Winter Storm Windfall: Big Law Gets the Work to Defend Flood of Litigation

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Winter storm litigation that has hit Texas’ electric grid operator and power companies has brought work for Big Law firms, like Baker Botts, Winstead and Latham & Watkins.

In the latest example, Latham & Watkins on Tuesday entered appearances for Symmetry Energy Solutions in litigation by a business, Certified Roses Inc., which alleged the natural gas company charged it nearly $249,000 for gas in February.

The defense representation—by partner Johanna Spellman of Chicago, and Washington, D.C.-based partner Nicholas Boyle and associate Jessica Bratten—first surfaced on Law.com Radar. Lawyers from Jackson Walker in Texas also represent Symmetry.

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Grease trap safety measures passed by NY Assembly

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A state proposal named in honor of a 3-year-old Rochester boy to improve grease trap safety moved one step closer to becoming a reality after a unanimous vote by the state Assembly Wednesday.

Bryce’s Law, named after Bryce Raynor, would require grease traps at food service businesses to increase safety, according to a release from state Assemblywoman Sarah Clark, D-Rochester. “This legislation will help prevent future tragedies like this one by creating guidelines for grease traps and interceptors that are located in public areas and making them safer for the public.” 

Raynor slipped through a grease trap at Tim Hortons

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Federal district court judge withdraws opinion in exam school case, saying ‘I was misled’

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Withdrawing the opinion in no way changes the fate of hundreds of students who were accepted to the exam schools this fall under a temporary admission plan that is at the center of the court case. Young upheld the legality of that plan in April and said the judgment stands as he decides whether to formally reopen the case.

He suggested any change in admission decisions would be too disruptive, given the new school year starts in two months, and because of that he questioned whether the plaintiffs would still have standing, suggesting their concerns may no longer be relevant.

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UP jails no more ‘fun’ centres for criminals: Yogi Adityanath

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The chief minister warned that his government will not let mafias have their say.

Jails in Uttar Pradesh are no more “fun” centres for criminals and they have turned into “reform homes” for them, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday.

The chief minister proclaimed it while inaugurating and laying foundation stones for 122 developmental projects worth ₹ 245 crore in Sant Kabir Nagar district.

The projects also included the district prison built at ₹ 126 crore.

“We have converted state jails into reform homes where criminals are being given an opportunity to reform. The UP jails are no more

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Police Ambushed by ‘Violent Career Criminal’ With Automatic Weapon in Newly Released Video

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A newly released video shows Florida sheriff’s deputies being ambushed last month by a suspect described as a “violent career criminal.”

The incident occurred on Aug. 30 near West Melbourne as a routine traffic stop, according to KABC. Deputies with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office had pulled over a vehicle with three adult passengers and a two-month-old infant.

After making some conversation with the two others, the deputies ask the third passenger to exit the vehicle.

As seen in the video, that passenger quickly exits the vehicle and opens fire on the officers with an automatic firearm, forcing them to

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