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  • August 16, 2018

    EOIR Adds 23 New Judges To Combat Case Backlog

    The Executive Office for Immigration Review announced Thursday that it has appointed 23 new immigration judges, bringing the total count to 351 nationwide, amid the Trump administration’s ongoing efforts to reduce the significant backlog of open cases.

  • August 16, 2018

    Finnish Co. Can't Dodge Arbitration Over Engine Failure

    A Texas federal judge has refused to break up arbitration launched by an insurer over a malfunctioning power plant engine, saying it's up to an International Centre for Dispute Resolution panel to decide whether a Finnish engine seller must arbitrate the claims.

  • August 16, 2018

    Health Staffing Firm Wins Injunction In Trade Secrets Suit

    A Texas federal judge has granted a health care staffing firm's request for an injunction against a rival in a suit accusing its former employees of stealing trade secrets and sabotaging the firm's information database before they left.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    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 Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    NRA Atty Faces Scrutiny After Not Disclosing Sanction

    National Rifle Association lawyers will have to answer for the accuracy of a well-known Texas litigator's application to represent it in a dispute with an insurance broker in Virginia federal court, where a judge ordered a hearing on the submission after learning that it didn't mention a past sanction for allegedly trying to influence potential jurors. 

  • August 15, 2018

    EEOC Litigation Wave Continues With Grand Hyatt Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hit Grand Hyatt New York with a disability bias suit Wednesday, marking at least the 16th new discrimination or harassment suit the agency has filed in the first 15 days of August.

  • August 15, 2018

    Insurer Off Hook In Texas Employment Appeal

    A Texas appeals court on Wednesday blessed the win of insurer Texas Mutual in an underlying dispute over coverage for a policyholder whose employee sued after being injured in the course of railroad work.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Rules Database Patents Correctly Axed Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday ruled three indexing software patents that BuySeasons Inc. was accused of infringing are invalid for claiming nothing more than an abstract idea, upholding a ruling from a judge in the Eastern District of Texas.

  • August 15, 2018

    ICE Arrests 45 Unauthorized Immigrants In Houston Operation

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has arrested 45 unauthorized immigrants in the Houston area, following a five-day enforcement operation that ended last week, according to the agency.

  • August 15, 2018

    American Realty Investors Still Face $63M Judgment

    Jilted creditors seeking to collect on a $63 million judgment against an American Realty Investors Inc. affiliate received a mixed-bag ruling on Tuesday, as a Texas federal judge tossed some of their fraudulent transfer and alter ego claims but kept others intact ahead of a likely trial.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pa. Hospital Chain To Pay $13M To Settle Kickback FCA Suit

    Long-term care and rehabilitation hospital operator Post Acute Medical LLC will pay a little more than $13 million to settle claims that it violated the False Claims Act and similar state laws by submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid that stemmed from a doctor kickback scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2018

    Tax Atty's $5M Bias Suit Against Georgetown Tossed In Texas

    A Texas federal judge has thrown out a $5 million case submitted by a Dallas-based international tax attorney who alleged he was discriminated against by his law school alma mater, Georgetown University, finding that the court lacked jurisdiction.

  • August 15, 2018

    Equipment Seller Tells 5th Circ. $26M Tax Suit Wrongly Nixed

    A Texas farm equipment seller told the Fifth Circuit Tuesday that a district court improperly dismissed his testimony in a $26 million tax suit as self-serving, arguing that case law permits uncorroborated affidavits to raise an issue of fact and defeat a summary judgment motion.

  • August 15, 2018

    Cabot Inks $1.6B Cash-And-Stock Deal For Chemicals Co.

    Semiconductor industry supplier Cabot Microelectronics Corp. has agreed to buy Fort Worth, Texas-based specialty chemicals company KMG Chemicals Inc. in a cash-and-stock deal that boasts an enterprise value of roughly $1.6 billion, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Toss Balloon IP Case From Texas Court

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday denied a water balloon maker’s bid to toss a patent infringement suit on the basis that Texas is an improper venue, keeping intact a lower court’s finding that the company had forfeited its venue defense through previous litigation.

  • August 15, 2018

    ETP Exec Wants Co. Kept Out Of His $20M Fraud Suit

    The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners LP has moved to quash a subpoena seeking documents from the company in his personal $20 million fraud suit against Advanced Particle Therapy LLC, saying the material is irrelevant to the case and the subpoena is harassment against the company.

  • August 14, 2018

    Exxon Investors' Climate Suit Beats Dismissal Bid

    A Texas federal judge denied Exxon Mobil Corp.’s bid to nix a putative securities fraud class action accusing the oil giant of concealing its climate change knowledge, ruling Tuesday that investors sufficiently pled alleged misstatements and mostly met the heightened pleading standard for bringing the suit.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Akin, Wachtell Assist On Diamondback’s $9.2B Energen Buy

    Diamondback Energy Inc. has inked a roughly $9.2 billion agreement to acquire Alabama-based oil and gas exploration company Energen Corp., the companies announced Tuesday, in a deal guided by law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • August 14, 2018

    Parties Duel Over Rationale For Blocking DACA In Texas Suit

    The parties in a suit challenging the legality of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program debated Monday whether its creation violated the Administrative Procedure Act's notice-and-comment requirements or constituted a legitimate exercise of executive discretion as a Texas judge weighs whether to block the immigration program.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • What District Courts Are Saying About Admissibility Of IPR

    David Cavanaugh

    Given the frequency with which inter partes reviews are utilized in tandem with district court litigation to resolve patent disputes, the question that practitioners are starting to face with some regularity is whether, and to what extent, IPR decisions are admissible in district court litigation, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • 'Ban The Box' Turns 20: Decoding The Current Framework

    Stephen Woods

    Twenty years ago, the first state "ban the box" law crystallized a movement that, in time, would yield similar background check restrictions across the U.S. The result is a crisscrossing jumble of requirements, putting employers in a difficult position when dealing with applicants in different jurisdictions, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • Federal Inaction And State Activity: Student Loan Edition

    David Gettings

    As a result of waning federal involvement, states have increased their roles in the regulation and litigation of private student loans, and servicers and lenders now confront an amorphous environment policed by a diverse cast. And with student loan defaults rising, state enforcement activities may not be the only increase in litigation the industry sees, say attorneys at Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Bristol-Myers Unlikely To Shake Up Class Action Landscape

    Alec Schultz

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s Bristol-Myers opinion last year set a high jurisdictional bar for some mass tort claims. Now plaintiffs lawyers fear — and defense lawyers hope — that courts will apply the same reasoning to stifle nationwide class actions. But the effect of this ruling on national class actions is likely to be minimal, say Alec Schultz and Aaron Brownell of Léon Cosgrove LLP.