News and Events for Attorneys and Executives

Shearman & Sterling to Host Women General Counsel Roundtable

Event, June 14, 2018
Shearman & Sterling will host the inaugural conference for leading women general counsel and chief legal officers on June 14 in the firm’s New York office.

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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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Cravath Tops Milbank’s Raises for Senior Associates

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The race to top or match big law firms’ salaries for associates took on another twist as Cravath Swaine & Moore announced it will be giving senior associates a hike that brings their compensation to $340,000.

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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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Greenberg Traurig Adds Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Member Skip Watson

Greenberg Traurig Adds Texas Supreme Court Rules Advisory Member Skip Watson

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Charles “Skip” Watson has joined Greenberg Traurig, LLP as an appellate practice shareholder in its Austin office.

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International IP Guide Honors AZA for Fourth Consecutive Year

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Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing P.C. has been recognized as one of the top patent litigation firms in Texas by London-based intellectual property magazine Intellectual Asset Management.

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McKool Smith Wins the Most ‘Top 100 Verdicts’

McKool Smith Wins the Most ‘Top 100 Verdicts’

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In 2002, The National Law Journal published its first annual listing of the nation’s ‘Top 100 Verdicts.’ Since that time, no law firm in the country has won more Top 100 Verdicts than McKool Smith.

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Wells Fargo Not the Only Bank to Have Created Unauthorized Accounts – But Regulator Won’t Identify Others

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The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency found “bank-specific instances of accounts being opened without proof of customer consent” as part of a review of more than 40 banks, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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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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Clients’ Rate Concerns Slow the Spread of Associate Pay Bump

Clients’ Rate Concerns Slow the Spread of Associate Pay Bump

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Firm billing rates for the largest 100 law firms rose last year, and an across-the-board raise could indicate another hike in billing, reports Bloomberg Law.

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Walmart Sues Its Former Head of Tax for Jumping to Amazon

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Walmart is trying to block Lisa Wadlin, Walmart’s senior VP and top tax executive, from taking the Amazon position until May 2020 and bar her from handing over “sensitive business information obtained at Walmart,” reports Bloomberg.

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Resigned Pruitt EPA Aide Lands GC Job in Oklahoma

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A former aide to embattled EPA director Scott Pruitt who has come under scrutiny for getting a significant pay bump has been hired to a position with the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Commission, reports KFOR-TV.

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New Survey Results: Examining the State of E-Discovery 2018

New Survey Results: Examining the State of E-Discovery 2018

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“The State of E-Discovery 2018” covers the results of an Exterro survey of industry trends, practices and challenges and is available for downloading at no charge.

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Ask and You Shall (Not?) Receive: Retained Acreage Clauses and the Texas Supreme Court

Ask and You Shall (Not?) Receive: Retained Acreage Clauses and the Texas Supreme Court

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Two Texas Supreme Court decisions confirm that retained acreage clauses that vary in language from one instrument to another will likely vary in effect, according to Gray Reed & McGraw’s Energy & the Law blog.

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Encountering Common Technology Contracts

Encountering Common Technology Contracts

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Corporate counsel often hire external technology lawyers to review, draft, or negotiate technology contracts such as software licensing agreements because of their ability to identify software licensing issues, resolve complex licensing models, and compare the subject deal to the many other unique technology contract structures to solve problems, according to a blog post by Kirkpatrick Law.

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Restrictive Covenants in Non-Compete Agreements: Broader is Not Better

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The opinion demonstrates why it is so important to limit the activities prohibited by a restrictive covenant, as well as the geographic scope and duration, to what is reasonably needed to protect the employer, according to Roetzel & Andress.

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The Not-So-Powerful Non-Disclosure Agreement

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There are some methods other than using NDAs to protect one’s business or personal information, advises Marwa Elzankaly of McManis Faulkner.

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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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