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Equifax Judge Says 'Serial Objector' Ted Frank Put Out Misleading Information About Settlement

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:04

Chief District Judge Thomas Thrash of Georgia's Northern District accused Frank of disseminating "false and misleading information" about the terms of the Equifax consumer class action settlement. Frank says he intends to appeal the settlement order.


Inside Track: Why The Major League Baseball Scandal Is A Corporate Ethics Lesson. Plus, A New Way To Report Employee Misconduct.

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:05

The MLB scandal has become a teaching moment for in-house counsel within the sports organization and across other industries. The Ethics Suite general counsel discusses how her company is improving how employees report misconduct in the workplace.


BP Loses Bid to Avoid Paying $15M to Walmart Over Oil Spill Losses

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:03

Tuesday's ruling is among the largest payouts BP has challenged, and Walmart is among the most high-profile businesses to make oil spill claims in a class action settlement now valued at more than $10 billion.


Fate of $500B XRP Cryptocurrency Market Now in Judge's Hands

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:59

If the class action against Ripple Labs proceeds, it would not only threaten to eliminate XRP's utility as a currency, but it would upend and threaten to destroy "the $500 billion XRP market," according to the financial tech company's motion to dismiss.


These 2 In-House Counsel Led Investigation Into Houston Astros Cheating Scandal

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:27

MLB deputy general counsel Bryan Seeley and Moira Weinberg led the investigation into the scandal that shook up top management at the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox.


States Make Closing Arguments in Bid to Halt Merger of Sprint and T-Mobile

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 16:09

A Munger, Tolles & Olson partner told a Manhattan federal judge that the proposed combination of the country's third- and fourth-largest cellphone carriers would eliminate Sprint from the market and cost consumers billions of dollars in higher annual bills.


The Art of Delegating for Time-Crunched Lawyers

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:50

You're one person, no doubt a highly capable one, but like all of us, you're constrained by the laws of physics.


How Breastfeeding Came Before Georgia's High Court

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 15:08

"Lactation consultants are not medical professionals," Renee Flaherty of the Institute for Justice told the Georgia Supreme Court. "It's something far more modest. It's woman to woman advice about breastfeeding. They've done this safely for hundreds of years."


How Paul Clement Is Defending Obama's Consumer Protection Bureau

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:29

"This case presents a remarkably weak case for invalidating an Act of Congress. There is no actual contested removal, and the current director views herself as serving at the pleasure of the president," the Kirkland & Ellis partner told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Hogan Lovells Argues States, Not Feds, Should Hold Executions in Fight Over Barr's Death Penalty Policy

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:27

Justice Department attorney Melissa Patterson urged the three-judgepanel to lift a trial court's injunction, noting that three justices indicated they would side with the government.


Critical Mass: In Talc Trial, Who's Repping J&J After Judge Struck Lawyer's Closing? Viagra Judge Finds Plaintiffs' Experts Don't Hold Up. A 'Blow' Provision Blew Apart This Settlement.

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 13:20

After a New Jersey judge tossed the closing argument of its lawyer in a talc trial, Johnson & Johnson is back in court with a new legal team.


Duane Morris, Satterlee Stephens in Advanced Tie-Up Talks

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 11:14

Philadelphia-based Duane Morris isn't the first out-of-town firm to explore a potential merger with 65-lawyer Satterlee Stephens.


Meet the Impeachment Managers: Pelosi's Prosecutors Who Will Make the Case to Remove Trump

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:41

Nearly all of the managers selected for the Democrats have law degrees, and some are former prosecutors themselves.


Thank You, Gino—An Invaluable Asset to the Seventh Circ. Who Will be Missed

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:16

It is certainly true that judicial comings and goings affect the development of the law. A new administration, new laws or rules, or the retirement or appointment of a particular judge can shape the law, for better or ill. Yet the experience of practicing in a court depends on a variety of other people that we should notice and recognize.


Verbit Secures $31 Million, With Aim to Address Court Reporter Shortage

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:01

With its second funding round in less than a year, the AI-powered transcription company plans to increase its foothold in the legal industry while expanding to other markets.


Fisher & Phillips Expands into Nashville

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 09:06

The national labor and employment firm's new location follows a series of hires last year. It now has 36 offices.


More Defections From Boies Schiller as Several Attorneys Leave to Launch New Boutique

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:30

The new 15-attorney spinoff comes just a week after three other Boies Schiller Flexner partners based in Miami announced the formation of their own boutique firm.


What's Next: Legalist Racks Up $500M in Lit Funding Awards + Facebook's Privacy Class Action is Buffering + SCOTUS Revisits TCPA

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 07:30

Eva Shang, CEO of tech-centric litigation funder Legalist, breaks down what she's learned from winning a half-billion in damages across 20 concluded investments.


Responding to Brexit, Sideman & Bancroft Opens First Europe Office

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 07:02

The U.S. firm is the latest to expand internationally in response to Brexit.


Axiom Spinoff Takes New Identity, Aiming for Growth and Its Own Niche

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 06:00

Axiom Managed Solutions is relaunching as Factor. With renewed support from its initial venture capital and private equity investors, it aims to double in size.