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Business of Law

  • August 24, 2018

    Calif. Powerhouses Leverage Top Talent In Legal Gold Rush

    The continuing growth of California’s economy has fueled a legal industry gold rush across practice areas, and the eight firms selected as Law360’s 2018 California Powerhouses have excelled at attracting top talent and the state’s increasing book of business, from class actions targeting tech giants to deals and disputes in the sports and entertainment industries.

  • August 24, 2018

    Broad Pa. Economy Helping Boost State's Powerhouse Firms

    A well rounded and increasingly strong state economy, aided by industries from health care and pharmaceuticals to energy and technology, is helping buoy the five firms chosen as Law360's Pennsylvania Powerhouses for 2018 as they use their strong foundations in the commonwealth to expand both across the country and overseas.

  • August 24, 2018

    Senate Democrats Call For Delay To Kavanaugh Hearing

    Democrats pushed the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman to delay the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearing of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh in a letter Friday, pointing to the criminal charges against several of President Donald Trump’s top aides while suggesting that the judge could shield Trump from legal woes.

  • August 24, 2018

    Wild West Lives On In Texas Judge's Outlandish Opinions

    This month, U.S. District Judge Fred Biery quoted Elvis Presley, Abraham Lincoln and "Star Wars," lamented the influx of out-of-state attorneys into San Antonio, and threatened to make opposing counsel kiss in front of the Alamo — all within a seven page order. However, it was far from the judge’s first unconventional opinion.

  • August 24, 2018

    Senate Dems Press Judiciary For Kavanaugh Enviro Docs

    Democrats on the Senate Environment Committee on Friday requested they be given any documents related to President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s record on environmental matters during his time working in the White House for former President George W. Bush.

  • August 24, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: How Will Cohen & Manafort Impact Trump?

    Within minutes on Tuesday, two of President Donald Trump's closest confidants — his former attorney Michael Cohen and the onetime chairman of his presidential campaign Paul Manafort — became felons. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we break down what these watershed developments mean for the Trump administration.

  • August 24, 2018

    Ex-Armstrong Teasdale Atty To Appeal Toss Of Age Bias Suit

    A former Armstrong Teasdale LLP equity partner told a Missouri federal judge Friday that he will mount a challenge at the Eighth Circuit to the recent dismissal of his age bias suit against the firm, which the court shut down after concluding the attorney couldn’t relitigate a state court’s finding that he didn’t qualify as an employee.

  • August 24, 2018

    Calif. Appeals Court Vetos Request For Bar Applicant Data

    The State Bar of California does not have to release individual data like bar exam applicants' LSAT scores to a UCLA researcher, a state appellate court ruled Thursday, agreeing with a lower court that state law does not require an agency to create new records to satisfy a public record request.

  • August 24, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The legal sector warned growth could halve by 2025 if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade deal, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rejected applications for nine separate bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed its plans to rescind work authorization for the spouses of highly skilled immigrants. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • August 24, 2018

    Administrative Law Judge In Fla. Dead After Police Standoff

    A federal administrative law judge facing felony charges of threatening the mother of his child with a gun killed himself Friday morning in Miami after an all-night standoff with police, authorities said.

  • August 23, 2018

    Atty Reffing Napoli Bern Split Denies Quinn Emanuel Bias

    The referee appointed to oversee a dispute in New York state court over the defunct firm Napoli Bern Ripka Shkolnik LLP, which was known for representing 9/11 workers, declined to step aside Wednesday, finding that his previous representation of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, the firm recently retained by Paul K. Napoli, does not make him partial.

  • August 23, 2018

    Ex-Shkreli Atty Taps Williams Heavy Hitter For Appeal

    Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel has retained appellate lawyer Kannon Shanmugam of Williams & Connolly LLP to represent him in his appeal of his conviction for aiding "pharma bro" Martin Shkreli in defrauding drugmaker Retrophin Inc., Shanmugam announced Thursday.

  • August 23, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Two solo practitioners won big on Wednesday, securing a $53 million jury verdict for their client in a breach of fiduciary duty suit and landing on this week’s legal lions list, while Barnes & Thornburg and Bowman and Brooke were among this week’s legal lambs after a jury slammed their client Toyota with a nine-figure personal injury verdict.

  • August 23, 2018

    ACLU Wins Pause Of Speech Limits For Court Support Staff

    A D.C. federal judge has granted a request by the American Civil Liberties Union for a preliminary injunction against rules blocking the federal court system's administrative employees from expressing support for political parties or donating to political campaigns — a move the ACLU says does not bode well for the government in the case.

  • August 23, 2018

    No Mention Of Kavanaugh In Unsealed Starr Leak Report

    The White House gloated Thursday after U.S. Supreme Court nominee D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh was not mentioned in a report unsealed by the National Archives investigating alleged leaks by Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s office during the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal in the late 1990s.

  • August 23, 2018

    ConocoPhillips Names Baker Botts Atty As New GC

    Houston-based energy giant ConocoPhillips has appointed a Baker Botts LLP corporate partner as its next general counsel, the company confirmed to Law360 on Thursday.

  • August 23, 2018

    Kavanaugh Sits Down With GOP Holdout Murkowski

    After a high-stakes meeting with D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, kept mum on whether she will support his nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 23, 2018

    Ex-W.Va. Supreme Court Justice Pleads Guilty To Wire Fraud

    A recently retired West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals justice pled guilty Thursday to a federal wire fraud charge connected to his personal use of a state-owned vehicle and gas credit card, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

  • August 23, 2018

    GCs See Potential In Shaking Up Arbitration Fee Norms

    The American Arbitration Association’s recent introduction of an alternative fee arrangement option is a progressive step in making costs more predictable and simplifying budgeting for eligible cases, but it will take time to truly glean whether the move increases interest in the forum, according to general counsel and other legal professionals.

  • August 22, 2018

    Morgan Lewis Continues IP Expansion, Adds 9-Partner Team

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP has added a nine-partner intellectual property team focused on patent prosecution and litigation from McDermott Will & Emery in Orange County, California, the firm announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • A Preview Of Tomorrow’s Appellate Lawyers

    Alexandra Newman

    In this discussion based on Richard Susskind's "drivers of change" in the legal industry, Grant Thornton LLP associate counsel Alexandra Newman and Northern District of Illinois law clerk Logan Steiner offer insights into how future appellate lawyers will adapt to increasing technological disruption, demand for lower cost services and competition among service providers.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funding Bill Lacks Policy Rationale

    Matthew Harrison

    Republican senators recently introduced "The Litigation Funding Transparency Act of 2018" with the purported goal of keeping the civil justice system honorable and fair. However, it would do exactly the opposite by imposing more barriers to entry for claimants trying to bring meritorious lawsuits against massive corporations, says Matthew Harrison of Bentham IMF.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.