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11/15/2018
In-House Lawyer Shined Spotlight on MoneyGram Compliance Woes
Dallas-area attorney Juan Lozada-Leoni alleged the failures—and MoneyGram's reluctance to correct them—in a March 5 complaint to the U.S. Department of Labor.

         

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11/15/2018
Democrats Pressed 36-Year-Old Circuit Pick on 'Life Experience'
"Virtually all of my partners at Williams & Connolly LLP, who are a politically and demographically diverse group, have submitted a letter supporting my nomination," Allison Jones Rushing said in written responses to Senate Democrats.

         

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11/15/2018
As Law Firms Address Mental Health, Many Find the Stakes Are Personal
Among firms adopting programs to combat stress, depression and substance abuse, several are acting in the wake of suicides and other mental heath crises in their own ranks.

         

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11/15/2018
Accused Pipe Bomber Pleads Not Guilty in Manhattan Federal Court
Sayoc is accused of mailing 16 explosive devices in the days leading up to the midterm elections from Florida to the Westchester County residences of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and billionaire philanthropist George Soros.

         

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11/15/2018
Big Texas Firms Expand in London — and It's Not All About Energy
Spurred by the energy practice among several others, some big Texas firms are looking to latch on lawyers in London.

         

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11/15/2018
To Become a Rainmaker Later, Be a Thought Leader Now
If you can hone the skills required to develop business as an associate, you can set yourself up for great success within a law firm.

         

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11/15/2018
With Sharp Rebuke to Law School, Judge Tosses Prof's Suit That Included ABA
Former Charlotte School of Law Professor Barbara Bernier alleged that the now-closed school defrauded the federal government of close to $300 million in federal student loans, but a judge ruled that her allegations were too vague and were barred by earlier suits.

         

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11/15/2018
Fish & Richardson Gets Go-Ahead to Open Chinese Outpost
The IP boutique will be only the second foreign firm to set up shop in Shenzhen, known as "China's Silicon Valley."

         

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11/15/2018
Trump Judge Dismisses Russian Firm's Latest Challenge to Mueller Charges
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich, a Trump appointee to the Washington federal trial bench, for a second time has shut down Concord Management's moves to dismiss Mueller charges.

         

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11/15/2018
There's a Bit of Gabe MacConaill in All of Us
The cult of perfectionism is pervasive in law firms—the notion that you should feel deep shame about an inconsequential typo or experience terror for not properly reading the unstated wishes of some client or senior partner.

         

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11/15/2018
After Fall From Grace, David Boies Plots Next Battle
For the 77-year-old litigator, 2018 was not a very good year. And if (to quote the old Frank Sinatra song), Boies thinks of his life “as vintage wine from fine old kegs, from the brim to the dregs... Well, this is probably the dregs.

         

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11/15/2018
Big Law Should Raise Partner Billing Rates 10+ Percent Now
It's critical to the long-term viability of Big Law that partners delegate more and that firms re-balance where margin is generated; raising partner rates aggressively will help with both

         

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11/15/2018
Federal Judge in Georgia Orders Tally of Rejected Absentee Ballots
U.S. District Judge Steve Jones has called for absentee ballots in the state's 159 counties rejected for birth date errors be restored and counted as litigation over Georgia's gubernatorial election results continues to unfold.

         

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11/15/2018
Trump Watch: More on the DOJ's Greenlight for Whitaker | Rao and the Rise of the Thomas Clerks
The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel on Wednesday gave a thumbs-up on Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general, but it hardly resolves the continued debate over the constitutionality of his placement.

         

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11/15/2018
Ex-Dewey CFO Jailed After Failing to Pay $1M Fine
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Robert Stolz ordered Joel Sanders, the former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO convicted last year on felony charges related to a scheme to defraud the defunct firm's lenders and investors, into custody.

         

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11/15/2018
Law Firms Are Not Deploying Top-Rated Cybersecurity Protocols: Survey
LogicForce's recent Law Firm Cybersecurity Scoreboard shows that when it comes to determining an approach to cybersecurity, clients might be leading the way.

         

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11/15/2018
Labor of Law: Why Stop at Sexual Harassment? | Law Firms Sign Transgender Letter | Plus: Watch This Gig Case at 9th Circuit
We've rounded up some plaintiffs-side thinking as more companies embrace practices that end mandatory arbitration for victims of sexual harassment. Plus: several law firms have signed onto a letter advocating for greater LGBT rights, just as SCOTUS gets ready to review a series of high-profile workplace cases. Scroll down for Around the Water Cooler. Thanks for reading!

         

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11/14/2018
New Conservative Lawyers' Group 'Checks and Balances' Bristles at Trump
The group, self-styled as Checks and Balances, emerged publicly just two days before the annual meeting in Washington of the conservative Federalist Society where the new group's formation and "mission statement" are likely to be a hot topic of conversation.

         

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11/14/2018
Inside Track: Explaining an In-House Growth Surge | Keeping the Team Together Through a Move
Corporate legal departments may be tightening their belts when it comes to outside counsel spent but internal investment is going strong, according to an Altman Weil survey.

         

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11/14/2018
Judge Plans Swift Ruling in CNN Suit Against Trump Over Press Access
U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly, a Trump appointee to the federal trial bench, heard arguments for about two hours in a packed courtroom. Kelly said he planned to issue a ruling by Thursday afternoon.

         

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11/14/2018
American Media Inc. Hires New Top Lawyer as Longtime GC Exits
Jon Fine, a former media lawyer for NBC and Amazon, will replace Cameron Stracher, who had served as AMI's general counsel for more than a decade. The company is publisher of The National Enquirer and US Weekly magazine. Its CEO reportedly was granted immunity earlier this year as a witness in a federal probe of alleged violations by the Trump campaign of campaign finance laws.

