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Enforce Arbitration Agreement or Waive Right to Arbitrate Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Enforce Arbitration Agreement or Waive Right to Arbitrate Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

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A recent federal court ruling on arbitration offers three key lessons for plaintiff-employers, according to a post on the website of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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Keys to Negotiating Indemnity Agreements

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It’s imperative that your company’s risk management and legal departments strategically manage indemnification and insurance obligations to minimize the always increasing cost-of-business demands, writes Buldas of Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti L.L.P. in Pittsburgh.

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3 Practical Business Contract Tips From Travelzoo GC Rachel Barnett

3 Practical Business Contract Tips From Travelzoo GC Rachel Barnett

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In an article on Above the Law’s website, Rachel Barnett discusses three of the most important clauses readers can learn from her book.

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How to Build a Solid Contractual Risk-Transfer Program

How to Build a Solid Contractual Risk-Transfer Program

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Without a properly structured risk-transfer program, a general contracto, owner or property manager could assume financial responsibility unnecessarily for losses caused by a third party, warns Tommy Williams, USI Uniondale vice president.

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How Boards Must Think Differently in Today’s Digital Landscape

How Boards Must Think Differently in Today’s Digital Landscape

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In a video discussion, Alex Schmelkin, board member with Essendant and founder & CEO of Cake & Arrow, outlines several approaches that boards can take to better understand the “end user” no matter the organization or industry.

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A Primer on Deal Structure and Its Implications on the Sale of a Business

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Jeremy S. Piccini discusses a few examples of the ideal target purchasers for a sale, including strategic competitors, private equity buyers, and employee stock ownership plans.

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Apple’s New GC Welcomed With Multimillion-Dollar Bonus Package

Apple’s New GC Welcomed With Multimillion-Dollar Bonus Package

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Apple’s incoming chief lawyer Katherine Adams has received a bonus package in the form of restricted stock units, or RSUs, according to a mandatory disclosure filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission this week, reports Mac Rumors.

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Prominent Trial Lawyer Dead After ‘Battle With a Mental Health Issue’

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Steve Mostyn, a top Democratic donor and prominent Houston trial lawyer who made his fortune suing insurance companies on behalf of homeowners after hurricanes, has died at 46.

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Another Client Close to Firing Boies After Weinstein Revelations

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Now even a pro bono client feels compelled to fire David Boies after revelations of the famed litigator’s role in attempting to hide Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment and assault.

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Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow on 2018 Best Law Firms List

Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow on 2018 Best Law Firms List

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Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow, LLP has been named in U.S. News and World Report and Best Lawyers list of “Best Law Firms for 2018.”

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Wall Street Penalties Have Fallen in Trump’s First Year, Study Says

Wall Street Penalties Have Fallen in Trump’s First Year, Study Says

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In its latest fiscal year, Wall Street’s top regulator sought the smallest amount of penalties since 2013, a drop that could show a softer approach to policing wrongdoing, Bloomberg reports.

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Biglaw Firm Throws Partner Under the Bus After Fox News Appearance

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Newsweek reports that Colwin apologized on Twitter, saying she hadn’t meant to “trivialize or minimize the impact of sexual harassment on any victims.

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Law Firms Jacking Up Rates, Demand Flat, Citi Survey Finds

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The Citi survey of 183 law firms found that revenue growth fell to 3.6 percent through the first three quarters, down from 3.7 percent at this time last year, Bloomberg reports.

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Assessing the Ability to Change Culture – Complimentary Article from NACD

Assessing the Ability to Change Culture – Complimentary Article from NACD

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The NACD has published a complimentary article titled “Assessing the Ability to Change Culture,” providing a quick overview of best practices set forth in the Report of the NACD Blue Ribbon Commission on Culture as a Corporate Asset.

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Benchmark Report: Learn How Your Peers Manage Third-Party Risk

Benchmark Report: Learn How Your Peers Manage Third-Party Risk

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The NAVEX study, which includes information from more than 400 professionals, offers guidance on the approach to third-party risk management that organizations find most effective, how they are using outside providers to assist with third-party due diligence, if automated due diligence affects ROI, and more.

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Here’s How Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary

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The plan called for concentrating on appellate openings, to avoid clogging the Senate with too many nominees for the district courts, where legal philosophy is less crucial, The New York Times reports.

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An Overview of Recent Production Deduction Cases

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Courts in several states recently have addressed questions about post-production cost deductions in petroleum production, according to an on-demand webcast from Steptoe & Johnson.

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Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

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Significant tools in the arsenal of strategies are contracts signed by the employee, but waiting until the employee departs is too late to start thinking about them, points out Spiwe L. Jefferson in an article for the ACC.

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Key Provisions for Supply Chain Contracts

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By paying careful attention to the terms of its supply chain contracts, a company can help to mitigate its risks while at the same time maximizing the value of its supply chain, according to a Foley & Lardner post on its website.

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Three Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Blockchain Smart Contracts

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While the use of smart contracts is tempting, this silver bullet of efficiency and lower costs doesn’t come without potential problems, warns Gregg M. Jacobson of Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

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