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Business of Law

  • March 24, 2019

    Manhattan Federal Judge Robert Sweet Dies At Age 96

    Senior Manhattan U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet, nominated to the bench by former President Jimmy Carter, has died at the age of 96, a court official said Sunday.

  • March 22, 2019

    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.

  • March 22, 2019

    DC Bar Counsel Apologizes To Atty Over Bogus Fee Claims

    The District of Columbia's head disciplinary counsel has apologized to a veteran lawyer and onetime Georgetown Law professor accused of taking money he didn't earn from a jailed client's family after the counsel discovered both witnesses in the conduct case had lied to squeeze a refund from the lawyer.

  • March 22, 2019

    Up Next At High Court: Too Much Deference To Fed Agencies?

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two significant cases of administrative law this week as it wraps up its March argument session, both asking whether courts are giving federal agencies too much leeway to interpret rules and laws.

  • March 22, 2019

    Attys Can Demand Protection For Data Destruction: NY Bar

    Despite former clients' strong ownership claim over their files, lawyers can in some circumstances demand they sign a "hold harmless" release before complying with a call for file destruction, the New York state bar said Thursday.

  • March 22, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Caseload Crisis

    Judicial vacancies are a problem, but a sheer lack of new judgeships is a deeper issue that’s stretching the federal judiciary to the breaking point. Reporter Cara Bayles joins us this week to explain the problem and how we got here. 

  • March 22, 2019

    Gibson Dunn, Perkins Coie, Lowenstein Were Duped, DA Says

    Law firms Gibson Dunn, Perkins Coie and Lowenstein Sandler are out some $255,000 for legal advice they gave accused fraudster Anna Sorokin before word of her alleged scheme got out and she was busted by prosecutors, the Manhattan district attorney said in court papers filed shortly ahead of her trial.

  • March 22, 2019

    Meet The Outspoken Judge Handling Epic Monsanto Case

    The California federal judge dishing out tough talk in Monsanto's high-stakes Roundup litigation is a "brutally honest" jurist who "doesn't play games" and "very much takes attorneys to task" when he sees fit. And that's what his admirers say.

  • March 22, 2019

    Fannie Mae Hires Ex-Morgan Stanley, CoreLogic Atty As GC

    Fannie Mae has appointed an in-house veteran with real estate industry experience as its new general counsel, almost six months after its previous top attorney stepped down.

  • March 22, 2019

    Fox Hires Ex-GM Atty As Chief Litigation Counsel

    Fox Corp. has appointed a former General Motors Co. deputy general counsel who once served as a U.S. attorney to be its chief litigation counsel, the media company said Friday.

  • March 22, 2019

    Why General Counsel Won't Dump The Billable Hour

    While many general counsel say they are open to experimenting with alternative fee arrangements, they simultaneously admit the standard practice of hourly billing won't go away anytime soon, largely because it's often the most feasible and there isn't a different universal option.

  • March 22, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Supreme Court decided firms that conduct nonjudicial foreclosures aren't generally considered debt collectors, and the FTC chairman said the agency will pursue with renewed force advertisers who make misleading claims about their products. These are some of the stories in legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • March 22, 2019

    Mayer Brown Ousts Partner For Inappropriate Conduct

    Mayer Brown LLP has fired Chicago banking and finance partner Zac Barnett for "inappropriate personal conduct with a subordinate," the firm's chairman told attorneys in an email late Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    College Bribery Defendants Tap Quinn Emanuel, Dentons

    Attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Dentons and Greenberg Traurig LLP have been added to the ranks of defense counsel in the college admissions fraud scheme federal prosecutors revealed last week.

  • March 21, 2019

    Atty Sanctioned For 'Repugnant' Claims About East Indians

    A California federal judge has sanctioned an attorney for his “repugnant” request to hold a hearing to purportedly demonstrate a pattern of noncompliance with the American with Disabilities Act among hotel owners of East Indian descent.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOJ Appellate Atty Moves To US House Counsel's Office

    The General Counsel's Office for the U.S. House of Representatives has added a former U.S. Department of Justice appellate attorney, another potential sign House Democrats are gearing up for legal battles with President Donald Trump.

  • March 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Obama Adviser As Privacy Co-Chair

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360’s Guide To Trump’s Judicial Picks

    With more judicial vacancies at the start of his term than any president in the past three decades, President Donald Trump has an unusual opportunity to reshape the federal judiciary. Here is Law360's comprehensive guide to the nominations.

  • March 21, 2019

    Foreclosure Firms Get High Court Help, But Questions Remain

    Lenders and the law firms they hire to perform nonjudicial foreclosures can take some comfort in the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act doesn't broadly apply to these out-of-court proceedings, but the ruling still leaves some questions to sort out, experts told Law360.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Paul Weiss earned the title of top legal lion this week with a win at the U.S. Supreme Court for law firms that provide nonjudicial foreclosures, while Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz ended up among the lambs after a jury found Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller likely led to a man’s cancer.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.