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BLM Proposes Rescission of 2015 Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

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The Bureau of Land Management has announced its recommendation that the hydraulic fracturing rule from 2015 entitled, “Oil and Gas; Hydraulic Fracturing on Federal and Indian Lands,” be rescinded, reports Fox Rothschild.

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Pharmaceutical Company Celgene Settles Suit for $280 Million

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The agreement, announced by federal prosecutors, came out of a lawsuit filed by a former Celgene saleswoman who said Celgene submitted false claims to Medicare and health care programs in 28 states and Washington, D.C.

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

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The New York Times reports that the 56-page memo amounts to the most thorough government-commissioned analysis rejecting a generally held view that presidents are immune from prosecution while in office.

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Disgraced Fugitive Lawyer Sentenced in Absentia to 12 Years in Prison

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The conspiracy included using false evidence of clients’ physical or mental disabilities in their claims, paying doctors to sign forms with little scrutiny, and bribing a Social Security judge, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz to Critic: ‘Watch Your Back. . . . I Already Know Where You Live

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President Trump’s longtime attorney representing him in the Russia investigations, reportedly sent angry, threatening and profane emails to a stranger who criticized him this week, reports The Washington Post.

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Trump Faces Obstacles in Bid to Re-Shape Key U.S. Courts

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Some of the courts best placed to thwart Trump’s agenda have liberal majorities that are likely to stay in place in the short-term, according to Reuters.

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‘No One’s Minion’ – Colleague Says Steady Hand, Moral Compass Mark FBI Nominee’s Career

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Former high level Justice Department lawyer Bill Mateja says his former colleague is ideally suited to weather the turbulent and politically charged approval process, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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Tillerson in Focus as Exxon Investigation Intensifies

Tillerson in Focus as Exxon Investigation Intensifies

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Schneiderman’s office considers the nation’s chief diplomat a central figure in a case that pits the ambitious Democrat against a Texas energy giant and has divided attorneys general nationwide, reports JWN.

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Potential Medicaid Cuts Put Savings of Middle-Class Elderly at Risk

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A Houston elder-care lawyer says the health care bill the U.S. Senate is fine-tuning could have profound effects on elderly people who rely on nursing home care.

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Ex-WellCare General Counsel Pleads Guilty in Florida Medicaid Case

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Thaddeus Bereday, indicted along with four other former WellCare executives in 2011, faces a maximum of five years in prison.

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The Litigation Storm Around President Trump

The Litigation Storm Around President Trump

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Cities, states, members of Congress, and watchdog groups are suing the president for a variety of claims, according to Bloomberg.

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Making Your Law Firm Media Savvy from Top to Bottom

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President Donald Trump’s complaints about anonymous media sources and unauthorized White House news leaks are symptoms of a lack of planning that offers an important lesson in crisis communications for law firms, writes Bruce Vincent of Muse Communications.

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Energy Department Seeks Input on Regulatory Reform

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This is part of a government-wide initiative to overhaul the federal government’s regulatory regime, set in motion with an executive order signed by President Trump, reports K&L Gates.

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Emoluments Clause Lawsuits Could Expose Trump Tax Filings

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Trump’s refusal to divest himself of his business empire led to the suits, partly based on the use of Trump International Hotel in Washington by representatives of foreign governments, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

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More States Likely to Sue over Opioid Epidemic

More States Likely to Sue over Opioid Epidemic

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States will be very tempted by the significant potential damages that may be awarded in court to try to recoup some of the costs of treatment, says Kent Sullivan of Jackson Walker LLP.

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Industry Lawyers Were Granted Ethics Waivers to Work in Trump Administration

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Documents released this week reveal that lawyers, lobbyists and industry executives who can now shape policies benefiting their former clients and companies have been allowed to work in the Trump administration, even with the president’s vow to “drain the swamp” of influence peddling, reports The New York Times.

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White-Collar Lawyers See Opportunity in Trump Scandals

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Politico reports that the Russia investigations are bad news for President Donald Trump, but they’re a blessing for white-collar lawyers and crisis consultants whose careers are primed to take off as the criminal probes unfold.

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Client of Disgraced Lawyer: ‘Everybody Knew He Would Run’

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Disability attorney Eric Connd had told at least six people he would flee the country instead of going to jail and now he has kept his promise, reports the Associated Press.

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Big Law Attorneys Think Twice About Trump Labor Gig

Big Law Attorneys Think Twice About Trump Labor Gig

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The search for political appointees to the DOL appears to be impeded by a shrinking pool of private attorneys willing to incur a lifelong Trump association, according to Bloomberg Law.

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CVS’s Omnicare to Pay $23 Million to Resolve U.S. Kickback Case

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Reuters is reporting CVS Health Corp’s Omnicare unit has agreed to pay $23 million to resolve a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that it took kickbacks from a drugmaker to promote two antidepressants, according to settlement papers.

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