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  • May 23- Troubled U.S. lobbying giant Patton Boggs avoided a financial cliff on Friday when a larger law firm agreed to acquire many of its partners and its name, which for decades was synonymous with influence in Washington, D.C..

  • Partners at 1,300- lawyer Squire Sanders voted on Friday, after 300- lawyer Patton Boggs, known for its lobbying presence in Washington, D.C., had earlier approved the combination.

  • NEW YORK, May 23- The law firms Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs said on Friday they had agreed to combine, striking a deal that is expected to save Patton Boggs from growing financial strain. In a news release, the two firms said they would begin operating under the name Squire Patton Boggs effective June 1.

  • May 22- The fate of the proposed merger of law firms Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders appeared uncertain on Thursday after Squire Sanders halted voting on approving the tie-up. The deal was held up because of concerns over the role of Patton Boggs in a legal battle between Chevron Corp and a group of Ecuadorean villagers, a source close to the deal told Reuters.

  • Two days ago, partners from the 300- lawyer Patton Boggs voted on the proposed merger with the 1,300- lawyer Squire Sanders. Neither Patton Boggs managing partner Edward Newberry, who would be co-managing partner of the new firm, nor James Maiwurm, chairman of Squire Sanders, responded to requests for comment.

  • May 20- Law firm leaders at Patton Boggs in Washington, D.C., were tallying votes on Tuesday on a proposed merger with Squire Sanders, a deal that is expected to be approved and that would provide financial relief to struggling Patton Boggs. The firm has represented Amazon.com, Facebook, Inc. and Exxon Mobil Corp., according to the center.

  • May 20- British insurer RSA Insurance Group Plc said on Monday it had reached agreement to sell its majority-owned Canadian brokerage business- Noraxis Capital Corp- to U.S. insurance brokerage Arthur J. Gallagher& Co for C $500 million.

  • NEW YORK, May 16- A week after concluding a controversial settlement with Chevron Corp, law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs is seeking to close the biggest law firm merger so far this year by as early as next week, according to four sources familiar with the matter.

  • LONDON, May 13- Britain's Ministry of Justice has been barred from intervening in a court appeal over whether a judge was right to halt a fraud trial after defendants said they could not find senior lawyers to represent them because of government cuts to legal aid.

  • LONDON, May 8- The European Commission would probably block any attempt by the British government to intervene in Pfizer's proposed takeover of AstraZeneca as Brussels itself would rule on a deal of that size, competition lawyers say. AstraZeneca has rejected the $106 billion bid to create the world's largest pharmaceuticals business.

  • NEW YORK, May 7- In a deal that could pave the way for a major law firm merger, Washington law and lobbying firm Patton Boggs has agreed to pay $15 million to settle claims by Chevron Corp that it tried to enforce an $18 billion pollution judgment in Ecuador against the oil company it knew was obtained through fraud and corruption.

  • NEW YORK, May 7- Chevron Corp said on Wednesday that Washington law firm Patton Boggs has agreed to pay $15 million to settle claims it tried to enforce a multibillion-dollar Ecuador judgment against the oil company it knew was fraudulently obtained.

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- As the U.S. Supreme Court's nine-month term reaches a climax, nearly all of the most hotly anticipated decisions will be in high-stakes business cases. In the securities case, Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, the court could hand a sizable setback to the securities class action plaintiffs' bar by making it harder to bring such lawsuits.

  • Google faces lawsuit on mobile internet search Friday, 2 May 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    A consumer rights law firm said it filed a lawsuit against Google alleging the company "illegally monopolized" the Internet and mobile search market.

  • May 2- Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman said it filed a nationwide antitrust class-action lawsuit against Google Inc alleging the company "illegally monopolized" the Internet and mobile search market in the United States. Google said Android and Google can be used independent of each other.

  • May 1- Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman said it filed a nationwide antitrust class-action lawsuit against Google Inc alleging the company "illegally monopolized" the Internet and mobile search market in the United States.

  • Lawyers said the 6-2 Supreme Court decision to side with the EPA was a timely boost for the agency as it moves to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from the country's power plants using a different section of the Clean Air Act.

  • White did not elaborate on what the SEC has been finding, or what defines "emerging financial fraud." In addition, last July the SEC unveiled its new financial reporting and audit task force, which is headed by David Woodcock, an attorney and accountant who heads the SEC's Fort Worth, Texas, office.

  • April 24- Scott London, a former senior partner at the accounting firm KPMG LLP, was sentenced by a federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday to 14 months in prison for insider trading. When he was confronted by the FBI, he protected KPMG and his clients by fully cooperating immediately. " London, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 13- cr-00379.

  • Top L.A. bankruptcy law firm to close doors Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 | 5:16 PM ET

    April 22,- The well-known Los Angeles- based bankruptcy law firm Stutman Treister& Glatt, which once advised on the Chapter 11 proceedings of companies including Lehman Brothers and Enron Corp, has announced it is closing.