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  • August 10, 2017

    Teamsters Tell Jurors ‘Top Chef’ Fracas Was Just A Picket

    Four Teamsters accused of roughing up a “Top Chef” television crew to get unneeded truck driving work told a federal jury in closing arguments of their extortion trial Thursday that they’re innocent because they were just trying to get real jobs.

  • August 10, 2017

    Cheerleader Uniform IP Case Ends With Unusual Settlement

    Five months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on a long-running copyright fight between two cheerleading uniform companies, the case came to a conclusion Thursday with an unusual settlement reached without one party's consent.

  • August 9, 2017

    Click Fraud Trial Shows Prosecutors Must Be Storytellers

    With the acquittal of an Italian man of all but one misdemeanor charge in what prosecutors described as a worldwide “click fraud” scheme to defraud advertisers, former federal prosecutors and cybercrime experts say the landmark trial may be a turning point in how complex cybercrimes are delivered to juries.

  • August 9, 2017

    Italian Sentenced To 1 Year For Click Fraud Scheme

    An Italian man convicted of breaking into a computer to obtain information to fuel a global “click fraud” scheme to defraud advertisers was sentenced to a year in prison by a Brooklyn federal judge Wednesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    DOL To Postpone Parts Of Fiduciary Rule Until 2019

    The U.S. Department of Labor on Wednesday told a Minnesota federal judge hearing a challenge to its fiduciary rule that the agency is planning to delay three parts of the controversial retirement savings regulation for another 18 months, with plans to implement them in July 2019.

  • August 9, 2017

    Disney Pays $177M To Settle 'Pink Slime' Defamation Suit

    Walt Disney Co. paid $177 million, plus insurance recoveries, to settle a defamation suit over ABC News reports calling Beef Products Inc.'s beef product "pink slime," the company said Tuesday in a quarterly financial report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • August 9, 2017

    Nationwide Pays $5.5M To AGs Over Data Breach

    Thirty-three state attorneys general have reached a $5.5 million settlement with Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. and its unit Allied Property & Casualty over a 2012 data breach in which highly sensitive information of more than 1 million people was stolen, Florida's attorney general announced on Wednesday.

  • August 9, 2017

    CMS Insider Trading Cooperator Settles Case With SEC

    A former analyst at Deerfield Management Corp. who pled guilty to criminal charges relating to a scheme to trade on tips from an insider at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has agreed to help the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with its related investigation.

  • August 9, 2017

    DC Circ. Orders Judge's Recusal In 9/11 'Mastermind' Case

    The D.C. Circuit on Wednesday ruled that a judge overseeing the military commission of Khalid Shaikh Mohammad, the man accused of planning the 9/11 attacks, must be disqualified from the case over public statements he had made regarding Mohammad’s purported guilt.

  • August 9, 2017

    Judge Tees Up Jury Charge In 'Top Chef' Extortion Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge said Wednesday that he would focus a panel of jurors on whether a group of renegade Teamsters tried to force "Top Chef" producers into giving them additional jobs on their set.

  • August 9, 2017

    Transgender Military Members Sue Over Trump's Service Ban

    President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that the U.S. military will no longer allow transgender service members violates the U.S. Constitution, five transgender members of the military alleged in a suit filed Wednesday in Washington, D.C., federal court.

  • August 9, 2017

    Pair Of Polsinelli Partners Sued Over $10M Novak Druce Loan

    Citibank NA filed suit in D.C. federal court Tuesday looking to recover $3.2 million it says is owed on a $10 million loan issued to defunct intellectual property firm Novak Druce Connelly Bove & Quigg LLP, naming a pair of former partners as defendants who are now with Polsinelli PC.

  • August 8, 2017

    Nissan To Pay $98M To Exit Takata Air Bag MDL

    Nissan is the latest automaker to settle allegations in multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags, agreeing to a $97.7 million payout, consumers told a Florida federal judge Tuesday.

  • August 8, 2017

    Sedgwick Rocked By Multiple Departures In 2017

    Sedgwick LLP has seen 78 attorneys exit the firm, at least 29 of whom were partners, since the start of the year, precipitating the shuttering or downsizing of a number of the San Francisco-based firm's offices.

  • August 8, 2017

    Feds Drop Fraud Case Against PE CEO Benjamin Wey

    Federal prosecutors dropped their criminal securities fraud and money laundering case against private equity CEO Benjamin Wey on Tuesday, acknowledging the prosecution was doomed after all the evidence seized in searches of Wey’s home and office was suppressed.

  • August 8, 2017

    ITC Will Review Qualcomm's IPhone 7 Complaint

    The U.S. International Trade Commission announced Tuesday that it will investigate Apple Inc. products, including the iPhone 7 and some of its components, in a broadening probe initiated by chipmaker Qualcomm Inc.

  • August 8, 2017

    DOJ Asks High Court To Decline AmEx Merchant Rules Case

    In an unusual move, the U.S. Department of Justice has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to let stand the government’s Second Circuit loss in an antitrust lawsuit against American Express Co. over the company’s merchant rules, saying the matter is not yet ripe for high court review.

  • August 8, 2017

    Texas Jury Awards $21.1M To Broadband Patent Owner

    A Texas federal jury has awarded a defense contractor $21.1 million in damages after determining that Hughes Network Systems LLC infringed one of two of its broadband patents used at offshore drilling sites.

  • August 8, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Says Musician Will.i.am Can't Register 'I Am' Marks

    The Federal Circuit ruled Tuesday that pop star Will.i.am cannot register "I Am" as a trademark for accessories and cosmetics, finding the name confusingly similar to other brands that have already been registered.

  • August 8, 2017

    Transmar Cocoa CEO, Son Accused Of Massive Bank Fraud

    The chief of New Jersey-based Transmar Commodity Group Ltd., his son and a finance executive at the belly-up cocoa trader were hit with fraud charges Tuesday, two weeks after their bid to restructure more than $360 million of bank debt was converted by a bankruptcy judge into a liquidation.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • 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.