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Business of Law

  • July 16, 2018

    Red State Dems Targeted By New Pro-Kavanaugh Ad Blitz

    The Judicial Crisis Network is pressuring vulnerable Democrats across the country to support the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court in a $1.4 million ad buy launched Monday, targeting a crucial demographic that could determine whether President Donald Trump secures his second appointee to the nation’s top bench.

  • July 16, 2018

    Ex-King & Spalding Atty's Counsel Seeks Exit Over Unpaid Bill

    An ex-King & Spalding LLP associate who says he was fired for reporting ethical red flags about partners in a case involving ZTE Corp. is refusing to pay his legal bills, his lawyer told a New York federal court on Friday.

  • July 16, 2018

    ABA Ex-Employee Stole $1.3M, Doc Shows

    A now-former employee took an estimated $1.3 million from the American Bar Association over "a period of multiple years" leading up to 2017, the organization said in a tax document made public Friday.

  • July 16, 2018

    Global 20: Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells established a new office in Boston and helmed major legal victories with international implications, including securing a landmark patent decision at the U.K. Supreme Court and winning an uphill battle against “Putin’s banker,” earning the firm a spot once again on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 16, 2018

    15 Minutes With Blackstone Group's General Counsel

    In the roughly eight years since he joined Blackstone Group, John Finley has overseen a significant expansion of the firm’s legal and compliance department while also handling the many responsibilities that come with being the top lawyer for a major private equity firm.

  • July 15, 2018

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • July 13, 2018

    Another Red-State Senate Dem Opposes Judge Kavanaugh

    Another red-state Democrat, Michigan's Sen. Debbie Stabenow, announced her opposition to D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court Friday, adding to a growing group of Democrats who have said they will vote no on President Donald Trump's choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • July 13, 2018

    A Justice Kavanaugh Would Be Unleashed From Precedent

    On the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has been forced to comply with precedents he doesn’t agree with. That would change if he’s confirmed to the Supreme Court.

  • July 13, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Who Is Brett Kavanaugh?

    The political battle lines are already forming in Washington, D.C., over President Donald Trump's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court. But who is the man himself? This week on Law360's Pro Say podcast we attempt to answer that, from Kavanaugh's resume to his biggest rulings, his writing style and his judicial philosophy. 

  • July 13, 2018

    Global 20: Linklaters

    From playing a key role in Takeda’s $62 billion takeover of Shire PLC to its work on a $4 billion infrastructure deal in Africa, U.K.-based Linklaters LLP blazed new trails around the globe over the past year and earned a spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 13, 2018

    Convicted Husband Of Ex-Linklaters Atty To Pay SEC $120K

    The husband of a former Linklaters LLP associate who pled guilty to trading on insider information gleaned from his wife must disgorge nearly $120,000 to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a related civil suit, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • July 13, 2018

    Perkins Coie Atty Tapped For 9th Circ. In New Round Of Noms

    Just days after announcing his latest Supreme Court pick, President Donald Trump on Friday unveiled six new judicial nominees for federal courts around the country, including Seattle-based Perkins Coie LLP partner Eric Miller for the Ninth Circuit over the objections of a home-state senator.

  • July 13, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A report revealed that female general counsel collect 78 cents for every dollar earned by men at the same level, the European Union proposed an expanded equivalence for its financial services and internal memos showed the American Bar Association faces an uncertain future if it continues on its current track of losing revenues. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • July 12, 2018

    18 Of Kavanaugh's Female Clerks Support High Court Pick

    Eighteen of the women who previously served as law clerks under President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, wrote a letter to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Thursday lauding his treatment of women in the workplace.

  • July 12, 2018

    Kavanaugh’s Views Could Mean Increased Scrutiny Of USPTO

    D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh has a fairly sparse record on intellectual property issues, but the U.S. Supreme Court nominee’s skepticism of the power of administrative agencies could lead him to closely scrutinize decisions by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, attorneys say.

  • July 12, 2018

    Dems Shy Away From Using Roadblocks To Slow Kavanaugh

    Senate Democrats have so far shied away from grinding the chamber to a halt over D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, saying this week they are trying instead to persuade Republicans to oppose President Donald Trump's pick for the seat.

  • July 12, 2018

    Kavanaugh Clings To Text And Traditions In Many Dissents

    During D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s 12 years on the federal appellate court, he has written dozens of dissents marked by a deference for text and traditions that would likely follow him to the U.S. Supreme Court if the Senate confirms President Donald Trump’s Monday nomination.

  • July 12, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Paul Weiss, Dechert and Kirkland & Ellis reigned supreme on this week’s legal lions list after a federal judge vacated a $140 million product liability verdict against their client AbbVie, while Cozen O'Connor landed on the legal lambs list after it couldn’t fight off a $20.3 million ruling against its investor client in a fiduciary duty dispute with a tech company.

  • July 12, 2018

    Calif. Firm Dovel & Luner Tops Cravath With Higher Pay

    Litigation boutique firm Dovel & Luner LLP has decided to offer a starting base salary of $215,000 to its associates, thus outranking the compensation scale put forth in June by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • July 12, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: IPO Assessments And Harassment App

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at eight recent developments.

Expert Analysis

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    Conservative Supreme Court Activism Risks Backlash

    Jahan Sagafi

    As the Senate considers Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, including his potential impact on legal protections for workers, it is useful to reflect on the court’s 5-4 anti-worker decisions of the last term — each of which broke with norms of judicial restraint, say Michael Scimone and Jahan Sagafi of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Fewer Remedies In Calif. For Targets Of Defamatory Reviews

    Pooja Nair

    Earlier this month, the California Supreme Court ruled in Hassell v. Bird that Yelp could not be ordered to remove negative reviews of a law firm that were found to be defamatory. While the decision is a victory for internet platforms and websites, the scope of immunity under the Communications Decency Act has not been fully drawn out, says Pooja Nair of TroyGould PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: Making Political Judgments

    Laurence Tribe

    Presidential impeachment exists not so that one party can decapitate the other, but to preserve the foundation of our democracy. For an impeachment to be legitimate, it must be a fair process in which Congress speaks for a majority of the American people in undoing an election, say Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School and Joshua Matz of Gupta Wessler PLLC.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: 'Manifest Injury' Is Key

    Barbara Radnofsky

    Under the U.S. Constitution, impeachment requires no charging of crime, no intent to do wrong and no lawbreaking. Rather, impeachment focuses on significance of effect. President Bill Clinton's 1998 impeachment was a clear demonstration of the differences between criminal and impeachment prosecution, says attorney Barbara Radnofsky.

  • Series

    High Crimes And Misdemeanors: A View From The #MeToo Era

    Elizabeth Rapaport

    The #MeToo movement has called attention to something that feminists avoided focusing on during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton — something the law is not very good at capturing. “Consent” may be obtained under varying kinds and degrees of coercive conditions. And it can be refused at a high cost, says Elizabeth Rapaport of the University of New Mexico School of Law.