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Download: Effective Practices for Internal Investigations Led by the Board

Download: Effective Practices for Internal Investigations Led by the Board

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The NACD article helps directors develop an internal investigation protocol to follow should an issue arise, and equips directors with a framework to mitigate the effects of an investigation both internally and externally.

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Texas Court Construes Breach of Contract Exclusion Narrowly in Duty-to-Defend Case

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A recent decision from the Western District of Texas narrowly construed a common breach-of-contract exclusion and held that the insurer had a duty to defend its insured against an underlying lawsuit over construction defects, according to the Hunton Insurance Recovery Blog.

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Expert Evasions, Learned From Past Masters

Brett Kavanaugh’s Expert Evasions, Learned From Past Masters

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Even as he deflected most questions about legal issues, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh was quick to say he was alert to the real-world consequences of his rulings, reports The New York Times.

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Cryptocurrency GC Has Left the Company at an Awkward Time

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Brynly Llyr, general counsel of Ripple, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency companies, has left the payment and remittance network, reports Quartz’s Private Key newsletter.

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Five Legal Issues to Consider When Contracting for Utility-Scale Energy Storage

Five Legal Issues to Consider When Contracting for Utility-Scale Energy Storage

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Utility-scale battery energy storage system transactions present unique legal issues and require special analysis of traditional contract provisions, according to Solar Industry.

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Contractual Standards: Distinctions Without a Difference?

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Contract standards are inconsistently interpreted by courts and are often subjectively applied, warns an article on the website of Mayer Brown.,

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Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

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The U.S. Department of Education’s deadline for institutions to comply with the Annual Security Report is Oct. 1, 2018, points out Canopy Programs by United Educators.

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Chamblee Ryan Observes 20 Years of Litigation Practice

Chamblee Ryan Observes 20 Years of Litigation Practice

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Texas law firm Chamblee Ryan is observing its 20 years of litigation by compiling a long list of victories.

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Former Dewey Chairman Reaches Agreement With SEC to Pay Six-Figure Civil Penalty

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The SEC alleged that some executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which closed in 2012, misled lenders and bond buyers about the firm’s financial condition.

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JPMorgan Chase Will Pay $24 Million to End Lawsuit From Black Advisers

JPMorgan Chase Will Pay $24 Million to End Lawsuit From Black Advisers

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The company will also put $4.5 million into a fund that will back recruitment, bias training, a review of branch assignments and a coaching program for black advisers.

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Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen for $95M Over ‘Who Is America?’ Appearance

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Moore’s complaint claims he was deceived and was defamed by “the false and fraudulent routine.”

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Five Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson Partners Among Texas’ Top 100 Attorneys

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The publishers of Texas Super Lawyers have selected five partners with the family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, among the state’s Top 100 attorneys.

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Master Class: Aligning Board Responsibilities

Master Class: Aligning Board Responsibilities

Webinar, Sept. 20, 2018
This NAVEX master class will cover how to wrangle top-level decision-makers to ensure all executives and board members understand their responsibilities for compliance oversight.

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Social Media for Lawyers: Looking Good, Doing It Right

Social Media for Lawyers: Looking Good, Doing It Right

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Some lawyers and law firms dismiss social media in terms of marketing, but it can be a difference maker if you know where to be online and what to do once you get there, advises Bruce Vincent of Muse Communications.

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Weisbart Springer Hayes Partner Julie Springer Earns ABOTA Membership

Weisbart Springer Hayes Partner Julie Springer Earns ABOTA Membership

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Julie A. Springer, a founding partner of the Austin-based commercial litigation firm Weisbart Springer Hayes, LLP, has been accepted into the American Board of Trial Advocates.

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State Farm Ducks Racketeering Trial With $250 Million Accord

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Policyholders had accused the company of leading an effort to recruit a judge friendly to its cause for the Illinois Supreme Court, Bloomberg reports.

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Former Biglaw Attorney Goes on Anti-Asian Racist Social Media Rant

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Above the Law tells the story of Christina Ignatius, who railed against Asians who “took over Orange County” – propagating the trope of Asians as bad drivers and ridiculing her perception of a generically Asian accent.

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Bay Area Law Firm Archer Norris to Shutter, Costing 124 Jobs

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A court-approved interim operations will allow the firm’s employees to be paid to keep working with clients until mid-September.

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Registration Open for 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference

Registration Open for 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference

Event, Oct. 17-19, 2018
The 22nd annual EDTX Bench Bar Conference is set for October 17-19 at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano.

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Check Those ‘Choice of Law’ Provisions

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Choice of law” clauses in contracts are often overlooked in their potential importance, as the parties and counsel concentrate on the more immediate matter of the explicit commercial terms, according to Nexsen Pruet.

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