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03/18/2019
Global Vereins Show Steady Growth in 2018
All five full-service vereins tracked in the Am Law 100 showed positive revenue growth in 2018, paced by Baker McKenzie.

         

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03/18/2019
SEC Allowed to Pursue Fraud Claims Against Rio Tinto, Former Executives
A federal judge in Manhattan has allowed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to proceed with a lawsuit accusing the multinational mining firm Rio Tinto and two former executives of fraud in connection with its failed investment in a Mozambique coal project.

         

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03/18/2019
Legal Departments Unprepared for New Oil Pollution Act Guidelines, Maritime Expert Says
Under the U.S. Coast Guard's new interpretation of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, an array of industries operating cargo ships, oil tankers and other large vessels that visit U.S. ports must show they have specific plans and resources in place to quickly respond to oil spills and fires.

         

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03/18/2019
Manatt Sues Brown Rudnick Over Ex-Partner's Contingency Win
The case marks the second time in last five years that a lateral move involving D.C. litigator Benjamin Chew has led to headaches.

         

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03/18/2019
After Deaths of 4 Partners in Plane Crash, Firm Leader Looks to the Future
Partner Bill Martin talks about the future of the firm after suddenly losing four partners in a plane crash.

         

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03/18/2019
Quinn Emanuel Pushes Back Against Uber's Disqualification Bid in Sidecar Case
The firm claims that its prior representation of Uber wasn't substantially related to the antitrust claims it's pursuing on behalf of the ride-hailing app's defunct rival Sidecar.

         

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03/18/2019
Would-Be Art Thieves Double-Crossed by Fake Painting
A small Italian village actually got the better of robbers who thought they were stealing a genuine painting by a Flemish master worth millions of dollars.

         

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03/18/2019
'I Don't Want My Client to Be Blindsided': Executives and Their Lawyers Brace for Rep. Katie Porter's Questions
The California Democrat's distinctive questions are tripping up executives. White-collar and congressional lawyers have taken notice—and here's what they have to say about it.

         

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03/18/2019
Cravath Faces Claim of Leading 'Sham' Auction in Grocery Store Sale to Apollo
“Cravath's task was to lend a patina of integrity to a sham auction, claims a lawsuit against the M&A powerhouse.

         

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03/18/2019
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Hire Big Law Defenders in College Fraud Case
Big Law defenders from Latham & Watkins and Foley Hoag are getting the work representing Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, respectively, in the college admissions fraud case in Boston.

         

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03/18/2019
Willkie's Gordon Caplan Turns to Big Law to Represent Him in College Admissions Case
Ropes & Gray partner Joshua Levy in Boston, co-chair of the firm's global litigation and enforcement practice, has entered an appearance representing Caplan.

         

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03/18/2019
9 Ways You're Ticking Me Off: A PR Primer
We've been together a long time, so let me cut to the chase: For such an elite segment, you—lawyers, firms and corporations—are often shockingly unsophisticated in dealing with the press.

         

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03/18/2019
Sotomayor Is 'Profoundly Troubled' by Georgia Death Penalty Case
"I concur in the denial of Tharpe's petition. I write because I am profoundly troubled by the underlying facts of this case," Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Monday.

         

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03/18/2019
Nice for Paul Weiss, Vance's Chances, The Right GC Stuff: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/18/2019
Profits Per Partner Hit $5 Million at Paul Weiss, Redefining Richest Tier
The firm had a "gangbusters" 2018, said chairman Brad Karp, propelling it closer to the elusive Wachtell in the stratosphere of partner profits.

         

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03/18/2019
Data Snapshot: How Do Global Law Firms Stack Up in Asia?
A look at Big Law's presence in one of the world's most active legal markets

         

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03/18/2019
Global Firms Back Away from Eastern Europe
Law firms are rethinking their approach to the former Soviet Bloc, once a boom region in the wake of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

         

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03/18/2019
US Judge Orders Michael Cohen Search Warrant Info Released With Redactions
U.S. District Judge William Pauley ordered the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office to post the redacted versions on the public docket by Tuesday.

         

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03/16/2019
Facebook Gets Go-Ahead for Opposing Counsel's Documents
A California state court judge found that a litigation opponent of the social media giant had "utilized the services of counsel to aid in committing a crime or fraud" when handing over confidential documents to British Parliament and journalists.

         

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03/16/2019
Qualcomm Wins $31 Million Patent Verdict Against Apple
The stakes will be much higher at next month's antitrust trial, but Friday's verdict shows that Qualcomm is capable of mounting a persuasive case against Apple.

