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  • August 2, 2017

    Trump Enacts Russian Sanctions, Calls Law 'Unconstitutional'

    President Donald Trump signed legislation into law Wednesday that imposes sanctions on Russia and curtails his ability to remove them, labeling as "unconstitutional" certain provisions that he claims step on a president's authority.

  • August 2, 2017

    Senate Approves Trump Navy Secretary, Other DOD Picks

    President Donald Trump now has a suite of new Defense Department officials, after a Senate vote Tuesday to approve the new Navy secretary and the Pentagon’s top procurement official.

  • August 2, 2017

    OCC Begins Volcker Rule Rewrite Process

    A federal banking regulator on Wednesday opened the process of making changes to the Volcker Rule, beginning in earnest the Trump administration’s plan to roll back some Obama-era financial regulations.

  • August 1, 2017

    17 States Can Join Big ACA Subsidies Case, DC Circ. Rules

    The D.C. Circuit late Tuesday allowed 17 states and the District of Columbia to join a high-stakes fight over billions of dollars in Affordable Care Act subsidies, complicating any effort by President Donald Trump to abruptly halt the payments.

  • August 1, 2017

    Davis Polk White Collar Pro Joins Russia Investigation

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP white collar pro who has also served as a U.S. Department of Justice official has joined the team investigating Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election, a DOJ spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

  • August 1, 2017

    Quinn, Williams & Connolly Downplay Reports Of Merger Talk

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP and Williams & Connolly LLP both downplayed reports Tuesday that the firms were considering a merger, dismissing as premature any chatter about a possible consolidation between the two distinctive litigation firms.

  • August 1, 2017

    Shkreli Jury Asks Judge About 'Fraudulent Intent'

    The Brooklyn federal jury deliberating fraud charges against Martin Shkreli came up for air after 12 solid hours of deliberations Tuesday, asking for a definition of "fraudulent intent" and what it meant legally when the pharma bad boy talked up his assets under management to investors.  

  • August 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Says CareFirst Breach Suit Holds Up Under Spokeo

    The D.C. Circuit revived a putative class action brought by policyholders against CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield over a 2014 data breach Tuesday, finding that the alleged heightened risk of identity theft and medical fraud was enough to establish standing under the high court’s landmark Spokeo decision.

  • August 1, 2017

    Senate Breaks Logjam To OK King & Spalding Partner For FBI

    President Donald Trump has his pick to lead the FBI, after the Senate voted Tuesday to confirm King & Spalding LLP partner Christopher Wray to lead the agency following an agreement that could help confirm more administration picks.

  • August 1, 2017

    Teamsters Roughed Up ‘Top Chef’ Crew, Jury Hears

    Four renegade Teamsters tried to strong-arm a “Top Chef” television crew into hiring them for unneeded jobs with threats of physical beatings and economic damage, veering from union activism to criminal extortion, prosecutors told a Boston federal jury in opening statements at trial Tuesday.

  • August 1, 2017

    Trump Urged On Fake Fox News Story, Defamation Suit Says

    President Donald Trump reviewed efforts by Fox News Channel and a Republican donor to craft a now-retracted article about the killing of a Democratic National Committee aide, according to a defamation suit filed Tuesday in New York federal court by a Fox contributor.

  • August 1, 2017

    Democratic AGs Challenge EPA's Smog Standard Delay

    Sixteen Democratic attorneys general on Tuesday filed a D.C. Circuit challenge against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to extend a deadline to designate smog-affected areas, calling the delay illegal and harmful to public health.

  • August 1, 2017

    Trump Names Ex-DOJ, Sidley Austin Attorney As DOI Solicitor

    President Donald Trump said on Monday he intended to nominate a former associate at Sidley Austin LLP with experience working in all three branches of government who currently serves as general counsel to a major wellness shopping company to be solicitor at the Department of the Interior.

  • August 1, 2017

    Del. Justices Reverse Appraisal Of $1.3B DFC Global Buyout

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Tuesday overturned the Chancery Court’s determination that payday lender DFC Global Corp.’s private-equity buyer underpaid by about $100 million in its $1.3 billion acquisition, but refused to create a broad judicial rule that deal price is the best indication of fair value in appraisal actions.

  • August 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Says Kroger Unit Not At Fault For Union Arrests

    In strongly critical language, the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday overturned a National Labor Relations Board ruling that a unit of grocery store chain Kroger Co. violated federal labor law in a clash with union organizers, saying the board behaved more as “an advocate than an adjudicator.”

  • August 1, 2017

    TransPerfect Custodian Cleared To Probe Sale Leaks

    Delaware’s chancellor authorized an investigation Tuesday into leaks of bidder data and other details on the court-ordered sale of translation company TransPerfect Global Inc., after warnings that the disclosures are being used in an attempt to disrupt the already hotly contested process.

  • August 1, 2017

    DC Circ. Reverses Order Sealing MetLife SIFI Docs

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a decision that allowed MetLife Inc. and the Financial Stability Oversight Council to file nearly 2,000 documents under seal in their war over the designation of the New York-based insurer for enhanced regulation.

  • August 1, 2017

    Daiichi, Forest Reach $300M Settlement In Benicar MDL

    Daiichi Sankyo Inc. and Forest Laboratories Inc. have agreed to pay $300 million to settle claims in state and federal courts that the blood pressure drug Benicar caused gastrointestinal injuries, lawyers for both sides announced Tuesday.

  • July 31, 2017

    Wells Fargo Sued Over Car Insurance Added To Loans

    Wells Fargo & Co. is being sued over unneeded auto insurance coverage it allegedly added to car loan bills, with a proposed class of borrowers telling a California judge on Sunday that the bank ran a racketeering enterprise.

  • July 31, 2017

    Texas BigLaw Leaders Line Up Against State 'Bathroom Bill'

    A half-dozen of Houston’s top lawyers were among the dozens of oil, finance and other executives who on Monday told the Texas governor a proposed “bathroom bill” that would bar transgender people from using a bathroom of their choice would hurt the state’s economy.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.