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Top state court won’t review overturned $1M sanction against med-mal lawyer

Trials & Litigation Posted Dec 06, 2016 04:17 pm CST By Debra Cassens Weiss The Pennsylvania Supreme Court won’t consider a case seeking to reinstate a nearly $1 million sanction against a lawyer accused of eliciting banned testimony at a … Continue reading

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Ravel Law launches analytics tool for entire court systems and jurisdictions

Legal Technology Posted Dec 06, 2016 12:45 pm CST By Victor Li Daniel Lewis, co-founder and CEO of Ravel Law. ABA file photo by Tony Avelar. Currently, the field of judicial analytics mainly focuses on individual judges and what their … Continue reading

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Lawyer’s disclosure of sealed filing didn’t require dismissal of whistleblower suit, SCOTUS rules

U.S. Supreme Court Posted Dec 06, 2016 12:29 pm CST By Debra Cassens Weiss Mississippi trial lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs’ disclosure of Hurricane Katrina fraud allegations against State Farm didn’t require dismissal of a whistleblower complaint against the insurer, even … Continue reading

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SCOTUS overturns Apple’s $399M infringement award against Samsung for smartphone infringement

U.S. Supreme Court Posted Dec 06, 2016 11:11 am CST By Debra Cassens Weiss The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a $399 million award to Apple for Samsung’s infringement of three smartphone design components because of an error in interpreting … Continue reading

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Supreme Court upholds insider trading conviction for secondhand tippee

U.S. Supreme Court Posted Dec 06, 2016 10:21 am CST By Debra Cassens Weiss The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a secondhand tippee who trades on confidential inside corporate information first passed between brothers can be convicted of … Continue reading

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Prosecutor’s office paid ransom to regain access to its computers; international network busted

Internet Law Posted Dec 06, 2016 09:14 am CST By Debra Cassens Weiss The District Attorney’s office in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, paid nearly $1,400 in bitcoin to get access to its computer network, held hostage by criminals using an international … Continue reading

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Racial bias in New York state prisons is ’ fact of life,’ newspaper investigation concludes

Criminal Justice Posted Dec 06, 2016 08:30 am CST By Debra Cassens Weiss Black and Hispanic prisoners in New York prisons are disciplined and sent to solitary confinement at higher rates than whites, and the disparities are greatest when officers … Continue reading

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Top law firms increasingly go to court to collect fees; is it the new normal?

Business of Law Posted Dec 06, 2016 07:45 am CST By Debra Cassens Weiss Large law firms in New York are increasingly seeking to collect unpaid fees from clients by filing suit or seeking arbitration, an analysis of court filings … Continue reading

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Federal judge who questioned meaning of ‘drop-down menu,’ didn’t instruct jurors is tossed from case

Judiciary Posted Dec 06, 2016 07:00 am CST By Debra Cassens Weiss Unsealed transcripts indicate that a Louisiana federal judge was removed from a case after lawyers alleged she failed to instruct jurors about their duties or to determine their … Continue reading

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Do you have questions about starting up your own law firm?

Solo / Small Firm Posted Dec 05, 2016 03:45 pm CST Daliah Saper. The ABA Journal will launch a yearlong series in 2017: Starting a 21st Century Law Firm. And we want to provide answers for lawyers who are considering … Continue reading

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