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An Overview of Recent Production Deduction Cases

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Courts in several states recently have addressed questions about post-production cost deductions in petroleum production, according to an on-demand webcast from Steptoe & Johnson.

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Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

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Significant tools in the arsenal of strategies are contracts signed by the employee, but waiting until the employee departs is too late to start thinking about them, points out Spiwe L. Jefferson in an article for the ACC.

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Key Provisions for Supply Chain Contracts

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By paying careful attention to the terms of its supply chain contracts, a company can help to mitigate its risks while at the same time maximizing the value of its supply chain, according to a Foley & Lardner post on its website.

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Three Legal Pitfalls to Avoid in Blockchain Smart Contracts

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While the use of smart contracts is tempting, this silver bullet of efficiency and lower costs doesn’t come without potential problems, warns Gregg M. Jacobson of Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

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6 Essential ‘TENANT’ Tips for Negotiating a Commercial Lease

6 Essential ‘TENANT’ Tips for Negotiating a Commercial Lease

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Real estate lawyer Laura A. Drossman uses a handy acronym to illustrate some of the issues and some tips for tenants approaching lease negotiations in a commercial setting.

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Stay Ahead of Best Lawyer Lists This Holiday Season

Stay Ahead of Best Lawyer Lists This Holiday Season

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Bruce Vincent of Muse Communications offers some advice for law firms that want to stand out in the upcoming new compilations of  best-lawyer lists.

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AT&T Would Win a Fight With DOJ Over Time Warner Deal, Analyst Says

AT&T Would Win a Fight With DOJ Over Time Warner Deal, Analyst Says

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AT&T and the Justice Department could be on their way to a major court battle, which one analyst believes the company stands a strong chance of winning, CNBC reports.

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Insurance Giant Receives New York Subpoena on Sales Practices

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New York’s attorney general has subpoenaed TIAA, the giant insurance company and investment firm, seeking documents and information relating to its sales practices, according to people briefed on the inquiry, reports The New York Times.

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Dallas-Based Locke Lord Fined for Ethics Violations, “Acting Without Integrity”

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Dallas-based law firm Locke Lord has received the largest fine ever levied by the profession’s U.K. regulatory body, the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, reports The Global Legal Post.

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What is Legal Entity Management? Beyond Corporate Secretary Functions

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Berkman Solutions has posted a new quick guide for corporate counsel and business lawyers on Legal Entity Management. This article explains how to use legal entity management and corporate secretary functions to deliver more value for the organization.

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Former HHS, Office of Inspector General Senior Counsel Joins Berkeley Research Group

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Berkeley Research Group announced that Kristen Schwendinger has joined the Health Analytics practice in the firm’s Washington, DC, office and will focus on Corporate Compliance and Risk Management.

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Trust and Estates Attorney Natalie Perry Joins Barnes & Thornburg’s Chicago Office

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP has added Natalie Perry to its Chicago office as a partner in the Corporate Department. Perry focuses her practice on estate, gift and income tax planning, and business succession planning.

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Invitation: 2018 Chief Litigation Officer & IP Law Summits

Invitation: 2018 Chief Litigation Officer & IP Law Summits

Events, March 11-13, 2018, Las Vegas
Marcus Evans Summits has announced the schedule for the 2018 Chief Litigation Officer Summit and IP Law Summit, both scheduled for March 11-13, 2018, a the Venetian in Las Vegas.

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PREX17 Insights on Building a Preservation Game Plan That is Litigation-Ready

PREX17 Insights on Building a Preservation Game Plan That is Litigation-Ready

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The Zapproved guide is intended to provide practical tips aimed at helping legal operations teams preserve relevant data, release legal holds and manage clear preservation workflows.

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Super Lawyer Boies Entangled in Intrigue Over Weinstein; Times Fires His Firm

Super Lawyer Boies Entangled in Intrigue Over Weinstein; <i>Times</i> Fires His Firm

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David Boies hired private detectives who sought to identify accusers and undermine The New York Times‘s news coverage of their claims, at the same time his firm was representing the newspaper.

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JPMorgan Judge Upends $1.1 Million Whistle-Blower Verdict

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A U.S. district judge says she saw prejudice in a jury’s verdict Tuesday that would have awarded $1.13 million in damages to a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee over her dismissal, according to Bloomberg.

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Jury Hits Hospital With $26M Med-Mal Verdict in Tragic Birth Case

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Under a “high-low” agreement struck earlier by both sides, the plaintiffs agreed to receive a “high’’ of $7.5 million if they won their suit and a “low’’ of $1.5 million, even if they lost, reports the New York Post.

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Can You Really Shut Down Your Company a Week After Your Workers Unionize?

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If lawyers decide to pursue a case charging that Ricketts acted illegally, they’ll have to prove that some part of the business is still operating, according to the Pacific Standard.

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A Renewable-Energy Champion Is Suing His Scientific Critics

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Stanford professor Mark Jacobson has sued a prominent energy researcher and the National Academy of Sciences for defamation over a sharply-worded rebuttal of his work, reports the MIT Technology Review.

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Defending Breach-of-Contract Claims in Data-Breach Litigation

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A post on the What’s Fair? blog on the Ellis & Winters LLP website discusses a recent federal appellate decision that shows how data-breach lawsuits premised on overpayment theories – which often assert claims sounding in contract – still face an uphill battle.

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