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Big Law Business Summit – West

Event, Oct. 27
Bloomberg Law invites leaders of big law – the top law firms in the country and the legal departments they serve – to the Big Law Business Summit – West.

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Florida AG Defends Decision to Take Money From Trump

Florida AG Defends Decision to Take Money From Trump

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Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said she had no regrets about asking Donald Trump for money and no regrets about keeping the donation even after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had filed a lawsuit against Trump University, reports the Associated Press.

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Patent Enforcement Company Slams Apple with $22M Verdict After East Texas Trial

Patent Enforcement Company Slams Apple with $22M Verdict After East Texas Trial

News,br>Acacia Research Corp., the largest publicly traded patent-assertion entity, won a $22.1 million verdict against Apple, reports Ars Technica.

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Texas-Sized Business: Critics, Lawyers Discuss Controversy Behind Personal-Injury Attorneys

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Jim Adler, who bills himself as the “Texas Hammer,” Adler can be seen in TV spots standing on semitrucks telling viewers he “will hammer the big trucking companies down to size.”

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New Comparator Apps Compare Courts, Judges, Law Firms

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Lex Machina, a LexisNexis company, announced two new applications – Courts & Judges Comparator and Law Firms Comparator – designed to compare courts, judges and law firms.

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Checklist: Modernize Your D&O Questionnaire

Checklist: Modernize Your D&O Questionnaire

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The Center for Board Excellence is offering for free download a checklist aimed at modernizing directors and officers questionnaires. The checklist uses CBE’s cloud-based platform.

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Bankruptcy Trustee Dismisses Case After Expert Fails On Cross Examination

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The trustee for a bankrupt company decided to drop his lawsuit after watching his expert witness cross examined by an attorney from Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C.(AZA), clearing AZA’s clients of claims that they received fraudulently transferred company assets, the firm reports in a news release.

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Has VW Beat Back Its Auto Scandal?

Has VW Beat Back Its Auto Scandal?

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About one year after revelations surfaced that Volkswagen AG rigged its diesel cars to cheat emissions tests, it has somehow emerged as “the world’s biggest automaker” in the first six months of 2016, outselling Toyota during that period, according to a Bloomberg News report.

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Key E-Discovery Concepts: Processing 101 for Attorneys

Key E-Discovery Concepts: Processing 101 for Attorneys

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kCura offers a close look at key concepts behind processing — a technical but critical aspect of any e-discovery project.

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Freedom of Contract? An Agreed Damages Clause May Not Actually Be Agreed

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The right of contracting parties to obligate themselves to one another has always been subject to certain statutory limitations, as well as those imposed by the common-law principles that govern the enforcement of contracts generally, writes Glenn West for Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

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Circuit Split Widens Over Enforceability of Arbitration Agreements Containing Class/Collective Action Waivers

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Polsinelli shareholder James C. Sullivan writes about how unsettled the law is on employer/employee arbitration provisions containing class/collective action waivers.

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ExxonMobil Accounting Practices Probed By New York Attorney General

ExxonMobil Accounting Practices Probed By New York Attorney General

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is investigating why Exxon Mobil Corp. hasn’t written down the value of its assets, two years into a pronounced crash in oil prices, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Federal Circuit Affirms Disqualification of Counsel, Dismissal of Patent Complaint

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The Federal Circuit has affirmed a Western District of Texas decision disqualifying counsel for plaintiff Dynamic 3D Geosolutions LLC and dismissing its patent infringement complaint Schlumberger Ltd. without prejudice, reports IPWatchdog.

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Deutsche Bank Rebuffs $14 Billion Settlement Demand in U.S. Mortgage Probe

Deutsche Bank Rebuffs $14 Billion Settlement Demand in U.S. Mortgage Probe

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Deutsche Bank AB is saying it has no intention of paying the U.S. Justice Department’s demand of $14 billion to settle high-profile probes into its packaging of mortgages in the run-up to the financial crisis, reports MarketWatch.

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Court Upholds Enforceability of ‘Clickwrap’ Employee Agreement

Court Upholds Enforceability of ‘Clickwrap’ Employee Agreement

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If you want your electronic contracts to be enforceable, it is a best practice to require the counterparty to affirmatively accept the contract by checking a box or clicking a button, write Nikita A. Tuckett and Aaron Rubin on Morrison & Foerster LLP’s Socially Aware blog.

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Strengthening the Board’s Oversight of M&A

Strengthening the Board’s Oversight of M&A

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The National Association of Corporate Directors has made available a free executive summary of “Director Essentials: Strengthening the Oversight of M&A.”

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White Paper: Electronic Signature Security & Trust

White Paper: Electronic Signature Security & Trust

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It is important to make sure your electronic signature provider meets the highest security standards, according to a white paper from eSignLive. Security is at the core of a trusted digital experience between you, your employees and customers.

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Trump Volunteers Must Sign Onerous Agreement to Work Online Phone Bank

Trump Volunteers Must Sign Onerous Agreement to Work Online Phone Bank

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A legal question to ask is what is the consideration – what does the volunteer get – in return for signing this broad agreement?

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Deans & Lyons Attorneys Honored Among Best in Texas

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Six attorneys from the Texas trial law firm Deans & Lyons, LLP, have earned selection to the 2016 Texas Super Lawyers listing.

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Dollars and Sense: A Real-Time Look at the Financial Performance of the Legal Industry in 2016

Event, Sept. 21, 1 p.m. EDT
Practical Law and competitive intelligence platform Peer Monitor will present a free webinar titled “Dollars and Sense: A Real-Time Look at the Financial Performance of the Legal Industry in 2016.”

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