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Expropriation Ruling Explains Landowner’s Burden to Prove Severance Damages to a ‘Legal Certainty’

Expropriation Ruling Explains Landowner’s Burden to Prove Severance Damages to a ‘Legal Certainty’

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A Louisiana appellate court has added to the relatively sparse body of appellate rulings in pipeline expropriation matters with an unpublished opinion affirming that landowners whose property is expropriated must prove their entitlement to severance damages to a “legal certainty.”

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PG&E’s Legal Exposure to Liability for Fires Could Cost Customers – Or Lead to Bankruptcy

PG&E’s Legal Exposure to Liability for Fires Could Cost Customers – Or Lead to Bankruptcy

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If Pacific Gas and Electric Company is found liable for the devastating California fires now burning, the company’s customers could be on the hook to pay the bill, or even lead to a PG&E bankruptcy, according to The New York Times.

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IADC Journal Covers Asbestos, Punitive Damages and Manufacturers’ Legal Hurdles

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The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has published its fourth quarter 2018 Defense Counsel Journal (DCJ) with scholarly articles that explore current trends in the practice of law.

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Court Holds That Arbitration Clauses Bind Nonsignatories Who Seek to Enforce Contracts

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A post on the website of Pepper Hamilton describes a North Carolina case that involved non-signatories to a construction contract attempting to avoid the contract’s arbitration claim.

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Werner Co. Hit with $4.8M Jury Verdict for Defective Ladder

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The victim was severely injured in 2011 after one of the ladder legs bent inward, causing a fall resulting in loss of the use of his dominant hand.

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Oklahoma Jury Hits Health Insurer Aetna with $25.5 Million Verdict

Oklahoma Jury Hits Health Insurer Aetna with $25.5 Million Verdict

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The Oklahoman reports that jurors wanted to send a message to health insurer Aetna after hearing how the company’s overworked doctors denied an Oklahoma cancer patient’s claim for coverage for proton beam therapy.

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Forex-Rigging Settlements Yield $300M for Class Counsel

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The settlement is the third largest antitrust class action settlement in history, according to plaintiffs.

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West Mermis Named to National Best Law Firms for 2019

West Mermis Named to National Best Law Firms for 2019

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Houston-based construction and business litigation firm West Mermis, PLLC, has earned national recognition among the Best Law Firms in the country by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America.

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Suit Claims Competitors Lured Away Legal Clients With Payments From ‘Briefcase Full of Cash’

Suit Claims Competitors Lured Away Legal Clients With Payments From ‘Briefcase Full of Cash’

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The ABA Journal reports that a $30 million lawsuit alleges a personal injury firm had its clients stolen by two competitors who sent case runners to a pain clinic where they enticed the patients to switch firms.

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Review the Newest Volume of Ediscovery Case Law Summaries (Fall 2018)

Review the Newest Volume of Ediscovery Case Law Summaries (Fall 2018)

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Zapproved’s new Fall 2018 Ediscovery Case Law Summaries explores how recent spoliation, proportionality, and other ediscovery-relevant case decisions are guiding litigation.

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Supreme Court Weighs Google Settlement That Paid Class Members Nothing

Supreme Court Weighs Google Settlement That Paid Class Members Nothing

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“How can you say that it makes any sense?” Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. asked a lawyer for the members of the class.

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Lawsuit Claims El Paso Doctor, Lawyer Conspired to Violate State Law

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An El Paso neurosurgeon is the subject of a lawsuit filed last week, accused of unlawfully conspiring with a local attorney to solicit legal representation for a dying truck wreck victim, according to a release from Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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The Supreme Court Power Index: Judging the Most Powerful Judges

The Supreme Court Power Index: Judging the Most Powerful Judges

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A new study by Above the Law takes a unique approach to ranking the influence and impact of justices of the U.S. Supreme Court by rating them based on the career success of their former clerks.

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Paul Hastings Faces Malpractice Claims Over Cleanup Advice

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A California appellate court has given Tokai Intl. Holdings Inc. the go-ahead to proceed with cleanup cost-related malpractice claims against law firm Paul Hastings LLP, according to a Bloomberg Law report.

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Suit Alleges Trump Endorsements Misled Consumers and Defrauded Investors

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Defendants include President Trump, the Trump Organization and children Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump.

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Argument Preview: How Should Courts Decide If Parties to an Arbitration Contract May Aggregate Their Claims?

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SCOTUSblog reports that in Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varela, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit correctly held that an employer consented to class arbitration.

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Contract Case: Lack of Consideration – Or Not!

Contract Case: Lack of Consideration – Or Not!

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Writing in ContractsProf Blog, Myanna Dellinger discusses a case that “nicely demonstrates how the consideration doctrine is still relevant and, as always, the importance of getting contracts in writing even though they do not have to be.”

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Texas Lawyer Names Miranda Jones Top Woman in IP Law

<i>Texas Lawyer</i> Names Miranda Jones Top Woman in IP Law

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The statewide recognition is based on Jones’ intellectual property law experience and numerous successes and professional accomplishment.

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CEO Allegedly Stole Millions From Low-Income Customers to Pay for a Ferrari, a Private Jet and a Florida Condo

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American Broadband’s chief executive, Jeffrey Ansted, was held personally liable for the alleged misconduct as the FCC accused him of embezzling aid money and using it to pay for luxury goods such as an $8 million private Cessna jet.

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‘Frack Master’ of Texas Oil Fame Pleads Guilty to Massive Fraud, Faces Up to 12 Years in Prison

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Christopher Faulkner, the former CEO of Dallas-based Breitling Energy, became a star in business circles for his high-profile media appearances defending hydraulic fracturing or fracking, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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