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  • April 28, 2017

    Anthem Ruling May Shake Up Cos.' Merger Case Strategy

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday handed another monumental win to the U.S. in its challenge to Anthem’s $54 billion combination with Cigna, and experts say attorneys advising clients in merger cases may need to rethink their strategies following the government’s recent winning streak.

  • April 28, 2017

    FERC Commissioner Honorable Won't Seek New Term

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Colette Honorable will not seek another term when her current one expires at the end of June, she announced Friday, a move that could leave the already quorumless agency with just one commissioner.

  • April 28, 2017

    Ex-Chicago Schools CEO Sentenced To Over 4 Years In Prison

    The onetime leader of Chicago’s public school district was slapped with a 4½-year prison sentence on Friday for steering nearly $23 million in city contracts toward a former employer in anticipation of future kickbacks.

  • April 28, 2017

    J&J Hit With $20M Pelvic Mesh Verdict In Philly

    A Pennsylvania state jury hit Johnson & Johnson on Friday with a $20 million verdict over injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, the third consecutive eight-figure award against Johnson & Johnson in the pelvic mesh mass tort program in Philadelphia County court.

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump Taps Brownstein Hyatt Atty For DOI No. 2 Post

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate David Bernhardt, chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP’s natural resource practice, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency’s No. 2 post.

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump's First IP Trade Report Keeps Target On China, India

    The Trump administration’s first foray into the intellectual property wing of trade policy hewed closely to those of administrations past as the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative offered a stern rebuke to China and India for shortcomings in their enforcement of patents, copyrights and trademarks across a litany of industries.

  • April 28, 2017

    Congress Passes Government Funding Band-Aid

    Congress has passed a short-term government funding resolution, sending a one-week federal funding extension to the president’s desk and potentially avoiding a government shutdown at midnight.

  • April 28, 2017

    DC Circ. Pauses Clean Power Plan Litigation

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request to pause litigation over the Clean Power Plan and ordered briefing on whether the case should be remanded to the agency or just kept on hold.

  • April 28, 2017

    Anthem Loses Appeal In $54B Cigna Merger Case

    Anthem Inc. on Friday lost its bid to overturn a decision that blocked it from proceeding with its $54 billion merger with Cigna Corp., after a split D.C. Circuit panel was not convinced by the insurer’s argument that the transaction should go through because it would generate savings for customers.

  • April 27, 2017

    BigLaw’s 10 Biggest Revenue Winners And Losers Of 2016

    Some law firms posted huge revenue increases in 2016 when compared to their peers, eclipsing the average uptick of 4.3 percent, while others’ incomes dropped precipitously. Here, see which law firms’ revenue moved the most in this year’s Am Law 100.

  • April 27, 2017

    Dewey Defense Says Execs Were Trying To Save Failing Firm

    Two former executives at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP had no intent to defraud the doomed firm's banks and lenders, but were merely working as hard as they could to save a sinking ship, a jury heard on Thursday as the defense finished its role in the retrial.

  • April 27, 2017

    NY Law Sinks RICO Claims In Appeal In Hedge Fund Suit

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations claims in a lawsuit alleging a network of investment professionals forced an insurer’s financial ruin, finding that New York law, which doesn’t allow private civil RICO claims, applied because the alleged wrongdoing was concentrated in the Empire State.

  • April 27, 2017

    FCC Sets Out Draft Plan To Weigh Nixing Net Neutrality Rules

    The Federal Communications Commission released a promised draft plan of its proposal to reverse the reclassification of broadband as a utility on Thursday, seeking feedback on whether so-called bright line net neutrality rules are necessary and whether to “keep, modify or eliminate” them.

  • April 27, 2017

    Senate Approves Acosta As Trump's Labor Chief

    Law school dean Alexander Acosta, a former member of the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Labor Relations Board during the George W. Bush administration, was confirmed Thursday to serve as President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor.

  • April 27, 2017

    Ex-Fisher Phillips Partner Charged With Malice Murder

    A Fulton County, Georgia, grand jury has upgraded an involuntary manslaughter charge pending against a former Fisher Phillips employment partner to a charge of malice murder for shooting his wife to death, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    CNN App User Isn’t CNN Subscriber, 11th Circ. Finds

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to revive a CNN app user’s litigation over alleged privacy violations, saying in a published decision that the man has standing under the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Spokeo decision, but his claims fail regardless because he doesn’t qualify as a “subscriber” under the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • April 27, 2017

    Exxon Must Pay Nearly $20M For Texas Refinery Pollution

    A Texas federal judge ruled Wednesday that Exxon Mobil Corp. must pay nearly $20 million in civil penalties for millions of pounds of air pollution from a refining and chemical complex in a Houston suburb, a win for environmental groups that saw their suit revived by the Fifth Circuit last year.

  • April 27, 2017

    DC Circ. Suspends Litigation Over EPA Mercury Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s request to delay a legal battle over the costs of the agency's rule limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from coal-fired power plants, canceling oral arguments that had been slated for May.

  • April 27, 2017

    United Passenger Dragged From Plane Settles With Airline

    David Dao, the passenger on a United Airlines flight whose forced removal from a plane this month was captured on a viral video, has settled with the airline for an undisclosed amount, his attorneys said in a release Thursday.

  • April 27, 2017

    South Korea Fines Novartis $48M Over Bribes To Doctors

    South Korea’s Ministry of Health and Welfare has fined Novartis 55 billion South Korean won ($48 million) and stopped reimbursements for the Alzheimer's drug Exelon and chemotherapy drug Zometa after six of the company’s executives were charged with bribing doctors to use their products, the drugmaker confirmed Thursday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.