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Business of Law

  • July 20, 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 20, 2018

    Boies Partner, Ex-MoFo Attys Tapped For Calif. Bench

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced 18 judicial appointments, including a Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner, two former Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys, and former Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP, Sidley Austin LLP, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, and Irell & Manella LLP attorneys.

  • July 20, 2018

    More Quinn Emanuel Attorneys Leave Firm For Dechert

    Dechert LLP on Friday said that 18 attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP have joined the firm's product liability team, following Sheila Birnbaum, a defense attorney nicknamed the “Queen of Toxic Torts,” who made the jump in May.

  • July 20, 2018

    Ex-Nutter Partner Suspended After Funds Misappropriated

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court temporarily suspended a former Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP trusts and estates partner in Cape Cod from practicing law after he copped to misappropriating funds from the law firm and trusts he managed. 

  • July 20, 2018

    Kavanaugh Bows Out Of Latest DC Circ. Opinions

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did not participate in two opinions handed down Friday by the D.C. Circuit in cases he sat through last fall, suggesting there are no more forthcoming decisions from him while he is being considered by the Senate as Justice Anthony Kennedy’s replacement.

  • July 20, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Why MGM Sued Vegas Shooting Victims

    MGM Resorts International found itself in the middle of a public relations nightmare this week after suing hundreds of victims of last year's horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, claiming that an obscure federal law shields it from liability. We'll break down the resort's argument and other top legal stories on this week's episode of the Pro Say podcast.

  • July 20, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The European Union's competition enforcer slammed Google with a record $5 billion fine over its Android operating system, the U.S. Senate approved a bipartisan measure aimed at helping small businesses protect their intellectual property, and a survey revealed the top liability concern facing American businesses. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • July 20, 2018

    Global 20: Eversheds Sutherland

    Eversheds Sutherland demonstrated its international reach over the past year, representing Shell in its $217 million acquisition of a stake in a solar plant developer and advising a Deutsche Bahn group member in its successful bid to provide services for a California high-speed rail project, landing the firm among Law360’s Global 20.

  • July 19, 2018

    La. Courthouse Assistant Accuses Judge Of Sexual Assault

    An executive assistant with the New Orleans Criminal District Court has accused a criminal court judge of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions over the course of three years.

  • July 19, 2018

    Fla. Eases Path For Military-Spouse Attys To Practice In State

    For attorneys married to military service members, an assignment of their spouse to a Florida base no longer will mean facing the dilemma of having to live apart from their significant other or likely giving up their practice, under new rules approved Thursday by the Florida Supreme Court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Bush Library Releasing Slivers Of Kavanaugh Papers

    The George W. Bush Presidential Library has been releasing thousands of pages of documents from D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's time at the White House, including a batch Thursday that provides a small glimpse into the career of President Donald Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court.

  • July 19, 2018

    Kavanaugh's Harvard Students Laud His Intellect, Parity

    Dozens of students who took classes at Harvard Law School with 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 intellectual rigor and "gracious" personality.

  • July 19, 2018

    Party Line Splits Senators On Kavanaugh Records Requests

    The Senate Judiciary Committee cleared four U.S. Circuit Court and three district court nominees Thursday, but the panel's main focus was the clash between Republican members trying to limit document requests on U.S. Supreme Court candidate Brett Kavanaugh and Democrats pushing for more access.

  • July 19, 2018

    Global 20: Baker McKenzie

    Since April 2017, Baker McKenzie has closed six multinational deals worth $1 billion or more, including Servier Laboratories’ $2.4 billion purchase of Shire PLC’s oncology business and Post Holdings’ £1.4 billion ($1.8 billion) acquisition of Weetabix, keeping the firm at its long-held spot on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 19, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Three plaintiffs law firms snagged this week’s top legal lion title after a judge awarded them $63 million in fees in a now-settled case, lauding the "imaginative" attorneys' "outstanding work," while Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP was among this week’s lambs after a jury slammed its client Johnson & Johnson with a $4.69 billion verdict.

  • July 19, 2018

    GOP Sens. Kill Vote On Trump 9th Circ. Pick Ryan Bounds

    Republican leaders scuttled a planned Senate vote on President Donald Trump's choice of federal prosecutor Ryan Bounds for a Ninth Circuit judgeship Thursday rather than have the nominee fail to win confirmation.

  • July 19, 2018

    Proskauer Partner Takes Action In Border Separation Crisis

    Proskauer Rose partner William Silverman’s own grandparents sought refuge in the U.S. after facing violence in their native Russia, and now, a century later, the attorney is dedicated to aiding immigrants at the southern border seeking the same things his family once did: safety, freedom and opportunity.

  • July 18, 2018

    'Change Is Happening,' NJ Judge Says Of Court Diversity

    With the New Jersey federal court having grown more diverse over the years, building on that progress requires minority lawyers to attend professional events, apply for jobs, show up at the courthouse and make themselves known, the state’s top federal jurist said Wednesday before a panel discussion.

  • July 18, 2018

    SDNY Judge Forrest, Known For Tough Sentences, To Retire

    U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest plans to retire after less than seven years on the federal bench, her judicial colleagues confirmed Wednesday, after a tenure notable for tough sentences — especially a life term for Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht — and her more recent move to upbraid another retired judge.

  • July 18, 2018

    White House Defends Kavanaugh On Independent Counsel

    The White House is pushing back against criticism of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s remarks at a conservative think tank two years ago, casting the D.C. Circuit judge’s comments on a decision about the now-defunct independent counsel law as no big deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Broken Norms Should End Business-As-Usual Nominations

    Neera Tanden

    As we saw with the outcry over Yale Law School's statement about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, too many in the liberal legal profession still cling to an old view of the rules and norms. Their reputations are now being weaponized on behalf of a judge who has questioned a president’s immunity to legal constraints, says Neera Tanden, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress.

  • Guest Feature

    Chris Dodd Talks Dodd-Frank, Nuremberg Trial, Hollywood

    Randy Maniloff

    Attorney Randy Maniloff recently sat down with former Sen. Christopher Dodd at his new office at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. The goal? To discover things we might not know about the author of some of the most important legislation of the last few decades.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • How Attorney Discipline Is Evolving In The #MeToo Era

    Bonnie Frost

    In March, the American Bar Association issued a manual to help legal employers and victims fight sexual harassment in the legal profession. While automatic disbarment for sexual misconduct with clients may have been considered too harsh a sanction almost a decade ago, it may be revisited in the current climate, say Bonnie Frost and Kristi Terranova of Einhorn Harris Ascher Barbarito & Frost PC.

  • 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.