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Wall Street Penalties Have Fallen in Trump’s First Year, Study Says

Wall Street Penalties Have Fallen in Trump’s First Year, Study Says

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In its latest fiscal year, Wall Street’s top regulator sought the smallest amount of penalties since 2013, a drop that could show a softer approach to policing wrongdoing, Bloomberg reports.

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AT&T Would Win a Fight With DOJ Over Time Warner Deal, Analyst Says

AT&T Would Win a Fight With DOJ Over Time Warner Deal, Analyst Says

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AT&T and the Justice Department could be on their way to a major court battle, which one analyst believes the company stands a strong chance of winning, CNBC reports.

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Insurance Giant Receives New York Subpoena on Sales Practices

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New York’s attorney general has subpoenaed TIAA, the giant insurance company and investment firm, seeking documents and information relating to its sales practices, according to people briefed on the inquiry, reports The New York Times.

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U.S. States Allege Broad Generic Drug Price-Fixing Collusion

U.S. States Allege Broad Generic Drug Price-Fixing Collusion

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The states said the drugmakers and executives divided customers for their drugs among themselves, according to Reuters.

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Silicon Valley Software Startup, Ex-CEO Fined Nearly $1M

Silicon Valley Software Startup, Ex-CEO Fined Nearly $1M

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Zenefits will pay a $430,000 penalty and the co-founder/former chief executive has been fined more than $533,000, Reuters reports.

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Senate Kills Rule On Class-Action Suits Against Financial Companies

Senate Kills Rule On Class-Action Suits Against Financial Companies

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Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to rollback the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule banning restrictive mandatory arbitration clauses found in the fine print of credit card and checking account agreements.

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The Coal Ash Rule: Regulation, Litigation, and Strategies to Minimize Risk

Event, Dec. 13, 2017
Steptoe & Johnson’s Energy and Environmental, Products & Mass Tort Groups will host a webinar to discuss the implementation of the Coal Ash Rule, the current litigation landscape surrounding coal ash, and strategies for avoiding courtroom and regulatory challenges.

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HIPAA Compliance Checklist Webinar

HIPAA Compliance Checklist Webinar

Event, Oct. 17, 2 p.m. EDT
Compliancy Group will present a webinar on HIPAA compliance. The event will be Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. ED

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Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

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The relevant cases being considered are from the 5th Circuit, which found the arbitration clause did not violate the NLRA, and the 7th and 9th circuits, which found similar clauses unenforceable.

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Trump’s Legal Team Isn’t Playing Well Together

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Tensions have been building since lawyer Ty Cobb joined the White House legal team last summer to deal with the Russia investigation, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Feds Accuse Georgia GC of Helping Orchestrate Client’s Ponzi Scheme

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Georgia lawyer was an “active participant” in fleecing elderly and unsophisticated investors out of their savings, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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Equifax Breach Caused by Lone Employee’s Error, Former CEO Says

Equifax Breach Caused by Lone Employee’s Error, Former CEO Says

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The Equifax data breach happened because a single employee failed to implement software fixes, the company’s former chief executive told members of Congress.

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Undefinitized Contracts – Turner Construction Co. v. Smithsonian Institution

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The Civilian Board of Contracts Appeals recently issued a decision addressing how a board should respond if the contracting parties cannot agree to a firm price for an undefinitized contract that a contractor fully performs, reports Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

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Tax Reform Plan Makes C Corporations More Appealing

Tax Reform Plan Makes C Corporations More Appealing

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The reduction of the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent could certainly lead to a renewed interest in C corporations, said Dallas tax lawyer Nathan Smithson of Jackson Walker LLP.

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SEC Probing Pepsi’s Former GC After She Claimed She Was Wrongly Ousted

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The former GC of PepsiCo Inc. is the focus of an investigation by the SEC after she claimed she was fired in retaliation for the way she handled earlier internal probes concerning allegations of wrongdoing in Russia.

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Patent Owners Trying to Use Native American Legal Rights as a Shield

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Ars Technica reports that The MEC lawsuit appears to be using Native American legal rights to avoid having the U.S. Patent Office perform an “inter partes review” that could invalidate the patent.

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What Every In-House Attorney Needs to Know About Federal Contracting

Event, Oct. 17, 2017
The “What Every In-House Attorney Needs to Know About Federal Contracting” course is a one-day, fast-paced instruction that combines the basics of federal government contracting with the nuts and bolts of compliance issues, subcontractor issues, and hot topics in the industry.

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Kent Sullivan Appointed Texas Commissioner of Insurance

Kent Sullivan Appointed Texas Commissioner of Insurance

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Sullivan will oversee the Texas Department of Insurance, which regulates the insurance industry and protects Texas consumers.

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Register for the Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute

Register for the Healthcare Enforcement Compliance Institute

Event, Oct. 29-Nov. 1, 2017
The event will give participants the opportunity to go beyond legal analysis, learn how to implement systems that ensure the law is followed, and gain practical advice from experts in a one-of-a-kind forum

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Before the Breach, Equifax Sought to Limit Exposure to Lawsuits

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Before Equifax discovered a massive computer breach that exposed sensitive information about millions of Americans, the company lobbied Congress on legislation to limit how much it could be forced to pay if sued by consumers, reports The Washington Post.

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