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Business of Law

  • May 8, 2018

    Vance Fumes After Schneiderman Abuse Case Reassigned

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance railed against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision Tuesday to relieve him and assign a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation into domestic violence allegations against former state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman — a move that victims’ advocates had called for earlier in the day.

  • May 8, 2018

    2nd Circ. Chief Judge Pushes For Immigrant Representation

    Second Circuit Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann on Tuesday called attention to the dearth of available counsel for immigrants facing court proceedings, arguing that immigration attorneys serve a critical purpose of promoting and realizing access to justice.

  • May 8, 2018

    ABA Negligently Certified For-Profit Law School, Suit Says

    The American Bar Association has been accused of negligence related to its role in certifying the now-closed Charlotte School of Law, with a former professor and an alumnus adding the association to their suit against the for-profit school and its parent company.

  • May 8, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Cohen Milstein's Steven Toll

    Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC’s Steven Toll racked up a series of multimillion-dollar settlements in 2017, including a $175 million shareholder deal with BP over the Deepwater Horizon spill and $165 million in a mortgage-backed securities class action, landing him among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 8, 2018

    Eversheds Sutherland Secures Asylum For Gang Target

    A young Honduran man's six-year fight to remain in the United States ended recently with an Arlington, Virginia, immigration court ruling that he was a target for violent reprisal if he returned to his home country and granting him asylum, thanks partly to the pro bono advocacy of Eversheds Sutherland US LLP.

  • May 7, 2018

    NY AG Schneiderman Resigns After Report He Abused Women

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced his resignation late Monday night after The New Yorker reported that he’d subjected four previous romantic interests to “nonconsensual physical violence" including choking, hitting and threats to kill them if they broke up with him.

  • May 7, 2018

    Senate Advances Trump's 5th Circ. Nominee

    The Senate took a step toward confirming President Donald Trump's fourth judge on the Fifth Circuit on Monday, sending U.S. District Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt through a procedural vote as part of a raft of judicial nominees this week.

  • May 7, 2018

    Law360 Names Attys Who Moved Up The Firm Ranks In Q1

    A promotion to partner or election to practice group chair means lots of well-deserved recognition within a firm and in the larger legal community. Law360 reveals the list of attorneys whose commitment to excellence earned them highly coveted spots in the law firm leadership ranks. Find out if your old legal friends — or rivals — moved up in the first quarter of the year.

  • May 7, 2018

    Bryan Cave Partner Accused Of Hiding Lab Hack From FTC

    A cancer-screening lab embroiled in a long-running data dispute with the Federal Trade Commission has claimed in New York federal court that a Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP partner directed a whistleblower to hide from the agency that he had hacked the lab's files with surveillance tools the partner had given to him before she joined the firm.

  • May 7, 2018

    CFTC Pick Reports Earning Almost $1.2M At WilmerHale

    The co-chair of WilmerHale's futures and derivatives practice who was tapped for a spot in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has filed a report with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics revealing he earned nearly $1.2 million at the law firm in 2017 and the first few months of this year.

  • May 7, 2018

    Titan Of The Plaintiffs Bar: Bernstein Litowitz's Mark Lebovitch

    Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP's Mark Lebovitch helped reach a settlement in shareholder litigation over sexual harassment claims at 21st Century Fox that created the first corporate watchdog council — all while negotiating a $290 million deal over Pershing Square's insider trading scandal, earning him a place among Law360’s 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 7, 2018

    15 Minutes With Mattress Firm’s General Counsel

    Kindel Elam is living her dream, both physically and metaphorically, as executive vice president and general counsel of Mattress Firm. After eight years at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Elam decided she wanted to go in-house at the retail company. Mattress Firm, which had been her client since 2007, went public in 2011 and was looking to hire a general counsel. Here, she shared what keeps her up at night — besides her dog — and her advice to lawyers hoping to make a similar in-house transition.

  • May 4, 2018

    Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar: Baum Hedlund's R. Brent Wisner

    Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman PC's R. Brent Wisner helped score the first jury verdict holding a brand-name drugmaker liable for injuries caused by a generic version in a high-profile case involving an attorney's suicide while on generic Paxil, landing him among Law360's 2018 Titans of the Plaintiffs Bar.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They’ve gone up against big-name companies while advocating for plaintiffs ranging from grieving family members to shareholders and consumers in some of the biggest and most well-known cases of the past year.

  • May 4, 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.

  • May 4, 2018

    Grassley Sets 9th Circ. Pick Hearing, Feinstein Cries Foul

    President Donald Trump’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit, a conservative Oregon prosecutor, will appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, according to the Senate website, despite objections from Democratic senators.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: The Lawyer Who Lived ‘Wild, Wild Country’

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast we’re joined by Robert Weaver, one of the lawyers featured in Netflix’s binge-worthy docuseries “Wild Wild Country,” who tells us all about what it was really like to prosecute the leaders of a cult.

  • May 4, 2018

    Chicago Judges 'Under Siege' Amid Wave Of Vacancies

    The Northern District of Illinois, one of the country's busiest courts, is dealing with a surge of judicial vacancies that is expected to grow over the next year, and with no current nominees to fill the spots, the situation is likely to get worse before it gets better, experts told Law360.

  • May 4, 2018

    Law Departments See Continued Uptick In Class Actions

    Class action defense spending is on the rise for the third consecutive year and has reached its highest level since 2010, according to a recent survey of more than 400 general counsel and chief legal officers.

  • May 4, 2018

    Graham Curtin's End Opens Door To Opportunity At McElroy

    When Graham Curtin PA founding partner Thomas R. Curtin closed the door of his Morristown, New Jersey, office and took virtually his entire team with him to McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP last month, the end of an era for one small shop marked the start of a productive new one for both firms.

Expert Analysis

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: A Judge's Example

    M.C. Sungaila

    Law school taught me how to think like a lawyer, but the district court judge I clerked for my first year out of law school taught me how to be a lawyer. This was the gift she gave to all of her law clerks, in one form or another, says M.C. Sungaila of Haynes and Boone LLP.