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  • August 30, 2016

    AstraZeneca Will Pay $5.5M To SEC Over FCPA Claims

    AstraZeneca PLC agreed Tuesday to pay $5.5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through improper payments by overseas sales staff to state-controlled health care providers in China and Russia.

  • August 30, 2016

    SEC Hands Ex-Monsanto Exec $22M For Accounting Fraud Tip

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission granted a $22.4 million award to a former Monsanto Co. financial executive for reporting alleged accounting fraud around the agribusiness giant's Roundup weed killer, a lawyer for the whistleblower said on Tuesday.

  • August 30, 2016

    ITC Slaps Quinn For 'Vast' Document Failures In Tech Row

    The “vast extent” of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s improper disclosures of a confidential expert report and breaches to a protective order in a smartphone patent and trade battle between Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. call for an official reprimand, the International Trade Commission said Tuesday.

  • August 30, 2016

    Apple Ordered To Pay $14.5B In Back Taxes To Ireland

    Apple has been ordered to pay up to €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in back taxes, plus interest, to Ireland after the European Commission found the software giant had received illegal state aid, according to a statement released Tuesday.

  • August 29, 2016

    Colors Need Patterns To Make TMs 'Distinctive': 10th Circ.

    Courts may find the use of color in a product’s packaging to be “inherently distinctive” for trademark purposes only if specific colors are combined with a well-defined pattern, shape or design, the Tenth Circuit held Monday in a published opinion involving the packaging for a Colorado company’s metalworking products.

  • August 29, 2016

    Mondelez Ends Pursuit Of $22.8B Hershey Buyout

    Mondelez International has abandoned its pursuit of The Hershey Co., the company said Monday, after determining that its efforts to acquire the chocolate maker have become futile.

  • August 29, 2016

    9th Circ. Nixes FTC's Data Throttling Suit Against AT&T

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday tossed a suit brought by the Federal Trade Commission accusing AT&T Mobility LLC of illegally slowing internet service to unlimited data customers, determining that the telecommunications giant is a common carrier exempted under the FTC Act.

  • August 29, 2016

    Fed Wants $1.2M Fine, Ban For Ex-Barclays Forex Trader

    Barclays PLC's former global head of its foreign exchange spot business should be fined $1.2 million and banned from the banking industry after using chat rooms with competitors to manipulate the market, the Federal Reserve Board said Monday.

  • August 29, 2016

    Ex-Chicago Official Gets 10 Years For Taking Bribes

    A former Chicago transportation official convicted of accepting bribes from a notorious city contractor was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday by an Illinois federal judge who said the scheme was the latest to chip away at public trust in the city.

  • August 29, 2016

    Andrews Kurth Lands Attys Of Struggling Kenyon & Kenyon

    Andrews Kurth LLP has snapped up the attorneys who remained at struggling intellectual property boutique Kenyon & Kenyon LLP, the firm said Monday, in a deal that brings 55 additional intellectual property attorneys into the fold of the Houston-based international law firm.

  • August 29, 2016

    Mylan To Release $300 EpiPen Generic After Backlash

    Mylan NV will be releasing a $300 generic for its epinephrine injector EpiPen in the next few weeks, the company said Monday following harsh public scrutiny about the ever-increasing price of the emergency allergy medication. 

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • Reconciling The Practice With The Business Of Law

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    The tension between practicing law and managing the firm is giving way to the realization that the latter had been largely overlooked, meagerly funded, and often underappreciated, says Dr. James Bailey, a professor at George Washington University School of Business and the keynote speaker at the Legal Marketing Association Southeast conference in September.

  • 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.