         

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03/15/2019
Law Clerk Accuses New Jersey Judge of Sexual Harassment
The harassment took place after the woman became Russo's law clerk in Ocean County Superior Court in January 2017, the suit claims.

         

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03/15/2019
Vance's Manafort Indictment Close to the Edge of NY's Double Jeopardy Cliff, Experts Say
The Manhattan DA's indictment of Trump's former campaign chairman is the first test of state prosecutors' attempts to steer clear of New York's double jeopardy law, while holding the president's former aides accountable in the event of a pardon.

         

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03/15/2019
Misconduct Case Against LA Appeals Judge Set for August Hearing
Second District Court of Appeal Justice Jeffrey Johnson has denied grabbing a fellow justice's breasts and soliciting a security officer for sex.

         

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03/15/2019
10th Circuit Revives Malpractice Claims Against Lawyer for Ex-Leader of Polygamist Sect
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit reinstated claims in a case brought by 22 former members of the polygamist sect, concluding that Rodney Parker and his firm were “well aware of the crimes being committed against plaintiffs.

         

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03/15/2019
Willkie, College Admissions and the Crisis Management Playbook
The firm's public response has been limited. But there's every reason to expect that, below the surface, it's been working hard to contain the damage.

         

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03/15/2019
NY High Court to Eye Whether Out-of-State Gun Dealer May Be Sued
The litigation could have significant implications on the ability of individuals to bring legal actions against gun dealers in other states, where background checks are not required for all firearm sales. Background checks are required for all gun sales in New York under state law.

         

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03/15/2019
Harvard Taps New General Counsel
Diane Lopez has been in-house at Harvard for nearly 25 years, most recently as deputy general counsel.

         

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03/15/2019
JD, Meh! Here's What It Really Takes to Make It as a GC
Being an effective GC requires more than being a skilled lawyer. It takes business savvy.

         

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03/15/2019
Ex-MGM Deputy General Counsel Lands Leading Legal Role at Spyglass
Cheryl Rodman will oversee all legal matters and business and legal affairs at the newly announced premium content company, Spyglass Media Group.

         

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03/15/2019
New Dismissal of Kavanaugh Ethics Claims Divides 10th Circuit Panel
"I am left to conclude that the entire council should be disqualified from participating in consideration of the current petitions for review," Judge Mary Beck Briscoe wrote in her dissent.

         

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03/15/2019
Study Shows 'Disheartening' Lack of Diversity at Legal Departments, Law Firms
The study found that male in-house counsel tend to hire male external advisers and pick women as lead partner in a mere 17 percent of cases, while only 29 percent of law departments require the law firms they work with to provide diversity information.

         

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03/15/2019
SCOTUS Trips Up 'Fortnite' Dance-Move Suits
Litigation over allegedly stolen dance moves in the popular game Fortnite has been paused in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning copyright infringement.

         

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03/15/2019
Feeling Quizzy? It's Time to Test Your Knowledge
It was a busy week. Were you paying attention or just practicing law?

         

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03/15/2019
What Breastfeeding Law Taught Holland & Knight Partner Miguel De Grandy About Being an Attorney
Miguel De Grandy credits his experience in the Florida Legislature as crucial to his success as a land use attorney.

         

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03/15/2019
DC Circuit Rebuffs Lawyer's Challenge to Trump's Financial Disclosures
The court said it has no power under federal law to compel now-President Donald Trump to amend the financial disclosures he filed as a candidate in 2016.

         

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03/15/2019
It's Time for Some Financial Spring-Cleaning, Counselor
Here's a quick list of some smart financial projects to cross off your to-do list.

         

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03/15/2019
Skilled in the Art: Apple Lands Pre-Trial Win v. Qualcomm + The Fed Circuit Takes it Back + Iancu Tackles Gender Disparities in Patents
Apple notched a pretrial victory worth billions of dollars while setting evidentiary rules for a looming trial with Qualcomm.

         

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03/15/2019
Planking Party, Cue the Suits, Leadership Vacuum: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/15/2019
Latham & Watkins Hires Another Magic Circle Lifer
The U.S. firm has kept up its hiring spree, this time taking an insurance partner from the magic circle firm.

         

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03/15/2019
Miami Courtroom Showdown: Conor McGregor Sued Over Phone-Stomping Incident at Fontainebleau
"It really is about how you act outside the ring, not just in the ring," said attorney Santiago Cueto, who filed a lawsuit Thursday against MMA fighter Conor McGregor, who destroyed a man's phone for trying to take a picture.

