Decades-Long SPAC Bet Pays Off for Law Boutique Beating Titans

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Douglas Ellenoff became a true believer in special purpose acquisition companies when his first one found him almost two decades before they became the next big thing on Wall Street.

But even he never foresaw $33 billion of deals being done in a single month, as was the case in February, or that they’d lure investors from hedge-fund billionaires to athletes and celebrities like Alex Rodriguez and Shaquille O’Neal. The feverish pace has Ellenoff’s 120-lawyer firm, Ellenoff Grossman & Schole, working harder, hiring faster, and watching its back more than ever to keep its lead in helping SPACs go public.

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Iowa governor signs GOP-backed voting changes bill into law

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds on Monday signed into law a Republican-backed bill that makes it harder to vote early, potentially eroding a key aspect of Democratic campaigns.

Republicans in the House and Senate quickly approved the changes over the opposition of all Democratic legislators. Republicans said the rules are needed to guard against voting fraud, though they noted Iowa has no history of election irregularities and that November’s election saw record turnout with no hint of problems in the state.

Reynolds said election integrity must be protected, claiming the law provides election officials with consistent

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Kim Reynolds, Iowa governor, signs controversial law shortening early and Election Day voting

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The legislation, which passed both Republican-controlled chambers of the state legislature last month, will reduce the number of early voting days from 29 days to 20 days. It will also close polling places an hour earlier on Election Day (at 8 p.m. instead of 9 p.m.).

The bill additionally places new restrictions on absentee voting including banning officials from sending applications without a voter first requesting one and requiring ballots be received by the county before polls close on Election Day.

“It’s our duty and responsibility to protect the integrity of every election. This legislation strengthens uniformity by providing Iowa’s

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Roberts Pens First High Court Solo Dissent in Free Speech Case (1)

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Chief Justice John Roberts racked up a first in his nearly 16 years on the Supreme Court bench: a solo dissent in an argued case.

The 66-year-old jurist is seen as a consensus builder on the conservative leaning court, whose job lately has been to narrow high court rulings and make slow changes the law.

But in a free speech case Monday, Roberts parted ways with his colleagues, saying nominal damages alone—something like $1—couldn’t keep a suit alive in federal court. “If nominal damages can preserve a live controversy, then federal courts will be required to give advisory opinions whenever

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N.Y.P.D. Releases Secret Misconduct Records After Repeal of Shield Law

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Nearly nine months after New York lawmakers, inspired by mass protests over police brutality, repealed a law that kept the discipline records of officers secret for decades, the New York Police Department on Monday began publishing some of the sealed information.

The department released partial disciplinary records for all 35,000 active police officers dating back to 2014 in an online database, searchable by name. Separately, officials posted redacted copies of more than 200 decisions by judges in administrative trials, going back to 2017.

The publication of the records was a major turning point for New York City and

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