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  • July 25, 2017

    DOJ To Increase International Coordination In FCPA Fines

    As the U.S. Department of Justice continues its busy year for overseas corruption cases, the agency will emphasize coordinating with foreign countries to avoid "duplicative" fines, the acting chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section said Tuesday in an overture to compliance professionals.

  • July 25, 2017

    Gov. Brown Signs Extension Of Calif. Cap-And-Trade To 2030

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a 10-year extension of California's landmark cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state's push to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels.

  • July 25, 2017

    BREAKING: ACA Repeal Advances In Senate

    Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act narrowly advanced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as Republicans barely mustered enough votes to open debate on the deeply controversial legislation.

  • July 25, 2017

    Kirkland Atty Up For DOJ Crime Chief Grilled On Russia Work

    Democratic senators asked a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner at a hearing on Tuesday about his work for a Russian bank caught up in controversy around the presidential campaign, saying it will present a conflict if he is confirmed as head of the Department of Justice's criminal division.

  • July 25, 2017

    DOL Issues Info Request On White-Collar Overtime Exemption

    The U.S. Department of Labor released its hotly anticipated request for information on how to revise the white-collar overtime exemption on Tuesday, opening up for public comment a controversial Obama administration rule that would more than double the salary level under which workers must be paid overtime.

  • July 24, 2017

    Wells Fargo Seeks Return Of Inadvertently Leaked Client Info

    ‎Wells Fargo Advisors LLC asked a New York state judge on Monday to prevent further dissemination of reams of client data inadvertently provided in a response to a subpoena, saying the release was a mistake and a former employee and his counsel should be forced to return it.

  • July 24, 2017

    Divided 7th Circ. Revives Debtor's Wrong Venue Suit

    A deeply split Seventh Circuit on Monday revived a debtor's suit accusing the law firm of Blatt Hasenmiller Leibsker & Moore LLC of bringing charges against the individual in the wrong venue, finding that the panel's recent decision altering the venue rules for debt collection suits can apply retroactively to the debtor's suit.

  • July 24, 2017

    Orange Didn't Steal IP, Owes $1 For Breach Of Terms: Jury

    A California federal jury largely cleared Orange SA in a intellectual property and computer fraud lawsuit on Monday, finding it didn't misappropriate the defunct startup Telesocial Inc.’s trade secrets and that it owed just $1 for breaching Telesocial’s terms of use.

  • July 24, 2017

    Fox, Paramount Pulled Into IP War Over CGI Tech

    A visual effects company embroiled in litigation over whether it owns five patents covering Academy Award-winning movement capture technology sued three more companies including Fox and Paramount Pictures on Monday, alleging they infringed the patents by working with a thief who stole the technology.

  • July 24, 2017

    Shkreli Says He Won't Take Stand At Securities Fraud Trial

    Martin Shkreli on Monday told a New York federal judge that he will not take the witness stand in his own defense at his securities fraud trial, while jurors were shown documents indicating that Shkreli's hedge funds were strapped for cash while he boasted of hefty returns for investors.

  • July 24, 2017

    Petrobras Seeks To Expand 2nd Circ. Win In Investor Suit

    Brazilian oil giant Petrobras and several banks that underwrote its debt securities asked the Second Circuit on Friday to rehear a decision that decertified two investor class actions but affirmed part of a certification order, saying the circuit conflicted with U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • July 24, 2017

    Chevron Pays $1M Fine, $20M In Upgrades Over Refinery Fire

    Chevron Corp. agreed to pay a $1 million fine and to make about $20 million worth of safety improvements at a Richmond, California, refinery, settling a long-running dispute with Golden State safety regulators over penalties levied following a 2012 fire, regulators said Monday.

  • July 24, 2017

    NHL Can Keep Experts In Concussion Class Cert. Fight

    A Minnesota federal judge refused Monday to exclude expert testimony the National Hockey League used to bolster its bid to defeat class certification in multidistrict litigation alleging the league hid the dangerous effects of concussions, finding that requiring the NHL to revise the opinions would be too burdensome.

  • July 24, 2017

    Fed Eases Volcker’s Treatment Of ‘Seed’ Investments

    The Federal Reserve on Monday made it simpler for banks to get more time to provide so-called seed funding in investment funds under the Volcker Rule, the second tweak to the Dodd-Frank Act’s ban on proprietary trading announced in less than a week.

  • July 24, 2017

    Google Reaches New $2.2M Email-Scanning Settlement

    Google Inc. and a proposed class of non-Gmail users accusing the internet giant of unlawfully scanning their emails are back with another proposed $2.2 million settlement, filed Friday, after a California federal judge struck down the original proposal in March.

  • July 24, 2017

    Ex-Simpson Thacher Clerk Fights SEC’s $2M Penalty Bid

    A former Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP clerk convicted of passing inside information to friends told a New Jersey federal judge Friday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s requested $2 million penalty is too high in light of fact he faces a nearly four-year prison sentence even though he only made $667 off the scheme.

  • July 24, 2017

    Court Officers Can’t Honor ICE Detainers, Mass. Justices Rule

    In a decision hailed by immigrant rights advocates, the Massachusetts high court ruled Monday that court officers in the state can’t hold people in custody solely on so-called detainers from federal immigration authorities.

  • July 24, 2017

    AbbVie Must Pay $150M For False AndroGel Ads, Jury Says

    An Illinois federal jury on Monday found that AbbVie Inc. isn't liable for an AndroGel user's heart attack but ordered the company to pay $150 million in punitive damages for funding ads that misrepresented what the testosterone replacement therapy drug could treat.

  • July 24, 2017

    BLM Plans Revocation Of Obama-Era Fracking Rule

    The Bureau of Land Management on Monday formally unveiled is proposal to rescind an Obama-era rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal and tribal lands, as states, industry and environmental groups continue to fight over the rule's legality.

  • July 24, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't OK Huge Sterling Jewelers Sex Bias Class

    The Second Circuit on Monday struck down a lower court's green light for a class of about 69,000 women claiming that Sterling Jewelers Inc. cheated them out of pay and promotions, saying an arbitrator may not have had the authority to certify a class including employees who hadn't opted into it.

Expert Analysis

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, It's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.