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Business of Law

  • August 28, 2012

    Rx.com Exec Lied, Haynes And Boone Says In Malpractice Case

    The founder of a failed Internet pharmacy lied to the Haynes and Boone LLP attorney he has accused of missing a deadline for an antitrust suit, undermining his testimony in an ongoing malpractice trial in Texas state court, the firm argued Tuesday.

  • August 28, 2012

    Medex Can't Take Back 347 Emails From Discovery In $7M Suit

    An Ohio federal judge ruled Tuesday that 347 emails inadvertently produced by medical device maker Medex Cardio-Pulmonary Inc. during discovery in a $7 million merger contract suit filed by Inhalation Plastics Inc. are not subject to attorney-client privilege.

  • August 28, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: Gibbons

    Gibbons PC's long-standing commitment to cutting-edge public interest cases, such as fighting for equality in same-sex marriage as well as for public access to records of Guantanamo Bay detainees, has landed the New Jersey-based firm among Law360's top pro bono firms of the year.

  • August 28, 2012

    Pepper Hamilton Acquires Louis Freeh's Law Firm

    Philadelphia-based law firm Pepper Hamilton LLP has acquired the Freeh Group, a joint investigative firm and legal practice founded by former FBI Chief Louis Freeh, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • August 27, 2012

    Rx.com Says Haynes And Boone Agreed To File Antitrust Suit

    Haynes and Boone orally agreed to handle an antitrust suit for Rx.com but missed the filing deadline, the defunct pharmacy’s founder said Monday during the firm’s malpractice trial, rejecting the idea that the lack of a formal contract absolved the firm from liability.

  • August 27, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: Foley Hoag

    Foley Hoag LLP's commitment to civil rights issues was on full display in May with a high-profile victory against the Defense of Marriage Act in the First Circuit, one of several victories that landed Foley Hoag a spot among Law360's top pro bono firms of the year.

  • August 27, 2012

    Ex-El Paso Officials Get Prison For Health Insurance Bribes

    A Texas federal judge on Friday sentenced two former El Paso County officials for their roles in a kickback scheme designed to steer more than $100 million in government health insurance contracts to a subsidiary of Access Plans USA Inc.

  • August 27, 2012

    Ex-Ropes & Gray Atty Expands Bias Suit Over Media Leak

    A former Ropes & Gray LLP associate alleging racial discrimination against the firm was granted permission Thursday to augment his lawsuit with claims that it defamed him by leaking details of purportedly false sexual assault allegations against him to legal blog Above The Law.

  • August 27, 2012

    Howrey Trustee Wants To Question Ex-CFO On Firm's Demise

    Howrey LLP's bankruptcy trustee on Friday asked a California federal judge for a subpoena of the defunct firm's former chief financial officer, saying he was "uniquely qualified" to help the trustee understand the firm's finances and what drove it to ruin.

  • August 24, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: Dechert

    Taking on a range of public interest matters from securing registration rights for low income voters to establishing investment funds for social entrepreneurs, Dechert LLP has displayed a focus on pro bono work that puts it among Law360's top pro bono firms of the year.

  • August 24, 2012

    Juror Must Turn Facebook Posts Over To Judge

    A California juror who posted on Facebook during a criminal trial will have to turn over the posts about the proceedings after the state's high court on Wednesday declined to take up the case and dissolved a stay of the trial court's order demanding review of the posts.

  • August 24, 2012

    Calif. Senate Backs Illegal Immigrant's Bid For Bar Admission

    The California Senate on Wednesday waved through a bill that declares the State Bar of California should not consider applicants’ immigration status in deciding whether to license them to practice law in the state, endorsing an illegal immigrant’s bid to become an attorney, now pending before the state high court.

  • August 24, 2012

    Stay Off Social Media, Federal Courts Warn Jurors

    The federal Judicial Conference Committee on Tuesday released revised model jury instructions that warn jurors not to use the Internet or social media to research or discuss a case until after a verdict is rendered.

  • August 24, 2012

    Judge OKs Joint Trial For Pa. High Court Justice, Sister

    Suspended Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin will face trial on corruption charges alongside her sister after a state judge on Thursday ordered the two cases to be combined.

  • August 23, 2012

    Haynes And Boone Knew Rx.com Relied On It, Founder Says

    Haynes and Boone LLP knew a defunct Internet pharmacy was relying on it to assist with an antitrust suit, yet stood by as the deadline for filing the case passed, the company’s founder said in the firm’s malpractice suit Thursday in Texas court.

  • August 23, 2012

    Pro Bono Firm Of 2012: Debevoise & Plimpton

    Whether it's ensuring public school children have access to co-ed education or seeing to it that an anti-terrorism law isn't wrongfully applied to street crime, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP has demonstrated a powerful public service commitment, earning the firm a place among Law 360's pro bono groups of the year.

  • August 23, 2012

    Ex-Allen & Overy Partner Indicted On Child Porn Charges

    A former Allen & Overy LLP partner was in New Jersey federal court on Thursday facing additional charges in a newly unsealed indictment alleging that he downloaded and shared hundreds of images of young children being sexually exploited and abused.

  • August 23, 2012

    2nd Circ. Balks At Notion Of Attys Whistleblowing On Clients

    A Second Circuit panel on Thursday was skeptical that lawyers should be allowed to bring whistleblower lawsuits against their clients or employers, as a former general counsel for a Quest Diagnostics Inc. subsidiary pressed to revive a Medicare fraud suit against the company.

  • August 22, 2012

    Law Firms Bank On Higher Demand While Bulking Up Talent

    Two recent studies suggest hiring at major law firms is outpacing demand for legal services, but experts say most firms are wisely stocking up on talent in anticipation of demand picking up down the road.

  • August 22, 2012

    Haynes And Boone At Fault For Late Filing, Witness Says

    Haynes and Boone LLP neglected its duty to timely file an antitrust suit on behalf of a failed Internet pharmacy, the former chairman of the Texas Bar's Board of Disciplinary Appeals told jurors Wednesday in the firm's malpractice trial.