         

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03/15/2019
The Law Firm Disrupted: A More Transparent Look at the Litigation Finance Business
Burford Capital's annual financial report sheds light on just how much the world's biggest litigation funder is spending. Plus, what happens if O'Melveny & Meyers and Allen & Overy walk away from merger talks.

         

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03/14/2019
Where Does Gordon Caplan Go From Here?
A lapse in ethical judgment can quickly turn a Big Law leader into a target of an internal investigation, industry sources said.

         

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03/14/2019
With 'Soul of the Company Now at Stake,' What Can Boeing's Legal Department Do to Stem the Grounding Fallout?
Boeing's in-house lawyers can help minimize the fallout from the 737 Max fleet grounding incident by taking the lead on figuring out what happened, preparing for potential litigation and reviewing internal and external communications, former general counsel told Corporate Counsel.

         

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03/14/2019
In-House Counsel in Construction Industry May See Uptick in Anti-Corruption Enforcement
With big-money projects involving chains of subcontractors and sometimes corrupt foreign officials, the construction industry has become a target-rich environment for the DOJ, according to former federal prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys and construction and government contracts lawyers.

         

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03/14/2019
After Bribery Bust, Willkie Is Latest Firm to Face Vacuum in Leadership
What does Gordon Caplan's ouster mean for management of the Wall Street firm? And what are the lessons for other firms facing a sudden shakeup at the top?

         

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03/14/2019
How Significant a Blow Is Gordon Caplan's Leave From Willkie?
What does Gordon Caplan's ouster mean for management of the Wall Street firm? And what are the lessons for other firms facing a sudden shakeup at the top?

         

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03/14/2019
$500B? Proposed Class Action Seeks Windfall in College Admissions Scandal
A proposed nationwide class action filed in California state court seeks "no less than $500,000,000,000" from defendants caught up in the college admissions scandal that has captured the nation's attention.

         

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03/14/2019
Paul Hastings Names New Chair of Paris Office
Olivier Vermeulen, a French lawyer, joined the firm three years ago as a partner.

         

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03/14/2019
Can You Bribe Your Way Into Law School?
Admissions coach Anna Ivey says that the process to get into law school offers fewer ways to cheat the system than does getting into a top undergraduate school. But big donations can still clear the path into law school.

         

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03/14/2019
Higher Law: Big Law Firm Sues Feds for Cannabis Docs | Harvesting a Trademark Suit | Who Got the Work
Davis Wright is suing the U.S. customs agency over policy docs about stopping cannabis-tied executives at the border. Plus: We've got an update on a trademark spat in California, and scroll down for Who Got the Work. Thanks for reading Higher Law!

         

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03/14/2019
Dozens of Class Actions Build on Supreme Court's 'Janus' Union Ruling
Three new petitions at the U.S. Supreme Court are tied to the justices' ruling last term against mandatory public-sector union fees.

         

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03/14/2019
Ginsburg's Fans Will Mark Her 86th Birthday Friday, 'Planking' at SCOTUS
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has said the most important person in her life now is her trainer.

         

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03/14/2019
From Bentonville to Seoul, Jay Jorgensen Becomes General Counsel of South Korea's Coupang
Jay Jorgensen, the former executive vice president and global chief ethics and compliance officer of Walmart Inc., is the new general counsel of Coupang, the largest and fastest growing e-commerce company in South Korea.

         

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03/14/2019
Forget Prom. This 16-Year-Old Is Headed to Law School
Haley Taylor Schlitz was accepted at five law schools but opted to enroll at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, in part so she can still live at home with her parents.

         

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03/14/2019
2 Stanford Students File Suit Over University Admissions Scandal
Lawyers for Stanford students Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods claim that the value of their education has been tarnished by the scandal. Their lawyers are also pursuing class claims on behalf of applicants who were rejected by schools caught up in the scandal.

         

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03/14/2019
University of Texas Legal Chief Takes On Review of Admissions Cheating Scandal
University of Texas has tapped its vice president for legal affairs to conduct a review of how its fired men's tennis coach became embroiled in the nationwide college admissions scandal.

         

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03/14/2019
7 Reasons 2019 Is the Year of Privacy
The legal world is going to have a lot to say in 2019 about how privacy will be viewed for the next decade and beyond.

         

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03/14/2019
The Early Reports: 2019 Am Law 100/200 Financials
As we publish our early reports on Am Law 100 and 200 firm financials, we'll update this page, so follow along.

