Business of Law

  • September 16, 2019

    4 Key Takeaways As Opioid MDL Distributors Seek Judge's DQ

    An out-of-the-blue crusade by drug distributors and pharmacies to disqualify the judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation has little chance of succeeding, but it could lay the foundation for future challenges to the judge's sweeping rejection of legal defenses, experts say. Here, Law360 explores four key takeaways about the motion's impetus and likely fate.

  • September 16, 2019

    Morgan Lewis Offers Buyouts To Its US Legal Secretaries

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP is offering voluntary buyouts to all its legal secretaries in the United States, the firm confirmed on Monday.

  • September 16, 2019

    Retired Judges Warn Of Attack On Judicial Independence

    A group of retired Massachusetts judges on Monday asked a federal court to toss charges against a state judge who allegedly helped a migrant dodge an immigration officer, saying that the case could have "devastating" consequences for judicial independence.

  • September 16, 2019

    Jones Day Grudgingly OKs Sex Bias Suit Expansion

    Jones Day told a federal judge Monday that while allowing female ex-associates accusing the firm of gender discrimination to expand their lawsuit “would not serve the interests of justice,” the legal powerhouse will consent to their revisions to avoid getting bogged down in procedural wrangling.

  • September 16, 2019

    15 Minutes With Flynn Restaurant Group's General Counsel

    Since Jacqueline Lee stepped into her first-ever general counsel role in March at Flynn Restaurant Group, which owns Taco Bell and Panera Bread, one of the hurdles she has managed is getting up to speed on different areas of the law. Here, she shared her accomplishments so far, how she transitioned from Jones Day to an in-house role and how restaurants and law firms are similar.

  • September 13, 2019

    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.

  • September 13, 2019

    Venable Sacks Ex-NFL Player's Suit Over Mayweather Fight

    A California state appellate court has shot down a former NFL linebacker’s suit alleging that Venable LLP mishandled his investment in a Floyd Mayweather Jr. boxing match, ruling Thursday that he lacked standing to sue because the firm never dealt with him but rather with a limited liability company that handled his money.

  • September 13, 2019

    O'Melveny Seeks To Duck Malpractice Suit After Arbitration

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has urged a California federal court to affirm an arbitrator’s finding that it did not engage in malpractice when it represented both a defunct money management firm and its CEO in a contract dispute brought by a shareholder.

  • September 13, 2019

    Jones Day Attys 'Very Much Regret' Grand Jury Redaction Slip

    Jones Day on Friday expressed remorse for exposing details about grand jury proceedings in a criminal case alleging fraudulent opioid marketing, telling a Virginia federal judge that a software oversight allowed a reporter to peek behind faulty redactions in a court filing.

  • September 13, 2019

    Trustee Seeks Ch. 7 Conversion For LeClairRyan Bankruptcy

    The Office of the U.S. Trustee on Thursday asked a Virginia bankruptcy court to convert the Chapter 11 case of defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC to a Chapter 7 liquidation, saying the firm has not been collecting on its accounts as quickly as anticipated.

  • September 13, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: Is The Gig Economy Doomed In California?

    The California state legislature passed a bill this week making it harder for businesses to classify their workers as independent contractors. On this week's Pro Say podcast, we discuss how the law could be especially disruptive for the likes of Uber, Lyft and other companies in the so-called gig economy.

  • September 13, 2019

    Atty Can't Block Red Sox Purchase Of Street By Fenway Park

    A local attorney can't stop the Boston Redevelopment Authority from selling the Red Sox the permanent rights to a street next to the team's Fenway Park stadium, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said Friday.

  • September 13, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    The Trump administration has lauded a privacy shield data pact relied on by thousands of businesses, the probes into Google's search and advertising policies have highlighted cracks between enforcers, and the Federal Trade Commission said it's working on new guidance for tech companies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 13, 2019

    Meet The Attys Leading The Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class'

    A team of six top attorneys will now be representing a novel “negotiation class" on behalf of cities and counties in the opioid multidistrict litigation with the hopes of hammering out a global settlement with opioid manufacturers and distributors accused of fueling the devastating epidemic. Here are the six negotiators and some of their biggest cases and notable achievements.

  • September 13, 2019

    Sidley Doubles Down On Activism Practice With New Co-Lead

    Sidley Austin is stepping up its push to have partners handle shareholder activism matters full time, bringing on a new co-lead whose activism career has featured work on the legal, hedge fund and investment banking sides of the industry, the group's leaders told Law360.

