was Convicted Of Murder
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday for the murder of George Floyd, following a weeks-long trial that captured the world’s attention. Law360’s senior trials reporter Cara Bayles was there every step of the way, and she joins us this week to break it all down — the big takeaways, the key moments, and what the verdict might mean for future police brutality cases. Also this week: A messy story about a BigLaw attorney in hot water over lies to a federal judge; a look back at Bernie Madoff’s massive fraud in light of his recent death; and a victory for MLB umpire Joe West in a defamation lawsuit against a former player who falsely accused him of accepting a bribe.
48 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
Ep. 196: Amazon Didn’t Unionize. What’s Next?
A landmark union push at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama ended in defeat Friday as workers decisively opted against organizing. While the outcome is a setback for organized labor, it may not be the end of the story. This week, we’re joined by Law360’s Braden Campbell to discuss the closely watched vote and the union’s looming effort to challenge the results. Also this week, a parent charged in the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal sues Netflix over his depiction in a documentary about the case; federal regulators start cracking down on Wall Street’s booming market for so-called blank check companies known as SPACs; and finally, Amber regails the boys with a story from her hometown about a man who would do anything for his wife, even if it meant pretend-killing her to escape fraud charges.
40 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
Ep. 195: Google Wins ‘Copyright Lawsuit Of The Decade’
For more than a decade, Google and Oracle have been duking it out over the extent to which individual companies can control an important building-block component of computer software code -- with Google potentially on the hook for billions of dollars in damages and the future of the technology industry seemingly at stake. On Monday, we finally got an answer from the Supreme Court, which avoided a critical copyright question but found that Google had made fair-use out of Oracle’s software code. Our own Bill Donahue has been tracking this case for years, and breaks down what the ruling means on this week’s Pro Say. Also this week, Amber catches us up on a pair of insurance coverage and tuition reimbursement suits stemming from COVID; and “Trade Law with A-Law” makes a triumphant return as Alex breaks down how courts have tackled the Trump administration’s national security tariffs.
36 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
Ep. 194: NCAA Finds Few Fans At The High Court
The fierce debate over the NCAA’s restrictions on paying college athletes reached the Supreme Court this week, with justices from across the ideological spectrum openly criticizing the current structure of college sports. On this week’s Pro Say, we break down the case and the tough questions lobbed by the justices. Also this week, the high court relaxes rules aimed at limiting media consolidation and a New York attorney’s refusal to wear a mask results in his case getting tossed. Finally, the gang commemorates Opening Day with a lawsuit from a former MLB pitcher claiming that the Houston Astros’ bombshell cheating scandal cost him his career.
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