         

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03/14/2019
Five Takeaways From Andrei Iancu's Testimony to Senate IP Subcommittee
The USPTO director has won supporters on the Senate Judiciary Committee. But will he be able to stop them from using the phrase "patent troll"?

         

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03/14/2019
O'Melveny and Allen & Overy's Name Game Exposes Insecurities Among Competition
A decade ago, a Magic Circle firm talking merger with a U.S. firm outside of the white-shoes would have raised eyebrows. Not anymore.

         

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03/14/2019
Boeing's Problems, Ensnared in Scandal, Antitrust Angst: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/14/2019
A Live Go-To Law Schools Discussion: Tuition 'Bargains' and 'Most Favored' Campuses
Follow this conversation about the 2019 Go-To Law Schools findings.

         

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03/14/2019
High Court Gives Go-Ahead to Sandy Hook Families Seeking Damages From Gun Makers
"There is no allegation in this case that there was any reason to expect that Lanza's mother was likely to use the rifle in an unsafe manner," the opinion said.

         

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03/14/2019
Roger Stone Gets November Trial Date, Shaded by Judge
Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Stone's attorneys there's “no exception for awkward when it came to notifying the court about the release of a book that could potentially violate his gag order.

         

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03/14/2019
Labor of Law: New OSHA Ruling on Workplace Violence | Texas Judge Rips 5th Circuit Panel | New Janus Litigation | Who Got the Work
We're spotlighting the new OSHA ruling on workplace violence—takeaways and more. Plus: a federal trial judge slams a 5th Circuit panel that criticized his remarks about arbitration. Scroll down for Who Got the Work. Thanks for reading!

         

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03/14/2019
California Jury Hits Johnson & Johnson With $29M Talc Verdict
The verdict comes in the first mesothelioma trial in Alameda County Superior Court.

         

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03/14/2019
Manafort Judge Says Foreign Lobbying Law Is No 'Pesky Regulation'
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson used forceful language to recognize FARA's newly elevated status while sentencing Paul Manafort.

         

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03/13/2019
California Lawyer Couple Implicated in College Admissions Scandal
Elisabeth Kimmel, a Harvard Law School graduate and longtime president of San Diego-based Midwest Television, is among prosecutors' targets.

         

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03/13/2019
9th Circuit Denies Airbnb, HomeAway Bid to Strike Down Santa Monica Short-Term Rental Law
"Like their brick-and-mortar counterparts, internet companies must also comply with any number of local regulations concerning, for example, employment, tax or zoning."

         

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03/13/2019
Inside Track: Breaking Unconscious Bias. Plus, Starting Up At Startups
It's still difficult for in-house lawyers of color when it comes to climbing to the top general counsel position. Also, in-house counsel talk about the challenges of starting up legal departments at startups while general counsel at companies amid scandal may scare off potential team members.

         

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03/13/2019
Boeing Expected to Face Legal Troubles Over 737 Max 8
Boeing faces lawsuits from passengers, particularly since eight of them on the Ethiopian Air flight were Americans. But airlines also could bring legal actions over revenue losses incurred due to the grounding, according to lawyers who specialize in aviation.

         

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03/13/2019
Willkie's Gordon Caplan Is Obscure No More
Until that huge college admissions scandal broke just over 24 hours ago, I bet most of you didn't know Gordon Caplan existed.

         

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03/13/2019
In Rare Lateral Hire, Sullivan & Cromwell Adds Cleary's James Bromley
Bromley is taking his bankruptcy practice to Sullivan & Cromwell and will co-lead the firm's global restructuring group.

         

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03/13/2019
Key Tax and Financial Considerations for New Law Partners
Being asked to join the partnership of a firm is a measure of success as a legal professional. With that achievement comes tax and financial responsibilities that, surprisingly, few attorneys are fully prepared to deal with. These responsibilities include the unexpected individual federal and state and local tax filing and payments.

         

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03/13/2019
Meet the Big Law Alums Prosecuting the College Admissions Scandal
Meet the four assistant U.S. attorneys—some of them Big Law alums—who are assigned to the college admissions fraud case in Boston.

         

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03/13/2019
As Calls to Break Up Big Tech Grow, Spotify Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple
Less than a week after Sen. Elizabeth Warren's call to break up big tech, Spotify has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Commission—the same regulators that fined Google $5 billion over antitrust concerns last year.

         

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03/13/2019
Willkie Co-Chair Gordon Caplan Placed on Leave Amid Admissions Scandal
The firm said Caplan would have no further management responsibilities as he faces charges of paying to fix his daughter's college admissions score.

