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05/22/2019
Am Law 200, Trump's Judges, Gun Guy: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/21/2019
National Rifle Association General Counsel Caught in Group's Firestorm
A series of late April developments at the Fairfax, Virginia-based pro-gun organization have left general counsel John Frazer and his legal team dealing with an array of challenges.

         

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05/21/2019
Case Sets Stage for Cannabis Patent Infringements Actions
United Cannabis claims that Pure Hemp used a cannabis extract for which United Cannabis had a patent. Lawyers say this case is the first of its kind.

         

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05/21/2019
Ex-Willkie Co-Chairman Gordon Caplan Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy
Caplan's guilty plea sets the stage for an Oct. 3 sentencing and disbarment proceedings in New York.

         

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05/21/2019
American Airlines Claims Mechanics Unions Deliberately Slowed Travel for 125,000 Passengers
American Airlines alleged the union and its members engaged in a campaign that canceled 644 flights, caused 270 maintenance delays and disrupted travel for more than 125,000 people.

         

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05/21/2019
NY Legislators Approve 'Double Jeopardy' Legislation Aimed at Trump Pardon Power
The measure will now be sent to the desk of Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has previously signaled his support for the legislation.

         

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05/21/2019
More Pelvic Mesh Cases Are Heading to Pa. Federal Court in Wake of Series of Big Verdicts
Late last month, the judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation in West Virginia federal court transferred dozens of cases back to their home districts across the country, with the largest batch of lawsuits—nearly 20—ending up in Pennsylvania federal court.

         

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05/21/2019
Yay Diversity! (Sigh)
Law, like other elite professions, is built on the myth of meritocracy in which only the best and brightest get admitted into its pearly gates. But under the surface of that myth is the unspoken belief that diversity is somehow antithetical to quality.

         

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05/21/2019
Uber Foe Shannon Liss-Riordan Dials Back Employment Practice for US Senate Run
Can the class-action dynamo break Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey's four-decade streak in Congress?

         

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05/21/2019
Senate Greenlights LA Munger Partner Daniel Collins for Ninth Circuit Seat
The confirmation from the full Senate on Tuesday came despite objections from California's Democratic senators.

         

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05/21/2019
Roundup Judge Sanctions Another Plaintiffs Attorney
U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria on Tuesday found that Jennifer Moore “intentionally joined in the bad faith misconduct that prompted him to sanction lead plaintiffs counsel Aimee Wagstaff in the second trial over Roundup.

         

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05/21/2019
General Counsel Guide Fertility Startups Through Growing Industry
As more companies and law firms add fertility benefits to their health insurance packages to retain employees, startups expanding these benefits see exponential growth in the industry.

         

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05/21/2019
ABA's Tougher Bar Pass Rule for Law Schools Applauded, Derided
The American Bar Association's new standard could increase pressure on jurisdictions like California with high cut scores to lower that threshold. It could also add momentum to the burgeoning movement to overhaul the bar exam itself.

         

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05/21/2019
Within Month of Booming IPO, Beyond Meat Brings on New General Counsel
The El Segundo, California, plant-based meat producer has named Teri Witteman, formerly with the LA offices of Latham & Watkins and Musick Peeler, as general counsel and secretary.

         

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05/21/2019
Quinn Emanuel's Landau Says Legal Career Qualifies Him for Ambassador to Mexico
"Neither country can solve the challenge of illegal immigration alone and I'm convinced that we can find common ground,” the veteran appellate lawyer and former Kirkland & Ellis partner told U.S. senators on Tuesday.

         

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05/21/2019
Q&A: Senator Who Beat Roy Moore Pens Book on Prosecuting Birmingham Church Bombing
Doug Jones, a former assistant U.S. attorney, brought the case against two Klansmen convicted in the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four African American girls ages 11 to 14.

         

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05/21/2019
200+ General Counsel Pushing for Law Firm Diversity Outline Next Steps
Michelle Fang, the chief legal officer whose letter pushing for diversity in the legal industry has garnered more than 200 GC signatures, has released a series of tangible steps company lawyers can take to improve outside counsel diversity.

         

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05/21/2019
Trump's Financial Records Subpoena Fight Goes to D.C. Circuit
Attorneys for President Donald Trump and his businesses on Tuesday morning filed a notice of appeal to federal trial court Judge Amit Mehta

         

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05/21/2019
A&O Partner to Face UK Ethics Hearing for Role in Weinstein Case
Mansell is set to face the SDT hearing June 3.

         

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05/21/2019
This is Jeopardy! Growing Pains, Mexico's Man? The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/21/2019
'Nice Body for a 70 Year Old': Ex-Judge Reprimanded for Groping Women, Misconduct on Bench
A special court of review publicly reprimanded former District Judge Guy Williams of Corpus Christi, Texas, for groping three female public officials

         

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05/21/2019
Ahead of the Curve: Fixing the U.S. News Rankings
This week's Ahead of the Curve looks at a proposed overhaul of the U.S. News World Report law school rankings that would emphasize issues that are important to students, such as affordability.

