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The Anthem and Cigna deal, which would have been the largest ever in the industry, appears to be doomed. (AP)

Anthem Ruling May Upend Companies' Merger Case Strategy

The D.C. Circuit on Friday handed another monumental win to the U.S. in its challenge to Anthem’s $54 billion combination with Cigna, and experts say attorneys advising clients in merger cases may need to rethink their strategies following the government’s recent winning streak.

  • FERC Commissioner Honorable Won't Seek New Term

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Colette Honorable will not seek another term when her current one expires at the end of June, she announced Friday, a move that could leave the already quorumless agency with just one commissioner.

  • Ex-Chicago Schools CEO Sentenced To Over 4 Years In Prison

    The onetime leader of Chicago’s public school district was slapped with a 4½-year prison sentence on Friday for steering nearly $23 million in city contracts toward a former employer in anticipation of future kickbacks.

  • J&J Hit With $20M Pelvic Mesh Verdict In Philly

    A Pennsylvania state jury hit Johnson & Johnson on Friday with a $20 million verdict over injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, the third consecutive eight-figure award against Johnson & Johnson in the pelvic mesh mass tort program in Philadelphia County court.

  • Trump Taps Brownstein Hyatt Atty For DOI No. 2 Post

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate David Bernhardt, chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP’s natural resource practice, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency’s No. 2 post.

  • Trump's First IP Trade Report Keeps Target On China, India

    The Trump administration’s first foray into the intellectual property wing of trade policy hewed closely to those of administrations past as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative offered a stern rebuke to China and India for shortcomings in their enforcement of patents, copyrights and trademarks across a litany of industries.

  • Congress Passes Government Funding Band-Aid

    Congress has passed a short-term government funding resolution, sending a one-week federal funding extension to the president’s desk and potentially avoiding a government shutdown at midnight.

  • DC Circ. Pauses Clean Power Plan Litigation

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request to pause litigation over the Clean Power Plan and ordered briefing on whether the case should be remanded to the agency or just kept on hold.

  • Anthem Loses Appeal In $54B Cigna Merger Case

    Anthem Inc. on Friday lost its bid to overturn a decision that blocked it from proceeding with its $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp., after a split D.C. Circuit panel was not convinced by the insurer’s argument that the transaction should go through because it would generate savings for customers.

  • BigLaw’s 10 Biggest Revenue Winners And Losers Of 2016

    Some law firms posted huge revenue increases in 2016 when compared to their peers, eclipsing the average uptick of 4.3 percent, while others’ incomes dropped precipitously. Here, see which law firms’ revenue moved the most in this year’s Am Law 100.

  • Dewey Defense Says Execs Were Trying To Save Failing Firm

    Two former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP had no intent to defraud the doomed firm's banks and lenders, but were merely working as hard as they could to save a sinking ship, a jury heard on Thursday as the defense finished its role in the retrial.

  • NY Law Sinks RICO Claims In Appeal In Hedge Fund Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claims in a lawsuit alleging a network of investment professionals forced an insurer’s financial ruin, finding that New York law, which doesn’t allow private civil RICO claims, applied because the alleged wrongdoing was concentrated in the Empire State.

  • FCC Sets Out Draft Plan To Weigh Nixing Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission released a promised draft plan of its proposal to reverse the reclassification of broadband as a utility on Thursday, seeking feedback on whether so-called bright line net neutrality rules are necessary and whether to “keep, modify or eliminate” them.

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How Cybercriminals Are Breaching BigLaw’s Defenses

By Ed Beeson

Lawyers have long been the target of sophisticated hackers who see them as soft and lucrative targets. But are legal industry safeguards keeping pace with the deep dark web?