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Benefits and Challenges of Robotized Arbitration

Benefits and Challenges of Robotized Arbitration

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Big data and e-discovery can assist counsel in document management and reduce the risk of human error during discovery, write Winston Maxwell and Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse of Hogan Lovells.

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Rent-A-Center to Be Acquired by Vintage Capital for $15 Per Share in Cash

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The transaction represents a total consideration of approximately $1.365 billion, including net debt, the companies said in a news release.

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Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson Adds Attorney Taylor Mohr

Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson Adds Attorney Taylor Mohr

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Boutique family law firm Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, has added Taylor Mohr as an associate in the firm’s Frisco, Texas, office.

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Citigroup Agrees to Pay Fine Over State Libor Probes

Citigroup Agrees to Pay Fine Over State Libor Probes

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The accord is the latest development in probes by governments around the globe into manipulation of benchmark interest rates, reports Bloomberg.

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Take This Fit and Shove It: The In-House Counsel Hiring Process

Take This Fit and Shove It: The In-House Counsel Hiring Process

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To be fair, past experience isn’t particularly illuminating. Every applicant for an in-house position is completely qualified and equally unqualified for the role.

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Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership

Contractual Allocation of Intellectual Property Ownership

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Before entering into a business deal where intellectual property rights are implicated, it is usually better for the parties to spell out ownership rather than leave intellectual property ownership to be allocated by default laws, advises Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Are Your Employees’ Electronically-Signed Agreements Enforceable?

Are Your Employees’ Electronically-Signed Agreements Enforceable?

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In several recent cases, employees have disputed that they electronically acknowledged an agreement with their employer,” writes Drew York for Gray Reed & McGraw.

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Texas Court Holds Drop in Oil Prices is Not Force Majeure

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Oil and gas operators should be careful to expressly identify any market-based risks that they want to encompass within force majeure provisions, advises Liskow & Lewis.

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Webcast: Compliance and Contract Management

Webcast: Compliance and Contract Management

Webinar, June 27, 2018, 2 p.m. EDT
Compliance Week will present a webcast titled “Compliance and Contract Management – The Right People, Process & Technology” to highlight effective strategies and considerations to maintain compliance with contractual agreements in the U.S. and abroad.

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Successfully Navigating Media in Law Firm Mergers

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Recent breaking news about the potential union of Dallas’ Winstead and Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders is another example of how the media can quickly become a factor in private law firm mergers, writes Bruce Vincent in a blog post for Muse Communications.

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$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

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The settlement, which provides for a $10 million fund for customers and $6.75 million for plaintiffs’ attorneys, won final approval in November 2016, according to Bloomberg Law.

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King & Spalding Case Spotlights Response to Ethics Report

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The associate thought the partners showed “poor judgment” in ignoring red flags, “even after it became clear that ZTE had repeatedly provided false information” to the court, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Dallas Attorney Indicted for Allegedly Stealing From Client

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Walter Thomas Finley is charged with felony theft in a case involving the trust fund of an East Texas woman. 

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AZA’s Tim Shelby Appointed to Texas State Bar’s Oil & Gas Jury Charges Committee

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Tim Shelby, a partner in Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C., or AZA, was appointed to a three-year term on the State Bar of Texas’ Oil & Gas Pattern Jury Charges Committee.

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Two Proven Ways to Measure Your Compliance Program

Two Proven Ways to Measure Your Compliance Program

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With data from more than 1,200 respondents, these NAVEX Global reports provide analysis of today’s compliance challenges relating to policy management and hotline reporting.

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Shearman & Sterling to Host Women General Counsel Roundtable

Event, June 14, 2018
Shearman & Sterling will host the inaugural conference for leading women general counsel and chief legal officers on June 14 in the firm’s New York office.

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VA Nurses’ Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit Could Open Door to More Plaintiffs

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Class representatives brought the lawsuit on behalf of nurse practitioners and physician assistants from VA facilities across the country.

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Cravath Tops Milbank’s Raises for Senior Associates

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The race to top or match big law firms’ salaries for associates took on another twist as Cravath Swaine & Moore announced it will be giving senior associates a hike that brings their compensation to $340,000.

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Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

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An ex-White House official said that “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen” deciding to cooperate with federal prosecutors against the president.

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Defrauded Students of For-Profit Schools Will Stay Indebted, Judge Rules

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A proposed class of borrowers had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim to revive an Obama-era policy that promised full debt forgiveness to students defrauded by the now-defunct, for profit Corinthian Colleges, reports Courthouse News Service.

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