         

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03/13/2019
How I Made Partner: Mayer Brown's Lei Shen
"I'm proud of making partner, particularly since I took a rather nontraditional path to partnership and made partner while working an alternative schedule."

         

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03/13/2019
Lin Wood Files $275M Defamation Suit Against CNN
The defamation suit was filed on behalf of Nicholas Sandmann, 16, in a MAGA hat whose visage went viral after an encounter with a Native American activist on the National Mall.

         

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03/13/2019
Critical Mass: Congress Eyes FDA Regulation of Talc Products. Plus, SF Jury Mulls Case Over Weedkiller
Johnson & Johnson executives did not appear before the subcommittee looking into the alleged link between talc products and cancer, but the company was an obvious focus of the hearing

         

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03/13/2019
For Willkie's Gordon Caplan, A Tragic Downfall in College Admissions Scandal
It's astonishing how parents who presumably just want to help their children can so totally lose sight of ethical boundaries.

         

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03/13/2019
New Federal IoT Security Bill Has Narrower Scope, But Big Impact
For the second time in three years, U.S. senators are attempting to enact a cybersecurity regulation governing internet of things devices purchased by the federal government.

         

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03/13/2019
How the Judiciary Changed Conduct Rules to Pierce Culture of Confidentiality
“We are not done, said Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. “We won't be done until we do everything we can do.

         

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03/13/2019
What's Next: Why Lawyers Need to Care About Deepfakes + AI and Zoning Law (It's Going to Be a Thing)
Coming soon to a courtroom near you deepfake videos. Plus, we break down what the rise of autonomous vehicles means for zoning law.

         

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03/13/2019
O'Melveny and Allen & Overy Merger Talks Reach Final Stages
A deal edges closer as the firms look to finalize a name and pay structure for the combined firm.

         

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03/13/2019
Litigation Funder Delivers Double-Digit Profit Growth
The value of Burford Capital assets under management also rose by 47 percent in 2018.

         

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03/13/2019
Willkie Woes, O'Connor's Candor, Huawei Worries: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/13/2019
Neomi Rao, Overcoming Character Questions, Is Confirmed to DC Circuit
Rao, confirmed Wednesday in a 53-46 vote, becomes the Trump administration's second successful appointment to the D.C. Circuit.

         

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03/13/2019
DC Judge Dismisses 'Plea for Leniency' While Imposing Manafort Sentence
The former Trump campaign chairman will spend 7.5 years in prison between his two sentences.

         

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03/13/2019
Summer Associate Recruiting Holds Steady
New data from the National Association for Law Placement shows that while recruiting is flat, job offer rates are climbing.

         

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03/13/2019
How the Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner Merger Fell Apart in Asia
Less than a year into the transatlantic merger, the firm has lost every single team member from the legacy Bryan Cave's Asia team. Here's how it happened.

         

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03/13/2019
Compliance Hot Spots: CFTC's Foreign-Bribery Advisory | FTC's Joe Simons Raises Concerns | Huawei Taps Trump's Firms | Plus: Notable Moves
We've got a snapshot of early commentary on the CFTC's advisory on foreign-bribery enforcement. Plus: the SEC will respond to Elon Musk's tweet fiasco, and scroll down for Who Got the Work in some big new white-collar actions. Thanks for reading Compliance Hot Spots.

         

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03/13/2019
College Cheating Scandal Means General Counsel on Alert for Possible Civil Suits
Federal prosecutors so far have named eight universities as unwitting victims of the cheating and say it was the largest-ever college admissions fraud in the U.S. They have charged at least 50 people, including actresses, CEOs and several college coaches with conspiracy to commit racketeering or fraud.

         

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03/12/2019
In Through the 'Side Door': Wiretap Outlines Willkie Leader's Alleged Role in Admissions Scandal
“I'm not worried about the moral issue here, Gordon Caplan allegedly told a fixer who promised to inflate his daughter's ACT score.

         

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03/12/2019
House Panel Takes Up Talc Safety
Testifying at Tuesday's hearing was a plaintiffs expert in the talcum powder multidistrict litigation against Johnson & Johnson, and the son of an ovarian cancer victim whose husband won a $72 million verdict against J&J.

         

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03/12/2019
First Bellwether Trial in Roundup MDL Reaches End of Initial Science-Heavy Phase
A San Francisco federal jury is considering whether Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller was a significant factor contributing to Edwin Hardeman's cancer diagnosis.

         

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03/12/2019
Confirmation of Lowenstein's Paul Matey Flips 3rd Circuit to Republicans
Matey's confirmation means the Third Circuit shifts to a 7-6 majority of Republican appointees.

