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Business of Law

  • December 3, 2018

    High Court: Do State Bar Dues Hurt Free Speech?

    An attorney's fight over how state bar dues are collected and used will be considered again by the Eighth Circuit after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ordered the case to be evaluated in light of its recent Janus opinion on public employees' First Amendment right to abstain from paying certain union fees.

  • December 3, 2018

    'Dear Tony': Chief Justice Reads Tribute To Justice Kennedy

    Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. took the rare step of reading aloud his correspondence with the recently retired Justice Anthony Kennedy at the start of oral arguments Monday, the latest tribute to Justice Kennedy’s three decades on the highest court in the land.

  • December 3, 2018

    15 Minutes With Honeywell's General Counsel

    At Honeywell International Inc., General Counsel Anne Madden's law department is about 40 percent female. The company won a 2018 Employer of Choice Award in October from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association for its long-standing commitment to diversity and inclusion. Here, Madden — a 22-year Honeywell veteran — explains when she thinks the needle will be moved on diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, and why she runs her department like a business.

  • November 30, 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.

  • November 30, 2018

    Class Action Rule Changes Target 'Professional Objectors'

    A long-awaited update to class action rules meant to rein in so-called professional objectors takes effect this week, and plaintiffs' firms are hopeful it will cut off a scheme by attorneys who try to profit by using objections to hold settlements hostage.

  • November 30, 2018

    Judge's Ties To Cravath Didn't Corrupt ERISA Row, NYU Says

    Former U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest’s decision to join Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which is chaired by a New York University trustee, after ruling in NYU’s favor in an Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action didn’t create the appearance of impropriety, the university has told a federal court.

  • November 30, 2018

    Sheppard Mullin, Ropes & Gray, Shearman: Bonuses

    Ropes & Gray LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP all announced associate bonuses this week, according to posts from Above The Law.

  • November 30, 2018

    Fla. Senate Dems Begin Push To Reform Judicial Nominations

    Democrats in the Florida Senate said Friday that they intend to try to reform the state’s judicial nomination process, which they say has become too politicized and has resulted in a judiciary that does not reflect the diversity of the state’s residents.

  • November 30, 2018

    Why In-House Attys Ditch The Corporate World For Law Firms

    Attorneys sometimes leave law firms for in-house positions to abandon the pressure of billable hours or to focus on one client. But what about in-house counsel who make the opposite move? The attractions can range from a diverse client roster to the opportunity to work with lawyers in other practice areas.

  • November 30, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: AIA, Double Jeopardy

    The U.S. Supreme Court will examine patent eligibility under the America Invents Act, a securities enforcement action and a historic double jeopardy case when it returns to the bench Monday for the final week of arguments in 2018.

  • November 30, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Can The Gov't Seize Your Land Rover?

    If you're charged with a crime, can the government just take your stuff? On this week's Pro Say podcast we discuss the increased use of civil forfeiture and one U.S. Supreme Court case that may change the trend.

  • November 30, 2018

    Fed. Judge Who Struck Down Defense Of Marriage Act Dies

    U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro, who sat on the bench in Boston for more than 40 years and was the first federal judge to rule that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, died Friday morning at the age of 87.

  • November 30, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Consumer watchdogs from seven European countries filed complaints accusing Google of deceptive practices, a survey found the majority of law departments are eyeing an increase in their legal needs in 2019, and 3M became the first in-house legal department to sign on to the ABA's well-being pledge. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • November 30, 2018

    UK Watchdog Probes Harassment Claims At Reed Smith

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating claims that a former Reed Smith LLP partner in the London office sexually harassed multiple junior female lawyers, the body confirmed on Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bentham Unveils $500M US-Focused Litigation Finance Fund

    The U.S. arm of Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd. on Friday said its latest investment fund scooped up $375 million at its first close and is expected to reach the $500 million mark by the end of the year, as the firm looks to meet a growing need for financing resources.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bounds Rebound? Controversial 9th Circ. Pick May Return

    President Donald Trump's only failed circuit court pick so far — Ninth Circuit nominee Ryan Bounds — could get another chance next year, as he has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill and backers have advocated for the White House to renominate him.

  • November 29, 2018

    Hueston Partner, Ex-Munger Atty Among 12 New Calif. Judges

    California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 12 superior court judges across the state Thursday, including a Hueston Hennigan LLP intellectual property and technology partner and Brown's current deputy legal affairs secretary, who was previously at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • November 29, 2018

    Ex-Trump Atty Vows To Cooperate With Federal Raid

    A real estate tax lawyer and powerful Chicago politician who represented President Donald Trump until May averred to cooperate fully with the federal authorities who raided his offices Thursday, seizing computer equipment and boxes of papers.

  • November 29, 2018

    Attys OK To Accept Fees From Crowdfunding, DC Bar Says

    Attorneys may accept payment that was generated via crowdfunding under most circumstances, but their ethical obligations increase if they become more closely involved in the crowdfunding effort, according to a new opinion by the District of Columbia Bar.

  • November 29, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Loeb & Loeb LLP snagged this week's top spot on the legal lions list with a verdict clearing client Tata of a discrimination class action, while Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP ended up among the legal lambs after its client, the University of Wisconsin, lost in a $32 million drug patent licensing lawsuit.

Expert Analysis

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Defamation In Litigation: A Primer On Privileges In NY

    Jonathan Bloom

    Under New York law, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, in most cases, privileged. But these privileges have limits, and it behooves litigants — particularly those inclined to speak publicly about their cases — to be aware of them, says Jonathan Bloom of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.