New proposed rules to limit the number and scope of questions New York lawyers can pepper each other with in corporate litigation were published Tuesday as the Empire State seeks to streamline how its beleaguered Commercial Division handles its growing caseload.
A city invited illegal kickbacks by asking companies seeking an ambulance contract to provide it with deep discounts, and a bidder’s effort to dial back the handouts might be insufficient to avoid violating federal law, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advisory opinion Wednesday.
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.
Beginning this week, Law360 will profile the elite law firm partners whose exemplary work on critical litigation, mammoth deals and first-of-their-kind global matters earned them a spot on this year's list of MVP award winners.
During oral arguments before the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday, two same-sex couples argued they are being illegally denied the right to divorce in a violation of their right to equal protection.
A group of former public employees and schoolteachers in Maine on Wednesday urged the First Circuit to revive their class action against the state alleging that changes made to its pension law substantially cut payouts in violation of the contract clause of the U.S. Constitution.
The U.S. federal government officially began shutting down early Tuesday morning after Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives held firm on a promise not to pass a short-term spending resolution without delaying the Affordable Care Act and Senate Democrats declined an eleventh-hour offer to confer on a compromise.
While BigLaw attorneys were plenty busy Monday preparing clients for wide-ranging fallout expected from the government shutdown, lawyers said the stoppage could hit firms' critical fourth-quarter revenues and severely impact the year's numbers if it drags on.
With New York's attorney general sounding alarm bells on the practice of buying early access to market data and leveraging it through high-volume trades, some experts said Wednesday the solution to "Insider Trading 2.0" lies in forcing those who profit from the sale of priority access to disclose the activity prominently and in detail.
A New York state judge has invalidated the State University of New York – Downstate's plan to close Long Island College Hospital, contract with a new operator for a smaller facility and possibly sell other LICH real estate assets, ruling Thursday that state officials violated rules requiring 90 days' notice of a closure plan.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray told the House Financial Services Committee on Thursday new mortgage rules should go into effect on time and fairly smoothly, and he defended how the bureau collects consumers’ financial data in the course of its work.
A top Massachusetts state official testified Tuesday that Gov. Deval Patrick now fully supports banning noncompete agreements in the state as a complement to the eventual implementation of the Uniform Trade Secret Act.
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.
Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., on Monday circulated draft legislation intended to prevent television blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes and give consumers more control over which cable network subscriptions they purchase.
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.
Condominium developers are turning to the buyer-financed model to fund the pre-construction and construction phases of their projects. But a recent Florida Supreme Court ruling complicates things for realtors and lawyers who do not identify and inform their buyers of the risks of this development model, says Andrew Hall of Hall Lamb and Hall PA.
Every appellate court to consider the issue has now rejected the National Labor Relations Board’s anti-arbitration position in D.R. Horton as out of step with the Federal Arbitration Act and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision interpreting the statute in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion. And that growing consensus is a positive development for employers and employees alike, say Archis Parasharami and Scott Noveck of Mayer Brown LLP.
Before a landowner grants an oil & gas lease to a lessee, he should carefully consider some key provisions to protect himself and to maximize economic benefit. For example, always make sure the provisions do not permit the primary term of the lease to extend beyond the stated period absent production, drilling or other operations, say attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP.
Northwest v. Ginsberg gives the U.S. Supreme Court the opportunity to affirm that frequent flier programs are "services" covered by the Airline Deregulation Act. However, the high court’s recent oral argument suggests that its decision may not end up addressing this important issue, says Roy Goldberg of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.
Pennsylvania’s House Bill 1620 may be the result of public perception that franchisees are powerless and need protecting. But for franchisors that have long fought to remove the concept of fiduciary duty from commercial contractual relationships, this legislation would appear to undo much of the common law that has developed over the last 20 years, says Theodore Pearce of Nexsen Pruet LLC.
A recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order will permit Rockies Express Pipeline to enter into transactions to transport shale gas east to west within its easternmost zone without triggering a rate reduction for its foundation and anchor shippers. Rockies Express’ ability to enter into such transactions will provide a new source of gas supply for Midwestern markets and an attractive outlet for Marcellus and Utica production, say attorneys with Van Ness Feldman 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 term of copyright in sound recordings and performers' rights has been extended in Europe from 50 to 70 years for sound recordings that were first released on or after Jan. 1, 1963. It seems likely that the new law will have at least some commercial impact once the interplay between a number of provisions meant to benefit performers have been subject to careful analysis, say Sarah Byrt and Daniel Gallagher of Mayer Brown LLP.
The U.S. Tax Court decision in Advo Inc. & Subsidiaries v. Commissioner raises the bar for taxpayers who seek to claim Section 199 deductions for costs incurred in contract manufacturing arrangements, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
The stars of the reality show "Dog the Bounty Hunter" recently succeeded in convincing the California labor commissioner to side with them in a dispute against their former manager/producer. The case provides a valuable lesson for managers who have side agreements with others in connection with their clients’ projects, says David Mark of Buchalter Nemer PLC.