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01/18/2019
Jaguar Land Rover Loses Trademark Case Over Defender SUV
The company had been seeking $130 million from Bombardier Recreational Products over its "Can-Am Defender" off-road vehicle. Wilmer Hale persuaded a Detroit jury there was no likelihood of consumer confusion.

         

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01/18/2019
'There Is Real Hardship Being Felt By Innocent Federal Employees': DC Judge
"I empathize with the plaintiffs' positions. They are not the ones at fault here," U.S. District Judge Richard Leon says in his written ruling in a shutdown suit from federal employees. Leon earlier this week ruled from the bench, denying a temporary restraining order.

         

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01/18/2019
US-China Trade War Spurs New Interest in First Sale Rule
Established 30 years ago through litigation, the rule, when leveraged properly, can help certain businesses reduce custom duties on imports, according to international trade lawyers. But they caution that the rule isn't a loophole for avoiding tariffs under the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's Section 301.

         

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01/18/2019
Lawyers Caught Overbilling? The Billable Hour Shares the Blame
The kind of intentional overbilling a former Kirkland & Ellis lawyer recently admitted is rare, experts say. But when it does occur, it can be seen as another consequence of law firms' questionable attachment to the billable hour.

         

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01/18/2019
Judge Slaps Down Texas Lawyer Tagged 'Professional Objector' by Edelson Firm
Christopher Bandas told a judge he and his Texas law firm "will carry the tattoo of these orders with them and they greatly regret the circumstances that bring them before this court."

         

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01/18/2019
Trump Watch: The Latest Cohen Bombshell | What to Watch on the Census
Yet another congressional inquiry could loom for the president after Michael Cohen's latest claims.

         

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01/18/2019
Shutdown Meltdown: What It Means for Law Firms and the Courts
The current stalemate is more severe than past standoffs and fallout across the legal industry is about to get worse.

         

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01/18/2019
How I Made Partner: Kilpatrick Townsend's Caroline Barbee
The trademark litigator in Los Angeles says she had to learn a lot about supervising and managing people: "It's psychology. You have to be very conscious not only of the type of person and communicator you're dealing with in the person you're supervising or managing, but also the type of person and communicator you are."

         

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01/18/2019
Albany Law School Snags $15M From Anonymous Donor
The $15 million donation is the largest ever for the institution, and it plans to use the money to bolster its clinical program.

         

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01/18/2019
DLA Piper Picks Up Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia Debt Capital Markets Head
Philip Lee joins the global legal giant's Singapore office. Herbert Smith Freehills' Asia debt capital markets practice is now headed by Hong Kong partner William Ku.

         

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01/18/2019
Mother Knows Best, According to Kirsten Gillibrand
The senator from New York said that if she's elected president, she'll "fight for other people's kids" as hard she fights for her own. But here's the thing: It suggests that moms are uniquely situated to lead the country into the future.

         

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01/18/2019
Net Gains, ACLU Sues, Emanuel Exits: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/18/2019
Relax—It's a Quiz, Not a Deposition.
Check out how much you really know—and how you rank against your colleagues—with the weekly Ex Post Facto news quiz from Law.com.

         

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01/18/2019
Legal's 2019 Tech Challenge: Getting Everyone on the Same Page
Driven by market demands for efficiencies and cost savings, law firms and legal departments are eyeing the same technology in 2019. But it's an open question whether the two sides can integrate.

         

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01/18/2019
The Law Firm Disrupted: There Is More than One 'Big Law'
At least three distinct legal services markets have emerged over the past five years, and each is facing a different reality, ranging from impressive growth to stagnation to a general decline.

         

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01/18/2019
Stoel Rives Picks Up 13-Lawyer Seattle Team in Big Boost to Real Estate Group
The firm is expanding its real estate and land use group from local firm Foster Pepper, which has seen several key departures.

         

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01/17/2019
Quinn Emanuel's Emanuel Retires, Leaving Quinn at the Helm
Eric Emanuel's retirement from Quinn Emanuel leaves managing partner John Quinn as the last of the founding partners still practicing at the 800-lawyer firm.

         

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01/17/2019
ICE, DOJ Among 7 Federal Agencies Sued for Social Media Surveillance Records
The American Civil Liberties Union claims that seven government agencies violated the Freedom of Information Act in failing to turn over information regarding the monitoring of both U.S. "citizens and noncitizens alike" via social media.

