A California federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by President Donald Trump’s longtime former attorney Michael Cohen to impose a gag order on his counterpart Michael Avenatti in the suit brought by adult film star Stormy Daniels, saying Avenatti’s relentless public statements may not affect the outcome of the case.
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld a lower court’s ruling that Windsor-Mount Joy Mutual Insurance Co. doesn't have to cover a couple’s costs to repair severe damage to their Delaware beach house from a burst pipe, holding that coverage is clearly barred because the homeowners failed to shut off water to the residence before leaving for 10 days.
California state court on Tuesday unsealed a lawsuit filed by Shera Bechard, a former Playboy model, against Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy and attorneys Michael Avenatti and Keith M. Davidson, revealing allegations of breach of contract and legal malpractice surrounding a broken $1.6 million hush deal stemming from her affair with Broidy.
A recently published California state court decision on attorney disqualifications and resulting pauses in litigation provides some welcome direction for lawyers fighting their removal but also brings some added risk of unhappy clients, experts said.
The Supreme Court of Utah has set aside a $2.75 million jury verdict for emotional strain caused by an attorney’s malpractice in a personal injury case, finding that, with rare exception, a breach of contract claim cannot support this kind of damages.
Two former owners of the Russian oil firm TNK told a New York court on Monday that they had found "devastating" evidence that proves their former partner Leonid Lebedev had repeatedly lied about his ownership of an Irish entity that took in at least $600 million in TNK-related payments.
A panel of the 11th Circuit on Tuesday said that in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Epic Systems, the National Labor Relations Board’s finding that Samsung Electronics’ class waivers violate the National Labor Relations Act must be reversed.
Stockholder attorneys asked a Delaware vice chancellor on Tuesday to reject a former Good Technology Corp. director’s bid for a share of a $35 million partial settlement over the company’s allegedly underpriced sale, saying director and class interests never lined up.
Gulfport Energy Corp. has been hit with a suit in Ohio federal court seeking more than $2.3 million in damages over allegations that it violated lease agreements by subtracting taxes and other costs from royalty payments on one lease and not paying royalties due on the other.
A Texas appeals panel on Tuesday dismissed an Oregon farm store company from a wrongful death suit filed by the family of a truck driver killed by falling cargo while unloading a shipment at the company's facility, finding there are not enough legally pertinent connections between the company and Texas for it to face claims there.
A man who did business with ticket-sales executive Joseph Schnaier and saw an opportunity to collect on a $2 million judgment against him when Schnaier sued someone else struck a deal in Manhattan state court on Monday that could result in him getting paid.
A Florida federal magistrate judge on Monday denied a motion to disqualify two Shumaker Loop & Kendrick attorneys from defending a glassware company in a $25 million trade secrets suit, finding no conflict of interest over the firm’s having represented the other party in an unrelated intellectual property matter in 2016.
The Mabee Ranch Royalty Partnership LP filed a lawsuit Monday in Texas state court against Permian Basin operator Concho Resources, alleging it's owed $2 million or more for multiple and repeated breaches of a lease for its acreage in West Texas that includes drilling across lease lines and not paying royalties on flared gas.
A Pennsylvania mural artist slammed the city of Pittsburgh, several property owners and developers in his effort to keep Norfolk Southern Railway Co. involved in his claim that dozens of his projects around the city were destroyed by being painted over or through redevelopment in violation of the Visual Artists Rights Act.
Relativity Media LLC will have to fight to advance a sale of the company to its senior lenders after the U.S. Trustee's office asked for heightened scrutiny of litigation releases and content distributor Netflix alleged the transaction is tainted by self-dealing orchestrated by the company founder.
A class of vendors for Field Asset Services on Friday asked a California federal judge to award more than $8 million in attorneys' fees for work on a wage lawsuit against the property servicing company, saying the amount is fair considering the complexity of the case.
A contractor leading a warehouse construction project isn’t responsible for injuries suffered by a subcontracted worker who fell through a roof because it didn’t tell the roofing contractor how to do its work, an Illinois appeals court said Friday.
The Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld a lower court's finding that the Dutch government's selling of two notable paintings once possessed by the Nazis were "sovereign acts," thus invalidating a Holocaust survivor's claim to recover the paintings from the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California.
A settlement Monday ended a Texas state court trial over a natural gas gathering and processing dispute in which Badger Midstream Energy LP accused Scout Energy Group III LP of surreptitiously taking about $20 million worth of product from the pipeline stream, with Scout agreeing to purchase Badger's processing plant for $15 million.
Charter Communications and a California city dropped their federal court dispute Friday over Charter’s blackout of NBC and CBS affiliates from its cable package before the Super Bowl, and the telecom’s countersuit accusing the city of interfering in its negotiations with a broadcaster allegedly demanding exorbitant fees.
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 U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division is reconsidering recommending revisions to — or wholesale elimination of — the consent decrees with ASCAP and BMI. But the antitrust purpose of these decrees remains just as valid today as when they were entered by the federal courts, says attorney Glenn Manishin.
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 the May 25 deadline come and gone for the EU General Data Protection Regulation, you may find yourself tempted to breathe a sigh of relief. A job well done, right? But GDPR compliance means exercising constant vigilance, says Zachary Foreman of Axiom Law.
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.
Because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program is frequently overlooked and misunderstood, immigration compliance issues have become more common in mergers and acquisitions and a basis of post-closing claims, such as those alleged in Post Holdings v. NPE Seller Rep, currently pending in the Delaware Chancery Court, say Christine Fuqua Gay and Ashley Hamilton of Holland & Knight LLP.
The Third Circuit's opinion in GBForefront v. Forefront Management makes clear that traditional trusts and business trusts are treated differently for purposes of diversity jurisdiction. At the same time, the case begs the question of how to differentiate between a business trust and a traditional trust, says Andrew McClain of Foley & Lardner LLP.
Last month, a California court awarded an El Pollo Loco franchisee over $8 million after a company-owned restaurant was established near his operation. The case suggests that, regardless of any contractual agreements, franchisors should consider how a neutral third party would view their dealings with franchisees, says Steven Yatvin of Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
"Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.