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Porn Star's Lawyer Faces Setbacks

For weeks, California lawyer Michael Avenatti has seized a starring role in the hush-money scandal unfolding around President Donald Trump.
 Inside a courtroom in New York on Wednesday, a federal judge decided she had heard enough from Mr. Avenatti, telling him to take his “publicity tour” elsewhere.
 “You are entitled to publicity so long as--that is, I can't stop you, unless you are participating in this matter before me,” U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood told the square-jawed, 47-year-old lawyer.

For Some Class-Action Lawyers, Charity Begins and Ends at Home

If an attorney raids a client's settlement money, he'll get disbarred and could go to prison for embezzlement. But if the same attorney raids settlement money from a class-action suit, charities may laud him and courts award him millions of dollars. My colleagues and I are asking the Supreme Court to put an end to the abuse of a trust-law doctrine known as cy pres, under which class-action lawyers have funneled millions of dollars of settlement money to select charities.

Cohen Lawyer Seeks Case Delay

LOS ANGELES—Lawyers for President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen asked a federal judge here Friday to halt a civil case against him in light of the criminal investigation embroiling him in New York.
 “We're asking for a brief hit-the-pause button,” said Brent Blakely, an attorney for Mr. Cohen, referring to a suit filed in early March by Stephanie Clifford, a former adult film actress.

$11 Million a Year for a Law Partner? Bidding War Grows at Top-Tier Firms

At a time when many law firm partnerships are revolving doors, the move by several partners from one large firm to another would hardly merit headlines.

Unless the firms in question are the old-line Cravath, Swaine & Moore and the disruptive Kirkland & Ellis, and the money involved is so big that star partners are being valued like Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes.

Trump Lawyer Used His Own Money to Pay Actress

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, said he paid $130,000 out of his own pocket to an adult-movie actress who alleged a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump.
 The Wall Street Journal reported in January that Mr. Cohen made the payment in October 2016 through a limited liability company in exchange for the adult-movie star, Stephanie Clifford, signing a nondisclosure agreement about her allegations of a sexual encounter with Mr. Trump in 2006.

New York Rewrites Harassment Laws, but Some Say the Changes Fall Short

ALBANY — New York will ban most nondisclosure agreements and mandatory arbitration in sexual harassment complaints, and will require government employees found responsible for committing harassment to refund any taxpayer-financed payouts, according to a revision of state laws adopted by the Legislature on Friday.

GOP, Bar Association Tangle Over Judicial Nominations

The American Bar Association has been a key gatekeeper for the federal courts since it began evaluating judicial nominees in the 1940s, but it is losing influence among Republicans in the U.S. Senate who view it as a liberal group.
 Tensions between Senate Republicans and the association, the largest organization of lawyers in the nation, have escalated in recent weeks after the ABA pronounced a Nebraska lawyer unfit to serve on the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, citing his “deeply-held social agenda.”