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How a Big Law Fee Dispute Turned Into a Bitter, Cross-Country Litigation

By Roy Strom |

Vedder Price is facing arbitration in California in a case that shows there can be risks to law firms' increasingly litigious stance on unpaid bills.

How VW's In-House Lawyers Screwed Up a Litigation Hold

By Sue Reisinger |

The obstruction of justice charge filed against Volkswagen AG on Wednesday pertains not only to lies by employees to federal regulators, but also to actions by VW's in-house legal team, according to statements attached to the plea agreement.

VW In-House Lawyer Implicated, 6 Others Indicted by DOJ

By Sue Reisinger |

Volkswagen Group today agreed to plead guilty to three felonies over its emissions cheating scandal, and federal prosecutors said six former VW department heads were indicted as the investigation against individuals continues.

National Labor Relations Board in Washington, D.C.

Justices Will Decide Legality of Class Action Bans in Employment Contracts

By Marcia Coyle |

An unusual confluence of petitions from employers, employees and the government successfully urged the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether workplace arbitration agreements banning class actions violate federal labor laws. The justices agreed on Friday to take up the dispute.

PG&E

Amid Layoffs, PG&E Announces New GC

By David Ruiz |

John Simon takes on his new GC role effective March 1, adding to his current corporate and human resources responsibilities.

Data Breach.

How a Massachusetts Decision to Publish Data Breach Info Will Affect Big Law

By Gabrielle Orum Hernández |

The Massachusetts decision spells out new challenges for lawyers working with breached companies.

Guns in the Workplace: New Challenges Presented by Increasing State Regulation

By J. Ian Downes and Samantha Rosa |

Many employers have been looking to develop specific policies addressing the possession of firearms in the workplace. In formulating such policies, one of the paramount considerations must be the many state laws limiting employers' ability to restrict employees' gun possession.

Evolve Law Launches In-House Counsel Technology Fellowship

By Ricci Dipshan |

The four-month Evolve Law Tech Fellowship program will focus on educating in-house counsel around implementing document automation in their legal workflows.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission building

US Appeals Court Dodges Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection

By C. Ryan Barber |

A federal appeals court on Friday dodged a question that has divided two other circuits: Does a whistleblower need to bring a tip directly to regulators to be protected under the Dodd-Frank Act?

3 Legal Challenges In-House Counsel Face with 3-D Printing

By Ricci Dipshan |

As 3-D printing becomes more widespread, in-house counsel will be tasked with complex IP and liability challenges.

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Workplace Class Action Forecast: More Cases, Higher Settlements

By Sue Reisinger |

Private plaintiffs and the government are likely to be aggressive in 2017 in bringing workplace class action litigation, and in-house counsel need to be equally aggressive in identifying and addressing class action vulnerabilities, according to a massive new report from labor and employment firm Seyfarth Shaw.

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Effective Employee Training Increasingly Important Amid Increased Whistleblower Liability and Damage Awards

By Gregory Keating and Lyndsey Kruzer |

As the damages awards for whistleblower retaliation drastically increase, the upfront use of resources to train employees becomes an even more prudent investment so that employers do not find themselves at the losing end of the next multimillion-dollar verdict.

With New Law Shielding Negative Reviews, It's Time to Update Terms of Use

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

A handful of companies have gone after customers that left negative online reviews, prompting a new federal law that protects the right to complain on such forums as Yelp.com. With the law's impacts soon to be felt, in-house counsel would be wise to review their company's terms of use and make sure they aren't trying to silence peeved customers, internet lawyers say.

SEC Exam Priorities for 2017 Likely Will Remain Despite Administration Change

By Rebekah Mintzer |

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has released its exam priorities for 2017, and attorneys who defend SEC-covered entities say the commission's priorities likely will remain the same under the new administration.

Federal Trade Commission Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen. June 12, 2014. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

What to Expect in FTC Privacy Enforcement During the Trump Administration

By Janis C. Kestenbaum, Perkins Coie |

A look at how a Republican majority may impact the focus of the FTC.

Harold Kim of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform

Tort Reformers Target Missouri Laws That They Claim Led to Gargantuan Verdicts

By Amanda Bronstad |

Missouri is now the No. 1 target of tort reformers, who this month outlined the most ambitious effort in the country at dismantling laws they claim have led to gargantuan verdicts, including a trio of double-digit awards last year against Johnson & Johnson over its baby powder.

Antitrust Hot Spots in 2017: Five Areas to Watch

By Ben Hancock |

Even if enforcement ebbs in the Trump administration, as some would predict, these five areas are likely to keep antitrust litigators busy.

Judge Harold Kahn, San Francisco Superior Court

Cisco Loses Bid to Arbitrate Age Bias Suit

By Ben Hancock |

San Francisco Judge Harold Kahn said the company's arbitration clause was both unfair and inconspicuous.

Coca Cola Headquarters, Atlanta Ga. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

What Coca-Cola Can and Cannot Say

By Stephanie Forshee |

A lawsuit filed against Coca-Cola has lessons for in-house lawyers. The deceptive-advertising suit makes clear companies like Coca-Cola must be able to back up their health claims.

Trumping Traditional Media: First Amendment Protections For 'News Outlets' In the Internet Age

By Ehren Fournier and Adam Losey |

News outlets are rightfully concerned about their place in a Trump administration. One question nagging the media is whether—and how—a President Donald Trump might seek to silence those who cover the negative aspects of his administration?

VW, Takata Cases Show Attitude Matters in Justice Dept. Treatment of Corporate Wrongdoing

By Amanda Bronstad |

Attitude is everything. That's the message the Justice Department sent last week when it announced criminal plea deals involving billions of dollars paid by Takata Corp. and Volkswagen AG, according to Peter Henning, professor at Wayne State University Law School, who specializes in white-collar crime.

Cloudflare's In-House Lawyers Open Up About Privacy Fight With FBI

By Stephanie Forshee |

Cloudflare's legal department revealed it has been under a gag order for four years regarding a national security letter requesting a customer's information. The company GC talks about how Cloudflare has also been secretly fighting a legal battle against the FBI, saying the NSL is unconstitutional and overreaching.

Bill Cosby.

Cosby's Coverage Dispute Has Ramifications for Many Policyholders

By Syed S. Ahmad and Matthew T. McLellan |

This is an expert piece from lawyers at Hunton Williams. It is about how, over the last few years, numerous individuals have made claims of sexual misconduct against comedian Bill Cosby. These claims have led to disputes about the obligation of Cosby's insurers to pay for his defense attorneys and any eventual settlements or judgments. A recent decision by a Massachusetts federal court addressing these disputes provides important guidance about standard contract language found in different kinds of policies issued to all kinds of businesses and individuals.