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  • May 17, 2019

    Structural Remedies In Spotlight In Facebook Privacy Probe

    In the wake of Facebook's revelation that it expects to pay a multibillion-dollar fine to resolve the Federal Trade Commission's pending probe of its privacy practices, experts mull what the agency should include in a settlement for it to truly have teeth.

  • May 17, 2019

    Dysfunction Leads Del. Chancery To Dissolve Pharma Co.

    A Delaware chancellor ordered the liquidation and dissolution of a pharmaceutical development company Friday, saying disagreements among the company's three managers have created a deadlock that has frozen operations and doomed its future prospects.

  • May 17, 2019

    Ex-Skyworks Engineer Arrested On Insider Trading Charges

    An engineer who formerly worked at semiconductor maker Skyworks Solutions Inc. turned himself in on Friday to face charges in California federal court that he stole private financial information from his ex-employer, cashed in on illegal trades, and then fled to Taiwan when he was caught.

  • May 17, 2019

    How Supreme Court Conservatives Have Shaped The FCA

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s latest False Claims Act ruling didn’t just decide how much time whistleblowers have to launch fraud cases — it added to a long line of FCA opinions written by right-leaning justices, who have authored virtually all of the high court’s modern FCA precedent.

  • May 17, 2019

    As 'John Doe' Copyright Cases Spike, Judges Push Back

    A surge in file-sharing cases from porn studios and others led to a spike in new copyright lawsuits in 2018, but the past year has also seen judges around the country attack key aspects of those cases. As the John Doe suits continue to pour in, here are four past rulings to know.

  • May 17, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    General counsel said they think legal operations departments might make lasting progress on diversity and inclusion where others so far haven't succeeded, and the Federal Trade Commission said it's cracking down on companies that buy consumer data gathered through scammers. These are some of the stories in legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • May 17, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Sheds Light On Murky CBM Eligibility Requirement

    Recent Federal Circuit rulings involving software company Trading Technologies provide guidance on the sometimes confusing exception to covered business method reviews for patents that cover a “technological invention," as well as insights into the patent eligibility analysis.

  • May 17, 2019

    EU Gets New Sanction Powers To Tackle Cyberattacks

    Individuals and businesses that orchestrate or are involved in cyberattacks, including by providing financial support to the main plotters, will be hit with EU-wide sanctions such as travel bans or asset freezes under a new enforcement regime launched by the European Council on Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    House Passes Broad LGBTQ Rights Legislation

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a sweeping bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace, as well as several other facets of public life. 

  • May 16, 2019

    Calif. Senate Blocks Bill To Update Consumer Privacy Law

    The California Senate appropriations committee on Thursday blocked the progress of legislation that supporters say would strengthen a landmark privacy bill that forces technology companies to disclose how they use and share customers’ personal data.

  • May 16, 2019

    Levi & Korsinsky Wants SEC Files From Musk Tweet Probe

    Levi & Korsinsky LLP asked a D.C. federal court Wednesday to order the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to hand over documents related to its investigation into Tesla CEO Elon Musk's infamous going-private tweet, noting that it is seeking the documents on behalf of shareholders.

  • May 16, 2019

    Trump's Telecom Salvos Plunge China Talks Into The Unknown

    The prospects for a sweeping U.S.-China trade deal were looking dim even before President Donald Trump dealt a pair of blows to Beijing's mighty telecom sector on Wednesday, a move that injected even more uncertainty into the already-fraught negotiations.

  • May 16, 2019

    Del. High Court Turns Down Challenge To Equus Stock Plan

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Thursday stood by a Chancery Court ruling that investment company Equus Total Return satisfied its duty to inform stockholders about a stock incentive plan, refusing to give new life to a proposed class action claiming Equus kept investors in the dark.

  • May 16, 2019

    Benefits Of Arbitration Pacts Hotly Debated At House Hearing

    A fault line emerged at a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Thursday over whether arbitration agreements that limit class actions are beneficial for workers and consumers, with proponents of such pacts saying they give people a chance to pursue small-dollar claims and opponents arguing instead that they make potential claims vanish.

