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New FERC Chairman Reported $1.8M Jones Day Partnership Share

A longtime Jones Day partner in Washington who had been co-leader of the firm's energy practice was sworn in Thursday as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Kevin McIntyre's financial disclosure and ethics agreement offer a peek at his compensation and legal services.       

Debevoise Partner Leads Deutsche Bank's Response to Mueller's Russia Probe

Deutsche Bank, Germany's largest bank and one with long ties to Trump business ventures, has faced mounting scrutiny since this summer. A team from Akin Gump handled responses to U.S. congressional inquiries.       

Manafort's Lawyers Say Op-Ed Did Not Violate Judge's Gag Order

The lawyers said the op-ed was edited for Ukrainian newspaper Kyiv Post.       

What He Said: Key Excerpts From FBI Director Wray's House Hearing

Director Christopher Wray faced questions on Trump tweets, the Clinton investigation and the Mueller probe in a hearing before lawmakers Thursday.       


2 days agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

Here is a LINK to a complimentary copy of the 62 page Tort Talk 2017 Civil Litigation Update booklet that I created for use at the recent Lackawanna Bench Bar Conference as well as the Luzerne County Bench Bar Conference.The Tort Talk...Show More Summary

From Masquerade Laws to Bathroom Bills

In October, the California Senate passed a new law adding a third gender—nonbinary—to state-issued identification. The Gender Recognition Act (SB 179) additionally removes the requirement that petitioners present a physician-signed affidavit...Show More Summary


On Wednesday night, the Trump administration declared war on public sector unions. In a brief filed with the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice reversed its position on the constitutionality of mandatory fees for public employees. Show More Summary

Issue Preclusion for Patent Applicants

by Dennis Crouch Blaise Mouttet is seeking a patent on his “Crossbar Arithmetic and Summation Processor.”  The invention is interesting because it is actually processor design. [17-2077.Opinion.12-6-2017] Back in 2012, the Federal Circuit affirmed...Show More Summary

Purpose of Claim Construction: Construing Ordinary Terms

by Dennis Crouch The Federal Circuit has denied the NobelBiz petition for en banc rehearing on questions of patent claim construction. Namely, the focus here is whether a district court is required to issue a claim construction beyond “plain and ordinary meaning” any time a litigant asserts a “dispute.”  The majority approach means that in […]

Iancu Nomination Hearing

American Patent Law is Exceptional. System should be Reliable, Predictable and High Quality. PTO should be a “culture of excellence” Priorities: Bring stability and reliability to patent system. Evangelize the IP System and the excitement and benefits of invention; confidence in the IP system is necessary for investment in innovation. IPR System: The system needs […]

What Can You Learn From the Attorneys Who Abuse 'Google My Business'

The best things in life are free. And, surprisingly, when it comes to internet marketing for law firms, this is very true. But, just because so much SEO is basically free if you can do it yourself, you surely shouldn't abuse those free sources of marketing to the point......

Choosing a Law School Based on Tech Programs

Choosing a law school isn't easy. It's almost as tough as getting chosen by one. Sure, a large number of law students will either be going to a hometown school, or whichever one will take them. But those with the academic credentials to be choosy might want to consider......

Campus climate roundup

Pauli Murray, civil rights activist after whom Yale recently named a residential college, stood up for her worst foes’ right to speak [Peter Salovey, New York Times] Viewing everything through lens of identity and power disables theShow More Summary

Law Firms Aided Weinstein's 'Sexual Enterprise,' Lawsuit Claims

It's not like we told you so, but we did say nondisclosure agreements make Weinsteins possible. Now six women have sued Harvey Weinstein for civil racketeering and hiring lawyers "to prevent, hinder and avoid the prosecution, reporting, or disclosure of his sexual misconduct." In the immortal words of Uncle......

Quebec lawmakers to shopkeepers: don’t greet customers with “Bonjour hi”

A bilingual greeting might make English speakers feel too welcome, so the legislators of Quebec passed a unanimous though unenforceable resolution disapproving of its use by merchants [Dan Bilefsky, New York Times] Tags: Canada Quebec...Show More Summary

New State Named Top 'Judicial Hellhole'

'We're number two! We're number two!' Rarely does that statement raise the roof. But for California lawyers, it's almost something to brag about because California is no longer the No. 1 Judicial Hellhole in the nation. Florida has snatched that title from the Golden State, which has been a perennial......

Top 3 Almost Certain Legal Tech Predictions for 2018

Even though the flying car is still a fantastical concept that is nowhere near ready for a mass consumer market, time sure does fly when it comes to new tech. Based on what we've seen this past year, 2018 surely seems poised to be another banner year for tech......

California Sued for Poor Literacy in Schools

Dylan, 14, didn't plan to become the poster child for a lousy educational system. An eighth-grader in Central California, Dylan reads at an early second-grade level. He tested in the bottom one percent of students his age. That is now public knowledge, thanks to a lawsuit filed by his......

Court says shoo to Scat's infringement claim against Dodge

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Scat Enterprises, Inc. v. FCA US LLC, 2017 WL 5896182, No. CV 14-7995 (C.D. Cal. Jun. 8, 2017) Scat, a maker of aftermarket car parts, sued over FCA’s use of “Scat Pack” in connection with its Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger “Scat Pack”-edition cars, primarily alleging reverse confusion. Show More Summary

Everything's legal in Jersey: NJ SCt makes class certification harder in price disclosure case

2 days agoIndustries / Law : 43(B)log

Dugan v. TGI Fridays, Inc., 171 A.3d 620 (N.J. 2017) Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants failed to fairly disclose prices charged to customers for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The New Jersey Supreme Court held that one set...Show More Summary

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