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Download: FRCP & E-Discovery: The Layman’s Guide

Download: FRCP & E-Discovery: The Layman’s Guide

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Exterro has published “FRCP & E-Discovery: The Layman’s Guide” to sort out the technical aspects of the FRCP as they relate to e-discovery, supported with relevant case law and expert opinions.

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Inside Trump’s Legal Team: Trying to Protect the President From Mueller’s ‘Killers

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Trump’s legal team in the Russia probe is derided by some as being indiscreet, error-prone and outmatched, according to The Washington Post

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Republicans Attack ABA Over ‘Not Qualified’ Judicial Nominee Ratings

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As the ABA has emerged as a major stumbling block in President Donald Trump’s effort to transform the courts, the GOP is accusing the nonpartisan group of holding a liberal slant and is seeking to sideline it, Politico reports.

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2017 Data Discovery: Celebrity Lessons on Litigation, Legal Ethics, and e-Discovery

Webinar, Dec. 14, 2 p.m. EST
Reed Smith LLP will present a webinar offering a look back on celebrity data discovery law in 2017 and how it affects you and your organization.

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Is Non-Compete in Purchase/Sale of Family-Owned Business Enforceable?

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Michael P. Connolly discusses the case of E.T. Products, LLC v. D.E. Miller Holdings, Inc., in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently addressed the enforceability of non-compete agreements that had been negotiated in connection with a sale of a business.

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How Forced Arbitration and Non-Disclosure Agreements Can Perpetuate Hostile Work Environments

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It is possible for state lawmakers to crack down on corporate abuse of arbitration and non-disclosure agreements, but the prospects do not seem good, writes Michelle Chen for The Nation.

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Will Biglaw Firms Get Caught in the Weinstein RICO Lawsuit?

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Reporting on the filing of a RICO suit against the “Weinstein Sexual Enterprise” has brought up names of some Biglaw firms, but they’re not named in the complaint.

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Legal Symposium to Explore Groundbreaking Terror-Financing Case

Legal Symposium to Explore Groundbreaking Terror-Financing Case

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Werbner will discuss Linde, et al. v. Arab Bank PLC in a presentation titled, “Fighting Terror-Financing in the Courtroom,” during the State Bar of Texas Litigation Update Institute’s 34th annual course in January 2018.

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J&J, Bayer Ordered to Pay $28 Million in First Xarelto Loss

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The jury in Philadelphia on Tuesday ordered J&J and Bayer, which jointly developed the product, to pay $1.8 million in actual damages and $26 million in punitive damages, Bloomberg reports.

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National Ranking Guide Names AZA to Best Law Firms List for Sixth Year

National Ranking Guide Names AZA to Best Law Firms List for Sixth Year

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Houston’s AZA is listed in the 2018 top tier of area metropolitan law firms for commercial litigation. The selection of Best Law Firms is based on a rigorous process that includes client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from other attorneys in the same practice areas.

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A Twist in Oil Patch Arbitration

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Charles Sartain of Gray Reed discusses a recent case in which parties to the sale of a business sent their dispute to accountants to arbitrate.

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Is It Time for People to Breach Their NDAs and Speak Truth to Power?

Is It Time for People to Breach Their NDAs and Speak Truth to Power?

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Elie Mystal, writing for Above the Law, discusses some top factors to remember when dealing with a sexual predator who has signed you to a non-disclosure agreement.

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Ex-Akin Partner Guilty of Trying to Sell Secret U.S. Whistleblower Lawsuits

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As a former employee of the Justice Department, Jeffrey Wertkin had access to lawsuits filed by whistleblowers against companies on the government’s behalf to recover taxpayer funds paid out based on fraudulent claims.

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Judge to Trump Firms: Save Records for AGs’ Emoluments Lawsuit

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The AGs claim that the president’s continued ownership of his business empire allows him to make money from foreign and domestic governments.

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Judge Blasts Uber Lawyers, Delays Trade Secrets Trial

Judge Blasts Uber Lawyers, Delays Trade Secrets Trial

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Explosive evidence alleging that a covert Uber unit stole trade secrets and hid internal communications emerged in federal court on Tuesday in the bitter intellectual-property dispute between Waymo and Uber, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

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Law Firm Partners’ Battle: ‘Burn the Place to the Ground’

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The scorched earth legal battle over the Cellino & Barnes law firm has escalated, with one of the partners threatening to “burn the place to the ground,” according to court papers.

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Not So Fast: Limits of ‘Settlement Negotiation’ Protections

Not So Fast: Limits of ‘Settlement Negotiation’ Protections

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It’s far too simplistic to suggest that anything your company considers to be a “settlement negotiation” is going to be kept out of court, warns Joseph A. Schouten of Ward and Smith, P.A

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Two Burns Charest Lawyers to Lead Hurricane Harvey Flooding Class-Action Claims

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The plaintiffs in the case are Houston homeowners whose properties were ravaged by floodwater releases from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, which were designed for flood control.

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Virtual Data Rooms for Litigation

Virtual Data Rooms for Litigation

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Lawyers are taking advantage of virtual data rooms to communicate with their clients, experts and opposing counsel.

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Trump Adds Five Names to List of Potential Supreme Court Justices

Trump Adds Five Names to List of Potential Supreme Court Justices

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President Trump has added five names to his list of potential Supreme Court justices in a move that precedes the possible, but still unannounced, retirement of Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, reports USA Today.

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