  • May 16, 2019

    Marketplace Tax Laws Reshaped Retail, Ex-EBay Official Says

    A year before the landmark Wayfair decision, states changed the structure of retail when they began creating marketplace tax laws, a former high-level official at eBay Inc. said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2019

    Del. Justices Agree Tech Co. Sale Didn't Harm Shareholders

    Despite winning fiduciary breach claims against directors and an activist hedge fund over the 2014 sale of a tech company, shareholders lost an appeal Thursday asking the Delaware Supreme Court to reverse a finding that they weren't harmed by the breach.

  • May 16, 2019

    Analyzing Data Helps Attys Pick Counsel, Predict Costs

    Data analytics can assist top legal decision makers in choosing the best outside counsel and more accurately predicting how long a matter may take, its cost and its chances for success, the general counsel of software company Lex Machina said Thursday.

  • May 16, 2019

    State AGs Want In On CVS-Aetna Deal Review

    Attorneys general from California, Florida and three other states that helped the U.S. Department of Justice craft a deal clearing the CVS and Aetna merger want time to defend the agreement amid the deal's unusual review process playing out in D.C. federal court.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ex-MillerCoors VP Gets 3½ Years For $8M Fraud Scheme

    A former executive with MillerCoors LLC has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for bilking his employer out of more than $8 million in a 10-year fraudulent scheme.

  • May 16, 2019

    Eye On ERISA: A Chat With Seyfarth's Practice Chairs

    The co-chairs of Seyfarth Shaw LLP's ERISA and employee benefits litigation practice, Kathleen Cahill Slaught and Ian Morrison, said in an exclusive interview with Law360 that they're keeping an eye on the fallout from the Third Circuit's University of Pennsylvania decision and litigation involving anti-assignment provisions in health plans and second-level plan fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    IRS Should Use Tax Law To Combat The Opioid Epidemic

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    The IRS, which enforces anti-trafficking tax laws against state-regulated cannabis businesses, should be fair and apply the same policy against pharmaceutical companies that illegally market their opioids, says Kat Allen at Wykowski Law.

  • Inside The New FCA Cooperation Credit Guidelines

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    The recently issued U.S. Department of Justice cooperation credit guidelines provide False Claims Act litigators important information about factors the government considers before awarding cooperation credit or moving to intervene and dismiss a qui tam relator's suit, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Key Takeaways From Roundup Verdicts So Far

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    On May 13, a California jury returned a $2 billion verdict against Monsanto in the third trial over allegations that its popular weedkiller Roundup causes cancer. The Roundup trials highlight the importance of issues including punitive damages, celebrity influence and the value of jury exercises, say attorneys at Wiley Rein.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • How DOJ Compliance Guide Affects Employer Best Practices

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    April guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice on corporate compliance programs serves as a reminder of the value of coordination among a company’s human resources, legal and compliance functions, say Steven Pearlman and Pinchos Goldberg of Proskauer.

  • High Court Hyatt Decision Will Limit State Tax Appeal Options

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    This week’s straightforward U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Franchise Tax Board v. Hyatt was rooted in sovereign immunity concepts and is unlikely to have ongoing state tax impacts other than limiting where taxpayers can bring suit, says Jeffrey Reed of Kilpatrick Townsend.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Tax Refunds And Rate Reductions Ahead For Florida Cos.

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    Though the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act exposed Florida taxpayers to the risk of a substantial tax increase, some legislators had the foresight to enact protections, which are now forecast to result in hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds and rate reductions to state corporations, says H. French Brown of Dean Mead.

  • 4 Steps For New Jersey Equal Pay Act Compliance

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    As New Jersey's Equal Pay Act approaches its one-year anniversary, partners at Deloitte and members at Epstein Becker discuss what employers should do now to reduce exposure to claims brought under the expansive pay equity law.

  • Practical Safeguards For Employee Use Of Messaging Apps

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    Independent of the U.S. Department of Justice's recent interest in instant and ephemeral messaging apps, companies have plenty of sound reasons to control their use in the office and have an array of tools to do it, say Erin Schrantz and Andrew Philip Walker of Jenner & Block.