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  • June 20, 2017

    7th Circ. Expands On High Court's Campbell-Ewald Ruling

    A trio of judges sitting on the Seventh Circuit ruled Tuesday that a putative class action over unauthorized faxes cannot be mooted by depositing an unaccepted settlement offer with the court, saying there was "no principled distinction" between the alleged pick-off attempt and the one prohibited by the U.S. Supreme Court in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez.

  • June 20, 2017

    Fraud Claims Trimmed In GM Ignition Bellwether Trial

    The New York federal judge overseeing GM ignition switch litigation on Tuesday axed fraud claims in a driver’s upcoming bellwether trial, since he bought his 2009 Chevrolet HHR secondhand from a dealership, but declined to nix his claims that the automaker failed to warn of the alleged defect.

  • June 20, 2017

    Repeal Of BLM Fracking Rule Heads To White House

    The Bureau of Land Management sent the proposed withdrawal of its rule regulating hydraulic fracturing on public and tribal lands to the White House's Office of Management and Budget for review, as states, industry and environmental groups continue to fight over the rule's legality.

  • June 20, 2017

    Trump Picks OSHRC Counsel For Labor Board Seat

    President Donald Trump on Monday selected Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission counsel Marvin Kaplan to fill one of two vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board, and also tapped Patrick Pizzella, the acting head of the Federal Labor Relations Authority, to serve as Deputy Secretary of Labor. 

  • June 20, 2017

    Speaker Ryan To Call For Permanent Tax Reform In 2017

    House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is expected to deliver a speech Tuesday afternoon focusing on tax reform and pushing for a permanent overhaul of the tax code to be enacted in 2017.

  • June 19, 2017

    Justice Sotomayor On Working A Room And The Post-Scalia Void

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses the one thing she hates seeing at oral arguments, why diversity matters on the federal bench, and her habit of embracing audience members at live talks, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the 111th justice.

  • June 19, 2017

    J&J Talc Trial Derailed By High Court's Plavix Ruling

    A Missouri judge declared a mistrial Monday in a case brought by three women who died of ovarian cancer after using Johnson & Johnson's talcum powder products, saying a same-day U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a case involving the blood thinner Plavix could sink the claims of the women who resided outside of Missouri. 

  • June 19, 2017

    High Court Won't Take On Spokeo Divide In Card Receipt Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it would not review the lawsuit of a man who accused a Native American tribe-owned restaurant in Wisconsin of failing to properly truncate customer receipts, leaving in place a Seventh Circuit ruling that tossed his claims.

  • June 19, 2017

    FTC Sues To Block FanDuel-DraftKings Fantasy Sports Merger

    The Federal Trade Commission will challenge the merger of DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc., saying Monday the deal to combine the two largest daily fantasy sports websites would create a company that controls more than 90 percent of the market.

  • June 19, 2017

    Justices Nix Claims Against Bush Officials Over 9/11 Probe

    Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and other high-ranking Bush administration officials cannot be held personally liable for alleged civil rights abuses during the FBI’s post-9/11 investigation, the Supreme Court held on Monday, scrapping yet another suit from Muslim immigrants detained in Ashcroft’s “hold-until-cleared” dragnet.

  • June 19, 2017

    High Court Says Offensive TM Ban Is Unconstitutional

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the federal government’s ban on offensive trademark registrations violates the First Amendment, handing the Washington Redskins a final victory in a decades-long battle over the team’s name.

  • June 19, 2017

    High Court Says Plavix Suits Can't Stay In California

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a controversial California high court ruling in favor of nearly 600 non-Californians who filed suit in the state alleging they were injured by Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s blood-thinner drug Plavix, finding that the state’s courts do not have jurisdiction to hear their claims.

  • June 16, 2017

    DOJ Reverses Obama-Era Stance In Class Waiver Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice made a rare reversal of its position in a U.S. Supreme Court case by siding with employers in an amicus brief defending the legality of class waivers in arbitration agreements, after last year arguing the opposite while representing the National Labor Relations Board, which has invalidated such provisions.

  • June 16, 2017

    Teva's Russian Subsidiary Pleads Guilty To FCPA Charge

    Generic-drug giant Teva Pharmaceutical's Russian subsidiary pled guilty Friday in Florida federal court to conspiring to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the judge indicated she will accept a sentence that involves a monitoring program and $519 million in payments imposed on the parent company through related cases.

  • June 16, 2017

    Genesis HealthCare To Pay $53.6M To Settle FCA Allegations

    Genesis HealthCare Inc., one of the largest providers of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services in the U.S., will pay the federal government $53.6 million to resolve False Claims Act allegations that its subsidiaries provided medically unnecessary and “grossly substandard” care, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • June 16, 2017

    Takata Stock Trading Halted Amid Reports Of Bankruptcy

    The Tokyo Stock Exchange temporarily halted trading of shares of Takata Corp. on Friday, after local media reports that the embattled Japanese air bag manufacturer was getting ready to file for bankruptcy reorganization amid growing legal woes stemming from Takata air bag recalls.

  • June 16, 2017

    Shkreli Wants Millions In Bail Back For Bills

    Martin Shkreli, the devil-may-care former pharma CEO whose securities-fraud trial is set to start in less than two weeks, asked a New York federal judge on Thursday to release over half of his bail money — $3 million — for pressing legal and tax bills.

  • June 16, 2017

    Ex-Patent Examiner Gets 7 Years For Stabbing DJ At USPTO

    A former patent examiner who stabbed a DJ leaving an after-hours event at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office location in Alexandria, Virginia, will serve seven years in prison after previously pleading no contest to a malicious wounding charge.

  • June 16, 2017

    Full Fed. Circ. Won't Eye Axing Of Apple IP In Samsung Case

    The Federal Circuit on Friday denied Apple's bid for the court to rehear an April ruling in which it affirmed as invalid most of the claims of a touch-screen patent the technology giant asserted against rival Samsung.

  • June 16, 2017

    Plaintiffs Firm Hits Ex-Associate With Trade Secrets Suit

    Chicago-area plaintiffs firm Anderson + Wanca sued one of its former associates in Illinois court, claiming the attorney took confidential client and firm documents with him when he left last year.

Expert Analysis

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.