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Former Balch & Bingham partner Joel Gilbert and coal company exec David Roberson were convicted for a scheme that involved bribing a former Alabama legislator to oppose EPA actions. (AP)

Ex-Balch & Bingham Partner, Coal Exec Convicted Of Bribery

A federal jury has convicted a former Balch & Bingham environmental partner and a coal company executive of bribing an Alabama legislator for his help in dodging cleanup liability with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, prosecutors announced Friday evening.

  • John Hancock Signs $91M Deal To End Life Insurance Row

    John Hancock Life Insurance Co. agreed to pay more than $91 million to end a proposed class action alleging the company was jacking up life insurance policy rates by using the wrong mortality rate calculations, according to filings Friday in New York federal court.

  • Fed. Circ. Dissent Slams Alice In Apple, Google Patent Win

    In a partial dissent from a decision handing Google, Apple, AOL and Yahoo a win in a patent infringement suit, a Federal Circuit judge on Friday slammed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2014 Alice decision, expressing frustration with its definitions of “abstract ideas” and “inventive concepts.”

  • More Quinn Emanuel Attorneys Leave Firm For Dechert

    Dechert LLP on Friday said that 18 attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP have joined the firm's product liability team, following Sheila Birnbaum, a defense attorney nicknamed the “Queen of Toxic Torts,” who made the jump in May.

  • The Many Defenses Of Paul Manafort

    Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whose trial on a dozen charges of bank and tax fraud is scheduled to begin in Virginia federal court Wednesday, has aggressively pushed back against the Office of Special Counsel’s allegations since his indictment, and experts told Law360 they expect him to use every legal tool he can to keep evidence away from jurors and cast doubt on the evidence put before them.

  • Deutsche Bank Units Will Pay $75M To Resolve SEC Claims

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday that German banking giant Deutsche Bank will pay nearly $75 million to settle allegations it mishandled the pre-release of American depositary receipts, U.S. securities that represent shares in foreign companies.

  • Fed. Circ. Says Tribal Immunity Doesn't Apply In IPR

    The Federal Circuit on Friday ruled tribal sovereign immunity doesn’t apply in reviews at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, rejecting an attempt from Allergan PLC to shield patents for its dry-eye medication Restasis by transferring them to a Native American tribe.

  • NY Appeals Board Agrees That Uber Drivers Are Employees

    The New York State Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board affirmed an administrative law judge’s determination that three former Uber Inc. drivers and those similarly situated were employees for the purpose of receiving unemployment benefits, rejecting the ride-hailing giant’s bid to withdraw its appeal, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced Thursday.

  • Russian Hack Charges Offer Rare Look At Spy Vs. Spy Battles

    The fly-on-the-wall account of Russian hacking laid out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's indictment charging a dozen Kremlin-backed spies with interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election is striking, ex-prosecutors say, given its risk of exposing American investigative tools — which may have included hacking the Russians back.

  • Medtronic Strikes $43M Deal To End Stock-Drop Suit

    Medtronic Inc. investors asked a Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday for initial approval of a $43 million settlement they reached with the medical device maker after five years of litigation involving claims it manipulated studies for a bone graft product to drive up share prices.

  • $16M Fee Bid In LendingClub Deal 'Unbelievable,' Judge Says

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Thursday approved a $125 million deal ending securities class actions against LendingClub Corp., but said he couldn't bless class counsel's "unbelievable" bid for $16 million in attorneys' fees because the request was so vague he "may have to bring in one of those people with the green eyeshade."

  • New York City's Climate Suit Against Big Oil Thrown Out

    A New York federal judge on Thursday nixed New York City's suit seeking to hold ExxonMobil, BP and other oil giants accountable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, saying that the Big Apple's state-law claims are trumped by federal law.

  • GOP Sens. Kill Vote On Trump 9th Circ. Pick Ryan Bounds

    Republican leaders scuttled a planned Senate vote on President Donald Trump's choice of federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds for a Ninth Circuit judgeship Thursday rather than have the nominee fail to win confirmation.