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  • May 15, 2017

    Alsup Spells Out Uber Criminal Probe Order In Waymo Fight

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Monday released a previously sealed order laying out the evidence that led him to seek a criminal probe into claims that Uber stole self-driving car technology from Alphabet Inc. unit Waymo, saying the ride-share giant “knew or should have known” that secrets had been taken.

  • May 15, 2017

    Justices Spare Collectors That Pursue Old Debt In Bankruptcy

    Debt collectors that knowingly pursue stale debt in bankruptcy proceedings do not run the risk of facing potential consumer protection lawsuits, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday, overturning an Eleventh Circuit decision that put collectors on the hook for filing bad faith claims against a debtor.

  • May 15, 2017

    Supreme Court Says FAA Preempts Ky. Arbitration Rule

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Kentucky high court’s refusal to send to arbitration a wrongful death suit filed against a nursing home ran afoul of the Federal Arbitration Act, saying the state justices' ruling was tailored to “black swan” contracts and arbitrations.

  • May 14, 2017

    G-7 Plans Stronger Cyber Protection, Dirty Money Cleanup

    The Group of Seven leading industrial nations with democratric governments have pledged to strengthen their fight against cybercrime and redouble efforts to stamp out money-laundering, according to a post-meeting communique issued Saturday.

  • May 13, 2017

    Prevezon To Pay $6M In Settlement Reached On Eve Of Trial

    Prevezon and other companies accused by the Justice Department of laundering proceeds from a $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme tied to a global human rights controversy agreed to pay $6 million on the eve of trial to end the dispute, New York federal prosecutors said late Friday.

  • May 13, 2017

    Trump Taps Senate Panel Lawyer As EPA Enforcement Chief

    President Donald Trump on Friday nominated the chief counsel for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's enforcement arm.

  • May 12, 2017

    Massive Cyberattack Hits Hospitals, Universities, Businesses

    A sweeping cyberattack Friday using ransomware thought to be stolen from the National Security Agency hit more than 45,000 targets across at least 74 countries, security researchers said, with suspected victims including at least 16 British health care institutions, Spanish telecom Telefonica, the Russian Interior Ministry and FedEx.

  • May 12, 2017

    Ex-MLB Player DeCinces Convicted In Insider Trading Case

    A California federal jury on Friday convicted former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces of insider trading on charges for using nonpublic information to purchase stocks in a friend’s medical device company in transactions that netted him $1.3 million in profits.

  • May 12, 2017

    Fiat Chrysler To Recall 1.28M Trucks Over Airbag Problem

    Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.28 million pickup trucks over a software issue with the vehicles’ crash-detecting sensors that may cause the failure of side airbag deployment and seat belt tensioning in a rollover, the company announced Friday.

  • May 12, 2017

    Benefits Co. Ends FCA Suit Over Prior Approvals For $54M

    A benefits management company will cough up $54 million to end a whistleblower’s False Claims Act suit accusing it of pretending to verify the medical necessity of treatment for patients in Medicare Advantage and Medicaid, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday.

  • May 12, 2017

    Ex-LA Sheriff Lee Baca Gets 3 Years For Abuse Cover-Up

    Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy Baca was sentenced Friday to three years in prison by a California federal judge for giving false statements and obstructing an FBI investigation into inmate abuse, with the judge saying Baca’s actions embarrassed law enforcement officers who “put their lives on the line every day and serve with honor.”

  • May 12, 2017

    Anthem Kills $54B Cigna Merger After Delaware Loss

    Anthem on Friday terminated its planned $54 billion Cigna buy and outlined plans to seek damages from its former merger partner the day after a Delaware Chancery judge rejected its bid for a temporary block on Cigna’s efforts to end the deal amid antitrust roadblocks.

  • May 12, 2017

    Alsup Asks For Criminal Probe In Waymo's Case Against Uber

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup asked federal prosecutors on Thursday to investigate accusations by Alphabet Inc. subsidiary Waymo that its self-driving car technology was stolen by Uber — an escalation of the ongoing civil trade secrets suit between the two tech giants.

