A significantly smaller percentage of in-house counsel used some form of alternative legal fee structures last year, according to a new legal survey from Fulbright & Jaworski LLP that defied previous years' upward trends and more vocal criticism in recent years of the billable hour.
Corporations beefed up their legal departments in 2012 and expect to do the same this year, according to a new report, with mounting regulatory challenges and abundant litigation combining to boost the need for in-house expertise.
In-house corporate lawyers last year rated fixed-fee legal pricing the most effective alternative fee model to the straight billable hour, according to an annual Fulbright & Jaworski LLP survey released Tuesday.
Corporate counsel singled out nearly 100 litigators as the most client service-driven in their field thanks to their innate ability to deliver solid outcomes, effectively communicate litigation strategy and prioritize their clients' business interests.
A recent analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that almost all project reviews under the California Environmental Quality Act aren’t challenged in court, but experts said Thursday that the law requiring public agencies to examine projects’ environmental impacts is still in need of improvement to cut delays and boost transparency in litigation.
The Administrative Office of the Courts, which oversees California’s trial courts, issued a study Friday that said hundreds of judicial officers are still needed to stay on top of the litigation workload in the state.
The California Supreme Court churned out nearly 100 opinions from September 2011 through August of this year, a nearly 13 percent increase from the previous year, in a sign that the chief justice and the newest associate justice are getting comfortable with their roles at the court, experts said Friday.
When dealing with high-stakes litigation, there are four top-notch firms that in-house counsel dread seeing on the other side of the courtroom, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
For the second year in a row, Law360 has selected and ranked the 20 law firms with the greatest global reach and expertise.
A new report based on interviews with corporate counsel has identified the eighteen law firms with the strongest brands in the legal market.
Responding to last month's report calling for an overhaul to California's Administrative Office of the Courts, the state's chief justice on Tuesday said the agency already has slashed its staff, cut positions from the abandoned court computer project and made other key reforms.
The agency that oversees the California court system is laden with organizational and transparency issues and is in dire need of downsizing and a general overhaul, according to a report ordered by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye that was released last week.
Roughly 84 percent of some 400 foreclosures in San Francisco have violated California foreclosure laws and called for greater legislative oversight of the mortgage industry, San Francisco County officials said Wednesday.
When corporate counsel are facing a high-stakes securities litigation matter, there are two law firms they most want to have on their side, according to a new report.
When in-house counsel look across a courtroom, there are a few firms that they don't want to ever see as opponents, a new survey has found.
Nearly one-third of female partners have been bullied or threatened by male colleagues to back down from origination point disagreements, an example of the many compensation challenges they still face, according to a new study.
West Virginia and Louisiana are the worse states for tort and contract litigation, while Delaware and North Dakota courts provide the warmest legal climate for businesses, according to a survey of corporate lawyers and executives the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform released Monday.
Very few of the world's largest asset managers are factoring climate-related risks and opportunities into their investment decision-making, according to a survey from investor and environmentalist network Ceres.
Despite a sputtering economy, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP's 117 energy lawyers are charging full speed ahead, with looming legislative changes and an explosion of commodity trading helping keep them busier than ever these days.
With about half of their attorneys devoted to employment work, EpsteinBeckerGreen PC and Seyfarth Shaw LLP have the heaviest concentrations of employment lawyers among firms with 100 or more lawyers, according to Law360's 2009 practice area survey.
The pros of using predictive coding far outweigh the cons. Given the heavy pressure on law firms and in-house counsel to reduce discovery costs, as well as the Justice Department's recent stance on the subject, it appears predictive coding will continue to emerge from the obscure world of legal technology to the mainstream of legal practice, say Michael Moscato and Myles Bartley of Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.
When U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald dismissed a consolidated, multidistrict batch of antitrust and racketeering suits in Manhattan earlier this spring, she suggested plaintiffs seeking to recover from banking giants at the heart of the interest rate-fixing scandal might have better luck with securities fraud claims. But those plaintiffs will need to be lucky indeed. Two recent developments show that obstacles are inherent and, perhaps, insurmountable, say attorneys with Choate Hall & Stewart LLP.
In an effort to combat the $32 billion human trafficking industry, California law now requires certain businesses to post public notices regarding slavery and human trafficking. By doing so, the recently passed bill has effectively made these establishments aware that they may already be unwitting participants in the human trafficking industry, say attorneys with Gordon & Rees LLP.
The California Supreme Court's upcoming decision in Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. v. Swift Distribution Inc. will resolve a hot debate about the scope of implied disparagement liability under California law, likely determining whether insurers must defend lawsuits involving allegations of intellectual property infringement, unfair competition and false advertising, says Tyler Gerking of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.
Recently, two firms have filed class actions against three Catholic Church-affiliated health care facilities, claiming that their pension plans should be subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. These cases could have a profound effect on all church plan sponsors, regardless of whether they have previously obtained favorable church plan rulings, say attorneys with Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP.
The California Air Resources Board has again been sued over its implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act in Morning Star Packing Co., et al. v. CARB, which resembles an earlier action brought by the California Chamber of Commerce. Petitioners of both cases face the difficult challenge of convincing the court to derail a massive regulatory scheme that is now well underway, say attorneys with Marten Law PLLC.
Impatience with the pace of Toxic Substances Control Act reform at the federal level is understandable, but substituting individual state action for a perceived lack of federal action may be the classic example of a cure which is worse than the disease. Many think California’s Safer Consumer Product Regulations now prove that, says Ward Benshoof of Alston & Bird LLP.
Businesses tend to settle frivolous accessibility discrimination lawsuits brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but Eddie Bauer LLC recently fought back, which turned out to be the right decision. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California found in favor of the retailer on all claims and made significant rulings, providing useful support for other defendants who want to fight frivolous lawsuits, say attorneys with Seyfarth Shaw LLP.
The Ninth Circuit ruling in In re Fitness Holdings International Inc. and similar decisions allowing recharacterization of debt as equity all send a single clear message: Although lawyers can structure a transaction to look like debt, bankruptcy courts have the authority to determine what the transaction really is and are not bound by what it is called, say Ira Herman and Evelyn Breithaupt of Thompson & Knight LLP.
In McBurney v. Young, the U.S. Supreme Court has permitted the still-uncommon practice of state legislatures to restrict use of their freedom of information laws to citizens of the states. But states should not race to adopt citizens-only provisions in their freedom of information laws, say John Borger and Leita Walker of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.