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  • August 1, 2017

    17 States Can Join Big ACA Subsidies Case, DC Circ. Rules

    The D.C. Circuit late Tuesday allowed 17 states and the District of Columbia to join a high-stakes fight over billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act subsidies, complicating any effort by President Donald Trump to abruptly halt the payments.

  • August 1, 2017

    Davis Polk White Collar Pro Joins Russia Investigation

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP white collar pro who has also served as a U.S. Department of Justice official has joined the team investigating Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, a DOJ spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

  • August 1, 2017

    Quinn, Williams & Connolly Downplay Reports Of Merger Talk

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Williams & Connolly LLP both downplayed reports Tuesday that the firms were considering a merger, dismissing as premature any chatter about a possible consolidation between the two distinctive litigation firms.

  • August 1, 2017

    Shkreli Jury Asks Judge About 'Fraudulent Intent'

    The Brooklyn federal jury deliberating fraud charges against Martin Shkreli came up for air after 12 solid hours of deliberations Tuesday, asking for a definition of "fraudulent intent" and what it meant legally when the pharma bad boy talked up his assets under management to investors.  

  • August 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Says CareFirst Breach Suit Holds Up Under Spokeo

    The D.C. Circuit revived a putative class action brought by policyholders against CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield over a 2014 data breach Tuesday, finding that the alleged heightened risk of identity theft and medical fraud was enough to establish standing under the high court’s landmark Spokeo decision.

  • August 1, 2017

    Senate Breaks Logjam To OK King & Spalding Partner For FBI

    President Donald Trump has his pick to lead the FBI, after the Senate voted Tuesday to confirm King & Spalding LLP partner Christopher Wray to lead the agency following an agreement that could help confirm more administration picks.

  • August 1, 2017

    Teamsters Roughed Up ‘Top Chef’ Crew, Jury Hears

    Four renegade Teamsters tried to strong-arm a “Top Chef” television crew into hiring them for unneeded jobs with threats of physical beatings and economic damage, veering from union activism to criminal extortion, prosecutors told a Boston federal jury in opening statements at trial Tuesday.

  • August 1, 2017

    Trump Urged On Fake Fox News Story, Defamation Suit Says

    President Donald Trump reviewed efforts by Fox News Channel and a Republican donor to craft a now-retracted article about the killing of a Democratic National Committee aide, according to a defamation suit filed Tuesday in New York federal court by a Fox contributor.

  • August 1, 2017

    Democratic AGs Challenge EPA's Smog Standard Delay

    Sixteen Democratic attorneys general on Tuesday filed a D.C. Circuit challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to extend a deadline to designate smog-affected areas, calling the delay illegal and harmful to public health.

  • August 1, 2017

    Trump Names Ex-DOJ, Sidley Austin Attorney As DOI Solicitor

    President Donald Trump said on Monday he intended to nominate a former associate at Sidley Austin LLP with experience working in all three branches of government who currently serves as general counsel to a major wellness shopping company to be solicitor at the Department of the Interior.

  • August 1, 2017

    Del. Justices Reverse Appraisal Of $1.3B DFC Global Buyout

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the Chancery Court’s determination that payday lender DFC Global Corp.’s private-equity buyer underpaid by about $100 million in its $1.3 billion acquisition, but refused to create a broad judicial rule that deal price is the best indication of fair value in appraisal actions.

  • August 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Kroger Unit Not At Fault For Union Arrests

    In strongly critical language, the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday overturned a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a unit of grocery store chain Kroger Co. violated federal labor law in a clash with union organizers, saying the board behaved more as “an advocate than an adjudicator.”

  • August 1, 2017

    TransPerfect Custodian Cleared To Probe Sale Leaks

    Delaware’s chancellor authorized an investigation Tuesday into leaks of bidder data and other details on the court-ordered sale of translation company TransPerfect Global Inc., after warnings that the disclosures are being used in an attempt to disrupt the already hotly contested process.

  • August 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Reverses Order Sealing MetLife SIFI Docs

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a decision that allowed MetLife Inc. and the Financial Stability Oversight Council to file nearly 2,000 documents under seal in their war over the designation of the New York-based insurer for enhanced regulation.

  • August 1, 2017

    Daiichi, Forest Reach $300M Settlement In Benicar MDL

    Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. have agreed to pay $300 million to settle claims in state and federal courts that the blood pressure drug Benicar caused gastrointestinal injuries, lawyers for both sides announced Tuesday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • Review

    The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • 4 Ways Lawyers Can Improve Their Marketing

    Mike Mellor

    Attorneys may not realize the breadth of services that their marketing, design and library teams offer. One of the things I like to do when attorneys start at our firm is give them a download of the kinds of problems we can solve for them so they know how to work with us most effectively, says Mike Mellor, director of marketing at Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • OPINION: The US Supreme Court In 2017

    James Brosnahan

    The ideologue’s main problem is believing in conformity of thought. They will now search for true believers, but fortunately very few judges harbor the dark, conservative uniformity desired. If they do find one, the Senate will not confirm, says James Brosnahan, a senior trial counsel with Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.