         

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11/14/2018
Could Yahoo Breach Settlement Be the First Test of New Class Action Guidelines?
Lawyers have responded to U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh's questions in what could be the first test case for new class action settlement guidance in California's Northern District.

         

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11/14/2018
Three Parents and a Baby? 'Rare' Custody Ruling Goes to Trio
Third District Justice Elena Duarte, with Justices Harry Hull Jr. and William Murray Jr. concurring, struck down a challenge by a husband and wife to paternity rights asserted by the wife's co-worker—who by all accounts is the biological father.

         

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11/14/2018
Brown Picks Joshua Groban, Appointments Advisor, for Supreme Court
"Josh Groban has vast knowledge of the law and sound and practical judgement, Brown said in a prepared statement. “He'll be a strong addition to California's highest court.

         

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11/14/2018
Will 'First-of-Its-Kind' Ripple Suit Set the Tone for US Cryptocurrency Law?
Kobre & Kim's Jake Chervinsky believes the SEC is watching the case closely "to see if the courts agree with its stance" before bringing "any difficult enforcement actions of its own."

         

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11/14/2018
Emory Law Professor in Hot Water for Allegedly Using Racial Slur, Again
Emory law professor Paul Zwier, who was disciplined last summer after students complained of his use of the "N-word" in class, reportedly used the slur again in a conversation with a black student on Oct. 31.

         

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11/14/2018
Pepperdine Law Recovering From Dual Tragedies of Wildfire, Mass Shooting
Pepperdine University School of Law dean discusses the dual impact of the Woolsey wildfire and the Borderline mass shooting last week, where a law student escaped without injury.

         

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11/14/2018
JetBlue Lawyer Brandon Nelson Tapped to Pilot Airline's Legal Department
Nelson joined JetBlue in 2005 and worked his way up from manager and staff counsel to director and corporate counsel to VP and associate GC before his latest promotion. He said he was stepping into the GC role at “an exciting time in JetBlue's history as we set our company up for its next chapter of success.

         

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11/14/2018
What's Next: Setting the Tone for Crypto Law? | Telecommuting into Litigation | Different Strokes Reveal Different Folks
Kobre & Kim's Jake Chervinsky discusses the broader ramifications of the lawsuits stacking up against Ripple Labs for not registering it's XRP cryptocurrency as a security.

         

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11/14/2018
Critical Mass: Judge Greenlights $300 M in Fees in Currency-Exchange Price-Fixing Case. Plus, Complaint Alleges Online Retailer Spied on Shoppers.
Litigation over banks' pricing of currency trades involved several hundred attorneys working over the course of five years, resulting in what the plaintiffs claim is the third largest antitrust class action settlement in history.

         

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11/14/2018
United Denies Enabling Pilot Who Continually Posted Nude Photos of Flight Attendant
Lawyers for United, represented by a team from Seyfarth Shaw, contend in an EEOC lawsuit that the alleged conduct was "outside the course and scope" of the pilot's job at the airline and that the conduct was "not authorized or condoned by United."

         

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11/14/2018
DOJ Memo Blesses Whitaker Appointment as Acting AG
The Office of Legal Counsel's thumbs-up for Whitaker will hardly settle the debate over the legitimacy of Whitaker's appointment.

         

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11/14/2018
Linklaters Implements Measures to Prevent Team Departures as US Firms Continue to Poach From Magic Circle
The move aims to stem the flow of departures, especially to rival U.S. firms like Kirkland & Ellis.

         

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11/14/2018
Addleshaws Appoints New Middle East Leader, Seeks Opportunities in Saudi Arabia
Andrew Johnston replaces construction partner Andrew Greaves who is stepping down as regional head after six years.

         

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11/14/2018
$400K for SCOTUS Clerks: A Bonus Too Far?
“These firms can no longer credibly argue that they are compensating these former clerks for the additional education and training obtained during their Supreme Court clerkships," one legal scholar says.

         

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11/14/2018
$25.6M Okla. Verdict Against Aetna in Denied Treatment Case Raises Bad-Faith Issues
Aetna maintained that its denial of coverage for a woman seeking proton therapy for an ultimately fatal cancer was appropriate because the treatment was deemed "experimental or investigational."

         

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11/14/2018
Demand, Revenue Continued to Grow in Third Quarter, Citi Survey Says
Law firm demand is at its highest point since 2007, according to a new nine-month report.

         

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11/14/2018
Compliance Hot Spots: These Firms Picked Up Ex-Congressional Lawyers | The Coming Congressional Investigations Wave | Plus: Who Got the Work
This week we're talking to congressional investigations specialists about their expectations on the uptick in investigations—plus: more firms are hiring former counsel on Capitol Hill. Scroll down for Who Got the Work and a roundup of compliance headlines that caught my eye. Thanks for reading!

         

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11/14/2018
Skilled in the Art: Unified's Model Passes Muster at PTAB | Plus, Gorsuch Brings Patent Chops to His Chambers
There's been some development on the PTAB's real party rules, and one Supreme Court justice is apparently stocking up on IP expertise despite a lack of IP-centric cases on the calendar.

         

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11/13/2018
Class Suit Claims Avon Leadership Discriminated Against Expecting, New and Nursing Moms
“Avon must account for why the company 'for women' allows such discrimination to occur, Jeanne Christensen, a Wigdor partner in Manhattan who signed the lawsuit, said in a statement announcing the lawsuit on Tuesday. Avon said it “strongly denies claims of discrimination."

         

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11/13/2018
Manhattan DA Urges Jail for Dewey Exec, Alleges 'Fraud on This Court'
The Manhattan District Attorney's Office said former Dewey & LeBoeuf CFO Joel Sanders should be jailed until he can pay a $1 million fine, and accused him of understating his assets.

