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Quick Legal Appeal in the Works for Illinois Zero-Emissions Credit Ruling

Quick Legal Appeal in the Works for Illinois Zero-Emissions Credit Ruling

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Nuclear generators in other states also are seeking legislative and administrative support to help plants compete against cheaper gas and renewables, reports Platts.

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Agreed Damages or Unenforceable Penalties – Drafting to Affirm the Former and Avoid the Latter

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Practitioners seeking to ensure that agreed damages provisions are enforceable should avoid limiting the items of loss for which the agreed damages are providing compensation and constitute a legitimate pre-estimation, advises Glenn West of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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5 Contract Management Reports That Can Help You Become a More Strategic GC

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When businesses have large contract portfolios, tracking the contract lifecycle from initiation though award, compliance and renewal can become a burden without the proper reports, according to WoltersKluwer.

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Cloud Solutions: The Danger of ‘Floating’ Contracts

Cloud Solutions: The Danger of ‘Floating’ Contracts

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Today, more and more agreements are comprised of some brief general terms and conditions that reference various online terms provided through URLs, which can change at any time, according to Mike Overly of Foley & Lardner.

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Imagining the Perfect Confidentiality Agreement

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Rather than chase perfection in drafting CDAs, NDAs and other secrecy agreements, the parties should focus on avoiding mistakes, writes Bryan K. Wheelock of Harness Dickey & Pierce.

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LinkedIn is Boring – But Lawyers Should Be There Anyway

LinkedIn is Boring – But Lawyers Should Be There Anyway

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Amy Boardman Hunt of Muse Communications some helpful tips for maximizing your LinkedIn presence in a low-maintenance way.

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The Biglaw Firms That General Counsel Absolutely Adore

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An Above the Law review of a BTI Power Rankings report reports that only 33 percent of general counsel find themselves in a state of “clientopia” with their go-to law firms.

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New Jersey GC Sentenced to Prison in $2.4M Timeshare Scam

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The Philadelphia Business Journal is reporting that the former general counsel of an New Jersey timeshare consulting service was sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to obstruct justice, according to The Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Republicans Introduce Bills to Scrap New Bank Arbitration Rule

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The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule would ban banks and other financial institutions from forcing arbitration clauses on customers to prevent them from bringing or joining class-action suits, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Workplace Plaintiffs Face Long Odds at Trial, Analytics Data Indicates

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The ABA Journal reports that only 1 percent of plaintiffs who file federal job discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims win on the merits at trial, according to an analysis by the Lex Machina legal analytics firm.

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After N.F.L. Concussion Settlement, Feeding Frenzy of Lawyers and Lender

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Some of the ex-players with severe neurological disorders are cognitively impaired and may not understand the terms used by the lawyers who make the pitches, reports The New York Times.

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Why This Group is Trying to Stop Amazon From Buying Whole Foods

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Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, sees Amazon the way some Rust Belt workers see global trade — as a threat to American jobs, reports The Washington Post.

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The Lawyer, the Addict

The Lawyer, the Addict

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In a New York Times article, the ex-wife of a high-powered Silicon Valley lawyer looks back at the decline and eventual death of her ex-husband — a death caused by a drug addiction that no one else had seen slowly changing his life.

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Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

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Several recent developments show momentum continuing to build toward the replacement of fossil fuels with electricity to power the cars of the future, reports Foley & Lardner.

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Case Study – An Inside Look at PayPal’s ELM Implementation

Case Study – An Inside Look at PayPal’s ELM Implementation

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During the 2017 CLOC Annual Legal Operations Institute in Las Vegas, Onit and PayPal presented a session titled, “Next Generation Enterprise Legal Management (ELM): People. Process. Automation.”

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Dot Your I’s, Cross Your T’s, and Place Your Commas

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Guiding principles regarding the use of commas and other writing conventions should be strongly considered when drafting contracts, for example, as including or excluding a comma in a particular contract provision may ultimately determine whether a company owes or is owed millions of dollars in a subsequent dispute, , points out Hyatt & Weber P.A.

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Should I Have an Arbitration Clause in My Construction Contract?

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Paul W. Norris of Stark & Stark writes there are numerous factors to consider in determining whether mandatory arbitration is the preferred dispute resolution mechanism, or whether the state court system is preferred.

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Disgraced Fugitive Lawyer Sentenced in Absentia to 12 Years in Prison

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The conspiracy included using false evidence of clients’ physical or mental disabilities in their claims, paying doctors to sign forms with little scrutiny, and bribing a Social Security judge, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Is Your Compliance Training Program Working Hard Enough?

Is Your Compliance Training Program Working Hard Enough?

Webinar, July 27, 1 p.m. EDT
Navex Global will present a complimentary webinar outlining the state of compliance training in 2017. The event will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. Pacific time/1 p.m. Eastern time.

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CFPB Hits Back at Efforts to Kill Rule Easing Bank Lawsuits

CFPB Hits Back at Efforts to Kill Rule Easing Bank Lawsuits

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Under the new rule, financial firms are restricted from forcing consumers to resolve their disputes through arbitration, a practice that has been used by the industry for years to keep grievances tied to payday loans, credit cards and other products out of courts, reports Bloomberg.

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