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  • July 31, 2017

    Wells Fargo Sued Over Car Insurance Added To Loans

    Wells Fargo & Co. is being sued over unneeded auto insurance coverage it allegedly added to car loan bills, with a proposed class of borrowers telling a California judge on Sunday that the bank ran a racketeering enterprise.

  • July 31, 2017

    Texas BigLaw Leaders Line Up Against State 'Bathroom Bill'

    A half-dozen of Houston’s top lawyers were among the dozens of oil, finance and other executives who on Monday told the Texas governor a proposed “bathroom bill” that would bar transgender people from using a bathroom of their choice would hurt the state’s economy.

  • July 31, 2017

    'Top Chef' Union Extortion Trial Begins In Boston

    The case against four Teamsters who are accused of roughing up a “Top Chef” television crew in an extortion plot began Monday with jury selection in Boston federal court.

  • July 31, 2017

    Ex-Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio Found Guilty Of Contempt

    Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio could face jail time after an Arizona federal judge passed down a conviction for criminal contempt Monday, finding he continued having people not suspected of criminal activity detained based only on their immigration status, even after a court order blocked the practice.

  • July 31, 2017

    US Sanctions Venezuela President After 'Sham' Election

    The U.S. government sanctioned Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, calling him a “dictator” after the country held elections for a new constituent assembly that U.S. officials say would undermine democratic processes and allow further control of an oppressive regime.

  • July 31, 2017

    State Dept. Contractor Cops To $5.3M Iraq Kickback Scam

    A government contractor pled guilty Monday to allegations he participated in a kickback scheme to rip off the U.S. Department of State on a $5.3 million contract related to an international police contract in Iraq.

  • July 31, 2017

    Texas Judge Greenlights $100M Halliburton Class Settlement

    A $100 million settlement between Halliburton Co. and disgruntled investors that awards one-third of the amount to class counsel is fair and reasonable, a Texas federal judge found Monday.

  • July 31, 2017

    Proskauer Partner Says $50M Gender Bias Suit Should Survive

    A female Proskauer Rose LLP partner urged a Washington, D.C., federal court not to toss her $50 million gender bias suit before discovery Friday, rejecting the firm’s claim that as a firm partner she lacks the statutory protections given “employees.”

  • July 31, 2017

    Ford To Fix Cop Cars As NHTSA Widens Exhaust Leak Probe

    Ford Motor Co. said that it would cover the costs of repairing carbon monoxide problems in Ford Explorers used by police departments, following the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s expansion of its investigation into exhaust leaks in Explorer SUVs to 1.3 million cars.

  • July 31, 2017

    DC Circ. Says FAA Must Study Shrinking Airline Seat Sizes

    The D.C. Circuit said Friday that the Federal Aviation Administration must properly examine the health and safety effects that shrinking commercial airline seats have on passengers, finding that the agency used shoddy reasoning to reject a passenger rights group’s petition to have the FAA regulate airline seat sizes.

  • July 31, 2017

    Rail Tickets Not Contracts, Court Tells Miffed Mass. Riders

    Riders of Greater Boston’s commuter rail can’t sue the state’s main transit authority for botching service during the historic 2015 winter, the Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled Monday, finding that monthly train passes aren’t an ironclad guarantee of sticking to a published schedule.

  • July 31, 2017

    Acting Comptroller Forgoes CFPB Arbitration Rule Challenge

    A banking regulator appointed by President Donald Trump on Monday announced that he will not seek to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s arbitration rule, leaving a potential vote in Congress the biggest threat to the regulation.

  • July 31, 2017

    Discovery Inks $14.6B Scripps Networks Buy

    Discovery Communications Inc. said Monday it will buy Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. in a $14.6 billion cash-and-stock deal, including debt, following rumors a combination was in the works, adding brands like HGTV and Food Network to Discovery’s portfolio.

  • July 28, 2017

    DC Circ. Nixes Punitives In $10B Award To Bombing Victims

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday upheld much of a decision slamming the Sudanese government with more than $10 billion in damages to victims of a 1998 terrorist attack, but struck punitive damages after finding that a terrorism law’s exemption allowance for them didn’t apply retroactively.

  • July 28, 2017

    Audi, BMW, Others Suppressed Innovation With Cartel: Suit

    Five major German carmakers, Audi AG, Porsche AG, BMW AG, Mercedes-Benz USA and Volkswagen AG, along with a supplier got hit with an antitrust class action Friday in California federal court, with car owners alleging the companies conspired to share information and stunt innovation to save on costs.

  • July 28, 2017

    Morgan Stanley, Banks Ink Deals Worth $111M In Forex Suit

    Five more banks, including Morgan Stanley, on Friday reached settlements totaling $111.2 million with investors in the wide-ranging suit accusing the world’s largest banks of rigging foreign exchange rates, bringing total relief in the case to more than $2.1 billion.

  • July 28, 2017

    Walmart Slams Attys’ ‘Jerry-Rigged’ $20M Trial Fee Bid

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. asked a California federal judge Friday to deny a $20 million fee request by lawyers who won a $60.8 million wage judgment against the retailer on behalf of a class of truckers, saying plaintiffs’ attorneys had “jerry-rigged their fee request” and should only get $2.8 million.

  • July 28, 2017

    Wells Fargo To Repay Borrowers $80M For Insurance Charges

    Wells Fargo will reimburse $80 million to car loan borrowers who were wrongly charged by the bank for insurance, it said late Thursday.

  • July 28, 2017

    Judge Doubts King & Spalding Account Of Associate's Firing

    U.S. District Judge Valerie E. Caproni expressed doubt Friday over the assertion by King & Spalding LLP that it fired a senior associate because he failed to turn in time sheets and business plans on time, in his suit claiming he was shown the door for reporting an ethics breach.

  • July 28, 2017

    DC Circ. Rules Against EPA In Renewable Fuel Mandates Fight

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday vacated part of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule that set the levels of renewable fuel that must be blended into gasoline below targets called for by Congress, finding the EPA wrongly considered consumer-side constraints in making its decision.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.