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Comedian Bill Cosby convicted of sexual assault in retrial

Bill Cosby reacts while being notified a verdict is in at the Montgomery County Courthouse in his sexual assault retrial, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 26, 2018. Mark Makela/Pool via Reuters

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Comedian Bill Cosby was convicted on Thursday on all three counts of drugging and molesting a onetime friend in 2004, a decisive victory for prosecutors in one of the first celebrity sexual-assault trials of the #MeToo era.  Full Article 

U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen departs federal court in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Judge appoints 'special master' to review seized Trump lawyer documents

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON - A judge ruled on Thursday that an independent official called a special master should be the first to examine documents seized by FBI agents from U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.  Full Article 

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Ajit Pai speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, U.S., February 23, 2018. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Democratic senators urge FCC to halt media ownership rule changes

More than 20 Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai not to approve any transfers of broadcast TV licenses as part of proposed mergers pending a federal court ruling.  Full Article 

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Bill Cosby, once beloved 'America's Dad,' convicted of sexual assault

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Johnson & Johnson wins appeal to overturn $151 million hip implant verdict

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Trump lawyer Cohen will invoke 5th Amendment rights in Stormy Daniels case

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New York taxi drivers call for pay guarantee, limits on cars for hire

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Steven Cohen's Point72 is sued over use of California money manager's name

Billionaire Steven A. Cohen's hedge fund firm was sued on Wednesday by a San Francisco money manager seeking to stop it from using its name on a new investing project.

 A general view of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, U.S., January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

U.S. top court refuses to widen whistleblower protections

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to broaden protections for corporate insiders who call out misconduct, throwing out a lawsuit brought against a real estate trust by a former employee who had reported alleged wrongdoing internally but not to the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Full Article 

5th Circuit mounts searing attack on plaintiffs' lawyer Mark Lanier

Mark Lanier of the Lanier Law Firm is one of the most successful trial lawyers in the country. Trained as a pastor, he has an uncanny rapport with jurors, who have bestowed upon him enormous verdicts: $253 million against Merck in a 2005 Vioxx trial; $6 billion (yes, billion) against Takeda in a 2014 trial over the diabetes drug Actos; $502 million against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy in a 2016 trial over metal-on-metal hip implants.

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