As the longest partial shutdown of the federal government in history continues, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has all but shuttered operations, except for screening imminent safety risks. Here, Law360 examines what companies need to know about working with the CPSC during the shutdown.
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3 Tips For Working With CPSC During The Shutdown

As the longest partial shutdown of the federal government in history continues, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has all but shuttered operations, except for screening imminent safety risks. Here, Law360 examines what companies need to know about working with the CPSC during the shutdown. Read full article »

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Theranos Execs' Days Of Reckoning Draw Nearer

The dissolution of Theranos Inc. hasn’t ended legal troubles for ex-leaders of the wannabe bloodwork disruptor, who are getting closer to climactic trials in fraud suits brought by prosecutors, consumers and securities enforcers. Here, Law360 updates attorneys on criminal and civil cases threatening former executives of the onetime Silicon Valley juggernaut. Read full article »

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Ill. Subcontractors Get Some Relief From State's High Court

Construction subcontractors are the clear winners in the wake of an Illinois Supreme Court decision that overturned a 35-year-old case and said homeowners can’t directly sue subcontractors over problems with their new homes. Read full article »

PG&E Equipment Caused Calif. Wildfires, Judge Finds

A California federal judge has tentatively found that Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s equipment's vulnerability to falling tree limbs has been "the single most recurring cause" of the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires to which the company has been linked. Read full article »

AMD Computer Chip Buyers Win Cert. In False Ad Suit

Consumers who say Advanced Micro Devices falsely advertised certain computer chips as having eight “cores” when they really had fewer can pursue their claims against the tech company as a class, a California federal judge has ruled. Read full article »

DRUGS & DEVICES

Pa. Judge Urged To Make J&J CEO Testify In Risperdal Trial

A Pennsylvania state judge is weighing whether the CEO of Johnson & Johnson should be forced to take the stand at an upcoming trial over claims that labeling for the antipsychotic medication Risperdal failed to adequately warn about the risk of abnormal breast growth in adolescent boys. Read full article »

Drug Distributors Can't Appeal RICO Ruling In Opioid MDL

An Ohio federal judge on Friday blocked drug distributors from trying again to keep racketeering allegations out of a bellwether trial in the opioid multidistrict litigation, rejecting assertions that enormous damages associated with racketeering will hinder settlement talks. Read full article »

FOOD & BEVERAGE

Costco Can’t Toss Non-Calif. Plaintiffs In Hep. A Berry Suit

A California federal judge has denied Costco Wholesale Co. Inc.'s bid to dismiss non-California plaintiffs from a class action over a frozen berry mix that allegedly started a hepatitis A outbreak, saying the company can't raise that defense after several years participating in the suit. Read full article »

AUTOMOTIVE

Nissan Must Face Suit Over Faulty Altima Transmissions

A Massachusetts federal judge Friday rejected Nissan’s attempt to dismiss a class action alleging certain Altima models were sold with dangerously defective transmissions, finding the suit asserted plenty of specifics despite the carmaker’s insistence the claims are too vague. Read full article »

TRANSPORTATION

Seat Maker Must Face BNSF Suit Over Engineer's Injury

Seats Inc. must face BNSF Railway Co.'s breach-of-contract suit alleging the manufacturer should be on the hook for payments to an engineer who suffered career-ending injuries from allegedly defective locomotive seats, a Nebraska federal judge ruled. Read full article »

ENVIRONMENTAL

6th Circ. Won't Rethink Decision On CWA's Reach

A split Sixth Circuit has said it will not review a panel’s decision concluding the Clean Water Act does not regulate pollutants that travel from a source to navigable waters through groundwater. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels. Read full article »

Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

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Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

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For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

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Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point. Read full article »

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Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

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Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

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Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

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