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  • July 26, 2017

    EPA, Army Corps Take Clean Water Rule Rollback To Public

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday started the clock for public comments on their proposal to rescind an Obama-era rule defining the federal government's permitting jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act, a prelude to possibly crafting a new definition.

  • July 26, 2017

    German Auto Giants Hit With Antitrust Suit Amid EU Probe

    German luxury vehicle manufacturers including Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW have spent two decades conspiring to increase the prices of their automobiles, a proposed class of drivers told a New Jersey federal court, basing their antitrust claims on alleged admissions made to European regulators.

  • July 26, 2017

    NY High Court Judge's Death Ruled A Suicide

    A trailblazing judge on New York's highest court found dead in the Hudson River in April took her own life, the office of New York City's medical examiner said on Wednesday.

  • July 26, 2017

    Trump Bans Transgender People From Serving In Military

    President Donald Trump said via Twitter on Wednesday that transgender people will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military "in any capacity," reversing a Department of Defense policy that had been partially under review by the military branches.

  • July 25, 2017

    ACA Repeal Bill Fails Badly In Senate

    Legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act went down to a stinging defeat late Tuesday despite major changes intended to placate both moderate and conservative Republicans.

  • July 25, 2017

    Shkreli Slams Katten Atty In Emails, As Trial Wraps Up

    Jurors in the securities fraud trial of Martin Shkreli on Tuesday heard from the last witness expected to be called in the case, and were shown a trove of emails showing the “pharma bro” berating his former Katten Muchin attorney and co-defendant as they discussed ways to pay off disgruntled investors.

  • July 25, 2017

    Del. Chancellor Calls For New Derivative Case Dismissal Rule

    Delaware's chancellor on Tuesday recommended limiting the multi-jurisdictional reach of early decisions on derivative investor lawsuits until they survive initial dismissal challenges, citing similar rules for class lawsuits and saying the change would protect due process rights.

  • July 25, 2017

    Apple Hit With $506M Judgment In U. Wis. Infringement Spat

    A Wisconsin federal judge on Monday entered a $506 million judgment against Apple Inc. for infringing a computer processor patent owned by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, more than double what a jury awarded the organization in damages in October 2015.

  • July 25, 2017

    Celgene To Pay $280M To End Off-Label Cancer Drug FCA Suit

    Celgene Corp. has agreed to shell out $280 million to end a False Claims Act suit launched in California by a whistleblower who accused the drug company of promoting off-label uses for two cancer drugs, federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday.

  • July 25, 2017

    House Passes Repeal Of CFPB Arbitration Rule

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s latest rule against forced arbitration is one step closer to being repealed, following a Tuesday vote in the U.S. House of Representatives along party lines to nix the measure.

  • July 25, 2017

    3rd Circ. Revives Ex-L’Oréal Atty's Whistleblower Row

    The Third Circuit said Tuesday in a precedential ruling that a former top patent attorney for L’Oréal USA Inc. would be allowed to proceed with his whistleblower suit, ruling that New Jersey whistleblower laws protect employees from being fired for refusing to violate rules of professional conduct and that the attorney’s claims were “more than skin-deep.”

  • July 25, 2017

    New York Beats Back Challenges To Nuke Plant Subsidies

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday nixed challenges to the Empire State's plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants, saying the plan doesn't intrude on federal jurisdiction of wholesale electricity markets and is a constitutional use of the state’s authority to tackle climate change.

  • July 25, 2017

    VW Exec To Plead Guilty In Emissions Cover-Up Case

    A Volkswagen AG executive accused of aiding in a conspiracy to cover up a diesel emissions cheating scandal is set to enter a guilty plea before a Michigan federal judge next month, according to a Tuesday court order.

  • July 25, 2017

    DOJ To Increase International Coordination In FCPA Fines

    As the U.S. Department of Justice continues its busy year for overseas corruption cases, the agency will emphasize coordinating with foreign countries to avoid "duplicative" fines, the acting chief of the DOJ's Fraud Section said Tuesday in an overture to compliance professionals.

  • July 25, 2017

    Gov. Brown Signs Extension Of Calif. Cap-And-Trade To 2030

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed into law a 10-year extension of California's landmark cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state's push to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels.

  • July 25, 2017

    GOP Narrowly Starts Debate On ACA Repeal

    Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act narrowly advanced in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, as Republicans barely mustered enough votes to open debate on the deeply controversial legislation.

  • July 25, 2017

    Kirkland Atty's Russian Client Complicates DOJ Nomination

    Democratic senators asked a Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner at a hearing on Tuesday about his work for a Russian bank caught up in controversy around the presidential campaign, saying it will present a conflict if he is confirmed as head of the Department of Justice's criminal division.

  • July 25, 2017

    DOL Issues Info Request On White-Collar Overtime Exemption

    The U.S. Department of Labor released its hotly anticipated request for information on how to revise the white-collar overtime exemption on Tuesday, opening up for public comment a controversial Obama administration rule that would more than double the salary level under which workers must be paid overtime.

  • July 24, 2017

    Wells Fargo Seeks Return Of Inadvertently Leaked Client Info

    ‎Wells Fargo Advisors LLC asked a New York state judge on Monday to prevent further dissemination of reams of client data inadvertently provided in a response to a subpoena, saying the release was a mistake and a former employee and his counsel should be forced to return it.

  • July 24, 2017

    Divided 7th Circ. Revives Debtor's Wrong Venue Suit

    A deeply split Seventh Circuit on Monday revived a debtor's suit accusing the law firm of Blatt Hasenmiller Leibsker & Moore LLC of bringing charges against the individual in the wrong venue, finding that the panel's recent decision altering the venue rules for debt collection suits can apply retroactively to the debtor's suit.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.