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  • January 10, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler To Pay Up To $884M To End Emissions Claims

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has agreed to pay up to $884 million to settle claims that it illegally equipped diesel fuel-powered vehicles with software that enabled them to cheat emissions standards.

  • January 9, 2019

    Uber Wins DQ Of Opposing Attys In Unfair Competition Case

    A California federal judge agreed with Uber Technologies Inc. on Wednesday that a conflict of interest involving its opponents' attorneys at Keller Lenkner LLC is grounds to boot them from a case claiming the ride-hailing company misclassifies its drivers as independent contractors to gain a competitive edge.

  • January 9, 2019

    Reject 'Radical' Ruling In TCPA Row, High Court Urged

    Health information service PDR Network LLC pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a ruling in a junk fax dispute that courts must defer to the Federal Communications Commission's interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing that the Fourth Circuit's "radical reading" of the law wrongly gives federal agencies "the final word" in statutory interpretation disputes.

  • January 9, 2019

    NYC's PTO Plan Highlights Pro-Worker Push By Cities, States

    New York City’s mayor said Wednesday he will pursue legislation requiring many businesses to give workers two weeks of paid time off, and California’s governor may soon float a plan to give new parents six months of paid family leave — proposals that would rank among the nation’s most generous for workers.

  • January 9, 2019

    Two House Dems Ask NLRB To Pull Back Joint Employer Rule

    Two Democratic members of the House wrote a letter to the National Labor Relations Board asking its chairman not to narrow its joint employer test under the National Labor Relations Act, saying a recent D.C. Circuit decision affirmed a broader standard.

  • January 9, 2019

    Prolonged Shutdown Threatens To Stall IPO Market

    The ever-lengthening government shutdown is threatening to stall initial public offerings more each day with the absence of a full U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission staff to review filings and move them through the pipeline, potentially wreaking havoc on deal timetables.

  • January 9, 2019

    Biz Groups Back Spirit Airlines In High Court Arbitration Row

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for Workplace Compliance urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to hear Spirit Airlines Inc.’s dispute with members of its $9 Fare Club to resolve what they called a federal circuit split on the scope of class arbitrability.

  • January 9, 2019

    Alsup Wants 'Bone-Crushing' Discovery Into Facebook Breach

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup repeatedly warned Facebook Inc.'s attorneys during a hearing Wednesday that he will allow Facebook users "bone-crushing" discovery in lawsuits over Facebook's data breach that exposed 50 million accounts, saying he's sympathetic to users' concerns and that's worth "real money" — not just "some cosmetic injunctive relief."

  • January 9, 2019

    EU Antitrust Chief Says 'Champions' Play By The Rules

    The European Commission's competition head made clear that she's not going to let companies in the bloc cut regulatory corners to foster the rise of more globally competitive European "champions" in a speech Wednesday at a Berlin summit, suggesting a bumpy road ahead for Siemens AG and Alstom SA's already troubled high-speed railway tie-up.

  • January 9, 2019

    Cato Institute Sues SEC Over Enforcement Action Gag Rule

    The Cato Institute sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in D.C. federal court Wednesday on allegations the agency is using an unconstitutional ban on public denials of allegations in settled SEC enforcement actions to interfere with the release of a book critical of certain agency tactics.

  • January 9, 2019

    Ex-Insys CEO Pleads Guilty, May Testify In Bribery Trial

    In an eleventh-hour move, former Insys Therapeutics Inc. CEO Michael Babich admitted to taking part in a scheme to bribe doctors into prescribing the company’s pricey fentanyl spray in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday and will cooperate as the criminal trial of his former co-workers kicks off later this month.

  • January 9, 2019

    Facebook Accused Of Violating Vietnam's Cybersecurity Law

    Facebook has become an early target of a new Vietnamese cybersecurity law that took effect last week, with the country saying the social media giant flouted the measure by failing to stop users from posting anti-government content and being slow to remove “slanderous” posts, the state news agency reported Wednesday.

  • January 9, 2019

    For GCs, Tech Can Separate Courtroom Winners And Losers

    In-house attorneys should aggressively deploy the technology that’s all but taken for granted in legal operations to map out litigation strategies, and failing to do so increasingly means losing out to savvier adversaries, according to a report released Wednesday by Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • January 9, 2019

    US Emphasizes Close Oversight In China Trade Talks

    Trump administration officials wrapped up a meeting with their Chinese counterparts with little fanfare Wednesday as the two sides continue to work on a deal that will solve a bitter trade dispute, with the U.S. stressing that any final agreement will be closely monitored to ensure Beijing’s compliance.

