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  • April 18, 2017

    Supreme Court Tosses $2.7M Goodyear Discovery Sanction

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday threw out a $2.7 million fine dropped on Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for what a federal judge had called deliberate misconduct in failing to produce a key test in a vehicle crash lawsuit. 

  • April 18, 2017

    UK’s May Calls For Early General Election On June 8

    British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election on June 8, adding new uncertainty to U.K. banks and businesses planning for their country's exit from the European Union.

  • April 17, 2017

    Widow’s Trial Against GSK Wraps With $39M Damages Plea

    The wife of a deceased Reed Smith partner said at the close of a five-week trial Monday that she’s owed $39 million for the loss of his income and companionship, blaming pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline and its well-known antidepressant Paxil for her husband’s suicide.

  • April 17, 2017

    Justices Weigh Definition Of ‘Action’ In Securities Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday wrestled with language in a statutory time limit on securities class actions, with the liberal members of the court also expressing concerns about the policy implications of applying a hard deadline to class members’ opt-out claims.

  • April 17, 2017

    Gorsuch Takes The Bench, Showing A Flair For Debate

    In his first day on the bench Monday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch lived up to the image that emerged over the course of his nationally televised Senate confirmation hearings last month — that of a polite Coloradoan with an inquisitive mind and sharp fealty to the text of a statute.

  • April 17, 2017

    Justices Struggle To Make Sense Of Parts Of Civil Service Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court and attorneys for the Merit Systems Protection Board and an ex-U.S. Census Bureau worker alleging he was forced into early retirement appeared to agree on just one thing in oral arguments Monday over where the board’s jurisdictional dismissals should be appealed: Deciphering the governing statute is a chore.

  • April 17, 2017

    Chadbourne Can Proceed With Suing Partner's Expulsion Vote

    A Manhattan federal judge refused Monday to block an upcoming partnership vote at Chadbourne & Parke LLP to determine the fate of the partner who lodged a $100 million proposed gender bias class action against the firm, and declined to restrict how Chadbourne talks to potential class members.

  • April 17, 2017

    Judge Imposes $2.6B FCPA Fine On Odebrecht

    A Brooklyn federal judge on Monday ordered engineering conglomerate Odebrecht SA to pay $2.6 billion to the governments of Brazil, the U.S. and Switzerland for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in what prosecutors have called the “largest foreign bribery case in history.”

  • April 17, 2017

    Justices Won't Hear Appeal Of Alice Wins On Streaming IP

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear Affinity Labs’ appeal of a pair of Federal Circuit decisions that held two streaming media patents asserted against Amazon, DirecTV and major sports leagues are invalid for claiming only abstract ideas.

  • April 17, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear NY Nonresident Attorney Law Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it would not review a New Jersey lawyer’s challenge to a New York law requiring nonresident attorneys to maintain a physical office in the state as a prerequisite for doing business there.

  • April 14, 2017

    BSGR Blasts George Soros With $10B Suit Over Mining Rights

    Mining companies associated with Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz accused investor George Soros in New York federal court Friday of being a “racketeer billionaire” who extorted and smeared the Steinmetz entities to steal the rights to an iron ore deposit in Guinea, costing them $10 billion.

  • April 14, 2017

    K&L Gates Must Face Revived Fraud Suit, 2nd Circ. Says

    The Second Circuit on Friday revived publishing CEO Roy Brown’s claims his former K&L Gates LLP bankruptcy counsel tipped an asset sale toward banks they also represented, saying the district court was wrong to find Brown should have raised the issue at the bankruptcy proceeding.

  • April 14, 2017

    Apple Patent In Samsung War Partly Revived By Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Friday revived part of an Apple touch-screen patent that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated after Samsung was ordered to pay $113 million for infringing it, though the court found the claim at issue in the Samsung case invalid.

  • April 14, 2017

    Abbott, Alere Drop Court Battle For Smaller $5.3B Merger

    Abbott agreed to move forward with its buyout of Alere and trimmed the deal price to $5.3 billion Friday, ending the companies’ dueling Delaware lawsuits over the potential termination of the tie-up following a series of damaging disclosures made by Alere.

  • April 13, 2017

    Craigslist Wins $60.5M Judgment In RadPad Copyright Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday signed off on an unopposed $60.5 million judgment in favor of Craigslist Inc. against former online real estate rental service RadPad Inc. in a copyright and computer fraud suit alleging unlawful collection of Craigslist user data.

  • April 13, 2017

    Abdus-Salaam Left Mark In Key Gay Rights, Voir Dire Cases

    New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam, who was found dead Wednesday, was lauded in the legal community as a compassionate and thoughtful jurist who left a rich legacy in the Empire State with significant decisions on same-sex parents’ rights and racial bias in jury selection.

  • April 13, 2017

    Raymond James To Pay Investors $150M Over Jay Peak Fraud

    Raymond James & Associates Inc. announced a $150 million settlement agreement Thursday in a suit accusing two Vermont ski resorts of misappropriating the bulk of $350 million obtained through the EB-5 immigrant investor program, a deal the parties said would facilitate project completion or the return of funds.

  • April 13, 2017

    Negligence Claims Survive In DC Athlete’s Concussion Suit

    An American University athlete can proceed with negligence and medical practice claims in her suit alleging the NCAA, the university, the federal government and her medical providers improperly handled a concussion she suffered during a game, a Washington, D.C., federal judge said Wednesday.

  • April 13, 2017

    Feds Finalize ACA Market Stabilizing Rule

    The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a major regulation aimed at stabilizing Affordable Care Act marketplaces with industry-friendly policies, including permission for insurers to sell less-generous coverage and leeway on the size of physician networks.

  • April 13, 2017

    Trump Nixes HHS Rule Protecting Abortion Clinic Funding

    President Donald Trump on Thursday overturned a Obama administration rule that bars states from excluding health care providers from a federal family planning program for any reason other than inadequate medical care, a rule that had been enacted to ensure continued funding for Planned Parenthood and similar organizations.

Expert Analysis

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • 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.