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  • May 11, 2017

    Alsup Threatens To Bar Any More Malibu Media Porn Suits

    U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Wednesday threatened to ban Malibu Media LLP, a pornograpahy studio that has lodged thousands of copyright lawsuits in recent years, from filing any more cases until the accuracy of the technology it uses to identify the location of defendants is "fully vetted."

  • May 11, 2017

    Senate Confirms Trump's Pick For US Trade Representative

    President Donald Trump now has his top trade negotiator, following a bipartisan Senate vote Thursday to confirm U.S. Trade Representative pick Robert Lighthizer.

  • May 11, 2017

    The 2 Obama Regs Employers Most Want Trump To Ditch

    American businesses expect the Trump administration to prioritize health care and immigration reforms in its first year but hope instead that it moves to scrap Obama-era rules that speed up union elections and expand pay data reporting requirements, according to a Littler Mendelson PC employment survey released Thursday.

  • May 10, 2017

    Weil's High Fees Bid In Bankruptcy Case Gets Bench Slap

    An Iowa bankruptcy judge on Tuesday awarded just half of Weil Gotshal & Manges’ “staggering” nearly million-dollar fees request for representing a lender in the bankruptcy of aerospace parts maker Wellman Dynamics, saying the number of attorneys and hours billed showed “a distinct lack of billing judgment.”

  • May 10, 2017

    SEC Keeps Up Aggressive Wrap Fee Enforcement, For Now

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission stepped up the pace of its pursuit of programs charging a supposedly all-inclusive wrap fee on Wednesday, fining Barclays Capital Inc. $97 million over charging fees for services that weren't delivered, but experts said it's too early to tell if the agency will keep up the hunt under new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.

  • May 10, 2017

    Republicans The Missing Link For Independent Russia Probe

    President Donald Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday amid lingering questions about the Trump campaign's ties to Russia has set off a political maelstrom in Washington, but experts say Democratic pressure alone won't be enough to force the U.S. Department of Justice to appoint a special prosecutor.

  • May 10, 2017

    Intel Claims Victory In $2B Circuit Patent Jury Trial

    A Delaware jury freed Intel Corp. from a $2 billion suit alleging the company infringed a circuit patent, finding the company didn’t infringe any of the asserted claims in a verdict issued Wednesday, according to WilmerHale, which represented Intel in the dispute.

  • May 10, 2017

    Comey Firing Puts Spotlight On Deputy AG Rosenstein

    The firing of FBI Director James Comey is fast becoming the biggest scandal of the Trump presidency, but former colleagues of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein say he wasn't playing politics when he approved it.

  • May 10, 2017

    No End In Sight For Russia Sanctions After Comey Ouster

    President Donald Trump’s bombshell decision to fire FBI Director James Comey amid the agency’s probe of White House ties to the Russian government has all but erased the already faint possibility of loosening U.S. sanctions on Moscow’s banking, energy and defense sectors.

  • May 10, 2017

    SpaceX Workers' $4M Wage Deal Ducks Protest, Gets Final OK

    A California judge on Wednesday granted final approval to SpaceX's $3.9 million settlement of 4,100 workers' claims they were underpaid, shooting down the objection of a former SpaceX employee who had claimed the settlement was intended to sink his own trial-ready wage claims.

  • May 10, 2017

    Comey Firing Casts Shadow Over Solicitor General Hearing

    The firing of FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday and travel ban executive orders colored a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday for President Donald Trump’s nominee for solicitor general, Noel Francisco, and the nominee for assistant attorney general as they fielded questions about the roles of those offices.

  • May 10, 2017

    Senate Fails To Advance Methane Rule Repeal

    Congress on Wednesday failed to advance a measure that would undo a rule from President Barack Obama’s term meant to curb methane emissions on federal lands, a surprise defeat for a Republican-controlled Congress that has passed measures to undo more than a dozen Obama-era regulations.

  • May 9, 2017

    Spirit Pilots Ordered By Judge To Stop Work Slowdown

    Union pilots must stop interfering with Spirit Airlines’ business, a Florida federal judge said on Tuesday, ordering an end to a work slowdown that Spirit says resulted in hundreds of canceled flights nationwide, millions in lost profits and Monday-night chaos at Fort Lauderdale’s airport.

  • May 9, 2017

    Broker's Suit Over Unrenewed Cubs Season Tickets Tossed

    An Illinois state judge on Tuesday dismissed a ticket broker’s claim the Chicago Cubs violated a settlement by not renewing his season tickets, saying the broker’s “creative” interpretation of the agreement didn’t override its express terms.

  • May 9, 2017

    Trump Fires FBI Director Comey Amid Russia-Campaign Probe

    President Donald Trump, whose election campaign is under FBI investigation over possible ties to the Russian government, fired FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday in a dramatic move lawmakers decried as “Nixonian.”

  • May 9, 2017

    Trump Pick For FDA Commissioner Approved By Senate

    The Food and Drug Administration will soon have a new administrator, following a Tuesday vote by the U.S. Senate approving Dr. Scott Gottlieb to oversee the nation’s drug industry.

  • May 9, 2017

    8th Circ. Affirms Reinstatement Of Bearded Entergy Guard

    The Eighth Circuit declined Tuesday to overturn an arbitrator’s order that Entergy Operations Inc. reinstate a nuclear power plant security officer fired because Entergy believed his medically necessary facial hair interfered with the fit of a face mask, agreeing he could take an equivalent job that doesn’t require use of a mask.

  • May 9, 2017

    Wilson Sonsini Snags Former Del. Supreme Court Justice

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC has added former Delaware Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland to the firm as senior counsel in its Wilmington, Delaware, office after his recent retirement after serving on the court for more than 30 years.

  • May 9, 2017

    'Deceitful' Kapur Out Of Jail For Contempt Over Unpaid $30M

    A Manhattan federal judge ruled Tuesday that "deceitful and manipulative" hedge fund founder Chetan Kapur can no longer be jailed for contempt, citing Kapur’s recent efforts to unburden assets that theoretically could help satisfy $30 million of civil judgments.

  • May 9, 2017

    No Criminal Charges In 2015 Fatal Philly Amtrak Derailment

    No charges will be filed in the fatal 2015 Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia that caused eight deaths and over 200 injuries, Philadelphia’s District Attorney’s office said Tuesday, an announcement that spares the engineer faulted for the wreck in a National Transportation Safety Board report.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • The Smart Money Is Not Following Traditional Law Firms

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    A recent survey by Deloitte shines a light on where legal delivery is headed. Demand for services is robust, but satisfaction with the incumbent delivery model is low. This disconnect underscores the opportunity for disruption, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.