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  • June 15, 2017

    Calif. 'Sanctuary' Bill Clears Legislative Committee

    A so-called sanctuary bill that would limit the ability of state and local law enforcement in California to cooperate with federal immigration agents on investigations and detentions of those suspected of being in the country without authorization has advanced in the state’s Assembly.

  • June 15, 2017

    EXCLUSIVE: 15 AGs Blast E-Commerce Host's Hack Notice

    The attorneys general of New York, Pennsylvania and 13 other states have issued a warning to e-commerce hosting company Aptos Inc. in response to its assertion to online retailers that they are under no duty to notify certain customers of a massive data breach, saying more customers need to be told their personal information was compromised.

  • June 14, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Oral Argument And ‘Imperious’ Attorneys

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the value of oral arguments, advice for advocates, and the one thing lawyers do that irks her, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • June 14, 2017

    ABC Reporter Defends 'Pink Slime' News In $1.9B Trial

    ABC’s lead reporter on news calling a beef product “pink slime” defended his reporting Wednesday to the South Dakota jury hearing Beef Product Inc.’s $1.9 billion defamation claim against ABC, saying BPI’s stonewalling kept him from actually seeing the beef product before going on air.

  • June 14, 2017

    5 Federal Judges To Mediate Puerto Rico Bankruptcy Fights

    A team of five sitting federal judges across several jurisdictions was appointed on Wednesday to help mediate issues arising from Puerto Rico's massive debt restructuring proceedings, with U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Barbara Houser of Texas' Northern District to serve as leader of the group.

  • June 14, 2017

    Uber Arbitration Pacts Misled Workers, NLRB Judge Says

    A National Labor Relations Board judge ordered Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday to either revoke or revise a dispute resolution agreement signed by its software engineers, saying the agreement doesn’t clearly inform employees of their rights to file unfair labor charges with the labor board.

  • June 14, 2017

    Chadbourne Loses Bid To Kill Attys' Gender Bias Suit

    Chadbourne & Parke LLP on Wednesday lost its bid for a quick dismissal of a $100 million proposed gender bias suit brought by several female attorneys, with a New York federal judge saying that the title of “partner” isn’t enough to automatically deem that the women are shareholders in the firm not entitled to protection under anti-discrimination law.

  • June 14, 2017

    Rakoff Rips Guidelines, Gives Ex-Visium Manager 1.5 Years

    A former analyst and portfolio manager at Visium Capital Management LP accused of scheming to overvalue a $480 million health care sector fund was sentenced Wednesday to one and a half years in prison by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff, who derided the applicable federal sentencing guidelines as “barbaric.”

  • June 14, 2017

    Feds Can't Use FBI Evidence In PE CEO Fraud Case

    The government’s money laundering and securities fraud case against private equity CEO Benjamin Wey suffered a significant setback Tuesday after a New York federal judge suppressed the evidence from searches of his office and home, saying the agents who conducted the searches appear to have disregarded constitutional principles.

  • June 14, 2017

    White House Nominates Rosenworcel For FCC Return

    President Donald Trump announced late Tuesday that he will nominate former FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to the board again, after he previously canceled her pending post renewal set in motion by President Barack Obama.

  • June 14, 2017

    Proskauer Says Partner In Gender Bias Suit Not 'Employee'

    Proskauer Rose LLP on Tuesday asked a Washington, D.C., federal court to toss a $50 million gender discrimination suit lodged by a female partner, arguing that she functions as an owner in the firm who isn’t covered by the employment statutes under which she sued. 

  • June 14, 2017

    Mich. Officials Charged Over Flint Water Crisis Death

    Michigan’s attorney general on Wednesday charged the state’s top health official and four others with involuntary manslaughter after they allegedly failed to address tainted water in the city of Flint that they knew was tied to a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.

  • June 14, 2017

    Philly Beverage Tax Survives Challenge In Pa. Appeals Court

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday upheld Philadelphia's controversial tax on sweetened beverages after rejecting arguments that the levy was a legally impermissible duplication of the state's sales tax.

  • June 13, 2017

    Reps. Considering New Patent Venue Law Post-TC Heartland

    Members of the House Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that they will closely monitor the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision restricting where patent suits can be filed, and are considering new legislation to better define venue rules in patent cases.

  • June 13, 2017

    ACA Repeal Means 13M More Uninsured, Gov't Report Says

    Republican legislation repealing much of the Affordable Care Act would leave 13 million additional Americans uninsured a decade from now, according to a new government estimate Tuesday that painted a somewhat rosier picture of the repeal bill.

  • June 13, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive RBS Libor Claims For 2nd Time

    A budget hotel operator can’t sue the Royal Bank of Scotland for alleged rate-rigging because it never mentioned those fraud claims during a since-concluded bankruptcy case, the Second Circuit affirmed on Tuesday, essentially laying down a "list it or lose it" ultimatum for post-petition claims.

  • June 13, 2017

    Texas Medicare Fraudster Gets 17 Years Behind Bars

    A home-care magnate convicted in a $374 million Medicare billing-fraud ring was sentenced Tuesday to serve 17.5 years in prison and pay millions in restitution, Texas federal prosecutors said.

  • June 13, 2017

    Tesoro Found Not Liable For Refinery Blast That Killed 7

    An industrial appeals judge has found Tesoro not liable for the 2010 explosion at its Anacortes, Washington, petroleum refinery that killed seven people and resulted in the state fining the company more than $2 million.

  • June 13, 2017

    Uber CEO Taking Leave Of Absence After Covington Report

    Travis Kalanick will take an indefinite leave of absence from Uber following the death of his mother and a workplace culture report from Covington & Burling LLP released Tuesday that recommended the board of directors evaluate the CEO's responsibilities and role with the company.

  • June 13, 2017

    DC Circ. Revives United's $1.5M TSA Fees Refund Request

    The D.C. Circuit ruled Tuesday that the Transportation Security Administration improperly relied on a 2012 audit to shut down United Airlines’ request for a $1.5 million refund of collected passenger fees that it said it overpaid the agency.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.