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Retainer Can Make Client Indemnify Lawyer Against 3rd Party

The committee said Rule 1.8(h) wouldn’t apply to the retainer provision considered in this opinion. The rule “addresses an attorney’s prospective limitations to a client for malpractice,” the committee said. “[I]t does not address the specific question of whether an...

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Safeway Sued by EEOC For Disability Discrimination

Grocery store giant Safeway, Inc. violated federal law by refusing to accommodate and hire a qualified deaf applicant for various store jobs in Seattle, Wash., the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit filed today. Read the...

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Nutraceutical Marketing and FTC Prior Substantiation ‎Policy

The Federal Trade Commission’s continued commitment to ensuring that marketers possess a reasonable basis for express and implied advertising claims before they are disseminated is consistently reflected by the nature and scope of recent investigations and enforcement actions. Take nutraceuticals,...

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Shocking Development in Nikola Patent Dispute Against Tesla

Last month, Tesla Motors succeeding in getting approval for the Tesla Semi (electric heavy truck) design patent. Notably though, that same design got the company sued for patent infringement by Nikola Motors earlier this year. For Tesla, the design patent...

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Former Partner Hits Manatt Law Firm With Explosive Gender Discrimination Charge

A former partner at Manatt, Rebecca Torrey, filed a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, on behalf of herself and those similarly situated alleging gender discrimination and retaliation at the Biglaw...

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Collector in ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ After Claim to Elvis’s Guitar Fails

A guitar collector doesn’t have any legal interest in an Elvis Presley guitar he tried to buy, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit said Sept. 14. Instead, the museum that acquired the guitar as part of a...

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Shearman & Sterling Steps Up Diversity Effort

Like a number of firms, Shearman has been giving attention to the percentages of women and minorities in its ranks. While a number of women and minorities join firms out of law school, many leave within a few years. Slightly...

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$2.5B in Insured Losses Estimated from Hurricane Florence

Insured losses from Hurricane Florence will reach $2.5 billion, according to an estimate from Karen Clark & Co. The estimate of insured losses to residential, commercial, and industrial properties and autos comes from KCC’s High Resolution U.S. Hurricane Reference Model...

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Why Microsoft is Hosting Their Law Firms in Redmond This Week and Why it Matters for Everyone Else?

Microsoft has asked its top external legal service providers to share two innovation stories at a Trusted Advisor Forum to be hosted at its Redmond campus this Thursday. In brief: The initiative flows directly from General Counsel Dev Stahlkopf. A...

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#MeToo Whistleblower Lawyer Makes Waves in Washington

Lawyer Debra Katz may be the biggest force disrupting the status quo in Washington this week. Katz, founding partner of Katz, Marshall & Banks in D.C., testified before Congress, represented a woman taking on “ Wall Street’s Greatest Trader,” and...

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