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Enforce Arbitration Agreement or Waive Right to Arbitrate Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Enforce Arbitration Agreement or Waive Right to Arbitrate Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

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A recent federal court ruling on arbitration offers three key lessons for plaintiff-employers, according to a post on the website of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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Prominent Trial Lawyer Dead After ‘Battle With a Mental Health Issue’

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Steve Mostyn, a top Democratic donor and prominent Houston trial lawyer who made his fortune suing insurance companies on behalf of homeowners after hurricanes, has died at 46.

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Another Client Close to Firing Boies After Weinstein Revelations

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Now even a pro bono client feels compelled to fire David Boies after revelations of the famed litigator’s role in attempting to hide Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual harassment and assault.

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Here’s How Trump Is Rapidly Reshaping the Judiciary

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The plan called for concentrating on appellate openings, to avoid clogging the Senate with too many nominees for the district courts, where legal philosophy is less crucial, The New York Times reports.

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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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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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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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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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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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Alternative Fee Arrangements With Outside Firms Level Off

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The inherent unpredictability of many types of dispute could be placing a ceiling on the proportion of matters where both parties feel confident operating under an AFA, according to the 2017 Litigation Trends Annual Survey.

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Winston & Strawn Lawyer Collaborates With Judge to Write Jury Trial Reference

Winston & Strawn Lawyer Collaborates With Judge to Write Jury Trial Reference

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The University of North Texas Press is releasing a lawyers’ guide to courtroom preparation and strategy titled “On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy.”

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Dismissal of $472 Million Verdict v. J&J is Disaster for Talc Plaintiffs

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A ruling that throws out a plaintiff’s $417 million jury verdict against John & Johnson will affect many of the nearly 5,000 women who claim they developed ovarian cancer from J&J power containing talc, reports Reuters.

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Texas Supreme Court Examines $48,000 An Hour Legal Fee in H.L. Hunt Case

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Attorney Gregory Shamoun claims to have made a 50 percent contingency agreement with Albert Hill Jr. to settle the high-dollar family fight – an agreement that Hill Jr. is challenging, reports the Houston Chronicle.

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Florida Law Firm Fined $9 Million By Federal Court Over Tobacco Litigation

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Farah & Farah and the Wilner Firm filed 1,250 frivolous tobacco claims against a trust fund for Floridians and survivors who suffered because of smoking, the court found.

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GM to Pay $120M in Multistate Defective Ignition Switch Settlement

GM to Pay $120M in Multistate Defective Ignition Switch Settlement

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The settlement is tied to violations of consumer protection laws and is on top of GM’s previous penalties and settlements of an estimated $2.5 billion, according to The Detroit Free Press.

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Appeals Court Tosses $72 Million Award in Talcum Powder Case

Appeals Court Tosses $72 Million Award in Talcum Powder Case

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The appeals court cited a Supreme Court ruling in June that placed limits on where injury lawsuits could be filed, saying state courts cannot hear claims against companies not based in the state where alleged injuries occurred.

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