Fukushima Class Action

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of United States service members’ claims against Tokyo Electric Power Company and General Electric alleging they were exposed to radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Japanese law required the dismissal of claims against GE and claims against TEPCO were dismissed on international comity grounds.  

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Ex-Watergate Prosecutors Say Flynn Case Shouldn’t Be Dismissed

Calling the request “extraordinary,” 16 former Watergate prosecutors cautioned the D.C. Circuit on Friday against forcing a federal judge to immediately dismiss the criminal case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Serial Numbers

The Second Circuit upheld a defendant’s sentencing enhancement for possessing a firearm with an “altered or obliterated serial number.” The defendant, whose gun had a serial number in three places, argued that “one iteration” of the serial number was legible so that the characters on the other two could be “easily inferred.” The court ruled the enhancement applies even if just one serial number is altered.

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Fiduciary Duty

An appeals court in California upheld the denial of an anti-SLAPP motion brought by the former chairman of a Chinese transportation construction company who faces claims that he breached his fiduciary duty by allegedly accepting $19 million in bribes. The former chairman claimed the company is a “component of China’s military industrial complex involved in developing magnetic levitation military weapons.”

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