         

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01/17/2019
Missouri Supreme Court Halts Upcoming Talc Trial of 13 Women
An order issued earlier this week sustained a petition filed by Johnson & Johnson to stop the trial, which was to begin in St. Louis on Tuesday.

         

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01/17/2019
Brafman's Withdrawal From Weinstein Case Exposes Tensions That Come With High-Profile Clients
The news this week that Benjamin Brafman would withdraw as defense counsel for former movie titan Harvey Weinstein in his sexual assault case called to mind for some attorneys the challenges they face when representing powerful clients who are used to having it their way.

         

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01/17/2019
DC Circuit Won't Delay Net Neutrality Arguments During Trump's Shutdown
Federal trial and appellate judges are dividing over which cases to pause amid the shutdown, now the longest in the nation's history.

         

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01/17/2019
Higher Law: Here's the Buzz on Bill Barr | A Core IP Fight in Washington | California's Regs Go Live | Plus: Who Got the Work
We've got a roundup on Bill Barr's marijuana remarks, a spotlight on an IP case in Washington and California's new regs go live. Scroll down for Who Got the Work, and a lot more. Thanks for reading!

         

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01/17/2019
Skadden Settlement Spotlights Greg Craig's Ukraine Work
Skadden will pay $4.6 million under a settlement agreement involving its work on behalf of the Ukrainian government.

         

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01/17/2019
Moonves to Fight for $120M Severance in Arbitration With CBS
CBS said in a filing with the SEC that Moonves had informed the company Wednesday that he intended to use a binding arbitration provision in his contract to try to recover his "golden parachute" after the company determined there were grounds to fire him for cause.

         

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01/17/2019
Writing Styles of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh Revealed in Arbitration Rulings
At some level, the justices' colleagues must have agreed the opinions were well done. Both decisions garnered unanimous support.

         

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01/17/2019
Ex-Charlotte Law Students Get $2.7 Million Settlement, Despite Objectors
The approval Wednesday of the agreement between Charlotte School of Law and as many as 2,500 former students likely ends nearly two years of lawsuits over its 2017 closure. But a new suit targeting the hedge fund that owns it could bring more financial relief for angry former students.

         

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01/17/2019
Meet Harvard's 'Purred-Year' Law Student
Harvard Law School professor Annette Gordon-Reed touched off a social media frenzy this week with a photo of a tabby cat roaming the school's halls. It turns out Remy is a campus celebrity with a formidable online following.

         

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01/17/2019
Former Kirkland, Chicago Boutique Lawyer Confesses to Years of Overbilling
The overbilling could cost Neal Gerber & Eisenberg about $150,000, which the firm has offered to refund clients.

         

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01/17/2019
Buckley Drops 'Sandler' and Revamps Leadership After Co-Founder's Exit
As it nears its 10th anniversary—and less than a year after Andrew Sandler left the firm—Buckley Sandler has new name, new management and, soon, a new Washington address.

         

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01/17/2019
Twitter Makes 2 Big In-House Hires
Tod Cohen, the former chief lawyer for StubHub, and Stephanie King, who was leading the legal department at AdRoll, will serve as VPs and deputy GCs at Twitter.

         

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01/17/2019
Orrick Lawyers Bounce Lisa Bloom From Suit Against Hallmark Channel
Lawyers argued that The Bloom Firm's legal consulting agreement created a conflict of interest.

         

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01/17/2019
Data & Analytics: Transforming Law Firms
Read the executive summary of the report by ALM Intelligence and LexisNexis.

         

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01/17/2019
FMC Corporation Announces Associate GC Will Lead Legal Team
Longtime FMC in-house attorney Michael Reilly will take over as the company's general counsel in April following the retirement of Andrea Utecht.

         

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01/17/2019
Accounting for Change, Men at Work, Vices: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/17/2019
Linklaters Begins Moving Associates Into Permanent Tech Roles
The firm is looking for tech-savvy associates to leave the partner track and work on its ambitious AI project.

         

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01/17/2019
Taylor Wessing Raids Bird & Bird for 7-Lawyer Team in Paris
Two partners lead the team as the firm joins ranks expanding in the French capital.

