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North Carolina Bar Accuses Florida Lawyer of Stealing From 2 Death Row Exonerees

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Orlando lawyer Patrick Megaro took excessive fees when he pocketed a third of the awards despite having done virtually no work on their exonerations or compensation cases, the state bar alleges.

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Inside the Private Justice Department Meeting That Could Lead to New Investigations of Tech Giants

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Participants voiced lingering frustrations that these companies are too big, fail to safeguard users’ private data and don’t cooperate with legal demands.

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Ethics Charges Filed Against 6 of 7 Arkansas Supreme Court Justices

Ethics Charges Filed Against 6 of 7 Arkansas Supreme Court Justices

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A spokesman for the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission said it was the first time in the 30-year history of the commission that formal charges of ethical misconduct were brought against any member of the state’s highest court.

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Three Charged in $364M Scheme That Paid for Splurges on Diamonds, Bugattis and Mansions

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A federal grand jury has indicted three men for what officials describe as a $364 million Ponzi scheme to defraud investors, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Patrick Quigley Joins Bradley’s Washington Office as Counsel

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Patrick R. Quigley has joined the Washington, D.C. office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP as counsel in the Government Contracts Practice Group.

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Citigroup Pays $12 Million to Settle Dark Pool Probe

Citigroup Pays $12 Million to Settle Dark Pool Probe

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The bank will pay a penalty of $6.5 million and disgorgement and prejudgment interest totaling $5.4 million, while its affiliate, Citi Order Routing and Execution, will pay a penalty of $1 million.

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Former FDA Chief Counsel Rejoins Sidley as Practice Leader in Washington, D.C.

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Rebecca “Becky” Wood, former chief counsel to the Food and Drug Administration, has rejoined Sidley Austin LLP as a partner.

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SEC Says Biotech Billionaire CEO Took Part in Pump-and-Dump Schemes

SEC Says Biotech Billionaire CEO Took Part in Pump-and-Dump Schemes

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In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New York, the SEC alleged OPKO Health chairman and CEO Phillip Frost took part in three pump-and-dump schemes between 2013 and 2018, according to MedCity News.

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Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

Annual Security Report Deadline is Approaching

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The U.S. Department of Education’s deadline for institutions to comply with the Annual Security Report is Oct. 1, 2018, points out Canopy Programs by United Educators.

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Former Dewey Chairman Reaches Agreement With SEC to Pay Six-Figure Civil Penalty

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The SEC alleged that some executives of Dewey & LeBoeuf, which closed in 2012, misled lenders and bond buyers about the firm’s financial condition.

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Registration Open for 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference

Registration Open for 2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference

Event, Oct. 17-19, 2018
The 22nd annual EDTX Bench Bar Conference is set for October 17-19 at the Marriott Legacy Town Center in Plano.

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EPA Proposes Affordable Clean Energy Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan

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The current Administration does not believe it has authority under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act to require regulated entities to take actions “outside the fenceline,” according to Beveridge & Diamond.

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United Airlines Loses Challenge to Union Drive

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Bloomberg reports that a vote on unionization by 2,700 United Airlines in-flight catering workers can proceed over the company’s objections, the general counsel of the National Mediation Board ruled.

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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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