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  • August 26, 2016

    HSBC To Pay $13M To End Privacy Row Over Recorded Calls

    HSBC Card Services Inc. has agreed to pay $13 million to resolve a consolidated proposed class action accusing the company of unlawfully recording debt-collection calls without the consent of consumers, according to documents filed Friday in California federal court.

  • August 26, 2016

    Aeropostale's Future In Doubt As Auction Looms

    The future of retailer Aeropostale appeared in doubt on Friday after the company’s attorney said it has received multiple bids to liquidate the business and a New York judge refused its request to limit leverage of lender Sycamore Partners, which Aeropostale accused of forcing it into Chapter 11, at an upcoming auction.

  • August 26, 2016

    Donald Trump Loses Bid To Block Experts In Trump U. Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday denied Donald Trump's bid to stop two marketing and real estate education experts from testifying in a class action over the advertising strategies of the defunct, for-profit company Trump University, finding the presidential candidate’s arguments unpersuasive.

  • August 26, 2016

    Judge Lifts The Brakes On Caesars Creditor Suits

    An Illinois bankruptcy judge on Friday rejected pleas by Caesars' indebted operating unit to protect the casino behemoth from four creditor lawsuits that have been on hold for months, saying that he wouldn't extend the stay beyond its Aug. 29 cutoff date. 

  • August 26, 2016

    EFH Gets Green Light For First Phase Of Ch. 11 Exit

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over Energy Future Holdings Corp.’s bankruptcy gave his OK on Friday to the first phase of the power giant’s Chapter 11 exit, allowing the company to spin off its major operating unit in what is hoped will be a mostly tax-free transaction.

  • August 26, 2016

    New Entrepreneur Rule Could Let Startup Founders Stay In US

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a proposed rule on Friday that would allow immigrant startup founders to receive temporary permission to be in the country, otherwise known as “parole,” setting the stage for a new potential way for foreign entrepreneurs to build companies in the U.S.

  • August 26, 2016

    PwC Reaches Deal Amid $5.5B Taylor Bean Trial

    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP has reached a midtrial settlement of claims brought by the trustee for Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. that the accounting giant allegedly made possible a $5.5 billion fraud at the bankrupt mortgage lender, an attorney for the trustee said Friday.

  • August 25, 2016

    Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood Beat Song Copyright Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge on Thursday tossed a copyright infringement suit against singers Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood over their song “Remind Me,” saying the 2011 chart-topper doesn’t steal a hook from a songwriter.

  • August 25, 2016

    RJ Reynolds Escapes Liability For Mom's Lung Cancer Death

    A Florida jury on Thursday found R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. not liable in an $8 million trial over a mother's lung cancer death, saying that either she was not addicted to cigarettes or that the addiction wasn't the cause of her death.

  • August 25, 2016

    ESPN Can't Dodge Privacy Suit Over Pierre-Paul Tweet

    New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul can proceed with his privacy suit against ESPN over a tweet depicting a photograph of his medical records, a Florida federal judge held Thursday, declining to toss the dispute despite First Amendment arguments raised by the media outlet.

  • August 25, 2016

    VW Settles With US Dealerships In Diesel Emissions Case

    Embattled automaker Volkswagen AG told a California federal judge during a hearing on Thursday that it has reached a settlement with more than 650 U.S. franchise dealerships to buy back cars rendered unsellable by its diesel emissions scandal, saying that the agreement will be filed with the court before October.

  • August 25, 2016

    GM Cleared By Jury In Texas Ignition Switch Trial

    A jury in Houston on Thursday afternoon found it was not a defect in GM's ignition switch that was responsible for the 2011 wreck that injured Zachary Stevens and killed another person, clearing the automotive giant following a three-week trial in a suit brought by Stevens.

  • August 25, 2016

    Nationwide Scope Of Immigration Action Block Challenged

    An immigrant whose work authorization period was reduced after a Texas judge blocked President Barack Obama’s immigration executive actions filed a complaint Thursday seeking to exempt New York residents from the Texas injunction, arguing that it is “unlawfully broad.”

  • August 25, 2016

    Mylan's Changes To EpiPen Prices A 'PR Fix,' Senator Says

    Mylan NV on Thursday said it would be expanding its program to help customers pay for its epinephrine injector EpiPen, in a move U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and America's Health Insurance Plans called inadequate to address its more than 400 percent increase of the drug’s price over seven years.

  • August 24, 2016

    Fairchild Still On The Hook For $140M Award, Judge Says

    A California federal court on Wednesday shut down a bid for a new trial and let stand a $140 million jury award against Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. for patent infringement, saying the company didn't even try to show how Power Integrations Inc.’s evidence was either unreliable or insufficient.

  • August 24, 2016

    1st Circ. Sides With Wal-Mart In Puerto Rico Tax Fight

    The First Circuit on Wednesday handed a win to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in its fight against an amended Puerto Rico tax law that allegedly affects only the megaretailer, agreeing with a district court that the tax is clearly “discriminatory” and affirming a permanent injunction on its enforcement.

  • August 24, 2016

    Michelin, Takata Win $80M Rollover Crash Suit In Fla. Trial

    A Florida jury on Wednesday afternoon cleared Michelin and Takata in an $80 million suit that alleged a defective tire and seat belt caused catastrophic injuries in a 2009 rollover crash of a Chevrolet Trailblazer.

  • August 24, 2016

    2nd. Circ. Affirms BlackBerry Win But Gives Investors Hope

    The Second Circuit affirmed on Wednesday that BlackBerry Ltd. and its executives had beaten a suit claiming they hid the bleak outlook for the company's Z10 device, but ordered a Manhattan federal judge to reconsider the investors' bid to refile with new evidence.

  • August 24, 2016

    Backpay Formula For Axed Workers Revised By NLRB

    The National Labor Relations Board voted 3-1 on Wednesday to revise its backpay formula for compensating workers found to have been unlawfully terminated, ordering a division of supermarket giant Kroger Co. to pay for a former employee’s interim-employment and search-for-work expenses.

  • August 24, 2016

    Cruise Ship Trumpeter Must Arbitrate Claims, 11th Circ. Says

    A seaman who worked in international waters on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship must bring his employment dispute through international arbitration even though he is a U.S. citizen and the ship is based in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Law Libraries

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    As advances in technology continue to push law libraries in a more complex direction, many law firms are still making structural mistakes. Fahad Zaidi, senior consultant at HBR Consulting, notes five common pitfalls that law firms should be wary of when developing their libraries.

  • Law Students Should Explore BigLaw Pro Bono Options

    Michael Scudder

    I worry too many law students see the priorities of BigLaw in tension with a meaningful commitment to pro bono work, making them reluctant to ask questions in interviews about pro bono opportunities and a firm’s commitment to its community. This needs to change, says Skadden partner and former White House legal adviser Michael Scudder.

  • Writing Arbitration Clauses To Get The Arbitration You Want

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    Agreeing to arbitration clauses can be complicated because you may risk locking in a factually incorrect judgment. Merril Hirsh and Nicholas Schuchert of Troutman Sanders LLP explain the mechanics of the Federal Arbitration Act and how to ensure you find the right arbitration laws for your case.

  • BigLaw’s (Crowded) Passage To India?

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    The imminent green light for foreign firms to get into India’s market will be a bellwether of law firm behavior. The impulse to follow the crowd into the new frontier will be great, but smart firms will take a long hard look at who they are before making the passage to India, says Mark A. Cohen, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.