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Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Breach of Contract Claims

Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Breach of Contract Claims

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To avoid breach of contract claims premised on employee handbook policies, employers should include an express contract disclaimer in their employee handbook, according to Bryan Cave.

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Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-Kindred

Enforcing Nursing Home Arbitration Agreements Post-<i>Kindred</i>

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A recent ruling for a state supreme court may be indicative of what litigation over nursing home arbitration agreements will look like after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Kindred Nursing Centers v. Clark, according to Arbitration Nation.

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2017 In-House Benchmarking Report Just Released

2017 In-House Benchmarking Report Just Released

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This year’s Exterro benchmarking report shows the areas of focus that corporate legal teams are homing in on in the hopes of gaining the kind of control that will bring efficiency.

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Maximizing Impact of In-House Counsel Resources with Cloud-Based Matter Management

Maximizing Impact of In-House Counsel Resources with Cloud-Based Matter Management

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AdvoLogix will present a complimentary webinar designed to help participants learn strategies that legal teams today can employ to streamline matter intake, triage, prioritization, and assignment.

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Foley Looks to Texas, Mexico Markets with Gardere Merger Talks

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it seems Foley might be very interested in moving into the hopping Texas and Mexico markets, both areas where the 19-office Foley has no presence today,” according to Above the Law.

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Billionaire CEO Shuts Down Publications After Vote to Unionize

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The CEO of a group of digital local news sites shut down the publications a week after reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist voted to join a union, reports The New York Times.

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Judge Rebukes Manafort’s Lawyer for Sidewalk Speech

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“This is a criminal trial and not a public-relations campaign,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said at a hearing Thursday, according to Bloomberg Law.

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General Counsel – Contract Process or Risk Management?

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Berkman Solutions offers some advice on how general counsel can balance demands for quick turn around of contracts with effective legal risk management.

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Federal Financial Resources Essential to Addressing Opioid Crisis

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The financial costs of successfully treating opioid addiction are substantial, as are the costs of effective educational programs to stem the epidemic, says Dallas attorney Jeffrey Simon of Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, who represents Texas counties suing drug manufacturers.

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Paul Hewett Joins Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson’s New Frisco Office

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North Texas lawyer Paul Hewett has joined the family law boutique Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, LLP, as a partner in the firm’s newly opened Frisco, Texas offic

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Dealmakers Increasingly Optimistic About M&A Market and U.S. Economy in Dykema Survey

Dealmakers Increasingly Optimistic About M&A Market and U.S. Economy in Dykema Survey

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Respondents to Dykema’s 13th Annual M&A Outlook Survey expressed an overall bullish viewpoint of the economy and U.S. M&A market, bringing a new level of optimism, not seen in several years.

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Recent ITAR Case Sends Important Message For Small/Midsized Government Contractors

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A recent State Department ITAR enforcement case involving a supplier of military spare parts sends a valuable message to small and mid-sized government contractors of every type, writes Thomas B. McVey of Williams Mullen.

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IADC Explores Privacy and Data Protection Issues in Defense Counsel Journal

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The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) has dedicated the October 2017 edition of its Defense Counsel Journal (DCJ) to the exploration of privacy issues.

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GCs Taking the Heat in Congressional Grilling of Social Media Giants

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Sen. Mark Warner chided Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch for his “I will have to come back to you on that, sir” reply to a question on cross-checking fake accounts.

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Mueller Pierced Manafort’s Attorney-Client Privilege Once, May Try the Tactic Again

Mueller Pierced Manafort’s Attorney-Client Privilege Once, May Try the Tactic Again

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Judge rules, “When a person uses the attorney-client relationship to further a criminal scheme, the law is well established that a claim of attorney-client or work-product privilege must yield to the grand jury’s investigatory needs.”

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U.S. States Allege Broad Generic Drug Price-Fixing Collusion

U.S. States Allege Broad Generic Drug Price-Fixing Collusion

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The states said the drugmakers and executives divided customers for their drugs among themselves, according to Reuters.

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Farrell Fritz Receives Tier 1 Ranking in 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms”

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For the sixth consecutive year, Farrell Fritz has received a Tier 1 Ranking by Best Lawyers. The firm will be listed in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms.”

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Michael Krauss Joins DLA Piper’s Litigation Practice in Minneapolis

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Krauss, a former assistant U.S. attorney in New York, advises trustees, creditors and lenders on complex financial disputes.

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Akerman Once Again Distinguished by Chambers Latin America

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Akerman LLP, a top 100 U.S. law firm, has been recognized by Chambers as being among the world’s leading law firms in Latin America, with lawyers handling complex disputes and transactions throughout the region.

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Farrell Fritz Welcomes Jay Sawczak, Construction Law Associate

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Jay Sawczak has joined Farrell Fritz’ commercial litigation practice group as an associate. He concentrates his practice in construction law.

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