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  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Gets 6.5 Years For $22M Embezzlement

    A Florida federal judge sentenced former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee Amit Patel to six years and six months in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty last year to embezzling more than $22 million from the team that was eventually used for online gambling.

  • March 12, 2024

    Harvard Data Fraud Report To Be Released In Libel Case

    A Harvard Business School's internal investigative report concerning data fraud allegations against a suspended professor will be made public in a defamation lawsuit against the school, a federal district judge ordered Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ga. Judge Says Lin Wood Did Defame Ex-Colleagues

    A Georgia federal judge handed a win to former colleagues of former attorney L. Lin Wood in their defamation suit on Tuesday, ruling that Wood falsely accused them of criminal extortion.

  • March 11, 2024

    Drivers Drop Uber, Lyft Price-Fix Arbitration Appeal

    The three Uber and Lyft drivers who were fighting to keep a suit accusing the ride-hailing companies of colluding to fix fare prices out of arbitration have dropped their appeal, according to a recent filing in a California state appeals court. 

  • March 11, 2024

    'I Made A Huge Mistake,' Software Exec Says In Tax Fraud Trial

    Two former software executives in North Carolina took the stand Monday in the government's tax fraud trial against them, where they portrayed a company in extreme distress as hundreds of thousands of dollars in employment taxes went unpaid and their personal lives crumbled.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fired Lithium Co. Co-Founder Sues To Recoup 3.25M Shares

    The former co-CEO and co-founder of a lithium fracking company sued the company in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking a court order that the company return 3.25 million shares of stock it allegedly repurchased from him after firing him in "bad faith."

  • March 11, 2024

    Ogletree Brings On Genova Burns Privacy, Cyber Leader In NJ

    Management-side employment law powerhouse Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has added a former Genova Burns LLC partner of nearly nine years and with expertise in cybersecurity as a partner in Morristown, New Jersey, the firm announced Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ex-K&L Gates Atty Wants Out Of Prison In Cyberstalking Case

    A former K&L Gates LLP partner sentenced to two years in prison for cyberstalking and harassing his colleagues has moved for compassionate release seven months before his release date, citing his deteriorating health and poor living conditions behind bars.

  • March 08, 2024

    Mich. Court Can't Shush Library Whistleblower, Panel Says

    A Michigan appeals court has revived a former library director's whistleblower suit alleging she was fired for questioning whether the library could use public funds to pay for a board member's godson to open a restaurant on the premises, saying she reported ongoing conduct which is considered protected activity.

  • March 08, 2024

    DOJ Eyes FCPA For New Whistleblower Rewards Program

    U.S. Department of Justice officials on Friday signaled a renewed emphasis on fighting foreign corruption, saying its planned whistleblower rewards program should prove useful in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases against private companies, and warned companies against running afoul of new rules barring the sale of personal data to foreign adversaries of the U.S.

  • March 08, 2024

    7th Circ. Wants 'Roadmap' For Ill. Workplace Disease Law

    The Seventh Circuit has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to weigh in on the state's Workers' Occupational Diseases Act, saying it needs a "roadmap" to handle claims for asbestos and other diseases that manifest belatedly as it considers a widow's suit alleging her husband's exposure to a toxic chemical while working for Goodrich Corp. led to his death.

  • March 08, 2024

    Harvard Prof Fights Release Of School's Data Fraud Report

    A Harvard researcher put on leave for allegedly fabricating research data told a Boston federal judge Friday it would be "poor policy" to let the school make public an internal 1,200-page report to dispute claims in a $25 million defamation suit she filed after her employer's accusations placed her at the center of a "media firestorm."

  • March 08, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Seeks Leniency For $22M Theft

    A former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee who pled guilty to embezzling $22 million from the team over a three-year period made a remorseful request to a Florida federal judge for a sentence that does not include prison time.

  • March 07, 2024

    Skechers Fined $1.25M Over Execs' Family Member Payments

    Skechers will pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $1.25 million to resolve claims it failed to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments made to its directors and their immediate family members who were hired by the sneaker giant as contractors or nonexecutive employees.

  • March 07, 2024

    Investment Adviser Can't Exit Suit Over Stolen Clients

    A Florida judge said Thursday she would not allow a retired investment adviser to exit a suit by Mercer Global Advisors accusing him of breaching his employment agreement by conspiring with his wife to steal clients, ruling that there was clearly a factual dispute that should go to trial.

  • March 07, 2024

    Marijuana Store Retaliated After Complaint, Ex-Worker Says

    An Atlantic City, New Jersey, marijuana dispensary fired one of its employees after she requested that "loud music" being played in the shop be turned down because it triggered her post-traumatic stress, paranoia and anxiety, the ex-worker says in a discrimination lawsuit filed in New Jersey state court. 

