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Business of Law

  • September 14, 2018

    Kavanaugh Vote Still On Track After Accuser Steps Forward

    Senate Republicans and the White House pushed back over the weekend on sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after Democrats sent a letter detailing an alleged incident from his high school years to the FBI.

  • September 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Awards For The Best In Legal Television

    In honor of the Emmy Awards, on this week's Pro Say podcast we’re presenting our own honors to celebrate achievements in television that focuses on the law.

  • September 14, 2018

    52 New Federal Judges Added In Bill OK'd By House Panel

    The House Judiciary Committee has voted to approve a bill that would add 52 permanent federal district court judgeships, require live audio streaming of U.S. Supreme Court arguments, and mandate that federal judges undergo regular medical screenings.

  • September 14, 2018

    Manafort Plea Sharpens View Of Skadden's Ukraine Work

    New details about Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's work in Ukraine included in Paul Manafort's plea-deal indictment Friday appeared to contradict the firm's long-standing assertions it was never involved in Manafort's foreign lobbying work and that its report on the trial of an ex-Ukrainian prime minister was done objectively.

  • September 14, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Women's advocates told Congress the #MeToo movement needs the law's backing, Microsoft called for international agreements to protect consumer privacy and a panel participating in an American Bar Association webinar warned that BigLaw firms may have cyberattack targets on their backs. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 14, 2018

    9 BigLaw Firms Pledge $15M For Pro Bono Enviro Efforts

    Nine BigLaw firms will provide a combined $15 million in pro bono legal services to advance efforts to fight global climate change and bolster sustainability, California officials said Friday, the final day of a global climate summit in San Francisco.

  • September 13, 2018

    Fed. Judiciary Tackles Sex Harassment With Policy Changes

    The Judicial Conference of the United States on Thursday expanded the program through which employees of federal courts can report sexual harassment and other workplace disputes and is considering a number of new ethics rules for judges aimed at preventing workplace harassment.

  • September 13, 2018

    NRA Atty Booted From Va. Case For Not Disclosing Sanction

    Arguments by a National Rifle Association lawyer that his failure to include on a pro hac vice application a well-publicized sanction for trying to taint a Texas jury pool was an honest mistake came to naught Thursday when a Virginia federal judge revoked his permission to practice in the court.

  • September 13, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Midsize law firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP tops this week’s legal lions list with a $645 million victory for its medical device-maker client in a suit accusing a competitor of stealing and rebranding its products, while Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Arnold & Porter ended up on the lambs list after a federal court blocked a $2.4 billion deal they orchestrated between Tronox and Saudi-owned chemical mining company Cristal.

  • September 13, 2018

    Senate GOP Cuts Off Attempts To Delay Kavanaugh Vote

    Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans on Thursday shut down Democratic attempts to further delay a panel vote on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination or seek more documents about his time in President George W. Bush’s White House.

  • September 13, 2018

    Abercrombie Finds Former HSN Exec Right Fit For GC Role

    A former chief legal officer at HSN Inc. was named senior vice president and general counsel of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. on Thursday, according to the American retailer.

  • September 13, 2018

    Feinstein Sent Undisclosed Letter On Kavanaugh To FBI

    The Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Democrat on Thursday sent the FBI unspecified information she received in a letter about U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, following the release of a report about the letter.

  • September 13, 2018

    Trump Pick For 9th Circ. Advances To Senate

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced a slate of President Donald Trump's nominees to the federal bench on Thursday, including an 11-10 party-line vote on Ryan D. Nelson to the Ninth Circuit, making him the third nominee tapped for the appeals court to be reported to the Senate under this administration.

  • September 13, 2018

    21st Century Fox GC Plans Return To Williams & Connolly

    Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. Group General Counsel Gerson Zweifach on Thursday announced his plans to exit the media corporation, following the completion of its pending $71.3 billion transaction with The Walt Disney Co., and return to Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Winston Partner Wants Bias Row Out Of Arbitration

    A former Winston & Strawn LLP partner told a California appellate panel on Wednesday that her gender bias suit should not have been sent to arbitration, saying her claims weren't covered by the arbitration provision in her employment contract, which was unlawful anyway.

  • September 12, 2018

    Ex-Dickstein Shapiro Partners Sue Blank Rome Over $4M

    Former Dickstein Shapiro LLP partners accused Blank Rome LLP in California state court Wednesday of defining its move to scoop more than 100 attorneys from the now-defunct Dickstein as an asset sale, rather than a merger, in an attempt to "play cute" and avoid paying them $4 million.

  • September 12, 2018

    Hearings May Be Over, But Dems Still Hammering Kavanaugh

    U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's face-to-face interrogation by the Senate Judiciary Committee might be over, but Democratic members of the panel are continuing to grill the D.C. Circuit judge with personal and political questions in a series of follow-up interrogatories.

  • September 12, 2018

    Collins, Manchin Question Honesty Of Kavanaugh Testimony

    Some of the most prominent holdouts on D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday they want more information and to question him further, amid accusations that he may not have been honest in previous confirmation testimony.

  • September 12, 2018

    Quinn Slams Ex-Partners' Claim His Firm Is In Decline

    When a team of New York litigators left Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP to form their own boutique, they wrote in a March email to their onetime colleagues that the “declining financial state of the firm” had played a role in their decision to leave. John Quinn, the founder of the international litigation powerhouse, tells Law360 that suggestion is nonsense.

  • September 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Exec Leaving To Start Diversity Institute

    Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass announced Wednesday that she will be stepping down at the end of the year to focus on a newly established institute to promote diversity and work on issues facing women and people of color in law and other industries.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Kavanaugh On Attorney-Client Privilege — 3 Takeaways

    Louis Ramos

    In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Employment Litigation And Jury Opinions In A #MeToo World

    Ellen Brickman

    Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.