Business of Law

  • March 23, 2018

    Chadbourne Gets Nod For $3.1M Deal Ending Sex Bias Suit

    A Manhattan federal judge has signed off on a $3.1 million deal to end a proposed class action brought by three female lawyers alleging that Chadbourne & Parke LLP, which merged with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP last year, systematically underpaid women.

  • March 22, 2018

    Calif. Bar Committee Has Anti-Competitive Bent, Suit Says

    A San Jose law school slapped the State Bar of California with a federal antitrust lawsuit Wednesday, claiming an agency committee that reviews law school accreditation matters is structured to favor certain schools.

  • March 22, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Topping this week's legal lions list is a team of attorneys from Labaton Sucharow LLP who secured two SEC whistleblower awards worth roughly $83 million for three tipsters, the agency's largest award ever, while now-departed Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge heads up the legal lambs list over the behavior, which included sending sexually explicit messages, that led to his resignation.

  • March 22, 2018

    Freshfields Reports 13.9% Gender Pay Gap In UK

    Global law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP has filed its gender pay gap report with the U.K. government, revealing a 13.9 percent gap between average hourly pay of male and female employees in its London and Manchester offices.

  • March 21, 2018

    Ex-Akin Gump Atty Says Feds Handed Him Stolen Complaints

    The ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for trying to sell a sealed whistleblower complaint said the government gave him back a hard drive full of stolen lawsuits, according to his renewed bid Wednesday to get into a prison-time-shaving drug rehab program.

  • March 21, 2018

    Why Latham's Sex Scandal Isn't BigLaw's #MeToo Moment

    The Tuesday resignation of Latham & Watkins LLP Chair Bill Voge amid a sexual misconduct scandal investigated by Law360 showcases how personal behavior can become a professional liability for attorneys, but experts say it falls well short of a #MeToo reckoning for BigLaw.

  • March 21, 2018

    Jones Day And Orrick Kill Heller Clawback

    Knowing the California Supreme Court’s decision would have broad ramifications for the legal industry, attorneys for Jones Day and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP beat a clawback bid by the bankruptcy trustee of Heller Ehrman by arguing a core principle: A defunct law firm doesn’t have a property interest in hourly matters continued by a dissolved firm’s former partners.

  • March 21, 2018

    Law Schools Ask 2nd Circ. To Affirm $50M Antitrust Suit Win

    Ten law schools urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of federal antitrust and racketeering claims from a bar exam preparation company’s $50 million suit alleging they conspired to stifle competition for classes targeting foreign Master of Laws graduates, saying the claims weren’t factually supported.

  • March 21, 2018

    Skadden Atty Faces Few Questions In Bid For Posner's Seat

    Skadden partner Michael Y. Scudder Jr. and U.S. District Judge Amy J. St. Eve sailed through their confirmation hearing Wednesday for two Seventh Circuit spots, including one vacated by Richard Posner, answering questions from a handful of senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • March 20, 2018

    McDermott Memo Reveals Bonuses Beyond Cravath Scale

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP is paying more than half of its associates bonuses higher than the bar set by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, exceeding the market rate for young attorney pay by $60,000 or more in some cases, according to a report on Tuesday.

  • March 20, 2018

    Kennedy Scolds Sotomayor At Abortion Case Arguments

    Justice Anthony Kennedy chided Justice Sonia Sotomayor during Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court arguments in a closely watched abortion case after she discussed what she found on the website of one of the anti-abortion petitioners, scoffing that he himself didn’t “go beyond the record to look on the internet because I don’t think we should do that.”

  • March 20, 2018

    Attys Wary Of Zero-Tolerance Policies After #MeToo

    Given the current #MeToo environment, a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment can seem like the best way to go, but legal experts speaking at an industry panel in New York City on Tuesday argued that such an approach can be rife with potential to backfire.

  • March 20, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Dow Jones, Ross And Gavelytics

    The world of legal technology is quickly evolving, with new products coming to market in rapid succession. Here, Law360 takes a look at four recent developments.

  • March 19, 2018

    Judge OKs Eagan Avenatti's Exit From Ch. 11

    A California bankruptcy judge has approved a settlement ending the bankruptcy of defunct class action law firm Eagan Avenatti LLP — owned by the attorney representing Stormy Daniels in her legal battle against President Donald Trump — that allows a former partner to collect $4.85 million to resolve his claims of allegedly unpaid fees.

  • March 19, 2018

    Akin Gump Reps Tippee Pro Bono In Insider Trading Case

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has agreed to take up the defense of a computer analyst charged with trading on confidential merger information gleaned from a former Bank of America executive pro bono, according to notices filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • March 19, 2018

    White & Case Reports 24% Gender Pay Gap In London

    White & Case LLP became the first U.S. law firm on Monday to report its gender pay gap data to the U.K. government under a new law, revealing a 24 percent divide between what the average man and average woman earns in its London office.

  • March 19, 2018

    How Female GCs Help Women Advance Their Law Careers

    At the beginning of her career, Helen Browne said she wasn't allowed to wear pants and colleagues often questioned her employment since she was married to a working man. Now, as group general counsel of French multinational insurance firm AXA, she said it's hard to believe how much has changed. Here, Browne and other female GCs share how they're transforming their departments and other women's professional lives.

  • March 19, 2018

    15 Minutes With PayPal’s General Counsel

    Shortly after she joined PayPal in 2015, Wanji Walcott initiated her second pro bono program in the corporate legal realm, this time across the world. Here, the online payment company’s general counsel and senior vice president discusses with Law360 how she explains complicated legal matters to nonlawyers and which book she recommends to attorneys hoping to enhance their craft.

  • March 16, 2018

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • March 16, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: A New Legal Weapon In The #MeToo Battle

    On the latest episode of Law360's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how a novel legal approach may place new liability on sex abuse enablers; the White House squashing a proposed $117 billion takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by a foreign company; the largest agricultural litigation settlement in U.S. history; and a judge who used Shakespeare to write a spirited ruling in a dispute over wine.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Opinion

    Senators Must Work Harder To Properly Judge Our Judges

    Todd Cox

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed L. Steven Grasz to a seat on the Eighth Circuit despite being rated unanimously "not qualified” by the American Bar Association — a rating that has been awarded just twice before. This sounds damning, and it is, but it’s worse when you understand how the ABA conducts its assessments, says Todd Cox, director of policy at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Litigation Funding In Canada: More Of A Group Effort

    Lincoln Caylor

    Litigation funding in Canada has dramatically shifted since its original introduction, notably with the expansion to commercial cases and the development of portfolio financing. This has provided access to justice for clients who may not have been approved for single-case financing, and also helps law firms and lawyers differentiate themselves from competitors, says Lincoln Caylor of Bennett Jones LLP.

  • Series

    My Supreme Court Debut: No Room For Nervousness

    Jonathan Herstoff

    Although Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services was not the first time I had worked on a certiorari petition, it was the first time I had personally taken on a case in which my initial involvement was at the U.S. Supreme Court level, says Jonathan Herstoff of Haug Partners.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.