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Bayer Bets on ‘Silver Bullet’ Defense in Roundup Litigation; Experts See Hurdles

Bayer Bets on ‘Silver Bullet’ Defense in Roundup Litigation; Experts See Hurdles

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Bayer has a better shot if a business-friendly U.S. Supreme Court takes up the case, experts said.

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Download: Gartner’s New Analyst Report on E-Discovery

Download: Gartner’s New Analyst Report on E-Discovery

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The report, which discusses six recommendations Gartner has for defining e-discovery process, can be downloaded from Exterro’s website at no charge.

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U. S. Judge Voices Doubt on Trump Bid to Block House Subpoena for Financial Records

U. S. Judge Voices Doubt on Trump Bid to Block House Subpoena for Financial Records

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A federal judge expressed astonishment Tuesday at arguments raised by President Trump’s lawyers seeking to block his accounting firm from turning over years of financial records to the House Oversight and Reform Committee, reports The Washington Post.

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Lawyers Spar Over $64 Million in Fees In $2.2 Billion South Carolina Nuclear Settlement

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The main point of contention was whether the 13 law firms that fought SCE&G for months before negotiating the settlement should earn $64 million in fees.

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Texas Court Addresses the Use of Contract Operators

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A recent Texas ruling illustrates the problems that can arise when parties to a joint operating agreement elect to have a non-owner serve as the operator, points out Austin Brister in the McGinnis Lochridge Oil and Gas Law Digest.

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U.S. State AGs Looking into Expedia Group, Hotel Practices in Antitrust Probe

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Court documents name the hotel chains Hyatt, Marriott, Caesars Entertainment Corp and Choice Hotels International Inc.

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Morrison & Foerster Trims Some Female Attorneys’ Claims, For Now

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The women are part of a proposed nationwide class action filed in April 2018.

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Judge Orders PG&E Directors to Visit Town Destroyed by Wildfire

Judge Orders PG&E Directors to Visit Town Destroyed by Wildfire

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The judge said he wanted the energy company executives to “see the gravity of what happened up there” and indicated he likely will join the tour.

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Broad Settlement Discharges Mineral Liens

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When you prepare, review and/or sign settlement agreements you sometimes pay less attention than you should to the details of those “standard” releases, writes Charles Sartain in Gray Reed’s Energy & the Law blog.

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Download: Designing an Information Governance Plan That Meets Your Ediscovery Needs

Download: Designing an Information Governance Plan That Meets Your Ediscovery Needs

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The guide breaks down the five key components that information governance shares with ediscovery and explains why the quality of your ediscovery depends on the quality of information governance.

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A GC Says She Was Told to Serve the Cake. She Complained, Then She Was Fired.

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The former general counsel of ExlService Holdings says in a lawsuit that she suffered from gender stereotyping in her job, illustrated by an order from the CEO that she serve cake to the company’s junior male employees at a company anniversary.

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Trial to Begin Over Claims Army Corps Knew of Flooding Risk in Wake of Hurricane

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An estimated 8,000 to 10,000 homes and businesses flooded near government-run dams to the west of Houston in 2017.

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Boeing Appoints Legal Czar to Oversee Fallout From Fatal 737 MAX Crashes

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Statements indicate Boeing plans to take an aggressive stance in responding to civil allegations and any potential criminal accusations.

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‘Frivolous’ Claims Lead to 7-Figure Sanction for Lawyer and Client

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Judge Margaret Ann Brennan imposed sanctions totaling $1,061,623 against Marshall Spiegel and his lawyer, John Xydakis, in a case involving a condominium association.

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Former Practice Chair Says Dentons Owes Her Over $390K

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Jessica Abrahams, now at Drinker Biddle & Reath, claims Dentons breached a contract that guaranteed she’d have the funds in her capital account returned to her if she left the firm.

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‘Immoral and Barbaric’: Cancer-Surviving Judge Blasts Insurer For Denying Lawyer’s Treatment

‘Immoral and Barbaric’: Cancer-Surviving Judge Blasts Insurer For Denying Lawyer’s Treatment

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One judge, who felt he had to recuse himself and who was a prostate cancer survivor himself, made it clear how he felt about the case.

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Landowners, Energy Companies Seek to Capture Court’s Ruling in Historic Hydraulic Fracking Case

Landowners, Energy Companies Seek to Capture Court’s Ruling in Historic Hydraulic Fracking Case

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The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has agreed to hear a case to consider whether the rule of capture applies to hydraulic fracking, reports The Hydraulic Fracking Blog of Norton Rose Fulbright.

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Webinar May 7: Contracts Litigation Report

Webinar, May 7, 2019
The Lex Machina contracts litigation event will cover the latest findings and trends on top law firm and party data, timing metrics, case resolutions, damages awards, and more.

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Merger Agreement Termination Based on Plain Contract Language

Merger Agreement Termination Based on Plain Contract Language

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The article expands on key takeways from the ruling, including the need for struct compliance with notice provisions, the lack of implied duty to warn a counterparty of its mistake, the discoverability of text messages, and enforceability of reverse termination fees.

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Luxury Goods In-House Lawyer Sues Employer for Alleged Harassment

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The plaintiff says executives shrugged off her complaints of sexual harassment as “a byproduct of being an attractive woman who works at a company with a French culture.”

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