         

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11/13/2018
Trump's 3rd Circuit Nominee Grilled Over Ties to Chris Christie, Bridgegate
Paul Matey, up for a New Jersey seat on the Third Circuit, got a hearing Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee even though both New Jersey senators have withheld their "blue slips" for his nomination.

         

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11/13/2018
Bryan Cave Launches New Consultancy Division for In-House Teams
Named Cantilever, a new division of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner is a combination of two of the firm's old in-house brands and will provide consulting services for contract systems, technology, legal operations and litigation management along with document and decision-making automation applications.

         

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11/13/2018
What Does It Take to Succeed With Clients? Here's a Theory
Talent, expertise and knowledge is the foundation but the differentiator is how a lawyer applies those skills to deliver the client to a desired result.

         

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11/13/2018
At Kirkland, 'Concierge' Service Aims to Ease Personal Distractions for Lawyers
The firm says the idea isn't "to provide a service so people can work all the time," but to help lawyers and senior staff make the most of the downtime they do have.

         

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11/13/2018
Stan Lee's Legal Universe
Lawyer superheroes. A Supreme Court reference. Alleged elder abuse. Marvel comics founder Stan Lee, who died this week, had many encounters with the U.S. court system during his life.

         

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11/13/2018
DOJ's Whitaker Gets Mixed Reviews From Ex-Partners, Iowa Lawyers
Some of Matthew Whitaker's former law firm colleagues praised the acting AG's qualifications, while other Iowa attorneys said they believe he's not suitable.

         

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11/13/2018
SEC Files First Action Against Unregistered Cryptocurrency Exchange
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it has filed a cease and desist order against the sole owner and operator of EtherDelta, an unregistered online trading platform, marking the first time the commission went after such a platform.

         

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11/13/2018
Neomi Rao, Trump's Deregulatory Leader, Gets DC Circuit Nod to Replace Kavanaugh
Neomi Rao, who has led the Trump administration's push to curtail agency regulations, would succeed Brett Kavanaugh on the D.C. Circuit, whose docket is teeming with administrative disputes.

         

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11/13/2018
'Hard to Predict' Court Dynamics Sans Swing Justice, Kagan Says
"It's going to be hard to know what the new court is like. It's just too soon to tell how we will function without somebody who is naturally in one of those modes," Kagan says about filling the role of a swing vote after the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy.

         

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11/13/2018
Women in Legal Marketing Roles Earn Less Than Men Their Careers Look Different Too
A look at new data on legal marketing roles reveals some interesting trends

         

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11/13/2018
Bar Exam Pass Rates Dive at 5 NY Schools While Top Programs Increase Their Advantage
With schools at the upper echelons improving and those on the lowest rungs struggling, the gap between the best- and worst-performing New York schools widened to almost 50 percentage points.

         

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11/13/2018
Harvard Law Students Launch Kirkland Boycott Over 'Forced Arbitration Racket'
The Pipeline Parity Project at Harvard Law School is encouraging students to bypass Kirkland & Ellis during the summer associate recruiting cycle in hopes that the firm will stop requiring employees to sign mandatory arbitration and nondisclosure agreements.

         

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11/13/2018
What Worries Business Executives Around the World?
The World Economic Forum's 12th annual “Regional Risks for Doing Business offers a look at what executives in different regions view as their biggest threats.

         

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11/13/2018
Tesla Securities Lawyer Heads to Sonder as GC
Amid increased SEC scrutiny of Tesla, a top securities lawyer at the automotive company has moved to a startup as GC.

         

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11/13/2018
UC Berkeley Law to Ditch Boalt Moniker Over Namesake's Racist Legacy
Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on Tuesday announced his decision to remove the Boalt name from the law school's campus, after scholars unveiled the racist past of namesake John Boalt. The renaming has been a source of disagreement among students and alumni.

         

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11/13/2018
Amazon Announces 2 New HQs: How to Manage a Dispersed Department
Amazon is hardly the first company to geographically disperse employees in recent years, a transition that's left many GCs attempting to manage staff around the country and globe. The company confirmed Tuesday earlier reports that Long Island City, New York, and Crystal City, Virginia, will get new headquarters.

         

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11/13/2018
Warning: Breast-Feeding Is Dangerous (to Your Career)
A lawyer's schedule is unrelenting and difficult for nursing moms, and there's an attitude that productivity suffers due to breast pumping on the job.

         

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11/13/2018
Gibson Dunn Backs CNN, Acosta in White House Press Pass Lawsuit
Gibson Dunn duo Ted Boutrous and Ted Olson have jumped in to represent the news giant after the White House revoked a reporter's press pass last week.

         

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11/13/2018
Jones Day Lands a Record 11 Supreme Court Law Clerks as Associates
The 11 clerks who joined Jones Day were drawn from across the ideological spectrum of the U.S. Supreme Court. The market-wide hiring bonus for Supreme Court law clerks has reached the lofty mark of $400,000.

         

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11/13/2018
Sullivan & Cromwell, Davis Polk Advise on SoftBank's Near-Record $21B IPO
The proposed listing will be the second-largest IPO of all time after Alibaba's $25 billion New York IPO in 2014.

         

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11/13/2018
Ahead of the Curve: Coffee Shop Clinic
At William and Mary Law School's Military Mondays program, veterans can get benefits assistance at the local Starbucks

         

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11/12/2018
Plaintiffs Firms Gear Up for Camp Fire Litigation
Plaintiffs firms, some already battling utilities over their possible roles in California's past rash of deadly wildfires, are preparing to sue Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in the coming days over catastrophic damage caused by the Camp Fire.

