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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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Discrimination Defense Lawyer Confirmed for Trump Civil Rights Post

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Bloomberg Law reports that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Dreiband, a Jones Day attorney who defends companies accused of discrimination, to lead the Justice Department office that enforces anti-bias laws.

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Morrison & Foerster Will Eat $16M in Fees, Costs Pursuing Vets’ Claims

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Bloomberg Law reports that Morrison & Foerster LLP accepted a fee award from the U.S. Army that’s $16 million less than the fee the firm could have sought.

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BigLaw Partner Deletes Twitter Account After Insult Toward Trump Press Secretary

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The ABA Journal reports that the tweet was “a sarcastic response to the White House press secretary after she praised Sen. Lindsey Graham.”

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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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State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

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Lawmakers’ partisan disapproval of rulings appears to be a strong motivator for ousting judges, according to Governing.

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NDAs: Confidentiality and Context in the Workplace

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While threats of enforcement as to the agreement Omarosa Manigault signed while part of the administration have been bantered about, it appears that the legal battle will focus on an NDA she signed while working on the campaign, according to Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel .

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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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Michael Best Adds Former White House Deputy Counsel in Washington, D. C.

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Stefan Passantino, former White House Deputy Counsel in charge of compliance and ethics oversight, has joined Michael Best & Friedrich LLP.

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Senate Confirms Trump ‘Not Qualified’ Nominee and Obama Pick

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The Senate reached a deal Tuesday to swiftly confirm seven federal district court judges, helping President Donald Trump put an enduring stamp on the U.S. judiciary, reports Bloomberg.

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Decision Chips Away at the Enforceability of Teaming Agreements

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A recent decision from the Virginia Supreme Court further weakens the enforceability of teaming agreements, which may mean trouble for prospective subcontractors, according to an alert from Baker & Hostetler.

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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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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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Health Care Fraud: How a Strike Force is Selected for a City

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According to the Department of Justice, a Medicare Fraud Strike Force consists of a partnership between the DOJ and Department of Health and Human Services to prevent fraud and enforce anti-fraud laws.

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Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

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Lawyers for Good Government is led by executive director Traci Feit Love, a Harvard Law School graduate and former litigator for DLA Piper, one of the biggest law firms in the world.

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Nashville Attorney Confirmed As General Counsel for Department of Defense

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Paul Ney currently is the Tennessee chief deputy attorney general.

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Has the Government ‘Waived’ Goodbye to Strict Compliance with Your Contract Specifications?

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A recent Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision confirmed that waiver defenses can defeat government demands for strict compliance with contract requirements, reports Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman.

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Democrats’ Long-Shot Plan to Stop Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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Democrats plan to frame the process around women’s health and the future of legalized abortion, predicts The Los Angeles Times.

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