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  • May 18, 2017

    Rosenstein Knew Comey Would Be Fired Before Memo: Sens.

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein thought that FBI Director James Comey was already heading out the door when he wrote a memo that was later used as justification for Comey's firing, senators said following a briefing Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    Proskauer Atty Can Proceed As 'Jane Doe' In Sex Bias Suit

    The female partner suing Proskauer Rose LLP for $50 million over alleged gender discrimination can shield her identity from public disclosure and proceed with the case under a Jane Doe pseudonym, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Wednesday. 

  • May 18, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances Judge Amul Thapar For 6th Circ.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to fill a vacancy on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday, President Donald Trump’s second judicial nominee.

  • May 18, 2017

    EU Fines Facebook $122M Over Lies During WhatsApp Deal

    The European Union's top antitrust enforcer slapped Facebook Inc. with a €110 million ($122.4 million) fine on Thursday for providing incorrect or misleading information during a 2014 European Commission investigation into Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of the messaging service WhatsApp.

  • May 18, 2017

    Smokers Can Rely On Engle To Prove Liability, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit handed smokers a win Thursday with a ruling that says federal law does not bar them from using the landmark Engle tobacco class action's jury findings to establish strict liability and negligence claims.

  • May 18, 2017

    4 Automakers Pay $553M To Exit Takata Air Bag MDL

    Automakers Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW have agreed to pay a combined $553.6 million to settle allegations in pending multidistrict litigation over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags, the plaintiffs announced Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    FCC To Move Forward On Net Neutrality Rollback

    FCC commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to move forward with a process that would reverse Title II broadband classification, the legal footing for the commission’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

  • May 18, 2017

    Fla. High Court Says County Voters Can't OK Slot Machines

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed denial of a slot machine permit for a Native American-operated racetrack in northern Florida, issuing a key finding that counties across the state lack authority to approve such gambling expansion through local referendums.

  • May 18, 2017

    White House Pulls NAFTA Renegotiation Trigger

    The Trump administration officially informed the U.S. Congress on Thursday of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, opening a 90-day window to consult with lawmakers about the best strategy for retooling the controversial trade accord.

  • May 17, 2017

    GM In Tough Successor Liability Fight Over Nonswitch Claims

    General Motors was put on the defensive Wednesday in a battle over whether car buyers can adapt a Second Circuit ruling that resurrected previously barred ignition switch litigation to assert other vehicle defect claims against post-bankruptcy GM, facing tough scrutiny by a New York bankruptcy judge over its successor liability defenses.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sessions Memo Could Create Friction In Plea Negotiations

    Most criminal cases end in plea deals, many after long and intense negotiations — a process that sometimes hits road bumps and may see more after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors last week to pursue the "most serious, readily provable offense."

  • May 17, 2017

    Seyfarth Shaw Layoffs Could Be New Normal For BigLaw

    Tough decisions regarding attorney layoffs like those announced by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Tuesday are likely to become commonplace in a market where demand for law firms remains sluggish, expenses are high following a pay hike for associates last year and firms are fighting to keep high profits for equity partners.

  • May 17, 2017

    GSK Makes $24M Demand As Hospira Trial Wraps

    A subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline told an Illinois federal jury on Wednesday that Hospira should pay up to $24 million for breaching a contract to fill syringes with a GSK-manufactured flu vaccine, though Hospira says it was the one damaged as a three-week trial wrapped Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sterling's Ex-Mistress Says Wife Can’t Recover $2.6M In Gifts

    Former NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s ex-mistress argued to a California appellate court Wednesday that she was wrongly sued by his wife and ordered to return $2.6 million in gifts under claims they were marital assets transferred without consent, saying Shelly Sterling should have sued her husband for damages instead.

  • May 17, 2017

    Shkreli Loses Bid To Suppress Docs In Securities Fraud Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused a bid by former pharma executive Martin Shkreli to suppress evidence from his securities fraud trial related to his former hedge funds given to prosecutors by drugmaker Retrophin Inc., finding that Shkreli’s Fourth Amendment rights were not violated.

  • May 17, 2017

    House Votes To Add 4 Bankruptcy Judgeships

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to add four bankruptcy judges to the nation’s courts Wednesday, and convert several more temporary posts to permanent ones.

  • May 17, 2017

    Fired Trump Golf Club Worker Settles Retaliation Suit

    A Donald Trump-owned golf club has settled out of court a former employee's wrongful termination suit alleging she was fired for reporting a manager had sexually harassed her, according to court documents filed in Florida federal court Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    $51M In Attys' Fees Granted For Bosch Deal In VW MDL

    A California federal judge on Wednesday approved $51 million in attorneys’ fees and $1 million in costs for lawyers working on a $327.5 million settlement with drivers and parts manufacturer Robert Bosch GmbH as part of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.

  • May 17, 2017

    Two Suspended NJ Attys Stole Client Funds, AG Says

    Two suspended New Jersey law partners who formerly operated a Newark firm were indicted Wednesday on charges they stole $140,000 from clients’ settlements and used it for business and personal expenses, and, in the case of one of the attorneys, alimony.

  • May 17, 2017

    WilmerHale Atty, Ex-FBI Head Tapped To Lead Russia Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday appointed WilmerHale partner Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to head up the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

Expert Analysis

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    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.