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