Business of Law

  • October 07, 2020

    SPX Lawyer Says He Was Fired For Being 74 Years Old

    An in-house attorney for SPX Corp. subsidiary CUES Inc. accused his former employer of firing him because of his age, hitting the companies with a discrimination suit Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • October 07, 2020

    Online Bar Exams Create Flurry Of Frustrations Across US

    This week's online bar exams, taken by about 30,000 participants across 20 jurisdictions, drew a barrage of social media complaints from test-takers about technical issues and the level of assistance available, but those grievances seem unlikely to derail Florida's plans to administer its virtual exam next week using the same software company.

  • October 07, 2020

    O'Melveny Can't Keep $9M From Bankrupt Co., 9th Circ. Told

    Aletheia Research and Management's bankruptcy trustee asked the Ninth Circuit Tuesday to reverse a judgment allowing O'Melveny & Myers LLP to keep over $9.4 million it was paid for legal services, arguing the trial judge erred in finding his bankruptcy claims had been resolved in an arbitration over malpractice claims.

  • October 07, 2020

    3 Lawyers Prepping Amy Coney Barrett For Senate's Glare

    Come Monday morning, countless eyes will train on a lone jurist — Seventh Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett — as she takes her seat in front of members of the U.S. Senate and the American public.

  • October 07, 2020

    BigLaw Braces For Bonus War To Ramp Up At Year's End

    While some wealthier firms are throwing extra money at associates for their work during the pandemic, many firms are staking their bets on bigger year-end bonuses to retain talent, legal industry observers say.

  • October 07, 2020

    Bryan Cave Restores Pre-Pandemic Salaries, Tees Up Growth

    Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP said Wednesday that it will fully reverse COVID-19 salary cuts for attorneys and staff, citing better-than-expected performance during the pandemic and indicating that the firm plans to expand.

  • October 07, 2020

    Law Firm Leaders: Buchanan Ingersoll's Joseph Dougherty

    Joseph Dougherty has served as the CEO and managing partner of Pittsburgh-based Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC since 2016. He recently spoke with Law360 about adapting to shifts in the legal industry, the pandemic and more.

  • October 07, 2020

    Steel Co. Says Steptoe & Johnson Cost It $6M In Duty Refunds

    A Texas importer has accused Steptoe & Johnson LLP and two of its attorneys of not advising it to file protests with the U.S. Department of Commerce over Malaysian steel imports, costing it more than $6 million in duty refunds.

  • October 07, 2020

    Sidley To Diversify Summer Associate Pool After DOL Probe

    Sidley Austin LLP has agreed to offer more internships and scholarships to underrepresented applicants to settle a U.S. Department of Labor probe into possible race and sex bias in its summer associate program.

  • October 06, 2020

    Gun-Toting St. Louis Attys Indicted Over Anti-Protest Standoff

    Husband and wife personal injury attorneys who brandished guns at anti-racist protesters this summer were each indicted on felony weapons and evidence-tampering charges by a St. Louis grand jury on Tuesday, according to multiple media outlets.

  • October 06, 2020

    Sheppard Mullin Latest To End COVID-19 Salary Cuts

    Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP is reinstating prepandemic salaries for its workers following cuts earlier this year but laying off 22 of its 44 furloughed staff, while Foster Garvey PC has also restored its prepandemic salaries, the firms announced Tuesday.

  • October 06, 2020

    Microsoft's Goal To Diversify Execs Draws DOL Investigation

    The U.S. Department of Labor is investigating whether Microsoft's decision to double the number of Black managers and executives counts as racial discrimination in violation of civil rights laws, the software company revealed Tuesday.

  • October 06, 2020

    Justices Take Aim At 'Major Party' Rule For Del. Courts

    During U.S. Supreme Court arguments Monday over Delaware's constitutional mandates governing the political makeup of its benches, the justices signaled they may end the state's "major party-membership only" rule while preserving another that has limited the clout of any one party for more than a century.

  • October 06, 2020

    BigLaw Claws Back Biz From Alt Legal Service Providers

    BigLaw firms are quietly creating their own alternative legal service providers in-house, according to a new report that projects even more will move to claw back business from the tech-oriented outside vendors.

  • October 06, 2020

    Polsinelli Settles Claims With Former Novak Druce Atty

    Polsinelli PC has reached a deal to end claims that the firm is liable to an aggrieved former Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg LLP attorney who says he was cheated out of a more than $125,000 commission just before the two firms merged.

  • October 06, 2020

    Courting Disaster: When CEOs Circumvent Their GCs

    When CEOs try to manipulate or get around their general counsel, the results can be disastrous for the corporation and for them. Here are three recent examples, and what experts say GCs can do to save their corporations from a similar fate.

  • October 06, 2020

    In-House Hiring Improves After Pandemic's Initial Blow

    The outlook generally looks brighter for in-house lawyers in certain sectors for the rest of 2020 — after an initial knee-jerk reaction to the pandemic when many legal departments cut pay for general counsel or furloughed workers earlier this year — though experts warn communication and planning for future uncertainties remain crucial. 

