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House Poised to Pass Bills Overhauling Civil Litigation

House Poised to Pass Bills Overhauling Civil Litigation

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The far-reaching bills address class actions, asbestos cases and attorneys who file “frivolous” suits, reports Bloomberg BNA.

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China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

China’s ZTE Pleads Guilty, Settles With U.S. Over Iran, NKorea Sales

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Reuters is reporting that Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp has agreed to pay $892 million and plead guilty to criminal charges for violating U.S. laws that restrict the sale of American-made technology to Iran and North Korea.

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U.S. Justice Department Targets Executives in Wells Fargo Probe

U.S. Justice Department Targets Executives in Wells Fargo Probe

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Reuters is reporting that a U.S. Justice Department probe into a phony accounts scandal at Wells Fargo & Co. is asking whether executives hid details from the company board and regulators as the problem grew over years.

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Trump Seen as Supportive of Business-Backed Litigation Bills

Trump Seen as Supportive of Business-Backed Litigation Bills

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An example is legislation calling for business-backed litigation measures, colloquially known as “tort reform,” reports Bloomberg BNA.

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Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

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Worker’s rights opinions written by Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, are often sympathetic but coldly pragmatic, and they’re usually in the employer’s favor, according to a review conducted by the Associated Press.

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U.S. Extends Its Search for Dirty Money in Real Estate

U.S. Extends Its Search for Dirty Money in Real Estate

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The U.S. Treasury Department said it will extend its search for criminals who seek to launder money by buying U.S. real estate, according to a Reuters report.

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Law Professors File Misconduct Complaint Against Kellyanne Conway

Law Professors File Misconduct Complaint Against Kellyanne Conway

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The 15 professors wrote that Conway should be sanctioned for violating government ethics rules and “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.”

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How States Are Using the Law to Bring Drug Executives to Heel

How States Are Using the Law to Bring Drug Executives to Heel

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The generic drug industry has come under fire the last couple of years because of staggering price increases, but now generic drug executives can expect to face tougher legal repercussions, reports MedCity News.

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How a Tax Code Overhaul May Affect You

How a Tax Code Overhaul May Affect You

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Despite what President Trump promised about simplifying the tax code when he was on the campaign trail, tax simplification isn’t a simple task, writes Charles Delafuente of The New York Times.

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Key Issues for Due Diligence of Government Contracts – Part II

Insight< br>Comprehensive due diligence review of any target company that performs government contracts should include evaluation of five broad categories relating to general business matters, Kimi Murakami writes in Part II of a report on Piliero Mazza’s PM Legal Minute blog.

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Older Judges and Vacant Seats Give Trump Huge Power to Shape American Courts

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President Trump could soon find himself responsible for appointing a greater share of federal court judges than any first-term president in 40 years, according to a report in The New York Times.

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Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update – February 2017

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Dentons has published the latest edition of its “Government Contracts Legislative and Regulatory Update a summary of the relevant changes that took place during January.

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Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey

Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey

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Healthcare and the False Claims Act, 2016 Survey summarizes the important laws, regulations, pronouncements, and cases of the past year, to inform healthcare providers and healthcare attorneys on this crucial statute in the healthcare industry.

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Be Ready to Prove Intent to Use or Actual Use of a Trademark

Be Ready to Prove Intent to Use or Actual Use of a Trademark

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A client alert from Cowan Liebowitz & Latman discusses two recent developments conveying similar messages regarding the need to maintain supporting evidence at both the trademark application and registration stages.

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Workplace Harassment: New Considerations for New Administration

Workplace Harassment: New Considerations for New Administration

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Navex Global will present a complimentary webinar titled “Managing Workplace Harassment: Trends and Objectives under the New Administration” on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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A Tax Overhaul Would Be Great in Theory, But Hard in Practice

A Tax Overhaul Would Be Great in Theory, But Hard in Practice

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Decisions that lawmakers made decades or even a century ago have essentially locked us into ways of doing things, as the cost of changing looms more heavily than the potential benefits of trying something different, writes Neil Irwin for The New York Times.

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Largest Immigration Law Firm in U.S. is Busy, Very Busy

Largest Immigration Law Firm in U.S. is Busy, Very Busy

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The only large U.S. law firm in the country dedicated solely to immigration work is in crisis management mode in the wake of President Donald Trump’s immigration order, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Judge Blocks $54 Billion Anthem-Cigna Health Insurance Merger

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A federal judge blocked the $54 billion merger between health insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, saying the deal would increase prices and reduce competition, according to a report by The Washington Post.

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Republican Plan Would Ease Wall St. Rules, As Party Embraces Deregulation

Republican Plan Would Ease Wall St. Rules, As Party Embraces Deregulation

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Hensarling’s plan would roll back Wall Street rules and consumer protections conceived after the 2008 financial crisis, a step that will largely define the financial deregulation debate in the Trump era, reports Reuters.

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Key Issues for Due Diligence of Government Contracts – Part I

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Comprehensive due diligence review of any target company is imperative when determining whether to buy another company, writes Kimi Murakami for Piliero Mazza.

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