         

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03/12/2019
US Businesses With Ties to Huawei Need to Prepare for Disruption
U.S. banks and companies that do business with Huawei need to “understand where their pressure points would be in the relationship with Huawei, which means examining flows of goods and services, data and money.

         

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03/12/2019
Texas Federal Judge, After Rebuke, Slams 5th Circuit for 'Inaccurate' Statements
“In almost 20 years on the bench, this court has not had to issue any other writing like this one," U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison of the Southern District of Texas wrote in an order, responding to criticism from the Fifth Circuit.

         

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03/12/2019
Women Push for Lactation Rooms in Courthouses
It's common for lawyer moms to pump in bathrooms, their cars, or empty offices with no locks, where court staff can barge in accidentally.

         

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03/12/2019
Norwich Diocese Pays $900K to Settle Claims Priest Abused Boy for a Decade
The Norwich Diocese has settled a third lawsuit claiming then-priest Paul Hebert sexually assaulted young boys. In the latest settlement, the diocese agreed to pay Jonathan Roy $900,000.

         

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03/12/2019
NY Lawmakers Expected to Pass Bill Closing Double Jeopardy Loophole
New York Attorney General Letitia James is expected to send a bill to the state Legislature to close the so-called double jeopardy loophole.

         

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03/12/2019
Big Law Dealmaker Charged in the National College Admissions Scandal
The Willkie Farr & Gallagher co-chair made The American Lawyer's 2018 Dealmaker of the Year list.

         

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03/12/2019
New O'Connor Book Chronicles Her Dementia Onset, Frustration With Alito
Evan Thomas, author of the forthcoming "First," had Sandra Day O'Connor's cooperation and permission to speak with colleagues, friends and clerks.

         

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03/12/2019
Divided Sixth Circuit Rules Against Planned Parenthood in Ohio Funding Fight
A split en banc ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has cleared the way for Ohio to cut funding to health care groups that provide abortions.

         

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03/12/2019
ALM Legal Compass Snapshot: Legal Marketing Compensation
A snapshot of legal marketing compensation trends

         

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03/12/2019
Ahead of the Curve: Legal Ed in the Absence of U.S. News Rankings
We've asked some experts what law schools would look like without the annual U.S. News rankings looming over them.

         

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03/12/2019
'Urgent,' 'Problematic': Roger Stone's Attorneys Scrambled After Gag Order Scolding
Email exchanges included in court papers filed Monday evening detail the frenzied effort by Stone's attorneys to get information from publishers on when the book, with a new intro critical of the special counsel, was sent to stores.

         

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03/12/2019
Baker's Box, Dues and Don'ts, Seouless: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/12/2019
Baker McKenzie Moves Toward Black Box System for Equity Partner Pay
The global legal giant quietly implemented a closed compensation system for its equity partners across its offices in North America last August.

         

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03/12/2019
US Companies Filed Record Number of Applications With European Patent Office in 2018
European companies from 38 countries filed the most applications—47 percent—while companies based in Asia, including in China, Japan and the Republic of Korea, filed 22.6 percent.

         

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03/12/2019
Latest US News Law School Ranking Offers Few Surprises
This year's list is unusually stable compared with previous years. The top schools remained entrenched while the lower portions of the rankings saw relatively few double-digit changes.

         

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03/12/2019
Uber Reaches $20 Million Settlement With Drivers Over Classification Dispute
Uber Technologies Inc. and its former CEO have signed onto a $20 million agreement with 13,600 drivers in California and Massachusetts, settling claims that the company misclassified its employees as independent contractors to cut labor costs.

         

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03/12/2019
Who's Liable in a Drone Crash?
As more drones disrupt airline operations and endanger passengers, determining liability and insurance coverage for damages is critical.

         

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03/12/2019
Skilled in the Art: Two Judges Let Their Hair Down on Section 101 + Tech, Retailers Sound a Warning on Iancu
A Federal Circuit judge accused unnamed colleagues of waging "guerrilla warfare" against the Supreme Court's Alice decision.

         

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03/11/2019
Longtime Munger Tolles Leader Sandra Seville-Jones Dies at 58
Munger, Tolles & Olson's longtime co-managing partner Sandra Seville-Jones died Saturday at the age of 58.

         

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03/11/2019
California Teachers Ride SCOTUS Union-Fee Ruling in New Class Action
"This is just another lawsuit from the Freedom Foundation to continue the attack on public education and public employees," the California Teachers Association spokeswoman said.