  • May 12, 2017

    EPA Lets Pebble Mine Project Move Forward

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will allow a massive proposed Alaska copper mine to begin to move through the approval process again, a reversal of the Obama administration’s decision to block the issuance of any permits for the Pebble Mine project while it reviewed environmental impacts.

  • May 11, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Sanofi Patent FCA Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday agreed with a California federal judge’s dismissal of a False Claims Act suit accusing Sanofi of overcharging Medicare for a blood thinner that was improperly patented, finding that the generic-drug maker that brought the suit blew the whistle on allegations that were already public knowledge.

  • May 11, 2017

    Trump Inks Executive Order To Fortify Nation's Cybersecurity

    President Donald Trump on Thursday signed a long-anticipated executive order that is designed to boost the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure by pressing agencies to use a popular framework embraced by the private sector to assess their risks and by giving more support to entities that operate vital systems.

  • May 11, 2017

    BigLaw Partner Traded On Secret Foley & Lardner Client Docs, Feds Say

    Manhattan federal prosecutors on Thursday slapped former Foley & Lardner LLP partner Walter “Chet” Little and a business associate with insider trading charges, saying the duo made about $1 million from trading on nonpublic information about firm clients.

  • May 11, 2017

    Law Firm Expenses Outpace Revenues In Q1, Report Says

    Expenses for U.S.-based law firms increased at a faster rate than their revenues in the first quarter of this year, due largely to associate pay hikes and higher headcounts, according to a report out Thursday from Citi Private Bank.

  • May 11, 2017

    Anthem Denied Injunction To Keep Cigna In $54B Merger

    A Delaware Chancery judge late Thursday rejected Anthem Corp.’s bid for a 60-day block on Cigna Inc.’s declared intent to terminate what was once a $54 billion merger of the two health insurers, saying Anthem’s prospects for overcoming multiple challenges to the deal are slim.

  • May 11, 2017

    Acting FBI Head Disputes White House Story On Comey Firing

    Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe directly contradicted the White House’s narrative on its abrupt firing of former Director James Comey, telling lawmakers on Thursday that Comey still has broad support within the FBI despite White House assertions that the agency’s rank-and-file lost confidence in him.

Expert Analysis

  • Coming Soon: The 3-D (And 4-D) Brief

    Martin Bienstock

    From e-discovery to attorney profitability, the technologies of the 21st century have had a major impact on legal practice. Yet the tech revolution has had surprisingly little impact on the form and content of legal briefs — the very bread-and-butter of many legal practices. This is about to change, according to Martin Bienstock of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC.

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • Why Have Lawyers Forgotten About The Middle Class?

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    Sorry, fellow lawyers, judges and legislators, but the jig is up. It’s time to show the public the cards up our sleeves and give them a chance to weigh in on the fairness of a system that touches so many aspects of their everyday lives, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel of LegalZoom.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • Leveraging Trial Strategies To Improve Your Negotiating Skills

    Audra Dial

    Just as with trial, early and thoughtful preparation for negotiations with an opponent are critical. Audra Dial, managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP's Atlanta office, shares five lessons from the heat of battle in trial that she believes can make you a better negotiator.

  • Old Skills, New Tricks: Opportunities For Law Librarians

    Cynthia Brown

    Just because we are dealing with bytes and not books does not change the staffing or need for expertise. The information being sorted and the questions being asked today are not ultimately that different from what might be seen as old-fashioned, traditional librarian work, says Cynthia Brown, director of research services at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Reconciling The Practice With The Business Of Law

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    The tension between practicing law and managing the firm is giving way to the realization that the latter had been largely overlooked, meagerly funded, and often underappreciated, says Dr. James Bailey, a professor at George Washington University School of Business and the keynote speaker at the Legal Marketing Association Southeast conference in September.

  • Defining Attorney-Client Relationships In The Electronic Age

    Elizabeth Fitch

    As technology has advanced, the ways in which attorneys communicate with clients, potential clients, former clients and the public has created new and ill-defined issues relating to whether an attorney-client relationship exists. Attorneys Elizabeth Fitch and Theodore Schaer discuss the often nebulous yet hazardous concepts that could lead to malpractice issues.

  • 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.