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  • May 3, 2017

    Iowa Court Revives Ex-Judge's Wrongful Termination Suit

    The Iowa Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that an administrative law judge can bring wrongful dismissal claims against the state after she alleged it fired her because she spoke out against attempts to pressure judges into ruling in favor of employers in unemployment benefits disputes.

  • May 3, 2017

    Tilton Expert Valuations Ruled Hearsay In Zohar Trial

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Wednesday labeled as hearsay valuation evidence that Patriarch Partners magnate Lynn Tilton sought to use to support her proxy rights in a court battle with Zohar fund investors over control of three related entities.

  • May 3, 2017

    9th Circ. Revives Bag Delay Suit Against US Airways

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday said US Airways, since absorbed into American Airlines, must face a putative class action sparked by the airline’s refusal to reimburse a passenger her $15 checked baggage fee when her bag arrived a day late.

  • May 3, 2017

    Wash., NM AGs Investigating Eli Lilly's Insulin Pricing

    The attorneys general of New Mexico and Washington are investigating the pricing of insulin made by Eli Lilly & Co. following a series of allegations that the drugmaker conspired with other pharmaceutical companies and pharmacy benefit managers to drive up prices, Lilly said in a securities filing Monday.

  • May 3, 2017

    Bayer, Janssen Score Win In 1st Xarelto Trial

    A Louisiana federal jury on Wednesday sided with Janssen and Bayer in the first bellwether trial in multidistrict litigation over unstoppable bleeding allegedly caused by their blood thinner Xarelto.

  • May 3, 2017

    House Passes Bill To Fund Gov't Through September

    The House of Representatives passed a $1.1 trillion spending deal to fund the government through September with bipartisan support Wednesday, sending the measure for a vote by the Senate before funding runs out on Friday.

  • May 3, 2017

    Credit Suisse To Pay $400M In Failed Credit Union RMBS Deal

    Credit Suisse Securities USA LLC has agreed to pay $400 million to settle claims that it sold toxic residential mortgage-backed securities that led to the failure of three credit unions, the federal credit union regulator said Wednesday.

  • May 3, 2017

    Ex-Guinea Mining Minister Convicted Of Taking Bribes

    A Manhattan federal jury needed little more than five hours Wednesday to find a former Guinea mining minister guilty of taking $8.5 million in bribes in exchange for valuable mineral rights in the West African nation and then lying to banks about the money.

  • May 3, 2017

    Puerto Rico Seeks Court Protection To Restructure $70B Debt

    Puerto Rico’s $70 billion debt crisis has forced it to seek a form of bankruptcy protection in the largest bankruptcy in the history of U.S. municipal bonds, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Wednesday.

  • May 3, 2017

    DOJ Raids Perrigo In Generic Drug Price-Fixing Probe

    Generic-drug maker Perrigo Co. PLC said late Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Justice has carried out search warrants at its corporate offices, making the company the latest to be swept up in the agency’s ongoing probe of pricing in the industry.

  • May 3, 2017

    Simpson Thacher Partner Noreika To Temporarily Lead OCC

    Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP partner Keith Noreika will take over the leadership at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on an interim basis from current Comptroller Thomas Curry when he steps down on May 5, the agency announced Wednesday.

  • May 2, 2017

    DOJ Hits UnitedHealth With Milestone FCA Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday hit UnitedHealth Group Inc. with the government’s first-ever False Claims Act complaint in a whistleblower-led suit alleging Medicare Advantage fraud, kicking off a key test for a new realm of FCA litigation.

  • May 2, 2017

    Judge Rips Giuliani, Mukasey For 'Disingenuous' Iran Dodges

    A New York federal judge slammed legal titans Michael Mukasey and Rudy Giuliani at a hearing Tuesday, saying they seemed “dismissive” of the serious nature of the charges against their client who is accused of helping Iran dodge U.S. sanctions.

  • May 2, 2017

    Senate Confirms Sullivan & Cromwell Partner To Head SEC

    The Senate approved President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, confirming Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner Jay Clayton’s nomination to head the agency.

  • May 2, 2017

    House Panel Rips Airline Execs For Customer Service Policies

    House lawmakers warned executives from United Airlines, American Airlines and other airlines Tuesday to re-evaluate their overbooking, add-on fees and other policies to improve customer service or face potential new regulations after the infamous incident involving United forcibly removing a passenger from a full flight stirred public outrage.

  • May 2, 2017

    Kimberly-Clark Sues Halyard Over $350M Verdict Duty Claim

    Kimberly-Clark Corp. opened its half of a cross-country battle with spinoff Halyard Health Inc. on Tuesday over who must pay a $350 million or more punitive damages award for fraudulent claims about the safety of surgical gowns, saying in a Delaware lawsuit that Halyard gets the tab.