         

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03/11/2019
News and Gossip: Succubus, Amal, Don McGahn and Harvey's Skirts
I've been hearing from readers that I'm sounding too angry these days. To prove to you that I'm still fun at heart, I've assembled some news items that caught my eye.

         

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03/11/2019
Venable Retreats in Venezuela Fight in DC Circuit, Dropping Maduro
Venable, representing Nicolas Maduro, and Arnold & Porter, representing Juan Guaido, disagreed over which leader represents Venezuela in U.S. courts and which law firm should therefore be counsel.

         

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03/11/2019
Dunkin' Taps Former Marriott Lawyer to Be Chief Legal Officer
Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. announced Monday that it has hired a former Marriott in-house attorney to become its next senior vice president and chief legal officer.

         

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03/11/2019
4 South Florida Attorneys Who Died in Palm Beach County Plane Crash Are Mourned
The four, lawyers at litigation firm Peterson Bernard, were identified as Eric Peterson, who co-founded the firm, as well as Edwin Mortell, Heather Bridwell and Matthew Fiorello of Palm Beach Gardens.

         

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03/11/2019
Blockchain for the Advertising Industry
While inflated expectations abound, the advertising industry is emerging as one of the more immediate, substantive and compelling use cases for blockchain technology.

         

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03/11/2019
Reed Smith Takes California Cannabis Counsel From Local Boutique
Reed Smith has expanded its cannabis law practice with the addition of counsel Marc Hauser from Napa Valley boutique GVM Law.

         

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03/11/2019
Cushman & Wakefield Loses $1.3M Jury-Verdict Appeal in Age Bias Case
The real estate giant denied any secret motivation to replace the 63-year-old software engineer with a younger employee.

         

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03/11/2019
Snag a Spot in the Go-To Law Schools Live Discussion
In a ReplyAll discussion on Thursday, Law.com legal education editor Karen Sloan and Law.com editor-in-chief Leigh Jones will talk about the law schools that offer the best tuition deals for snagging Big Law jobs and which schools are the favorites relied upon by particular law firms.

         

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03/11/2019
In Ex-Emory Law Student's Murder Trial, Georgia's High Court Tosses Cell Phone Evidence
The Supreme Court of Georgia said police and prosecutors waited too long to obtain search warrants for data on electronic devices they had held in custody for more than a year.

         

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03/11/2019
Selendy & Gay Nabs Former NY Solicitor General from Gibson Dunn Appellate Practice
The firm, which just entered its second year, has added Caitlin Halligan, a former New York State Solicitor General who had been co-leading Gibson Dunn's appellate and constitutional law practice.

         

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03/11/2019
Herbert Smith Freehills Closes Seoul Office, Awaits Re-Registration as Australian Firm Ahead of Brexit
Seoul offices registered with U.K. firms may no longer be valid after Britain leaves the European Union.

         

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03/11/2019
4 Recent Compliance Apps—Created by Attorneys—to Replace Attorneys
:aw firms are now merging their legal expertise and technology to create compliance software that clients can use for assistance without counsel.

         

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03/11/2019
Georgetown Law Mourns Student Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Crash
Cedric Asiavugwa was active in the law school's social justice community and planned to return to Kenya to assist refugees after graduation, according to dean William Treanor.

         

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03/11/2019
How I Made Partner: Akin Gump's Nnedi Ifudu Nweke
A combination of factors led to partnership, including strong relationships with partners around the world, the imposition of severe sanctions against Russian clients of the firm and her expertise in various U.S. sanctions programs.

         

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03/11/2019
Call for Nominations: Professional Excellence 2019
Our goal at ALM Media is to serve the entire legal community and, as part of that, we're adding new wrinkles to our annual Professional Excellence Awards to make sure we highlight the great work and achievements across the full breadth of the legal communities that our publications serve.

         

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03/11/2019
LinkSquares Raises $4.8 Million During Latest Financing Round
LinkSquares, a company that provides AI-enabled contract services, raised $4.8 million during its latest round of financing. As more in-house legal departments begin adopting the technology, it could prove to be fertile ground for investors.

         

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03/11/2019
Tossed Overboard, Diversifying GCs, Acronym Angst: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/11/2019
Orrick Ousts Practice Leader to 'Uphold Our Values and Culture'
The Paris-based head of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's Africa practice and a member of its board, Pascal Agboyibor, has been asked to leave the firm following an independent investigation that found evidence of inappropriate conduct and lapses in judgment, a source said.

