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  • July 19, 2017

    Clean ACA Repeal Means 32M Uninsured, CBO Says

    Repealing the Affordable Care Act's funding and individual mandate without passing a replacement plan would eventually lead to 32 million more uninsured Americans and cause premiums to double, the Congressional Budget Office reported Wednesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    'Thrones'-Citing 11th Circ. Revives Cop's Free Speech Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday revived a Florida police officer’s First Amendment suit alleging he was fired for supporting his mayor’s political rival, citing "Game of Thrones" fan-favorite Tyrion Lannister on its way to finding that being offered a choice to resign before being terminated did not negate his claims.

  • July 19, 2017

    10th Circ. Puts US Back On Hook For NM Mine Cleanup Costs

    The Tenth Circuit on Wednesday said the U.S. government is liable for cleanup costs at a New Mexico mine site on federal land operated by a Chevron Mining Inc. predecessor, reversing a lower court ruling that the government's ownership of the land was too tenuous to convey Superfund liability.

  • July 19, 2017

    White & Case, Partner Fined £300K For Acting 'Recklessly'

    The U.K. Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal fined White & Case LLP and one of its partners, who specializes in international arbitration, a combined £300,000 ($390,720) for having "acted recklessly" by not taking the necessary steps to ensure client confidentiality and prevent conflicts of interest, according to a notice published Wednesday by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

  • July 19, 2017

    Infamous Lobster Thief Faces Arrest For Dodging Restitution

    A Manhattan federal judge ordered Arnold M. Bengis, who plundered South African lobster fisheries from 1987 until 2001, to serve 57 months in prison and to forfeit an additional $37.3 million at a Wednesday resentencing convened after Bengis dodged his obligation to pay back the victims of his massive exploitation.

  • July 19, 2017

    Trump To Nominate Hester Peirce As SEC Commissioner

    The Trump administration is nominating Hester M. Peirce to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, nearly two years after the research fellow and former Senate aide was first tapped for the vacant Republican seat, the administration announced Tuesday.

  • July 19, 2017

    High Court Nixes Bid To Include Grandparents In Travel Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday denied the government’s bid to include grandparents and other relatives in its travel ban, dealing a setback to the Trump administration on its travel restriction policy.

  • July 19, 2017

    GM Ignition Switch Didn't Cause Driver's Crash, Jury Finds

    A New York federal jury found Wednesday that a General Motors ignition switch didn't cause an Arizona driver to rear-end another car in Tucson morning traffic, giving the automaker a win in the first of six planned bellwether trials.

  • July 19, 2017

    2nd Circ. Nixes Libor Convictions Over Forced Testimony

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday overturned the convictions of two former Rabobank employees charged with manipulating the London Interbank Offered Rate, saying the case relied on compelled testimony, which cannot be used in U.S. criminal cases even when legally compelled by foreign authorities.

  • July 18, 2017

    GM 'Concealment' Still In Full Force, Jury Hears In Closings

    In closing arguments Tuesday in a federal bellwether trial against General Motors over allegedly defective ignition switches, an Arizona driver argued that the trial itself has been part and parcel of a cover-up and "concealment" strategy that GM faithfully follows to this day.

  • July 18, 2017

    Shkreli Vowed To Make Trader's Kids Homeless, Jury Hears

    A former portfolio manager for one of Martin Shkreli's MSMB hedge funds on Tuesday told a Brooklyn federal jury of how the onetime pharmaceutical executive turned nasty when a dispute arose over the ownership of some Retrophin stock, with Shkreli telling the man's wife he wanted to make her and her children homeless.

  • July 18, 2017

    Spotify's Whole Biz Built On Copyright Infringement: Suits

    A songwriter for The Four Seasons and another song owner each sued Spotify Tuesday alleging its business model blindly infringes copyrights and seeking a combined $367 million, raising new copyright allegations just months after the company reached a $43 million class action deal on similar claims.

  • July 18, 2017

    Guard Union Must Rep Casino Surveillance Techs: DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday blocked surveillance technicians at the Bellagio and Mirage casinos in Las Vegas from being represented by an AFL-CIO union, finding that the techs qualify as guards and under labor laws must be represented by an all-guard union.

  • July 18, 2017

    Cray Urges Fed. Circ. To Scrap Gilstrap’s New Venue Rules

    Cray Inc. asked the Federal Circuit on Monday to throw out a decision by Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap setting rules for determining the appropriate venue for patent cases, arguing that his test flouts the law, days after a key congressman assailed the ruling as “reprehensible.”

  • July 18, 2017

    Prior Policies In Play In Olin Cleanup Suit, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit affirmed Tuesday that Olin Corp.'s excess policies with Lamorak Insurance Co. were triggered by the chemical producer's payments to clean up several contaminated sites, but found that the insurer may seek to reduce its liability by amounts paid under prior policies covering the same loss.

  • July 18, 2017

    Takata Judge Will Hear Bid To Halt Air Bag Suits In August

    The Delaware bankruptcy judge presiding over the Takata Chapter 11 said Tuesday that he would hear in early August the company’s bid to halt scores of lawsuits connected to its defective air bag inflators, an issue likely to face stiff opposition from government agencies and personal injury claimants.

  • July 18, 2017

    Fox Rothschild Didn't Protect $2.4M Escrow Funds, Court Told

    A U.K.-based investor scammed by now-convicted New Jersey Ponzi schemer Eliyahu Weinstein urged a state appeals panel Tuesday to revive his fraud case against Fox Rothschild LLP, arguing the firm had a duty to protect $2.4 million he placed in escrow for an ill-fated real estate deal.

  • July 18, 2017

    9th Circ. Won’t Further Force EPA's Hand In Pesticide Row

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday refused a request from environmental groups to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to take further action on a petition to ban a pesticide that the agency’s own science has said is harmful, ruling that the EPA’s response complied with the court’s directions.

  • July 18, 2017

    California Legislature Passes Cap-And-Trade Renewal

    California lawmakers on Monday voted to extend until 2030 the state's cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of the state's push to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels.

  • July 18, 2017

    House Republicans Lay Out Tax Reform, Spending Plans

    House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled their financial plan for the government next fiscal year, paving the way for tax reform tied to spending cuts in regulations, employee benefits and welfare benefits.

Expert Analysis

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • 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.