         

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11/12/2018
McCarthy Tétrault Appoints Heads of Cannabis Law Group Following Historic Legalization
Practice heads appointed in expectation of expanded sale and use of cannabis in Canada

         

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11/12/2018
After Years of a 'Wild Ride,' Teva CLO Makes Cuts for Sake of Stability
David Stark, executive vice president and chief legal officer of financially strapped Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, based in Teva's U.S. headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, had to cut his legal staff by 40 percent since 2017 as part of cost-cutting at the Israel-based company. "It was super difficult and hard on morale.” He also plans reductions in outside legal spending.

         

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11/12/2018
Why Do Cybersecurity Programs Fail?
It seems this should be a key question for everyone in business, government, technology, and cybersecurity: If we know the problem with cybersecurity, and have ways of methods of addressing the problem, why are we still failing?

         

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11/12/2018
As Attorney Suicides Mount, a Survivor Speaks Out
While some law firms are taking steps to address depression and other mental health problems, lawyers are still more likely to kill themselves than workers in most other professions.

         

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11/12/2018
Kasowitz Opens in Aspen With Litigation Partner Hire
Kasowitz Benson Torres has launched an Aspen office whose lawyers have experience handling a range of litigation for corporate clients and wealthy individuals.

         

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11/12/2018
About a Third of Legal Departments Hire Smaller, Cheaper Firms, Altman Weil Survey Says
The 19th Annual Chief Legal Officer Survey by Altman Weil Inc. on management, staffing and spending trends in law departments finds many law departments are negotiating discounts with larger firms or moving work to smaller firms and staffing up their own law departments.

         

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11/12/2018
SEC Asset Management Unit Co-Chief Lands at Dechert
Anthony Kelly spent 18 years with the SEC, rising from securities compliance examiner to the co-leader of the Enforcement Division's largest unit.

         

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11/12/2018
'Big Law Killed My Husband': An Open Letter From a Sidley Partner's Widow
The wife of Sidley Austin partner Gabe MacConaill shares her story.

         

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11/12/2018
Demand for Big Law Hits Post-Recession High: Report
2018 is shaping up to be a banner year for Big Law financials.

         

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11/12/2018
Skills Gap Blamed for Law Firms' Failure to Exploit Legal Tech
The poll identifies the need to improve skills training at all levels within law firms.

         

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11/12/2018
Data Snapshot: The Economy May Be Humming, But Big Law Doesn't Bounce Back Like It Used To
After each economic downturn, law firm hiring and revenue has grown more timidly than before.

         

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11/09/2018
DC Braces for Flurry of Congressional Investigations
“Every single House committee will launch investigations, one lawyer warned, saying potential targets should get prepared now.

         

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11/09/2018
Why Trade-Secret Theft Prosecutions vs. China Are Trending: Lawyers Explain
As U.S. and China trade tensions escalate, the U.S. Department of Justice has been prosecuting trade misappropriation cases more often. “I imagine that some of these cases have been worked on for years now and there was a policy judgment in the Trump administration that we would start prosecuting these cases, said a trade lawyer and former DOJ prosecutor.

         

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11/09/2018
Big Law Mustering for Suit Over Florida Recount in Race Between Rick Scott and Bill Nelson
Greenberg Traurig, GrayRobinson and Holland & Knight are among the law firms joining the litigation over recounts in Florida's gubernatorial and senate races.

         

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11/09/2018
MoneyGram Case Teaches Costly Lesson in Corporate Compliance (or Lack of It)
Dallas-based MoneyGram agreed Thursday to pay $125 million to settle allegations that the money transfer company failed to fulfill nearly all the compliance requirements of a 2009 order from the Federal Trade Commission. MoneyGram also violated the terms of its 2012 deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice.

         

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11/09/2018
Law Firm Initiatives for Military Veterans Extend Beyond Pro Bono
A new affinity group at Dechert looks out for the interests of veterans and military families in the firm.

         

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11/09/2018
ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Asylum Restrictions
Attorneys for the plaintiffs say the administration's move is a “direct violation of Congress's clear command that manner of entry cannot constitute a categorical asylum bar.

         

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11/09/2018
Skilled in the Art: A FRANDly Fight + How to Win Cases and Infuriate Judges
A recent decision is going force patent holders to decide whether to accept that they're required to license standard-essential patents to competitors, or to continue brushing them off.

         

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11/09/2018
Judges Talk About Their Toughest Cases
A trio of judges discuss the difficult decisions that made them examine what it means to be a judge and that inspired them to compile a book with essays from jurists across the country.

         

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11/09/2018
The 'Gayby Boom' and the Rise of Gender-Neutral Leave Policies
As more law firms drop gender and caregiver status distinctions from family leave policies, the biggest impact may be on LGBT lawyers and their partners.

         

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11/09/2018
Ginsburg Out of Hospital, Will Work From Home
Ginsburg is “doing well and plans to work from home today, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in an email to reporters.

         

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11/09/2018
4 Ways Midterm Results Could Impact Tech
Newly elected members of the U.S. House and Senate may likely try their hand at more closely regulating tech companies and promoting privacy rights online.

         

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11/09/2018
What Chicago Public Schools Can Teach About Determining Breach Liability
A former contractor at Chicago Public Schools allegedly stole data pertaining to volunteers, vendors and staff. Determining where the liability falls between school and contractor isn't always cut and dry.

         

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11/09/2018
Another Way to Cope as a Lawyer? Paintbrushes and Sketchpads
A Reed Smith lawyer and others have banded together to promote art therapy for lawyers struggling from stress and anxiety.

         

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11/09/2018
Gibson Dunn Bets on Gambling Work With Launch of Global Practice
The new practice group will be co-led out of the firm's London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong offices.

         

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11/09/2018
Hogan Lovells Suspends London Partner for Watching Porn at Work
The firm is now reviewing its internet access policy as a result.

         

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11/09/2018
How I Made Partner: Orrick's Emily Tabatabai
The career path of this cybersecurity lawyer was unconventional, and she advanced at her own pace.

