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Pennsylvania, Texas Courts Disagree on Whether Rule of Capture Applies to Fracturing

Pennsylvania, Texas Courts Disagree on Whether Rule of Capture Applies to Fracturing

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A recent Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling in a case concerning hydraulic fracturing runs counter to a ruling in a similar case by the Texas Supreme Court, reports Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.

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No-Poach Agreements Targeted by Plaintiffs, Enforcement Agencies and Senators

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Agreements among companies to not hire each other’s workers are more risky than ever, warns Pepper Hamilton LLP in a post on its website.

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10 Common Contract Gotchas to Avoid

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Business News Daily talked to business owners, attorneys and other experts to find out what common contract “gotchas” you should be on the lookout for.

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Sinclair-Style Employment Contracts That Require Payment for Quitting are Uncommon

Sinclair-Style Employment Contracts That Require Payment for Quitting are Uncommon

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The Conversation reports that some Sinclair employees have said that their employment contracts made it prohibitively expensive to walk away.

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Jones Day Takes Big Hit in Above the Law’s Power 100 Law Firm Rankings

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Jones Day has decided to take the plunge as the Biglaw firm most associated with President Donald Trump, and decisions have consequences, according to Above the Law.

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Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine to Settle Loan Abuses

Wells Fargo Faces $1 Billion Fine to Settle Loan Abuses

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Reuters reports that Wells Fargo & Co. has been offered a penalty of $1 billion by regulators to resolve outstanding investigations related to auto insurance and mortgage lending abuses, the third-largest U.S. bank by assets said on Friday.

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Median CEO Pay for the 100 Largest Companies Reaches Record $15.7 Million

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The highest-paid CEO in this year’s study is Broadcom’s Hock Tan, with a 2017 compensation package valued at $103.2 million, The Washington Post reports.

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Webinar: Automating with a Legal Ops Platform vs Siloed Product Solutions

Webinar: Automating with a Legal Ops Platform vs Siloed Product Solutions

Webinar, May 3, 2018, 1 p.m. EDT
Kim Technologies will present a complimentary webinar, “Automating with a Legal Ops Platform vs Siloed Product Solutions,” on May 3, 2018.

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May 3 Live Event: Explore the Value of ESOPs By Studying a Proven Implementation

May 3 Live Event: Explore the Value of ESOPs By Studying a Proven Implementation

Event, May 3, 2018, 2:30-6 p.m., NYC
ESOPs, when properly done, can position a company for financing, allow for acquisitions, help attract and retain top talent in a competitive environment and create wealth for owners and employees.

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How Big Could Facebook’s Fine Theoretically Get? Hint: Four Commas, and Counting

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Some former FTC officials see a huge penalty in store for Facebook if the agency finds more violations of the company’s users’ privacy.

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Enforcement Actions at Consumer Watchdog Agency Halt Under Trump

Enforcement Actions at Consumer Watchdog Agency Halt Under Trump

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has not recorded a single enforcement action against banks, credit card companies, debt collectors or any finance companies whatsoever since a Trump appointee took over.

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Former University GC Gets a $430K Retirement Payout

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Robert Noto, who had been with the university since 1995, resigned about a month after MSU Trustee Brian Mosallam called for his immediate resignation.

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Making the Business Case for Upgrading Your Legal Hold System

Making the Business Case for Upgrading Your Legal Hold System

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Research results demonstrate a real rate of return on investment generated by automated cloud-based legal hold software, Zapproved says on its website.

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Linking Nonfinancial Metrics to Strategy and Culture

Linking Nonfinancial Metrics to Strategy and Culture

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NACD recently convened a meeting of Fortune 500 audit and compensation committee chairs to discuss the key issues and challenges the board faces in the selection and use of nonfinancial metrics.

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Houston Attorney Stephen Loftin of Hicks Thomas Earns ABOTA Membership

Houston Attorney Stephen Loftin of Hicks Thomas Earns ABOTA Membership

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ABOTA’s guiding principle is to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of trial advocacy as well as the protection of the constitutional vision of equal justice for all Americans and the civil justice system.

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Facebook Could Face Record Fine, Say Former FTC Officials

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Facebook could face fines of $1 billion or more for the company’s mishaps with user data, says the former head of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection.

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Renewable Energy Deals Targeted for More Scrutiny in New Trade Report

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Even investments in renewable energy businesses may be affected by this broadening of interest in the industry, and should be considered by parties as part of deal due diligence and negotiations of investment and acquisition agreements, according to Morgan, Lewis & Bockius.

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Using Your Professional Bio to Impress Potential Law Firm Clients

Using Your Professional Bio to Impress Potential Law Firm Clients

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Muse Communications’ Bruce Vincent says the key is making sure that what you say about yourself is well written, organized, and presented in a way that will impress the people who see it.

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The Storm After the Storm: Restoration Contracts

The Storm After the Storm: Restoration Contracts

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An article in Gray Reed & McGraw’s Texas Construction Law Blog offers some steps cleaning and restoration professionals can take in an effort to minimize the damage from a payment dispute with a client after a natural disaster.

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What Provisions are Typical in a Separation Agreement?

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Daniel Schwartz, writing for Shipman & Goodwin’s employment law blog, provides a handy list of typical provisions in a separation agreement between an employer and an employee.

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