         

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01/17/2019
GCs to Spend Less on Lawyers and More on Tech in 2019
A survey of more than 90 in-house teams identifies key priorities for the year ahead.

         

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01/17/2019
King & Spalding Nabs Ex-DOJ Official Who Quit After Obamacare Shift
Joel McElvain withdrew from Obamacare-related litigation and then submitted his resignation from the Justice Department after the Trump administration's decision not to defend a key provision of the law.

         

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01/17/2019
A California Judge May Have Changed the Conversation Around Biometrics Privacy Rights
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kandis Westmore grappled with the question of whether any individual present at an investigation scene could be compelled to try and unlock devices using "finger, thumb, iris, or other biometric feature.”

         

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01/17/2019
E-Discovery Provider HaystackID Acquires eTERA Consulting
HaystackID announced it acquired eTERA Consulting and will integrate the company's operations completely into its own.

         

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01/17/2019
The Confounding Paradox of Marketing Investment for Struggling Law Firms
You have to spend money to make money. Or, so holds the well-worn cliché. For those firms struggling to find meaningful growth in today's market, where do they find the funds they need to spend in order to spur growth?

         

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01/17/2019
Labor of Law: Shutdown Sails On, Suits Pile Up | SCOTUS Takes Bias Case | Plus: Shareholder Suit Against Google, Who Got the Work & More
The labor and employment considerations as Trump's partial government shutdown drags on. Plus: the Supreme Court's taken a new bias case—and we got a ruling that went against arbitration. Trump's renominated Janet Dhillon to the EEOC, Citigroup released pay data, and much more below. Thanks for reading!

         

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01/17/2019
Big Four's KPMG Opens Hong Kong Law Firm, Plans Shanghai Launch
The global accounting firm opens SF Lawyers with hires from offshore firm Harneys and Shearman & Sterling, and plans to grow to 20 lawyers by the end of the year.

         

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01/16/2019
Inside Track: Video Game Fight in Real Life! Plus Getting Off Your Phone
In a tale ready-made for Netflix, the former GC of gaming company Gearbox is locked in a legal battle with the company's CEO. Read on for our in-house calendar highlights and the latest legal moves.

         

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01/16/2019
Rocawear Owner Blasts Jay-Z Claims Over AAA Arbitrators' Diversity
Iconix, which purchased Rocawear from the rapper and businessman for $200 million, says there's no merit to his bid to scrap an arbitration stemming from that 2007 deal.

         

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01/16/2019
Undercover '60 Minutes' Video Leads to NY Lawyer's Public Censure
Manhattan attorney and Big Law alum Marc Koplik told an undercover anti-corruption activist that lawyers have special protections "because we run the country.”

         

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01/16/2019
Wanted ASAP: Pioneering Women Law Profs for Oral History Project
With interviews completed of more than 40 women law professors who entered the legal academy in the 1960s and after, the Women in Legal Education Oral History Project is seeking additional subjects in order to capture the voices of the first true generation of women professors.

         

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01/16/2019
Chris Cornell's Widow Sues Doctor for Malpractice
Vicky Cornell, widow of Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell, has sued her late husband's doctor for medical malpractice, claiming he was “negligently and repeatedly prescribing medication that ultimately led to the singer's death on May 18, 2017.

         

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01/16/2019
Ex-Thomas Clerk Will Be Lindsey Graham's Chief Counsel for Nominations
Andrew Ferguson, a former Bancroft associate in Washington and UVA law grad, succeeds Mike Davis, a former clerk for Justice Neil Gorsuch.

         

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01/16/2019
Critical Mass: High Court Eyes Scope of Class Action Fairness Act. Plus: Diversity Landmark for MDLs
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday looked at a closely-watched case about the jurisdictional scope of the Class Action Fairness Act and how to untangle its procedural puzzles.

         

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01/16/2019
'A Cocktail-by-Cocktail History of the Eras of the Supreme Court'
Nancy Maveety, Tulane University political scientist and Supreme Court scholar, chats about her book "Glass and Gavel: The U.S. Supreme Court and Alcohol."

         

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01/16/2019
Federal Appeals Court Upholds $119K Fees and Expenses for $12K Verdict
In awarding the full amount of attorney fees and expenses requested by the plaintiff's counsel, Northern District Judge Mark Cohen had noted the the defendants' “obstreperous conduct and the case having gone to trial.

