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Judge Guts FTC’s $4-Billion Lawsuit Against DirecTV

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The judge said there remain a number of problems with the FTC’s theories for relief and that the FTC “has an uphill climb.”

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White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

White Paper: Update on the U.S. Department of Education’s Clery Enforcement Measures

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Despite the change in federal administration, the U.S. Department of Education has continued to aggressively enforce the Clery Act, reports Canopy Programs.

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Special Receiver Appointed in Federal Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo in Texas Case

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The SEC alleges defendants were operating a Ponzi scheme, with limited returns paid to investors from monies raised from other investors.

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Department of Energy Streamlines Small-Scale LNG Export Authorizations

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The Department of Energy has announced a final rule that will expedite the approval process for small-scale exports of natural gas, reports Cadwalader.

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The Entire W.Va. Supreme Court Faces Impeachment for Alleged Corruption

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Fourteen articles of impeachment allege corruption, maladministration, incompetence, neglect of duty and potential criminal behavior — impeachable offenses under the state constitution, according to The Washington Post.

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DOJ Says Ruling on AT&T-Time Warner Ignored ‘Economics and Common Sense’

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In its filing, the DOJ called the district court’s decision a “deeply flawed assessment of the government’s evidence.”

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Hall Estill Represents OIEC in Historic Rate Reduction for OG&E Customers

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Hall Estill represented Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers, an association of large power users in Oklahoma, as an intervenor in Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s application for Corporation Commission approval of a rate hike.

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Health Care Fraud: How a Strike Force is Selected for a City

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According to the Department of Justice, a Medicare Fraud Strike Force consists of a partnership between the DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services to prevent fraud and enforce anti-fraud laws.

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‘Stupid, Dumb and Fat’ Comments Get Cleveland Lawyer Suspended

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A Cleveland lawyer who has already paid a $300,000 settlement to his former paralegal for insulting her has now been suspended from the practice of law for six months.

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Annual Security Report Preparation: 10 Questions to Ensure Compliance

Annual Security Report Preparation: 10 Questions to Ensure Compliance

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Preparing your institution’s Annual Security Report (ASR) is critical in demonstrating your school’s compliance with the Clery Act, says Canopy Programs by United Educators.

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Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

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Lawyers for Good Government is led by executive director Traci Feit Love, a Harvard Law School graduate and former litigator for DLA Piper, one of the biggest law firms in the world.

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Ex-Dentons Extortionist Faces Disciplinary Charges

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Bloomberg Law is reporting that a former Dentons associate who stole the firm’s confidential files and then tried to extort cash and artwork from the firm now faces attorney discipline charges.

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Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

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The virtual currency operator absconded with investors’ assets, exchanging them into U.S. dollars to buy groceries and to pay for travel and other personal expenses, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Former Energy XXI CEO Agrees to Settle SEC Charges

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The SEC alleged John D. Schiller Jr. maintained an extravagant lifestyle using a leveraged margin account secured by his shares in the oil and gas producer.

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Nashville Attorney Confirmed As General Counsel for Department of Defense

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Paul Ney currently is the Tennessee chief deputy attorney general.

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Has the Government ‘Waived’ Goodbye to Strict Compliance with Your Contract Specifications?

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A recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision confirmed that waiver defenses can defeat government demands for strict compliance with contract requirements, reports Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman.

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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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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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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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Appellate Attorney Says Travel Ban Decision Provides Road Map for Future Litigation

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The Supreme Court’s ruling signals how things may go in later immigration litigation about border policy, says Dallas appellate attorney David Coale.

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