  • January 8, 2019

    Intel Exec Slams Qualcomm's 'Very Unfair' Biz Model At Trial

    Intel Corp.'s chief strategy officer ripped into Qualcomm's "very unfair" business model Tuesday on day three of a California federal bench trial over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust allegations, testifying that the chipmaker demands patent royalties from all device makers, even if they use competitors' chips, which undercuts competition.

  • January 8, 2019

    High Court's Take On Emulex Could Slash Merger Challenges

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear a proposed class action brought by Emulex Corp. shareholders who claim they were misled about a tender offer for the company presents an opportunity for the court to stanch a flood of class actions in federal court challenging such mergers, experts say.

  • January 8, 2019

    High Court Decision Sets Arbitration, Court Power Balance

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Tuesday decision striking down an exception that had allowed courts to decide whether a claim belongs in arbitration has further defined the allocation of power between arbitral tribunals and courts by eliminating a ground by which parties could seek to avoid arbitration, experts say.

  • January 8, 2019

    IBM Tops List Of US Patent Recipients For 26th Year

    IBM Corp. held its spot as the U.S. patent leader with a record 9,100 granted patents in 2018, according to a Tuesday report, even as the overall number of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office took a slight drop from the previous year’s banner numbers.

  • January 8, 2019

    'Botched' Merger Disclosures Put Ambry On Hook For $450K

    Citing “botched” Ambry Genetics Corp. disclosures to minority stockholders about a $1 billion merger and a “ridiculous” attempt to defend some omissions, Delaware’s Chancellor ordered the company to pay a $450,000 fee to attorneys in a class damage suit that was mooted by fuller disclosures.

  • January 8, 2019

    Full Fed. Circ. Urged To Review 'Unclear' Double-Patent Rules

    Generics maker Hikma asked the full Federal Circuit Monday to rehear a decision that a Novartis cancer drug patent is not invalid for double-patenting, saying the ruling conflicts with precedent and leaves what had been a straightforward standard “fragmented and unclear.”

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Reed Smith Chief Marketing Officer Sadie Baron

    Sadie Baron

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Sadie Baron, chief marketing officer at Reed Smith LLP.

  • When Civil Litigants Face Criminal Proceedings

    Paul Chan

    A civil defendant implicated in a criminal investigation faces a difficult choice: Defend the civil case and waive the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, or invoke the privilege, but risk hobbling the defense of the civil case, say Paul Chan and Fanxi Wang of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • The Evolving Frontier Of Foreign Securities Litigation

    Joel Rothman

    Several recent developments — including a petition for certiorari filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in Toshiba v. Automotive Industries Pension Trust Fund — highlight why foreign securities litigation is an ever-changing scenario where nothing is definite, say Joel Rothman and Peter Saparoff of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • 'Flexible Work' Makes Freelancing More Viable In BigLaw

    Elizabeth Black

    The rise of remote work capabilities and advances in technology are making flexible, freelance legal work a more accessible career option for corporate attorneys, say Elizabeth Black and Sara Eng of InCloudCounsel.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Permit Judicial Substitution In MDL Proceedings

    Doug Smith

    While several proposed changes to multidistrict litigation procedures may be warranted and appropriate, consideration should be given to a modest modification of the judicial selection process, says Doug Smith of Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Perspectives

    Cy Pres Awards Are The Best Answer

    John Campbell

    The argument that cy pres awards violate the rights of absent class members is wrong on many levels and ignores the fact that prohibiting such distributions creates far more problems than it solves, says John Campbell, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

  • Guest Feature

    Judge Weinstein On Activism, Gobbledegook, Going Robeless

    Judge Jack Weinstein

    Judge Jack Weinstein has served in the Eastern District of New York for over half a century. White and Williams LLP attorney Randy Maniloff visited his Brooklyn office to find out what makes the 97-year-old jurist tick.

  • Planning For Partnership Representatives In The New Year

    Charles Ruchelman

    Under the new partnership audit regime, a partnership representative can bind the partnership and all partners to any audit determinations, regardless of the terms of the agreement. Given the role's significance, partnerships should start thinking about logical choices now, and avoid having the IRS select someone for them, say attorneys at Caplin & Drysdale Chtd.

  • What To Expect From Technology-Assisted Review In 2019

    Thomas Gricks

    2018 will be remembered as a transition year for technology-assisted review, and 2019 will likely see a continued focus on how we use TAR, with refinement and expansion across the board, says Thomas Gricks of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • The IC-DISC Remains Relevant In The Post-TCJA World

    Carlos Somoza

    Significant changes in taxation of U.S. exporting businesses have prompted questions about the continued relevance of the interest charge domestic international sales corporation regime. However, because the IC-DISC continues to benefit smaller exporters, talk of its demise is premature, says Carlos Somoza of Kaufman Rossin PA.