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Oil Firm, Once Called ‘Wolf of Wall Street Type’ Company, Sued By SEC for Fraud

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Company brochures said that some of the wells were expected to provide returns of 300 to 500 percent, a number the SEC said conflicted with geologist production estimates, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Are Your Employees’ Electronically-Signed Agreements Enforceable?

Are Your Employees’ Electronically-Signed Agreements Enforceable?

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In several recent cases, employees have disputed that they electronically acknowledged an agreement with their employer,” writes Drew York for Gray Reed & McGraw.

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$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

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The settlement, which provides for a $10 million fund for customers and $6.75 million for plaintiffs’ attorneys, won final approval in November 2016, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Dallas Attorney Indicted for Allegedly Stealing From Client

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Walter Thomas Finley is charged with felony theft in a case involving the trust fund of an East Texas woman. 

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VA Nurses’ Class-Action Overtime Lawsuit Could Open Door to More Plaintiffs

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Class representatives brought the lawsuit on behalf of nurse practitioners and physician assistants from VA facilities across the country.

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Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

Trump’s Lawyer Michael Cohen Expects to Be Arrested Any Day Now: Reports

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An ex-White House official said that “Trump should be super worried about Michael Cohen” deciding to cooperate with federal prosecutors against the president.

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Defrauded Students of For-Profit Schools Will Stay Indebted, Judge Rules

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A proposed class of borrowers had asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim to revive an Obama-era policy that promised full debt forgiveness to students defrauded by the now-defunct, for profit Corinthian Colleges, reports Courthouse News Service.

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Texas Family Sues U.S. Over Church Massacre

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The lawsuit in federal court claims  the U.S. Air Force acted negligently when it failed to report the criminal record of gunman Devin Kelley to a U.S. database, reports Reuters.

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Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Receive Class Action Status in VA Overtime Suit

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A federal judge has certified a class action lawsuit involving nurse practitioners and physician assistants accusing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to pay overtime since 2006.

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Fifth Circuit Allows Non-Signatories to Enforce Arbitration Agreement

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The Fifth Circuit has affirmed an order compelling arbitration, despite the fact that the parties seeking to compel arbitration were not signatories to the relevant arbitration agreement, according to Carlton Fields.

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Blockbuster Term: Justices Could Determine Limits of Courts’ Ability to Check Trump Administration

Blockbuster Term: Justices Could Determine Limits of Courts’ Ability to Check Trump Administration

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The next term for the U.S. Supreme Court could bring some blockbuster rulings that will signal to lower courts how they should treat the unorthodox President Trump, predicts The Washington Times.

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Subcontractors Sue Valero Over Explosion at Texas City Refinery

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The workers are seeking damages based on claims that they suffered orthopedic injuries and hearing loss from the accident and are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, reports the San Antonio Business Journal.

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North Texas Spa Sued Over Drowning Death in Sensory Deprivation Tank

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A Texas plaintiff has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against The Float Spot, alleging the company’s negligence led to the drowning death of a 71-year-old woman in one of its aquatic sensory deprivation tanks.

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Goldman Sachs Vice President Charged With Insider Trading

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Woojae “Steve” Jung, a 37-year-old Korean citizen, is charged with trading illegally on confidential information relating to upcoming transactions and merger negotiations that he was privy to through his job, reports Reuters.

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Texas Appellate Court Affirms $11M Jury Verdict for Deadly Choctaw Casino Bus Crash

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A Texas appellate court has affirmed an $11 million verdict against the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, upholding a May 2016 jury verdict that the Choctaw Casino bore responsibility for a deadly 2013 crash.

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Jury Awards $25.75 Million in Talc-Mesothelioma Case Against Johnson & Johnson

Jury Awards $25.75 Million in Talc-Mesothelioma Case Against Johnson & Johnson

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The verdict by jurors in Los Angeles Superior Court before Judge Gloria White-Brown includes $21.75 million in compensatory damages and $4 million in punitive damages.

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Federal Prosecutors Poised to Get More Than 1 Million Files Seized From Michael Cohen’s Phones

Federal Prosecutors Poised to Get More Than 1 Million Files Seized From Michael Cohen’s Phones

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A special master said investigators have already been given access to nearly 300,000 pieces of potential evidence seized from Cohen’s office and residences in an April raid, reports The New York Times.

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Truth in a Post-Truth Era: Sandy Hook Families Sue Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist

Truth in a Post-Truth Era: Sandy Hook Families Sue Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist

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Jones has claimed that the 2012 shooting that killed 20 first graders and six adults at the elementary school in Newtown, Conn., was an elaborate hoax invented by government-backed “gun grabbers,” according to The New York Times.

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Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. Has Joined Litigation Economics

Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. Has Joined Litigation Economics

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Gauri Prakash-Canjels, Ph.D. has joined Litigation Economics, LLC as a principal in its Washington, DC office.

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Is a Biglaw Firm About to Be Investigated By Robert Mueller?

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Leading the speculation is Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti, who has said that the apparent reason the firm cultivated a relationship with Cohen was to supplement its lobbying business, reports Above the Law.

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