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Equifax, Before Breach, Lobbied to Limit Class-Action Damages

By C. Ryan Barber |

In the months before revealing a data breach that potentially exposed the personal information of nearly half the adult U.S. population, Equifax Inc. turned to the firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington to help convince U.S. lawmakers to reduce penalties for companies that violated the federal fair credit-reporting law.

Judge Melinda Harmon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston

Why Did a Federal Judge Sentence a Terminally Ill Mother to 75 Years for Health Care Fraud?

By Kristen Rasmussen |

A federal judge in Texas sentenced a woman with advanced metastatic cancer to 75 years in prison for Medicare fraud last month amid a crackdown on health care fraud by the government. Here's what we learned about the case.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices in Washington, D.C.

PwC to Launch US Law Firm as Big Four Expand Legal Offerings

By Chris Johnson |

PricewaterhouseCoopers is set to launch a U.S. law firm in Washington, D.C., later this month, a sign that the Big Four accounting firms are continuing their push into legal services.

Betsy DeVos, U.S. secretary of education, waits to speak while being introduced on her first day at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. DeVos squeaked through a history-making Senate confirmation vote yesterday to become U.S. education secretary, as Vice President Mike Pence broke a 50-50 tie and Republicans staved off last-minute defections that would have killed her nomination. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Lawyer Who Tweeted He'd Be 'OK' if Betsy DeVos Was Sexually Assaulted Resigns From Law Firm

By John Council |

A Central Texas personal injury lawyer has resigned from his law firm after tweeting "I'm not wishing for it ... but I'd be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX."

Hogan Lovells offices at 555 13th Street, NW in Washington, D.C.  October 25, 2016.

Hogan Lovells Offers Voluntary Retirement to 400 US Staffers

By Rose Walker |

The global legal giant has offered hundreds of its support staffers in the U.S. the option of early retirement in a bid to trim its ranks of senior business services workers. Hogan Lovells has confirmed that about 400 of those who have been with the firm for at least five years will be invited to take voluntary retirement.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

In Win for Patent Owners, PTAB Clamps Down on Repeat Attacks

By Scott Graham |

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board will no longer tolerate multiple, serial petitions for inter partes review that target the same patent claims.

Judge Jon Tigar, United States District Court for the Northern District of California

Did McKool Smith Violate Prosecution Bar in High-Profile Patent Case?

By Scott Graham |

A ruling from U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco could threaten a new litigation campaign by McKool client Eolas Technologies against Amazon, Google and Wal-Mart.

Johnson & Johnson's baby powder.

J&J Aims to Wipe Out $417M Talc Verdict, Citing 'Passion and Prejudice' of Jurors

By Amanda Bronstad |

Johnson & Johnson has filed motions to toss a record $417 million talcum powder verdict based in part on the alleged misconduct of jurors in the deliberations room.

Federal Judges Give 4 Ways to Survive E-discovery Expectations

By Rhys Dipshan |

At Exterro's inFusion conference, three judges discussed how legal teams can keep up with FRCP requirements in an increasingly complex digital world.

Will Your Case Go to Trial? This Computer Program Might Know the Answer

By Jenna Greene |

Wondering whether a given lawsuit will go to trial? SettlementAnalytics unveiled a new tool to predict the likelihood. But some Big Law litigators are skeptical that all the intangibles that determine the course of litigation can be factored in.