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  • February 17, 2017

    Anthem Wins Rush On Cigna Merger Appeal

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted Anthem Inc.’s bid to speed up its appeal of a lower court’s ruling blocking its proposed $54 billion acquisition of Cigna Corp. in a short order Friday, setting oral arguments for the case for March 24.

  • February 17, 2017

    Judge Gorsuch ‘Hopefully’ Confirmed In April, McConnell Says

    The Senate’s top Republican, Mitch McConnell, said Friday he wants to have President Donald Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed in the next two months, putting a ticking clock on the nomination of Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch.

  • February 17, 2017

    Senate Confirms Pruitt As EPA Chief

    Scott Pruitt, a frequent critic and legal opponent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration, was narrowly confirmed Friday by the Senate as the EPA’s administrator, a development that heralds a rollback of several of Obama’s regulatory initiatives.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Slams 9th Circ. As Court In ‘Chaos,’ ‘Turmoil’

    President Donald Trump slammed the Ninth Circuit on Thursday as a court in “chaos” and “turmoil,” claiming at a news conference that the court has been overturned by the Supreme Court “at a record number,” a record that’s actually held by the Sixth Circuit, according to a recent Politifact study.

  • February 16, 2017

    Con Ed Agrees To $153M Settlement In Deadly NYC Gas Blast

    New York state and Con Edison reached a $153.3 million settlement over a 2014 East Harlem gas explosion that destroyed two buildings and killed eight people, according to an announcement Thursday from Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office that called the agreement the largest gas-safety related financial settlement in state history.

  • February 16, 2017

    Hitachi Must Pay $55M For Shock Absorber Price-Fixing

    An Ohio federal judge on Thursday fined Japanese auto parts maker Hitachi Automotive Systems Ltd. $55.48 million for manipulating the market for shock absorbers, following a U.S. Department of Justice recommendation last week.

  • February 16, 2017

    11th Circ. Strikes Down Fla. 'Gun Gag' Law

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday struck down much of a Florida law curbing doctors from asking patients about firearm ownership, ruling that the “gun gag” law violates the First Amendment by impermissibly restricting physician speech.

  • February 16, 2017

    Gorsuch Nomination Hearings To Kick Off In March

    Opening statements in a hearing on Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court will begin on March 20, with questioning of the associate justice-designate commencing the following day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Inks Revocation Of Stream Protection Rule

    President Donald J. Trump on Thursday signed a bill revoking a U.S. Department of the Interior rule aimed at minimizing coal mining's harm to surface water and groundwater, the second energy-related rule crafted by the Obama administration that's been killed through use of the Congressional Review Act.

  • February 16, 2017

    CFPB Wins Full DC Circ. Review Of Leadership Ruling

    The D.C. Circuit on Thursday granted a request from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for a full-panel rehearing of an October decision that ruled the federal consumer finance watchdog’s structure unconstitutional.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Picks Former US Attorney Acosta To Lead DOL

    President Donald Trump on Thursday tapped law school dean R. Alexander Acosta — a former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, one-time National Labor Relations Board member and the first Hispanic to ascend to the top of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division — to serve as secretary of labor. 

  • February 16, 2017

    Mulvaney Gets Senate Approval As Trump Budget Officer

    The Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s pick for his top budget office, putting conservative Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., at the head of the office responsible for the federal budget and managing many agencies.

  • February 16, 2017

    Visa Settles With 13 Retailers In £500M UK Swipe Fees Trial

    Visa Inc. settled on Wednesday with 13 of the 14 retailers in a £500 million ($625 million) swipe fees antitrust damages case before judgment in its recent trial had been delivered, London’s High Court heard on Thursday in a separate interchange fees suit.

  • February 15, 2017

    Ticketmaster Stole Trade Secrets Via Hacking, Songkick Says

    Songkick, a concert ticketing startup, tacked on new claims Wednesday in its ongoing antitrust suit against Live Nation and Ticketmaster over their alleged monopoly of ticket sales by claiming that one of its former executives who landed at Ticketmaster unlawfully accessed its computer systems to steal trade secrets.

  • February 15, 2017

    A Closer Look At Battle Over Troubled Anthem-Cigna Megadeal

    The growing discontent between Anthem and Cigna hit a boiling point this week, with the health insurance giants trading shots in Delaware Chancery Court after Cigna attempted to end their $54 billion deal following the Justice Department's successful bid to block the combination, despite Anthem's ongoing appeal. Here, Law360 breaks down the litigation and the events leading up to it.

  • February 15, 2017

    Puzder Out Of Running For Labor Secretary

    Fast-food executive Andrew Puzder took himself out of consideration Wednesday to serve as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary one day before his scheduled confirmation hearing as reports circulated that he lacked enough support from Senate Republicans.

  • February 15, 2017

    Feds Float ACA Market Stabilization Rule

    Federal regulators on Wednesday floated highly anticipated policies for stabilizing Affordable Care Act marketplaces, including tighter enrollment periods, slimmer benefits and more leeway for states to oversee provider networks.

  • February 14, 2017

    Humana To Scrap Remaining ACA Policies In 2018

    Humana Inc. on Tuesday said it will halt participation in Affordable Care Act marketplaces next year, citing a mix of customers that remains too unhealthy and unprofitable.

  • February 14, 2017

    Inside The Downward Spiral Of 2 Health Care Megadeals

    Two closely watched health care megadeals imploded Tuesday, with Aetna scrapping its planned $37 billion Humana buy amid antitrust challenges and Cigna suing Anthem in Delaware court as it looks to kill their planned $54 billion tie-up. Here, Law360 recaps the twists and turns leading to Tuesday’s turmoil.

  • February 14, 2017

    Cigna Tries To Nix $54B Anthem Deal With $15B Damages Suit

    Cigna sued Anthem in Delaware court Tuesday for $15 billion in damages and termination fees as it seeks to pull the plug on the companies' planned $54 billion merger — but Anthem said its fellow health insurer couldn't legally drop the deal.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.