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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

Nov 17 2017

DOJ bucks China, urges SCOTUS to hear case against vitamin cartel

On Tuesday, as President Donald Trump returned to Washington from his long trip to Asia, lawyers at the U.S. Justice Department defied China’s Ministry of Commerce in a brief (2017 WL 5479477) urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the dismissal of an antitrust class action against a cartel of Chinese vitamin manufacturers.

Nov 15 2017

New Weinstein lawsuits pit anonymous accusers against public’s right to know

A California actress sued Harvey Weinstein and The Weinstein Company on Tuesday, alleging that the producer raped her in 2016 in a Beverly Hills hotel room after inviting her to a meeting to discuss a role in a Weinstein television production.

Nov 14 2017

In California, anonymity for online reviewers is slipping away

For people who post anonymous reviews online – and for consumers who rely on those reviews – there’s both good and bad news in a decision Monday from the 4th Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal in Yelp v. Gregory Montagna.

Nov 13 2017

Travis Laster throws down new gauntlet to ‘entrepreneurial’ shareholder firms

The Delaware judge who led the Chancery Court’s crackdown on disclosure-only settlements in shareholder suits challenging M&A deals is once again making shareholder firms squirm.

Nov 09 2017

Chevron deference landmine lurks in new brief in SCOTUS whistleblower case

There’s a landmine buried in a footnote on the last page of Digital Realty’s newly filed reply brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case that will determine the scope of Dodd-Frank anti-retaliation protections for corporate whistleblowers. And if the justices step on it, they could blow up administrative law as it’s currently practiced.

Nov 09 2017

Boies firing by NYT spotlights advance conflict waivers, common but controversial

David Boies of Boies Schiller Flexner was fired by the New York Times Tuesday night, a few days after the New Yorker reported that Boies had signed a contract directing private investigators working for Harvey Weinstein to attempt to uncover information about the Times’ reporting on Weinstein’s alleged sexual abuses.

Nov 07 2017

7th Circuit confronts antitrust in the age of Big Data

On Monday, the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a preliminary injunction (2017 WL 5112979) that required competing car dealership software management companies to allow a data scraper to access information from consenting customers. The data scraper, Authenticom, had accused the dealership management companies of conspiring in violation of the Sherman Act to block Authenticom from obtaining information dealerships want to provide.

Nov 06 2017

How did Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya get into U.S. for Trump Tower meeting?

The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya resurfaced in news headlines on Monday, when Bloomberg reported her claims that Donald Trump Jr. indicated his father would reconsider a law sanctioning Russia if Trump won the presidency.

Nov 03 2017

How to scare away a lead plaintiff

When I first got a tip to check the docket of a securities class action against the biopharmaceutical company Tokai, I was expecting to find shady behavior by plaintiffs' lawyers. The case is just taking shape, and, all too often, competition for appointment as lead counsel brings out the worst in the class action bar.

Nov 02 2017

Delaware Supreme Court mulls allowing do-over derivative suits

The justices of Delaware’s Supreme Court didn’t ask a whole lot of questions during oral arguments Wednesday in their second consideration of a closely watched shareholder derivative suit against former board members of Wal-Mart – but the few posed by Justices Karen Valihura and Gary Traynor hinted that the court may be looking at a way to decide the case without upending longtime Delaware precedent on successive derivative suits by different shareholders.


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