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  • February 22, 2017

    BREAKING: Justices Limit Reach Of Law On Overseas Patent Infringement

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Federal Circuit was wrong to hold that shipping a single component of a patented invention to be combined with others overseas can be infringement, deciding that multiple components must be shipped in order to infringe.

  • February 21, 2017

    DHS Releases Guidance On Immigration Executive Orders

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued memos Tuesday implementing two executive orders from President Donald Trump related to immigration, with the agency laying out the administration’s expanded enforcement targets, calling for more officers and suggesting new policy is coming on expedited removals.

  • February 21, 2017

    Split DC Circ. Nixes Fannie, Freddie 'Profit Sweep' Suits

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel on Tuesday handed the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Federal Housing Finance Agency a victory over allegations they swept profits from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to the Treasury, affirming a lower court’s ruling that actions taken under the FHFA's conservatorship of the mortgage duo can't be challenged in court.

  • February 21, 2017

    Ex-FIFA Officials Can't Dodge Bribery Case, Judge Says

    The Brooklyn federal judge overseeing the government’s wide-ranging FIFA corruption case on Friday refused to throw out charges against a pair of South American soccer officials, rebuffing an extraterritorial jurisdictional challenge, but ordered prosecutors to turn over more information on allegedly tainted deals for soccer contracts.

  • February 21, 2017

    New EPA Chief Pledges To Change Regulatory, Legal Practices

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday emphasized his desire to work collaboratively with career EPA staff and his intention to depart from regulatory and litigation tactics he said sideline industry and state interests.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices To Decide If Guilty Plea Ends Constitutional Claims

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to decide whether a defendant who pled guilty to violating federal law still has the right to challenge the law's constitutionality on appeal, an issue the petitioner claims could affect the majority of criminal cases.

  • February 21, 2017

    Justices Revive FCA Suit Against Wells Fargo, Citing Escobar

    The U.S. Supreme Court breathed new life into a False Claims Act case against Wells Fargo & Co. on Tuesday, telling the Second Circuit to take a look at former employees’ claims that the bank defrauded the federal government under the standard set in the so-called Escobar case last summer.

  • February 21, 2017

    Norton Rose Fulbright Inks Deal With Chadbourne

    Norton Rose Fulbright and New York-based Chadbourne & Parke LLP will merge in the second quarter of this year, the firms announced Tuesday.

  • February 21, 2017

    Verizon Cuts Yahoo Deal By $350M Over Cyberattack Woes

    Verizon Communications Inc. on Tuesday slashed $350 million from its planned $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo Inc.’s core business, after a cyberattack revealed by Yahoo last year put the fate of the transaction into question.

  • February 17, 2017

    ACA Program Isn't An Improper Tax On States, 6th Circ. Says

    The Affordable Care Act’s reinsurance program doesn’t amount to an improper tax on states or violation of the Tenth Amendment, the Sixth Circuit ruled Friday, affirming an Ohio federal judge’s dismissal of the state’s lawsuit challenging the program.

  • February 17, 2017

    DOL Notches Win Against Insurer's Fiduciary Rule Challenge

    A Kansas federal judge on Friday sided with the U.S. Department of Labor in upholding a new fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers related to fixed indexed annuity sales, finding the agency did not exceed its authority in ushering it in.

  • February 17, 2017

    Anthem Wins Rush On Cigna Merger Appeal

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted Anthem Inc.’s bid to speed up its appeal of a lower court’s ruling blocking its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp. in a short order Friday, setting oral arguments for the case for March 24.

  • February 17, 2017

    Judge Gorsuch ‘Hopefully’ Confirmed In April, McConnell Says

    The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said Friday he wants to have President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed in the next two months, putting a ticking clock on the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

  • February 17, 2017

    Senate Confirms Pruitt As EPA Chief

    Scott Pruitt, a frequent critic and legal opponent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration, was narrowly confirmed Friday by the Senate as the EPA’s administrator, a development that heralds a rollback of several of Obama’s regulatory initiatives.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Slams 9th Circ. As Court In ‘Chaos,’ ‘Turmoil’

    President Donald Trump slammed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday as a court in “chaos” and “turmoil,” claiming at a news conference that the court has been overturned by the Supreme Court “at a record number,” a record that’s actually held by the Sixth Circuit, according to a recent Politifact study.

  • February 16, 2017

    Con Ed Agrees To $153M Settlement In Deadly NYC Gas Blast

    New York state and Con Edison reached a $153.3 million settlement over a 2014 East Harlem gas explosion that destroyed two buildings and killed eight people, according to an announcement Thursday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that called the agreement the largest gas-safety related financial settlement in state history.

  • February 16, 2017

    Hitachi Must Pay $55M For Shock Absorber Price-Fixing

    An Ohio federal judge on Thursday fined Japanese auto parts maker Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. $55.48 million for manipulating the market for shock absorbers, following a U.S. Department of Justice recommendation last week.

  • February 16, 2017

    11th Circ. Strikes Down Fla. 'Gun Gag' Law

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday struck down much of a Florida law curbing doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership, ruling that the “gun gag” law violates the First Amendment by impermissibly restricting physician speech.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gorsuch Nomination Hearings To Kick Off In March

    Opening statements in a hearing on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court will begin on March 20, with questioning of the associate justice-designate commencing the following day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Inks Revocation Of Stream Protection Rule

    President Donald J. Trump on Thursday signed a bill revoking a U.S. Department of the Interior rule aimed at minimizing coal mining's harm to surface water and groundwater, the second energy-related rule crafted by the Obama administration that's been killed through use of the Congressional Review Act.

Expert Analysis

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.