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  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    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.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    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.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    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.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    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.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    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.

  • June 15, 2018

    Climate Split Persists As FERC Upholds $3.5B Pipeline OK

    A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday that it would not reconsider its approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC's controversial $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline, with the five commissioners once again split along partisan lines over the agency's obligations to consider the climate change impacts of pipeline projects.

  • June 15, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen AIG lodge a claim against a major European construction operation, two Hong Kong asset managers sue Noble Group, and a new suit against RBS and NatWest. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 15, 2018

    EPA Promises To Ensure Lead Paint Inspectors Are Trained

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has promised to ensure workers checking for lead paint at renovation projects are properly trained and credentialed after a whistleblower-prompted investigation found the agency used unqualified inspectors in the Southeast during the Obama administration, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel said Thursday.

  • June 15, 2018

    3M Can't Nix Pa. Suit Over Silica Exposure From Faulty Mask

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday cleared the way for a trial against 3M Co. on claims that the company's respirators failed to protect a sheet metal worker, who now has a chronic lung disease, from exposure to dust and other particles while on the job.

  • June 15, 2018

    Paint Supplier Accused Of Forming A Monopoly In Calif.

    A San Francisco Bay Area paint distributor hit FinishMaster Inc. with a lawsuit in California federal court Thursday, accusing the automotive and industrial paint finishing supplier of using its market power to tout six-figure customer loyalty discounts that stifled competition.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Shearman, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation with Representation, KKR bought Envision Healthcare for $9.9 billion, Gebr. Knauf KG bought rival USG Corp. for $7 billion, Blackstone bought Investa Office Fund for $2.3 billion and Royal Caribbean Cruises scooped up Silversea Cruises for $1 billion.

  • June 15, 2018

    Construction Co. Makes Divestitures For $3.5B Merger OK

    The Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday that Ireland-based construction company CRH PLC must divest facilities in three states as part of a settlement to allay concerns that its $3.5 billion acquisition of competitor Ash Grove Cement Co. is anti-competitive and violates antitrust law.

  • June 15, 2018

    EPA, Corps Close To Clean Water Rule Replacement Proposal

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved closer on Friday to officially proposing a replacement for a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act's reach.

  • June 15, 2018

    Iranian Mall Atty Sanctioned For Baseless Pipe Collapse Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday sanctioned an Iranian mall owner's attorney and awarded a construction materials distributor attorneys' fees, finding that the suit revolved around baseless claims that the distributor had been responsible for a parking garage collapse despite the attorney having documents proving otherwise.

  • June 15, 2018

    Foley & Lardner Conflict Warrants DQ, Hardware Co. Says

    Simpson Strong-Tie Co. Inc. asked a California federal judge Thursday to bar Foley & Lardner LLP from representing Oz-Post International LLC in a patent dispute over wood joint bracket hardware, saying waivers in a prior agreement between the firm and Simpson’s parent company do not erase a conflict of interest.

  • June 14, 2018

    Akerman Real Estate Atty Takes Helm In Its Chicago Office

    Akerman LLP announced it has named real estate and municipal law attorney Meg George as its newest managing partner in its Chicago office, making her the youngest woman to serve in a managing partner role for the firm.

  • June 14, 2018

    Drivers Look For Class Cert. In Pa. Highway Toll Fight

    Trade groups and trucking companies suing over highway tolls charged by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission urged a federal judge on Wednesday to certify a class of more than 100,000 motorists, saying common questions of the tolls' constitutionality bind the group together.

  • June 14, 2018

    ND Health Dept. Gives Thumbs Up To Oil Refinery Near Park

    The North Dakota Department of Health has given Meridian Energy Group Inc. a permit to build a proposed crude oil refinery in Billings County, not far from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

  • June 14, 2018

    EEOC Launches 7 Harassment Suits As Task Force Meets

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission unleashed a wave of seven lawsuits this week accusing a national trucking company, a restaurant franchisee and others of allegedly looking the other way while employees were being sexually harassed, suits that coincided with the agency reconvening its harassment task force. 

  • June 14, 2018

    Jury Must Decide If Shell, Alon Breached Easement: Judge

    A California federal judge refused Thursday to grant property owners a win on claims that pipelines owned by Shell Pipeline Co. and Alon USA Paramount Petroleum Corp. interfered with the landowners' use of their property and violated an easement contract, saying a jury should decide the matter.

Expert Analysis

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    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.

  • Pre-Mediation Caucuses May Improve Mediation Efficiency

    Thomas Elkind

    The more procedural tools a mediator can offer, the higher the likelihood that a mediation will be successful. Mediators should be prepared to employ pre-mediation initial caucuses in appropriate cases, says JAMS mediator and arbitrator Thomas Elkind.

  • Contractors Must Look For Potential Claims Before Payment

    Justin Scott

    A contract dispute between the Army Corps of Engineers and Merrick Construction illustrates the importance of proper record-keeping and documentation throughout the life of a construction project. Otherwise, potential claims may fall through the cracks, especially when a critical employee leaves the project and responsibility must be transferred to someone else, says Justin Scott of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • High Court Passes On New Chance To Clarify CWA Confusion

    Andrea Driggs

    With its recent decision in Hughes v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court has passed on an opportunity to shed light on its prior rulings on the statutory reach of the federal Clean Water Act, long a source of confusion for lower courts and litigants alike, say Andrea Driggs and Christopher Thomas of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • NJ Construction Employers Must Prepare For Crackdown

    Kevin O’Connor

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy recently signed a new executive order turning up the heat on construction companies that misclassify employees as independent contractors. Moving forward, New Jersey construction firms may face the kind of scrutiny that New York contractors have seen for several years now, say Kevin O'Connor and Joseph Vento of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • What To Know About Proposed Chemical Safety Reg Changes

    Shannon Broome

    Durable reform of existing regulations requires hard work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed revisions of a core Obama administration midnight rule — the Risk Management Plan program for certain chemical, refining and general manufacturing facilities — demonstrate how this work is done, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    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.

  • Negligent Hiring And Supervision Can Be An 'Accident'

    Tyler Gerking

    The California Supreme Court's decision in Liberty v. Ledesma strengthens insureds' rights to coverage under general liability policies and establishes that they are entitled to a defense where the injury alleged was unintended and unforeseen from the insured's perspective, say Tyler Gerking and David Hofmayer of Farella Braun & Martel LLP.