         

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05/21/2019
Buckley Sues Johnny Depp, Expanding Actor's Battles With Ex-Lawyers
The firm claims Depp owes $350,000 for its work representing the Hollywood star in a separate dispute over legal fees.

         

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05/21/2019
Lawsuit to Force Georgia to Use Paper Ballots Advances
U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said that a new state law to replace Georgia's obsolete electronic voting machines with an upgraded electronic system is not sufficient, at this stage, to convince her that Georgia's voting apparatus shouldn't be considered a constitutional violation of voters' rights.

         

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05/21/2019
Duke Pays $54.5M to Settle 'No Poach' Class Action After DOJ Intervenes
The proposed Duke settlement, filed Monday, is the first time the U.S. Justice Department has gotten involved in the injunctive relief provisions of a private class action settlement over alleged illegal poaching of employees.

         

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05/20/2019
Censure Imposed for Ca. Judge Who Shirked Responsibility for Running Red Light
The discipline, the most serious that can be imposed short of removal from office, allows Santa Cruz County Superior Court Judge Ariadne Symons to keep her job on the bench.

         

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05/20/2019
Global Firm's Financial Woes May Point to Pitfalls of Rapid Lateral Growth
CKR Law, which is struggling to pay partners, now says it's taking steps to "right-size." Sources say some there have gone at least three months without regular partner draws.

         

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05/20/2019
US Judge Backs House Subpoena for Trump Financial Records
"Trump cannot block the subpoena to Mazars,” U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta said in a ruling Monday, dealing a blow to the president and a win for House Democrats.

         

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05/20/2019
Justice Dept. Says White House Can Block Don McGahn's Congressional Testimony
The release of the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel's 15-page opinion came as the White House for a second time instructed McGahn, now a Jones Day partner, to defy a subpoena issued by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

         

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05/20/2019
EU Approves New Sanctions Regime to Deter Cyberattackers
A London-based in-house counsel noted that the EU's decision includes broad language and appeared to be deliberately styled to “grant more flexibility in imposing sanctions.

         

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05/20/2019
Jones Day Presses Plaintiffs to Go Public in Gender Bias Case
The firm, representing itself, says a federal judge erred in letting four female former associates hide behind pseudonyms when they leveled accusations of widespread gender discrimination.

         

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05/20/2019
Microsoft Deputy General Counsel Calls for US Privacy Law as GDPR Turns 1
Julie Brill, Microsoft's deputy general counsel and top privacy lawyer, reflected on GDPR as its one-year anniversary approaches. She offered suggestions for a U.S. federal privacy law in a blog post Monday.

         

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05/20/2019
Former US Attorney in Georgia Surrenders Law License After Conviction for Stalking
Richard S. "Rick" Thompson, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia from 2001 to 2004, surrendered his law license after he was convicted of two felony counts of the aggravated stalking of a former girlfriend, given two consecutive 10-year sentences that included three years in prison followed by 17 years on probation, and banished from the South Georgia counties where he grew up and practiced law.

         

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05/20/2019
Latham & Watkins and ConsenSys Partner on Convertible Note Generator
The law firm and blockchain company have released the Automated Convertible Note, a document generator to help startups issue convertible notes with customizable market standard terms and optional digital token provisions.

         

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05/20/2019
Backers Say They Have the Votes to Pass NY Bill Targeting Trump's State Tax Returns
Democrats in New York plan to refine a bill that would allow Congress to obtain copies of President Donald Trump's state tax returns, making its power more narrow as to whose financial documents federal lawmakers could request.

         

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05/20/2019
New Documentary Examines Supreme Court Confirmations From Bork to Kavanaugh
"Supreme Revenge" draws on dozens of interviews with key current and former U.S. senators, in addition to insiders from many presidential administrations, including former George W. Bush Solicitor General Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

         

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05/20/2019
White & Case Chair Hugh Verrier To Serve Fourth Term
First elected to lead the firm in 2007, Verrier will now be at the helm until 2023.

         

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05/20/2019
Consovoy McCarthy Makes an Outsized Mark on Washington
The small, 5-year-old firm is representing the president and his allies, making its mark on the judiciary and training a new cadre of conservative lawyers.

         

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05/20/2019
CFPB Sues NY Law Firm, Alleging Practice Had No "Meaningful Attorney Involvement'
Debt collection firm Forster & Garbus has “relied on non-attorney support staff, automation, and both a cursory and deficient review of account files to attempt to collect more than 99,000 debts," the complaint states.

         

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05/20/2019
Billable Blues, Taxing Situation, Getting Ahead: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/20/2019
Former Lawyer Loses Key Battle in Paul Weiss Discrimination Claim
A nondisclosure agreement was in spotlight after former lawyer Anna Christie appealed a tribunal's decision stopping her from calling another woman as a witness.

