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Netflix v. Winston & Strawn Spotlights Advance Conflict Waiver

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The waivers—often broadly worded and vague—have become a regular feature of retainer agreements that large law firms execute with corporate clients, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Jury Needed Only 45 Minutes to Agree on Punitives in Johnson & Johnson Talc Case

Jury Needed Only 45 Minutes to Agree on Punitives in Johnson & Johnson Talc Case

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Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $4.69 billion to 22 women and their families who had claimed that asbestos in the company’s talcum powder products caused them to develop ovarian cancer, reports The New York Times.

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Dick Sayles Named Dallas Bar Association’s 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year

Dick Sayles Named Dallas Bar Association’s 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year

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Dallas trial lawyer and Sayles Werbner co-founder Richard A. “Dick” Sayles was chosen by the Dallas Bar Association as the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year.

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ITT’s Former Top Executives Settle Fraud Charges With SEC

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ITT chief executive Kevin Modany and former chief financial officer Daniel Fitzpatrick were chagred with civil fraud in 2015 for allegedly deceiving investors about high rates of late payments and defaults on student loans backed by the company, according to The Washington Post.

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Democrats’ Long-Shot Plan to Stop Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

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Democrats plan to frame the process around women’s health and the future of legalized abortion, predicts The Los Angeles Times.

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IADC Calls for Class Action Reforms in Ontario, Canada

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The International Association of Defense Counsel has submitted to the Law Commission of Ontario its recommendations for reform to the Ontario Class Proceedings Act that could eventually affect class action legislation in Ontario and other Canadian provinces.

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Texas Lawyers React to Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Retirement

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Some Texas lawyers share their thoughts on the upcoming retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy.

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PA Court Rejects Fracking Company’s Appeal In ‘Rule Of Capture’ Decision

PA Court Rejects Fracking Company’s Appeal In ‘Rule Of Capture’ Decision

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A Pennsylvania appeals court rejected a request by a natural gas production company to rehear a case whose outcome could affect drillers across the country, reports WSKG.

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An Arbitrator’s Power May Be Greater Than That of a Judge

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Although an arbitration agreement can be written (double-spaced) on one side of a cocktail napkin, in some cases it may grant greater authority to an arbitrator than a judge has, writes Narges Kakalia of Mintz Levin.

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Federal Suit Claims Systemic Failures to Pursue Rape Cases by Travis County DA, Austin Police

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Three women have filed a federal class action lawsuit claiming that the Travis County District Attorney’s office and the Austin Police Department have violated the constitutional rights of women and discriminated based on gender in the manner in which they handle sexual assault cases.

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Oil Firm, Once Called ‘Wolf of Wall Street Type’ Company, Sued By SEC for Fraud

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Company brochures said that some of the wells were expected to provide returns of 300 to 500 percent, a number the SEC said conflicted with geologist production estimates, reports The Dallas Morning News.

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Benefits and Challenges of Robotized Arbitration

Benefits and Challenges of Robotized Arbitration

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Big data and e-discovery can assist counsel in document management and reduce the risk of human error during discovery, write Winston Maxwell and Gauthier Vannieuwenhuyse of Hogan Lovells.

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Texas Court Holds Drop in Oil Prices is Not Force Majeure

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Oil and gas operators should be careful to expressly identify any market-based risks that they want to encompass within force majeure provisions, advises Liskow & Lewis.

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$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

$17M Target Data Breach Settlement Affirmed on Second Try

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The settlement, which provides for a $10 million fund for customers and $6.75 million for plaintiffs’ attorneys, won final approval in November 2016, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Dallas Attorney Indicted for Allegedly Stealing From Client

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Walter Thomas Finley is charged with felony theft in a case involving the trust fund of an East Texas woman. 

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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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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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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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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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