Business of Law

  • October 16, 2020

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Litigation funder Burford Capital Ltd. prepared for its launch on the New York Stock Exchange, and leaders from the Big Four accounting firms urged in-house lawyers to use their offerings to save money and bring a multidisciplinary approach to their businesses. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • October 16, 2020

    Dechert Sued For £15M Over Torture Claim During UAE Probe

    A former judicial official of the United Arab Emirates has sued Dechert LLP and its outgoing head of white collar crime in London for more than £15 million ($19.4 million) after he was allegedly tortured and abused during the law firm's fraud investigation into an emirate's sovereign wealth fund.

  • October 15, 2020

    Why In-House Lawyers Should Rethink The Big 4

    Representatives from the Big Four accounting firms had a proposition Thursday for in-house lawyers: use their offerings to save money and bring a multidisciplinary approach to their business, which is crucial now as legal departments are seeing an increased workload due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • October 15, 2020

    Burford's NYSE Launch Presages 'Securitized' Case Financing

    With the strike of a bell, litigation funder Burford Capital Ltd. on Monday morning will join investment behemoths like BlackRock and Vanguard with a launch on the world's premier stock exchange — potentially previewing a new era of "securitization" of legal investments.

  • October 15, 2020

    NY Courts To Address Racial Bias Following Review

    New York State Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said Thursday that the state courts will implement a set of recommendations proposed by a Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP partner, who was picked by the justice in June to investigate the court's response to institutional racism.

  • October 15, 2020

    Dems Plead Case Against Barrett Confirmation

    As Republican senators voted Thursday to move forward U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's virtually guaranteed confirmation, Democrats made passionate and personal pleas to their colleagues to slow down the process.

  • October 15, 2020

    Seyfarth Cyberattack Spotlights Gaps In Law Firm Security

    The recent ransomware attack against Seyfarth Shaw LLP should be a wake-up call for law firms to rethink their cybersecurity strategies and policies, as the shift to remote work caused by the coronavirus pandemic is making firms more vulnerable than ever, cybersecurity experts say.

  • October 15, 2020

    Law360's The Term: Breaking Down The Barrett Hearings

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett is almost through what she described as an "excruciating" confirmation process after finishing her Senate testimony Thursday. This week, the team breaks down the highlights from the hearings with a special guest.

  • October 15, 2020

    NY Top Court Removes Family Court Judge For Sexism

    New York's high court said Thursday that a trial judge's history of bad behavior, including sexist comments and dodging taxes, warrants his removal from the bench, finding that he doesn't recognize the seriousness of his misconduct.

  • October 15, 2020

    Former GC, Wife Get $602K In Pay, Dividends From CBD Cos.

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered three related CBD companies to pay their former corporate counsel $602,000 after the lawyer scored an early win in litigation seeking payments he and his wife were purportedly promised.

  • October 15, 2020

    Cop-Shoving Judge Recuses Himself In Buffalo Police Cases

    The Buffalo judge who avoided arrest for shoving a cop after touting his family ties to police recused himself Thursday from three lawsuits against the same police department that declined to pursue charges against him.

  • October 15, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    State Farm has been accused of charging excessive and unfair premiums during the coronavirus pandemic, Six Flags faces claims that it kept collecting monthly membership fees despite its theme parks being closed and a consumer advocacy group says the Trump administration is shrouding the federal government's billion-dollar contracts for COVID-19 vaccine development in secrecy.

  • October 15, 2020

    KPMG Continues Big Four's Expansion Into Legal Industry

    KPMG says its new initiative to provide legal operations services — and "transform" such offerings in the process — is no shot in the dark, but a response to client demand as the accounting firm and its peers in the Big Four continue to expand into the legal industry.

  • October 15, 2020

    Fox Rothschild Does Away With Firmwide Pay Cuts

    Fox Rothschild LLP is the latest law firm to nix pay cuts implemented this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic, announcing Thursday that as of Nov. 5, all attorney and staff salaries will have been restored to their full pre-COVID-19 levels.

  • October 15, 2020

    Baker Botts Partner Tapped For Texas High Court

    Baker Botts LLP's Houston office head, Rebeca Azipuru Huddle, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Texas on Thursday by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said her "absolutely extraordinary" legal skills and proven respect for the rule of law will make her an ideal justice.

  • October 15, 2020

    Ex-Partner Sues Carothers DiSante For 'Blatant' Bias

    A Black name partner at Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP has slapped the employment and immigration-focused firm with a discrimination suit in California state court, claiming he was squeezed out after developing health issues and pushing to publicly condemn the killing of George Floyd.

  • October 15, 2020

    Bernstein Litowitz Accused Of Age Bias, Homophobia

    A pair of former Bernstein Litowitz Berger & Grossmann LLP staffers sued the law firm on Thursday alleging a leadership team brought in two years ago systemically supplanted older workers with younger hires and discriminated against gay employees.

  • October 14, 2020

    6 Big Moments From Day 3 Of The Barrett Hearings

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett spoke to the "excruciating" experience of a Supreme Court nomination, accused Democrats of "distorting" her views on the Second Amendment and clarified her thoughts on overturning precedent in the third day of her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court. Here are the highlights.

  • October 14, 2020

    Why In-House Attys Should Care About Legal Tech

    In-house lawyers should focus on hitting a single rather than a home run when they're trying to win support from key stakeholders in applying technology to certain legal functions, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. attorney said Wednesday.