         

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05/20/2019
Unusual Supreme Court Lineup Gives Merck a Win on Fosamax Litigation
At issue in the case was whether state-law failure-to-warn suits against Merck were preempted by federal law.

         

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05/20/2019
Trademark License Survives Bankruptcy, Justices Rule
A bankrupt debtor may no longer be able to perform quality control, but the licensee need not surrender the mark back to the debtor, high court rules.

         

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05/20/2019
Seeing Lawyers in Crisis, Some Blame the Billable Hour
Measuring lawyers by the hours they bill was long treated as a necessary evil. Faced with evidence that mental health erodes as hours increase, legal industry innovators are asking how necessary it really is.

         

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05/18/2019
Lawyers Revise $240M Deal in USC Sex Abuse Settlement After Judge Rejects It
The revised deal was filed one day after law firms called for Michigan officials to investigate a $500 million settlement for sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

         

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05/18/2019
Nearly 7 in 10 Flunked California's February 2019 Bar Exam
Still, the success rate—31.4%—increased 4.1 percentage points from the historically low pass rate of 27.3% recorded in February 2018.

         

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05/17/2019
Pelvic Mesh Plaintiff Secures $80M Verdict From Phila. Jury Against J&J Subsidiary
A Philadelphia jury has awarded more than $80 million to a woman who claimed a pelvic mesh device developed by a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary eroded and caused injury.

         

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05/17/2019
Greg Craig Says Nothing 'Tawdry' About Helping Manafort's Daughter Get a Skadden Job
The new court filings, which include email correspondence and memos, offered a peek inside the hiring practices of one of the country's highest-grossing law firms.

         

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05/17/2019
Global Lawyers Discouraged by Trade War
The escalating conflict between the U.S. and China will not be good for the law firms in the long-term, global trade attorneys say.

         

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05/17/2019
Ex-Partner's Suit Targets Pierce Bainbridge's Ties With Litigation Funder
The lawsuit raised serious allegations about Pierce Bainbridge's relationship with a litigation funder and questioned the background of name partner Jim Bainbridge.

         

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05/17/2019
ABA Toughens Bar-Pass Standard for Law Schools
The American Bar Association's legal education body approved Friday a closely watched proposal to strengthen the bar-pass accreditation standard for law schools after declining to reach a decision in February.

         

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05/17/2019
Skilled in the Art: Did SCOTUS Just Gift Universities an IPR Break? + NPE Litigation Just Got Easier to Follow
The Supreme Court on overruled a 40-year-old decision on sovereign immunity between the states.

         

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05/17/2019
US Attorneys Urge US Supreme Court to Reject Bridget Anne Kelly's Bridgegate Appeal
Kelly was convicted in late 2016 of wire fraud and misuse of agency property in connection with a scheme to punish the mayor of Fort Lee by misusing Port Authority resources to cause traffic jams and lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

         

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05/17/2019
'My Stomach Flipped': How a Houston Lawyer Got Caught in a $400,000 Scam
For five years, attorney Roy Elizondo has been embroiled in a dispute with Cadence Bank, where he kept his IOLTA account, over who is liable for the lost funds, which the bank has demanded he repay.

         

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05/17/2019
Join Us For A Deep Dive Into the Am Law 200 Report: Does Scale Matter?
Do the second hundred largest law firms have a differentiation problem? Is scale the answer? Are they keeping pace with their Am Law 100 counterparts? We answer these questions and more during this free webinar.

         

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05/17/2019
Mental Health, Heartbeat Bills, 1L Life: What You Said
Law.com's launch of the Minds Over Matters mental health initiative mined deeply personal quotes from members of the legal community. For a look at

         

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05/17/2019
Trump Loses Another DACA Case in US Appeals Court
A divided panel said the administration's move violated the Administrative Procedure Act because it did not offer a sufficient explanation for winding down DACA.

         

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05/17/2019
Roberta Kaplan and Tina Tchen Launch Anti-Harassment Training Firm
Roberta Kaplan is the founder of NY-based litigation boutique Kaplan Hecker & Fink, which she established in 2017, leaving Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison to do so. While she has represented a number of high-profile clients, she is perhaps best known for successfully arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act.

         

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05/17/2019
You've Got That Friday Feeling, So Take This Week's News Quiz
Come on, counselor. Hurry while supplies last!

         

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05/17/2019
In the 'Chaos': Stephen Boyd Is DOJ's Point Man as Democrats Dial Up Pressure
“None of us saw at that early stage the chaos Stephen would have to wade through, said Ronald Weich, a former head of DOJ's office of legislative affairs.

         

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05/17/2019
Wading into Roe, Super Hero, Good-bye Caesar: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/17/2019
Tips from the Top: 8 GCs Share How to Get Ahead
We asked the former general counsel of Starbucks, Delta Airlines, AIG and other major companies for their best career advice. Here's what they had to say.

         

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05/17/2019
Outside the Office, They Want Inside Your Pants
An astounding 49.6% of sexual harassment in the legal profession occurs at work social events, according to a sweeping survey from the International Bar Association.