         

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01/16/2019
Cyberattack on SEC Holds Warnings for All Organizations About Data Theft
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which recently levied millions of dollars in fines against major corporations last year for allegedly allowing data theft by cyber attackers, has found itself similarly victimized by an international insider trading ring, according to a federal civil complaint and grand jury indictment.

         

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01/16/2019
Not Just About Mueller: Other Key Moments From William Barr's Confirmation Hearing
Members on the Senate Judiciary Committee used Tuesday's hearing to probe Barr on several areas for insight on how he might run the Justice Department.

         

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01/16/2019
Kirkland Continues London Push With Weil Gotshal Tax Partner
The hire follows on the heels of the firm's addition of Freshfields private equity partner Adrian Maguire.

         

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01/16/2019
What's Next: Privacy's Finger to the Feds | Drones Doing Damage | A Law For Deepfakes
We have a look at a big win for privacy rights in the form of biometrics. and the government takes a look at drone rights.

         

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01/16/2019
What Top Law Firms in the UK Are Doing to Prepare for Brexit
A firm-by-firm guide to the steps being taken ahead of the UK's departure from the EU.

         

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01/16/2019
Pumped Up Perks, Cool Beans, Pizza Man: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/16/2019
Jenner & Block Elevates Windy City Litigator to Firm Chair
Craig Martin is assuming a leadership role at the 105-year-old firm that has been vacant since Anton “Tony Valukas stepped down last April.

         

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01/16/2019
SEC Brings Criminal Charges in EDGAR Hacking Case
Artem Radchenko, 27, and Oleksandr Ieremenko, 26, both from Kiev, Ukraine, are alleged to have participated in a scheme to hack into SEC's EDGAR database to get nonpublic information. The SEC claims the participants' trades generated at least $4.1 million in illegal profits.

         

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01/16/2019
What's Up With the 'VP of Legal' Title?
Julie Q. Brush, author of The Lawyer Whisperer blog, takes a look at the reporting lines and salary range for the in-house legal title that's something of a 'GC light' position.

         

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01/16/2019
Skilled in the Art: Samsung Might Win Patent War But Lose Fee Fight + Apple Scores Early Points at PTAB Against Qualcomm
What should happen if you lied and stonewalled your way through litigation, got hit with an exceptional case sanction and then got two of three patents invalidated at PTAB? Samsung will soon find out.

         

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01/16/2019
Compliance Hot Spots: SEC Gag Order Faces Challenge | Quinn Emanuel's Big New Hire | Law Firm Perspective on the Shutdown | Plus: Who Got the Work & More
The Cato Institute's going to court challenging the SEC's gag rule—and we've got some early thinking from a member of the defense bar about what's at stake. Plus: what's the shutdown mean for law firm business? And scroll down for Who Got the Work, moves and much more. Thanks for reading!

         

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01/15/2019
PG&E General Counsel Appointed CEO as Company Heads Toward Bankruptcy
PG&E bumped GC John Simon to the interim CEO role as it prepares to file bankruptcy. The San Francisco-based company is facing billions of dollars in damages from lawsuits over its role in the 2018 California wildfires.

         

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01/15/2019
Oracle Loses Bid to Thwart US Labor Regulator's Discrimination Case
Oracle's lawyers at Orrick had challenged the appointment of U.S. Labor Department administrative law judges.

         

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01/15/2019
Judiciary Extends Financial Lifeline an Extra Week Amid Shutdown
The extra week of funding comes after judiciary was able to reduce spending through aggressive cost-cutting efforts.

         

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01/15/2019
Salary Guide Shows Average In-House Lawyer Gets Paid Less, but Has More Fun Perks
In-house lawyers earn less than their firm peers on average but are more likely to receive perks such as paid-for concerts or sabbaticals, according to survey results from legal consulting company Special Counsel.

         

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01/15/2019
Schnatter Granted Access to Papa John's Records Related to Ouster, Bouchard Rules
Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard ruled Tuesday that John Schnatter, the company's largest stockholder, was entitled to books and records regarding the company's decision to terminate his employment last July, after Forbes reported that he had used the N-word during a company training call.