         

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11/09/2018
The Law Firm Disrupted: The Culture Struggle Is Worth Talking About
The primary barrier to change within law firms isn't technology, it's people. So how can law firms get partners to do things differently?

         

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11/09/2018
Objectors Appeal $142 Million Settlement Over Wells Fargo's 'Fake Accounts' Scandal
Among other things, objectors allege that plaintiffs lawyers were not entitled to $21.3 million in legal fees.

         

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11/08/2018
Chip Makers Face Tough Decisions Following Judge Koh's Qualcomm Ruling
The judge's ruling this week in the FTC's antitrust case against Qualcomm could be a game changer for licensing disputes in the 3G, 4G and 5G spaces.

         

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11/08/2018
Five Things GCs Can Expect From the New Congress
Democrats won the majority in the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in eight years, but Republicans still control the Senate. Lawyers at Skadden and Fisher Phillips wrote about what companies (and their GCs) might anticipate from the new Congress in January.

         

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11/08/2018
Higher Law: Cannabis at the Polls: Some Midterm Takeaways | Marijuana Lobbying Updates | In the Weeds
This week, we look at what Tuesday's election results mean for the cannabis industry. Plus, third quarter lobbying results are rolling in, and political advocates for regulated markets have been quite busy. Thanks for reading Higher Law.

         

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11/08/2018
Satanist Group Sues Netflix, Warner Bros. Over Use of Statue in New 'Sabrina' Series
The federal lawsuit claims the group's copyright was infringed when the online video streaming company used a replica of its Baphomet with Children statute in the new series.

         

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11/08/2018
Quotable Matt Whitaker: Nothing Sticks to Trump, 'Even Being a Misogynist'
The acting U.S. attorney general has said a lot in recent years, running unsuccessfully as a U.S. Senate candidate and later as a pundit on CNN criticizing the Mueller probe. Here are five remarks about the law—and even Trump himself.

         

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11/08/2018
It's a Two-Way Street From Big Law to the Big Four
Baker & Hostetler is the latest law firm to land a new partner from one of the big accounting firms.

         

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11/08/2018
New Data Analysis Service Could Help In-House Clients See the Future
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner says its Clear/Cut leverages predictive coding and machine learning to comb through massive amounts of data and pluck out key information for legal analysts, who use the data to recommend whether clients should settle or forge ahead with litigation.

         

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11/08/2018
In Facebook Breach Cases, Judge Asks for a Cybersecurity Schooling
Mark your calendars, cyber-enthusiasts: Judge William Alsup is asking attorneys in a suit against Facebook over the massive data breach it disclosed in September for a rundown on "the subject of data privacy and the technology used to both protect and attack it."

         

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11/08/2018
DOJ Fights Claims Mueller's Probe Is Out of Control
A D.C. Circuit panel heard arguments challenging the special counsel's appointment, brought by Andrew Miller, a former aide to Trump confidant Roger Stone.

         

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11/08/2018
Abrams' Lawyers Threaten Litigation Over Uncounted Ballots
Abrams' legal team said they have already drafted litigation against Dougherty County election officials over problems with absentee ballots and are prepared to go to court wherever necessary to ensure that every vote is counted.

         

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11/08/2018
Google Revamps Harassment Policies Following Employee Protests
Google joins an ever-growing list of companies that have been forced to reckon with accusations of workplace power imbalances between male and female colleagues.

         

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11/08/2018
Northwestern Law Is Paring Back Amid Budget Woes. Are Other Elite Schools Next?
Experts and law deans say highly ranked law schools are generally faring better than their lower-ranked counterparts, even if a few big names such as Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and the University of Minnesota Law School have said they are facing financial shortfalls.

         

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11/08/2018
Kavanaugh Investiture Brings Together Trump and Matt Whitaker, His New Acting AG
Big Law stars were on hand for the ceremony and, reflecting dramatic events of the last 24 hours, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker made an appearance, while Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did not.

         

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11/08/2018
Ninth Circuit Upholds Injunction Against DACA Rollback
"The government may not simultaneously both assert that its actions are legally compelled, based on its interpretation of the law, and avoid review of that assertion by the judicial branch, whose 'province and duty' it is 'to say what the law is,'" wrote Ninth Circuit Judge Kim Wardlaw, quoting from Marbury v. Madison.

         

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11/08/2018
Singapore's Rajah & Tann Acquires an E-Discovery Startup
The acquisition of LegalComet, an artificial intelligence-powered legal tech startup, comes as Singapore is pushing to make the city-state the leader in legal tech for Asia.

         

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11/08/2018
How Many Women Lawyers Were Elected in the Midterms? Quite a Few
The newly elected women attended 28 different law schools, including Ivy League Harvard and Yale as well as Cumberland, Santa Clara, George Washington, Cleveland-Marshall, University of Chicago, University of Virginia, Touro and others.

         

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11/08/2018
Former AG Schneiderman Will Not Be Criminally Charged Over Abuse Allegations
Schneiderman said in a statement responding to Singas' decision not to bring charges that he spent time in a rehab facility following his resignation and that he acknowledges his conduct with the women was wrong.

         

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11/08/2018
Trump Watch: A Mueller Case Hits the D.C. Circuit | Your Trump Midterm Cheat Sheet
A new era at the Justice Department raises new questions about the future of special counsel Robert Mueller III's probe.

         

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11/08/2018
Justice Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fall Breaks Three Ribs
Ginsburg, 85, returned to her home after the fall but began experiencing discomfort overnight, according to a statement from the court's public information office. The justice then went to the hospital.

         

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11/08/2018
ABA Says Lawyers Must Monitor for Data Breaches, Inform Affected Clients
The American Bar Association issued guidance regarding lawyers' obligations under the Model Rules of Professional Conduct to prevent a breach of client's data and their ethical responsibilities if a breach occurs.