         

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05/17/2019
A New Chapter for The Law Firm Disrupted
Big Law is enjoying an economic boom. What happens when it ends?

         

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05/17/2019
How Can Midsize Law Firms Make the Most of RFPs? Respond to Fewer
When it comes to responding to RFPs, midsize firms' biggest advantage over their larger competitors may be not always having to respond to RFPs.

         

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05/17/2019
Greenberg Traurig Opens Milan Office
The new office is Greenberg's fifth in Europe.

         

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05/16/2019
Larger GDPR Fines Are on the Way, Privacy Experts Say
As companies have to grapple with different regulations concerning data privacy, they also need to expect that European regulators will dole out higher fines on companies that violate the GDPR.

         

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05/16/2019
These Georgia DAs Won't Prosecute Women for Violations of New Abortion Law
The state's new law criminalizes abortion after a woman is about six weeks pregnant.

         

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05/16/2019
Senate Scraps Bill Giving Consumers Power to Sue for Data-Privacy Violations
The bill had been targeted by the California Chamber of Commerce, the Internet Association and other tech trade lobbies that said the changes would have encouraged litigation instead of compliance.

         

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05/16/2019
Amid Management Shake-Up, General Counsel Tim Donovan Leaves Caesars Entertainment
According to SEC filings, Timothy Donovan had written into his amended employment contract last year that he could resign with certain benefits if CEO Mark Frissora was terminated. Frissora was replaced as CEO at the beginning of May.

         

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05/16/2019
2 US Law Firms Among Cybercrime Victims, DOJ Says
Because they often possess valuable information on a variety of companies and individuals, law offices continue to be a favorite target for hackers.

         

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05/16/2019
These Law Firms Are Investing in Legal Operations. It's Paying Off
Altman Weil warned law firms that if they don't invest in their legal operation departments they will fall behind. A few didn't need the warning: they've already gone ahead.

         

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05/16/2019
Ex-Federal Judges Back Film Producers in Supreme Court Tax Conviction Fight
The U.S. Justice Department, meanwhile, tells SCOTUS the evidence strongly supported the convictions in an alleged scheme to bilk Louisiana out of film infrastructure tax credits.

         

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05/16/2019
Former JPMorgan Exec Hit With Bribery Charges in Hong Kong
Catherine Leung Kar-cheung, ex-vice chairwoman of JPMorgan Securities' Asia-Pacific investment banking business, faces two counts of offering an advantage to an agent. Her legal woes stem from an alleged bribery scheme involving the chairman of an unnamed logistics company and his son.

         

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05/16/2019
Higher Law: Hundreds of Thoughts About CBD | Where Recreational (Legislative) Moves Are Fizzling | 'Lobby Days' Next Week in DC
We're looking at the hundreds of comments the FDA's received on CBD regulations—some highlights. Plus: cannabis headlines that caught our eye. Thanks for reading!

         

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05/16/2019
Gilead Accusers Say Supreme Court Has Changed the Game on Licensing
Durie Tangri's Mark Lemley, an attorney for a would-be class of consumers and insurers, says a 2015 ruling on a Spider-Man toy established limits on royalties that drug companies are ignoring.

         

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05/16/2019
New York Courts to Begin Presumptive Mediation for Civil Cases Later This Year
The purpose of the initiative, which will be a significant change to the state's court system, is partly to provide an avenue for litigants to resolve legal matters more efficiently and at a lower cost, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said.

         

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05/16/2019
The Justices Had 5 Votes to Overturn 'Roe' in 1992. Why That Didn't Happen.
The Casey case, which affirmed Roe's central holding, is getting renewed attention for the standard the decision set for determining whether a state law posed an "undue burden" on a woman's right to get an abortion.

         

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05/16/2019
MGM Estimates Las Vegas Shooting Lawsuits Could Settle for Up to $800M
MGM Resorts International said it had $751 million in insurance coverage to resolve lawsuits filed over the mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, according to a quarterly report filed with the SEC.

         

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05/16/2019
5 Ways to Optimize the Attorney-Marketing Relationship
With an increase in partner laterals, the advent of increasingly sophisticated procurement teams, greater transparency into pricing models, and more law firm mergers every year, the dynamics have certainly shifted. Attorneys can no longer simply wait for their phones to ring and to expect million-dollar books of business by executing and providing superb client service. That ship has sailed, and client expectations have been raised across the board.

         

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05/16/2019
Tom Petty's Family 'Won't Back Down' in Bitter Estate Fight
The deceased rocker's daughters are represented by Venable's Alex Weingarten, who last week filed a lawsuit concerning Brooke Shields' eyebrows.

         

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05/16/2019
Trump Administration Files Brief Urging SCOTUS to Overturn NYC Gun Law
The rule is being challenged before the high court by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, which appealed a lower court decision upholding the regulation from last year. The group is affiliated with the National Rifle Association.

