Citing pivotal, unsettled questions of law, a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday postponed mediation and most discovery in a string of extended clawback actions filed by the liquidating trustee for F-Squared Investment Management LLC, pending resolution of dismissal motions.
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 group of talk radio content producers appealing the dismissal of an antitrust suit against Cumulus Inc. and others asked a New York bankruptcy judge on Monday to lift the company's Chapter 11 stay to let them file an opening brief to the Ninth Circuit.
The post-petition financing package for bankrupt shoemaker The Rockport Co. LLC received final approval Monday from a Delaware judge, but she punted on the part of the package that determined how the company’s secured debt would be allocated to various debtor entities.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a last-ditch attempt by creditors of Momentive Performance Materials Inc. to collect on $200 million in fees tied to bonds repaid in bankruptcy, ignoring their argument that allowing the silicone manufacturer to keep the money contradicts “bedrock principles” of bankruptcy law.
A Manhattan bankruptcy judge has approved the restructuring plan of troubled Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA, clearing the way for a $20 billion debt-for-equity swap to take the company out of bankruptcy.
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.
A couple who accused celebrity chef Jose Garces of cheating his New York City restaurant's investors out of returns want their suit hashed out in New Jersey court instead of getting folded into his Chapter 11 case, arguing that their claims have nothing to do with his bankruptcy.
Nine West Holdings Inc. received bankruptcy court approval on Monday to sell its namesake women’s fashion business as well as its Bandolino brand to Authentic Brands Group for $340 million in cash, a sum nearly 75 percent higher than the purchaser’s stalking horse bid.
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.
Punjab National Bank, the alleged victim of a seven-year, billion-dollar bank fraud by diamond mogul Nirav Modi and his uncle, asked a New York bankruptcy court on Thursday for permission to subpoena Modi and others connected to three Modi-linked jewelry companies that are under court protection in the U.S.
Bankrupt film studio The Weinstein Co. filed a motion Friday in Delaware seeking approval of a proposed settlement with the producers of a film about the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai, India, that would resolve a dispute over who owns the distribution rights to the film.
A year and some change after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that so-called structured dismissals of Chapter 11 cases cannot sidestep the Bankruptcy Code's “absolute priority” rule, practitioners feel relieved the decision didn’t altogether upend creditor “priority-skipping” payments, but say case liquidation now looms larger.
A federal magistrate judge in Louisiana has removed a lawsuit from state court against a German insurance company that issued a policy covering a now-bankrupt $300 million heating pellet facility, finding that the matter invokes an international arbitration clause.
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.
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.
In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.
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.
The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to clarify in the case of Tempnology the extent to which trademark license rights survive rejection in bankruptcy proceedings. In the meantime, licensees face continued uncertainty on their ability to use licensed trademarks following rejection, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton 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.
The Ninth Circuit's opinion in Fagerdala represents one of very few circuit-level decisions that touch on vote designation under Section 1126(e) of the Bankruptcy Code — and the severest limit to date upon its application, say Steven Wilamowsky and Laura Appleby of Chapman and Cutler LLP.
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.
The Fifth Circuit's recent decision in Franchise Services of North America should give comfort to investors that seek to negotiate consent rights with respect to a bankruptcy filing. The fact that an investor also holds a claim against the company will not, in and of itself, invalidate a bankruptcy consent provision, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.