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Trump Appointing Judges at Rapid Pace

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A data analysis by the Los Angeles Times has found that President Trump is ranked sixth of 19 presidents for appointing the highest number of federal judges in their first year.

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Appellate Court Tosses $2.9M Judgment in Breach of Contract Case

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The Texas 4th Court of Appeals in San Antonio found that the former lawyer retained by the two energy companies filed an agreement in a breach of contract lawsuit without signing it, and failed to keep the companies apprised of court events.

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Biglaw Firm Hit With $300 Million Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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Ogletree, Deakins nonequity shareholder Dawn Knepper has hit her employer with a $300 million purported class-action suit alleging gender discrimination and unequal pay, reports Above theLaw.

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Workplace Lawyers Race Against the Trump Clock

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Labor lawyers rush to lock in payouts ahead of a shifting legal landscape, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Judge Fines Environmental Attorneys $52,000 for ‘Frivolous’ Injection Well Suit

Judge Fines Environmental Attorneys $52,000 for ‘Frivolous’ Injection Well Suit

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A federal judge has ordered a pair of attorneys for an environmental group to pay $52,000 in legal fees to an energy company because, the judge said, they filed a “frivolous” legal challenge to a fracking waste injection well in Pennsylvania, according to a report by StateImpact.

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Defend, Indemnify, Hold Harmless – What This Contract Language Means for A/E Professionals

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J. Brandon Sieg of Vandeventer Black LLP addresses the question of what is meant when a contract requires an architect or engineer to “defend, indemnify, and hold harmless” the project owner for specific (or not so specific) types of claims that might arise in the future.

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Download: ‘Comprehensive E-Discovery Workflow Guide’

Download: ‘Comprehensive E-Discovery Workflow Guide’

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The Exterro resource compiles four checklists documenting best practices for each stage of the e-discovery process.

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Billionaire Files Legal Malpractice Suit Over $214M Judgment

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The plaintiff claims that he would not have been liable had Kaye Scholer and partner Peter Haveles objected to faulty jury instructions that Rennert has said led to an “irrational” February 2015 verdict, reports Reuters.

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2018’s Top 10 Legal Challenges in Privacy and Data Security

2018’s Top 10 Legal Challenges in Privacy and Data Security

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In an article for Bloomberg Big Law Business, Wiley Rein LLP’s Kirk Nahra details the top-10 U.S. and international developments in 2018 that companies must be aware of to ensure an effective information security program.

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Choice of Venue Provision Upheld in Employment Contract

Choice of Venue Provision Upheld in Employment Contract

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Forum selection clauses that are not adhesive will be interpreted independently of the court’s determination of the enforceability and validity of the contract as a whole, according to a post in Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice’s Employment Law Blog.

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Here are the Major Questions Before the Supreme Court This Year

Here are the Major Questions Before the Supreme Court This Year

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Los Angeles Times reporter David G. Savage takes a look at the most-interesting legal issues that the U.S. Supreme Court will be facing during the first half of the new year.

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Trump’s Effort to Stop Publication of Scathing Book is a Break in Precedent

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Inn aDouglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University, likened Trump’s actions this week to those of Richard M. Nixon, reports Slate.

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Southwest Airlines Reaches $15 Million Settlement in Price Collusion Lawsuit

Southwest Airlines Reaches $15 Million Settlement in Price Collusion Lawsuit

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Southwest Airlines agreed to pay $15 million to settle nationwide antitrust litigation by passengers who accused the four largest U.S. carriers of conspiring to raise fares by reducing seating capacity, reports Fortune.

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Spotify Hit With $1.6B Copyright Suit Over Tom Petty, Neil Young Songs

Spotify Hit With $1.6B Copyright Suit Over Tom Petty, Neil Young Songs

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A music publishing company has filed a lawsuit in California federal court that alleges that Spotify is using tens of thousands of popular songs without a license and compensation, reports Billboard.

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Webinar: The 2017 Open Source Year in Review

Event, Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. EST
Black Duck will present a complimentary webinar reviewing the past year’s legal developments in open source software on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

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GM Wins Ruling That Could Narrow Ignition Switch Litigation

GM Wins Ruling That Could Narrow Ignition Switch Litigation

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The judge in the multi-district litigation ruled that the expert testimony offered by plaintiffs was unreliable, and their opinions “do not pass muster.”

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Apple’s iPhone Slowdowns Have Customers Hurrying to Court

Apple’s iPhone Slowdowns Have Customers Hurrying to Court

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Bloomberg Law reports that IPhone users have begun racing to courthouses, infuriated by an Apple Inc. software update that slowed down the operation of their smartphones.

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The Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Coming. Here’s What They’re Likely to Say.

The Net Neutrality Lawsuits Are Coming. Here’s What They’re Likely to Say.

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Consumer groups and some state attorneys general have vowed to sue the FCC to overturn its net neutrality decision, writes Brian Fung in an article for The Washington Post.

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Whistleblowers’ Lawsuit Leads to Massive Medical Fraud Settlement

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The payments cap off longstanding allegations of a vast medical-fraud conspiracy between a major hospital chain and the physicians groups that bilked federal and state healthcare programs, reports The Charlotte Observer.

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Trump Judicial Nominee Struggles to Answer Basic Legal Questions at Hearing

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Matthew Spencer Petersen, who  is up for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, had to acquiesce on many occasions that his “background was not in litigation,” CNN reports.

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