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Could Be Forced to Pay Billions Over Alleged Violations of Illinois Biometrics Law

Could Be Forced to Pay Billions Over Alleged Violations of Illinois Biometrics Law

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Facebook has argued that if its collection of biometric information did not harm individuals, they do not have grounds to sue under Illinois’ biometrics law, according to the Chicago Tribune.

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Judge Says No to Law Firm on NFL Concussion Settlement

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The Associated Press reports that a federal judge has denied a law firm’s request to be added as an administrator of the NFL’s estimated $1 billion concussion settlement.

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Trump Alleged Scandals Turn a Harsh Spotlight on This Beverly Hills Lawyer

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Keith M. Davidson’s niche is extracting money from celebrities for clients threatening to release sex tapes or share embarrassing stories with the media, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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Sandy Hook Parents Accuse Alex Jones, InfoWars of Defamation, Seek Damages

Sandy Hook Parents Accuse Alex Jones, InfoWars of Defamation, Seek Damages

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Plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed in Austin, Texas, allege that Jones and his media organization spread false information related to the tragedy, reports the Austin Statesman.

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Ward, Smith & Hill Helps Secure $502.6M Patent Infringement Win Against Apple

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A jury has awarded internet security software company VirnetX $502.6 million, finding Apple Inc. willfully infringed on four patents used for VPN on Demand and Facetime in Apple products.

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Pennsylvania, Texas Courts Disagree on Whether Rule of Capture Applies to Fracturing

Pennsylvania, Texas Courts Disagree on Whether Rule of Capture Applies to Fracturing

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A recent Superior Court of Pennsylvania ruling in a case concerning hydraulic fracturing runs counter to a ruling in a similar case by the Texas Supreme Court, reports Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody.

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PwC Faces Largest-Ever Auditor Malpractice Damages Verdict

PwC Faces Largest-Ever Auditor Malpractice Damages Verdict

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The judge in the case has already ruled that PwC had been professionally negligent in not detecting the criminal fraud that led to the failure of Colonial Bank Group in 2009.

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JPMorgan Juror Says Doomed $8 Billion Award Was Message to Bank

JPMorgan Juror Says Doomed $8 Billion Award Was Message to Bank

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Bloomber reports that the jury award was the largest of 2017 and the ninth-largest in U.S. history.

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Target Pays $3.7M to Settle Lawsuit Over Racial Disparity in Use of Criminal Background Checks

Target Pays $3.7M to Settle Lawsuit Over Racial Disparity in Use of Criminal Background Checks

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As part of the settlement of the class-action complaint, independent consultants will recommend changes to Target’s current screening guidelines, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Facebook Privacy Scandal Unleashes Nationwide ‘Litigation Swarm’

Facebook Privacy Scandal Unleashes Nationwide ‘Litigation Swarm’

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Damages could be substantial for shareholders, with one group of investors estimating that at least $50 billion in the company’s market capitalization has been wiped out as a result of the disclosure, Bloomberg Technology reports.

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Holland & Knight Wins Reversal of $34.5M Malpractice Verdict

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A wealthy investor who accused Holland & Knight of facilitating a Ponzi scheme was not entitled to the $34.5 million verdict that a jury awarded him in 2012, a California appeals court ruled.

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Judge Dismisses Exxon’s Lawsuit, Letting Multi-State Fraud Investigation Continue

Judge Dismisses Exxon’s Lawsuit, Letting Multi-State Fraud Investigation Continue

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A U.S. district judge in New York on Thursday dismissed Exxon’s lawsuit claiming officials in New York and Massachusetts conspired with environmental groups in planning the securities-fraud probe.

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Barclays Wins Its DOJ Gamble With $2 Billion Mortgage Settlement

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Two former executives at the bank also settled Thursday and agreed to pay $2 million to resolve claims without admitting wrongdoing.

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An Indemnity Agreement Means What it Says

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Parties can write an agreement to indemnify one another against claims they later assert against each other. To do so, the parties must expressly and specifically state that intention, writes Charles Sartain of Gray Reed.

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Supreme Court Prepares for Right Turn

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CNN reports that indications from the few decisions issued so far and from oral arguments in yet-to-be decided cases suggest the five conservatives on the nine-member bench may be ready to wield their majority power.

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Savannah Law School Student Sues for Fraud, Breaching Trust in Planned Closing

Savannah Law School Student Sues for Fraud, Breaching Trust in Planned Closing

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The plaintiff alleged the school’s pending closure results “at least in part from the defendants’ mismanagement of funding for the law school.”

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AT&T Wants to Buy Time Warner To ‘Weaponize’ Its Content, Government Says in Antitrust Trial

AT&T Wants to Buy Time Warner To ‘Weaponize’ Its Content, Government Says in Antitrust Trial

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In opening arguments, Justice Department lawyer Craig Conrath said AT&T could use Time Warner’s content as a weapon against competitors that rely on the programming.

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Judge Stunned by Ex-Rolls-Royce Counsel Switching Sides in Litigation

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Rolls-Royce’s former in-house counsel switched sides to sue Rolls-Royce for allegedly reusing defective airplane parts, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Paying the Price: The Pitfalls of Ineffective Liability Waivers

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Hellmuth & Johnson lawyers Micheal D. Howard and Jason S. Raether describe a recent case involving a fitness studio  that demonstrates how a poorly drafted waiver can be as effective as having no waiver at all.

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Whistleblower Says Walmart, Eyeing Amazon, Cheated on E-Commerce

Whistleblower Says Walmart, Eyeing Amazon, Cheated on E-Commerce

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The former executive alleges various wrongdoing, including the mislabeling of products, enabling Walmart to charge excessive sales commissions, and failure to properly process customer returns, enabling it to boost results, reports Reuters.

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