  • March 07, 2024

    Crypto Founder's Extortion Suit Fails Yet Again

    The founder of a cryptocurrency token company cannot bring racketeering and trade secret claims against former consultants he alleges extorted him for millions of dollars and tried to ruin his company's reputation, an Illinois federal judge has ruled.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Want 7 Years For Jaguars Worker Who Stole $22M

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida judge Thursday to sentence a former employee of the Jacksonville Jaguars to seven years in prison because he "betrayed" the football team when he embezzled $22 million to "live in the fast lane."

  • March 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Owner Suit Over Litigation Funding Co.

    The Fifth Circuit has affirmed a decision saying that, based on Texas law, no valid profit-sharing contract exists between parties who formed a business to provide pre-settlement medical advancement loans to litigants.

  • March 07, 2024

    Ex-Staffer Blasts 'Skulduggery' In Posner's Sanctions Bid

    The so-called pro se litigation "expert" suing retired Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner for $170,000 has hit back at Posner's bid to have him sanctioned for gratuitous "personal attacks" — by accusing Posner of "hypocrisy," calling the former judge's friend a murdering "deranged societal misfit," and alleging that Posner hired a "serial liar" attorney to bolster his case.

  • March 07, 2024

    Pot Co. Worker Claims Retaliation For Spotting Bad Policies

    A Hollywood Boulevard-located cannabis dispensary, Pineapple Express, terminated one of its top-selling employees after he complained about the ways it was failing to follow California marijuana laws, according to a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles County Court.

  • March 06, 2024

    Pilgrim's Pride Escapes COVID-19 Death Suits, For Now

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday tossed without prejudice a suit seeking to hold Pilgrim's Pride Corp. liable for the COVID-19 deaths of an employee and the spouse of another worker, saying the plaintiffs failed to specify when the employees were allegedly exposed.

  • March 06, 2024

    Wash. High Court Takes Up Nu Skin Distributor Dispute

    The Washington State Supreme Court will review whether a contract clause forces Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. distributors to go to Utah to settle claims that the multilevel marketing company harms consumers and violates a Washington law against pyramid schemes.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Google Software Engineer Stole AI Secrets, Feds Say

    A former Google software engineer was arrested Wednesday on accusations he illegally downloaded alleged trade secrets involving machine learning and taking them to startups he was involved with in China, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • March 06, 2024

    Software Execs Tried To Save Co. With Trust Taxes, Jury Told

    Prosecutors and defense attorneys on Wednesday painted competing pictures of two former software executives at the start of their tax fraud trial in North Carolina, with the government characterizing the pair as liars and cheaters while the defense claimed they were merely trying to right the ship as their business floundered.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • 5 Trade Secret Developments To Follow In 2024

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    Recent cases and trends in trade secret law indicate that significant developments are likely this year, and practitioners should be anticipating their impact on the business and legal landscape, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • Securities Class Actions Show No Signs of Slowing In 2024

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    Plaintiffs asserted securities class actions at elevated levels in 2023 — a sign that filings will remain high in the year ahead — as they switched gears to target companies that allegedly have failed to anticipate supply chain disruptions, persistent inflation, rising interest rates and other macroeconomic headwinds, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Tips For Contractors Preparing For Potential Gov't Shutdown

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    With elements of the Congress’ latest continuing resolution expiring on Jan. 19, companies that may be fatigued by preparing for potential shutdown after potential shutdown should consider the current political climate and take specific steps now, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • Expect National Security Scrutiny Of Higher Ed To Continue

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    In 2023, the federal government significantly elevated the national security responsibilities of academic communities, so universities and research laboratories should take a more rigorous approach to research partnerships, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • What To Know About FCA Cybersecurity Enforcement

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    Now is a good time for practitioners, government contractors and potential relators to review recent developments in cybersecurity-related False Claims Act enforcement, and consider best practices for navigating this space in the new year, say Ellen London at London & Stout, and Li Yu and Molly Knobler at DiCello Levitt.

  • What One Litigator Learned Serving On A Jury

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    Kilpatrick attorney April Isaacson shares insights for trial lawyers from her recent experience serving on a jury for the first time, including lessons about the impact of frequent sidebars, considerations for using demonstratives, the importance of clear jury instructions, and the unconscious habits that can drive jurors mad.

  • Noncompete Report Misinterpreted Critique Of FTC Proposal

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    A recent report on core questions surrounding the use of employee noncompete agreements published by the Economic Innovation Group misconstrues our stated views on the issue — and we stand behind our conclusion that the Federal Trade Commission made misrepresentations when proposing a rule to ban such provisions nationwide, say Erik Weibust and Stuart Gerson at Epstein Becker.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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