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Business of Law

  • May 13, 2011

    E-Discovery Prowess Could Become Certified Skill

    In an age where legal fights almost always involve disclosing electronic information, industry experts are calling for standards to distinguish e-discovery professionals from novices — even though some lawyers might balk at having to certify those skills.

  • May 12, 2011

    SG Nominee Verrilli Clears Senate Judiciary Committee

    President Barack Obama's pick for U.S. Solicitor General, former Jenner & Block LLP partner and Deputy White House Counsel Donald Verrilli Jr., cleared a hurdle in his confirmation and won bipartisan support Thursday in a Senate Judiciary Committee vote.

  • May 10, 2011

    GSK Atty Acquitted On All Counts In Obstruction Case

    A Maryland federal judge on Tuesday acquitted former GlaxoSmithKline PLC associate general counsel Lauren Stevens of all charges of obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities in an investigation into the off-label marketing of antidepressant Wellbutrin.

  • May 9, 2011

    Texas House Advances 'Loser Pays' Tort Reform Bill

    A proposal to create a so-called loser pays legal system strongly backed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry advanced out of the state's House of Representatives on Monday.

  • May 9, 2011

    US Can't Prove Wellbutrin Statements False: GSK Atty

    Former GlaxoSmithKline PLC attorney Lauren Stevens asked a Maryland federal judge Monday to toss criminal charges of obstructing justice and lying to federal investigators in relation to an investigation of whether the company illegally marketed antidepressant Wellbutrin for weight loss purposes.

  • May 9, 2011

    Legal Industry Adds 1,500 Jobs In April

    The U.S. legal industry added 1,500 jobs in April amid a nationwide gain in private sector employment, according to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics survey released Friday.

  • May 6, 2011

    Obama Names La. Prosecutor To 5th Circ.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday announced Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Stephen A. Higginson as his choice to sit on the Fifth Circuit.

  • May 6, 2011

    Spring Payouts Won't Pay Off For Firms, Experts Say

    While BigLaw has mostly matched Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's spring payouts by now, throwing extra cash at associates won't give firms an edge in retaining lawyers over those that failed to join the bonus frenzy, experts say.

  • May 5, 2011

    Doctors Were Chastised For Wellbutrin Claims: GSK Exec

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC worked with physicians to stop promotion of antidepressant Wellbutrin for off-label uses, a company executive testified Thursday in the Maryland trial of a former GSK attorney who allegedly obstructed a probe into the drug's marketing.

  • May 5, 2011

    Obama Nominates 6 For Federal Judgeships

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday named six nominees, including law firm partners, prosecutors and judges, to take the federal bench in New York, California, Florida, Montana and Nebraska.

  • May 4, 2011

    Off-Label Use OK When Not Promoted, GSK Exec Says

    Prescribing Wellbutrin for off-label uses is fine, GlaxoSmithKline PLC just can't promote the antidepressant for such uses, a company executive testified Wednesday in the Maryland trial of a former GSK attorney who allegedly obstructed a probe into the drug's marketing.

  • May 4, 2011

    Nelson Mullins Nabs Ex-Rep. For W.Va., DC Offices

    Former Rep. Alan B. Mollohan, D-W.Va., has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP as of counsel for its Huntington, W.Va., and Washington offices, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 4, 2011

    Former Cigna Atty Returns To Take On GC Role

    Cigna Corp. said Wednesday that it had brought back Nicole S. Jones, who once worked in the health services company's legal department, to serve as general counsel.

  • May 3, 2011

    Fla. House Passes Gutted Judicial Reform Amendment

    The Florida House of Representatives voted in favor of a proposed judicial reform amendment Tuesday, one day after the state Senate eviscerated a controversial proposal critics said was a politically motivated attempt to pack the courts.

  • May 3, 2011

    GSK Scripted Response For Wellbutrin Probe, Atty Says

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC's in-house legal team planned to "script" a response to regulators if quizzed about nondisclosed information in a probe of the drugmaker's marketing of antidepressant Wellbutrin, a GSK attorney told a Washington jury Tuesday in a former colleague's trial.

  • May 3, 2011

    DLA Piper Scores Ex-Del. Gov., Congressman

    Ex-Delaware Gov. and U.S. Rep. Michael Castle has joined DLA Piper's government affairs practice, where he will advise clients on matters including international trade, taxes, energy, financial services, labor and health care, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 2, 2011

    Gunderson Dettmer Bumps Up Associate Salaries

    Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian LLP announced Monday that it would be increasing pay for associates at its Boston, San Diego and Silicon Valley offices amid increased corporate activity.

  • May 2, 2011

    Fla. Senate Rejects Plan To Split State's Top Court

    The Florida Senate on Monday eviscerated a controversial proposed judicial reform amendment, removing a provision that would have added justices to the state Supreme Court and split it into civil and criminal divisions.

  • May 2, 2011

    Impax Gets Amgen Vet As New GC

    Pharmaceutical company Impax Laboratories Inc. said Monday that it hired Mark A. Schlossberg, who recently worked in the legal department of Amgen Inc., as its general counsel.

  • May 2, 2011

    Yale Survey Names Top 10 Family-Friendly Firms

    Yale Law Women on Thursday released a survey of the Vault Top 100 Law Firms' work-life balance policies, naming WilmerHale and Mayer Brown LLP among its top 10 family-friendly firms for 2011, though two of last year's honorees — Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and Steptoe & Johnson LLP — did not make the cut.