Denied: A San Diego judge has denied class certification in the 2011 suit that generated a wave of alumni actions accusing law schools provided misleading post-graduate employment numbers, The National Law Journal reports. Four plaintiffs were pursuing a case against Thomas Jefferson School of Law, seeking to certify a class of graduates from 2006 to 2013.
Dropped: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has abandoned an earlier ruling that curtailed the power of judges to sign off on a wiretap that's outside the district where the order was approved, The Wall Street Journal reports. A three-judge panel, in a rare move, withdrew its earlier decision. The court's new ruling is here.
Charged: A six-lawyer firm in Louisville, Kentucky was sued yesterday over allegations attorneys paid real-estate kickbacks. "We are a family-owned firm that has been in business for over 40 years, and we would not and did not violate" the law, the firm said in a written statement. Read the rest of the story in The National Law Journal here.
Threatened: Advocacy groups are backing encrypted email service provider Lavabit in a contempt dispute in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. A trial judge in Virginia held Lavabit's founder in contempt for fighting the government's effort to force the provider to disclose electronic keys that would give prosecutors access to secure communication. The Electronic Frontier Foundation's brief is here, and click here for the brief from the American Civil Liberties Union.