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Business of Law

  • May 10, 2012

    McGuireWoods To Team Up With Parisian Firm KGA Avocats

    McGuireWoods LLP and Paris-based law firm KGA Avocats announced Thursday they've entered into a nonexclusive cooperation agreement, planning to work together to serve clients and market services across the U.S., U.K. and mainland Europe.

  • May 10, 2012

    More Ex-Dewey Partners Land At Rival Firms

    Firms such as Baker Botts LLP, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Mayer Brown LLP jumped on the bandwagon Thursday, picking up partners specializing in energy, banking and finance matters from the beleaguered Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

  • May 9, 2012

    Top Female Trial Attorney: Greenberg Traurig's Lori Cohen

    When Greenberg Traurig LLP's Lori Cohen walks into a courtroom, she owns it. Her ability to befriend everyone, from the bailiff to the opposition's witnesses, coupled with her focus on out-preparing the competition, have led to 55 straight trial victories and landed her a spot among Law360's Top Female Trial Attorneys.

  • May 9, 2012

    NY Assembly OKs Bill Allowing Class Actions Against Gov't

    The New York State Assembly passed legislation Tuesday to remove a bar on state court class certification in actions against government agencies, a proposal backed by plaintiff's lawyers who say citizens victimized by bad policies should have the right to relief en masse.

  • May 9, 2012

    Carrier IQ Taps Ex-Verizon GC To Tackle Privacy Problems

    Facing multidistrict litigation and government probes stemming from allegations that Carrier IQ Inc. secretly gave smartphone users' personal data to phone companies, the software company announced Tuesday that it had appointed a former Verizon Communications Inc. privacy expert as its general counsel.

  • May 9, 2012

    Leadership At Dewey Dwindles As Partners Bolt To Rivals

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP’s partner count continued to diminish Wednesday as several former practice heads and other significant attorneys departed the struggling firm, joining rival firms such as Winston & Strawn LLP, Vinson & Elkins LLP and Foley Hoag LLP.

  • May 8, 2012

    Top Female Trial Attorney: Fish & Richardson's Juanita Brooks

    There are successful cross-examinations, and then there are cross-examinations that lead a judge to marvel at the trail of the witness' blood splattered across the courtroom. Fish & Richardson PC intellectual property counsel Juanita Brooks’ penchant for the latter makes her one of Law360's Top Female Trial Attorneys.

  • May 8, 2012

    ABA Says Account ID Rule Could Violate Client Privilege

    The American Bar Association said Tuesday that a proposed rule that would establish uniform standards for banks and other financial institutions to determine the real owners of customer accounts could force attorneys to violate key attorney-client privilege protections.

  • May 8, 2012

    Calif. Panel Sinks Bill To Tag Warning On Class Action Ads

    A Democratic-controlled California Assembly panel on Tuesday killed a measure to require class action advertisements to include warnings that potential plaintiffs could be liable for attorneys’ fees if a defendant prevails after opponents argued it would deter people with meritorious claims from joining a class action.

  • May 8, 2012

    LexisNexis, Westlaw Scoff At Unregistered Copyright Claims

    It is settled law that in order to bring a copyright suit, plaintiffs must have registered a copyright, and arguments to the contrary by attorneys accusing LexisNexis and Westlaw of reposting their work without permission are "absurd," the database operators told a New York federal court Monday.

  • May 8, 2012

    Dewey Partners Exit En Masse As Staff Faces Pink Slips

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP saw almost 50 partner departures on Tuesday amid reports that the ailing firm told staff in its New York office that their employment with the firm could end as early as next week.

  • May 7, 2012

    Perkins Coie's Calif. Unit Illegally Deducted Pay, Suit Says

    A putative class action filed in California federal court Friday alleges Perkins Coie LLP and its California unit illegally deducted thousands of dollars from attorneys' paychecks when they elected to work for the California branch rather than join the Seattle-based national partnership.

  • May 7, 2012

    Schiff Hardin, DLA Piper Pick Up More Dewey Partners

    The ailing Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP continued to shed partners on Monday as Schiff Hardin LLP picked up a seasoned securities litigator in Washington, while DLA Piper bolstered its Silicon Valley practice with the addition of a corporate transactional partner.

  • May 7, 2012

    Seyfarth Says Thelen Trustee Win Would Make Ex-Attys 'Toxic'

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Friday blasted a suit brought by Thelen LLP’s bankruptcy trustee seeking to recoup fees from partners who joined Seyfarth, saying an adverse ruling would make attorneys of dissolving firms “toxic” to the legal marketplace.

  • May 7, 2012

    Dems, GOP Trade Blame Over Dozens Of Judicial Vacancies

    The battle over federal judicial vacancies heated up again Monday, as liberal groups denounced what they called Senate obstructionism while Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, blamed the Obama administration for not nominating more potential judges.

  • May 4, 2012

    Dewey Memo Could Ease Liability For Fleeing Partners: Experts

    An internal memo Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP issued to partners Monday allegedly encouraging attorneys to search for alternate employment may cause problems for the faltering firm if it eventually enters bankruptcy, experts said Friday.

  • May 4, 2012

    Dewey Issues WARN Notice Signaling The End Is Near

    Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP issued a state-mandated notice to employees that it planned to lay off staff and could possibly close its doors, indicating the firm’s struggle to survive may be over, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

  • May 4, 2012

    Calif. Bill Seeking Warning In Class Action Ads Draws Fire

    A California bill set to be heard Tuesday seeking to require class action advertisements to warn potential plaintiffs that they could be on the hook for attorneys' fees if a defendant wins the litigation is facing opposition from ACLU units and legal aid groups that claim the measure misstates the law and attempts to scare people away from joining a class action.

  • May 4, 2012

    Legal Field Tacked On 4K Jobs In April, Report Says

    The legal services profession added 3,900 jobs in April, nearly a 1 percent increase and a sizable bump for an industry that has seen modest gains in job growth so far this year, a U.S. Department of Labor report revealed Friday.

  • May 4, 2012

    Law360 Names Top Female Trial Attorneys

    Law360 is proud to announce a new series honoring top female trial attorneys, which highlights the achievements of 15 litigators who have scored landmark victories for their clients while blazing trails in a once male-dominated field and showing that the best man for bet-the-company cases can also be a woman.