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Business of Law

  • June 13, 2018

    Sens. Slam US Courts' Action Plan On Sexual Harassment

    U.S. senators on Wednesday criticized efforts by the federal courts to address sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct by judges, calling a report on the topic released by the administrative body of the federal court system "exceedingly vague" and insufficient.

  • June 13, 2018

    LeClairRyan Has Done Away With Paralegals, Secretaries

    U.S. law firm LeClairRyan no longer employs its own operational staff, and instead sends all nonbillable work to a joint venture it has formed with law company UnitedLex, in a groundbreaking new arrangement the firm announced Wednesday.

  • June 12, 2018

    Guess Exec Resigns After Glaser Weil's Misconduct Inquiry

    Guess? Inc. has announced that co-founder Paul Marciano has resigned as executive chairman of the lifestyle brand after Glaser Weil LLP found he exercised “poor judgment” when communicating with models and photographers, adding that he and the company agreed to settle five individuals’ allegations of inappropriate conduct for $500,000.

  • June 12, 2018

    ABA Revokes Accreditation From For-Profit Ariz. Law School

    In what the American Bar Association says may be the first time an operating law school’s accreditation approval has been involuntarily revoked, the organization announced last week that it is withdrawing its stamp of approval from for-profit Arizona Summit Law School and giving the school 10 days to appeal.

  • June 12, 2018

    2 Firms Catch Up To Cravath's Associate Pay Raise

    Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and New York-based commercial litigation boutique law firm Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP on Tuesday announced they have adopted new associate pay scales and bonus structures that match the raises made public a day earlier by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP.

  • June 12, 2018

    Ex-Locke Lord Partner Faces Financial Fraud Charges In UK

    A former banking partner at Locke Lord LLP will face two counts of fraud in an English court in July for allegedly inflicting financial losses on members of a multimillion-pound investment scheme, the Crown Prosecution Service told Law360 on Tuesday.

  • June 12, 2018

    McGuireWoods Secures $8M Award In Human Trafficking Case

    A woman who spent virtually her entire life under the control of a cult that trafficked her from city to city and forced her to work without pay for a decade secured an almost $8 million judgment in Kansas federal court in May, thanks to the pro bono representation of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • June 11, 2018

    Dentons Ignored Managing Director's Harassment, Suit Says

    Dentons ignored a female business development specialist who complained that the male managing director of the firm’s venture technology group repeatedly groped her and hit on her using graphic come-ons, according to a suit filed Monday in New York state court.

  • June 11, 2018

    Cravath Tops Milbank's Associate Pay Scale

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP on Monday announced plans to top the mid- and senior-level associate pay scale set forth a week ago by Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP.

  • June 11, 2018

    Nelson Mullins Will Merge With Fla. Firm Broad And Cassel

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and Florida-based Broad and Cassel LLP will combine at the beginning of August, the firms announced on Monday, creating a consolidated firm with more than 725 attorneys nationwide and a strong footprint in the southeastern U.S.

  • June 11, 2018

    15 Minutes With The General Counsel Of Vencore

    Kevin Boyle has been the general counsel of Vencore for approximately the past year, guiding the $1.2 billion provider of information solutions, cybersecurity, engineering and analytics for the U.S. government through an initial public offering and a merger. Here, Law360 talks to Boyle about the recent merger, the one thing he values most in outside counsel, and his thoughts on the billable hour.

  • June 11, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Reed Smith's Associate Feedback App

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at six recent developments.

  • June 8, 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.

  • June 8, 2018

    Ogletree Says Atty In Gender Bias Suit Is Forum Shopping

    Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has again urged a California federal court to transfer a contentious $300 million gender discrimination suit from the state’s Northern District to its Central District, saying the lead plaintiff has “candidly conceded that she is forum shopping.”

  • June 8, 2018

    King & Spalding To Face Trial In Ex-Associate's Firing Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied King & Spalding LLP's bid to escape a former associate's retaliatory firing suit, picking apart the firm's defenses after it neglected her admonition to settle the suit at a hearing last month.

  • June 8, 2018

    DOJ Sheds Some Light On Scope Of Foreign Lobbying Law

    As the U.S. Department of Justice ramps up enforcement of foreign lobbying violations, it shed some additional light on who needs to disclose such work by releasing scores of advisory opinions Friday involving everything from D.C. law firms to human rights groups.

  • June 8, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Obscure Law That Snagged Manafort

    Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 election made headlines a few times this week, so we’re devoting the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast to explaining what you need to know about the recent twists and turns in the investigation.

  • June 8, 2018

    NJ Justices Won't Rethink Legal Service Sites Ban

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to second-guess an ethics decision barring Garden State attorneys from using legal service providers Avvo, Rocket Lawyer and LegalZoom, dealing a blow to consumer watchdogs who say the move reduces public access to legal services.

  • June 8, 2018

    4 Technologies That Are Helping To Bridge The Justice Gap

    The vast majority of low-income Americans facing civil legal problems received inadequate or no legal help in 2017. Here, Law360 looks at four of the latest tools that may have the potential to digitally bridge that justice gap.

  • June 8, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Democratic state attorneys general urged the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to maintain public access to its consumer complaint database on the financial industry and a New York City Bar panel said some new efforts to bolster companies' sexual harassment policies may be creating unintended legal pitfalls that must be weighed carefully. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.