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  • March 6, 2017

    Battle Lines Drawn As ACA Repeal Bill Unveiled

    House Republicans late Monday unveiled long-awaited legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act’s core features, immediately igniting a fiery war of words.

  • March 6, 2017

    Judge Says He 'Browbeat' Deal In Barnes & Thornburg TM Suit

    Reserve Media Inc., a restaurant reservations and services company, and Barnes & Thornburg LLP settled a $1 million legal malpractice lawsuit Monday, after a New York state court judge held several ex parte bargaining sessions and told the law firm he “browbeat” Reserve into accepting $50,000.

  • March 6, 2017

    Ex-NJ AG Avoids Prison In Airline Bribery Plot

    Onetime New Jersey Attorney General and former Port Authority Chairman David Samson was sentenced Monday to a year of home confinement and four years’ probation over a United Airlines Inc. bribery scheme, capping a bewildering fall from grace for one of the Garden State's top power brokers.

  • March 6, 2017

    Trump Issues New Immigration Ban Executive Order

    President Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday that will bar certain people from six Muslim majority countries from entering the U.S., after his previous immigration ban was blocked in the courts.

  • March 6, 2017

    Supreme Court Won't Resolve Trans Bathroom Access Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it won’t hear transgender high school student Gavin Grimm’s challenge of a Virginia school district’s policy requiring students to use the bathroom of their birth sex, about two weeks after the Trump administration rescinded student bathroom access guidance issued by the Obama administration.

  • March 6, 2017

    Justices Shield Sentencing Guidelines From Vagueness Test

    The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held on Monday that defendants cannot challenge the federal sentencing guidelines as unconstitutionally vague because they are recommendations subject to a judge's discretion, not hard and fast sentencing statutes.

  • March 6, 2017

    Juror’s Racial Bias Is Grounds For New Trial, Justices Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Colorado man convicted of unlawful sexual contact is entitled to a new trial after learning that a juror made a racist comment, holding that courts may penetrate the secrecy of the jury deliberation room when there is reason to believe that racial bias has cheated a defendant of the right to an impartial jury.

  • March 3, 2017

    Sprint Nabs $140M Jury Win In Patent Fight With TWC

    A Kansas federal jury awarded Sprint Communications Co. nearly $140 million on Friday, finding that Time Warner Cable Inc. willfully infringed five patents covering technology that lets users make phone calls over the internet.

  • March 3, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Revive La. Levee Board's Coastal Damage Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Friday affirmed a federal judge’s decision to toss a Louisiana state levee board’s multibillion-dollar suit against 88 energy companies including BP PLC, Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips Co., over alleged oil and gas drilling damage to coastal ecosystems.

  • March 3, 2017

    J&J Gets Its First Win In Mo. Talcum Powder Trials

    A Missouri jury on Friday returned a complete defense verdict for Johnson & Johnson and Imerys Talc America in a case attempting to link a woman’s ovarian cancer to talcum powder, breaking a string of massive victories for plaintiffs in the closely watched litigation.

  • March 3, 2017

    SEC Settles $3.3B Fraud Claim With Mexican Homebuilder

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Friday a Mexican housing giant that traded on the New York Stock Exchange before it recorded heavy losses and filed for bankruptcy in 2014 has agreed to a five-year ban from U.S. stock markets to settle claims that it overstated revenues by $3.3 billion between 2010 and 2013.

  • March 3, 2017

    Fresenius Wins Bellwether Trial Over Dialysis Treatment

    A federal jury in Massachusetts delivered a verdict in favor of Fresenius Medical Care Friday in a bellwether trial over its dialysis treatments, finding that the plaintiff hadn’t proved her late husband died as a result of the clinic’s care.

  • March 2, 2017

    Banks Offered Millions As Dewey Crumbled, Jury Hears

    Jurors in the retrial of two former top executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP on Thursday heard how banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. were still willing to shower the failing law firm with millions of dollars in credit in the firm's final months, even as partners were abandoning Dewey in droves.

  • March 2, 2017

    Sessions Exits Probes Into Russian Election Meddling

    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has officially recused himself from reported ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign after news broke that he had contact with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

  • March 2, 2017

    Federal Agents Search Caterpillar's Ill. Headquarters

    Federal agents from banking, tax and trade authorities searched construction equipment giant Caterpillar Inc.'s Peoria, Illinois-based offices Thursday, the apparent target of a federal search warrant seeking "documents regarding the movement of any products between the United States and Switzerland."

