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  • July 13, 2017

    FCC Fines Co. $2.8M For Powering Robocalls To Cellphones

    The Federal Communications Commission announced Thursday that it is levying a fine of more than $2.8 million against a New Mexico-based company for selling technology that enabled millions of unsolicited robocalls.

  • July 13, 2017

    Texas Appeals Court Reverses Amputee's $43.5M Jury Verdict

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday held that a construction superintendent whose leg was amputated after being crushed in a crane accident cannot recover the $43.5 million verdict a jury rendered in his favor in May 2015 because the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act precludes the recovery of common-law damages.

  • July 13, 2017

    Senate Panel OKs Trump Judicial Picks Amid Blogging Furor

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved four of President Donald Trump’s original picks for the federal bench on Thursday, including two who had rankled Democratic members for writing politically charged blog posts.

  • July 13, 2017

    DOJ Arrests 400, Targets Opioids In $1.3B Fraud 'Takedown'

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced more than 400 arrests for various health fraud schemes worth $1.3 billion, its largest such “nationwide takedown” and the first to focus heavily on the opioid crisis.

  • July 13, 2017

    2nd Circ. Flips Sheldon Silver’s Corruption Conviction

    The Second Circuit on Thursday vacated former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s 2015 corruption conviction, agreeing that the jury instructions at his trial were erroneous in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark McDonnell decision.

  • July 12, 2017

    7th Circ. Deals Fatal Blow To Faulty Window Class Action

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday affirmed the toss of a putative class action against Wisconsin-based window company Kolbe & Kolbe Millwork Co. that alleged the company's windows were defective.

  • July 12, 2017

    Judge Scolds ‘Snickering’ Attys In $30M Quincy Jones Trial

    A California judge on Wednesday interrupted the trial over music producer Quincy Jones’ claims that Michael Jackson’s production company wrongfully withheld $30 million in royalties, sending jurors out to admonish defense attorneys for “snickering, huddling and laughing” while Jones’ music expert testified.

  • July 12, 2017

    Shkreli 'Absolutely Stunned' Chairman With Lie

    The former chairman of Retrophin Inc. testified Wednesday in New York federal court that Martin Shkreli stunned him with a lie, threatened to replace him and, after Shkreli was canned as CEO, bragged he would start another company that would outperform his brainchild.

  • July 12, 2017

    Friends Of Murdered Kilpatrick Partner Offer $100K Reward

    Friends of a Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP managing partner and IP attorney who was shot and killed last fall in the Bay Area have upped the reward to $100,000 in hopes of finding new information to lead police to the killer.    

  • July 12, 2017

    9th Circ. Judge Rips PETA’s 'Monkey Selfie' Appeal

    A Ninth Circuit judge pressed the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals on Wednesday on how an ape has been harmed by the alleged copyright infringement of a famed "monkey selfie,” saying repeatedly during a hearing the group can’t claim the ape was "injured by the simple infringement of the Copyright Act itself."

  • July 12, 2017

    Justice Breyer On Changing His Mind And Sparring With Scalia

    Justice Stephen Breyer discusses the extent to which oral arguments can influence his thinking and recalls his many debates with the late Justice Antonin Scalia, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview.

  • July 12, 2017

    No New Insider Trading Trial For Gambler Billy Waters

    A New York federal judge has rejected a request by sports bettor Billy Walters for a new trial on insider trading charges, saying his claims that a government witness committed perjury lacked support and wouldn't have changed the outcome anyway, setting up Walters’ sentencing later this month.

  • July 12, 2017

    Kasowitz's Securities Work Not Presidential Caliber, Suit Says

    Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP has received recent notoriety since being tapped to represent President Donald Trump, but its attempt to collect almost $1.1 million from a former client has triggered a dueling suit accusing the firm of engaging in “egregious misconduct” rather than providing the level of legal services expected from counsel to the president.

  • July 12, 2017

    HSBC Monitor’s Report Should Be Kept Secret, 2nd Circ. Says

    A three-judge Second Circuit panel ruled Wednesday that a monitor’s report on anti-money laundering measures at HSBC Holdings PLC must stay under wraps for now, saying a judge who ordered that it be made public stepped on the Justice Department’s toes.

  • July 12, 2017

    Husband Of Linklaters Associate Busted For Insider Trading

    A Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trading Stillwater Mining Co. shares on inside information from his wife, a now-suspended Linklaters associate with knowledge of firm client Sibanye Gold Ltd.'s plan to buy the platinum and palladium producer for $2.2 billion.

  • July 12, 2017

    FBI Chief Pick Pledges Independence At Senate Panel

    President Donald Trump's pick to lead the FBI pledged independence from the administration before a Senate panel Wednesday, as well as made a promise to support former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel.

  • July 12, 2017

    Senate Confirms Trump's First New District Judge

    President Donald Trump has filled the first district court seat of his administration, following a Senate vote Wednesday confirming Idaho state Judge David C. Nye’s nomination to a district court seat there.

  • July 12, 2017

    Google Escapes $1.28B Tax Bill In France

    Google’s Irish unit escaped a €1.12 billion ($1.28 billion) tax bill in France on Wednesday when a Paris administrative court ruled that it did not have enough of a presence in the country to justify the collection of back taxes on advertising services.

  • July 12, 2017

    RBS Agrees To Pay $5.5B To Settle US Loan Misselling Probe

    Royal Bank of Scotland is to pay $5.5 billion to U.S. regulators to settle the second of three major investigations into claims it missold $32 billion of toxic mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the financial crisis.

  • July 12, 2017

    GWB Scandal Mastermind Dodges Prison Sentence

    David Wildstein, the mastermind behind a political revenge scheme to shut down lanes to the George Washington Bridge, dodged a prison term Wednesday when a New Jersey federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation because he cooperated with the government against his fellow conspirators.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.