         

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05/16/2019
'Heartbeat' Legislation Author Janet Porter: 'This Bill Was Born to Go to Court'
“There will be more states to pass a version of the heartbeat abortion legislation, which was “crafted to be the arrow in the heart of Roe v. Wade, Porter said.

         

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05/16/2019
US Companies Repeating Data Privacy Compliance Mistakes, Study Shows
Half of U.S. companies included in this new survey missed the GDPR deadline, and 70% said their compliance systems won't adapt to new regulations. Despite those foreboding findings, the majority of companies said they'd could meet the CCPA compliance deadline, which is less than seven months away.

         

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05/16/2019
Too Content, Roundup Wind Up, Marketing Moves: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/16/2019
Latham & Watkins Doubles Tokyo Partner Count With Morrison & Foerster Hires
Latham is the latest U.S. firm to expand its M&A practice in Tokyo as Japan sees an increase in M&A activity.

         

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05/16/2019
Wendy Vitter Becomes Trump's 65th District Judge, Surmounting Criticism on Abortion Views
Vitter, currently general counsel to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, was confirmed 52-45.

         

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05/16/2019
Labor of Law: 'Roller Coaster Two Weeks' for Gig Companies | That's Chairwoman Dhillon Now | H-1B Litigation | Deloitte Expands US Legal Ambitions
Here's a snapshot of some of the early commentary about state and federal gig-economy regulatory rulings. Plus, the EEOC formally has a new leader, and we've got a roundup of some of the big new cases, including: T. Rowe Price's H-1B suit. Thanks for reading!

         

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05/16/2019
California's Plaintiffs Bar More White, Male Than Private Bar as a Whole
According to a new survey by The Recorder, the state's largest plaintiffs firms have only 31.4% women attorneys—more than seven percentage points lower than private practice firms statewide.

         

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05/16/2019
In Dueling Suits, Lawyers From Prominent Litigation Boutique Trade Vicious Barbs
The accusations between law firm Pierce Bainbridge and ex-partner Donald Lewis range from extortion and defamation to fraud, sexual misconduct and racial discrimination.

         

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05/16/2019
Who Is Michael Avenatti's New Criminal Defense Lawyer in California?
Avenatti, who faces 36 counts of tax fraud and bankruptcy fraud in California, showed up in court Wednesday with a new criminal defense lawyer.

         

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05/15/2019
Jenner Partner Kenneth Lee Confirmed to Ninth Circuit Bench Over Calif. Senators' Objections
Lee, the fifth of Trump's Ninth Circuit nominees to be confirmed, won senate approval despite opposition from his home state of California, whose Democratic senators raised concerns about his delayed disclosure of controversial college writings.

         

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05/15/2019
Inside Track: Looking For A Discount On Legal Work. Plus, Stay Out Of My Internal Investigations
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries general counsel is looking for ways to get a discount on work given to law firms. Also, the federal government outsourced an investigation into a bank in a recent case, so one lawyer gives tips to corporate counsel on how to avoid this type of interference.

         

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05/15/2019
Bayer Bets on Appeals, More Trials Following $2B Roundup Verdict
Lawyers for Bayer, which owns Monsanto Co., told reporters Wednesday that the legal fight over the safety of its Roundup herbicide is far from over.

         

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05/15/2019
New Report Shows More SEC Enforcement Actions, Record High Use of Administrative Proceedings
It's the first time at least since 2010 that 100% of the SEC's actions were brought before an administrative proceeding, according to a new report from NYU and Cornerstone Research. By comparison, in 2010 only 32% were administrative rather than filed in court.

         

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05/15/2019
Immersion Corp. Names New General Counsel
According to an SEC filing, Mike Okada will begin his role as the company's top lawyer June 10.

         

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05/15/2019
Latham Adds Former Dentons US Real Estate Practice Leader in Chicago
Leaving Dentons after nearly two decades was a hard decision, said partner Robert Fernandez.

         

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05/15/2019
Firms Halted Innovation Efforts in 2018 at Their Own Risk, Report Finds
A study by consulting firm Altman Weil found that while law firms had a stellar 2018, the good times brought complacency as long-term market forces continue to change the legal landscape.

         

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05/15/2019
John Dowd, Former Trump Lawyer, Registers as Federal Lobbyist
Dowd, who has been keeping a low profile since his time serving the president, is representing a single building industry client.

         

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05/15/2019
Have the 2018 Associate Salary Hikes Caught Up With Big Law?
With expenses up and demand flat, dozens of firms that raised salaries last year must now contend with the consequences.

         

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05/15/2019
Consumer Bureau Lawyer Rebuked Over Racial Remarks Is Leaving Agency
A senior CFPB official said Blankenstein informed the bureau leadership he is leaving to take another opportunity.

         

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05/15/2019
I Survived My First Year of Law School. Woot.
I've resolved to try to ditch this mindset of “what comes next? It feels like the fastest route to burnout—a path well-traveled by many in the legal profession.

