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Monsanto Ghostwrote Cancer Studies of Its Own Weed Killer, Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Say

Monsanto Ghostwrote Cancer Studies of Its Own Weed Killer, Plaintiffs in Lawsuit Say

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Plaintiffs claim that Monsanto’s toxicology manager ghostwrote parts of a scientific report in 2013 that was published under the names of several academic scientists, and his boss ghostwrote parts of another in 2000, according to a Reuters report.

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Family of Texas Man Killed in Biloxi Train-Bus Crash Files Lawsuit

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A Texas woman is suing a railroad and a bus company for the death of her father who was killed when a freight train slammed into the tour bus carrying him and other senior citizens

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Austin Jury Finds Danish Woman Was Defrauded in $1.35M Condo Sale

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A Travis County jury has returned a verdict against Chicago Title of Texas, LLC and other real estate-related businesses, finding they defrauded a young Danish woman of all proceeds from the sale of her $1.35 million condominium at the exclusive Residences at W Austin, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing

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Update: House Bill a ‘Death Sentence’ for Plaintiffs’ Firms

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Pro-business groups see an opening for a series of bills moving through the House that would discourage class actions and generally make it harder to sue businesses, reports Bloomberg Businessweek.

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Download: The Comprehensive Guide to Early Case Assessment

Download: 	The Comprehensive Guide to Early Case Assessment

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The guide discusses how the concept of early case assessment is changing in today’s digital age and provides tips for creating an ECA strategy to get to the facts of a case quickly.

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House Poised to Pass Bills Overhauling Civil Litigation

House Poised to Pass Bills Overhauling Civil Litigation

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The far-reaching bills address class actions, asbestos cases and attorneys who file “frivolous” suits, reports Bloomberg BNA.

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Lawyer Pleads Guilty to Setting Copyright-Trolling Traps for Downloaders

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One of the two attorneys behind the notorious Prenda Law copyright factory has admitted extracting more than $6 million from internet users by accusing them of illegally downloading porn, reports Forbes.

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9 New E-Discovery Case Law Summaries

9 New E-Discovery Case Law Summaries

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Zapproved has published its new E-Discovery Case Law Summaries: 2017 Winter volume, covering the latest trends in applying the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to address cases involving preservation and discovery missteps.

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Trump Seen as Supportive of Business-Backed Litigation Bills

Trump Seen as Supportive of Business-Backed Litigation Bills

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An example is legislation calling for business-backed litigation measures, colloquially known as “tort reform,” reports Bloomberg BNA.

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Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

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Worker’s rights opinions written by Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, are often sympathetic but coldly pragmatic, and they’re usually in the employer’s favor, according to a review conducted by the Associated Press.

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Chesapeake Energy and McClendon Estate Reach Settlement

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The deal calls for Chesapeake to pay $3.25 million in legal fees and drop claims for $445 million related to data McClendon took from the company when he was fired in April 2013, reports The Oklahoman.

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Older Judges and Vacant Seats Give Trump Huge Power to Shape American Courts

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President Trump could soon find himself responsible for appointing a greater share of federal court judges than any first-term president in 40 years, according to a report in The New York Times.

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Federal Appeals Court Sides With Physicians in ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ Case

Federal Appeals Court Sides With Physicians in ‘Docs vs. Glocks’ Case

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The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Florida’s so-called “Docs and Glocks” law, which prohibited doctors from asking patients about guns in the home, violated a physician’s free speech rights, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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Doctor Guilty of Felony for Botched Surgery; Prosecutors Said His Hands Were Deadly Weapons

Doctor Guilty of Felony for Botched Surgery; Prosecutors Said His Hands Were Deadly Weapons

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Christopher Duntsch of Colorado has been in jail since his arrest in July 2015, charged with five aggravated assault charges after four of his patients were maimed and two died, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Data Processing Benchmark Report Reveals the Next Big Trends

Data Processing Benchmark Report Reveals the Next Big Trends

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Zapproved’s 2017 In-House E-Discovery Data Processing Benchmark Report reveals participant satisfaction with data processing speed, cost, ease of use, security and risk reduction.

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Court Finds Contract and Arbitration Clause Unenforceable Due to Fraud in the Inception

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The court cited a California Court of Appeals decision for the proposition that it was enough that defendants, as the party drafting the contract, drafted the contract “‘in such a way as to not apprise’ the other party of its intentions.”

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Mark Lanier Named Trial Lawyer of the Year by National Trial Lawyers Group

Mark Lanier Named Trial Lawyer of the Year by National Trial Lawyers Group

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National Trial Lawyers named Mark Lanier its Trial Lawyer of the Year and recognized Lanier’s as being among the Top 25 most influential litigation firms in the United States.

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Federal Judges Survey: Featured E-Discovery Case Law Report

Federal Judges Survey: Featured E-Discovery Case Law Report

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For the third consecutive year, federal judges do not feel the typical attorney has the required knowledge to be effectively counseling clients on e-discovery matters, according to Exterro’s Third Annual Judges Surve

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Neil Gorsuch: Scalia’s Views Mixed With Kennedy’s Style

Neil Gorsuch: Scalia’s Views Mixed With Kennedy’s Style

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Gorsuch may be more conservative than Kennedy when it comes to expanding individual rights, but he seems to lack Scalia’s fervor for overturning liberal precedents from decades past, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Recovery of Contractual Attorneys’ Fees for Tort and Contract Claims

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Low, Ball & Lynch discusses a case in which the California Court of Appeal addresses whether attorneys’ fees can be awarded when a plaintiff alleges both tort and contract causes of action and dismisses the entire complaint before trial.

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