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One of Apple’s Former Top Lawyers Faces Criminal Charges for Insider Trading

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The former senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary has been charged by the SEC with trading “on material nonpublic information about Apple’s earnings.”

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Facebook Fine Could Total Billions if FTC Talks Lead to a Deal

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Sources told The New York Times that the company and the FTC’s consumer protection and enforcement staff have been in negotiations over a financial penalty for claims that Facebook violated a 2011 privacy consent decree with the agency.

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Lawyer Lied About Cancer to Get Case Delays and Justify LSAT Score, Ethics Complaint Alleges

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The complaint alleges that Vincenzo Field made his fake cancer claims to courts as well as the law school.

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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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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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Attorney Suspended for 3.5 Years After Offering Legal Advice for Go Fund Me Money

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As treasurer of the Kanawha Valley Soccer League, lawyer Mark Allen Glover allegedly transferred money from the league’s checking account to his personal checking account for personal use, reports The West Vieginia Record.

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New Advertising Rules Coming for Texas Lawyers, Law Firms

New Advertising Rules Coming for Texas Lawyers, Law Firms

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The requested revisions seem to streamline the rules and make them easier to understand and follow, although it will be difficult to determine the true impact until after the final language is approved and the rules are enacted.

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Biglaw Firm to Pay $4.6 Million in Case Tied to Manafort and Ukraine

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As part of the settlement, the law firm agreed to register retroactively as a foreign agent for Ukraine in addition to paying the government $4.6 million, reports The New York Times.

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DOJ Hiring Attorneys to Handle Property Seizures for Border Wall

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The attorneys likely will deal with eminent domain property seizures and quarrels with landowners over what their land is worth.

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Brexit Vote Prompts New Questions for UK, US Businesses

Brexit Vote Prompts New Questions for UK, US Businesses

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The historically large rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposal is creating new uncertainty for companies doing business in the United Kingdom.

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Supreme Court Hands Rare Win for Workers in Arbitration Case

Supreme Court Hands Rare Win for Workers in Arbitration Case

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Under the nearly 100-year-old Federal Arbitration Act, which is generally presumed to favor employers, thousands of truck drivers who are employed as independent contractors cannot be forced into private arbitration.

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Autonomous Vehicle Survey Shows Desire for Consistent Regulation to Dispel Safety Concerns

Autonomous Vehicle Survey Shows Desire for Consistent Regulation to Dispel Safety Concerns

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The survey, conducted in partnership with the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, finds that tech and auto leaders and regulators believe a comprehensive, coherent regulatory regime is needed for consumers to feel secure buying and using driverless cars.

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Border Wall Needs Private Property. But Some Texans Won’t Give Up Their Land Without a Fight.

Border Wall Needs Private Property. But Some Texans Won’t Give Up Their Land Without a Fight.

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Previous eminent domain attempts along the Texas border have led to more than a decade of court battles, according to The Washington Post.

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Can You Be Forced to Sign This Contract Modification?

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If the contractor did not sign off on the required contract modifications, the Postal Service’s email threatened contract termination.

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Judge Rebukes DOJ, Says U.S. ‘Laughable’ for Using Shutdown to Delay Suit

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The judge decried “an abdication by the president and the Congress” of the duty to govern responsibly.

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General Counsel Named in Corruption Probe Subpoenas Resigns

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Emily McNeeley was placed on unpaid leave in April after corruption investigators repeatedly named her, and her boss in subpoenas served on the county.

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Federal Courts Run Out of Cash Next Friday. Here’s What Happens Then

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During the shutdown, the system can spend money left over from fees and other sources to run through Jan. 11.

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In 8-Month Tenure, Non-Elected NY AG Was Leading Trump Antagonist

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Barbara Underwood was an apolitical force in New York, quietly serving as solicitor general before getting an unexpected promotion to become the state’s first female attorney general, writes the Associated Press.

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Lawyer Accuses Judge of ‘Robe Rage,’ Tells Opposing Counsel to ‘Certify Your Own Stupidity’

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Charles Andrew Cohn was accused in a complaint before the hearing board of the Illinois attorney disciplinary commission.

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Judge Who Tossed Obamacare Has Had More Than His Share of Contentious, High-Profile Cases

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Judge Reed O’Connor has become a go-to judge for Republicans over certain heated national social issues such as health care and transgender rights, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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