Class counsel for ex-NFL players in the massive concussion settlement on Monday turned up the heat on an investment manager accused of misusing $3 million in class members’ savings, telling a Pennsylvania federal court that the company has refused to turn over its books and is embroiled in several legal actions.
Preventing sexual harassment in the legal profession goes beyond identifying and punishing individual instances of misconduct and requires a culture overhaul, according to speakers on a panel at the American Bar Association's annual meeting Thursday in Chicago.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has denied a request by the American Bar Association to centralize a group of cases filed by three for-profit law schools that did not receive ABA accreditation because of a process they allege is inconsistent and unfair.
A Florida federal judge declined on Wednesday to force Sidley Austin LLP to turn over allegedly privileged documents to a Linkwell Corp. investor suing over two mergers, but ordered the law firm to produce a more detailed privilege log so the court can determine whether the communications listed are subject to discovery.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court on Thursday affirmed that an insurance broker is not liable for a personal injury attorney choosing a malpractice coverage plan that did not cover his entire case history, which included a $1.5 million settlement with a client he caused to miss a statute of limitations.
A Pennsylvania federal judge has awarded more than $3.5 million in attorneys' fees and expenses to Silverstein Firm LLC and Wilshire Palisades Law Group PC as part of a $10 million settlement between the former Farmers & Merchants Trust Co. of Chambersburg and workers who had millions diverted from their retirement funds by a rogue plan administrator and attorney.
A California appeals court has refused to block Bird Marella from representing former Viacom Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone's ex-girlfriend in her invasion of privacy suit against his daughter Shari Redstone and grandson, despite the firm’s one-time representation of his in-home nurses, whom the pair allegedly recruited to spy on her.
The Florida Bar and a traffic ticket law firm asked a federal court to end ticket services startup TIKD's multimillion-dollar antitrust suit against them Wednesday, saying they acted separately and properly in seeking review of the legality of TIKD's practices.
Bowles Rice LLP’s professional liability insurer is on the hook for at most $5 million, not $10 million, to cover underlying claims that the law firm cost a title insurer tens of millions of dollars in a troubled power plant build, a federal judge in West Virginia has ruled.
Locks Law Firm on Thursday filed notice with the Pennsylvania federal court handling the NFL concussion settlement that it is appealing the order allocating $112.5 million in attorneys' fees in the case.
An Ohio lawyer who escaped conduct charges for representing a client he’d never met on an appeal and an Indiana attorney who stumbled through a Chapter 7 matter lead Law360's The Week in Discipline, which compiles sanctions and conduct charges that may have flown under the radar.
The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to deny a pro se litigant, who is being advised by former Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner, an opportunity to amend his complaint, finding that the court was not required to explain its decision.
A CNA Financial Corp. unit doesn’t have to cover costs Andry Law Group LLC and its principal incurred defending proceedings that led to the firm being barred from participating in the court-supervised settlement program for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a Louisiana federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the firm faced no claims for potentially covered damages.
A Guatemalan immigrant in a high-profile case that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions referred to himself for review earlier this year has been ordered removed from the U.S., days after the case was taken off an immigration judge's docket, according to several retired immigration judges, who consider the case's transfer an "attack on judicial independence."
The Ninth Circuit has declined to rehear an attorney's request for the court to rethink its April decision finding that a California law suspending the driver's licenses of the state’s top 500 delinquent taxpayers is constitutional.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has asked a Texas federal court to toss a suit by a former employee alleging she was fired over her political posts on Facebook, arguing that the court has sovereign immunity and her posts were inappropriate for someone publicly associated with the court.
In the latest round of a deposition battle in a long-running malpractice dispute between CVR Energy Inc. and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz, both sides told a New York federal judge Wednesday that there were issues with a deposition of former CVR majority stockholder Carl Icahn.
A Nevada federal judge hit pause Tuesday on contempt proceedings against the wife of attorney Dominic "Nick" Magliarditi stemming from a prohibited property transfer amid his recently filed bankruptcy case.
A lateral move by Alston & Bird LLP lawyers to Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP earlier this year created a fatal conflict in an ongoing drug patent case that’s currently before the Federal Circuit, Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. told the appeals court Tuesday, pushing for Katten’s disqualification.
A Massachusetts federal judge who has questioned the links between Labaton Sucharow LLP, an Arkansas public pension fund and a lawyer who was paid at least $4.1 million for making an introduction revealed on Wednesday that the Arkansas Legislature is investigating and has sought access to sealed documents.
Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.
Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.
I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.
Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.
While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.
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.
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.
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.
In April, the Fifth Circuit vacated a jury verdict in the Pinnacle hip implant product liability litigation due to undisclosed payments made to plaintiffs' experts. This issue would not have arisen if Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(a)(2)(C) imposed an affirmative duty to make a complete disclosure regarding compensation of nonretained expert witnesses, says Ekaterina Long of Godwin Bowman & Martinez PC.