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Decision Chips Away at the Enforceability of Teaming Agreements

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A recent decision from the Virginia Supreme Court further weakens the enforceability of teaming agreements, which may mean trouble for prospective subcontractors, according to an alert from Baker & Hostetler.

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You’ve Got Contract: An Email Establishes Binding Settlement in the Second Circuit

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A recent Second Circuit opinion provides a reminder of the importance of reserving rights pending final documentation and the risks of being bound despite the absence of definitive agreements in place, according to Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel.

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Circuit Split – Allowing Receiverships by Contract

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A post on Bryan Cave’s website discusses a circuit split on the weight courts give contractual provisions allowing the appointment of a receiver in loan documents.

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AIA Changes – It’s Time to Convert Before It’s Too Late

AIA Changes – It’s Time to Convert Before It’s Too Late

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Jeffrey M. Reichard of Nexsen Pruet offers a reminder that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) will discontinue support of older versions of its most popular standard form contracts after Oct. 31, 2018.

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Lawyer’s Alleged Misconduct Gets Her Jury Verdict Tossed as Sanction

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Bloomberg Law reports that a federal appeals court has ruled that a district court had the right to toss a jury verdict as a sanction because of the severity of a lawyer’s “continuous, contumacious” conduct.

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Judge Guts FTC’s $4-Billion Lawsuit Against DirecTV

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The judge said there remain a number of problems with the FTC’s theories for relief and that the FTC “has an uphill climb.”

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Prosecutor: Illinois Attorney Fatally Shot By Brother-In-Law Over Finances

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Prosecutors in the Illinois murder case of Stephen Shapiro, a partner in Mayer Brown, say he was gunned down by his brother-in-law, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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National Law Journal Honors Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon

National Law Journal Honors Loewinsohn Flegle Deary Simon

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The publication’s research staff selected the Dallas-based firm for its lawyers’ “exemplary performance in cutting-edge work on behalf of plaintiffs over the last 18 months.”

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White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

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Despite the change in federal administration, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to aggressively enforce the Clery Act, reports Canopy Programs.

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Special Receiver Appointed in Federal Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo in Texas Case

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The SEC alleges defendants were operating a Ponzi scheme, with limited returns paid to investors from monies raised from other investors.

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Dallas Trial Lawyer Michael Lyons Earns Best Lawyers in America Recognition

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Attorney Michael Lyons, co-founder of the Texas-based trial firm Deans & Lyons, has earned selection to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America for his commercial litigation work.

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Bailey Brauer Co-Founders Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America

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Clayton Bailey and Alex Brauer, co-founders of the Dallas-based litigation boutique Bailey Brauer PLLC, have been selected for recognition in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton Attorneys Listed Among Best in America

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Eleven attorneys from the Dallas, Nashville and Austin offices of the business and entertainment law firm Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP, have been selected to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Download: Guide to Delegating Legal Contract Responsibility

Download: Guide to Delegating Legal Contract Responsibility

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Delegating contract management activities to your non-lawyer professionals has a variety of advantages, but it needs to be planned deliberately and strategically.

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Houston Day Care Center Sued over Toddler’s Death in Hot Van

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The family of a 3-year-old who died after being left for more than four hours in a Houston day care center’s van in late July has sued the operator for negligence.

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‘Superhero’ Lawyer Who Argued Cases Before Supreme Court Slain in Home

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The Mayer Brown partner had spent some time in the U.S. solicitor general’s office, arguing cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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How IRS Taxes Kill Plaintiff’s $289M Monsanto Weedkiller Verdict

How IRS Taxes Kill Plaintiff’s $289M Monsanto Weedkiller Verdict

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If you are the plaintiff with a contingent fee lawyer, the IRS treats you as receiving 100% of the money, even if the defendant pays your lawyer directly, writes Robert W. Wood for Forbes.

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Partner Settles Bias Suit Against Her Law Firm, Proskauer

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The partner alleged the firm’s hostile treatment caused her to take medical leave to deal with psychological and physical symptoms of emotional distress.

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Latham Completes Makeover After Chair’s Scandalous Exit

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The leadership changes come as mega-firms like Latham are locked in increasingly vigorous competition with high-profile rivals, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Law Firm PR Lessons Straight from Today’s Headlines

Law Firm PR Lessons Straight from Today’s Headlines

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While it may be obvious, the public relations lesson provided in two examples is simple: always tell the truth.

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