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Big Pharma’s Tobacco Moment as Star Lawyers Push Opioid Suits

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Six states have sued opiod markers, alleging they have created a public health crisis.

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GM Accuses Bankruptcy Trust of Secret $1 Billion Stock Plot

GM Accuses Bankruptcy Trust of Secret $1 Billion Stock Plot

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As Bloomberg’s Erik Larson explains, the accord will pit GM against the “Old GM” General Unsecured Creditors Trust for the first time since the 2009 bankruptcy sale created the split to save the company.

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11th Circuit Holds Arbitrators Have Venue-Setting Authority in International Arbitrations

11th Circuit Holds Arbitrators Have Venue-Setting Authority in  International Arbitrations

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Alston & Bird asks and answers the question: In an international arbitration, when an arbitration provision is ambiguous about the seat of the arbitration, who resolves the question?

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Confusion Between ‘FMLA’ and ‘Maternity Leave’ Sends Employer to Trial

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HR Dive reports on a federal case in which an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act suit will go to trial over how she was fired after confusion about how much leave she had available.

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Download: In-Depth Analysis and Tips for Improving E-Discovery Strategy

Download: In-Depth Analysis and Tips for Improving E-Discovery Strategy

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Zapproved has published an exclusive report that reveals insights about current and year-over-year changes in legal hold and data preservation processes.

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Firm Wants Former Employee’s Millions From Recent Settlement; ‘Absurd,’ He Replies

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Forbes tells the story of a plaintiffs lawyer whose former firm wants nearly all of his $2.45 million in fees from a settlement he worked on for 13 years, even though he resigned from the firm in 2004.

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Download: The Definitive Guide to E-Discovery

Download: The Definitive Guide to E-Discovery

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Exterro has published “The Definitive Guide to E-Discovery” and made the 90-page document available for free downloading.

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Trump’s Real Personnel Victory: More Conservative Judges

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While the public watches President Trump churn through White House staff members, his Administration is humming along nicely in filling federal judgeships, with the enthusiastic assistance of the Republican majority in the Senate, points out Jeffrey Toobin in The New Yorker.

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Newlyweds Ordered to Pay Photographer More Than $1M In Damages

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Do words matter? A Dallas County jury recently ruled — to the tune of $1 million — that they do, according to a post by Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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Family of Brothers Electrocuted in Fort Worth Park File Suit Against Oncor

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The family of two young brothers electrocuted by a downed Oncor power line in a Fort Worth park have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the electric utility company.

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McKool Smith Secures $9.4 Million Verdict for Quincy Jones Against Michael Jackson Estate

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The $9.4 million jury verdict was on behalf of legendary music producer Quincy Jones against the late music icon Michael Jackson’s production company, MJJ Productions Inc., in a breach of contract and royalty dispute.

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In Texas, Guns and Alcohol Can Be OK – If People Aren’t Drunk

In Texas, Guns and Alcohol Can Be OK – If People Aren’t Drunk

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A Texas appellate court ruled that when people are drinking, but not obviously intoxicated, it can’t be assumed that a serious injury will happen just because there’s a gun around.

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Law Firm Releases Documents in Litigation, Angering Monsanto

Law Firm Releases Documents in Litigation, Angering Monsanto

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Monsanto said it was outraged by the documents’ released in the Roundup litigation by Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, reports The New York Times,

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Once Again, Trump DOJ Busts Convention, Splits Government in High-Profile Employment Case

Once Again, Trump DOJ Busts Convention, Splits Government in High-Profile Employment Case

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The case of Donald Zarda, a skydiver who claimed his employer violated Title VII when it fired him after finding out he was gay, illustrates how the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Opportunity Commission can sometimes operate at cross purposes in litigation.

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Wells Fargo Lawyer Accidentally Releases Trove of Data on Wealthy Clients

Wells Fargo Lawyer Accidentally Releases Trove of Data on Wealthy Clients

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A Bressler, Amery & Ross lawyer representing Wells Fargo accidentally produced documents without redaction or confidentiality designations that revealed “billions of dollars of client account information.”

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Wells Fargo Oops: Confidential Data Went to Opposing Side

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In responding to a subpoena for information, a lawyer for Wells Fargo inadvertently sent the opposing attorney in a lawsuit a disc filled with confidential information, including Social Security numbers, for 50,000 of the bank’s wealthiest clients.

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The Supreme Court Delivers a Blow to Plaintiff Paradise

The Supreme Court Delivers a Blow to Plaintiff Paradise

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After the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck a blow against so-called litigation tourism, the fallout in St. Louis was quick, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful

Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful

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Employers should be wary of accessing an employee’s web-based email account without permission, writes Clarence Webster III of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

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The New York Times reports that the 56-page memo amounts to the most thorough government-commissioned analysis rejecting a generally held view that presidents are immune from prosecution while in office.

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Republicans Introduce Bills to Scrap New Bank Arbitration Rule

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The new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau rule would ban banks and other financial institutions from forcing arbitration clauses on customers to prevent them from bringing or joining class-action suits, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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