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.
A pair of former government officials on Thursday pushed companies to focus less on preventing cyberattacks and more on building systems that allow them to quickly identify and rebound from intrusions, in response to a new survey suggesting current corporate security safeguards aren't working.
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.
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 number of federal and state wiretaps reported in 2012 increased by nearly a quarter from 2011, according to a report released Friday by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, with the majority of new approvals coming at the federal level.
Despite the mounting seriousness and frequency of cyberattacks, many companies have made little progress in developing ways to fend off both internal and external intrusions, according to a survey released Thursday. But federal prosecutors say there are several steps companies can take now to bolster their defenses.
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.
The United Kingdom's data protection regulator released an independent study on Tuesday revealing that the vast majority of businesses in the country are unable to estimate compliance costs under proposed European Union data reforms.
Managing and mitigating risk around cybersecurity, information technology strategy, Dodd-Frank regulatory compliance and leadership succession are the primary concerns for U.S. directors and general counsel, according to a survey released Wednesday by FTI Consulting Inc. and Corporate Board Member.
While companies including Twitter Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have ramped up efforts in recent years to protect users' data from government access, Verizon Communications Inc., Apple Inc. and others have failed to institute such safeguards, according to a report released by a privacy group Tuesday.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission needs to plug an electronic security gap caused by agency personnel using email software to save sensitive and nonpublic information onto non-SEC computers, the agency's internal watchdog said in an audit released last week.
Microsoft Corp. rejected nearly all warrantless government requests for access to the communications of its online and cloud service subscribers during 2012, the company revealed Thursday, relying on a Sixth Circuit decision commonly used by Google Inc. and others to make similar denials.
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.
The extensive amendments to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 45 that took effect on Dec. 1, 2013, bring welcome changes that simplify and streamline subpoena practice. In particular, the elimination of uncertainty in determining where compliance can be required and where service can be effected will reduce the effort and costs involved in issuing subpoenas, say Lawrence Friedman and Sheilah Kane of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Congress clearly had email hackers in mind when it drafted the Stored Communications Act in the mid-'80s. But while courts seem to agree that the SCA protects server-resident emails if they are unopened or opened and downloaded, they are split regarding emails that are opened and not downloaded, says Pierre Grosdidier of Haynes and Boone LLP.
Although California courts after Apple v. Superior Court have declined to explicitly hold that the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act does not apply to e-commerce, a practical implication of subsequent decisions is that the collection of personal information from online transactions is more likely to be excused because it can help prevent credit card fraud, say Thomas Brown and Kristin Hall of Paul Hastings LLP.
In light of the proposed e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, businesses need to set themselves up to efficiently respond to discovery and requests for information from their counsel by implementing and following document-control policies as part of normal business practices. The failure to do so will eventually consume vast amounts of employee time, say Steven Cvitanovic and Colin Murphy of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
The statutory and regulatory framework, marketplace, infrastructure and use of health information technology has grown and changed exponentially during the 2013 calendar year — but not without practical and legal challenges ranging from Affordable Care Act implementation to fraud and data protection concerns, say Sidney Welch and Cindy Acosta at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 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.
While data has created unprecedented opportunities, it also precipitates new risks and exacerbates old risks. To address these concerns, enterprises should create and maintain a comprehensive data inventory, which includes identifying, classifying and labeling confidential business data, says Mark Paulding of InfoLawGroup LLP.
A Georgia federal court recently ruled in Metro Brokers Inc. v. Transportation Insurance Co. that an all-risk insurance policy did not provide coverage for online fraudulent withdrawals from the company’s bank account. This decision offers guidance as to how a court may treat a policyholder’s claim under a traditional all-risk policy and the effect of broad computer fraud exclusions, says James Kitces at Robins Kaplan Miller & Ciresi LLP.
Given the dim prospects for enactment of comprehensive cybersecurity legislation in the current political environment, the U.S. Department of Defense's new requirements for contractors are an important part of the Obama administration’s efforts to use the government’s procurement power and existing regulatory authorities to increase the cybersecurity of the companies on which the U.S. government relies, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter LLP.