  • October 06, 2020

    Trump Org Denies Waiving Privilege In NY AG Investigation

    A former Trump Organization attorney's actions cannot waive the organization's privilege in a probe into whether President Donald Trump inflated his asset values, the organization said, asking a New York state court to privately review contested documents.

  • October 06, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    News that President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and several White House staffers had contracted COVID-19 sparked a firestorm of pandemic politics this week in places like New Jersey, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy called the president "reckless" and said contact tracing was underway following a campaign fundraiser the president recently held in the Garden State.

  • October 06, 2020

    USPTO Is 'Institutionally Biased' Against Women, Study Says

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office maintains "systemic obstacles" for women due to scientific requirements that hold them back from joining the patent bar as nonlawyer patent agents, according to a new report that urges the agency to expand its eligibility criteria.

  • October 06, 2020

    College Coronavirus Q&A: Kansas State's General Counsel

    Kansas State University's general counsel chats with Law360 about the politicization of COVID-19 testing and the challenge of keeping athletes safe during the Big 12 football season. This is the last of a four-part series of interviews with top college and university lawyers as classes resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • October 06, 2020

    Feds Charge Baltimore Atty With $25M Hospital Extortion Plan

    A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted a prominent medical malpractice attorney on charges he threatened the University of Maryland with bad publicity about "diseased" organs being transplanted into patients unless it paid him $25 million.

  • October 05, 2020

    Newsom Appoints 1st Openly Gay Man To Calif. High Court

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday nominated Judge Martin Jenkins, an openly gay Black man, to the Golden State's supreme court.

  • October 05, 2020

    NY Courts Freeze Hiring In Bid To Trim $300M From Budget

    The New York court system is undergoing a strict hiring freeze and deferring raises, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced Monday, noting the judiciary is in the process of finding $300 million in savings in this year's previously approved budget allocation.

  • October 05, 2020

    Buckley Says Docs In Privilege Fight Preview Legal Woes

    Privilege should apply to emails Buckley Sandler leaders sent when hiring Latham & Watkins LLP for a "highly sensitive" look into misconduct allegations levied against a firm founder that they felt raised numerous legal risks to the D.C. financial services firm, according to a Friday filing in North Carolina state court. 

Expert Analysis

  • When Judges Are Not Neutral

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    The Sineneng-Smith case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the ongoing Michael Flynn saga in D.C. federal court arguably demonstrate that all courts do not always act as neutral arbiters, says Douglas Lang at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • How Pandemic Is Affecting The Pace Of Judicial Opinions

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Burns & Levinson's Josef Volman

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Boston-based Josef Volman, co-chair of the business law group at Burns & Levinson.

  • 6 Steps For Law Firms Looking To Improve Their Culture

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    The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.

  • Virtual Courts Amplify Lawyers' Corporate Spokesperson Role

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    Greater access to virtual court proceedings during the pandemic means an increased likelihood that legal arguments will jump from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, so counsel must tailor statements with the client's reputation in mind, says Mike Dolan at Finsbury.

  • Law Firms Must Note Pandemic's Outsize Impact On Women

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • The 'Rocket Docket' Show Goes On Despite Setbacks

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    After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Jury Selection Success Shows Viability Of Remote Trials

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    The success of a Broward County, Florida, court earlier this month in conducting jury selection online is a true testament of faith in the jury system, and there is no doubt trials can be conducted via a video platform during the pandemic, says Chief Judge Jack Tuter of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.

  • Opinion

    Pandemic Lays Bare The Inequities Inherent In The Bar Exam

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    The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.

  • Understanding The 5 Stages Of Mediation In A Virtual World

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    Mediation is a process with defined stages, but the rise of virtual mediation may inject changes into each stage that may soon spread to in-person mediations and influence the expectations of participants, says Wynne Carvill at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    ALI Consumer Contract Restatement Is Biased Advocacy

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    A recent restatement of law from the American Law Institute attempts to create out of whole cloth a separate area of contract law for consumer agreements, and is the latest example of the organization’s shift toward advocating for policy agendas, says Sherman Joyce at the American Tort Reform Association.

  • Pandemic May Change The Way We Design Our Courthouses

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    With access to courthouses currently curtailed, it is worthwhile to reflect on the design considerations that go into making these buildings work for the legal profession, and how the COVID-19 crisis might leave its imprint on these public spaces, says Elisabeth Ross at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Mediator Confidentiality Promises Carry Serious Risks

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    A mediation agreement that promises to keep evidence confidential could result in a legal malpractice case for the mediator, and the risk has increased in the COVID-19 era of online sessions, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

  • Rebuttal

    The Fallacies Of Feinstein's Judicial Fitness Standards

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    In a recent Law360 guest article, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., decried the Senate's confirmation to the federal bench of appointees she characterized as lacking basic judicial qualifications, but at least three of her criticisms are inimical to an independent judiciary, says Christopher Wetzel, a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • Opinion

    Dreamers Bring Important Perspective To Legal Industry

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the time being, and at this critical time in our nation's history, there are several actions that every law firm can take to increase the visibility of Dreamers, say Regina Calcaterra, Isidora Echeverria and Montserrat Lopez at Calcaterra Pollack.

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