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Not an Inside Job: How Two Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

Not an Inside Job: How Two Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

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Reuters tells the story of how two analysts who liked to swap notes on numbers they thought looked odd took a fateful step and tipped off U.S. regulators about a company that one of them had watched for months.

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U.S. Bank Fined, Ordered to Pay Remediation for Bankruptcy Filing Violations

U.S. Bank Fined, Ordered to Pay Remediation for Bankruptcy Filing Violations

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The OCC said that as a result of the bank’s bankruptcy practices, U.S. Bank “has made or will make approximately $29 million in remediation to approximately 22,000 account-holders.”

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Fox News Hit With Suit Alleging Racial Discrimination and ‘Plantation-Style Management’

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An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination “that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment,” reports the Associated Press.

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Big Law Business Summit Set for May 24

Big Law Business Summit Set for May 24

Event, May 24, 12-6 p.m. New York
Bloomberg Big Law Business will host its 3rd annual Summit in Manhattan Wednesday, May 24, 2017, A networking lunch and cocktail reception will be included.

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Association of Women Lawyers of the Eastern District of Texas Set to Debut

Association of Women Lawyers of the Eastern District of Texas Set to Debut

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WLED, an affiliate of the Eastern District of Texas Bar Association, will provide mentoring and networking opportunities for women lawyers practicing in the Eastern District.

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17th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards May 10 in Dallas

17th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards May 10 in Dallas

Event, May 10, 6-8 p.m.
Legal Aid of Northwest Texas will present the 17th Annual Women’s Advocacy Awards on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Arlington Hall at Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd. in Dallas.

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Theranos Investors Say They Were Pressured to Abandon Lawsuit

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Theranos Inc. investors accused the company of threatening to file for bankruptcy protection if they don’t agree to give up their rights to sue the firm over its flawed blood-testing business, reports Bloomberg Law.

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EPA Announces Methane Rule Reconsideration, Adding to List of Obama-Era Rules Under Review

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Authors Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton write that the Methane Rule applies to oil and gas facilities for which construction, modification, or reconstruction started after September 18, 2015.

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Clear Arbitration Provision Deemed Enforceable

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In his Petes’ Take blog for Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Peter J. Gallagher describes a New Jersey case in which a court ruled that a clear arbitration provision, negotiated by a sophisticated party while represented by counsel, is enforceable.

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The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

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Companies should examine their employment agreements to ensure compliance with the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, writes Evan Gibbs for Above the Law.

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Law Firm Expels Female Partner Who Filed Discrimination Suit

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Partners at the law firm Chadbourne & Parke, in an unusual public gesture, voted on Thursday to expel from its ranks a female partner who filed a gender discrimination and pay inequity lawsuit against the firm last year, according to a New York Times report.

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Big Law Widow Awarded $3M in GlaxoSmithKline Case

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Wendy Dolin’s husband, Stewart, stepped in front of a CTA Blue Line train in the Loop on July 15, 2010. He had been taking paroxetine, a drug for depression and anxiety, reports The Chicago Tribune.

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Roy Moore’s Suspension Upheld By Alabama Supreme Court; Decision Next Week on Senate Race

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Moore was suspended over his administrative order against the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reports AL.com.

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5th Circuit: Unpatented Products Can Be Given Patent-Like Protections by Contract

5th Circuit: Unpatented Products Can Be Given Patent-Like Protections by Contract

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The decision has significant and potentially far-reaching impacts for companies who seek to protect their product designs.

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BSA Software Audit Updates: Membership Changes and Impact on Audits

BSA Software Audit Updates: Membership Changes and Impact on Audits

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The changes to the BSA’s membership may affect the scope of the audit, and a company targeted by the BSA should take the following steps to mitigate its exposure.

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Alex Jones Custody Battle Puts His Personality, Credibility On Trial

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“It’s going to be a fascinating tightrope for him to walk because the jury will have to decide who is the real Alex Jones,” says Austin-based Weisbart Springer Hayes attorney Geoff Weisbart.

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Drafting Arbitration Clauses in Construction Contracts

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Patricia H. Thompson discusses the question: Should an arbitration clause be just a boilerplate provision, taken “off the shelf,” or should it be specifically negotiated and crafted for the particular construction project and to accommodate the parties’ requirements?

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Winston & Strawn Adds Three Partners in Dallas

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Winston & Strawn LLP has added three more partners to its litigation team in the firm’s recently opened Dallas office.

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Apple Settles With Major Patent Holder at 1 a.m. the Night Before Trial

Apple Settles With Major Patent Holder at 1 a.m. the Night Before Trial

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Law360, which first reported the settlement, said that Unwired Planet was seeking $33 million in royalties.

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Paul Weiss Investigates New Claims Against O’Reilly

Paul Weiss Investigates New Claims Against O’Reilly

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Fox News has hired a BigLaw firm to handle the investigation of allegations of misconduct against host Bill O’Reilly.

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