         

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11/08/2018
Baker Botts Hires Senior Hogan Lovells Partner in Brussels; Ramps Up London Growth Plans
Matthew Levitt, who spent 25 years at Hogan Lovells before making the move, specializes in antitrust law.

         

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11/08/2018
Missouri's Josh Hawley Will Be Next Former SCOTUS Clerk in US Senate
"As I look back at that, just to be part of that, showed me the significance of what goes on at the Supreme Court and led to my desire to practice at that court and to be involved there ever since,” Hawley said.

         

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11/08/2018
How One Law Firm Is Using Behavioral Science to Coax Lawyers to Innovate
Changing lawyers' behavior, it turns out, can be more science than art.

         

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11/08/2018
Labor of Law: L&E Implications Post-Midterms | SCOTUS Docket Updates | About That Office Party... | Who Got the Work
We've got some early takes from labor and employment attorneys about implications and expectations post-midterms. Plus: scroll down for developments at the U.S. Supreme Court on several cases we are watching. Thanks for reading Labor of Law.

         

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11/08/2018
New Class Action Guidelines in Northern District of California Prompt Commendation and Concerns
The Northern District of California's new procedural guidance for class action settlements, announced on Nov. 1, is among the most detailed in the nation.

         

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11/08/2018
Employment Law Implications After US House Flips to Dems
Divided Congress might not mean substantive legislation—but then there's messaging of progressive ideas and oversight.

         

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11/07/2018
Inside Track: Bring on the Law Firm Freebies! Plus, a Privacy Bill With Teeth
A GC makes the case that law firms shouldn't sweat the "small stuff." Also, new charges show the danger of trade secrets theft often lurks within.

         

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11/07/2018
You Got It: Women Don't Always Support Women
Despite a few victories for women, the midterm elections primarily showed that they are not united and that the #MeToo anger that was supposed to knock out President Donald Trump's supporters and the sexism and racism he represents didn't happen.

         

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11/07/2018
Katyal Tells Appeals Panel US AG Can't Hit Cities Over 'Sanctuary' Policies
The U.S. attorney general may not withhold funding from a city in retaliation for maintaining "sanctuary city" policies, Hogan Lovells attorney Neal Katyal argued before the Third Circuit on Wednesday.

         

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11/07/2018
Meet Matt Whitaker, the Acting Attorney General and Mueller Critic
The ouster of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has thrust Matt Whitaker into the national spotlight as the interim leader of the U.S. Justice Department. Here are six things to know about the onetime U.S. attorney and Iowa Hawkeye football player.

         

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11/07/2018
How Did Big Law Veterans Fare in the Midterms?
Several of the victorious candidates are products of Big Law and bring experience in diverse practice areas.

         

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11/07/2018
Where Associate Salaries Soar, Signing Bonuses Fall, New Report Finds
Fatter associate salaries have meant for slimmer hiring bonuses, especially in certain markets, according to a recruiter's analysis.

         

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11/07/2018
Law Firms Predict Mixed Business Impacts From Election Outcome
Which practices could see an uptick in work as the dust settles after Tuesday's midterms?

         

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11/07/2018
READ: Jeff Sessions's Resignation Letter
Matthew Whitaker, who has served as Sessions's chief of staff, will fill in as acting U.S. attorney general, President Donald Trump said in a tweet Wednesday.

         

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11/07/2018
Hogan Lovells Hires Litigation Partner in Hong Kong
Antonia Croke, who joins from Ashurst, will be the first partner Hogan Lovells has hired in Hong Kong in more than two years.

         

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11/07/2018
Run Even Farther, Counselor!
Spending just five minutes prepping the body can make all the difference.

         

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11/07/2018
Rudy Giuliani, Working Pro Bono for Trump, Says He Can't Keep Up With Wife's Expenses
Rudolph Giuliani, the public face of President Donald Trump's legal team, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday to deal with his own legal issues: a divorce from his third wife, who claims that the well-heeled former New York City mayor has cut her off financially.

         

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11/07/2018
After Election Win, James Set to Chart Course for New York AG's Office
James and Underwood are, in many ways, two sides of the same coin.

         

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11/07/2018
Legal Departments Are Insourcing More Litigation Work Than Ever Before
Exterro's '2018 In-House Legal Benchmarking Report' found that legal departments are leveraging technology and new workflows to handle more work themselves. But many still plan to rely on outside help.

         

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11/07/2018
Nothing Like a Fight Over Dinosaur Bones to Put Things in Perspective
How often does a judge get to decide an issue of first impression from the Mesozoic Era?

         

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11/07/2018
Eversheds Sutherland Launches Innovation Crowdsourcing Platform Across Entire Firm
The social media-style platform allows lawyers and staff to share, like and rate each other's ideas.

         

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11/07/2018
Legacy Bryan Cave Team Splits From Newly Merged Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Hong Kong
Hong Kong partners Kristi Swartz and Nigel Binnersley will leave the newly merged firm along with their associates to set up their own practice, suggesting a setback in the BCLP's integration.

         

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11/07/2018
What's Next: Is the Blockchain the Cure For Electronic Voting Concerns?
Also this week, we look into plans for a national biometrics system, as well as Waymo ditching drivers (In California).

         

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11/07/2018
Michigan Becomes 10th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
"We hope the results of this election will inspire Congress to finally start addressing the tension that exists between state and federal marijuana laws in our nation," Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, says.

         

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11/07/2018
Law Profs Win Some, Lose Some on Election Day
A former University of Missouri law professor is headed to the U.S. Senate, and the former dean of the University of Colorado Law School was elected as the state's next attorney general. But law professors at the University of California, Irvine School of Law and West Virginia University College of Law were defeated in their congressional bids.

