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  • Wal-Mart Settlement in First LGBT Workers' Class Action Reflects Larger Shift

    By Erin Mulvaney

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s multimillion-dollar agreement this week to compensate employees who were refused benefits for same-sex partners marks one of the first class action settlements brought on behalf of LGBT workers, and it comes at a time when the legal and corporate landscapes are moving toward embracing equal protections.

  • Supreme Court Limits Venue Shopping in Patent Litigation

    By Tony Mauro

    Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for an 8-0 court in TC Heartland v. Kraft Foods Group Brands, said “a domestic corporation ‘resides’ only in its state of incorporation for purposes of the patent venue statute.”

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Regulation

  • Insurers Mount Pressure as US House, HHS Try to Resolve ACA Case

    By Mike Scarcella

    Lawyers for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Monday asked a federal appeals court to freeze for another 90 days a dispute over billions of dollars in insurance industry subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, a delay that could further unnerve the health insurance markets.

  • Former US House Lawyers Tee Up Likely Legal Issues on Mueller's Long Road

    By Marcia Coyle

    Kerry Kircher and William Pittard, longtime former U.S. House lawyers , have seen their share of investigations. The two attorneys concede they have never seen anything quite like the Trump-Russia-Comey affair unfolding in the nation's capital. We reached out to Kircher and Pittard this week to get their thoughts on possible legal fights that could unfold in a process that history shows will take months, if not years, to resolve.

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Litigation

  • Skadden Loses a Tax Dispute, and Jenner Wins Fee Fight

    By Marcia Coyle

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delivered multimillion-dollar good news and bad news to two major law firms. Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom lost its challenge to a tax refund in Michigan. Jenner & Block prevailed in a fee dispute that involved a former client. Here's a snapshot of the two cases.

  • Insurers Mount Pressure as US House, HHS Try to Resolve ACA Case

    By Mike Scarcella

    Lawyers for the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services on Monday asked a federal appeals court to freeze for another 90 days a dispute over billions of dollars in insurance industry subsidies under the Affordable Care Act, a delay that could further unnerve the health insurance markets.

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