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Big Data Playing Bigger Role in Antitrust Review

Big Data Playing Bigger Role in Antitrust Review

Last December, Microsoft won early approval from the European Commission to purchase the professional networking site LinkedIn for $26.2 billion, despite lingering antitrust concerns. A key to its success? Microsoft “agreed to add Xing AG, Germany’s biggest professional-networking site, to its Windows software to eliminate opposition in the European Union antitrust review,” Bloomberg reported. By demonstrating that

The reflections of pedestrians are seen in a window of the International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) Watson headquarters in New York, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014. To help commercialize the technology famous for beating humans on the "Jeopardy!" game show, new languages such as Portuguese and Japanese are being added to the Watson service this year, said Stephen Gold, vice president of the Watson Group business. Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Wake Up Call: IBM Expands eDiscovery Technology

• IBM said it is updating the discovery service of its artificial intelligence-powered platform Watson with an expansion of its eDiscovery and business research technology. (Legaltech News) • Big banks and technology companies are fighting over control of a very valuable commodity — users’ personal data. (New York Times DealBook) • Is Deutsche Bank’s refusal to pay junior lawyers

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Law Firms Promote Flexible Work Arrangements Lawyers Don’t Use

Even though many Big Law firms tout progressive flex-time, reduced hours and telecommuting policies, most of their attorneys aren’t taking advantage of them, according to the Diversity and Flexibility Alliance, a think tank focused on diversity and inclusion in the legal industry. In a survey of 28 Big Law firms published Wednesday, the alliance found that

Neil Gorsuch, Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Gorsuch Faulted as Top Court Spurns Him on Disabled Students

By Greg Stohr and Laura Litvan, Bloomberg News U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch drew fire in his Senate confirmation hearing after the high court Wednesday unanimously rejected his position on the educational rights of disabled students. The Supreme Court ruling, issued in the case of an autistic boy, said school districts had to do

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Where Have All the Big Law Associates Gone? (Perspective)

Editor’s Note: This column is written by two legal recruiters. By Bob Graff and Michelle Fivel, Major, Lindsey & Africa Sourcing and recruiting qualified, experienced mid-level associates has become difficult. Today, there are significantly fewer candidates than there had been previously, and law firms, as well as in-house legal teams, are feeling the pinch. There

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Bharara Joins NYU After Trump Fired Him as U.S. Attorney 

By David Voreacos, Bloomberg News Preet Bharara, the fired U.S. attorney in Manhattan who made his reputation as a corruption buster and Wall Street enforcer, is joining the New York University School of Law as a distinguished scholar, school officials said. Bharara, who took on New York state lawmakers, hedge fund managers and Bernie Madoff’s

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Wake Up Call: Bharara Said to Consider Law School and Private Practice

• Fired by President Donald Trump, former Manhattan federal prosecutor Preet Bharara is said to be mulling job offers from law schools at Columbia, Harvard and New York University, or a possible return to Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP or Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. (Wall Street Journal) • Senators today will get their first

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UNH Law’s New Dean: Legal Education Needs to Change

Megan Carpenter thinks legal education has been isolated from other academic disciplines for far too long and that law schools need to come back into the fold. As the newly appointed dean of the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Carpenter is one of a handful of people around the country in a position to make this happen. “We’ve

The name placard for Neil Gorsuch, U.S. Supreme Court nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, is placed on a witness table before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation for Gorsuch in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, March 20, 2017. Gorsuch goes before a Senate committee as a heavy favorite, given Republican control, to win confirmation to a lifetime seat on the nations highest court. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Gorsuch’s Goal in High Court Confirmation Hearing: Don’t Mess Up

Neil Gorsuch’s mission is straightforward: Don’t mess up. President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee goes before a Senate committee starting Monday as a heavy favorite, given Republican control, to win confirmation to a lifetime seat on the nation’s highest court. All Gorsuch, 49, has to do is stick to what’s mostly a well-worn script