         

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01/15/2019
2 Ukrainian Men Face Criminal Charges in SEC Hacking Case
Artem Radchenko, 27, and Oleksandr Ieremenko, 26, both from Kiev, Ukraine, are alleged to have participated in a scheme to hack into SEC's EDGAR database to get nonpublic information. The SEC claims the participants' trades generated at least $4.1 million in illegal profits.

         

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01/15/2019
Crowell & Moring Taps Ex-Squire Leader to Drive London Growth
Robert Weekes led Squire Patton Boggs' U.K. expansion before steeping down last year as leader of the firm's London office.

         

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01/15/2019
Diverse Law Students Get to Show It, Not Tell It in Firm Jobs Competition
The University of Cincinnati College of Law has developed a two-day program where minority and women law students step into the roles of associates advising clients.

         

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01/15/2019
But Where Are the Black Partners?
New partner classes include more women and minorities, with one glaring omission.

         

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01/15/2019
Boston Forecast Sees More Law Firm Mergers Ahead
A new survey by Zeughauser Group found nearly a third of Boston law firm leaders open to combining with another firm in the next three to five years.

         

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01/15/2019
Federal Employees Lose Early Bid to Stop Unpaid Work During Trump's Shutdown
US District Judge Richard Leon in Washington said a temporary restraining order would have caused "chaos and confusion."

         

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01/15/2019
Opioid Defendants Lose Bid for Sanctions Over '60 Minutes' Episode
The proposed sanctions motion targeted plaintiffs lawyers who defendants claim made "misleading, inflammatory, and improper" statements on an episode last month.

         

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01/15/2019
Bill Barr Vows to 'Diligently' Prosecute Fraud Law He Once Called an 'Abomination'
Trump's attorney general nominee vowed to “diligently enforce the False Claims Act.

         

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01/15/2019
EU's Right to Be Forgotten Could Come Under Heavy Challenge
A European Union judge issued an opinion stating that Google shouldn't have to extend the right to be forgotten to users outside of the EU. Could it be the first of many challenges to the right to be forgotten?

         

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01/15/2019
Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Census Citizenship Question
U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of the Southern District of New York said in the decision that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross violated the Administrative Procedure Act while deciding to add the citizenship question to the survey over the first year and a half of the Trump administration.

         

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01/15/2019
Barr Exam, TRO Today?, Off the Clock: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/15/2019
See for Yourself: The New Robert Mueller Action Figure
Brooklyn-based FCTRY decided to create an action figure of the special counsel when it started seeing signs of the real-life Mueller surfacing in popular culture.

         

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01/15/2019
Gearbox CEO Denies Former GC's Claims That He Had a USB Full of 'Underage' Porn, Misused Company Funds
The former GC of Gearbox, Wade Callender, claims the gaming company's CEO—his longtime friend—possessed "underage" porn and misused company funds. Gearbox's CEO said Callender is "engaged in a shakedown" and "promoting a narrative that he knows is false."

         

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01/15/2019
William Barr Won't Commit to Recusing From Russia Investigation
Barr, a Kirkland & Ellis counsel who previously led the Justice Department under the George H.W. Bush administration, said he would make the decision to oversee special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe in “good faith.

         

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01/15/2019
Justice Breyer Joins Conservative Wing to Uphold Tougher Prison Sentence
The 5-4 decision Tuesday in Stokeling v. United States reflected an unusual alignment of the justices. In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was joined by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts Jr.

         

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01/15/2019
Ahead of the Curve: LRAP Arms Race
A trio of elite law schools have recently improved their Loan Repayment Assistance Programs for graduates in public interest and other low-paying jobs, and Syracuse University College of Law's brand new hybrid J.D. program offers a glimpse of legal education's future.

         

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01/15/2019
Far From 'Slam Dunk,' Google Shareholder Suits Latest in Wave of #MeToo Derivative Actions
Alphabet has been hit with a pair of shareholder derivative suits claiming that board members hurt shareholder value by covering up a lengthy pattern of gender discrimination and sexual harassment perpetrated by Google executives.

         

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01/14/2019
Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Exceptions to ACA's Birth Control Mandate
A federal judge has agreed to block the Trump administration from enacting certain religious and moral exceptions to the Affordable Care Act that have been widely seen as a means to roll back the mandate for covering birth control medications.

