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Federal Prosecutors Seeking Biglaw Bills as Part of Probe

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The review focuses on whether there were payments from the firm to Cathy Hampton, the city’s former top lawyer.

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Anatomy of a Prosecutorial Meltdown

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The fight started when the district attorney used $21,000 in asset forfeiture funds to lease a car, reports Above the Law.

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Alleged Phony Lawyer Arrested For Creating Fake Website With Cravath Bios

Alleged Phony Lawyer Arrested For Creating Fake Website With Cravath Bios

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The criminal complaint says that John Lambert and a co-conspirator, non-lawyers who allegedly created a fake law firm, collected more than $50,000 in payments through a PayPal account.

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Attorney Suspended From Federal Court in Chicago for a Year for Bizarre Antics

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The lawyer best known for representing convicted wife killer Drew Peterson has been suspended from practicing in federal court in Chicago for one year stemming from his scorched-earth tactics in a mundane lawsuit, reports the Chicago Tribune.

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Revenge of the Robocall Recipients: Jury Finds Marketer ViSalus Liable for 1.8 Million Calls

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Thei verdict exposes ViSalus to statutory damages of about $925 million, which could be trebled.

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Technology Service Provider Contracts with Banks

Technology Service Provider Contracts with Banks

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The FDIC suggested that undefined and unclear contract terms in these areas contribute to uncertainty around bank rights and vendor responsibilities.

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Trump’s Sister Retires, Highlighting Judge Misconduct Loophole

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The treatment of her case is not without recent precedent, and raises questions about a loophole in the conduct code for federal judges that allows them to avoid scrutiny by stepping down.

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Former SeaWorld Associate GC Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

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The SEC said that it had also charged Paul B. Powers with insider trading based on confidential information he received.

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NY Lawyer Gets Four-Month Suspension for Aggressive Behavior

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The lawyer had been cited by the state attorney grievance committee for “excessively aggressive behavior while representing a client.”

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A Judge Angered a Politically Connected Law Firm, Then Quickly Lost Her Job

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State investigators say they responded to Pond Lehocky’s complaint by pulling eight years of Andrea McCormick’s emails and determined that she had violated multiple policies.

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Hospital’s Ex-GC Sues Former Employer and Two Board Members

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Kimarie Stratos claims the district’s board of commissioners wrongly fired her in September after eight years on the job.

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San Antonio Bans Chick-fil-A From Its Airport, Sparking Controversy

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The City starts out ahead, but Chick-fil-A could catch up if it shows that this decision was based solely on its unrelated speech rather than a standard contract-procurement process, according to Dallas attorney David Coale of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst.

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Pepper Hamilton Ordered to Turn Over Baylor Investigation Materials to Plaintiffs’ Attorneys

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A U.S. district judge has ordered Pepper Hamilton LLP to turn over materials tied to the law firm’s 2015-16 investigation that led Baylor University regents to report the school had fundamentally failed in its Title IX implementation duties, reports the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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Whistleblowing General Counsel Gets $1.87 Million Payday

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A statement from the agency said an appeal is being considered, should the judge uphold the jury’s verdict.

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Federal Judge Sets April 4 Hearing for Elon Musk Contempt Case

Federal Judge Sets April 4 Hearing for Elon Musk Contempt Case

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A federal judge in New York will hear oral arguments next week in a lawsuit brought by the US Securities and Exchange Commission that seeks to hold Tesla CEO Elon Musk in contempt for violating a settlement deal, according to a CNN report.

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Energy Market Manipulation Remains a Hot Issue at FERC

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is continuing to aggressively investigate and bring enforcement action against companies that engage in energy market manipulation, reports WilmerHale in its 10-in-10 Hot Topics in Energy Series.

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Biglaw Firm Sued for Role in $1.36B Grocery Chain Buyout

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The complaint alleges Cravath drafted the SEC filing “to procure stockholder approval and cover up prior wrongdoing,” and in doing so, pocketed $5.5 million in fees in what amounted to “a sham sale process.”

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Webinar: Obtaining Software Patents Using New Patent Office Guidance

Webinar: Obtaining Software Patents Using New Patent Office Guidance

Webinar, March 20, 2019, and on-demand
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Back on Track?: Obtaining Software Patents Using New Patent Office Guidance,” featuring Fitch Even attorneys Timothy R. Baumann and George N. Dandalides.

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Hackers Shut Down Boston Legal System for Weeks, Seeking Payment in Bitcoin

Hackers Shut Down Boston Legal System for Weeks, Seeking Payment in Bitcoin

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A cyberattack on the agency overseeing Boston public defenders has caused a weekslong slowdown, disabling e-mail systems, delaying some hearings, and hanging up payments for the private attorneys who represent clients, reports The Boston Globe.

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Ruling Allows Sandy Hook Case to Go Forward: A Path Around Federal Protection for Gun Makers?

Ruling Allows Sandy Hook Case to Go Forward: A Path Around Federal Protection for Gun Makers?

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The decision that kept the landmark gun case alive possibly created a path that other mass shooting victims can follow to get around the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

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