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ITT’s Former Top Executives Settle Fraud Charges With SEC

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ITT chief executive Kevin Modany and former chief financial officer Daniel Fitzpatrick were chagred with civil fraud in 2015 for allegedly deceiving investors about high rates of late payments and defaults on student loans backed by the company, according to The Washington Post.

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Jackson Walker Adds Two to Corporate Group

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Jackson Walker announced the addition of Larry Glasgow and Richard Waggoner to the Corporate and Securities practice in Dallas.

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Are Your Vendors Putting You at Risk Under California’s New Privacy Law?

Are Your Vendors Putting You at Risk Under California’s New Privacy Law?

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Companies must take stock of what personal data their company has, where it resides, how long it’s retained, and third parties with whom they share their data, advises the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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Democrats’ Long-Shot Plan to Stop Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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Democrats plan to frame the process around women’s health and the future of legalized abortion, predicts The Los Angeles Times.

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Barnes & Noble Fires Its CEO Without Severance Pay

Barnes & Noble Fires Its CEO Without Severance Pay

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USA Today reports that the move  came on the advice of  Barnes & Noble’s law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

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Halliburton Accused by Government of Harassing Muslim Workers

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The lawsuit continues the agency’s crackdown on employer practices or other workplace behaviors that target workers who are Muslim or Sikh, or of Arab, Middle Eastern, or South Asian descent, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Contracts: Are You Accepting an Offer or Not?

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A lack of precision in responding to an offer can lead to confusion as to whether or not a contract has been formed, warns an article published by Burns & Levinson.

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Fixed-Price Contracts Are Simple – Or Are They?

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There is very little case law guiding the practical approach to fixed-price contracts, but a Pepper Hamilton podcast offers some guidance.

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Big Law Partner Disbarred After Bilking Firms, Client for $7.8M

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Ravelo was accused in 2014 of conspiring to defraud Hunton, Willkie, and MasterCard by submitting false invoices for several million dollars to two litigation support vendors she and her husband controlled, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

Former Fugitive Ex-Lawyer Pleads Guilty to U.S. Fraud Scheme

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Scott Wolas, 69, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court to defrauding 20 investors in two real estate projects out of $1.7 million while he was using someone else’s identity, Reuters reports.

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Wynn Resorts’ GC Exits, Adding Turmoil in Founder’s Wake

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Kim Sinatra’s departure follows other top-level moves at the Las Vegas-based company since the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Steve Wynn in February, Bloomberg reports.

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Contractual Considerations for Lawyers Using the Cloud

Contractual Considerations for Lawyers Using the Cloud

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The standard contract firms offered by cloud-based providers sometimes do not weigh in favor of the law firm, writes Tom Kulik.

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Drafting the Arbitration Provision in Commercial Contracts: Back to Basic

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A good practice is for the arbitration clause to be detailed and to specify a variety of terms, advise John P. DiBlasi and Jacqueline I. Silvey in an article for National Arbitration and Mediation.

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A Family Lawyer’s Perspective on Parental Alienation

A Family Lawyer’s Perspective on Parental Alienation

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Parental alienation, once confirmed by experienced and trained professionals, is undeniably a form of child abuse that no child should endure, writes Keith Nelson for Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson.

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Proxy Season Survival Tip: Make Board Composition a Priority

Proxy Season Survival Tip: Make Board Composition a Priority

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A new NACD article explains how boards can avert activist demands — by knowing what their shareholders are thinking and staying ahead of possible grievances.

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3 Simple Steps to Creating a Contract Lifecycle Management Shortlist

3 Simple Steps to Creating a Contract Lifecycle Management Shortlist

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The CLM market has become increasingly crowded, so finding a solution that supports the volume needs of enterprise contracts can be challenging.

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Live Webinar: Using A.I. to Make Sure You’re Covered This Summer

Live Webinar: Using A.I. to Make Sure You’re Covered This Summer

Webinar, July 18, 2018, 2 p.m. EDT
LawGeex will present a live webinar titled “How Contract Review Automation Helps Mitigate Risk to Your Organization,” on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. EDT.

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Working In-House And Want To Switch Companies? Good Luck!

Working In-House And Want To Switch Companies? Good Luck!

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If you are working in-house and want to move to an in-house role in another company, the playbook is not clear and the path can be a little more obscure, writes Stephen R. Williams for Above the Law.

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Former ICE General Counsel Heads to Prison for Identity Theft

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The former legal adviser to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement bureau was sentenced to 48 months in prison, reports Government Executive.

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Texas Supreme Court Redefines an Offset Well Clause

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The Court purported to limit its holding to these facts, but the opinion could have far-reaching consequences, according to Gray Reed & McGraw.

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