         

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11/07/2018
Critical Mass: Midterm Class Actions | New Settlement Guidelines in California | J&J's New Firm for Talc Retrial
A look at this week's happenings in the world of class actions and mass torts.

         

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11/07/2018
Compliance Hot Spots: Point72's GC Talks 'Hidden Cost' of Compliance Monitors | Goldman Lawyers Up in 1MDB Scandal | Plus: All the New Moves
We've got some observations from hedge fund Point72's general counsel on compliance monitors, and scroll down to see who Goldman Sachs has hired in the 1MDB financial scandal. NYT is out with a new report on the drop in white-collar penalties, and we've rounded up some of the latest moves and new hires. Thanks for reading Compliance Hot Spots.

         

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11/07/2018
Federal Judge Allows NRA Lawsuit Against NY to Continue on First Amendment Claims
U.S. District Judge Thomas McAvoy of the Northern District of New York said in a lengthy decision that the NRA's claims that actions by Cuomo and Department of Financial Services Superintendent Maria Vullo stifled its free speech rights were sufficient enough to be evaluated at trial.

         

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11/06/2018
MoFo Lawyer Led Push to Warn Georgia of Exposed Voter Data
David Cross, of the firm's Washington, D.C., office, and Atlanta attorney Bruce Brown separately flagged the online flaw for Secretary of State Brian Kemp and the FBI.

         

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11/06/2018
New Iran Sanctions Have General Counsel Looking for Safe Path Forward
With the newly reimposed economic sanctions on Iran, some general counsel and chief compliance officers at international companies may face higher compliance risks.

         

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11/06/2018
Skilled in the Art: No Sovereign Shield to Section 101 + Meet the PTO's New Deputy Director
The PTO has a new deputy director, and it's former solicitor joined Perkins Coie.

         

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11/06/2018
Sullivan & Cromwell Partner Takes In-House Post at Goldman Sachs
Darrell Cafasso, the latest S&C alum to join longtime client Goldman, now heads the bank's litigation and regulatory proceedings group as managing director and associate general counsel.

         

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11/06/2018
Stryker Reaches Settlement in Nationwide Hip Replacement Lawsuits
A multistate team of litigators helped to negotiate a settlement with medical technology firm Stryker Corp. on Friday. Stryker, a Fortune 500 company, had been faced with multidistrict as well as multicounty litigation over damages caused by recalled hip replacement devices.

         

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11/06/2018
SEC Annual Report Indicates Shift in Enforcement Focus
The agency appears to be looking more closely at corporate operating goals and metrics, rather than traditional disclosures, while also holding individual executives accountable, not just their companies.

         

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11/06/2018
Deepak Gupta Gets Call to Argue Position Trump's DOJ Abandoned
By long tradition, the coveted invitation to argue in such a case has been bestowed mainly on justices' former law clerks, and has helped launch their appellate careers. Deepak Gupta is not a former SCOTUS clerk.

         

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11/06/2018
'Walkens Welcome': Election Day on Twitter
In the social media age, simply telling people that you voted isn't enough. We've compiled some of the most creative and giggle-inducing "Go Vote" pronouncements of the day.

         

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11/06/2018
Deposition of DOJ Official in Census Suit Admits Citizenship Query Might Be Unnecessary
John Gore, who previously led the DOJ's Civil Rights Division, testified that he couldn't say for sure whether a hard count of citizens on the decennial census would benefit federal litigators more than the data they already use to bring cases involving voter discrimination.

         

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11/06/2018
Ex-Winston Partner Defeats Arbitration Bid in Gender Bias Suit
A California appeals court reversed a finding that would have forced Constance Ramos' gender bias allegations against Winston & Strawn into arbitration. Now the case will move forward publicly, in court.

         

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11/06/2018
Dentons Tax Lawyer Plays Unlikely Role in 'Crazy Rich Asians' Success
After a longstanding client asked tax attorney Gary Gartner to help structure his entry into the film business, Gartner himself sought a piece of the action.

         

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11/06/2018
Facebook Settles Dispute Over Alleged Scam Ads Using Tattoo Artist's Photos
The one-page order, entered Monday, did not disclose anything about the settlement, but said the case should be dismissed because of the agreement.

         

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11/06/2018
Discussing Politics at Work This Election Day? Some Considerations for Employers
“Employers should expect everyone to maintain civility in the workplace—if someone doesn't want to talk about politics, they shouldn't be pressured or forced to hear it, one management-side lawyer says.

         

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11/06/2018
LSAT Maker Hit With $480K in Fees for Disability Violations
In addition to being held in civil contempt for violating rules on how it accommodates disabled LSAT takers, the Law School Admission Council must now pay $480,000 in attorney fees to the California agency that took it to court.

         

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11/06/2018
Gordon Dadds Forms Hong Kong Association Amid Ince Merger
Both the three-lawyer associate firm and Gordon Dadds' two-lawyer Hong Kong office are expected to integrate into the combined Ince Gordon Dadds.

         

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11/06/2018
Ahead of the Curve: Harvard's Case Law Experiment
The elite law school's Library Innovation Lab has created a massive, free online database of U.S. case law.

         

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11/06/2018
Justices, Unanimously, Extend Reach of Federal Age-Discrimination Law
In analyzing the law's definition section, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the Age Discrimination in Employment Act creates two separate categories: persons engaged in an industry affecting commerce with 20 or more employees; and states or political subdivisions with no specified number of employees.

         

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11/06/2018
Trump Taps O'Melveny's AB Culvahouse for Australia Ambassadorship
The former Reagan White House counsel and chair of O'Melveny & Myers has been a Washington fixture for decades, vetting GOP candidates and aiding presidents in peril.

