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BLJ: Former hedge fund trader pleads guilty to wire fraud

Michael Wilson, the Cleveland-based hedge fund trader who purchased two Town of Hamburg homes in 2008 for $6.3 million, pleaded guilty to wire fraud before Senior U.S. District Judge William Skretny on July 18. Wilson, 30, is a dual citizen with Canada. He admitted defrauding investors of more than $10 million between June 2008 and July 2010. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Allen Jr., who is handling the…

Changes reshape IP litigation landscape in Kansas

Businesses that regularly defend or enforce patents are finding the legal waters a bit more muddied these days, due to a Supreme Court ruling combined with court rules in Kansas.

Colorado's biggest private company is in talks to be sold, says report

CH2M, the largest privately-held company in Colorado, is in "advanced talks" to be sold to a Texas-based rival, according to a news report. The deal would combine two global engineering and construction giants. Douglas County-based CH2M, largely owned by employees, played a lead role in the recent expansion of the Panama Canal. Its CEO, Jacqueline Hinman, is profiled in this week's Denver Business Journal print edition. The Times of London reported the talks. It identified the would-be buyer…

Frost Brown Todd names Cincinnati member as new CEO

Frost Brown Todd has named a member from the Cincinnati office to head the firm after current CEO George Yund steps down later this year. Adam Hall, who has represented the firm’s largest clients in complex litigation matters in many trials and appeals, will assume the CEO role on Jan. 1. “I have worked closely with Adam Hall, who has been a superb leader of our litigation department through a significant period of growth for the firm and our litigation practices," George Yund said in a statement. Hall…

Legal Roundup: Birmingham firms earn more accolades

Editor's Note: Legal Roundup is the BBJ's weekly look at news and notes from the local legal scene. Send items to Lee Johnsey, partner in Balch & Bingham’s Birmingham office and member of the real estate practice, was installed as president of the Young Lawyers Section of the Alabama State Bar for 2017-2018. Johnsey was voted into office at the annual meeting in Orange Beach in May. In addition to serving as president, Johnsey was confirmed for an ex-officio position on…

Managing employees without getting sued: Do's and don'ts for employers

By Anne Yuengert and Anne Knox Averitt We often hear businesses refer to their employees as “one big happy family.” If your business is one of them, take heed.While this is a pleasant concept intended to boost morale, it could actually land you in court. Every supervisor needs to remember that he or she is the boss—not a family member or friend.You may not think of yourself as a boss, but if you have final authority as to your employees or even a voice in management decisions, you are considered…

More workers are quitting their jobs — and that’s a good thing

More workers are quitting their jobs, and in May employee separations hit their highest level since 2001. The 15-year high in employees ditching their current jobs is a good sign, said Travis Laird, vice president at Robert Half International (NYSE: RHI) in Phoenix. Robert Half is a big headhunting and employment services firm. Laird said higher resignation rates — which totaled 5.3 million nationally in May — shows workers are finding other jobs sometimes with better pay or better growth opportunities. “They’re…

Relias Learning picks Triangle office park for new headquarters campus

Relias Learning, the Cary-based online education platform that announced its intentions a year ago to add 450 new jobs at its Triangle headquarters, has signed a commitment to relocate and anchor the newest Perimeter Park mid-rise office building planned in Morrisville. It’s the second major headquarters announcement for Perimeter Park since January. Raleigh-based INC Research is also moving and expanding its headquarters to the new Perimeter Five office building under construction and set to…

WilmerHale, Gunderson lose court battle over biotech owners’ breakup

Two former minority owners in a Hingham company claim the two law firms schemed with the majority owner — the father of a Gunderson lawyer — to cut them out of the business.

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Boies Comes to Theranos' Defense, Again

Lawyers at Boies Schiller are representing the embattled blood testing company in consumer litigation.

Evan Wolfson, Gay Rights Leader, to Helm Dentons' Diversity Efforts

Evan Wolfson, who closed his Freedom to Marry organization this year after same-sex marriage was legalized in the United States, will now lead Dentons' diversity efforts.

Mattress Maker Losing Sleep Over Website Reviews

Suits seek to bring transparency to affiliate marketing deals that make Casper Sleep's top lawyer toss and turn.

Page and Plant's Win in 'Stairway to Heaven' Case Seen as Bolstering Songwriters' Creative Rights

Thursday’s verdict for Led Zeppelin in the copyright trial over the 1971 hit song “Stairway to Heaven” reaffirms the creative rights of songwriters while demonstrating the difficulties in pursuing infringement over sheet music, according to legal experts following the case.

Proskauer, Loeb & Loeb, Cooley Bring NHL to Las Vegas

Ice hockey in the desert might have somewhat of a checkered history in the National Hockey League, but three Am Law 200 firms are advising on a $500 million deal announced late Wednesday to bring a professional hockey franchise to Sin City.
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