Law360 congratulates the winners of its 2020 Practice Groups of the Year awards, which honor the law firms behind the litigation wins and major deals that resonated throughout the legal industry in the past year.
The eight law firms topping Law360's Firms of the Year managed to win 54 Practice Group of the Year awards among them, for guiding landmark deals, scoring victories in high-profile disputes and helping companies navigate uncharted legal seas made rough by the coronavirus pandemic.
This past week in London has seen a state-owned energy company in Norway being sued, major telecom providers targeted by academic publishers and Italian cable manufacturer Prysmian instigate an intellectual property dispute.
A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday handed a partial win to a TV station fighting for insurance coverage of underlying malpractice claims, ruling that the company may be able to go after its lawyer's onetime insurer for damages even if the attorney ran afoul of notification requirements under the insurance policy.
A New York federal judge certified a nationwide class of nearly 8,000 retirement plans covering more than 200,000 participants in a lawsuit alleging the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association unlawfully profited from its retirement loan program, appointing Berger Montague PC and Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP class counsel.
United Behavioral Health is fighting a first-of-its-kind court order to reprocess 67,000 claims after a judge nixed the insurer's guidelines for covering behavioral health treatment, in a case that has huge implications for the future of Employee Retirement Income Security Act class actions over treatment denials.
An outpatient center told the Seventh Circuit Tuesday that the court doesn't have jurisdiction to revive its claims against a hospital chain it accuses of negotiating insurance contracts that cut competitors out of insurance networks, saying the matter must be sent back to the district court for a new summary judgment decision.
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a mattress company's lawsuit seeking coverage for losses it incurred through statewide COVID-19 shutdown orders but said the company can have another bite at the apple and replead its case.
A Pennsylvania insurer told an Illinois federal court Wednesday that it has no duty to defend a cab company in a suit by victims of a fatal crash involving a stolen taxi, saying its policy doesn't cover anything stemming from the violent carjacking that led to the accident.
Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.
Appeals courts will take on several important insurance coverage issues in 2020's final month, with the Delaware Supreme Court set to weigh whether an excess insurer must contribute to Dole's $222 million settlements of stockholder suits and Indiana's high court primed to consider whether a ransomware attack is covered by crime insurance. Here, Law360 breaks down four insurance appeals attorneys will be watching in December.
Dentons has hired a new partner and two other attorneys from Italian law firm Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners for its growing litigation and dispute resolution group, saying the team of three will be based in its Milan office.
Motor insurer AA PLC said on Wednesday that it has accepted a £219 million ($290 million) takeover bid by two private equity companies in a deal that will result in more money being invested in the struggling company.
The selection of former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to serve as treasury secretary in the incoming Biden administration could position the Financial Stability Oversight Council to step up its scrutiny of the nonbank sector, a corner of the financial system that is drawing renewed concerns about its potential fragility.
New York's highest court on Tuesday upheld a lower court's ruling that an AIG unit is liable for $1.3 million in excess damages plus certain interest on a construction worker's $2.7 million personal injury win, saying the excess insurer is not liable for interest that would have been paid by the primary insurer under a now-voided policy.
The U.S. government on Tuesday dodged the lion's share of a suit brought against it by five insurers who claim National Parks Service employees contributed to damages and loss of life in their handling of a fire at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Three former NFL players hit the league's retirement and disability benefits plans with a proposed class action alleging the retirement plan unlawfully shifted benefits between the plans, a move that set up the league and the players union's controversial agreement to cut disability benefits for potentially hundreds of retired players in the labor agreement reached earlier this year.
A group of law firms have asked a Louisiana federal judge to toss a lawsuit brought by local fishermen accusing the firms of mishandling their clients' requests for compensation following the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, arguing that the alleged claims are time-barred.
A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Monday that energy drink company Vitamin Energy LLC cannot force Evanston Insurance Co. to cover its costs in a trademark infringement and false advertising suit brought by the makers of 5-Hour Energy drink "shots," because the suit doesn't assert any potentially covered disparagement claims.
The court overseeing Mallinckrodt's bankruptcy proceedings has paused the city of Rockford, Illinois' separate antitrust case against Express Scripts for allegedly working with the troubled drug company to inflate prices of the hormone treatment Acthar.
A Caterpillar Inc. unit dodged an insurer's claim of at least $4 million for the malfunction of a wind turbine the company manufactured decades ago when a California federal judge upheld an arbitrator's determination that the insurer didn't have the right to seek that relief.
A Tennessee federal judge on Friday found that potential conflicts of interest do exist between several attorneys representing a pharmacy owner and pharmacies accused of a $1 billion insurance scheme, but waived the conflicts pertaining to a pair of Greenberg Traurig LLP lawyers.
The publisher of Business Insurance has asked a New York federal judge to sanction Fox Rothschild LLP, alleging the firm violated professional legal ethics in trying to represent the publisher in one action while simultaneously suing it in another on behalf of the publication's former CEO.
Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Co. has urged a Texas federal judge to grant it an early win in its suit against the producers of TV's "My 600-lb. Life" over coverage of lawsuits arising from the show's treatment of its subjects, saying the policies exclude coverage for claims stemming from reality shows.
Abbott Laboratories argued Friday that a former employee's amended claims still aren't enough to hold it liable for allegedly allowing an identity thief to steal $245,000 from her retirement account and urged an Illinois federal judge to permanently toss her claims.
Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.
In light of a 270% increase in data breaches this year, and the attendant class actions, in-house counsel can prepare to efficiently manage litigation by focusing on certain initial steps, ranging from multidistrict litigation strategy to insurance best practices, say David McDowell and Nancy Thomas at MoFo.
Perhaps one of the most significant health insurance decisions ever, a California federal court’s recent ruling that Employee Retirement Income Security Act violations require a UnitedHealth subsidiary to reconsider 50,000 denied mental health treatment claims reveals how insurers' decisions sometimes disregard generally accepted care standards, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Sherman.
While the Delaware Supreme Court's recent decision in Solera is a blow for companies in the state seeking protection for certain key appraisal proceedings, the ruling hinges on the insurers' narrow definition of a violation that will trigger directors and officers coverage for securities-related claims, making it unlikely that other jurisdictions will follow suit, say attorneys at Hunton.
As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.
Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.
Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.
Schools facing lawsuits associated with both shutting down and reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic may be able to find relief through their consumer general liability and educators legal liability insurance policies, says Michael Rush at Gilbert.
Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.
U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.
Although a recent Law360 guest article claimed that confusion has seeped into decisions concerning insurance coverage for opioid lawsuits, courts have addressed the issue clearly and consistently in holding that commercial general liability policies cover the defense of such cases, say attorneys at Miller Friel.
The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.
Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.
A North Carolina state court and Mississippi federal court recently reached opposing conclusions in COVID-19 insurance coverage lawsuits despite analyzing similar business interruption policy language, likely encouraging further litigation over unsettled coverage questions, says Mark Binsky at Abrams Gorelick.
Recent statements from two U.S. Department of the Treasury offices indicate that paying off ransomware with cryptocurrency may trigger certain registration requirements and U.S. sanctions scrutiny, placing a significant regulatory burden on cybervictims and their incident response consultants, say attorneys at McDermott.