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  • February 10, 2017

    Jury Hands Intellectual Ventures A Win In Toshiba IP Row

    Toshiba Corp. and one of its units has induced infringement of an Intellectual Ventures patent for an adapter that allows a handheld computer to communicate with multiple attached devices, a Delaware federal jury concluded on Friday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Oracle Says Trial Judge 'Undermined' Google Copyright Case

    Oracle kicked off a hotly anticipated appeal Friday aimed at reviving its $8.8 billion copyright lawsuit against Google, saying jurors sided with the rival company only because a trial judge "undermined" Oracle's case.

  • February 10, 2017

    Former AIG Heads Settle Decade-Old Fraud Case For $10M

    Former American International Group Inc. CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg and the insurer’s former chief financial officer have agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle the New York attorney general’s long-running fraud case which claims a pair of purported AIG reinsurance deals in the early 2000s were fraudulent.

  • February 10, 2017

    How Tom Price Is Being Welcomed As HHS Secretary

    Trade lobbies, consumer groups, women's rights advocates and lawmakers on Friday voiced sharply divergent reactions to the confirmation of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Here's a look at the cheers and jeers that marked Price's welcoming.

  • February 10, 2017

    Fed’s Regulatory Chief To Step Down In April

    The Federal Reserve’s point man for post-financial crisis regulations will step down from his post in early April in a seismic shift at the central bank, the Fed announced Friday.

  • February 10, 2017

    Macy's Stole Ugly Kardashian Christmas Sweater, Suit Says

    The company behind a popular “ugly Christmas sweater” that spoofed an infamous image of Kim Kardashian has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit accusing Macy’s of blatantly copying the design.

  • February 10, 2017

    Senate Confirms Price For HHS Secretary

    The Senate confirmed another of President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks in the early hours of Friday morning, voting in Rep. Tom Price as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • February 9, 2017

    9th Circ. Keeps Block On Trump's Immigration Ban

    A Ninth Circuit panel refused to lift the block on President Donald Trump’s immigration ban for people from seven mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, a decision that was hailed as “a complete victory” by challengers to the order but that immediately drew a fierce Twitter response from the president.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • OPINION: 3rd-Party Litigation Funding Needs Transparency

    Lisa A. Rickard

    The practice of third-party litigation funding, in which funders front money to plaintiffs law firms in exchange for a cut of any settlement or money judgment, is growing increasingly popular. Currently, litigators are not required to disclose the involvement of third-party funders, but transparency will improve justice in courts, say Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, and Mark Behrens, a partne... (continued)

  • Coming Soon: The 3-D (And 4-D) Brief

    Martin Bienstock

    From e-discovery to attorney profitability, the technologies of the 21st century have had a major impact on legal practice. Yet the tech revolution has had surprisingly little impact on the form and content of legal briefs — the very bread-and-butter of many legal practices. This is about to change, according to Martin Bienstock of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC.

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • Why Have Lawyers Forgotten About The Middle Class?

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    Sorry, fellow lawyers, judges and legislators, but the jig is up. It’s time to show the public the cards up our sleeves and give them a chance to weigh in on the fairness of a system that touches so many aspects of their everyday lives, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel of LegalZoom.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • Leveraging Trial Strategies To Improve Your Negotiating Skills

    Audra Dial

    Just as with trial, early and thoughtful preparation for negotiations with an opponent are critical. Audra Dial, managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP's Atlanta office, shares five lessons from the heat of battle in trial that she believes can make you a better negotiator.

  • Old Skills, New Tricks: Opportunities For Law Librarians

    Cynthia Brown

    Just because we are dealing with bytes and not books does not change the staffing or need for expertise. The information being sorted and the questions being asked today are not ultimately that different from what might be seen as old-fashioned, traditional librarian work, says Cynthia Brown, director of research services at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Reconciling The Practice With The Business Of Law

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    The tension between practicing law and managing the firm is giving way to the realization that the latter had been largely overlooked, meagerly funded, and often underappreciated, says Dr. James Bailey, a professor at George Washington University School of Business and the keynote speaker at the Legal Marketing Association Southeast conference in September.

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.