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  • May 22, 2017

    BREAKING: High Court Limits Where Patent Suits Can Be Filed

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday put tighter restrictions on where patent owners can file infringement lawsuits, a decision that upends nearly 30 years of established practice and will likely force many lawsuits out of the patent litigation hotbed of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • May 22, 2017

    BREAKING: Hague Convention Allows For Service By Mail, Justices Say

    Lawsuit process service abroad can properly go through a mailbox under the Hague Service Convention, provided the jurisdiction hearing the suit recognizes mail service and the foreign jurisdiction doesn't object, the U.S. Supreme Court said Monday in a unanimous decision reviving a splash pad company's dormant Texas trade secrets suit.

  • May 22, 2017

    BREAKING: Justices Nix Challenge To Backdated Mich. Tax Law

    A backdated legislative change in Michigan that knocked out anticipated tax refunds for a number of corporations, including IBM, Gillette and Goodyear, will remain in place after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday decided against reviewing the companies’ constitutional concerns over the change.

  • May 22, 2017

    BREAKING: High Court Agrees To Eye PTAB’s Partial AIA Review Policy

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Monday to consider if the Patent Trial and Appeal Board can choose to review only some patent claims challenged in America Invents Act reviews, taking up a case arguing that the board must issue a final decision on all challenged claims.

  • May 22, 2017

    BREAKING: Clariant, Huntsman Ink Deal To Form $20B Specialty Chemicals Co.

    Switzerland-based Clariant and Texas-based Huntsman unveiled a merger of equals on Monday poised to create a global specialty chemical company worth $20 billion, paving the way for a tie-up after years of rumors the two were exploring a deal.

  • May 19, 2017

    Comey Agrees To Testify In Senate Over Russia Probe

    Recently fired FBI director James Comey has agreed to testify in open session before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on his role in the ongoing probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the ranking senators of the committee announced late Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Fiat Plans To Modify Emissions Software In 100K Vehicles

    Fiat Chrysler plans to modify the software used in more than 100,000 diesel vehicles, a move the company believes will help quickly end government investigations into possible excess emissions, the automaker announced Friday.

  • May 19, 2017

    Proskauer Sex Bias Case May Prompt More 'Jane Doe' Suits

    A federal judge's recent decision to allow a Proskauer Rose LLP partner who brought a $50 million gender discrimination suit against the firm to proceed under the pseudonym "Jane Doe" may spur an increase in bias plaintiffs seeking to pursue their suits anonymously, experts say.

  • May 19, 2017

    NY AG Hits Exxon With More Subpoenas In Climate Probe

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday that his office has issued additional subpoenas to ExxonMobil in his climate change probe of the oil giant and has questioned witnesses over concerns the company is violating its duty to preserve documents relevant to the investigation.

  • May 19, 2017

    Hospira Comes Out $40K Ahead In Verdict Against GSK

    An Illinois federal jury concluded on Friday that both GlaxoSmithKline and Hospira were injured by the fallout over a troubled contract to manufacture a flu vaccine and awarded both parties damages, giving Hospira a slight edge of $40,000.

  • May 19, 2017

    DC Circ. Revives Car Battery Maker's DOE Loan Denial Fight

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday reversed a lower court decision remanding a car battery maker's $15 million loan dispute to the U.S. Department of Energy, saying it had effectively killed the suit since the DOE didn't intend to revisit the company's challenges to its decisions.

  • May 19, 2017

    Texas Justices Nix Part Of $23M Shareholder Dilution Row

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday reversed a court of appeals judgment in a suit brought by two IDev Technologies minority shareholders alleging various venture-capital shareholders in IDev diluted their shares that should have been worth $23 million, holding the investors were correct that a forum selection clause mandates the claims be brought in Delaware.

  • May 19, 2017

    DC Circ. Says FAA Drone Rule Can't Apply To Model Aircraft

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone registration rule to the extent it applies to model aircraft, finding the agency does not have the authority to regulate such aircraft under a 2012 law.

  • May 19, 2017

    Del. Can’t Appeal Restaurant Co. Dismissal In Gift Card Case

    Delaware’s request to appeal the dismissal of Ruth’s Hospitality Group from a state court suit over unclaimed gift card balances was shot down Thursday, with the court ruling that while the issue does touch on fairly novel areas of law, it’s too soon for the state’s Supreme Court to weigh in.

  • May 19, 2017

    Former Law Firm Securities Chief Faces Fraud Indictment

    The former head of New Jersey law firm Szaferman Lakind Blumstein & Blader PC’s securities practice was indicted on Thursday for his role in what prosecutors say was a fraudulent scheme to sell sham companies with phony CEOs, according to California federal court records.

  • May 19, 2017

    Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner Pleads Guilty To Sexting Teen

    Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner pled guilty in a New York federal court on Friday to one count of transferring obscene material to a minor for sexting a 15-year-old girl.

  • May 18, 2017

    WilmerHale's Mueller Known As The Consummate Taskmaster

    Robert Mueller, who left WilmerHale on Wednesday to lead the investigation into Trump associates' potential ties to Russia, is known by colleagues for his exacting leadership style and prosecutorial rigor, both as a U.S. attorney in California and later as the settlement master in the sprawling Volkswagen emissions litigation.

  • May 18, 2017

    Turkey-Owned Bank Foots Legal Bill For Zarrab Co-Defendant

    A Turkish bank executive charged in a politically sensitive Iran sanctions case is having his legal bills paid by his state-controlled employer, his lawyer told a New York federal judge on Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    Rosenstein Knew Comey Would Be Fired Before Memo: Sens.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein thought that FBI Director James Comey was already heading out the door when he wrote a memo that was later used as justification for Comey's firing, senators said following a briefing Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    Proskauer Atty Can Proceed As 'Jane Doe' In Sex Bias Suit

    The female partner suing Proskauer Rose LLP for $50 million over alleged gender discrimination can shield her identity from public disclosure and proceed with the case under a Jane Doe pseudonym, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Wednesday. 

Expert Analysis

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • 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.