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  • December 9, 2016

    Arista Infringes 2 Cisco Network Patents, ITC Judge Rules

    Arista Networks. infringed two of six network technology patents asserted by Cisco Systems, a U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled Friday in one of several IP cases between the tech companies.

  • December 9, 2016

    FINRA Seeks Information From Fired Wells Fargo Reps

    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority on Friday asked former employees of Wells Fargo to come forward if they believe the bank fired them for blowing the whistle on its sham customer accounts and used termination notices to further retaliate or hide its tracks.

  • December 9, 2016

    Och-Ziff Contractor Cops To Bribing African Officials

    The son of the former prime minister of Gabon faces up to five years in U.S. prison after pleading guilty in Brooklyn federal court Friday to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act while acting as a contractor for New York-based hedge fund Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC.

  • December 9, 2016

    Obama Orders Review On Russian Activity In 2016 Election

    President Barack Obama has directed intelligence officials to conduct a full review into Russian involvement in the November election as top members of Congress intensify calls for the White House to share what has already been gathered about Russian intrusion, according to news reports on Friday.

  • December 9, 2016

    1,000 Russian Athletes Benefited From Doping, WADA Says

    The World Anti-Doping Agency published the second portion of an independent investigation into Russia’s state-sponsored doping ring Friday, finding that more than 1,000 athletes benefited from, or directly participated in, the regime.

  • December 9, 2016

    USPTO Grilled Over Patent Amending Rules At Fed. Circ.

    Federal Circuit judges sitting en banc probed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board rule Friday that makes it more difficult for patent owners to amend challenged patent claims, questioning whether the measure runs counter to the America Invents Act.

  • December 9, 2016

    21st-Century Fox Offers To Buy The Rest Of Sky PLC For $14B

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. has offered to buy all of the outstanding shares of British telecom giant Sky PLC that it does not already own in a deal worth roughly $14.1 billion, the companies said Friday.

  • December 8, 2016

    Monsanto Hit With 1st State PCB Suit As Wash. Joins Fight

    Washington on Thursday became the first state to sue Monsanto Co. over pollution from a once widely used chemical now known to cause cancer and immune system problems in humans and devastate wildlife populations, saying the state's damages may reach into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

  • December 8, 2016

    Michael Foods Settles Egg Price-Fix MDL For $75M

    Packaged goods holding company Post Holdings Inc. will pay $75 million to settle class claims against Michael Foods Inc. from direct purchasers of shell eggs in multidistrict litigation alleging a price-fixing conspiracy, the company announced on Thursday.

  • December 8, 2016

    Fed Circ. Could Make Claim Amendment In AIA Reviews Easier

    One of the more contentious topics in patent law of late will be in front of the Federal Circuit on Friday when the full court hears arguments involving an Aqua Products pool cleaner patent, which the company previously asserted in litigation, that could make it easier for patent owners to amend their claims in America Invents Act reviews.

  • December 8, 2016

    Bigger Regulatory Role Seen For States With Pruitt-Led EPA

    President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signals that Trump is serious about decimating the Obama administration’s climate change-focused agenda and having states take the wheel on crafting environmental and energy policy.

  • December 8, 2016

    Bristol-Myers Squibb To Pay $19.5M Over Abilify Marketing

    Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay $19.5 million to 42 states and Washington, D.C., to settle claims that the company allegedly improperly marketed the antipsychotic drug Abilify, multiple states’ attorneys general announced Wednesday.

  • December 8, 2016

    SEC Enforcement Head Leaving Agency By End Of Month

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Division Director Andrew J. Ceresney will step down from his post as the agency’s top cop, the SEC announced Thursday, ending a nearly four-year term in which the agency brought record numbers of actions and collected billions in fines from wrongdoers.

  • December 8, 2016

    SEC Chair Warns Trump Not To Eliminate Dodd-Frank Rules

    Outgoing U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White on Thursday joined the chorus of financial regulators urging the incoming Trump administration not to discard the Dodd-Frank Act and its financial reforms.

  • December 7, 2016

    Trump Taps Oklahoma AG Pruitt To Lead EPA

    President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indicating that the agency will veer from the Obama administration’s climate change-focused agenda and work on assisting the growth of the domestic energy industry.

  • December 7, 2016

    Bumble Bee VP Pleads Guilty To DOJ Seafood Cartel Charges

    A vice president of Bumble Bee Foods LLC will plead guilty in a California federal court to charges that he participated in a conspiracy to fix seafood prices in the U.S., the first charges brought in the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation into collusion in the industry.

  • December 7, 2016

    LG Chem To Pay $39M To Settle Battery Price-Fixing Claims

    LG Chem Ltd. has agreed to pay indirect purchasers of lithium ion batteries $39 million to settle claims in multidistrict litigation that it colluded with other electronics manufacturers to fix the price of batteries, according to a proposed settlement filed in California federal court Wednesday.

  • December 7, 2016

    Congress Passes Major Pharmaceutical Reform Bill

    Congress passed a major pharmaceutical reform bill Wednesday, after a bipartisan Senate vote sent sweeping changes to drug approvals, research funding and other measures to President Barack Obama’s desk.

  • December 7, 2016

    2nd Circ. Judge Ready To Laugh Louis Vuitton Out Of Court

    Second Circuit Judge Gerard E. Lynch laughed at counsel for Louis Vuitton Malletier SA on Wednesday as the litigious luxury bagmaker asked for the revival of its failed trademark dilution and copyright infringement suit targeting the maker of a canvas tote that reads “My Other Bag ...” and sports cartoons of high-priced brands.

  • December 7, 2016

    Pfizer Fined $106M Over Price Of Epilepsy Drug In UK

    Pfizer Ltd. has been smacked with a record £84.2 million ($106 million) fine for charging the U.K.’s National Health Service excessive and unfair prices for an anti-epilepsy drug and ordered to reduce the drug’s price, the country’s Competition and Markets Authority announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.