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Overbroad Geographic Restriction Dooms Covenant Not to Compete

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The reach of the geographic restriction in the convenant should extend only as far as the employee’s geographic activities extend.

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Fired Hershey IP Attorney Sues Alleging Race, Age, Sex Bias

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The 52-year-old former senior counsel for global intellectual property at Hershey Co., has sued his ex-employer, claiming he was replaced with a younger, black, female lawyer in a case of race, age and sex bias.

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Ex-Attorney on the Run After Failure to Report to Jail; His Mother Was Found Dead

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Richard Merritt had pleaded guilty in January to more than 30 counts of felony, including theft, forgery and elder-exploitation charges related to crimes committed against 17 former clients.

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MSU Will Pay Fired GC Almost $1 Million Not to Work for Them

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The Detroit Free Press reports that Young, the university’s top lawyer, had a three-year contract that paid $425,000 a year in salary.

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Finding (Mostly) Free Tools for a DIY Legal Marketing Program

Finding (Mostly) Free Tools for a DIY Legal Marketing Program

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If you’re looking to juice up your online presence, these tools can help save time and create a clean, professional look in all your marketing efforts.

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Webcast: 6 Important Considerations When Using Office 365 for E-Discovery

Webcast: 6 Important Considerations When Using Office 365 for E-Discovery

Webinar, Feb. 20, 2019
Exterro will present a complimentary webinar examining how legal professionals are using O365 in tandem with their own e-discovery software to create a streamlined, comprehensive e-discovery program.

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Safety Questions Arise After Multiple Vape Pen Explosions

Safety Questions Arise After Multiple Vape Pen Explosions

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According to a study published by Tobacco Control, more than 2,000 vape pen explosions and burn injuries occurred in the U.S. between 2015-17.

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Former State Appellate Court Judge Harvey Brown Joins The Lanier Law Firm

Former State Appellate Court Judge Harvey Brown Joins The Lanier Law Firm

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Harvey Brown, a former state appeals court judge and former state district court judge in Harris County, has joined The Lanier Law Firm.

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The Trump Supreme Court Contingency Plan

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The four candidates under most serious consideration are all appeals-courts judges who were placed on the bench by Trump.

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Google Fails to Get IP Suit Transferred Out of Plaintiff-Friendly East Texas

Google Fails to Get IP Suit Transferred Out of Plaintiff-Friendly East Texas

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Google said the case should be transferred because the presence of its servers in the district doesn’t amount to a regular and established place of business under the patent venue statute.

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BigLaw Partner Files $20M Suit Claiming Rape By Bartender

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The ABA Journal reports that a partner at a large international law firm in Houston has filed a $20 million suit claiming a bartender at Brennan’s of Houston spiked her drink with a drug and later raped her at her home.

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Case Study: TIAA – A Legal Transformation With Technology, Process and People

Case Study: TIAA – A Legal Transformation With Technology, Process and People

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Brad Rogers was tasked with transforming the entire legal operations function for TIAA, a company managing more than $1 trillion in assets and serving more than 5 million active and retired employees by providing financial services to over 15,000 institutions in more than 50 countries.

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Notice of Terms via Buried Link within a Post-Sale Email Unenforceable

Notice of Terms via Buried Link within a Post-Sale Email Unenforceable

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The Second Circuit affirmed a ruling that denied a web service’s motion to compel arbitration, finding that the user did not have reasonable notice of the arbitration provision contained in the terms and conditions that were communicated via a hyperlink in a post-sale email.

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Provost Umphrey Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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In 1969, Walter Umphrey founded the firm, which now has 22 attorneys.

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Michigan State Fires Former State Supreme Court Justice as GC

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A university spokeswoman said Young will receive a full payout of his contract, which was to run through May 2021, reports the Lansing State Journal.

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IBM Watson in Quiet Talks With Law Firms to Expand AI Offerings

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The company until now has mostly focused its legal business marketing of Watson to legal departments within large corporations, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Fifth Circuit Suggests Claims for Make-Whole Amounts Should Be Disallowed

Fifth Circuit Suggests Claims for Make-Whole Amounts Should Be Disallowed

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The decision makes the Fifth Circuit unattractive to unsecured or undersecured lenders asserting claims for make-whole payments and default rate postpetition interest, Jones Day reports.

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Texas Court Addresses Bad Acts in an Oil-Patch Lease Play

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Was a partnership formed by a letter agreement, a participation agreement and the actions of the parties?

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Trade Secrets Take Center Stage, and Contracts Play a Lead Role

Trade Secrets Take Center Stage, and Contracts Play a Lead Role

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Breach-of-contract claims frequently have appeared alongside trade secret claims in lawsuits over the years and often materially impacted the results, according to Skadden Arps.

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Knowledge Qualifiers in IP Representations and Warranties

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Counsel must carefully craft the definition of knowledge and decide which types of intellectual property such knowledge qualifier should apply, advises Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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