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  • June 6, 2017

    Latham ‘Hoodwinked’ IP Suit Judge, Calif. High Court Told

    Two ex-Flir Systems executives urged the California Supreme Court Tuesday to revive their malicious prosecution claims against Latham & Watkins LLP for bringing a trade secrets suit in bad faith, arguing Latham’s initial success “hoodwinking” a lower court judge can’t now preclude suing the firm.

  • June 6, 2017

    BofA Pays $37M To End Tutor Perini Securities Row

    A Bank of America Corp. unit paid $37 million to Tutor Perini Corp. to settle a suit alleging the bank’s securities unit sold the construction company auction-rate securities without warning the market was likely headed for a crash, according to filings in Massachusetts federal court Tuesday.

  • June 6, 2017

    Davis Polk Partner In Calif. Hit By Train, Killed

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP partner and head of its India practice Kirtee Kapoor died on Monday after reportedly being struck by a train in a Northern California town near Menlo Park.

  • June 6, 2017

    Animators' Anti-Poach Attys Get $13.8M Of $31.5M Fee Bid

    A California federal judge cut Disney and DreamWorks animators’ $31.5 million attorneys’ fees request on $150 million in antitrust settlements down to just $13.8 million, saying Monday the request was too high and that they’d already gotten nearly $5 million in fees from an earlier approved deal.

  • June 6, 2017

    Uber Fires 20 Amid Perkins Coie Workplace Culture Probe

    Uber Technologies Inc. on Tuesday confirmed it fired 20 employees following an investigation by Perkins Coie into sexual harassment and other specific allegations of improper workplace behavior.

  • June 6, 2017

    Fla. Bar Urges 3-Judge Panels For County Court Appeals

    The Florida Bar urged the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to adopt rules requiring that appeals from county courts be heard by three-judge panels, a change some justices said could strain resources in small counties.

  • June 6, 2017

    Trump Picks Kirkland & Ellis Partner For Top DOJ Enviro Spot

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would nominate Kirkland & Ellis LLP partner Jeffrey Bossert Clark, who represented BP Exploration & Production Inc. during the litigation surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster, to serve as assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

  • June 6, 2017

    Ex-FDA Head Says AbbVie Promoted Off-Label Androgel Use

    Former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler told jurors Tuesday that he felt AbbVie Inc. had stepped outside the bounds placed on it by the FDA by promoting testosterone replacement therapy drug Androgel for use in aging men without testing the safety of the drug.

  • June 6, 2017

    NY High Court Nixes NYC Transit Authority's Insurance Win

    New York's highest court on Tuesday ruled that the New York City Transit Authority and Metropolitan Transit Authority aren't entitled to coverage for a subway worker's injury suit as additional insureds under a Burlington Insurance Co. policy issued to an excavation contractor, reversing a lower court's decision.

  • June 6, 2017

    Michelle Lee Resigns As USPTO Director

    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee resigned from her post on Tuesday, the Trump administration announced.

  • June 6, 2017

    Volkswagen Tries To Sink Investor Claims In Emissions MDL

    Volkswagen AG urged a California federal judge Monday to partially dismiss amended claims in multidistrict litigation alleging it knowingly misled investors about its diesel emissions scandal, saying the proposed class of investors has not demonstrated the company brass knew the issue could cause financial harm.

  • June 6, 2017

    Cisco, Oracle Secure Fed. Circ. Win, Nixing Storage Patents

    A Federal Circuit panel affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board’s decision to invalidate storage patents asserted by Crossroads Systems Inc. against Cisco Systems Inc., Oracle Corp. and three other companies, determining Tuesday that the board provided sufficient facts and evidence supporting its conclusion that the patents were obvious under prior art.

  • June 6, 2017

    'Giuliani Memo' Moot In Travel Ban Case, Trump Admin Says

    The federal government has countered allegations that it is obstructing the release of a memo drafted by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that supposedly outlines President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, saying Monday that it’s inappropriate to probe beyond Trump’s stated national security purpose for the now-blocked measure.

  • June 6, 2017

    7 Democratic AGs Challenge Trump's EPA Over Pesticide

    A coalition of seven Democratic attorneys general on Monday challenged a decision by the Trump administration's Environmental Protection Agency to delay new safety rules on a common pesticide found to harm children’s development, arguing that the agency violated federal law by refusing to institute safety standards.

  • June 6, 2017

    Senate Panel OKs FERC Noms, BigLaw Atty As DOI No. 2

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission could soon be up and running again after a Senate panel advanced two new members Tuesday, as part of a slate of President Donald Trump’s nominees including a Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP partner for a Department of the Interior post.

  • June 5, 2017

    ABC's 'Pink Slime' Lies Cost Beef Co. $1.9B, Jury Told

    Beef Products Inc. told a South Dakota jury Monday that ABC’s false reporting calling its beef trimmings product “pink slime” scared supermarkets away and cost it $1.9 billion, while ABC countered in its opening statement that the truth about BPI’s product had sent customers running well before ABC’s reporting.

  • June 5, 2017

    Syngenta Seed Launch Slashed Market, Farmers Say At Trial

    Kansas corn farmers appeared in court Monday to open a key first trial against seed maker Syngenta in multidistrict litigation claiming that a reckless seed launch prompted China to slam its doors to all U.S. corn, costing the state’s growers $200 million.

  • June 5, 2017

    Former OneWest CEO Otting To Bring Banker’s View To OCC

    The Monday nomination of former OneWest Bank CEO Joseph Otting to lead the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency puts the agency on course to be run by a banker rather than a lawyer for the first time in decades — a switch in perspective that could mean big changes.

  • June 5, 2017

    Mueller Out As $1B Takata Fund Overseer, Search Resumes

    A Michigan federal judge is searching for a new special master to oversee a nearly $1 billion fund for restitution over Takata air bags after ex-FBI director and former WilmerHale partner Robert Mueller left the role to serve as special counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Russia investigation, court officials said Monday.

  • June 5, 2017

    Dish Hit With $280M Penalty In TCPA Suit By Feds, States

    An Illinois federal judge permanently blocked Dish Network from making illegal calls in violation of do-not-call laws on Monday and simultaneously awarded $280 million to the federal government and the states of California, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • How To Manage Your Law School Debt After Graduation

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    Student loan debt can feel overwhelming to new lawyers, especially when just getting started post graduation. Andrew Josuweit, co-founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero Inc., reviews the loan repayment plans available and discusses the best path forward for recent grads shouldering law school debt.