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MDL Critic Pushes Plan to Break Up Cases - It's time to give judges clear rules for managing MDLs, says John Rabiej, director of Duke Law School's Center for Judicial Studies. For starters, he'd spread the biggest cases across more judges.

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Litigators of the Week: When Your Client is a Retired Judge, You Better Bring Your A Game - Defending JAMS Inc. and one of its neutrals over resume padding charges, these litigators soldiered through an unconventional three-week trial in San Diego Superior Court only to be faced with a possible jury deadlock.

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Virtual Law Firm Takes on the Careerist  - A few weeks ago I wrote that I doubted cloud-based operations are competing against Big Law for major rainmakers and clients. One virtual firm took issue with my views.

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Fried Frank Hires Katten's NY Real Estate Litigation Head - Matthew Parrott, head of the New York real estate and distressed debt litigation group at Katten Muchin Rosenman, has joined Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson as a partner in Manhattan. Fried Frank, riding high from a successful financial year in 2016, has been busy on the lateral recruitment front in 2017.

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This Federal Judge Is the King of Backlogs?But He?s Not the Only One - Poor U.S. District Judge Joseph Goodwin. The West Virginia judge had the biggest backlog of any federal judge in the country, with 20,139 cases pending for more than three years, according to a new report. Who else is in the slow lane?

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One of Canada's Largest Firms Heads to New York - McCarthy Tétrault has opened an office in New York after recruiting corporate partner Mark Adkins from Canadian rival Blake, Cassels & Graydon. Adkins will serve as his new firm's New York managing partner.

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A Hard-Hitting Litigator, Kasowitz Goes to Bat for Trump - It looks like Marc Kasowitz will go down in history as President Donald Trump's lawyer. But while America is just getting to know him, the same can't be said for his fellow elite litigators, especially in New York.

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Behind the Numbers: A Podcast on What the Am Law 200 Results Really Mean - ALM Intelligence senior analyst Nicholas Bruch breaks down the Am Law 200 results.

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Trump Taps Kasowitz?but Why Stop There? Elevator Pitch Suggestions for Olson, Giuffra and Weingarten - President Donald Trump will reportedly hire Marc Kasowitz as outside counsel to assist in the Russia probe. But why have just one first-chair litigator? Theodore Olson, Robert Giuffra Jr. and Reid Weingarten are also said to be in the running to join the team. What might their elevator pitches sound like?

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Major Financial Institutions Make Landmark Blockchain Investment - Bank of America, Wells Fargo and HSBC are among the more than 40 banks and financial firms that announced Tuesday they would invest in R3's distributed ledger, or blockchain, technology.
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