         

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03/11/2019
Crowell & Moring Lures 10-Lawyer Team From Bryan Cave in Planned Shanghai Launch
Four international trade and regulatory lawyers have joined Crowell's offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and a seven-member Shanghai team has joined the firm's affiliate consulting business as Crowell awaits a Shanghai license.

         

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03/10/2019
Four Florida Law Firm Shareholders Killed in Small Plane Crash
The Peterson Bernard lawyers were killed after their small plane was diverted and crashed in a South Florida lake.

         

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03/08/2019
Georgia Judge Guides Readers Through Atlanta's Rap Music Scene in Court Decision
“What started off as a jam-packed week of parties, concerts, and watching renowned rappers mixing new music tracks in the waning days of summer abruptly ended with Norris Gresham being dragged down a flight of 30 stairs and viciously pistol whipped in front of a crowd of onlookers, Chief Judge Stephan Dillard began.

         

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03/08/2019
CLA v. CLA: Two California Legal Nonprofits Tussle Over Three-Letter Acronym
California Lawyers for the Arts, an arts group that's been around for decades, claims that the California Lawyers Association acted in bad faith when adopting the CLA acronym after rolling out from the State Bar in 2018. The association, in turn, has argued there's no likelihood of sophisticated lawyers confusing the two.

         

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03/08/2019
For Attorneys of Color, Barriers to the General Counsel Role Remain
Legal departments are generally more inclusive than big law firms, but diversity advocates said there's still work to be done, especially at the general counsel level.

         

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03/08/2019
Big Law Associate Beats Up Her Adversaries, Literally
Loeb & Loeb lawyer Farrah “H-Town Hustler Usmani, a music industry lawyer, socked it to her opponent during a match in Nashville this month.

         

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03/08/2019
Meet the (Overwhelmingly Female) Attorneys Featured at This Year's SXSW
While women still have a long way to go in chipping away at the disparate gender representation in law, there's one place where they are overwhelmingly dominating: the annual South by Southwest festival and conference in Austin, Texas.

         

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03/08/2019
DOJ's Brian Benczkowski Pledges 'Fair Shake' for Cooperating Companies
"Aggravating factors like high-level executive involvement in the misconduct will not necessarily preclude a declination," Brian Benczkowski, who leads the Justice Department's criminal division, said at a white-collar conference in New Orleans.

         

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03/08/2019
International Women's Day: The Powerful Women in Law
Women have made a huge impact on the law and legal profession. For International Women's Day, here are selected quotations from some of the most well-known

         

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03/08/2019
Warner Bros. Ends Brooklyn Man's Quest to Rid 'The Departed' of the Rat
A Kickstarter campaign to digitally remove a “painfully on-the-nose metaphor from the end of Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film was quashed by Warner Bros. Entertainment over copyright infringement claims.

         

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03/08/2019
Billables-Shmillables! It's Quiz Time, Counselor
Test your knowledge of this week's important—and not-so-important—legal details.

         

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03/08/2019
Trump Watch: A Look Inside Judge T.S. Ellis' Courtroom During Manafort's Sentencing
The courtroom was packed, as spectators and reporters alike formed a queue outside. One juror from Manafort's trial even attended the spectacle.

         

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03/08/2019
Letter from the Editors
Under its new name, Insurance Coverage Law Center (ICLC) will now be a part of the Law.com network.

         

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03/08/2019
Big Law Feeders, Bar Fee Fight, Justices Go to Congress: The Morning Minute
Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

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03/08/2019
Billable-Hour Model Hurts Women's Careers, Say Female Lawyers
On this International Women's Day, female lawyers say the billable hours model is stifling careers and penalising their gender.

         

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03/08/2019
Cruising for a Bruising: Passenger Personal Injury Suits Flow, But Crew Member Litigation is Drying Up
While passengers serve cruise companies with lawsuits on a daily basis, crew members don't, thanks to widespread arbitration clauses. Could that change?

         

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03/08/2019
Message Encryption Raises Legal, Safety Complications for Tech Platforms
As Facebook moves toward privacy-focused messaging, encryption's legal and ethical complications could come into play.

         

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03/08/2019
'Laughter Is a Blood Sport' at the Supreme Court, Scholars Say in New Study
Humor at the U.S. Supreme Court is less an "indication not of lighthearted, good-natured jesting" than a "rhetorical weapon," legal scholars Tonja Jacobi and Matthew Sag contend.

         

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03/08/2019
Big Law Associate Hiring is Static—And That's a Good Thing
In this week's podcast, we hear from Law.com legal education editor Karen Sloan about some surprises—and some market stability—gleaned from this year's Go-To Law Schools report, including changes to traditional on-campus interviewing.

         

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