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San Antonio Bans Chick-fil-A From Its Airport, Sparking Controversy

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The City starts out ahead, but Chick-fil-A could catch up if it shows that this decision was based solely on its unrelated speech rather than a standard contract-procurement process, according to Dallas attorney David Coale of Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst.

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‘Man, That is a Lot of Money’: Why PG&E Spent at Least $84 Million on Lawyers

‘Man, That is a Lot of Money’: Why PG&E Spent at Least $84 Million on Lawyers

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The vast majority of the total legal payments — $75.7 million — went to Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

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NCAA Athletes’ Lawyers Seek $45M in Fees After Winning Pay Case

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The request is based on fees of almost $30 million for hours spent on the complex antitrust class action, multiplied by 1.5 to reflect the case’s degree of difficulty and risk.

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Pepper Hamilton Ordered to Turn Over Baylor Investigation Materials to Plaintiffs’ Attorneys

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A U.S. district judge has ordered Pepper Hamilton LLP to turn over materials tied to the law firm’s 2015-16 investigation that led Baylor University regents to report the school had fundamentally failed in its Title IX implementation duties, reports the Waco Tribune-Herald.

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The Troubling Intersection of Royalty Disputes and Consumer Protection Laws

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There could be trouble ahead for operators if the future of royalty disputes lies increasingly within the province of states’ attorneys, according to Kane Russell Coleman Logan.

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Whistleblowing General Counsel Gets $1.87 Million Payday

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A statement from the agency said an appeal is being considered, should the judge uphold the jury’s verdict.

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Former BigLaw Lawyer Awarded $6.3m for Brain Injury Caused By Parking Garage Pipe

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Aja Diamond McCoy was a lawyer at the firm now known as Hunton Andrews Kurth when she suffered the injury.

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TWA Flight 847 Hijacking Victims and Families Win $353 Million Judgment Against Iran

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Washington federal Judge Richard Leon has entered a $353 million default judgment against Iran for its role in the 1985 hijacking of TWA Flight 847.

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Keeping Boilerplate Coupled to the Transaction: The Ongoing Struggles with ‘Wrap’ Arbitration Provisions

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The relevant hyperlink concerning arbitration was “neither spatially nor temporally coupled with the transaction,” the court found.

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Reichman Jorgensen Opens in DC With ITC Leader From Finnegan

Reichman Jorgensen Opens in DC With ITC Leader From Finnegan

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Reichman Jorgensen has opened a new office in Washington, D.C., and named Christine Lehman as managing partner of the office.

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Biglaw Partner Runs Face First Into Contempt Order

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Above the Law reports that a U.S. District Judge delivered a benchslap to a Baker Donelson partner and a senior public policy advisor after they tried to jump the line in a receivership situation involving a hundred-million-dollar Ponzi scheme.

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Webinar: The Role of Financial Experts in Commercial Litigation

Webinar: The Role of Financial Experts in Commercial Litigation

Webinar, March 26, 2019
Expert Webcast will present a complimentary webinar roundtable titled “The Role of Financial Experts in Commercial Litigation.”

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Unambiguous Terms of Written Contract Trump Claims of Fraudulent Inducement

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A recent Texas Supreme Court opinion provided a definitive answer to the question of whether a party can ignore the written words of a contract that directly contradict what you are being told by your counterparty is the real deal.

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5th Circuit Nixes Ex-NBA Star’s $1.5 mln BP Spill Claim – Because He Didn’t Lose Any Money

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The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a $1.5 million award to ex-NBA All Star David West, who claimed he qualified for a payout in the BP oil spill settlement because he earned less in 2010 than in 2009.

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How Has Personal Injury Changed Over Time?

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Three trends have dominated the practice of law, and personal injury law in Texas, writes Bryan O. Blevins, an equity partner with Beaumont, Texas-based Provost Umphrey Law Firm.

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High-Profile Defendants in College Scandal Hiring Biglaw Heavy-Hitters

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Defendants in the college admissions cheating scandal case have been turning to Biglaw firms for representation, including Cooley, Sidley Austin, Latham & Watkins, Boies Schiller Flexner, and Ropes & Gray.

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Biglaw Firm Sued for Role in $1.36B Grocery Chain Buyout

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The complaint alleges Cravath drafted the SEC filing “to procure stockholder approval and cover up prior wrongdoing,” and in doing so, pocketed $5.5 million in fees in what amounted to “a sham sale process.”

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Suit Against Lawyers of Mormon ‘Prophet’ Revived

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Former members of the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have provided enough evidence of misdeeds by their old lawyers for parts of a lawsuit to proceed.

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Arbitration Award ‘Irrational’ Because It Disregards Contract’s Plain-Text to Reach a Just Result

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The Ninth Circuit has ruled in a contract arbitration case that incorporated multiple Federal Acquisition Regulation clauses that govern the recovery of expenses in the event a contractor is terminated for convenience.

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Ruling Allows Sandy Hook Case to Go Forward: A Path Around Federal Protection for Gun Makers?

Ruling Allows Sandy Hook Case to Go Forward: A Path Around Federal Protection for Gun Makers?

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The decision that kept the landmark gun case alive possibly created a path that other mass shooting victims can follow to get around the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

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