         

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05/15/2019
Critical Mass: The $2 Billion Question: What's Next for Monsanto? The DOJ Takes on Another Class Action. A New Talc Trial Opens in South Carolina.
Experts weigh in on the aftermath of a $2 billion punitive damages verdict in the third trial claiming that Roundup causes cancer in humans.

         

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05/15/2019
CMOs Keep on the Move, Driven by Demand and Impatient Partners
The latest in a string of recent marketing and business development moves, Melanie Zaletsky is joining Foley & Lardner from Crowell & Moring in Washington, and Jeff Berardi is leaving K&L Gates.

         

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05/15/2019
Student Sues Georgetown After His Dad Is Busted in Admissions Scandal
The Georgetown junior claims the university has subjected him to an “arbitrary and “capricious disciplinary process as it weighs possible punishment for him.

         

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05/15/2019
She Founded the 'Birthplace of the Heartbeat' Bill
Janet Porter, 56, is an author, radio talk show host and founder of a network of organizations called Faith2Action. The group identifies Porter as the author of the six-week abortion bill.

         

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05/15/2019
How to Gain a Competitive Edge in Environmental Law with Legal Analytics
As environmental litigation evolves, and a potential crop of new legal issues on the horizon with global climate change becoming more present, litigators need every edge they can find to formulate a winning case strategy.

         

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05/15/2019
What's Next: Is AI Ready for the Courtroom? + Meet Singapore's 'Ministry of Truth'
Partnership on AI's Peter Eckersley warns us about the use of half-baked risk assessments in court that use artificial intelligence.

         

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05/15/2019
Abbe Lowell, Facing House Intel Probe, Turns to Carol Elder Bruce
Jay Sekulow, Alan Futerfas and Alan Garten also have picked up counsel amid a House committee investigation into claims of obstruction tied to MIchael Cohen's testimony to Congress in 2017.

         

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05/15/2019
Funder Feuds, Worldwide Harassment, Fatal Error: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/15/2019
'I Didn't Think I'd Ever Come Back To Work' How a Magic Circle Partner Overcame Personal Trauma Following His Wife's Death
"Whether you care about the business or about the person, it's essential that we find a way to look after that person.” Clifford Chance partner Jeremy Connick shares his personal journey of mental health recovery.

         

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05/15/2019
Legal's Modern Tech Challenge: Learning When Not to Use AI
Most law firms possess the large data sets needed to feed machine learning, but the time commitment involved means it's not always the right solution.

         

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05/15/2019
Staring Down 'Stare Decisis': How to Ask SCOTUS to Overturn Precedent
Tread softly and don't raise the issue on the first page, according to veteran U.S. Supreme Court advocate Paul Clement.

         

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05/15/2019
Judge Defends Decision Allowing Cosby Victims' Accounts at Trial
In a 1925(b) opinion filed Tuesday, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Judge Steven T. O'Neill argued that Bill Cosby's prison sentence should be affirmed.

         

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05/15/2019
Critics Say California's Bar Exam Cut Score Impedes Diversity
"If we care about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and I will assume that we do, then the current bar exam cut score is simply unconscionable," L. Song Richardson, dean of the UC Irvine School of Law, told the Assembly Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

         

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05/15/2019
Skilled in the Art: Pharma Patents: The Good, the Bad, and the Vaguely Familiar + FTC Cracks on DOJ
Three pharma patent bombs exploded this week, and we have a look at the law firms on the front lines.

         

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05/15/2019
Compliance Hot Spots: 'The Court Is Deeply Troubled by This Issue' | Feds Want James Cole DQ'd | OFAC & Sanctions Compliance
A Manhattan federal trial judge's observations about "outsourced" corporate investigations has rocketed around the white-collar bar: What to know. Plus: a roundup of headlines, Who Got the Work and our weekly snapshot of lateral moves and new hires. Thanks for reading!

         

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05/15/2019
Sexual Harassment and Bullying: Global Edition
A study from the International Bar Association, which surveyed 7,000 lawyers in 135 countries, shows that one in two women suffered bullying, while one in three women experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.

         

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05/14/2019
Dead Wrong: Wine Country Lawyer Suspended for Failing to Reveal Client's Death
Sonoma County lawyer Steven Pabros is set to serve a 30-day suspension from practicing law for failing to disclose to the court and opposing counsel that his client was dead for more than a year while he litigated his case.

         

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05/14/2019
Attorney Brent Wisner on His $2B Roundup Verdict: 'Literally, Jaws Were Dropping.'
Monday's award was the third Roundup verdict against Monsanto Co., which vows to appeal. In each case, Wisner told Law.com, "the jury is across the board impressed with our experts."

         

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05/14/2019
Litigation Funders Become the Litigants as Industry Grows
More legal action involving commercial and consumer litigation finance companies is the cost of doing business as the industry expands.

         

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05/14/2019
Companies Brace for New Round of US-China Trade Tensions
The new round of retaliatory tariffs in the U.S.-China trade war has caught many businesses off guard, according to international trade lawyers.

