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Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

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Some Uber employees told Reuters that the Greyball technique was used against suspected local officials who could have been looking to fine drivers, impound cars or otherwise prevent Uber from operating.

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A New Start for U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling?

A New Start for U.S. Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling?

Podcast
A podcast from the Center on Global Energy Policy discusses the latest executive order on offshore oil and gas drilling and what political and legal challenges the order will face.

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House Republicans Just Voted to Change Overtime Rules for Workers

House Republicans Just Voted to Change Overtime Rules for Workers

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The bill could make it legal for workers to choose between an hour and a half of paid comp time and time-and-a-half pay when they work additional hours, The Washington Post reports.

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U.S. Accuses UnitedHealth of Medicare Advantage Fraud

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The accusation against the company is the latest, following separate lawsuits in two separate whistleblower lawsuits against the country’s largest health insurer, reports Reuters.

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The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

The Nation’s First Legislative Fracking Ban Is on the Books

Podcast
In an episode of Kane Russell Coleman Logan’s energy law podcast, director Tom Ciarlone discusses the nation’s first legislative fracking ban.

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Trump’s Losing Streak in Courts Is Traceable to Conservative Judges

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The Trump administration’s losing streak in courts around the nation has in large part been a product of precedents established by conservative judges in the Obama era, reports The New York Times.

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Not an Inside Job: How Two Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

Not an Inside Job: How Two Analysts Became SEC Whistleblowers

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Reuters tells the story of how two analysts who liked to swap notes on numbers they thought looked odd took a fateful step and tipped off U.S. regulators about a company that one of them had watched for months.

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U.S. Bank Fined, Ordered to Pay Remediation for Bankruptcy Filing Violations

U.S. Bank Fined, Ordered to Pay Remediation for Bankruptcy Filing Violations

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The OCC said that as a result of the bank’s bankruptcy practices, U.S. Bank “has made or will make approximately $29 million in remediation to approximately 22,000 account-holders.”

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Theranos Investors Say They Were Pressured to Abandon Lawsuit

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Theranos Inc. investors accused the company of threatening to file for bankruptcy protection if they don’t agree to give up their rights to sue the firm over its flawed blood-testing business, reports Bloomberg Law.

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EPA Announces Methane Rule Reconsideration, Adding to List of Obama-Era Rules Under Review

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Authors Whit Swift and Brittany Pemberton write that the Methane Rule applies to oil and gas facilities for which construction, modification, or reconstruction started after September 18, 2015.

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Jay Peak Resort Receiver Reaches $150 Million Settlement with Raymond James

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Michael I. Goldberg, the SEC appointed receiver in charge of the Jay Peak Resort and Burke Mountain Hotel in Vermont, reached a settlement agreement with Raymond James that will significantly benefit the defrauded investors and creditors of the receivership estate.

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The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

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Companies should examine their employment agreements to ensure compliance with the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, writes Evan Gibbs for Above the Law.

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Roy Moore’s Suspension Upheld By Alabama Supreme Court; Decision Next Week on Senate Race

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Moore was suspended over his administrative order against the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples, reports AL.com.

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Webinar: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System

Webinar: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System

Event, April 27, 11 a.m. CDT
Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP will present a free webinar, “Full Disclosure: Bridging the Information Gap Between Inventors and the Patent System,” featuring Fitch Even partner Michael J. Krautner.

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Trump’s Trademark Continues Its March Across the Globe, Raising Eyebrows

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This business enterprise poses legal and moral perils to the president, even though that business now is run by his two sons.

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Ex-U.S. Attorney Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’

Ex-U.S. Attorney Links Firing to Trump Team’s ‘Helter-Skelter Incompetence’

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Preet Bharara, the former U.S. attorney in Manhattan, calls the way his firing was handled a direct example of “helter-skelter incompetence.”

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Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

Removal of Energy ‘Burdens’ Could Have Huge Impacts

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A provision of the “energy independence” executive order signed by President Trump is so broad in scope that legal experts say it could affect numerous government responsibilities far beyond those that deal directly with energy and climate change, according to a post by Climate Central.

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Democratic Supreme Court Opposition Grows; Schumer Warns GOP

Democratic Supreme Court Opposition Grows; Schumer Warns GOP

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Senate Democratic opposition to Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee swelled Friday as Democrats neared the numbers needed to block Judge Neil Gorsuch with a filibuster, reports the Associated Press.

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Trump Appoints One of His Lawyers to Review Mergers

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Companies are hoping that the new Republican administration will be more permissive with mergers than the Obama administration was, The New York Times reports.

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Court: FERC’s Regulatory Structure Not Biased in Favor of Pipeline Applicants

Court: FERC’s Regulatory Structure Not Biased in Favor of Pipeline Applicants

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The district court concluded that if plaintiffs “are unhappy” with Congress’s chosen appropriations to FERC, plaintiffs’ “recourse lies with their legislative representatives,” according to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP’s Gavel2Gavel blog.

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