While the usual appellate powerhouse firms scored big at the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 term, a dark horse managed to emerge with a spotless 5-0 record, and a veteran boutique was able to shape landmark rulings on both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama administration’s executive orders on immigration. Here, Law360 takes a look at how the country’s top firms performed at the high court this session.
While Justice Antonin Scalia's death resulted in a Supreme Court term notably lacking his famously pithy, well-reasoned dissents, the justices still managed to make their ire known. Here, we look at the most noteworthy dissents of the term and how Scalia's absence made a mark.
A vacant seat on the court. Controversial decisions on abortion and affirmative action. A judicial deadlock on immigration. For the U.S. Supreme Court, it was both business as usual and a session unlike any other. Here, Law360 takes a deep dive into the numbers behind the high court's latest term, examining the vote counts, overturn rates and dissents from this divided court.
Late Justice Antonin Scalia joked about taking bribes, Justice Stephen Breyer imagined a hot dog detector and Chief Justice John Roberts needed help deciphering a young lawyer's lingo. Amid the customary seriousness of this term's U.S. Supreme Court arguments, there were some memorable moments of courtroom comedy. Here, Law360 looks back at humorous highlights from the past year.
Two policyholders accusing CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield of potentially compromising their information along with that of a million others after a May 2015 data breach will appeal to the Fourth Circuit a Maryland federal judge’s decision last month to toss their proposed class action, according to a filing Friday.
Auto-Owners Insurance Co. urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to affirm a Florida federal judge's ruling that it doesn't have to defend Elite Homes Inc. in a construction defect suit, saying the underlying action alleges only excluded claims for the costs of fixing Elite's own work despite vague references to damage to "other property."
A California federal judge didn’t budge Friday from an earlier ruling disqualifying Hueston Hennigan LLP from representing the California State Compensation Insurance Fund in a pair of kickback suits against physicians over the firm’s simultaneous representation of an individual charged in a related criminal action, saying signed conflict of interest waivers didn’t reflect “informed written consent.”
The U.S. Supreme Court's struggle to avoid 4-4 splits this term led to a new kind of unanimity, experts say, with the four justices in the ideological middle forging consensus on narrow points of law.
The eight-justice U.S. Supreme Court failed to reach majority decisions in some of the most closely watched cases of the term, leaving controversial legal questions unanswered and underscoring the stakes of the political fight over the late Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement.
Anbang Insurance is reportedly planning to convert much of the Waldorf Astoria to condos, Amancio Ortega's Ponte Gadea is said to have dropped $67.6 million on a New York hotel and the Bauer family is reportedly selling a Chicago shopping center property that could fetch $30 million.
A condominium association urged the Seventh Circuit on Monday to find that two insurers must cover a window installer's settlement of claims that its shoddy workmanship caused extensive water damage to several condos, saying that an Illinois federal judge erred in holding that there was no accident triggering coverage.
PNC Bank on Monday urged the Eighth Circuit once again to reverse a lower court's approval of a $355.5 million jury verdict against it for its role as a trustee to a company that ran a Ponzi-like scheme involving prepaid funeral contracts, arguing the suit should never have gone to trial as a tort case.
The state of Kansas told a federal court Friday to throw out a putative class action over the state’s decision to end Medicaid reimbursements to Planned Parenthood, arguing that the two Planned Parenthood affiliates that brought the suit don’t have standing to sue under the Medicaid Act.
Hogan Lovells snared a former U.S. Department of Justice attorney with broad health care fraud experience for its investigations, white collar and fraud practice, the firm announced today.
Berkshire Hathaway Homestate and two other insurance companies asked a California federal judge on Friday to toss a putative class action brought by a group of workers who claim the insurers hacked into their lawyers' databases and stole 32,000 workers' compensation case files, saying the suit is identical to another action that missed the certification deadline.
Former National Hockey League players struck back Monday at a workers' compensation insurer request that they pay for the cost of producing medical records in their multidistrict litigation against the NHL, telling a Minnesota federal court that the insurer is perfectly capable of turning over those records itself.
P.F. Chang's has indicated it will appeal to the Ninth Circuit an Arizona federal court's decision that it isn't covered under a cyberinsurance policy for assessments MasterCard charged its card processing agent following a large-scale data breach, according to court documents filed Monday.
American Financial Group Inc. revealed Monday it is willing to pay more to take over National Interstate Corp., while pushing forward with a recently revived bid more than two years after an earlier buyout attempt fell apart.
Stoller Enterprises on Sunday asked a Texas federal judge to declare AIG Specialty Insurance Co. breached an umbrella policy when it refused to provide coverage related to an unfair competition lawsuit that left the agricultural product seller facing a $44.5 million judgment, saying the policy's two-tiered plan doesn't bar coverage.
With federal and state regulators ramping up enforcement efforts, corporate executives and boards of directors are facing more potential sources of liability than ever before, such as claims that they misled investors about securities offerings or misstated a company's financial condition. Here, Law360 offers tips to get the most out of directors and officers coverage.
Despite regular news stories detailing the need to update our digital privacy laws and increase our cybersecurity protections, law firms and in-house legal departments should feel confident that utilizing cloud providers with strong privacy and security protections will not breach their ethical obligation to clients, says Bradley Shear of the Law Office of Bradley S. Shear LLC.
With all eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court, litigation lawyers may have glanced quickly at important cases coming from the lower courts and providing guidelines on confidentiality orders, picking off plaintiffs, the treatment of buried disclosure in securities litigation, and antitrust pleadings, says Fred Isquith of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP.
In International Energy Ventures Management v. United Energy, the Fifth Circuit recently cleared up the confusion over improper-joinder analysis in Texas by unequivocally holding that the federal pleading standard applies, says Tyler McGuire at Zelle LLP.
An understanding of the damage model and the facts and figures to back it up is crucial to a successful mediation in commercial cases. This is true for both plaintiffs counsel and defense counsel, says Karen Willcutts, former associate judge for Dallas County and an arbitrator at JAMS ADR.
While California courts have entertained the notion that an insurer’s conduct during coverage litigation may be considered evidence of bad faith under extremely limited circumstances, they more consistently recognize that an insurer — like any litigant — is entitled to a fair day in court, as illustrated by a California federal court's recent decision in Genesis Insurance v. Magma Design, says Jennifer Williams at Wiley Rein LLP.
It’s important to first decide what your personal brand is. Are you a crusader? A wry observer? A compassionate witness? Your social media presence doesn’t have to reflect the deepest aspects of your identity — it’s merely an image that you project, says Monica Zent, founder and CEO of Foxwordy Inc.
As illustrated by a recent New York appeals court decision, law firms all-too-frequently fail to help their clients determine at the outset of a claim whether or not there is insurance available to protect them, says Kevin LaCroix at RT ProExec.
One of the most prevalent complaints by associates and recent law school graduates is the lack of meaningful mentoring by more seasoned attorneys. Gary Gansle, leader of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Northern California employment law practice, offers several tips as a light that can help junior attorneys start down the right path in their career development.
The expected increase in shipments to East Coast ports as a result of the Panama Canal Expansion Project may lead to an increase in loss and damage claims, and with ocean carriers becoming more reluctant to settle cargo claims, shippers would be well served by reviewing their insurance policies to ensure that they're protected, say Ronald Leibman and Andrew Warner at Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP.
Committees of policyholders and medical providers would bring light and energy into the Health Republic bankruptcy and help New Yorkers avoid having to suffer a second Health Republic debacle, this one during its liquidation, says James Veach at Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP.