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Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

Electrification of the Auto Industry Steps on the Gas

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Several recent developments show momentum continuing to build toward the replacement of fossil fuels with electricity to power the cars of the future, reports Foley & Lardner.

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Case Study – An Inside Look at PayPal’s ELM Implementation

Case Study – An Inside Look at PayPal’s ELM Implementation

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During the 2017 CLOC Annual Legal Operations Institute in Las Vegas, Onit and PayPal presented a session titled, “Next Generation Enterprise Legal Management (ELM): People. Process. Automation.”

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Dot Your I’s, Cross Your T’s, and Place Your Commas

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Guiding principles regarding the use of commas and other writing conventions should be strongly considered when drafting contracts, for example, as including or excluding a comma in a particular contract provision may ultimately determine whether a company owes or is owed millions of dollars in a subsequent dispute, , points out Hyatt & Weber P.A.

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Should I Have an Arbitration Clause in My Construction Contract?

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Paul W. Norris of Stark & Stark writes there are numerous factors to consider in determining whether mandatory arbitration is the preferred dispute resolution mechanism, or whether the state court system is preferred.

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Disgraced Fugitive Lawyer Sentenced in Absentia to 12 Years in Prison

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The conspiracy included using false evidence of clients’ physical or mental disabilities in their claims, paying doctors to sign forms with little scrutiny, and bribing a Social Security judge, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.

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Is Your Compliance Training Program Working Hard Enough?

Is Your Compliance Training Program Working Hard Enough?

Webinar, July 27, 1 p.m. EDT
Navex Global will present a complimentary webinar outlining the state of compliance training in 2017. The event will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. Pacific time/1 p.m. Eastern time.

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CFPB Hits Back at Efforts to Kill Rule Easing Bank Lawsuits

CFPB Hits Back at Efforts to Kill Rule Easing Bank Lawsuits

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Under the new rule, financial firms are restricted from forcing consumers to resolve their disputes through arbitration, a practice that has been used by the industry for years to keep grievances tied to payday loans, credit cards and other products out of courts, reports Bloomberg.

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Trump Lawyer Marc Kasowitz to Critic: ‘Watch Your Back. . . . I Already Know Where You Live

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President Trump’s longtime attorney representing him in the Russia investigations, reportedly sent angry, threatening and profane emails to a stranger who criticized him this week, reports The Washington Post.

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Trump Faces Obstacles in Bid to Re-Shape Key U.S. Courts

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Some of the courts best placed to thwart Trump’s agenda have liberal majorities that are likely to stay in place in the short-term, according to Reuters.

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My Smart Contract Just Ate $14 Million – Now What?

My Smart Contract Just Ate $14 Million – Now What?

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A digital currency exchange reported recently that a malfunction in a smart contract is responsible for a $14 million dollar loss of the cryptocurrency ether, reports Jared Butcher in the Steptoe Blockchain Blog.

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How Weak Are Employee Nondisclosure Agreements?

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Drafting and enforcing NDAs is an area rife with risks and traps, warns Gregory W. McClune of Foley & Lardner.

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The Marketing Appeal of #AppellateTwitter

The Marketing Appeal of #AppellateTwitter

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Christina DePinto of Muse Communications discusses the creation of a hashtag that captures a certain zeitgeist — benefiting a law firm looking for a marketing boost.

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DLA Piper Adds Ying Genève DuBois to Real Estate Practice in Miami

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DLA Piper announced Ying Genève DuBois to their Real Estate practice in Miami. Her practice focuses on representing US and global investors in their US real estate investments, particularity investors in Asia.

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Sidley Adds M&A Partner Daniel Serota in New York

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Sidley Austin LLP announced that Daniel Serota has joined the firm as a partner in its New York office. He will be a member of Sidley’s M&A practice.

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Assess Your Risk Appetite: Complimentary Report

Assess Your Risk Appetite: Complimentary Report

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The National Association of Corporate Directors has released a report from a discussion the NACD Advisory Council on Risk Oversight held to discuss the board’s role in the development and oversight of risk appetite.

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Participation Requested: 2nd Annual Law Firm Benchmarking Report

Participation Requested: 2nd Annual Law Firm Benchmarking Report

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Exterro is conducting its 2nd Annual Law Firm Benchmarking Survey on law firms’ legal processes, specifically relating to project management practices and e-discovery services.

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HSBC, UBS Settle U.S. Rate-Rigging Litigation; 10 Banks’ Total Payout Tops $408 Million

HSBC, UBS Settle U.S. Rate-Rigging Litigation; 10 Banks’ Total Payout Tops $408 Million

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If approved by the judge overseeing the case, the settlements would boost the total payout from 10 settling banks to $408.5 million. HSBC and UBS denied wrongdoing.

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Wells Fargo’s $142-Million Sham Accounts Settlement: What You Need to Know

Wells Fargo’s $142-Million Sham Accounts Settlement: What You Need to Know

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The Los Angeles Times offers some answers to typical questions that consumers may have about the settlement and what it can mean for the customer individually.

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WB Mills, PLLC, Adds New Attorney

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WB Mills, PLLC has added Read H. Reily, associate attorney, and Cindy Moss, paralegal, to the firm’s North Dallas office.

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Consumer Watchdog Makes It Easier to Sue Banks and Other Companies

Consumer Watchdog Makes It Easier to Sue Banks and Other Companies

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The government’s consumer watchdog has finalized a rule that will make it easier for people to challenge financial companies in court, reports The Washington Post.

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