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What Not to Do: Construction Contractor Charged With Lying to OSHA

What Not to Do: Construction Contractor Charged With Lying to OSHA

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A case discussed in a Seyfarth Shaw blog provides an important lesson: Don’t lie under oath, especially when there exists discoverable evidence to the contrary.

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New York Regulator Subpoenas Insurance Broker Over Trump Organization Dealings

New York Regulator Subpoenas Insurance Broker Over Trump Organization Dealings

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The subpoena came after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told Congress the president inflated the value of assets to insurers, according to Reuters.

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Lawsuit: Trump Family-Planning Rule ‘Politicizes’ Medicine

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The new Department of Health and Human Services rule would prohibit family planning clinics funded by the federal Title X program from making abortion referrals.

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Texas Judge Reprimanded for Telling Jury God Said Defendant Was Innocent

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Judge ack Robison acknowledged to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct that his conduct was improper, adding that it might have been caused by stress from treatment for a severe medical condition.

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Florida Court Grants Emergency Suspension of Lawyer for Social Media ‘Attack of Massive and Continuous Proportions’

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She called an opposing lawyer “a moron and a sexist and a bully” and said another lawyer was “a backstabbing traitor” for representing “misogynist pigs, misogynist bullies.”

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Elon Musk Defiant As Judge Orders Him to Explain Tesla Tweets

Elon Musk Defiant As Judge Orders Him to Explain Tesla Tweets

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Tesla’s internal system designed to have an in-house lawyer vet Elon Musk’s tweets didn’t work in this case because his social-media minder didn’t bless the Feb. 19 post.

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UBS Lawyers Played Hardball With French Enforcers, Failed Spectacularly

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The bank has been ordered to pay more than $5 billion in the tax-evasion case — matching what was sought by prosecutors.

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U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Zero Emissions Credit Schemes

U.S. Supreme Court Asked to Review Zero Emissions Credit Schemes

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if the Supreme Court accepts the zero emission credits cases, it could clarify the scope of FERC’s authority to preempt state policy goals that interfere with the operation of wholesale markets, according to Verrill Dana LLP.

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Lawyer Told Prosecutor She ‘Doesn’t Know How To Act Like A Young Lady,’ Ethics Complaint Says

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According to the complaint, Clifford Woodards II challenged the prosecutor, Heather Washington over a plea deal for his client in a traffic case.

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Trump’s Emergency Declaration Echoes Harry Truman Failed Attempt

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Trump’s emergency declaration is similar to President Harry Truman’s attempted takeover of the steel industry to avoid a strike during the Korean War by the United Steelworkers of America.

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One of Apple’s Former Top Lawyers Faces Criminal Charges for Insider Trading

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The former senior director of corporate law and corporate secretary has been charged by the SEC with trading “on material nonpublic information about Apple’s earnings.”

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Facebook Fine Could Total Billions if FTC Talks Lead to a Deal

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Sources told The New York Times that the company and the FTC’s consumer protection and enforcement staff have been in negotiations over a financial penalty for claims that Facebook violated a 2011 privacy consent decree with the agency.

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Lawyer Lied About Cancer to Get Case Delays and Justify LSAT Score, Ethics Complaint Alleges

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The complaint alleges that Vincenzo Field made his fake cancer claims to courts as well as the law school.

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Michigan State Fires Former State Supreme Court Justice as GC

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A university spokeswoman said Young will receive a full payout of his contract, which was to run through May 2021, reports the Lansing State Journal.

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Fifth Circuit Suggests Claims for Make-Whole Amounts Should Be Disallowed

Fifth Circuit Suggests Claims for Make-Whole Amounts Should Be Disallowed

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The decision makes the Fifth Circuit unattractive to unsecured or undersecured lenders asserting claims for make-whole payments and default rate postpetition interest, Jones Day reports.

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Attorney Suspended for 3.5 Years After Offering Legal Advice for Go Fund Me Money

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As treasurer of the Kanawha Valley Soccer League, lawyer Mark Allen Glover allegedly transferred money from the league’s checking account to his personal checking account for personal use, reports The West Vieginia Record.

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New Advertising Rules Coming for Texas Lawyers, Law Firms

New Advertising Rules Coming for Texas Lawyers, Law Firms

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The requested revisions seem to streamline the rules and make them easier to understand and follow, although it will be difficult to determine the true impact until after the final language is approved and the rules are enacted.

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Biglaw Firm to Pay $4.6 Million in Case Tied to Manafort and Ukraine

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As part of the settlement, the law firm agreed to register retroactively as a foreign agent for Ukraine in addition to paying the government $4.6 million, reports The New York Times.

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DOJ Hiring Attorneys to Handle Property Seizures for Border Wall

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The attorneys likely will deal with eminent domain property seizures and quarrels with landowners over what their land is worth.

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Brexit Vote Prompts New Questions for UK, US Businesses

Brexit Vote Prompts New Questions for UK, US Businesses

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The historically large rejection of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposal is creating new uncertainty for companies doing business in the United Kingdom.

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