Morning Docket: 01.18.24

* Lawyer sentenced 4 to 23 months for trading representation for sex acts. Yet again the billable hour triumphs over alternative fee arrangements. [ABA Journal]

* Things look bleak for Chevron, soon-to-be toppled by a literal red herring. [Slate]

* Supreme Court also considered whether a pure omission amounts to securities fraud. [Bloomberg Law News]

* In the UK, Conservatives launch negative campaign against Labour leader for having been a lawyer. [LegalCheek]

* Fifth Circuit blocks Texas book ban. [NBC News]

* Private equity practices poised for growth as dealmakers embrace the end of the-little-recession-that-couldn’t. [American Lawyer]

* Bill Barr’s new law firm adds a bunch of the other former White House lawyers who pushed back against the insurrection making them “too disgraced from working with Trump for most firms… not quite disgraced enough to work for a firm that could ever work for Trump again.” Good luck in that niche. [Reuters]

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