         

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05/14/2019
Jones Day Ramps Up Australia Expansion With 8-Lawyer Tax Team in Melbourne
Tax disputes partner Niv Tadmore leaves Clayton Utz with his team to join the firm.

         

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05/14/2019
Global Law Firm Faces Cash 'Crunch,' Struggles to Pay Partners
According to internal emails, CKR Law managing partner Jeffrey Rinde said the firm will terminate contracts with several “substantially underperforming partners and seek to eliminate “certain redundancies.

         

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05/14/2019
Musk to Rescue Volunteer He Called 'Pedo Guy' on Twitter: You Started It
In their answer to a defamation complaint filed on behalf of British caver Vernon Unsworth, Musk's lawyers argued that Unsworth verbally attacked Musk in the press prior to Musk's now-deleted Tweet.

         

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05/14/2019
NY Assembly Expected to Give Final Passage to Trump-Targeted 'Double Jeopardy' Bill
Democrats who control the State Assembly have now agreed to move the bill to the floor for a vote in the coming weeks after discussing it privately Monday evening.

         

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05/14/2019
Texas Bar Strikes Back Against Challenge to Mandatory Dues
“Plaintiffs' scattershot, undeveloped challenges to particular bar programs are meritless," State Bar of Texas defendants claimed.

         

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05/14/2019
Excerpts from webcast: Legal Tech Operations of the Future - Are You Ready for Law 3.0?
In this podcast, you can gain insight on how the roles of corporate legal departments and law firms are changing and how each can utilize technology to thrive in the future.

         

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05/14/2019
Dow Chemical's Chief Compliance Officer Jumps to Baker Hughes
Longtime Dow Chemical chief compliance officer Kara Gordon leaped to Baker Hughes last week, replacing the oil and gas company's retiring CCO. Gordon said Baker Hughes has the "Cadillac of compliance programs" that she'll work to enhance.

         

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05/14/2019
The Impact Of A Potential Recession On 2020 Am Law 100 Profit Margin
There could a US recession of unknown magnitude potentially soon. We project 2020 Am Law 100 profit margin for five possible recessionary scenarios.

         

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05/14/2019
Linklaters Brand Used in Email Phishing Scam For Third Time This Year
The Magic Circle firm says it has alerted its clients to the scam via its website and has asked them to be "vigilant if they receive emails the bearing the hallmarks of a scam or phishing attempt."

         

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05/14/2019
Battling Branches, Feuding Justices, MoFo Settles: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/14/2019
Akerman Expands in Atlanta, Opens Office in North Carolina
Akerman managing partner Scott Meyers said the expansions fall within the framework of Akerman's overall plans in moving past its historical reputation as a Florida-only firm.

         

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05/14/2019
Ex-Kirkland Partner Claire Murray Named to Key Post in Barr's Front Office
The Trump administration has not named a permanent nominee for associate attorney general, the third-in-command at Main Justice.

         

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05/14/2019
5 Things to Know About John Durham—Barr's Pick to Probe Root of Russia Investigation
U.S. Attorney for Connecticut John Durham is a career prosecutor, said to be taking the lead in examining the origins of the Russia probe.

         

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05/14/2019
Judge Grills Trump Lawyer in House Subpoena Fight for Financial Docs
Tuesday's hearing before U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta marks the first major courtroom test in the continued standoff between the president and Democratic lawmakers.

         

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05/14/2019
Intuit Sued for Allegedly Hiding TurboTax's Free Filing
Intuit is accused of directing taxpayers who were eligible for TurboTax's free filing to its paid services instead.

         

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05/14/2019
Roberts Scolds Solicitor General Over Wasting 'Hard-Working' Judges' Time
Vacating the judgment of a lower court, Roberts said, should be done only after "affording that court the courtesy of reviewing the case on the merits."

         

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05/14/2019
How a Record $925M TCPA Verdict Could Get Even Bigger
In a brief filed May 10, plaintiffs lawyers asked for at least $185 million in enhanced damages, for a total jury award of more than $1.1 billion, because defendant ViSalus Inc. violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act "on a massive scale."

         

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05/13/2019
DC Judge Amit Mehta Will Hear Trump Subpoena Challenge
U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta is set to hear arguments Tuesday morning in the president's legal bid to block accounting firm Mazars USA from complying with a congressional subpoena.

         

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05/13/2019
Skadden Keeps Mum Over Claims It Bowed to Pressure to Hire Manafort's Daughter
The firm hasn't commented on claims that it reversed course and hired Paul Manafort's daughter at the urging of former partner Gregory Craig. One observer called the scenario "highly unusual."

         

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05/13/2019
Monsanto Hit With $2B in Punitives in Oakland Roundup Trial
The verdict marked the third time that a Bay Area jury has held Monsanto's blockbuster herbicide responsible of causing cancer in humans.

         

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05/13/2019
MoFo Settles Texas Suit Over Billing Practices
The plaintiff companies alleged in a Texas lawsuit that 34 different timekeepers at Morrison & Foerster billed 669 hours over two months at a cost of $484,321.