         

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01/14/2019
Quinn Emanuel Patent Practice Pioneer, 55, Dies After Battle With Illness
Los Angeles-based Steven Anderson helped to found Quinn Emanuel's patent group a quarter century ago and then maintained his practice through a 15-year fight with cancer.

         

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01/14/2019
Government Shutdown Holds Up CFIUS National Security Reviews
Law firms and their clients are not only experiencing delays in the reviews currently filed, but they can expect a worsening backlog once the shutdown is over.

         

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01/14/2019
Former Sullivan & Cromwell Chairman and Wife Killed in Apartment Fire
John Merow led the Wall Street firm during a period of international expansion in the 1980s and 1990s.

         

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01/14/2019
LA Appeals Judge Accused of Groping Colleague Faces Misconduct Charges
The lawyer for Justice Jeffrey W. Johnson issued a statement denying the allegations. "Justice Johnson remains respectful of the process of investigation and will rely on facts and documents to provide the truth," the attorney said.

         

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01/14/2019
Transgender Student Claims Harassment in Suit Against Cal Western Law
Shiloh Bentacourt claims that she fell into depression and anxiety after classmates and professors made disparaging comments about her because she is transgender.

         

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01/14/2019
Home Depot Case Could Move 'Tons of Individual Cases' to Federal Court, Public Justice Lawyer Says
The case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asks the question: Can a third-party counterclaim defendant remove a class action under the Class Action Fairness Act?

         

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01/14/2019
Kilpatrick Launches Beijing Office to Expand Global Trademark Practice
Chris Woods, who is relocating to Beijing to open the office, said the firm needs to be on the ground to meet the growing brand market.

         

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01/14/2019
VF Corporation Names GC of Spin-Off Jeans Company
The Greensboro, North Carolina-based VF Corp. announced Monday that an experienced in-house attorney will become the general counsel for its spin-off jeans company, Kontoor Brands Inc.

         

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01/14/2019
Barr Vows Mueller 'Will Be Allowed to Complete His Work'
Barr's written testimony states President Donald Trump sought “no assurances, promises, or commitments in nominating him for U.S. attorney general.

         

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01/14/2019
Kirkland's Bill Barr Reports $1.2M Firm Income on Disclosure for AG
Barr said he expects to receive a $50,000 performance-based bonus from Kirkland for his work at the law firm in 2018.

         

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01/14/2019
Justices, With Kavanaugh Sidelined, Rebuff Challenge to Consumer Bureau
Other challenges to the consumer bureau are pending in federal appeals courts, giving the Supreme Court a chance—more likely next term—to weigh the constitutionality of the bureau's single-director scheme.

         

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01/14/2019
Twenty-One Years After Her Autism Diagnosis, Haley Moss Is Admitted to the Florida Bar
Her doctor said she might never fully speak. In May she gave the commencement speech at the University of Miami School of Law and will now start her career at the firm Zumpano Patricios.

         

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01/14/2019
Can Deepfakes Pose a Cybersecurity Threat to Legal?
Deepfakes use real-life video and audio to create realistic, but fake messages. While not an immediate threat to lawyers, they can pose significant cybersecurity risk to clients.

         

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01/14/2019
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01/14/2019
Deloitte Hires Senior A&O Partner to Head U.K. Legal Arm
Former A&O managing partner contender Michael Castle will become the first permanent U.K. head of the accountancy's legal arm.

         

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01/14/2019
Shutdown Fallout, Where AI Ain't, Mod Lawyers: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/14/2019
Latham Fintech Leader Joins Cadwalader's Corporate Group
With the addition of Vivian Maese from Latham, Cadwalader sharpens its focus on its core financial services practice.

         

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01/14/2019
Data Snapshot: Is U.S. Law Firm Expansion Stalling?
Firms ranked in the NLJ350 index have opened a swath of new offices across the U.S. over the past five years. But they have also shuttered many of their outposts, and a lot of offices have shrunk as well.

         

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01/14/2019
China's Investment in US and Europe Hits Six-Year Low
China's combined investment into North America and Europe dropped 73 percent in 2018.

         

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01/13/2019
Patricia Wald 'Pursued Justice With Passion,' Justice Ginsburg Says
Practitioners and former clerks of Patricia Wald remember the life and legacy of the retired D.C. Circuit chief judge and longtime advocate for human rights.

