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Texas Supreme Court Examines $48,000 An Hour Legal Fee in H.L. Hunt Case

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Attorney Gregory Shamoun claims to have made a 50 percent contingency agreement with Albert Hill Jr. to settle the high-dollar family fight – an agreement that Hill Jr. is challenging, reports the Houston Chronicle.

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The Coal Ash Rule: Regulation, Litigation, and Strategies to Minimize Risk

Event, Dec. 13, 2017
Steptoe & Johnson’s Energy and Environmental, Products & Mass Tort Groups will host a webinar to discuss the implementation of the Coal Ash Rule, the current litigation landscape surrounding coal ash, and strategies for avoiding courtroom and regulatory challenges.

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Hogan Lovells Adds Three Business and Securities Litigators in New York

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Hogan Lovells has added Michael Hefter, Seth Cohen and Ryan Philp have joined the firm’s New York office as partners in the Litigation practice.

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How Lawyers Protect the Harvey Weinstein in Your Workplace

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NDAs are geared to ensure that the fraction of people who do come forward can’t warn others or bring claims to light, all of which contributes to the culture of silence around workplace harassment, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Florida Law Firm Fined $9 Million By Federal Court Over Tobacco Litigation

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Farah & Farah and the Wilner Firm filed 1,250 frivolous tobacco claims against a trust fund for Floridians and survivors who suffered because of smoking, the court found.

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GM to Pay $120M in Multistate Defective Ignition Switch Settlement

GM to Pay $120M in Multistate Defective Ignition Switch Settlement

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The settlement is tied to violations of consumer protection laws and is on top of GM’s previous penalties and settlements of an estimated $2.5 billion, according to The Detroit Free Press.

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Appeals Court Tosses $72 Million Award in Talcum Powder Case

Appeals Court Tosses $72 Million Award in Talcum Powder Case

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The appeals court cited a Supreme Court ruling in June that placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed, saying state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred.

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Disney Takes Insurer AIG to Court Over ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Settlement

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The Walt Disney Company is going to battle with its insurer, AIG, as it seeks coverage for a massive settlement in the “pink slime” defamation case, Variety is reporting.

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Jury Slaps JPMorgan Chase with $6 Billion-Plus Verdict in Sabre Creator’s Estate

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A jury has awarded the widow and heirs of Sabre airline reservation system pioneer Max D. Hopper more than $6 billion in damages after finding JPMorgan Chase in breach of its fiduciary duty in administering the multimillion-dollar Hopper estate.

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Proving Liability in Las Vegas Shooting Could be Challenging

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Despite the reported size of the killer’s estate, given the large number of potential claims related to the horrific injuries and deaths he caused, the chance that any particular victim will be justly compensated from the estate does not appear to be likely, says Dallas attorney Timothy Zeiger.

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Construction Contracts, Third Party Claims and Tort Law Liability

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Carl R. Pebworth, a partner in Faegre Baker Daniels, asks and answers the question: What tort obligations does a design professional on a construction project owe to non-parties – like, for example, the persons who will use what has been designed after it is built?

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J&J Blames Jury Misconduct for $417 Million Talc Verdict

J&J Blames Jury Misconduct for $417 Million Talc Verdict

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Johnson & Johnson said a $417 million verdict in a talc powder cancer case should be thrown out because three jurors were excluded by fellow panelists from the decision-making process, reports Bloomberg Technology.

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Patent Suit Filings Plunge in East Texas Following Supreme Court Ruling

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New lawsuits are down — way down — in the mostly rural district that was once the national hotspot for patent disputes, reports Ars Technica, citing a study by IP litigation research company Lex Machina.

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Lessons Learned: Vendor Sued in Class Action Suit for Security Misses

Lessons Learned: Vendor Sued in Class Action Suit for Security Misses

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A recent federal class action suit filed in Pennsylvania against Aetna and its vendor illustrates several new privacy and security considerations for vendors and their customers, writes Eric Begun of King & Fisher.

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Amy Rudd Joins DLA Piper’s Litigation Practice as Partner in Austin

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Amy Rudd has joined DLA Piper’s Litigation practice as partner in the Austin office, the firm announced.

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Las Vegas Firm Files Lawsuit Against Bump Stock Manufacturer

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Eglet Prince law firm filed the 30-page suit in state district court, citing claims of negligence, infliction of emotional distress, products liability and public nuisance, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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Fox News’ General Counsel, Under Legal Siege, Takes Leave From Network

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Dianne Brandi could prove to be a key figure in a federal investigation because of her long and close association with Roger Ailes, who was ousted from Fox last year amid harassment allegations, reports The Washington Post.

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Dallas Attorney Clayton Bailey Named Benchmark Litigation Star

Dallas Attorney Clayton Bailey Named Benchmark Litigation Star

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Trial and appellate attorney Clayton Bailey of Dallas has earned recognition for a fourth consecutive year as a “Local Litigation Star” in the Benchmark Litigation guide to the nation’s top lawyers.

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Yes, Overtime Laws Apply To Law Firms

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A pair of lawsuits allege two Florida law firms failed to pay administrative workers proper overtime wages in compliance with the Fair Labor Standard Act, reports Above the Law.

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‘It Will Be Momentous’: Supreme Court Embarking on New Term

‘It Will Be Momentous’: Supreme Court Embarking on New Term

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When the Supreme Court convenes for a new term Monday, it will face of docket that includes controversial cases involving voting rights, religious liberty, protection from discrimination, and privacy in an increasingly monitored society, reports The Washington Post.

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