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  • July 27, 2017

    Senate Shoots Down Partial ACA Repeal

    Senate Republicans early Friday failed to pass legislation to partly repeal core provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the latest and most striking setback for the GOP’s tumultuous repeal effort.

  • July 27, 2017

    Feds Call Shkreli A Liar As Defense Denies Any Fraud

    Jurors weighing the fate of Martin Shkreli heard closing arguments Thursday in the government's securities fraud case against the controversial “pharma bro,” with the prosecution claiming his businesses were built on a web of lies and the defense saying no investors were defrauded.

  • July 27, 2017

    Sens. Push ECPA Reform Bill To Up Email, Location Privacy

    Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, on Thursday stepped up their long-running efforts to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, floating a proposal that would require warrants for access to emails and location data and ease gag orders that prevent service providers from divulging these requests.

  • July 27, 2017

    Fed. Circ. OKs Inequitable Conduct Ruling Against Regeneron

    The Federal Circuit said Thursday a Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc. patent for a genetically modified mouse was unenforceable because of the biotechnology company’s inequitable conduct at the patent office, upholding a lower court’s decision.

  • July 27, 2017

    DOD Transgender Policy Unchanged Despite Trump Tweets

    U.S. military policy on transgender service members remains unchanged, despite tweets from President Donald Trump on Wednesday indicating otherwise, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told senior military leaders Thursday, according to published reports.

  • July 27, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Revives Dale Earnhardt Family Trademark Fight

    The Federal Circuit on Thursday revived a trademark dispute between the widow and son of late NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt, calling an earlier ruling dismissing the case “deficient.”

  • July 27, 2017

    Chinese Real Estate Magnate Guilty Of Bribing UN Officials

    A Manhattan federal jury on Thursday convicted Chinese real estate moneyman Ng Lap Seng of bribing two former United Nations diplomats, finding he engaged in a massive illegal effort to grease the wheels for a luxe expo center in Macau.

  • July 27, 2017

    E-Currency Exchange Fined $110M, Charged With Laundering

    The federal government slapped digital currency exchange BTC-e with a $110 million fine and charged both the exchange and one of its operators with handling payments related to criminal activity like the hack against bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, a move the U.S. Treasury Department on Thursday called its first action against a foreign money-services business.

  • July 27, 2017

    House GOP Border Adjusted Tax Plan Officially Dead

    House Republicans have given up on their controversial border adjusted tax plan, which was heavily criticized for potentially raising consumer prices on imported goods and violating international trade rules, according to a joint statement on Thursday from White House officials and congressional leaders.

  • July 27, 2017

    Halliburton To Pay $29.2M Over Angolan FCPA Violations

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday that Halliburton Co. will pay $29.2 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when contracting with an Angolan firm as part of efforts to win contracts in the country.

  • July 27, 2017

    House Lawmakers Float Bill To Revise Joint Employer Test

    House lawmakers unveiled a much-anticipated bill Thursday that would require businesses to exert direct control over individuals’ working conditions in order to be considered a joint employer under federal wage and labor laws, a tighter standard than one recently adopted by the National Labor Relations Board in its controversial Browning-Ferris decision.

  • July 26, 2017

    Leased Servers Raised Red Flags, 'Click Fraud' Jury Hears

    Prosecutors inched closer to linking an Italian citizen to a “click fraud” scheme during the second day of trial testimony Wednesday, calling on hack victims and web-hosting professionals to detail the servers the man allegedly leased and used to control hijacked computers.

  • July 26, 2017

    Record Number Of Securities Class Actions Filed In 2017

    The number of class action securities fraud suits filed in federal court surged to a record high in the first half of 2017, according to a report released Tuesday, hitting the highest level in two decades as both traditional filings and merger and acquisition litigation continued to increase.

  • July 26, 2017

    DOJ Opposes EEOC's Stance In 2nd Circ. Gay Bias Dispute

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday pitted itself against a fellow government agency in a skydiving instructor’s suit alleging he was fired over his homosexuality, telling the full Second Circuit that Title VII doesn’t cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

  • July 26, 2017

    J&J Hid Talc Cancer Risk To Save Image, Calif. Jury Told

    Johnson & Johnson hid the dangers of talcum powder to preserve its corporate image, counsel for a woman alleging J&J’s products gave her terminal ovarian cancer said during Wednesday’s opening statements in the much-anticipated first California jury trial over the J&J products.

  • July 26, 2017

    SEC Says Citadel Energy Founder Ran $15M Investor Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission alleged in California federal court Wednesday that the founder of Citadel Energy Partners LLC ran a $15 million investment fraud scheme that paid for some of his personal expenses, including Ponzi-like payments and expensive psychic readings.

  • July 26, 2017

    Alsup Says DQ’ing MoFo Not Necessary In Uber-Waymo Row

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup said Wednesday that he opposed disqualifying Morrison & Foerster LLP from representing Uber Technologies Inc. in its trade secret fight with Alphabet unit Waymo, even though the law firm is “a character in the story” jurors will hear at the October trial.

  • July 26, 2017

    Niro Law Escapes IP Client's Malpractice Suit

    Niro Law Ltd. triumphed in a year-old malpractice suit on Wednesday, after an Illinois federal court tossed claims by the maker of a water bottle fill-up station that the firm botched an underlying IP suit by pursuing limited discovery.

  • July 26, 2017

    Quincy Jones Wins $9.4M From Michael Jackson Co. At Trial

    A California jury on Wednesday ordered Michael Jackson’s production company to pay mega-producer Quincy Jones more than $9.4 million in royalty damages for his work on the blockbuster albums "Thriller," Bad" and "Off the Wall," agreeing that the company shorted him while declining to award the full $30 million Jones sought.

  • July 26, 2017

    Shkreli Loses Bid To Nix Charges After Resting Case

    Attorneys for former Turing Pharmaceuticals and Retrophin CEO Martin Shkreli on Wednesday rested their case without calling any witnesses to testify at his securities fraud trial over allegations he defrauded investors and paid them off with looted company funds, and lost a long-shot bid to dodge the charges.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 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.