  • October 14, 2020

    SpaceX GC Talks Mars And Out-Of-This-World Legal Issues

    SpaceX general counsel David Anderman's workday is the stuff of science fiction novels. Between helping to roll out the company's broadband internet service via satellites and negotiating a deal with Tom Cruise to rocket to the International Space Station, Anderman spoke to Berkeley Law students about how he gets it done.

  • October 14, 2020

    Gun-Wielding Attys Plead Not Guilty In Protest Confrontation

    Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis personal injury lawyers hit with weapons charges after brandishing guns at protesters outside their home, pled not guilty at a Wednesday hearing.

  • October 14, 2020

    Kozinski Can't Duck Suit Over Porn Complaints, Atty Says

    Former Chief Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski, the Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit and others should not be allowed to duck a retaliation suit filed by an attorney who contends he was targeted after drawing eyes to pornography the judge purportedly posted online, the lawyer has urged a California federal court.

  • October 14, 2020

    Barrett Says Antitrust Law Mostly 'Controlled By Precedent'

    Seventh Circuit Judge and U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett offered a rare, brief glimpse Wednesday into her thinking on federal antitrust law at a time when concerns over big technology companies are drawing attention to the role of competition policy.

  • October 14, 2020

    COVID-19 Litigation Filings Hit Small Summer Slump

    Summer saw a plateauing and later drop-off in coronavirus litigation after an initial flurry of cases filed in federal court during the early months of the pandemic, though experts wonder if this will be a permanent downturn or simply a pause before another wave hits.

  • October 14, 2020

    Del. Judge Delays Cox IP Trial Until May Due To Virus

    A Delaware federal judge on Tuesday set a patent infringement trial against Cox Communications Inc. for May 2021, after agreeing this summer to postpone the proceeding because of risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Hiring Considerations In A COVID-19 Economy

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    Financially robust law firms are entering the recruiting market aggressively knowing that dislocations like the COVID-19 crisis present rare competitive opportunities, and firms that remain on the sidelines when it comes to strategic hiring will be especially vulnerable to having their best talent poached, says Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Act To Preserve Democracy This Election

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    COVID-19 concerns and glaring gaps in registration threaten to dampen voter turnout in the 2020 election, so attorneys should take on the problem by leveraging their knowledge and resources in seven ways, says Laura Brill at Kendall Brill.

  • Roundup

    AGs In A Pandemic

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    In this Expert Analysis series, state attorneys general share their enforcement priorities related to COVID-19.

  • How To Effectively Defend Witnesses In Remote Depositions

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    When a witness is isolated from the defending lawyer during a remote deposition, carefully planning the logistics and building witness confidence are critical to avoiding damaging admissions, say Jessica Staiger at Archer Daniels and Alec Solotorovsky at Eimer Stahl.

  • Whether And How To Compel Remote Arbitration

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    As the pandemic delays in-person arbitration hearings, mediator and arbitrator Theodore Cheng provides arbitrators with a checklist to examine the rationale and authority for compelling parties to participate in remote hearings.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: James Talks NY Response

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    New York Attorney General Letitia James highlights her office's efforts to ease financial burdens for New York residents and businesses struggling during the pandemic by fighting fraud, policing employers, assisting with debt relief and more.

  • The Unique Challenges Of Protecting A Law Firm Brand

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    Recent law firm trademark disputes highlight how the tension between legal ethics rules and trademark law can make it difficult for firms to select brands that are distinctive and entitled to protection, say Kimberly Maynard and Tyler Maulsby at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • What Social Media Process Service May Look Like In Texas

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    The Texas Supreme Court's recently proposed rule change allowing substituted service through social media and email could take effect in December, and practitioners will need to know how to establish that the defendant received notice through a technological method, says Marcus Eason at McGinnis Lochridge.

  • What To Know When Making Dispositive Motions In Arbitration

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    As practitioners increasingly turn to dispositive motion practice within arbitration, they should be aware of the underlying authority for these motions and consider practical guidance for their use, says arbitrator and mediator Janice Sperow.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Fox Talks Montana Meatpacking

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    Montana Attorney General Tim Fox discusses his efforts with other state attorneys general to push federal authorities to pursue an antitrust investigation of the beef processing industry, and the importance of maintaining competitive markets and protecting consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • 4 Ways Amicus Briefs Can Support An Overall Legal Strategy

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    The strategic use of amicus briefs can help an appellate court think about a case in a new way and lift an organization's own cause or reputation for legal thought, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • Deciding Whether Co-Mediation Is Right For Your Case

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    Not every case requires more than one mediator, but engaging two mediators with different perspectives or expertise can significantly enhance the settlement process in certain disputes — and parties can choose from several co-mediation approaches, say Gail Andler and Cassandra Franklin at JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Black Law Firm Leaders On Improving Diversity In BigLaw

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    In this Law360 Diversity Snapshot series, five Black law firm leaders share their memories of breaking into BigLaw and thoughts on how to increase minority representation in the legal industry.

  • Opinion

    Ariz. Law Firm Ownership Rule Change Is A Win For Clients

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    Arizona just became the first state to abolish an obscure ethics rule that prohibits nonlawyers from investing in law firms — a change that will lower legal service costs, encourage more innovation in the legal industry and improve access to justice, says William Marra at Validity Finance.

  • How To Write A Better Comment Letter On Agency Proposals

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    As the federal government prepares to unveil a revamped online portal for submitting comments on proposed rulemakings, several considerations can help the public provide better feedback to help agencies implement legislation and regulate our activities, say Matt Kulkin and Josh Oppenheimer at Steptoe & Johnson.

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