         

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11/06/2018
Law Students Mobilize to Help Voters Cast Their Ballots
Law students are pitching in across the county today to help people do their civic duty and vote. They are staffing polls, serving as poll monitors and even helping people stuck in the hospital to cast their ballot.

         

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11/06/2018
What Law Firms Need to Know to Prepare for the Next Recession
Those that fail to adapt to the changing industry will be hit harder when the next recession arrives.

         

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11/06/2018
Low Bar Pass Rate at Texas Law School Spurs Investigation
Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law posted a 44.5 percent pass rate for students who took the state's bar exam for the first time in July 2018.

         

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11/05/2018
Drug Companies Lodge Objections to Key Report in Opioid Bellwether Case
“A boundless expansion of tort doctrine. “Puts the cart before the horse. “Kicks the can down the road. That's how opioid companies have described an Oct. 5 report and recommendation that refused to dismiss a bellwether case against them.

         

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11/05/2018
Trump Administration Seeks SCOTUS Cert in DACA Suits
DOJ attorneys filed a writ of certiorari before judgment over two suits currently before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in addition to similar requests from the Ninth and D.C. circuits.

         

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11/05/2018
Everfi's Elizabeth Bille, Former GC at SHRM, on Stopping Sex Harassment at Work
Elizabeth Bille, senior director of prevention education at EVERFI Inc., spoke with Corporate Counsel about how preventing sex harassment should be of more concern to companies than merely responding to it.

         

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11/05/2018
Trial Over Census Citizenship Question Begins With Warning About Undercounts
Attorneys for the Trump administration, meanwhile, tried to rebut the plaintiffs' experts by poking holes in their research and prior testimony about the effect of a question on immigration status.

         

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11/05/2018
USPTO Official Jumps to Perkins Coie, Expanding DC Office
In Nathan Kelley, Perkins Coie has picked up a patent lawyer with years of experience working inside the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

         

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11/05/2018
Northwestern Law Dean Cites School's 'Difficult Time' as Reason for Faculty Cuts
Dean Kimberly Yuracko is reducing the number of staff, clinical and nontenure-track lecturers in order to cut operating expenses. The move comes under pressure from the university to decrease costs.

         

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11/05/2018
Tax Partner's Move to Mayer Brown Signals Big Four's Limitations
Michael Lebowitz moved from White & Case to PwC in 2016 because of the accounting giant's vast resources. But the firm's auditing business was an obstacle to servicing some of his clients.

         

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11/05/2018
Another Big Law Firm Goes Gender-Neutral, Boosts Paid Leave for New Parents
New mothers at Fenwick & West can now take as much as 29 weeks of paid time off, and any attorney or staffer can take 16 weeks regardless of gender or caregiver status.

         

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11/05/2018
Law Firms Step Up Election Volunteering as Voter Suppression Fears Rise
Dozens of big law firms are hosting call centers and making other efforts to protect voting rights in Tuesday's highly charged midterm elections.

         

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11/05/2018
Not Enough Meat on Case Against McDonald's Quarter Pounder, Court Rules
The court slapped down a South Florida couple's putative class action lawsuit, which sought $5 million in damages and claimed McDonald's was wrong to force diners to pay for cheese on Quarter Pounder and Double Quarter Pounder burgers, whether or not they wanted it.

         

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11/05/2018
Democratic, Republican Legal Teams Prepare to Square Off Over Georgia Ballot Disputes
Since the litigation of the 2000 presidential race resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court decision, Georgia Republicans have organized legal teams to be ready to litigate close races, and the Democrats have followed suit.

         

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11/05/2018
Adidas and Reebok Bring Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit Over Pirated Kanye West Designs
Sportswear giants Adidas and Reebok have filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit in the Southern District of Florida, accusing almost 200 online retailers of selling counterfeit sneakers and other sportswear, many of which were designed by rapper, producer and fashion designer Kanye West.

         

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11/05/2018
Canada Dry Maker Can't Crush 'Made From Real Ginger' Suit
A federal judge in San Jose mostly turned back a request from Plano, Texas-based Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. to toss the California class action finding consumers could plausibly claim they expected Canada Dry to contain ginger root rather than a ginger derivative.

         

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11/05/2018
Tardy Judge Gets Reprimand from Georgia's High Court
The Georgia Supreme Court found that a public reprimand is sufficient punishment for Judge Tammy Stokes, who was faulted for habitual tardiness and failure to show up for work.

         

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11/05/2018
SCOTUS Advocates Grumble at Proposed Rules to Shorten Filings
“I appreciate the court's efforts to encourage succinct and streamlined briefs. But 4,500 words for a merits reply brief—wow, that is short! one veteran advocate in Big Law says.

         

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11/05/2018
Freshfields UBS Report a 'Whitewash,' Woman Who Alleged Sex Assault Says
An ex-graduate trainee claims Freshfields chose to "shut their eyes to UBS's flawed misconduct processes."

         

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11/05/2018
IF NOT NOW WHEN? Achieving Equality for Women in the Courtroom and ADR
DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 TIME: 2:00 pm EST / 11:00 am PSTCOST: ComplimentarySponsored by:    Conversation

         

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11/05/2018
Legal Industry 'Hackathon' Awards Ideas for Combating Bias, Promoting Diversity
An app to help overcome implicit bias was the winning pitch at the Diversity Lab's second Diversity in Law Hackathon, held in San Francisco.

         

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11/05/2018
Linklaters, Slaughters and Travers Partners Among 1,500 Lawyers Calling for New Brexit Vote
Lawyers from Norton Rose, Clydes and Quinn also throw support behind "People's Vote."

         

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11/05/2018
Wag! Brings on New Top Legal Dog
A Los Angeles-based on-demand dog-walking service that has faced significant controversy in recent months announced that it has named Craig Gatarz as executive vice president and general counsel.

         

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