Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.
We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.
The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.
A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday nixed amended antitrust claims from hundreds of Boston-area taxi companies in consolidated suits accusing Uber of unfairly pricing its ride-hailing services to monopolize the market, saying there’s no evidence Uber set artificially low rates or set out to destroy competition.
Lyft Inc. sought Friday to drop off a proposed class action alleging it sent unwanted text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, arguing in California federal court that the consumers hadn't even shown how Lyft itself was responsible for sending the messages.
Tow truck and trailer equipment maker Horizon Global Corp. has dropped its planned €169 million ($198.9 million) purchase of the Brink Group after competition authorities in the United Kingdom and Germany raised concerns over the remaining towbar suppliers in the market if the deal went through.
Software provider CDK Global LLC urged an Illinois federal judge on Monday to reject what it called overbroad discovery demands from plaintiffs in consolidated multidistrict litigation alleging CDK monopolized access to car sales and service data in software licensed to auto dealerships, saying documents related to a recently scuttled acquisition are irrelevant.
Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.
Ally Financial Inc. will pay $19.7 million to end a putative class action alleging the bank holding company subjected vehicle buyers to extra fees not listed on their lease-to-own agreements, according to a settlement agreement filed Friday in Florida federal court.
A New York federal judge certified a class of Fiat Chrysler investors in a stock-drop suit alleging the automaker lied about using emissions-cheating devices in vehicles in an effort to inflate the company's stock price.
In a recent interview, Uber General Counsel Tony West discussed some of the ongoing controversies embroiling the ride-hailing giant, how startups at the cutting edge of new industries can best position themselves for long-term success and what changing a company's culture means to him.
Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.
The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.
While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.
Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.
For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.
Attorneys for drivers accusing Uber of lying about a 2014 data breach that compromised personal information asked a California federal judge on Friday for $400,000 in fees — even though the court rejected the proposed class action in May.
The Federal Trade Commission on Friday weighed in on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's efforts to better understand the emerging world of internet-connected devices, cautioning that any new standards should be flexible and publicly accessible and urging the CPSC not to overlook the link between poor security practices and potential safety risks.
A Virginia federal judge rejected a request by a Korean tire company to seal certain trial records in the wake of a $38 million negligence verdict against the manufacturer, saying in a ruling Thursday that the public’s right to access the records trumped its confidentiality concerns.
Robins Kaplan LLP, Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP asked Thursday for $108 million in attorneys’ fees from $430 million worth of settlements the firms negotiated for car buyers suing dozens of auto parts makers for fixing prices.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
In the year since the U.S. Supreme Court decided Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California — limiting where plaintiffs can bring claims and curbing forum-shopping in mass tort litigation — courts have grappled with questions that the ruling did not address, and defendants have pursued jurisdictional defenses in class actions and federal cases that were not previously available, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland LLP.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
A U.S. House subcommittee hearing last month on self-driving vehicles and the future of insurance highlighted stakeholders' differing views on whether technology companies should be legally required to provide insurers with vehicle data. A failure to reach agreement on data sharing will hamper the legislative process, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce began investigating the national security effects of imported automobiles and automotive parts under a once-obscure statute that has gained notoriety thanks to its use by the Trump administration. While this has led to intense reactions from Congress, the chance of legislative action before the midterms is limited, say Pavan Krishnamurthy and Neil Ellis of Sidley Austin LLP.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
With much land in today's cities currently designated right of way, broad use of autonomous vehicles may provide opportunities to repurpose some of this property. But first, decision-makers will need to understand the nature of the ownership interests in the property, says Michelle Rudd of Stoel Rives LLP.