DOJ appeals authorization of AT&T's Time Warner buy | US jury makes J&J pay $4.14B in punitive damages in talc case | Senators of both parties want to limit Trump on tariffs
July 13, 2018
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DOJ appeals authorization of AT&T's Time Warner buy
The Justice Department is appealing a ruling by US District Judge Richard Leon that gave AT&T permission to buy Time Warner. The case will go before a three-judge panel at the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
CNNMoney (7/12) 
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US jury makes J&J pay $4.14B in punitive damages in talc case
A jury in St. Louis has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $4.14 billion in punitive damages to 22 women or families of affected women who said asbestos in talc products had caused them to develop ovarian cancer. J&J shares fell as much as 1.4% in after-hours trading after the decision.
BloombergQuint (India) (7/12) 
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National News
Senators of both parties want to limit Trump on tariffs
Republican and Democratic senators said they will work to enact legislation that would give Congress a voice on whether the US imposes tariffs on national security grounds. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Congress would do better to cooperate with the Trump administration to change policy.
Reuters (7/12) 
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Financial and Tax Update
SEC finds shortcomings in advisers' best-execution practices
The Securities and Exchange Commission said its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has found widespread failure by advisers to comply with their obligation to obtain the best execution for clients' transactions. The alert also said failure to disclose soft-dollar arrangements is an issue.
ThinkAdvisor (free registration) (7/12) 
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Employment Focus
Regulators probe employment contracts used by restaurant brands
Officials in 10 states and Washington, D.C., are investigating the practice of using employment clauses that prevent employees from moving from one store to another within the same franchise. No-poaching agreements are meant to "protect the unique, proprietary training" employees receive, but some brands have already stopped using them, said Matt Haller of the International Franchise Association.
National Public Radio (7/10) 
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Supreme Court and Federal Court Watch
TSA officers can't be sued for most checkpoint disputes, court rules
The US Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit has ruled that Transportation Security Administration officers can't be sued over most checkpoint disputes because they are not law enforcement or investigative officers, and are therefore protected by the government's sovereign immunity.
USA Today (7/11) 
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Other Legal News
Feds issue stricter guidelines for asylum-seekers, refugee applicants
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services office has given interviewers guidance narrowing the approval criteria for asylum-seekers on US soil and refugee applicants abroad. The revised guidance rules out eligibility based on the threat of domestic or gang violence, and it advises that illegal entry into the US may "weigh against a favorable exercise of discretion" for asylum.
CNN (7/12) 
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Professional and Business Development
Behaviors that shape strong leaders
Leaders face high but often ambiguous expectations, making executive presence a key model for behavior and tone-setting, whether with yourself, with your team or on an organizational level, Scott Eblin writes. "The key is to make the shift from being the go-to person to the person who creates and leads teams of go-to people," he writes.
Eblin Group (7/11) 
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PLI News
Fulfill Your Annual New York MCLE Requirements for Professional Practice Credit
On August 3 in New York and via Live Webcast, PLI presents Bridge-the-Gap: Professional Practice for Newly Admitted Attorneys 2018, a one-day program covering a variety of substantive law topics. Learn from our faculty of experts, who will guide you through the fundamentals of (among other topics) financial regulation, employment law, privacy, and trusts and estates. This is your opportunity to satisfy your curiosity about an area of law that may be outside of your practice while earning the MCLE credit you need.
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Quick and Authoritative Answers for Issues Arising in Federal Civil Litigation
Sinclair on Federal Civil Practice from PLI Press is designed to give quick and authoritative answers for issues arising in federal civil litigation, and to serve as a concise guide to the principal rules and tactical considerations guiding lawsuits in the federal courts. Organized generally in chronological fashion, the chapters present the key statutes and rules, providing the full text of each key rule, along with detailed discussion of the operation of its provisions and additional sources of further discussion.
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Lawyer Life
Dublin is a captivating cultural hot spot
Dublin offers many interesting attractions for visitors seeking to explore the cultural side of Ireland's capital city. Travelers can examine rare literary works at the Long Room in Trinity College's library, see artwork at the National Gallery of Ireland and view both classic and modern performances at Abbey Theatre.
The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (7/10) 
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Italy's lesser-known islands offer a quiet getaway
Italy offers visitors a variety of uncrowded, tranquil island destinations to enjoy. Travelers can eat fresh seafood on the fisherman island of Ponza, Lazio, explore underwater archaeological sites on Tuscany's Giglio and relax on the beaches of La Maddalena, Sardinia.
USA Today (7/6) 
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Familiarity with danger makes a brave man braver, but less daring.
Herman Melville,
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