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  • June 23, 2017

    Ivanka Trump To Be Deposed In Italian Shoe Trade Dress Suit

    Ivanka Trump must sit for a deposition in a dispute with an Italian shoe company accusing her brand of copying its design for a high-heeled suede sandal, a New York federal judge said Friday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Reading The Tea Leaves In Gorsuch's First Dissent

    Now that he’s penned his first dissent, will Justice Neil Gorsuch follow in the footsteps of avid dissent writers like Justice Clarence Thomas, or will he be more reluctant to call out the majority? Here, we look at the first dissent by each sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice.

  • June 23, 2017

    Dentons Ex-Associate Charged With Trying To Extort Partners

    A former litigation associate at Dentons was arrested at the firm’s Los Angeles office Thursday on an extortion charge, accused of threatening to release confidential and sensitive materials taken from a superior's email account unless the firm paid him $210,000 and let him take home a piece of art.

  • June 23, 2017

    Sedgwick Partner Settles In Gender Discrimination Suit

    A partner who sued Sedgwick LLP for gender-based discrimination has agreed to drop her putative class action in California federal court after reaching a settlement with the firm, according to a filing on Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Baker Botts Given Chance To Respond In $50B Yukos Row

    A D.C. federal judge Friday denied a bid by former Yukos Oil Co. shareholders looking to revive $50 billion arbitral awards to issue subpoenas to a Baker Botts partner without giving him a chance to fight them first, though a similar application in California relating to an Armenian attorney passed muster Thursday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Anthem Inks Record $115M Deal Over Massive Data Breach

    Anthem Inc. has agreed to a deal valued at $115 million to end litigation over a massive 2015 data breach, creating a pool of funds to provide credit protection and reimbursement for customers and up to $38 million in attorneys’ fees in the largest-ever data breach settlement, class attorneys said Friday.

  • June 23, 2017

    Ex-Tax Court Judge Gets 3 Years For Tax Fraud

    A former U.S. Tax Court judge was sentenced Thursday to nearly three years in prison after she and her husband pled guilty to conspiring to cheat on their taxes during a 10-year stretch, including understating their taxable income by $1 million.

  • June 23, 2017

    German Drivers' Bid For Jones Day VW Docs Ruled Too Broad

    A New York federal judge on Friday rejected a bid by prospective plaintiffs to subpoena Jones Day for documents from the law firm's investigation of Volkswagen AG and its emissions scandal to use in their future suits in Germany against the embattled carmaker, saying their request was too broad.

  • June 23, 2017

    House OKs Job Training Program For Welfare Recipients

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill Friday to initiate subsidized job programs for recipients of the Temporary Aid for Needy Families program, with bipartisan support for the measure allowing states to set up job training, apprenticeships and other programs with federal assistance.

  • June 23, 2017

    Farmers Awarded $218M In 1st Syngenta GMO Corn Trial

    A Kansas federal jury awarded corn producers $218 million Friday in the first trial in multidistrict litigation over agricultural giant Syngenta’s alleged role in China’s rejection of U.S. corn shipments.

  • June 23, 2017

    Merit Board 'Mixed' Appeals Can Go To District Court: Justices

    Merit Systems Protection Board cases alleging discrimination are appealable to district court, not the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday in a U.S. Census Bureau worker's suit alleging he was forced into early retirement.

  • June 23, 2017

    High Court Rules For Immigrant In Case Over Bad Atty Advice

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ruled for a green card holder who received faulty immigration advice from an attorney, determining he was able to show prejudice against him since it was reasonable to think he could have avoided deportation through plea negotiations or a trial.

  • June 23, 2017

    Justices Let State Combine Parcels In Eminent Domain Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-3 vote on Friday that for the purpose of eminent domain loss calculation, multiple adjacent properties can be considered as a single unit, a victory for Wisconsin and a decision that affirms a state court ruling and provides clarity on how to arrive at a figure for takings loss.

  • June 22, 2017

    Ground Beef Cos. Say ABC Report Put End To 'Pink Slime' Use

    Representatives from several of the country’s largest ground beef makers testified for a South Dakota jury Thursday that they had to stop using Beef Products Inc.’s beef trimmings product because of the public outcry caused by ABC reporting calling it “pink slime.”

  • June 22, 2017

    8th Circ. Affirms Slash Of $17M Med Mal Verdict Due To Cap

    The Eighth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a trial court's decision to reduce a $17 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case to $1.75 million pursuant to a Nebraska tort reform law, finding that the state’s cap on damages did not violate the patient’s constitutional rights.

  • June 22, 2017

    5 Key Takeaways From Senate's ACA Repeal Bill

    The U.S. Senate's legislation to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act encountered substantial criticism on Thursday, with conservatives branding it too modest and experts warning that it might destabilize insurance markets. Here are five key takeaways from the newly unveiled bill.

  • June 22, 2017

    Murray Energy Hits John Oliver, HBO With Defamation Suit

    Murray Energy Corp. has lodged a defamation suit against comedian John Oliver in West Virginia state court over an HBO segment lampooning CEO Bob Murray as a “geriatric Dr. Evil,” claiming it wrongly states the cause of a fatal collapse at one of the company's mines. 

  • June 22, 2017

    Hughes Can't Transfer Patent Suit Under TC Heartland

    A Texas federal judge refused a satellite broadband technology company’s request to transfer a patent infringement suit against it out of the Eastern District of Texas in spite of the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision last month, arguing that it had waived its right to seek transfer by failing to do so earlier.

  • June 22, 2017

    Big Banks Can Survive Major Recession, Fed Says

    The 34 biggest banks in the United States would face up to $493 billion in losses under the most severe scenario described in stress tests required by the Dodd-Frank Act, but they would retain enough capital to keep lending and survive such a significant shock, the Federal Reserve said Thursday.

  • June 22, 2017

    9th Circ. Allows Sailors' $1B Fukushima Suit To Proceed

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a lower court’s decision to allow sailors to pursue their $1 billion lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. over radiation injuries they allegedly suffered during their response to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Expert Analysis

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Preliminary Instructions

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.