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Litigator Len Wade Joins Jackson Walker

Litigator Len Wade Joins Jackson Walker

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Jackson Walker announced that Len A. Wade has joined the firm as a partner in the Fort Worth office. Wade has experience as a trial lawyer, mediator, arbitrator, and judge.

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Assault Allegations Highlight Home Service Call Vulnerabilities, Plaintiff’s Attorney Says

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A lawsuit has been filed against cable company Charter Communications and its third-party cable installation partner DCOMM after the alleged sexual assault of a 72-year-old Dallas woman.

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Harvey Weinstein’s Insurer Refuses to Pay for Legal Defense

Harvey Weinstein’s Insurer Refuses to Pay for Legal Defense

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Chubb Indemnity Insurance Co. sued Weinstein on Wednesday, asking the New York Supreme Court for a declaration that it is not obliged to fund the disgraced producer’s legal defense, according to Variety.

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Indemnification Clauses and Defining the Relationship

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As an attorney-client relationship comes with a number of privileges and obligations, understanding when that relationship comes into being is crucial, cautions Robert J. Glowacki Jr. of Poyner Spruill.

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Landman Contract Defeated by the Statute of Frauds

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Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law blog describes a contract case in which an oil and gas landman found out that the contract he signed with a purported agent for a client was unenforceable.

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States to Forego Most of $650M Legal Settlement With Takata

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Attorneys general for the states alleged that Takata concealed air bag safety issues and failed to disclose safety defects.

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Ponzi-Scheming Company’s GC (and Texas State Senator) Guilty on 11 Charges

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Prosecutors said the state senator used his prestige to lend credibility to the company for which he served as general counsel.

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4th Annual Federal Judges Survey – Full Report Released

4th Annual Federal Judges Survey – Full Report Released

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The Exterro report is a compilation and analysis of the responses of 30 judges to questions about attorney and judicial e-discovery proficiency, recommendations for improvements, and their thoughts on how legal teams are using new e-discovery rules.

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Detours on the Way to Your Contractually Selected Forum

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Global Private Equity Watch finds some good news for the careful transactional lawyer who drafts a bespoke forum clause in a contract.

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Claim of Fraudulent Inducement of a Construction Contract Does Not Invalidate Arbitration Clause

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Pepper Hamilton LLP’s Constructlaw blog discusses an Ohio case in which a plaintiff sued a building company and attempted to have the arbitration clause in a construction contract declared unenforceable.

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For the Third Time, Supreme Court to Hear Mandatory Union Dues Arguments

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The case, appealed by an employee of the state of Illinois, comes after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit rejected his argument that the agency fee violated his rights under the First Amendment.

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Trump on Track to Nominate Record Number of 5th Circuit Judges

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President Trump is on track to nominate more full-time judges to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals than any other president, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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Sexual Harassment Roundtable: Practical Guidance for Employers

Webinar, March 1, 2018, 1 p.m. EST
Sexual harassment continues to be a significant workplace problem that has moved front and center with continuing prime-time media coverage.

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Remington Bankruptcy Could Put Rifle Settlement at Risk, Attorneys Say

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Plaintiffs claim that Remington covered up a deadly design defect that allows the rifle — and a dozen similar models — to fire without the trigger being pulled.

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Exxon’s Response to Climate-Change Case: Sue the Lawyers

Exxon’s Response to Climate-Change Case: Sue the Lawyers

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One expert asks: Does Exxon really need these depositions or is Exxon seeking the depositions to harass mayors and city attorneys into dropping their lawsuits?

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On Remand, District Court Breaks New Ground by Vacating Arbitrator’s Class Certification Award

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A federal district court has the authority to vacate an arbitrator’s class certification award based on the due process rights of absent class members, according to a post on the website of K&L Gates.

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Deans & Lyons Represents Family of Man Killed in Oklahoma Gas Well Explosion

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The family of one of five workers killed in the Jan. 22 gas well explosion near Quinton, Oklahoma, has hired the Texas trial law firm Deans & Lyons, LLP.

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Company Blames Gibson Dunn in Aetna HIV Settlement Notice Fiasco

Company Blames Gibson Dunn in Aetna HIV Settlement Notice Fiasco

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Gibson Dunn isn’t named as a defendant in the new suit, but the firm’s alleged involvement in the notification fiasco is mentioned throughout the complaint, says Reuters.

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Chevron Fights California Cities’ Climate-Change Lawsuits With ‘Creative Lawyering’

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Adding foreign companies to the litigation is a tactical maneuver to keep the dispute out of state court, where the cities have more favorable prospects, and force it into federal court, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Download: E-Discovery Action Plan for 2018 – 6 Checklists

Download: E-Discovery Action Plan for 2018 – 6 Checklists

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Exterro has published a new E-Discovery Action Plan e-book that provides checklists, guides and tips to help optimize the e-discovery process.

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