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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.