Seven law firms whose stars had dimmed in the eyes of general counsel are once again shining bright, and two up-and-coming legal sparklers are suddenly radiating excellence, according to a new survey of corporations’ favorite firms.
Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP stands alone among elite law firms in the arena of client service thanks to a concerted long-term effort to respond to client feedback, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
The fickle feelings of corporate counsel are apparent once again in an annual survey gauging which law firms deliver the most sterling client service, as one-third of last year's favorites were cast aside after being outflanked by hungry rivals.
There are more arrogant law firms than in years past, according to a new survey of corporate counsel, but one familiar firm has risen above them all.
The number of law firms that Fortune 1000 clients say offer excellent client service grew by 9.8 percent over the past year, a sign that firms with broader services are separating themselves from the competition, according to a new survey of corporate counsel.
Attentive client service, not size, continues to be the critical factor for general counsel at the world's largest corporations, according to a recent survey of corporate counsel, who gave top marks to a mix of large and midsize law firms.
Congress' consideration of a 28 percent cap on the value of both state and local tax deductions and the earned interest exclusion for municipal bonds would cut more than 417,000 jobs and slash $71 billion in real GDP over the next 10 years, according to a study by Moody's Analytics.
The California Supreme Court reported Wednesday that petitions for review and filings in original proceedings had dropped to the lowest point in several years, showing that budget woes have not only triggered staff furloughs and court closures but also made litigants think twice before taking appeals through the beleaguered system, experts say.
Litigation matters are expected to spike in the coming year, but budget-conscious general counsel expect firms to do whatever it takes to make sure they stick to the bottom line — and that includes settling and settling early, a new survey of in-house counsel said.
With litigation on the rise, law firms are looking for a bigger piece of the pie these days, but they won't get it unless they start to think more creatively about how to attract and retain clients, a new survey of in-house counsel said.
Four firms strike fear in the hearts of corporate counsel more than any others thanks to their relentless approach to high-stakes litigation and a knack for building legal teams that go for the jugular, according to a new survey.
A California federal judge Friday ordered Amazon Inc. to cooperate with limited depositions in sprawling multidistrict litigation over alleged price-fixing of optical disk drives by electronics manufacturers, but called Samsung Electronics Co.'s subpoena “insane” and overbroad considering the online retailer isn't a party in the case.
Business bankruptcy filings are down 30 percent so far in 2013 compared to where they were at this point in 2012 — with California contributing the most — as the downward trend of the last four years continues, according to a report issued Wednesday.
The California attorney general’s recent report finding that companies could have prevented 1.4 million Californians from being victimized by data breaches last year if stricter encryption measures had been in place is another sign that her office plans to boost enforcement against businesses experiencing breaches and to spur consumer protection legislation, experts said Tuesday.
The largest U.S. companies significantly expanded their law firm rosters last year, according to survey data released Tuesday, while nearly half have recently switched out at least one of their primary legal service providers.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has rejected a higher percentage of centralization requests in recent years, a trend the head of the panel told Law360 was due in part to a rise in patent cases and other types of litigation he said were more likely to center on individual issues.
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.
With a close decision on the question of cap and trade auctions as a tax and at least one appeal of the recent Sacramento Superior Court judgment likely, the fight over the California cap and trade program is far from over. Other states are closely observing legal challenges to California's sweeping AB 32 program and assessing its effectiveness and economic impact, say attorneys at Stoel Rives LLP.
Recently, the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources issued two key documents relating to hydraulic fracturing. Of keen interest is whether these new rules will permit development of the Monterey Shale in a manner that is competitive with the development of oil reserves elsewhere — or whether government involvement will delay development of the world’s largest, deep shale-oil play, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.
A recent class certification denial in a false advertising action challenging Chipotle's "naturally raised" meat claims seems to stem from the growing trend among federal courts of barring class certification on ascertainability grounds, say David Conway and Edward Boyle of Venable LLP.
State attorneys general gave online privacy protection increasing attention in 2013. There was mounting pressure from attorneys general to expand privacy protections, a rising number of enforcement actions and increased coordination among states, says Jason Crawford, a federal law clerk.
Texas, Nevada and other low- and no-tax states are trying to woo California’s high-earners and business owners, for whom Proposition 30’s passage in November 2012 was a “cross the Rubicon” moment. But moving one’s tax residence from California is not a simple matter of finding a crash pad in Vegas and sending a goodbye note to Sacramento, says Douglas Schwartz of Nossaman LLP.
What is the thinking as to whether leaky air conditioner cases warrant multidistrict litigation treatment? On Dec. 5, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Vegas to find out. This will bring a temperature shift in more ways than one from the September hearing, where the panel considered a potential MDL proceeding arising from allegedly defective clothes dryers, says Alan Rothman of Kaye Scholer LLP.
The decision in County of Santa Clara v. Superior Court of Santa Clara was based on policy, not statute. The California Supreme Court was convinced by the theory that government attorneys could maintain control over private counsel retained by contingency fees. The reality of the experience with the Orange County Water District emphatically demonstrates otherwise, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Nathaniel Johnson of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
Two important events this year make clear that California's anti-deficiency statutes not only protect borrowers in nearly all circumstances when dealing with a residential loan but also trump any separate agreement the lender may have with a borrower for the payment of any deficiency following either a foreclosure or a short sale, say Sylvia Arostegui and Eunice Majam-Simpson of Nossaman LLP.
Five years ago, the Federal Trade Commission waded into the debate regarding the competition issues posed by “follow-on biologics.” Some three years after Congress provided a pathway for approval of such products, no follow-on biologic has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Now the FTC is revisiting the issue — particularly state restrictions, say attorneys with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
A recent California appeals court decision provides a benchmark for plaintiffs to plead and prove claims under the California Medical Information Act that is consistent with prior nonhealth-care decisions. Plaintiffs must do more than plead mere loss of data, say attorneys with Morrison & Foerster LLP.