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  • September 30, 2016

    VW Inks $1.2B Deal With Dealers In Diesel Emissions Case

    Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay up to $1.2 billion in cash to resolve claims brought by more than 650 franchise dealerships claiming the automaker's diesel emissions scandal hurt the value of their businesses, according to documents filed Friday in California federal court.

  • September 30, 2016

    GlaxoSmithKline To Pay $20M SEC Fine Over China Bribery

    U.K. drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline PLC will pay $20 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act through a scheme to bribe doctors in China to increase sales, according to an SEC order on Friday.

  • September 30, 2016

    Dole's 'All Natural' Labeling May Be Misleading, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday reversed in part a lower court’s ruling that "all natural fruit” labeling on Dole Foods Co. Inc. isn’t likely to deceive consumers, reviving a proposed class action in a setback for food makers facing a rising stream of “natural” label claims.

  • September 30, 2016

    Top Alabama Justice Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order

    Alabama’s Roy S. Moore's judicial career ended Friday with a suspension for directing probate judges to defy federal orders on gay marriage that will carry him beyond a mandatory retirement age.

  • September 29, 2016

    Offensive Trademark Ban Going Down? It Probably Should

    If the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the federal government's ban on offensive trademarks, don't expect much mourning from either trademark or First Amendment experts, who say the rule has never really made much sense under either discipline.

  • September 29, 2016

    Jury Hammers Costco For Selling Infringing 'Tiffany' Rings

    A Manhattan civil jury hit Costco Wholesale Corp. with a hefty bill Thursday for selling "Tiffany" rings that infringed Tiffany & Co.'s flagship trademark, finding the national retailer owes the jeweler $5.5 million in damages for unlawful profits – and also putting the big box chain on the hook for punitive damages to be determined in coming days.

  • September 29, 2016

    Top House Dem Aims To Break Up Wells Fargo

    A top House Democrat said Thursday that she will work to break up Wells Fargo & Co. because the $185 million fine that the bank paid to settle claims that employees created unauthorized accounts and other recent penalties have shown Wells to be too big to manage.

  • September 29, 2016

    Cadwalader Closing 2 Offices In Asia, Laying Off 27 Attys

    Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP will be closing its offices in Hong Kong and Beijing and laying off the 27 attorneys they maintain as part of firm efforts to focus more on “core clients” in the wake of partner exits.

  • September 29, 2016

    Och-Ziff Inks $413M FCPA Deal, Unit Pleads Guilty

    Och-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC will pay nearly $413 million in a deferred prosecution agreement and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission settlement, while an African subsidiary pled guilty to violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing government officials, the SEC said Thursday.

  • September 29, 2016

    Justices Take Up Goodyear, Fennemore Sanctions Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a case to determine whether a court must justify a link between a sanctions award and the severity of the misconduct if it fails to afford the sanctioned party the protections of criminal due process reserved for punitive damages.

  • September 29, 2016

    High Court To Hear Whether 'Crime Of Violence' Too Vague

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday decided to hear a case over whether the definition of a “crime of violence,” as applied through the deportation sections of immigration law, is unconstitutionally vague, allowing the justices to tackle an issue that’s popped up in several appeals courts recently.

  • September 29, 2016

    High Court To Weigh Tribal Employees' Immunity To Tort Suits

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to consider whether employees of Native American tribes should be protected by tribal sovereign immunity from tort claims brought over off-reservation activity, accepting a case involving two individuals injured in a highway collision with a Mohegan Tribe-owned limousine.

  • September 29, 2016

    DOL Issues Final Contractor Sick Leave Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday released its final rule requiring federal contractors to give their employees at least seven days of paid sick leave each year, implementing President Barack Obama’s 2015 executive order.

  • September 29, 2016

    Feds Adopt Rules To Boot Tax Cheats, Felons From Contracts

    Federal acquisition officials finalized a rule Thursday that would potentially kick tax cheats and convicted felons out of the federal contracting system.

  • September 29, 2016

    FCC Pulls Set-Top Box Plan From Meeting Agenda

    The Federal Communications Commission announced ahead of its Thursday meeting that it was taking the embattled proposal to unlock consumers' set-top boxes off the table.

  • September 29, 2016

    Justices To Hear EEOC Subpoena Challenge

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to determine whether the Ninth Circuit should have to offer deference to lower courts’ decisions regarding the relevancy of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission subpoenas.

  • September 29, 2016

    High Court To Review NY Law Banning Credit Card Surcharges

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday said it would hear an appeal from New York businesses questioning whether states can ban merchants from adding surcharges onto credit card purchases or if such laws are unconstitutional restrictions on free speech.

  • September 29, 2016

    High Court To Tackle Ban On Offensive Trademarks

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Thursday to decide whether the federal government’s ban on offensive trademarks — the rule used to revoke the Washington Redskins registrations — violates the First Amendment.

  • September 28, 2016

    1st Circ. Strikes Down NH's Voting Booth Selfie Ban

    The First Circuit struck down New Hampshire's law banning voters from sharing photographs of their completed election ballots, finding Wednesday that it violated the First Amendment.

  • September 28, 2016

    Inside AB InBev's $100B Takeover Of SABMiller

    Anheuser-Busch InBev’s more than $100 billion takeover of No. 2 rival SABMiller cleared its last major hurdle, paving the way for the world’s largest and second-largest brewers to seal their merger after spending more than a year rallying for global regulatory approvals and stockholder support. Here, a Law360 interactive graphic recaps the many hurdles the deal had to overcome.

Expert Analysis

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • Why Have Lawyers Forgotten About The Middle Class?

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    Sorry, fellow lawyers, judges and legislators, but the jig is up. It’s time to show the public the cards up our sleeves and give them a chance to weigh in on the fairness of a system that touches so many aspects of their everyday lives, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel of LegalZoom.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • Leveraging Trial Strategies To Improve Your Negotiating Skills

    Audra Dial

    Just as with trial, early and thoughtful preparation for negotiations with an opponent are critical. Audra Dial, managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP's Atlanta office, shares five lessons from the heat of battle in trial that she believes can make you a better negotiator.

  • Old Skills, New Tricks: Opportunities For Law Librarians

    Cynthia Brown

    Just because we are dealing with bytes and not books does not change the staffing or need for expertise. The information being sorted and the questions being asked today are not ultimately that different from what might be seen as old-fashioned, traditional librarian work, says Cynthia Brown, director of research services at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • 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.