  • May 2, 2017

    Eagles Sue Real-Life ‘Hotel California’ Over Trademark Use

    Rock band the Eagles filed suit against Hotel California Baja LLC in California federal court on Monday, accusing the hotel of associating itself with one of the band's most famous hits, “Hotel California," and disregarding the Eagles’ rights to the name with illegal merchandising.

  • May 2, 2017

    Theranos Settles $96M Investor Damage, Share Swap Suits

    Biotech venture Theranos Inc. has agreed to an undisclosed settlement with two hedge funds that claimed they were misled about the reliability and performance of the company’s remote blood testing labs when they injected $96 million into the now-struggling business.

  • May 2, 2017

    Roche Ducks $25M Accutane Verdict In NJ, Gets New Trial

    The New Jersey Appellate Division has again reversed a $25 million jury verdict for an Accutane user who sued Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc. over the acne drug’s adverse effects, ruling Tuesday that problems with expert testimony and updated case law require a new trial. 

  • May 1, 2017

    UBS Strikes $445M Deal With Credit Union Agency Over RMBS

    UBS Securities LLC has agreed to pay $445 million to the National Credit Union Administration for claims stemming from losses tied to purchases of toxic residential mortgage-backed securities, capping a five-year-old lawsuit in Kansas federal court that the government agency brought on behalf of two credit unions.

Expert Analysis

  • In-House Teams Are Voting With Their Feet — And Then Some

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    The real threat to law firms comes from in-house legal departments, which have increased in size, prestige, management responsibility, and attractiveness to top legal talent. But it’s not just labor arbitrage that accounts for the shift from outsourcing work to doing it in-house, says Mark A. Cohen, founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • A Brief History Of Law Firm Cyberattacks

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    The incident at Mossack Fonseca just scratched the surface of demonstrating the lack of cybersecurity resources within the legal sector, says Mark Stevens of Digital Guardian. Here’s a look at the history of events leading up to the latest law firm hack.

  • Attorney Web Bios: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

    Meena Patel

    Most attorney bios fail miserably. They are typically boring and poorly written. They do not inspire confidence or incline the viewer to consider retaining the featured lawyer to represent them, much less write one sentence in the Queen’s English on their behalf. In short, they are weak advocacy, says attorney and HR professional Meena Patel.

  • 6 Tips For Creating Effective Trial Graphics

    Aaron Stienstra

    These days, jurors and judges are so accustomed to seeing graphics — on the street, on the Web, on their smartphones — that they expect to see something good in the courtroom. The best graphics are composed of consequential information, clearly displayed, with emphasis on what matters most, paired with artwork that adds meaning. This simultaneously compels people to think, feel and make decisions, says Aaron Stienstra, design direc... (continued)

  • Takeaways From United Technologies' $75M Settlement

    Jeffrey Gerrish

    United Technologies Corporation's global settlement with the U.S. Departments of State and Justice underscores the importance of a robust compliance program to prevent, detect and remediate any violations of export control laws or regulations — especially if products and services are destined for China, say Jeffrey Gerrish and Soo-Mi Rhee of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Understanding Mayo V. Prometheus

    William Merkel

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's treatment of the machine-or-transformation test in Mayo Collaborative Services Inc. v. Prometheus Laboratories Inc., the test — previously thought to be the governing test for patent eligibility under § 101 — no longer appears to occupy such a prominent role in patent-eligibility jurisprudence, says William Merkel of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Radlax — 'An Easy Case'

    Douglas Spelfogel

    “This is an easy case,” Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in his opinion in Radlax Gateway Hotel LLC v. Amalgamated Bank, settling the issue of whether the Bankruptcy Code grants the secured creditor a right to credit bid in an auction sale under a plan. But interestingly, the opinion barely mentions the infamous Philadelphia News decision from the Third Circuit which was effectively overruled by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys wi... (continued)

  • The Latest Attempt At Criminalizing 'Robo-Signing'

    Ralph Mazzeo

    While the New York state Senate did not act on the Foreclosure Fraud Prevention Act of 2012 before adjourning its regular session — and as a result there is little chance the bill will be enacted this year — the bill represents the latest attempt by state governments to impose criminal liability on fraudulent foreclosure practices by mortgage servicers or their employees, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • How The 2nd Circ. Aleynikov Opinion Went Awry

    Mark Krotoski

    In United States v. Aleynikov, the Second Circuit recently created an unfortunate cloud over the scope of the federal trade secret statute. The decision detracts from the primary legislative objectives to promote and protect national economic security and punish individuals who misappropriate intellectual property in the form of trade secrets, say Mark Krotoski and Richard Scott of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • PPACA Victory Sets Stage For New Wave Of Litigation

    Howard Shapiro

    Although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and its coverage mandates have been upheld, the lack of regulatory guidance for many key areas of the statute creates uncertainty regarding implementation and enforcement. No matter how employers and plan fiduciaries approach the various coverage mandates, it is clear that the future is not without risk of litigation, say attorneys with Proskauer Rose LLP.