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• Is the Minnesota attorney general’s office being hijacked by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg? That’s the question being raised by the conservative-leaning Upper Midwest Law Center. It has sued for more information about a fellow working in the office. The fellow comes from a law school environmental center that is partly funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. (The Twin Cities Pioneer Press, MPR News)
• The U.S. Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would let federal contractors cite religious objections as a valid reason to discriminate against their workers. Critics say the proposal is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, single mothers and others. (BuzzFeed News, the Washington Post)
• Irell & Manella managing partner David Gindler is moving to Milbank and taking three other intellectual-property lawyers with him. Gindler was Irell & Manella’s managing partner since January and was the third person to hold the position within a couple years. The American Lawyer says the move is a big loss of talent for Irell, “a highly profitable firm that has nonetheless seen its head count and revenue fall in recent years.” (The American Lawyer)
• A New Jersey judge has temporarily blocked a new law that allows doctors to prescribe life-ending medications. Judge Paul Innes said state agencies had failed to draft regulations providing guidance to doctors as required by the law. (The Asbury Park Press)
• A Missouri judge has ordered the release of a man imprisoned 20 years for a double murder after finding clear and convincing evidence of his innocence. Prosecutors have 30 days to decide whether to retry Ricky Kidd. (The Associated Press)