         

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05/13/2019
Talc Plaintiffs Begin Fighting Mass Removal in Wake of Imerys Bankruptcy
The filing earlier this year for bankruptcy protection of Imerys, the talc supplier to Johnson & Johnson, led the consumer products manufacturer to remove to federal court thousands of talc cases—many of which had been gearing up for trial.

         

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05/13/2019
IPR Estoppel: The Present and the Future
IPRs have now been conducted for several years, and litigation has ensued over the procedures by which they are conducted. Decisions have been rendered by the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which have resolved some issues, created others, and altered procedures.

         

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05/13/2019
Justices' Feud Over Death Penalty Flares, Exposing Tension and Private Deliberations
Justice Clarence Thomas on Monday bluntly declared he was writing “to set the record straight amid a feud involving Justice Stephen Breyer.

         

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05/13/2019
Being a Women-Owned Law Firm Can Open Doors
Women-owned status gets firms in the door, but great work leads to a continuing relationship.

         

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05/13/2019
Minds Over Matters, Stone Zone, Teva Trims: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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05/13/2019
Law Firm Revenue Rose as Demand Dropped in the First Quarter of 2019
The legal industry saw greater revenue growth during the first quarter of 2019 than it did to start the strong year of 2018. However, the drivers of

         

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05/13/2019
Quinn Emanuel Shakes Up London Management Team
The changes see current co-managing partner Richard East take up the new role of senior partner.

         

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05/13/2019
Houston Lawyer Charged in Massive Marriage Fraud Sting
Trang Le Nguyen, managing partner in Pham & Nguyen Law Group in Houston, is facing charges of mail fraud, conspiracy to commit mail fraud, obstructing and impeding the due administration of justice, and tampering with a witness.

         

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05/13/2019
Antitrust Suit Over Apple's App Store Prices Gets SCOTUS Go-Ahead
The majority decision, written by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, said the plaintiffs are direct purchasers who can sue Apple over the prices paid in its app store.

         

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05/13/2019
Breyer Denounces Ruling That Strikes Precedent, Questions Which Cases Are Next
Justice Stephen Breyer accuses his colleagues of encouraging lawyers to challenge settled law. His dissent came in a case Monday that struck down 40-year-old precedent.

         

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05/13/2019
Law-Focused Mental Health Charity Offers Webchats Following Surge of Helpline Calls
LawCare is launching a webchat service in July that aims to reach out to more younger people in the legal profession.

         

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05/13/2019
Mental Health Resources for Legal Professionals
As part of our Minds Over Matters series, here is contact information for organizations that can help if you or someone you know needs assistance with a mental health challenge.

         

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05/13/2019
Bill Putman Went From Hiding Depression to Telling Others, 'Don't Fear' the Discussion
It's “a feeling a lot of lawyers have ... but you don't want to show that kind of vulnerability. You don't want to show any weakness, Putman said.

         

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05/13/2019
Not Alone: How Five Lawyers Triumphed Over Illness and Addiction
Attorneys in every type of practice may struggle with poor mental health and substance abuse. Here are five lawyers from all different backgrounds who found support to overcome their illnesses.

         

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05/13/2019
David Aronstam Found Path to Peace From Anxiety and Abuse
Despite career success, Aronstam felt fearful of being judged and uncomfortable in his own skin before finding treatment and beginning to help others like him.

         

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05/13/2019
For Jeena Cho, Managing Anxiety Meant Making 'Room for Feelings' in Law
“I had this sort of epiphany that there wasn't something wrong with me, Cho said.

         

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05/13/2019
Meet the Advisory Board Guiding Law.com's Yearlong Mental Health Reporting Project
Our board members share powerful stories, in their own words, about their experiences and what they hope to change.

         

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05/13/2019
The Legal Profession's Very Real Impact on Personal Relationships
With so much pressure from their jobs, lawyers' often don't have time or the mental capacity to deal with their personal relationships. Psychotherapist James Dolan, who treats a number of lawyers, calls it Work Induced Alienation Syndrome.

         

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05/13/2019
'No, I Want to Live': How Lisa Smith Chose Sobriety
Alcohol and cocaine fueled the start of Smith's career, but getting clean—and sharing her story—propelled her forward.

         

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05/13/2019
Introducing Minds Over Matters: A Yearlong Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession
Why our entire global newsroom is spending the next 12 months diving into issues surrounding the profession's well-being.

         

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05/13/2019
For Jerry Braun, a Career of Addiction in Law
It took being hauled off by the county sheriff to put the founder of Farella Braun + Martel on the path to recovery.

         

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05/12/2019
Confronting the Mental Health Crisis in the Legal Profession
Law.com's Minds Over Matters project seeks to shed light on the mental health challenges in the legal profession. In this episode of Legal Speak, you'll hear from Law.com journalists who have covered news involving lawyers suffering from mental health problems and their takeaways from handling those stories.

         

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