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Business of Law

  • December 17, 2018

    CBS Kills Moonves Exit Pay After Covington, Debevoise Probe

    CBS Corp. announced Monday that former CEO Leslie Moonves won’t get a severance payment reportedly worth $120 million, after an investigation by Covington & Burling LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP found the former executive violated company policies and didn’t cooperate with the probe into sexual harassment at the media giant.

  • December 17, 2018

    Cahill In Latest Pack Of Firms To Unveil Associate Bonuses

    Cahill Gordon & Reindel, Alston & Bird and McGuireWoods are among the latest BigLaw firms to unveil associate bonuses, with Alston and McGuireWoods specifically tying at least part of their bonuses to hours worked, according to reports released Monday.

  • December 17, 2018

    High Court Can Skip Atty's Defamation Row, Yelp Says

    Yelp Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court to shoot down a personal injury attorney's ongoing efforts to force the customer review site to take down allegedly defamatory reviews by a former client, contending a California Supreme Court decision siding with the company isn't worth the justices' time.

  • December 17, 2018

    15 Minutes With Etsy's General Counsel

    Jill Simeone, general counsel of e-commerce website Etsy, views mentoring as a "pay-it-forward" situation, and created a program at her law school to help other attorneys. She recently shared with Law360 how Etsy invites employees to bring "their whole self to work," the most pivotal moment of her career, the phrase she uses at least twice a week, and which item from the website is her favorite purchase.

  • December 14, 2018

    Walmart Compliance Chief Jay Jorgensen To Step Down

    Walmart Inc. told its employees Friday that former Sidley Austin LLP partner Jay Jorgensen, leader of the retailer’s global ethics and compliance program, is leaving the megachain to pursue other opportunities, according to an internal memo provided to Law360.

  • December 14, 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.

  • December 14, 2018

    SG Rips 'Routine' Nationwide Injunctions Of Trump Policies

    U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco went after the “disturbing but accelerating trend” of trial courts striking down President Donald Trump's policies with nationwide injunctions while trying to preserve the military’s recent transgender ban in new filings to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • December 14, 2018

    Lincoln Financial Hires GC Away From Genworth

    Lincoln Financial Group has hired Genworth Financial veteran Leon Roday to serve as its general counsel, the financial advisory firm announced Friday.

  • December 14, 2018

    ABA Puts Atlanta's John Marshall Law School On Probation

    The American Bar Association has placed Atlanta's John Marshall Law School on probation, making it the latest school the ABA has flagged as out of compliance with standards for admissions and academic rigor.

  • December 14, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Clergy Abuse Victims Want Shot At Justice

    A bombshell grand jury report in Pennsylvania this summer that priests sexually abused a thousand children has kick-started an effort to extend the amount of time that victims can sue, but not everyone supports the change. This week reporter Dan Siegal joins the Pro Say podcast to explain the situation and how similar provisions have worked out in other states.  

  • December 14, 2018

    Law Schools See First Real Enrollment Gains Since 2010

    New numbers released Friday by the American Bar Association found that first-year law school enrollment has meaningfully increased for the first time in eight years, with the number of new law students rising almost 3 percent.

  • December 14, 2018

    The 6 Biggest Law Firm Mergers Of 2018

    The legal sector was rocked by announcements of six massive law firm mergers in 2018, adding to a string of behemoth combinations over the past decade that many believe are leading to the consolidation of the industry into a handful of giants.

  • December 14, 2018

    Judge Fed Up With 'Whiny' Letters In Least Favorite Case

    A long-running patent case over teeth-straightening technology has become the “oldest and least favorite” case of one Texas federal judge, who warned lawyers for two dental companies to stop writing her “whiny” letters.

  • December 14, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    In-house counsel named six law firms as superior at providing value for their dollar, a report showed this year has been the legal industry's best for growth in almost 10 years, and Google's CEO testified before the House Judiciary Committee amid tracking and bias concerns. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • December 13, 2018

    Graham Says Go Straight To Barr Exam, Skip Whitaker

    The Senate Judiciary Committee's incoming chairman said this week he might not call acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker for an oversight hearing, to mixed reactions from Democrats already preparing to question Trump's permanent choice for the post.

  • December 13, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Young Conaway and Arnold & Porter earned a spot among the legal lions this week with a $35 million verdict for Boston Scientific in a patent infringement suit, while Morris Nichols and Cravath landed among the legal lambs after a state court ruling killed the $4.3 billion acquisition of their generic-drug developer client.

  • December 13, 2018

    Gorsuch, Kavanaugh Show Early Differences On High Court

    They've only been colleagues for a few months, but President Donald Trump's two appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court may be showing early signs of differences in their judicial approaches.

  • December 13, 2018

    Large Firms More Mobile, Offer More Tech Aid, Report Says

    Attorneys at larger law firms are more likely to use remote access, enjoy the benefit of a large information technology team and get more use out of portable computers, the American Bar Association’s most recent survey of practice management technology revealed Wednesday.

  • December 13, 2018

    Legal Tech Download: Law Firms' New Tools, Tech Tie-Ups

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

  • December 12, 2018

    NY Judge Resigns After Allegations Of Homophobic Remarks

    An upstate New York judge has resigned following an ethics complaint that claimed he made homophobic remarks to a local attorney, allegedly using "gay" as a derogatory term when referring to a film festival and suggesting that the attorney and film star Viggo Mortensen should "get a hotel room."

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    What's it like to assist Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg? Former clerks reflect on their experiences as the justice celebrates 25 years on the Supreme Court.

  • Kavanaugh On Attorney-Client Privilege — 3 Takeaways

    Louis Ramos

    In what may be one of his final acts on the D.C. Circuit, Judge Brett Kavanaugh has written an opinion that may strengthen attorney-client privilege over communications between a company and its in-house counsel. Attorneys at DLA Piper discuss what this holding could mean for the future of the privilege and offer advice for current in-house counsel.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Employment Litigation And Jury Opinions In A #MeToo World

    Ellen Brickman

    Jurors’ beliefs about social inequality, intergroup differences and disparate treatment are likely to play a role in their evaluations of discrimination and harassment claims, especially in the current political climate. To understand that role better, we undertook a survey of registered voters in New York and Los Angeles, say Ellen Brickman and Chad Lackey of DOAR Inc.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.