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Supreme Court Poised to Rule on Trump Travel Ban, Union Fees, Other Cases

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The U.S. Supreme Court is heading toward the end of its current term, and remaining cases include the Trump travel ban, union fees, and regulations on Christian-based anti-abortion centers.

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BofA’s Merrill Admits Misleading Customers, to Pay $42 Million SEC Fine

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The SEC said Merrill falsely told customers that more than 15.8 million orders worth over $141 billion had occurred in-house, reports Reuters.

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Oil Firm, Once Called ‘Wolf of Wall Street Type’ Company, Sued By SEC for Fraud

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Company brochures said that some of the wells were expected to provide returns of 300 to 500 percent, a number the SEC said conflicted with geologist production estimates, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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What New Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Mean for Your Web Page

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The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published new accessibility guidelines on June 5. Those guidelines may be the de facto requirement for all U.S. websites under the ADA.

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Citigroup Agrees to Pay Fine Over State Libor Probes

Citigroup Agrees to Pay Fine Over State Libor Probes

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The accord is the latest development in probes by governments around the globe into manipulation of benchmark interest rates, reports Bloomberg.

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VA Nurses’ Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit Could Open Door to More Plaintiffs

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Class representatives brought the lawsuit on behalf of nurse practitioners and physician assistants from VA facilities across the country.

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Defrauded Students of For-Profit Schools Will Stay Indebted, Judge Rules

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A proposed class of borrowers had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim to revive an Obama-era policy that promised full debt forgiveness to students defrauded by the now-defunct, for profit Corinthian Colleges, reports Courthouse News Service.

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Wells Fargo Not the Only Bank to Have Created Unauthorized Accounts – But Regulator Won’t Identify Others

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency found “bank-specific instances of accounts being opened without proof of customer consent” as part of a review of more than 40 banks, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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Resigned Pruitt EPA Aide Lands GC Job in Oklahoma

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A former aide to embattled EPA director Scott Pruitt who has come under scrutiny for getting a significant pay bump has been hired to a position with the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, reports KFOR-TV.

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Blockbuster Term: Justices Could Determine Limits of Courts’ Ability to Check Trump Administration

Blockbuster Term: Justices Could Determine Limits of Courts’ Ability to Check Trump Administration

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The next term for the U.S. Supreme Court could bring some blockbuster rulings that will signal to lower courts how they should treat the unorthodox President Trump, predicts The Washington Times.

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Government Disclosures Shed Light on Big Law Salaries

Government Disclosures Shed Light on Big Law Salaries

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Law firm partnerships fiercely guard against disclosing what they pay their principals, points out Bloomberg Law. But partners must disclose compensation when opting for a government appointment.

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A Lawyer for Payday Lenders Is Confirmed for FTC Job

A Lawyer for Payday Lenders Is Confirmed for FTC Job

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Andrew M. Smith was part of the legal team that in 2012 defended AMG Services, the payday lender founded by the convicted racketeer Scott Tucker.

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Deciphering the State Bar of Texas Advertising Rules

Deciphering the State Bar of Texas Advertising Rules

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A lack of familiarity with advertising rules can lead to a firm or an individual lawyer having their ad, website, etc., labeled as “noncompliant” by the State Bar of Texas Advertising Review Department, warns Muse Communications.

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Littler Survey: Employers Reeling from Regulatory Shifts, New Forces Impacting Workplace

Littler Survey: Employers Reeling from Regulatory Shifts, New Forces Impacting Workplace

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Littler’s seventh annual survey of more than 1,100 employers reveals how companies are responding to rapid social and political changes.

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What Does the NRA Want With One of America’s Top Drug Lawyers?

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Federal law could cause pot users to lose their right to own firearms, even in states where marijuana possession is legal, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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GC and CEO of Bank That Hid Drug Cash Face U.S. Criminal Probe

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Bloomberg reports California bank branches near the Mexican border became a pipeline for the profits of organized crime starting in 2009, according to the Justice Department.

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20 Dismissed Colorado Royalty Cases: Is There a Good-Faith Basis for Filing in District Court?

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Two judges of the District Court for the City and County of Denver dismissed royalty underpayment lawsuits for failure to exhaust administrative remedies before the Commission, reports BakerHostetler.

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Biglaw Firm, Former U.S. Attorney Accused of Hacking Cover-Up

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The allegations are in a suit against former U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP, the global megafirm where she is now a partner, according to Bloomberg Law.

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‘Not Looking for Old White Guys’: Restaurant Chain Must Pay in Age Bias Suit

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The EEOC said applicants who were turned away were told they were “too experienced,” as well as, “we are not looking for old white guys.”

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No-Poach, No-Solicit Provisions of Corporate Agreements Now Face Criminal Prosecution

No-Poach, No-Solicit Provisions of Corporate Agreements Now Face Criminal Prosecution

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A nearly ubiquitous element of corporate conduct, thought to be legal and competitively harmless, now faces the prospect of criminal prosecution by the U.S. Department. of Justice, according to Locke Lord.

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