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Alexander Dubose Jefferson Adds Former Appellate Justice

Alexander Dubose Jefferson Adds Former Appellate Justice

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Bill Boyce, a justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston for 11 years, has joined Alexander Dubose & Jefferson in the firm’s Houston office.

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Mineral Interests: Executive Right Holder Liable for Refusing to Lease

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The article in the Energy & the Law blog explains that the case presented an opportunity for the court to apply the guidelines outlined in an earlier ruling to a different scenario: whether the executive breached the duty by refusing to lease.

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When Union Contracts And Overtime Law Conflict: Court Provides Balance For Employers

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The case involved an offshore oil worker whose contract called for 12-hour shifts for a week and required him to be on the off platform between shifts.

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Download: Zapproved’s Latest Guide for a Quick Reference to Essential Ediscovery Law

Download: Zapproved’s Latest Guide for a Quick Reference to Essential Ediscovery Law

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The new guide from Zapproved covers relevant critical sections of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and includes case law examples.

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Chicago Lawyer, Client Sanctioned More Than $1M for Frivolous Condo Association Lawsuits

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The Cook County Record is reporting that a county judge has ordered more than $1 million in sanctions and penalties against a lawyer and his client in connection with a litany of legal actions against a condo association.

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Female Attorneys Sue Biglaw Firm Over ‘Fraternity’ Atmosphere, Allege Bias Against Women

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Jones Day is being sued for gender, pregnancy and maternity discrimination to the tune of more than $200 million, reports Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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A Judge Angered a Politically Connected Law Firm, Then Quickly Lost Her Job

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State investigators say they responded to Pond Lehocky’s complaint by pulling eight years of Andrea McCormick’s emails and determined that she had violated multiple policies.

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Ohio Judge Reprimanded for Hearing Cases He Once Litigated

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Bloomberg Law reports that Judge Robert Nathaniel Rusu Jr. heard about 170 cases where he had previously served as the attorney of record, according to the court’s findings.

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Murder-for-Hire of North Texas Woman Featured on ‘In Ice Cold Blood’ TV Series

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Fears Nachawati trial lawyer Matthew McCarley will be featured in an upcoming episode of the true crime show “In Ice Cold Blood,” detailing the murder-for-hire of a 69-year-old woman who was killed for her $5 million life insurance policies.

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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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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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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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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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Biglaw Co-Chair Charged in College Bribery Scheme

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Caplan was arrested at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and was released on $500,000 bail after appearing in Manhattan federal court.

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Roundup Cancer Claims Could Come Down to a Feather’s Weight

Roundup Cancer Claims Could Come Down to a Feather’s Weight

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Roundup, not hepatitis, caused the plaintiff’s cancer, his lawyers argued at a critical juncture in the company’s second U.S. trial over the popular herbicide.

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Are Contractor Agreements Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed On?

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A recent ruling in an Alabama federal court illustrates how having a valid independent contractor agreement is not necessarily an impenetrable magic shield automatically rendering misclassification claims null and void, according to Fisher Phillips’ Gig Employer Blog.

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