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Facebook Has Poached the DoJ’s Silicon Valley Antitrust Chief

Facebook Has Poached the DoJ’s Silicon Valley Antitrust Chief

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TechCrunch reports that Facebook has recruited Kate Patchen, a veteran of the U.S. Department of Justice who led its antitrust office in Silicon Valley, to be a director and associate general counsel of litigation.

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Lenovo $8.3M Spyware Class Action Settlement Gets Initial OK

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The federal court’s initial approval of the settlement comes four months after Lenovo and the consumer class filed with the court to end the spyware action.

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Fewer Lawsuits for Corporations, But More Oversight on Data andTax Risk

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Norton Rose Fulbright’s 2018 Litigation Trends Annual Survey polled 365 senior corporate counsel representing US-based organizations on disputes-related issues and concerns.

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Facebook GC – Who Said He Was Leaving – Will Stay Because Facebook is Still in Crisis

Facebook GC – Who Said He Was Leaving – Will Stay Because Facebook is Still in Crisis

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Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch, who announced in July that he was leaving the company at the end of the year, has changed his mind, reports Recode.

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Tesla Loses a Senior Lawyer Just as SEC Tightens Grip

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Bloomberg is reporting that an experienced securities lawyer has left Tesla Inc. just as the company needs one under its fraud settlement with U.S. regulators.

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Ex-JPMorgan Trader Pleads Guilty in Six-Year Spoofing Plot

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A former precious-metals trader said to have worked at JPMorgan Chase & Co. admitted he engaged in a six-year spoofing scheme that defrauded investors in futures contracts with the help of his colleagues and bosses, Bloomberg Law reports.

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Federal Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in Major Blow to Trump Administration

Federal Judge Blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in Major Blow to Trump Administration

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The Washington Post characterized the order as a  major defeat for President Trump, who attacked the Obama administration for stopping the project in the face of protests and an environmental impact study.

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2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Sets Attendance Record

2018 Eastern District of Texas Bench Bar Conference Sets Attendance Record

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Andrei Iancu, U.S. Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, delivered a major policy address during the event.

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Ex-Penn State University GC Cleared of Wrongdoing

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Former Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice and Penn State University general counsel Cynthia Baldwin was cleared Friday of any wrongdoing relative to her representation of university officials during the Jerry Sandusky investigation, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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DOJ Announces Guidelines to Reduce the Imposition of Monitorships in Corporate Criminal Cases

DOJ Announces Guidelines to Reduce the Imposition of Monitorships in Corporate Criminal Cases

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The Justice Department’s Criminal Division has announced updated policies and procedures related to the selection of corporate monitors in federal criminal cases, according to an advisory by Alston &. Bird.

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CEO Allegedly Stole Millions From Low-Income Customers to Pay for a Ferrari, a Private Jet and a Florida Condo

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American Broadband’s chief executive, Jeffrey Ansted, was held personally liable for the alleged misconduct as the FCC accused him of embezzling aid money and using it to pay for luxury goods such as an $8 million private Cessna jet.

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‘Frack Master’ of Texas Oil Fame Pleads Guilty to Massive Fraud, Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison

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Christopher Faulkner, the former CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Energy, became a star in business circles for his high-profile media appearances defending hydraulic fracturing or fracking, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Company Couldn’t Cut Disabled Worker’s Benefits, So It ‘Went Rogue’ and Had Him Arrested, Lawyer Says

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An attempt to prosecute a man drawing disability payments for an on-the-job injury drew a withering rebuke from a judge, and now the man is suing the insurance company for malicious prosecution.

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Barnes & Thornburg Secures Trade Victory for PMP Fermentation Products

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The U.S. International Trade Commission has unanimously affirmed that PMP Fermentation Products, Inc. was materially injured by unfairly traded sodium gluconate, gluconic acid, and derivative imports from China.

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Lawyer Who Called Decision ‘La La Land on Steroids’ is Suspended for His Wide-Ranging Criticism

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A New York appeals court has suspended a Suffolk County lawyer for three months for “inexcusable” criticism about courts hearing two of his cases, reports the ABA Journal.

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Pipeline Companies Should Do More to Prepare for NTSB Accident Investigations

Pipeline Companies Should Do More to Prepare for NTSB Accident Investigations

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The National Transportation Safety Board is well known for its sleuthing on plane crashes. However, oil and gas executives often need better education about how the agency tackles one of its other responsibilities – investigating pipeline accidents, advise attorneys with the national law firm LeClairRyan.

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Former Foley & Lardner Partner Suspended for Falsifying Documents in IRS Audit of Wealthy Clients

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A former Foley & Lardner partner was suspended two years by the state Supreme Court for lying to the IRS during an audit of two wealthy estates connected to a major area business, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Enforcement Pressure Hit Ag, Livestock Operations

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Small ag operations can be compliant with regulations before a historic flooding event and still face financial penalties that push family-owned businesses to the brink of bankruptcy or worse, says attorney Chris Carrington of Denver-based Richards Carrington.

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Florida Supreme Court Foils Governor’s Plan to Pick New Justices

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The Florida Supreme Court’s ruling is a major rebuke to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, who wanted to pick the new justices before he leaves office.

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Trump Reportedly Floating 5 Different Names to Replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Trump Reportedly Floating 5 Different Names to Replace Attorney General Jeff Sessions

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President Donald Trump believes Attorney General Jeff Sessions will likely leave his Cabinet at the end of the year, and so far has five potential replacements in mind who could take his place, reports Business Insider.

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