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June 28 Event: Experts Explore Ways to Control Litigation Costs

June 28 Event: Experts Explore Ways to Control Litigation Costs

Event, June 28, 2017, San Francisco
Leading in-house and outside counsel will discuss where they believe legal departments face the most pressure and how to successfully transform the management of litigation.

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Suit for Bad Frac Job Requires a Certificate of Merit

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Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law Blog discusses a case that asked whether a court must dismiss an engineering defect lawsuit filed without a certificate of merit with prejudice or may dismiss without prejudice.

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11th Circuit: ‘Completed Work’ Exclusion Does Not Bar Claims for Work Under Maintenance Contract

11th Circuit: ‘Completed Work’ Exclusion Does Not Bar Claims for Work Under Maintenance Contract

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The 11th Circuit found that the unambiguous language of an insurer’s “Completed Work” exclusion did not bar coverage for injuries sustained by a motorist injured at a railroad crossing who later sued the insured, reports Hunton Williams.

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Invitation: Summer Legal Conference, Berlin

Invitation: Summer Legal Conference, Berlin

Event, July 23-29, 2017
The CLE-qualified sessions will feature a diverse group of speakers, including a broad range of nationalities, backgrounds and ages, according to Knowledge Nomads.

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Bookkeeper Embezzled More Than $850,000 From Law Firm, Suit Alleges

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The family of the late Daniel Lilley, Maine’s highest-profile lawyer, is accusing a former bookkeeper of embezzling more than $850,000 from his law firm over a little more than four years, reports the Portland Press Herald.

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Success Factors for Compliance During Office 356 Migration

Success Factors for Compliance During Office 356 Migration

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The duty to preserve does not cease when an organization migrates data systems, Zapproved says on its website. In fact, not only does the duty persist, but it becomes more complex.

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Fear of Career Damage Led Woman to Sue Proskauer Anonymously

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Bloomberg Law is reporting that Proskauer Rose has become the latest Big Law firm to be hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit by a female partner.

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Law Firm Sues Insurer Over $700K in Lost Billings Due to Ransomware Attack

Law Firm Sues Insurer Over $700K in Lost Billings Due to Ransomware Attack

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The suit says the infection disabled the law firm’s computer network, meaning lawyers and staffers “were rendered essentially unproductive.”

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Speaking Out About Employer’s Personal Views Results in Termination

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Unhappy with his boss and former friend’s close association with the Trump administration, David Magerman aired his concerns about Renaissance Technologies President Robert Mercer in a February interview with the Wall Street Journal, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media.

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Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

Arbitration Clauses Extending to Non-Signatory Affiliates: Are They Enforceable?

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A recent decision of the New Jersey Appellate Division considered the enforceability of arbitration agreements by non-signatories, writes Marissa Tillem in Proskauer Rose’s Minding Your Business blog.

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This Company Declared War on a Patent Troll With a $50,000 Bounty

This Company Declared War on a Patent Troll With a $50,000 Bounty

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A group of lawyers who formed a company called Blackbird to file patent lawsuits against tech and retail firms may have chosen the wrong target, according to an article in Fortune.

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Weil Gotshal Benchslapped Over Fee Request

Weil Gotshal Benchslapped Over Fee Request

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The judge criticized Weil’s billing rates, the number of attorneys assigned and its lack of specificity in billing entries, trimming its fees to $488,452 and denying about $32,200 in additional costs.

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Arent Fox Adds Two Veteran Litigators in Washington, DC

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Arent Fox LLP has expanded its Complex Litigation practice with the addition of partner Linda M. Jackson and counsel Abram J. Pafford in the firm’s Washington, DC office.

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Court Issues Warning To The Bar Regarding Use Of ‘Boilerplate’ Discovery Objections

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Writing in the Jackson Lewis blog, Joshua Scott and Brett M. Anders explain that the issue arose when the court was reviewing a discovery dispute between the parties and noticed numerous objections that the court deemed to be improper “boilerplate objections.”

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Webinar: Effectively Using Offers of Judgment

Event, May 18, 11 a.m. CDT
Dinsmore litigator Brittany Kirk will provide an introduction to offers of judgment, discussing how to effectively leverage this risk-shifting tool to avoid litigation and associated costs.

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Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

Uber Faces Criminal Probe Over the Secret ‘Greyball’ Tool It Used to Stymie Regulators

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Some Uber employees told Reuters that the Greyball technique was used against suspected local officials who could have been looking to fine drivers, impound cars or otherwise prevent Uber from operating.

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Jury Awards Record-Setting $110.5M in Baby Powder Lawsuit

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A St. Louis jury has awarded a Virginia woman a record-setting $110.5 million in the latest lawsuit alleging that using Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder caused cancer, according to an Associated Press report.

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Three Join Greensfelder Litigation Team as Officers

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Katherine M. Fowler, Jonathan H. Garside and Erika N. Reynolds joined the firm May 1 as officers in the Litigation Practice Group.

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Litigator William P. Barry Joins Miller & Chevalier

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Prior to joining Miller & Chevalier, William P. Barry served as a partner at Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP, counselling public companies, investors, investment and retail banks, and non-U.S. companies seeking investments from U.S. entities.

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Two Ward, Smith Cases Make 2016 Top 100 Verdicts List

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Two verdicts won by East Texas law firm Ward, Smith & Hill are among the list of top 100 verdicts from 2016 as compiled by The National Law Journal.

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