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  • 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.

  • June 13, 2017

    Rosenstein Sees No Reason To Fire Special Counsel

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told a Senate panel on Tuesday that he has no reason to fire special counsel Robert Mueller amid rumors that President Donald Trump was looking to ax the head investigator probing Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

  • June 13, 2017

    8th Circ. Again Says Pot TM Ban Violated First Amendment

    After a rare panel rehearing, the Eighth Circuit on Tuesday again ruled that administrators at Iowa State University violated the First Amendment when they refused to let pro-marijuana students use the school’s trademarks.

  • June 13, 2017

    IRS Reissues Partnership Audit Regs In Almost Identical Form

    The Internal Revenue Service on Tuesday reissued controversial regulations for auditing partnerships in almost identical form as those withdrawn in January following an executive order halting new rulemaking activities.

  • June 12, 2017

    Justice Ginsburg On Diversity And Persuading Her Colleagues

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses what it means to have three women on the court, the aftermath of hostile Senate confirmation fights, and why justices sometimes do the unexpected, in the first of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the feminist icon.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • 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.