  • September 13, 2019

    8 Clyde & Co. Insurance Partners Leave To Start Own Firm

    A sizable chunk of Clyde & Co.’s San Francisco office has decided to depart in order to launch a new firm, including eight partners whose practices focus on insurance and monitoring in the cyber and professional negligence spaces, the firm confirmed Friday.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ginsburg Says 'Courageous People' Must Restore Civility

    Just weeks out from the next U.S. Supreme Court term, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave poor marks to the nation's current political climate Thursday and said it will take "courageous people" on both sides of the aisle to restore what she considers a lost era of bipartisanship.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ex-Greenberg Traurig Attys Get 11th Circ. Nods

    President Donald Trump has named two recently appointed Florida Supreme Court justices, who both previously worked as commercial litigators at Greenberg Traurig LLP, as his picks to fill Eleventh Circuit bench seats, the White House announced Thursday.

  • September 12, 2019

    Kanye West Drops Quinn Emanuel For Bird Marella In EMI Suit

    Rapper and producer Kanye West has ditched Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP as his representation in a case in New York federal court involving his longtime music publisher EMI and switched to attorneys with Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • September 12, 2019

    3rd Circ. Probes Missing Docs In LSAT Taker's ADA Row

    A Third Circuit panel on Thursday was confounded by an aspiring attorney's request to be granted more time and other concessions for her law school entrance exam when she didn’t provide any documentation to test administrators that she’s disabled, nor did she tell them about her troubles obtaining the required proof. 

  • September 12, 2019

    Judge In Brock Turner Case Loses Girls' Tennis Coaching Gig

    Recalled California state judge Aaron Persky, who gained notoriety after sentencing Stanford swimmer Brock Turner to only six months in prison following his sexual assault conviction, has been fired from his high school girls' tennis coach job.

  • September 12, 2019

    Law360’s Guide To Trump’s Judicial Picks

    With 150 judicial appointments under his belt, President Donald Trump is reshaping the federal judiciary for decades to come. Here is Law360's comprehensive guide to the nominations.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ex-MoFo Partner Fairfax Hits CBS With $400M Defamation Suit

    Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is seeking $400 million over claims CBS defamed him by airing and promoting one-sided interviews with two women he says falsely accused him of sexual assault, according to a suit the former Morrison & Foerster LLP partner filed Thursday against the news outlet.

  • September 12, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Three plaintiffs firms earned a spot on this week's legal lions list by securing a $37.3 million verdict in a Johnson & Johnson talc case, while Latham & Watkins LLP ended up among the legal lambs when a judge slapped client StarKist with a $100 million price-fixing fine.

  • September 12, 2019

    Ex-White & Williams Atty Fights Bid To Ax Bias Suit

    A black female attorney accusing White and Williams LLP of race and gender discrimination has hit back against the firm’s attempt to nix her suit, saying it “cherry-picked the allegations it finds easiest to argue against” and ignored facts that support her claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Mills Reviews 'Mississippi's Federal Courts'

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    ​​David M. Hargrove's​ new book​,​ "Mississippi’s Federal Courts: A History," is a remarkably candid portrait of the characters and courts serving the state's federal judiciary from 1798 on, and contributes new scholarship on how judges were nominated during the civil rights era, says U.S. District Judge Michael Mills of the Northern District of Mississippi.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

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    One of the rare attorneys to serve as White House counsel to two presidents, Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP may be the quintessential Washington insider. Attorney Randy Maniloff asks him to elaborate.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

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    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

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    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

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    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

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    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

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    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 2

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    In the final part of this article, Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. uses a hypothetical wage-and-hour example involving on-duty meal period agreements to simplify the application of stratified random sampling for correct use in a legal setting.

  • Practitioner's Guide To Stratified Random Sampling: Part 1

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    Brian Kriegler of Econ One Research Inc. explains when it might be advantageous to select a random sample that has been divided into multiple subpopulations, such as when evaluating the rate at which a large medical provider submitted ineligible Medicare reimbursements over 10 years.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

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    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

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    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

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    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

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    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Q&A

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Mark Migdal's Lara O'Donnell Grillo

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    BigLaw firms tended to be inflexible, with methods that were inconsistent with how I wanted to practice law. There were many time-wasting aspects of the practice, says Lara O’Donnell Grillo of Mark Migdal & Hayden.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

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    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

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