Business of Law

  • March 26, 2018

    Munger Tolles Arbitration Dust-Up May Spark BigLaw Changes

    Munger Tolles & Olson LLP’s decision to release its associates from forced arbitration clauses after a weekend Twitter dust-up has already inspired at least one other BigLaw firm to do the same, and in the era of #MeToo, experts say more firms probably aren’t far behind.

  • March 26, 2018

    Texas Contempt Order Should Put Associates On Notice

    When a Texas federal judge rebuked attorneys for filing a Fair Labor Standards Act suit based on an invalidated overtime expansion rule, he refused to spare associates on the case from his contempt order in what experts say is a prime example of the tough ethics decisions young lawyers face.

  • March 26, 2018

    Why Some BigLaw Harassment Policies Miss The Mark

    Even simple preventative measures can turn complicated at law firms. Here’s a look at some common steps firms are taking to stop sexual harassment along with the challenges they face. Editor's note: second in a three-part series.

  • March 26, 2018

    Calif. Courts Paid $500K To Resolve Sex Harassment Claims

    The Judicial Council of California has paid $521,000 to settle sexual harassment complaints involving judges and court employees, plus another $80,000 for outside counsel to investigate allegations involving five judicial officers, according to data provided to Law360 on Monday.

  • March 26, 2018

    US Atty In LA Earned More Than $3.7M At Gibson Dunn

    President Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney in California’s Central District earned more than $3.7 million since 2016 as a partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP working for clients ranging from Apple to Uber, according to financial disclosure forms shared with Law360 on Monday.

  • March 26, 2018

    11th Circ. Judge Julie Carnes To Take Senior Status

    U.S. Circuit Judge Julie Carnes, who was nominated in 2014 to the Eleventh Circuit by former President Barack Obama, announced on Friday that she will soon take senior status, giving President Donald Trump another chance at reshaping the federal appellate court.

  • March 26, 2018

    Quinn Emanuel Says Ex-Staffer Wasn't Target Of Racism

    A former Quinn Emanuel secretary's claims of being the target of a supervisor's racist and homophobic comments during an Apple v. Samsung patent trial should be tossed because the alleged conduct was not severe enough to create a hostile work environment, the law firm said Friday.

  • March 26, 2018

    Law360's Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2018 Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board.

  • March 26, 2018

    15 Minutes With Vimeo's General Counsel

    For eight years, Michael Cheah has been general counsel of Vimeo, the New York-based online video sharing and streaming site that touts an emphasis on community and creativity. He spoke to Law360 about how the changing regulatory landscape affects online media companies and why he’s on the front lines of the fight over the future of net neutrality.

  • March 25, 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.

  • March 23, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Inside The Downfall Of Latham's Chairman

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we share the inside story of Latham & Watkins Chair Bill Voge's resignation after revelations that he'd engaged in a pattern of reckless behavior. We also discuss a controversial copyright ruling over the song "Blurred Lines," the legal blowback Facebook will face over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, and Lindsay Lohan’s new gig for a lawyer referral site.

  • March 23, 2018

    Bar Prep Co. Blasts Rival's Appeal In Antitrust Row

    Barbri Inc. joined a chorus of law schools in urging the Second Circuit not to revive a rival’s antitrust and racketeering claims, which allege that Barbri and the schools conspired to stifle competition for bar exam preparation, arguing Thursday LLM Bar Exam LLC hadn’t plausibly alleged a monopoly existed.

  • March 23, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    P​resident Donald Trump said he will likely nominate the solo practitioner who took on UPS in a pregnancy discrimination case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court as general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and female general counsels shared with Law360 how they're transforming their legal departments and other women's professional lives. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • March 23, 2018

    Senate Confirms 5th Circ.'s Prado As Envoy To Argentina

    The Senate has approved of sending Fifth Circuit Judge Edward C. Prado to Argentina as President Donald Trump’s ambassador there, ending his 35-year career as a federal judge.

  • March 23, 2018

    Chadbourne Gets Nod For $3.1M Deal Ending Sex Bias Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge has signed off on a $3.1 million deal to end a proposed class action brought by three female lawyers alleging that Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which merged with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP last year, systematically underpaid women.

  • March 22, 2018

    Calif. Bar Committee Has Anti-Competitive Bent, Suit Says

    A San Jose law school slapped the State Bar of California with a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, claiming an agency committee that reviews law school accreditation matters is structured to favor certain schools.

  • March 22, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Topping this week's legal lions list is a team of attorneys from Labaton Sucharow LLP who secured two SEC whistleblower awards worth roughly $83 million for three tipsters, the agency's largest award ever, while now-departed Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge heads up the legal lambs list over the behavior, which included sending sexually explicit messages, that led to his resignation.

  • March 22, 2018

    Freshfields Reports 13.9% Gender Pay Gap In UK

    Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has filed its gender pay gap report with the U.K. government, revealing a 13.9 percent gap between average hourly pay of male and female employees in its London and Manchester offices.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Says Feds Handed Him Stolen Complaints

    The ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint said the government gave him back a hard drive full of stolen lawsuits, according to his renewed bid Wednesday to get into a prison-time-shaving drug rehab program.

  • March 21, 2018

    Jones Day And Orrick Kill Heller Clawback

    Knowing the California Supreme Court’s decision would have broad ramifications for the legal industry, attorneys for Jones Day and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP beat a clawback bid by the bankruptcy trustee of Heller Ehrman by arguing a core principle: A defunct law firm doesn’t have a property interest in hourly matters continued by a dissolved firm’s former partners.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 17 Ways To Lose A Winning Argument In Court

    Richard Seymour

    Over the course of my recent research, I have been struck by the number of ways to lose a case besides, well, having a losing claim or defense. In particular, unknowing and unintended waivers that arise in litigation can bar a winning argument or defense because it was raised too late, says attorney, arbitrator and mediator Richard Seymour.

  • Opinion

    3 Hot Debates From 2017

    Debate

    In this recap of some of the year's best contributed op-eds, we look back at a few of the topics that got people talking in 2017.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court

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    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • Legal Technology In 2017: Trends And Implications

    Nicole Moriniere

    This has been a year of critical mass for legal tech and a transformative year for the legal industry as a whole. We also witnessed increased collaboration between legal tech companies and more traditional players, says Nicole Moriniere of Lexoo.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.