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1. Free Friday Looks at the History of Alternative Litigation Finance

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 17, 2015

The free on-demand presentation of Accessing Justice: Ethics and Lawsuit Financing in a New Era will introduce the use of litigation funding as a modern means to ensure meritorious cases get the commitment of resources they deserve. In addition to introducing the basics of alternative litigation finance, the presentation will address numerous rules of professional responsibility and how they intersect with litigation funding.

2. How to be a lousy manager

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 15, 2015

Managers are often to blame for employee complaints because of the harmful behaviors they exhibit, Dan McCarthy writes. He catalogs 31 of the worst managerial offenses, including betraying confidences and sitting on the sidelines during moments of crisis. "Managers, do an honest self-assessment -- or better yet, get some candid feedback -- and if you are doing any of these things, make a resolution to STOP doing it!" he advises. (04/11)

3. EY settles lawsuit over Lehman Brothers

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Ernst & Young has agreed to pay $10 million to settle a lawsuit brought in 2010 by New York state authorities that the accounting firm helped Lehman Brothers Holdings conceal its true leverage prior to its collapse in 2008. EY previously settled a class-action suit by agreeing to pay $99 million in damages to investors. Financial Times (tiered subscription model) (04/15) Reuters (04/15) Forbes (04/15) New York Times (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)

4. Supreme Court chief justice shows up for jury duty but isn't selected

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. was part of the jury pool for a civil trial taking place in Rockville, Md., but ultimately was not selected to serve as a juror in the case. Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The (04/15)

5. Organized hacker groups pulled off 312 major attacks in 2014

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Major corporate breaches by criminal gangs of hackers were up 23% last year, totaling 312, according to Symantec's 2014 Internet threat report. In addition, 60% of all e-mail sent was spam, with 1 in 965 a phishing attempt. Hacker groups have gotten more organized and have broadened their reach, Symantec found. USA Today (04/14)

6. Telltale signs of terrible leadership

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

Art Petty documents real-life tales of the most destructive practices, including lying to employees; bringing together dozens of people for brainstorming meetings; or failing to consult customers when crafting strategies. "The pursuit of effective management is a noble calling. It's too bad that too many managers give it a bad name," Petty writes. (04/09)

7. Court: Ford didn't improperly reject employee's request to telework

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit has held that Ford Motor can refuse an employee's request to telecommute as many as four days a week, reversing a 6th Circuit panel's earlier decision. The court said that most jobs would be "fundamentally altered" without requiring "regular and predictable on-site attendance." Bloomberg BNA (free content) (04/13)

8. White House threatens veto of 2 bills that would alter Dodd-Frank provisions

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 14, 2015

Mortgage-related bills offered by Reps. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., and Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., would face vetoes if they reached the White House, the Obama administration says. The White House said the bills would undermine consumer-protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. Hill, The (04/13)

9. Your Comprehensive Guide to the Attorney-Client Privilege

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 16, 2015

PLI's new Attorney-Client Privilege Answer Book 2015 provides, in a Q&A format, clear answers to the questions that attorneys grapple with on a regular basis as to what is or is not covered by the attorney-client privilege.

10. 4 things to look for in a potential leader

PLI SmartBrief | Apr 13, 2015

To hire effective leaders, you need to know what you're looking for, writes Wally Bock. Instead of just seeking something vague like "talent," look at candidates' behavior for signs of a work ethic, a determination to help others succeed and a willingness to be held accountable for decisions. "That's the kind of team leader you want throughout your organization," Bock writes. Three Star Leadership blog (04/09)

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