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  • February 9, 2017

    Trump Says Senator 'Misrepresented' Gorsuch Comments

    President Donald Trump on Thursday doubled down on criticism of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., in an ongoing feud over comments by U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch that Blumenthal relayed, which were critical of Trump’s own statements on judicial independence.

  • February 9, 2017

    Dems Push Fed On Physical Commodities Ownership Rules

    A trio of Democratic senators on Thursday urged the Federal Reserve to tighten up its proposed regulations for commodity ownership by banks and to get the proposal out the door quickly, even as Republicans have been using their tools to repeal a host of recent rules.

  • February 9, 2017

    Senator Wants Hearings On Trump's Executive Orders

    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Wednesday called for hearings on President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at building a border wall, increasing immigration enforcement and temporarily barring people from seven predominantly Muslim nations, saying the orders are inconsistent with America’s heritage as a nation of immigrants.

  • February 9, 2017

    Ex-Head Of Chinese Auto Giant FAW Gets 11 Years For Bribes

    The former chairman of Chinese automaker FAW Group Corp. on Thursday was sentenced to 11.5 years in prison for accepting bribes, Chinese state media has reported.

  • February 9, 2017

    Delaware Justice Randy J. Holland To Retire In March

    Delaware Justice Randy J. Holland is set to retire at the end of March, ending a 30-year tenure on the First State’s highest bench and opening up the first high-profile judicial nomination process for the state’s brand new governor John C. Carney, according to a statement from the court Thursday.

  • February 8, 2017

    Senate OKs Sessions As Trump's Attorney General

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will serve as the next U.S. attorney general after Senate Republicans voted through President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's top prosecutor on Wednesday despite weeks of Democratic opposition.

  • February 8, 2017

    $54B Anthem-Cigna Merger Spiked By Judge

    A District of Columbia federal judge on Wednesday forbade health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna from proceeding with a proposed $54 billion combination, agreeing with the government that the industry's largest-ever merger would create an unlawful concentration of market power.

  • February 8, 2017

    DOL Beats Latest Challenge To Fiduciary Rule

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial fiduciary rule for retirement advisers — just hours after the agency had asked to stay the case in light of President Donald Trump’s directive to review and possibly rescind the rule.

  • February 8, 2017

    Philly Building Collapse Trial Ends In $227M Settlement

    The civil trial over a 2013 fatal building collapse in Philadelphia — the longest in the city’s history — came to an abrupt end Wednesday with all parties agreeing to a $227 million settlement.

  • February 8, 2017

    Akin Gump Atty Charged With Trying To Sell Sealed FCA Suit

    An Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney who once worked at the U.S. Department of Justice was arrested while allegedly attempting to sell a sealed False Claims Act suit to a California cybersecurity company, according to a criminal case unsealed this week.

  • February 8, 2017

    Groups Sue To Block Trump’s 2-For-1 Regulatory Order

    Public interest legal groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration, alleging a January executive order mandating that executive agencies eliminate two regulations for every new one is “irrational” and puts public safety at risk by not considering any beneficial effects of new rules.

  • February 8, 2017

    2nd Circ. Revives Actos Antitrust Suit But Limits Scope

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday revived a proposed class action by purchasers of diabetes drug Actos accusing Takeda of delaying generic competition for the drug, saying they could pursue allegations that Takeda delayed Teva’s market entry but not that of other generics makers.

  • February 7, 2017

    9th Circ. Weighs Trump Travel Ban In Contentious Hearing

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday grilled both sides in a contentious hearing on the government’s bid to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, raising questions about the plaintiff’s standing and the president’s authority to use religion as a criterion in barring travelers to the United States.

  • February 7, 2017

    Corps Poised To Grant Final OK To Dakota Access Pipeline

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant Dakota Access LLC the final approval needed for its controversial $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline and ax a planned environmental review, moves that come as a blow for the tribes and green groups who have been fighting the pipeline for months.

  • February 7, 2017

    Shire Unit Abused FDA Process With Most Filings Ever: FTC

    A unit of Shire PLC was hit with a suit Tuesday by the Federal Trade Commission accusing the company of clogging the approval pipeline for a generic version of its gastrointestinal infection treatment with a record number of filings that delayed approval by two years.

  • February 7, 2017

    Freshfields Sees Slight Revenue Bump As Partner Pay Climbs

    Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer saw another rise in revenue this past year with the company taking in more than £1.28 billion, while paydays for key management personnel saw an increase as well, according to a recent filing in the U.K.

  • February 7, 2017

    Senate OKs Trump Education Pick As VP Pence Breaks Tie

    President Donald Trump’s administration passed a close test Tuesday, as the Senate narrowly voted to approve Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos on the back of a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

  • February 7, 2017

    Euribor 6 Plead Not Guilty To Fraud Charge

    Six former Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays PLC bankers on Tuesday pled not guilty in a London criminal court to rigging a key European interest rate benchmark, ahead of a trial scheduled for September.

  • February 6, 2017

    Late Changes To Fiduciary Rule Memo Sow Confusion

    President Donald Trump’s long-awaited directive on the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule surprised the financial industry Friday when it failed to include an expected provision calling for a delay, leaving retirement account advisers still struggling to determine when, if ever, they will need to comply with the controversial mandate.

  • February 6, 2017

    Jury Awards Bio-Rad’s Ex-GC $8M For Retaliatory Firing

    A California federal jury found Monday that Bio-Rad violated whistleblower protections under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act when it fired its general counsel for reporting Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, awarding the attorney $2.96 million in back wages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 3

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    In part 3 of this series on law firm evolution, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., addresses the problem of ad hoc client development and the challenge of associate training.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 2

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    Despite the fact that many corporate clients are demanding deviations from the billable hour, and the fact that there are more varieties of alternate fee arrangements than ever before, the billable hour is still here. But it is gasping for breath, 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 1

    Jill Dessalines

    In this multipart series, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., explores the metamorphosis that needs to take place in the world of corporate law firms in order for them to survive and thrive in the future.