         

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01/12/2019
White Male Judges Made Up Less Than Half of MDL Appointments in 2018
Of the 28 judges appointed by the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, seven were minority judges—a record number.

         

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01/11/2019
For Midsize Firms With Outdated Parental Policies, Getting Sued is Just One of Many 'Hidden Costs'
Managers of law firms should have a better understanding of employment law than most small and midsize business leaders, but that doesn't mean they always follow the advice they would give.

         

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01/11/2019
New Report Says Corporate Prosecution Agreements Brought in $8.1B in 2018
Monetary recoveries exploded to nearly $8.1 billion, which almost matched the 2012 high of $9 billion. A handful of high-value resolutions led to the large recovery amount, the report said.

         

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01/11/2019
Houston Lawyer Who Sued Over Wrong-Day 'Hamilton' Tickets Gets Settlement
Houston lawyer Joshua Davis, who sued Ticketmaster on Wednesday, said the company on Friday agreed to refund.

         

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01/11/2019
The Modern Law Office: Can You Handle It?
This week we dive into the decision-making and planning required when law firms leave behind traditional office workspaces and redesign for more collaborative environments.

         

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01/11/2019
Law Firms Face 'Uncharted Waters' as Shutdown Grinds Some Practices to a Halt
Legal Industry first quarter financial results may see a dent as court appearances and deals fall prey to political gridlock.

         

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01/11/2019
Skilled in the Art: Wilmer Partner Earns Combat Pay + Meet the New PTO Solicitor + EFF Tries to Unlock Uniloc-Fortress Deal
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr partner Mark Fleming kept an even keel while taking shot after shot from Federal Circuit Judge Kimberly Moore with about $1 billion on the line for Apple.

         

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01/11/2019
Notre Dame Law Names Stanford Law Professor as New Dean
G. Marcus Cole, who has ties to conservative organizations and is the first non-white dean to lead Notre Dame University Law School, will replace Dean Nell Jessup Newton, who has led the school for a decade.

         

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01/11/2019
Boies No Longer Sharing Ritzy NYC Address With Malpractice Foe Guo Wengui
David Boies has sold his Sherry-Netherland apartment for $13.6 million.

         

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01/11/2019
ABA Survey: Only 10 Percent of Law Firms Are Currently Using AI
The American Bar Association's report found AI usage is greater among large firms, while smaller firms saw uncertainty over what benefits AI offers law.

         

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01/11/2019
Closed for Business, Pot Problems, Rough Weather: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/11/2019
Patent Eligibility Remains Uncertain, Even After Recent Efforts to Bring Clarity
Congress is empowered to create a patent system to promote the useful arts, and it has enacted laws to create a patent system that encourages innovation. Balancing that power, however, the courts in recent years have tried to reign in the scope of the patent right by limiting the scope of patent-eligible subject matter. Part One of a two-part article.

         

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01/11/2019
Former Covington Lawyer Named USPTO's Deputy GC and Solicitor
Thomas Krause will represent the USPTO in court and provide advice on IP-related policies and issues. He said in a statement that he was looking “forward to leading this extraordinary group of professionals [in the USPTO's solicitor's office] and continuing the traditions of excellence set by my predecessors.

         

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01/11/2019
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Recovery Is 'On Track,' Supreme Court Says
The Supreme Court said Ginsburg would also not be on the bench next week when the justices hear arguments Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

         

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01/11/2019
Document: Air Traffic Controllers Union Sues Trump
Lawsuit says air traffic controllers "have been forced to continue performing their duties—duties essential to the ongoing function of this country—without any pay whatsoever."

         

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01/11/2019
After Big Dip in 2017, Oil Patch Bankruptcy Activity Stayed Steady in 2018
A total of 29 oil patch companies—exploration and production companies—filed for bankruptcy in 2018, according to Haynes and Boone's Oil Patch Bankruptcy Monitor.

         

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01/11/2019
The Law Firm Disrupted: Behind the Scenes with UnitedLex
Hear more from the people working to make UnitedLex's vision a reality.

         

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01/10/2019
Greenberg Traurig Appoints New Co-President
Senior vice president and treasurer Bradford Kaufman of the firm's West Palm Beach office has been named co-president.

