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Lawyer’s Alleged Misconduct Gets Her Jury Verdict Tossed as Sanction

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Bloomberg Law reports that a federal appeals court has ruled that a district court had the right to toss a jury verdict as a sanction because of the severity of a lawyer’s “continuous, contumacious” conduct.

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Houston Day Care Center Sued over Toddler’s Death in Hot Van

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The family of a 3-year-old who died after being left for more than four hours in a Houston day care center’s van in late July has sued the operator for negligence.

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How IRS Taxes Kill Plaintiff’s $289M Monsanto Weedkiller Verdict

How IRS Taxes Kill Plaintiff’s $289M Monsanto Weedkiller Verdict

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If you are the plaintiff with a contingent fee lawyer, the IRS treats you as receiving 100% of the money, even if the defendant pays your lawyer directly, writes Robert W. Wood for Forbes.

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Jury Hits Monsanto with $289 Million Verdict in Roundup Trial

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Ruling in favor of former school groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson, the jury awarded $39.25 million in compensatory damages and $250 million in punitive damages.

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The Entire W.Va. Supreme Court Faces Impeachment for Alleged Corruption

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Fourteen articles of impeachment allege corruption, maladministration, incompetence, neglect of duty and potential criminal behavior — impeachable offenses under the state constitution, according to The Washington Post.

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Probate Judge Largely Wipes Out Widow’s Big Verdict Against JPMorgan

Probate Judge Largely Wipes Out Widow’s Big Verdict Against JPMorgan

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The jury award was the highest in the U.S. for 2017, according to Bloomberg, but the judgment was reduced to $7.1 million, mostly in lawyers’ fees.

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Download: Basics of E-Discovery Guide (2nd Edition)

Download: Basics of E-Discovery Guide (2nd Edition)

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Exterro has published the second edition of its Basics of E-Discovery Guide and made it available for downloading at no charge.

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‘He Has Torn My Head Off’: Manafort Judge Known for Being Tough During Trials

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T.S. Ellis III regularly interrupts trial testimony with his own questions and demands that certain lines of inquiry be cut short, clearing up ambiguity that defense attorneys hoped to create, reports The Washington Post.

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Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

Army of Local Lawyers Itching to Fight Trump’s Policies

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Lawyers for Good Government is led by executive director Traci Feit Love, a Harvard Law School graduate and former litigator for DLA Piper, one of the biggest law firms in the world.

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Brett Kavanaugh Likely to Disappoint Conservatives With Recusals

Brett Kavanaugh Likely to Disappoint Conservatives With Recusals

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The choice ultimately would be up to him, but analysts said they’d be shocked if he didn’t sit out the case, according to The Washington Times.

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Biglaw Partner Suspended After Accusing Small-Firm Litigator of Using Pregnancy to Delay Trial

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“Parental leave is not a compelling circumstance justifying the severe prejudice” that will be caused by delaying the trial, Paul Reid argued.

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US Duck Boat Operators Under Scrutiny Following Branson Drowning Tragedy

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The latest tragedy should spur operators everywhere to take a close look at safety procedures and design issues and ensure that personnel are properly trained to respond to emergencies, said Steve Fernelius of Houston-based Fernelius Simon.

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Las Vegas Shooting Victims Outraged Over MGM’s Lawsuit Against Them

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MGM Resorts International sued victims in at least seven states in a bid to get federal courts to declare the company has no liability for the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, reports the Associated Press.

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Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

Bitcoin Exchange Operator Faces 40 Years in Jail for Lying to SEC

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The virtual currency operator absconded with investors’ assets, exchanging them into U.S. dollars to buy groceries and to pay for travel and other personal expenses, reports Bloomberg Law.

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East Texas Firm Chalks Up $43.3 Million Med-Mal Verdict

East Texas Firm Chalks Up $43.3 Million Med-Mal Verdict

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In a new video, lawyers from Tyler, Texas-based Martin Walker PC discuss a recent medical malpractice case that yielded their client a $43.32 million verdict, including $25 million in exemplary damages.

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Oral Revocation of Consent Insufficient Where Contract Required Writing

Oral Revocation of Consent Insufficient Where Contract Required Writing

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A post on the website of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips discusses a case in which an Ohio federal court found that, where a contract required written revocation of consent to be contacted, a consumer’s attempt to orally revoke consent failed.

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White House Withdraws Judicial Nominee; GOP Didn’t Have Votes for Confirmation

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The nomination drew widespread criticism over articles Ryan Bounds wrote in the Stanford Review as an undergraduate that ridiculed multiculturalism and groups concerned with racial issues, according to The Washington Post.

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Former Baylor Coach Rips Pepper Hamilton, Calls Out Ken Starr

Former Baylor Coach Rips Pepper Hamilton, Calls Out Ken Starr

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A former football coach who lost his job at Baylor University had some harsh words for former Baylor president Ken Starr, but his strongest words are for Pepper Hamilton, the firm that investigated a sexual misconduct scandal involving football players.

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Lawyer Suspended for False Advertising, ‘Gross Incompetence’

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Daren Allen Webber’s incompetent representation of bankruptcy clients and violations of the rules on attorney advertising, the federal court found.

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Netflix v. Winston & Strawn Spotlights Advance Conflict Waiver

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The waivers—often broadly worded and vague—have become a regular feature of retainer agreements that large law firms execute with corporate clients, according to Bloomberg Law.

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