  • March 2, 2017

    Senate Confirms Rick Perry As Energy Secretary

    The U.S. Department of Energy has its new secretary, as President Donald Trump’s choice of former Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry cleared the Senate on Thursday.

  • March 2, 2017

    Dems Want Pink Slip For Sessions After Russian Revelations

    A virtual tidal wave of Democratic lawmakers have demanded the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions after reports surfaced Wednesday that the newly minted Justice Department chief misled senators about meeting with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.

  • March 2, 2017

    Texas AG Beats SEC Fraud Claims

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday dismissed civil securities fraud charges against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for the second time, finding Paxton didn’t owe a fiduciary duty to a group of investors to whom he had promoted stock without disclosing he would be paid a commission.

  • March 1, 2017

    Rakoff Urges Securities Bar To Write Insider Trading Law

    U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff urged securities lawyers on Wednesday to write a statute prohibiting insider trading, lamenting that enforcement of what is now judicially-created law has grown complicated and uncertain.

  • March 1, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms $455M Award To Bayer In Dow Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday upheld a $455 million award to Bayer CropScience NV after an arbitration panel found that Dow Agrosciences LLC infringed its patents on weed control technology, finding that Dow failed to meet the high bar for overturning such an award.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Reasons Law Firm Business Development Initiatives Fail

    Adam Donovan

    By understanding four common reasons why law firm business development initiatives fail, we can more accurately define success, avoid pitfalls, and improve return on investment, says Adam Donovan, senior manager of patent business strategy at Fish & Richardson PC.

  • From BigLaw To Your Own Firm: 4 Tips For Legal Startups

    Russell Shinsky

    Highly successful attorneys who are thinking about leaving the safe haven of a large law firm to go out on their own face a number of issues specific to the legal profession. Russell Shinsky, chairman of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP's law firms industry group, shares four pillars of a successful startup law firm.

  • 5 Mistakes To Avoid When Building Law Libraries

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    As advances in technology continue to push law libraries in a more complex direction, many law firms are still making structural mistakes. Fahad Zaidi, senior consultant at HBR Consulting, notes five common pitfalls that law firms should be wary of when developing their libraries.

  • Law Students Should Explore BigLaw Pro Bono Options

    Michael Scudder

    I worry too many law students see the priorities of BigLaw in tension with a meaningful commitment to pro bono work, making them reluctant to ask questions in interviews about pro bono opportunities and a firm’s commitment to its community. This needs to change, says Skadden partner and former White House legal adviser Michael Scudder.

  • Writing Arbitration Clauses To Get The Arbitration You Want

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    Agreeing to arbitration clauses can be complicated because you may risk locking in a factually incorrect judgment. Merril Hirsh and Nicholas Schuchert of Troutman Sanders LLP explain the mechanics of the Federal Arbitration Act and how to ensure you find the right arbitration laws for your case.

  • BigLaw’s (Crowded) Passage To India?

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    The imminent green light for foreign firms to get into India’s market will be a bellwether of law firm behavior. The impulse to follow the crowd into the new frontier will be great, but smart firms will take a long hard look at who they are before making the passage to India, says Mark A. Cohen, an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School and founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • OPINION: Our Juries Are Being Circumvented

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    The Freddie Gray case and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell demonstrate how the government replaces juries, eliminating an important community decision maker and a check on governmental power, says Professor Suja Thomas of the University of Illinois College of Law.

  • Legal Aid, Meet Legal Tech

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    Because there will never be enough free lawyers to satisfy demand from low-income Americans, we need to leverage technology to allow the legal expertise of one lawyer to reach hundreds or thousands of clients at once, say Jonathan Petts and Rohan Pavuluri, co-founders of startup nonprofit Upsolve.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Next-Generation Office Spaces

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    Law firms today are recognizing that the process of creating a next-generation workplace is far more complex than relocating to a more modern space in a trendier part of town. The challenge is more significant for larger firms with multiple generations represented within their executive teams, says Tere Blanca, founder of Miami-based Blanca Commercial Real Estate Inc.

  • How To Close A Law Firm — Practically And Ethically

    Janis M. Meyer

    Winding down a law firm is at best stressful, at worst excruciatingly painful, and often carried out as if it were an emergency, rendering the process even more difficult. There are certain common steps that should be on the firm's radar from the moment the decision to dissolve is made, says Janis Meyer, a partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP who helped oversee Dewey & LeBoeuf's 2012 bankruptcy filing and the subsequent wind-down of the firm.