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Florida Supreme Court Foils Governor’s Plan to Pick New Justices

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The Florida Supreme Court’s ruling is a major rebuke to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott, who wanted to pick the new justices before he leaves office.

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Firms Cite 1851 Law in Fatal Missouri Duck Boat Accident, Seek Mediation

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The companies’ petition states that under the federal law, they would not owe any damages because the boat carried no freight and was a total loss.

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Champagne Remark May Cost Lawyer $289 Million Bayer Award

Champagne Remark May Cost Lawyer $289 Million Bayer Award

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Brent Wisner, the lead trial attorney who in August convinced a jury that Monsanto Co.’s Roundup weed killer caused his client’s cancer, irked the judge handling the case so profoundly that she’s considering tossing the verdict and ordering a new trial, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Recent Oil and Gas Verdict Highlights Importance of FLSA Compliance

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A recent case from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania highlights how expensive a Fair Labor Standards Act case can be.

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Discrimination Defense Lawyer Confirmed for Trump Civil Rights Post

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Bloomberg Law reports that the U.S. Senate has confirmed Eric Dreiband, a Jones Day attorney who defends companies accused of discrimination, to lead the Justice Department office that enforces anti-bias laws.

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Texas Lawyer Who Claimed Political Donations Influenced Appeal Faces Possible Discipline

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Plaintiffs’ lawyer John McCraw of Dallas is facing possible disciplinary action because he filed a motion asking two appellate court justices to remove themselves from a case, according to Dallas Observer.

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Contracting Around Class Actions, a Win for Employers

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A recent Ninth Circuit ruling that Uber’s arbitration agreements did not violate the National Labor Relations Act provides a major victory to Uber by requiring each plaintiff to separately arbitrate his or her claims.

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Morrison & Foerster Will Eat $16M in Fees, Costs Pursuing Vets’ Claims

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Bloomberg Law reports that Morrison & Foerster LLP accepted a fee award from the U.S. Army that’s $16 million less than the fee the firm could have sought.

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Vizio Reaches Potential Settlement for Its Spying TVs – And Victims Could Receive Less Than a Dollar

Vizio Reaches Potential Settlement for Its Spying TVs – And Victims Could Receive Less Than a Dollar

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Vizio has announced a potential $17 million settlement in a recent class action lawsuit, which could result in a pay-out that is as little as a few cents for each of the millions of affected customers, reports the New York Daily News.

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Founder of Tea Party Nation Has Been Disbarred for Trying to Scam Timeshare Owners

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Tennessee attorney Judson Wheeler Phillips, a senior partner with Nashville-based Castle Law Group, was accused of taking off with the money he earned from the fraudulent transactions, the Tennessee Supreme Court has ruled.

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Class Action Royalty Litigation in the Shale Plays

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A Haynes and Boone post analyzes nationwide trends in the filing and certification of royalty class action cases, which result in much greater exposure to producers than individual royalty owner cases.

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Overqualified? Or Too Old? Ex-GC’s Age Discrimination Case Takes Aim at Biased Recruiting Practices

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The Chicago Tribune tells the story of a former general counsel who had been unemployed and job hunting for three years when he came across a position that seemed promising, but the part that excluded any applicants with his years of experience.

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North Carolina Bar Accuses Florida Lawyer of Stealing From 2 Death Row Exonerees

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Orlando lawyer Patrick Megaro took excessive fees when he pocketed a third of the awards despite having done virtually no work on their exonerations or compensation cases, the state bar alleges.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Uber Can Force Drivers Into Individual Arbitration, Voids Class-Action

Federal Appeals Court Rules Uber Can Force Drivers Into Individual Arbitration, Voids Class-Action

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The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a lower-court order that had certified the drivers’ class-action effort.

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Former Skadden Partner May Face Charges Related to Manafort-Linked Ukraine Report

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The report was written by Skadden attorneys about the 2011 trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, a former prime minister of Ukraine who was found guilty of abusing her office.

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Cloak-and-Dagger Saga Over Cybercrime, Trump Dossier Plays Out in Miami Courtroom With Celebrity Lawyer

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A federal courtroom in Miami is now the intersection for a celebrity attorney, two major cybercrimes and a foreign tech firm with an ephemeral South Florida address and entanglement in the Trump-Russia probe, reports the Miami Herald.

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IBM Sued for Age Discrimination After Thousands of Older Workers Laid Off

IBM Sued for Age Discrimination After Thousands of Older Workers Laid Off

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The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs are among thousands of IBM employees to be laid off recently as the result of a shift in IBM’s focus to recruit millennials, reports USA Today.

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West Mermis Co-Founders Earn National Recognition

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Lawrence J. West and Joshua W. Mermis, co-founders of the Houston-based litigation boutique West Mermis PLLC, have both been named to the 2019 listing of The Best Lawyers in America as well as the 2018 listing of Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters.

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‘Outrageously Excessive’ Requests for Attorney Fees Can Be Altogether Denied, 3rd Circuit Says

‘Outrageously Excessive’ Requests for Attorney Fees Can Be Altogether Denied, 3rd Circuit Says

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Lawyers seeking the fees had admittedly tasked one lawyer with recreating time records that included vague descriptions and excessive hours, the appeals court said.

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State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

State Supreme Courts Increasingly Face Partisan Impeachment Threats

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Lawmakers’ partisan disapproval of rulings appears to be a strong motivator for ousting judges, according to Governing.

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