April 2023 Trending Legal News and Issues

April 2023 Legal Trends and News

A monthly recap of April 2023 trending legal news
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This post is a new “series,” where I will recap every month in all of its legal glory. I decided to write—and pin—this article to the top of my Substack newsletter. Anyone stopping by can get a glimpse of the recent legal issues. This post is written in reverse order.

 Stay up-to-date with the latest legal issues by reading this monthly recap.
MidJourney prompt: commercial photograph of the scales of justice, on black isolated plain, tack sharp, –ar 9:16

Without further ado …

April 2023

This month marked a whole storm of unprecedented lawsuits with super-sized payouts:

On the other end of the spectrum, Gwyneth Paltrow is victorious in her counter-lawsuit against Dr. Terry Sanderson for $1 from an accident that occurred … on the bunny slops.

The Supreme Court was in the news twice this month, the first when Justice Clarence Thomas got heat … again … for his questionable ethical behavior. It also decided that Mifepristone will remain in the market pending the appeal process of U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s order to not allow the drug to be mailed.

Meanwhile, President Trump was arraigned (pled not guilty) on more than 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to the Stormy Daniels hush money. This would be the first time that a president was arraigned.

  • He also decided to file a lawsuit against his ex-attorney Michael Cohen for $500 mil in a breach of contract claim.
  • The President will square off with E. Jean Carroll in a civil lawsuit for defamation.

Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson (two Democrats) were expelled from the chamber after they joined gun control protests at the Tennessee State Capitol, in this rarely used maneuver. That a third person, Rep. Gloria Johnson, was not expelled after missing by a narrow margin of 1, had people speculating about the racial component … as the two who were expelled were Black.

And speaking of lawsuits, Disney sued DeSantis, claiming he organized retaliatory efforts against the company for exercising its free speech rights.

We also got the first possible AI defamation lawsuit. First of many, I think.

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