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Business of Law

  • July 27, 2018

    Chief Justice Roberts Concurs With Hard G For 'Gerrymander'

    The U.S. Supreme Court, or at least Chief Justice John Roberts, agrees with a recent push to get the word “gerrymander” to be pronounced with a hard G, as in Gary, rather than a soft G, as in Jerry, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Stuart Grant Retires With A Warning For Delaware’s Future

    Two decades after co-founding Grant & Eisenhofer PA, Delaware plaintiffs bar trailblazer Stuart Grant plans to retire to a new litigation finance venture next week, leaving behind a warning that Delaware's courts have largely slammed the door on the stockholder merger challenges he helped pioneer.

  • July 27, 2018

    Senate Asks For Only Part Of Kavanaugh Docs From Bush WH

    The U.S. Senate may forgo documents from more than two years of D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s service in the George W. Bush White House as it vets him for the Supreme Court, after the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee issued a limited document request Friday.

  • July 27, 2018

    Ex-Stoel Rives Partner Dropping Age Discrimination Suit

    A former Stoel Rives LLP transactional partner who accused the firm of sidelining him and then cutting him loose after learning his age is dropping his lawsuit.

  • July 27, 2018

    Global 20: Orrick

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has continued its focus on innovation in the last year, working on deals like $250 million in financing for digital banking alternative Revolut and advice to Zodiac Aerospace’s board on its €8.5 billion acquisition by French aerospace company Safran SA, landing the firm on Law360’s Global 20 list.

  • July 27, 2018

    In-House Counsel Less Stressed By Money Than Other Attys

    In-house counsel were less likely to report being stressed out by finances than any other group of attorneys, according to Law360's recent Satisfaction Survey.

  • July 27, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Murky Ethics Of The Trump-Cohen Tapes

    It's not a crime in New York to secretly record conversations, but Michael Cohen's covert taping of talks with now-President Donald Trump at the very least suggests a toxic attorney-client relationship, and could amount to an ethics breach. We'll unpack the saga and other top legal news on this week's Pro Say podcast.

  • July 27, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The D.C. Circuit negated a challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's revival of a seemingly technical rule that lets broadcasters reach a higher percentage of U.S. households, authorities in the European Union announced about $130 million in combined fines spread across four electronics manufacturers accused of forbidding their online retailers from offering wares below specific prices and experts warned employers that zero-tolerance policies in the #MeToo era may be perilous. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • July 26, 2018

    Kavanaugh Got Call Of A Lifetime Hours After Kennedy Quit

    From a surprise phone call from White House Counsel Don McGahn to an evening meeting with the president and first lady, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh described the runup to his July 9 Supreme Court nomination in recently released Senate documents. 

  • July 26, 2018

    ABA Asks JPML To Centralize For-Profit Law School Suits

    The American Bar Association's accreditation committee told the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation Thursday that centralization of a group of lawsuits filed by for-profit law schools challenging the committee's standards is necessary to avoid rulings that could have some schools judged one way and others judged another way.

  • July 26, 2018

    Ex-Stoel Rives Partner Says Firm Fired Him For His Age

    A former partner at Stoel Rives LLP has sued the firm for age discrimination, alleging that after the firm learned he was in his 70s, it began pushing him off of projects and reassigning his work and eventually fired him.

  • July 26, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    A group of employment and civil rights attorneys, including former federal Judge U.W. Clemon, secured this week’s top legal lions spot after the Eleventh Circuit sided with them in a fight over a “discriminatory” Alabama minimum wage law, while Covington & Burling LLP and its co-counsel landed on the lambs list after the Federal Circuit ruled that tribal sovereign immunity can’t help client Allergan shield its patents by transferring them to a Native American tribe.

  • July 26, 2018

    Global 20: Shearman & Sterling

    Shearman & Sterling LLP has racked up many achievements abroad over the past year— including the largest initial public offering by a South American business in seven years and a restructuring of a European company doing business on five continents — and also added two Texas offices, landing the U.S.-based firm back on Law360's Global 20 list.

  • July 26, 2018

    Why In-House Attys Must Buck Up And Work With Regulators

    Too many in-house lawyers and other business leaders are hesitant to truly ​get in the sandbox ​and work with regulators on ​shaping ​policies ​that could have a huge ​impact on their technology, according to experts, who warn that the downside could be policies that hamper ​the benefits of ​innovation and companies’ ​bottom lines. ​

  • July 25, 2018

    BigLaw Atty Suspended For Calling Pregnancy A Delay Tactic

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP said Wednesday that it has suspended a Miami-based partner after he suggested that a pregnant opposing counsel was using her impending childbirth as a pretext to delay a product liability trial.

  • July 25, 2018

    Kopf Twitter Flap Shows #MeToo Reform Must Be Inclusive

    A federal judge's comparison of clerks seeking improved workplace harassment protections to the Spanish Inquisition highlights the need to have female attorneys, new lawyers and staffers front and center in the judiciary’s #MeToo debate, reform advocates told Law360.

  • July 25, 2018

    Burford Reports Jump In Returns, Single-Case Investments

    Litigation funding behemoth Burford Capital ramped up investments in individual legal disputes and contingency judgment enforcement work in the first half of the year, the company said in a Wednesday earnings report.

  • July 25, 2018

    More Democrats Preparing Sit-Downs With Kavanaugh

    The small number of Senate Democrats planning to meet with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh grew slightly larger this week as several more lawmakers from the minority party said they will sit down with the would-be justice.

  • July 25, 2018

    Ogletree Accused Of Rehashing Old Arguments In Bias Suit

    A former nonequity Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder fought back against the firm's opposition to her request to amend her gender bias complaint against the labor law powerhouse, arguing that Ogletree is rehashing old, irrelevant arguments about arbitrability.

  • July 25, 2018

    Facebook GC Will Step Down At The End Of 2018

    Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch has announced his plans to leave the social media giant at the end of the year, as the company continues to be embroiled in a slew of scandals including investigations into its data privacy practices and efforts to combat misinformation.

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.