Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.
The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.
After years of diversity initiatives, the legal industry is still coming up short, but some law firms have made notable progress. Here, Law360 ranks the U.S. firms that are leaders in turning diversity goals into workforce realities.
The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.
A California federal judge on Friday trimmed nonmonetary claims from a proposed class action suit alleging Jelly Belly Candy Co. misleadingly referred to sugar in some products as "evaporated cane juice," finding the only injury the lead plaintiff had alleged was that she lost money.
A Texas liquor store chain urged the Fifth Circuit on Friday to reverse the lower court ruling that found Hanover Insurance was not obligated to pay the costs of a lawsuit seeking recovery of $4 million charged by the chain’s credit card processor following two data breaches, arguing the policy exclusions were wrongly interpreted.
A partner in Gringos Locos, a taco restaurant with multiple locations in Central Florida, has sued two business partners in Florida state court, accusing them of trying to wrongfully deprive him of his ownership interest as the company expands.
A Third Circuit panel on Friday largely affirmed a U.S. Tax Court decision that the primary shareholder in a company that owned most of Russia’s Pizza Huts and KFCs could be taxed on stock he bought from a minority shareholder, saying the primary shareholder must accept the "consequences of his business decisions."
The U.K.’s Competition and Markets Authority on Friday assented to Heineken NV’s £305 million ($393 million) deal to purchase some 1,900 pubs owned by Punch Taverns PLC, saying that the brewer’s plan to sell pubs in 33 locations throughout the country alleviated its competitive concerns about the transaction.
A Virginia federal judge on Friday granted a request from a security contractor to issue subpoenas for two executives of a United Arab Emirates-based food supplier for the U.S. Department of Defense, whose testimony could show whether the court has jurisdiction to enforce a $31 million arbitral award.
A Bob Evans restaurant discriminated against a pregnant server when it took her off its automatic scheduling system and cut her hours despite her desire to keep working, a Pennsylvania federal judge said Thursday in a rare partial summary judgment order for a plaintiff, here the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
A California federal court handed Cupcake Sushi LLC a win Friday in its patent suit against Sushi Sweets, which claims that the “unique confectionary dessert cake” maker’s rival failed to meet a deadline for pleading its side of the case accusing a pastry chef of running off with Cupcake Sushi's trade secrets.
Cook County’s new soda tax will no longer put Illinois at risk of losing $87 million in federal food stamp funding, the state said Friday after the county adjusted its regulatory language in order to avoid running afoul of federal law.
South Korea has lifted its import ban on poultry products from the U.S. after it brought its most recent bird flu outbreak under control, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Thursday.
The Independence Project, a nonprofit disability rights advocacy group, and a wheelchair user sued McDonald's Corp. on Thursday in New Jersey federal court for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and state law by erecting and maintaining architectural barriers at a New Jersey restaurant.
A Missouri federal judge on Thursday trimmed a putative class action that claims Monsanto Co. encouraged farmers to use the highly volatile and drift-prone herbicide dicamba on their genetically modified dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton crops, decimating thousands of acres of farmland surrounding the crops.
The federal government said Wednesday that it now considers a plan for distributing $380 million left over from the landmark settlement of Native American farmers and ranchers’ racial discrimination claims “regrettable,” but that the full D.C. Circuit need not review the denial of a challenge to the plan.
Tyson Foods Inc. unit Hillshire Brands Co. was slapped with a $13 million verdict on Wednesday after a California federal jury found the company had negligently allowed a resident of a company town to be exposed to asbestos for years, eventually leading to his death.
Following 25 years of negotiations, the White House announced Thursday that Argentina will begin importing U.S. pork as part of an agreement brokered by Vice President Mike Pence among others, granting American pork producers access to a potential $10-million-per-year market.
A New York federal judge has stayed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $43 million insider trading case against prominent sports gambler Billy Walters involving Dean Foods, agreeing that it is better to wait until after a ruling is handed down concerning financial penalties in his criminal proceeding.
David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.
Pesticides, like drugs and other products whose safe use is heavily regulated by the federal government, simply should not be subject to the whims of local government officials. The Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act is long overdue for an amendment that would expressly and unequivocally preempt all local regulation of pesticide sale and use, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.
The impact of the Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Jones v. Waffle House may be far-reaching, as it has significantly widened the circuit split over the "wholly groundless" exception to arbitrability clauses, and has added persuasive authority that could sway undecided circuits to join in rejecting that exception, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.
There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)
Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.
Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.
As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.
In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.
For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.
In recent years, courts have divided sharply over whether or not Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure creates an implicit requirement that a class must be ascertainable in order to be certified. Amanda Lawrence and Michael Rome of Buckley Sandler LLP discuss the circuit split over whether and to what extent ascertainability is required, and implications of the circuit split for class action litigants.