         

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01/10/2019
'Being a Jerk' Isn't Protected by Title VII, 5th Circuit Judge Says
Retaliation claims anchored in a Facebook post gave the appeals court a fresh chance to address the scope of Title VII employment rights.

         

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01/10/2019
Nearly Half of Legal Departments Lack a Strategic Plan, Survey Finds
Many legal departments don't have a formal ops strategy, according to new survey results from Xakia.

         

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01/10/2019
More Minority Women Ascend to Law Dean Jobs
Women occupy the deans office at 35 percent of law schools, and minority women are more visible than ever in leadership positions. Those numbers are partially the result of concerted efforts by women and minority faculty to encourage diverse candidates to enter the legal academy and help guide their rise up the ranks.

         

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01/10/2019
NY Lawmakers Fret How Legal Marijuana May Complicate Motor Vehicle Law
“We have a long way to go in our state to make sure we have safe roads if marijuana is made legal, Sen. Todd Kaminsky, D-Nassau, said.

         

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01/10/2019
Plaintiff in Ogletree Gender Discrimination Suit Bound by Arbitration Agreement
A federal judge in San Francisco found that former nonequity shareholder Dawn Knepper, who is pursuing gender discrimination claims against the firm, failed to opt out of the firm's arbitration agreement.

         

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01/10/2019
Higher Law: Big Law Goes to Pot | One Colorado Firm's Crusade Against the IRS | Florida's Medical Marijuana Fight
What's behind the Dentons announcement on cannabis? Plus, a Colorado firm digs in against the IRS, and scroll down for our latest roundup In the Weeds. Thanks for reading Higher Law.

         

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01/10/2019
Fiat Chrysler Agrees to Pay $800M to Settle EcoDiesel Scandal
The settlements, announced Thursday, included $307 million for class members and $400 million in civil penalties to federal and state regulators.

         

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01/10/2019
Weather Channel Case Dilemma: When Is a Disclosure Really a Disclosure?
The city of Los Angeles alleges the Weather Channel app does not adequately disclose its sale of geolocation data to third-party advertisers, raising questions on the expectations of consumers.

         

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01/10/2019
Australian, Indian Law Firms Had Strong Year in 2018 APAC M&A
King & Wood Mallesons, Herbert Smith Freehills and Allens took the top three spots in the 2018 league table of the biggest M&A deals in the Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, while India's Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co and AZB & Partners broke into the top ten.

         

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01/10/2019
This Lawyer Can Check 'Opera Librettist' Off Her Bucket List
Lawyers rarely get to display their artistic talents. The closest most get to the creative process is drafting a contract for a performer or writer.

         

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01/10/2019
DC Circuit Judges Feud, and New Suits Pile Up, as Shutdown Persists
Federal trial and appellate judges are grappling with requests from U.S. agencies to postpone cases, and new lawsuits are mounting that challenge the Trump administration's moves forcing federal employees to work without pay.

         

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01/10/2019
Law Firm Leaders Express Growing Anxiety Over Global Economic Outlook
While Big Law leaders view the 2019 economy with trepidation, many are confident in their own law firms' prospects.

         

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01/10/2019
Apple GC's $5M Compensation Outlined in SEC Filing
Kate Adams earned a base salary of $1 million last year, plus millions more in stock options and nonequity incentives.

         

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01/10/2019
'The Modified Lockstep Has Failed'—A Top-Ranked UK Partner Moves to Kirkland
How much did it cost to capture the private equity star, and why couldn't the Magic Circle firm compete?

         

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01/10/2019
Courting Shutdowns, Internet Law School, Top GC Retiring: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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01/10/2019
Brexit Prompts Ireland Merger Interest as Global Firms Move In
New research finds almost half of Ireland's top 20 firms have been approached about a U.K. merger over the past year.

         

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01/10/2019
Labor of Law: New Seyfarth Class Action Report | Ogletree's AI Play | Plaintiffs Firm DQ'd in Uber Suit | Plus: Who Got the Work, and Our Moves Roundup
Seyfarth Shaw's latest class action settlement report is out, and we've got the details. Plus: Ogletree Deakins makes it play for AI, and the plaintiffs firm Keller Lenkner was disqualified in a worker-classification suit against Uber. Scroll down for Who Got the Work, our moves roundup and more. Thanks for reading!

         

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