Business of Law

  • October 15, 2019

    Civil Rights Groups Slam 2nd Circ. Pick On Immigration

    A coalition of 28 civil rights groups have urged senators to oppose the nomination of a White House lawyer for the Second Circuit, citing Steven J. Menashi's legal work on controversial immigration policies including the "public charge" rule.

  • October 15, 2019

    Trump Org Seeks To Limit Cohen's Subpoena Of His Attys

    A New York state judge on Tuesday puzzled over the Trump Organization's opposition to a subpoena Michael Cohen sent to his own attorneys in a lawsuit over legal fees Cohen incurred during investigations linked to his work as President Donald Trump's lawyer and "fixer."

  • October 15, 2019

    King & Spalding Adds Trump's Ex-Intelligence Chief

    King & Spalding LLP has hired the nation's former director of national intelligence, weeks after the official departed the role just prior to the recent controversy over President Donald Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine spilling into the open.

  • October 15, 2019

    General Counsel To Law Firms: 'Know My Business'

    Top corporate lawyers want their outside counsel to better understand their businesses and consider alternative billing arrangements, according to a new survey released Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2019

    Justices Won't Hear News Org's E-Filing Access Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not review the Seventh Circuit’s ruling that a dispute over reporters’ access to electronically filed complaints in the Cook County, Illinois, court system is more suited for state court resolution.

  • October 15, 2019

    IMF Bentham Merges With Dutch Rival To Expand In Europe

    Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham has bought Dutch rival Omni Bridgeway Holding BV to form a combined disputes financing firm with over AU$2.2 billion ($1.5 billion) in capital, the Australian company said Tuesday.

  • October 15, 2019

    15 Minutes With Panasonic North America's General Counsel

    As general counsel at Panasonic Corp. of North America, Jessica Hodkinson said she's lucky to work for a business that provides batteries to Tesla through its Gigafactory and in-flight entertainment through its Avionics organization. Here, she also explained the factors she attributes to her success and the benefits of rising the ranks in one legal department.

  • October 11, 2019

    Bear Stearns, Reed Smith Settle $500M Malpractice Suit

    Two now-defunct Bear Stearns investment funds have agreed to end a malpractice suit in New York court accusing Reed Smith LLP of bungling its representation of the funds to the tune of half a billion dollars during a suit against ratings agencies.

  • October 11, 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.

  • October 11, 2019

    Trump Taps Ex-Mayer Brown Partner For Russia Ambassador

    President Donald Trump announced his intent Friday to nominate former Mayer Brown LLP partner and current Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan as the country's ambassador to Russia.

  • October 11, 2019

    Buckley Pressed Ex-Founder In Bid For $6M Insurance Claim

    A Buckley LLP partner threatened former firm chairman Andy Sandler with litigation that would expose misconduct allegations against Sandler if the ex-chair didn't back the firm's multimillion-dollar insurance claim over his abrupt departure, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

  • October 11, 2019

    Law360's Pro Say: High Court To Weigh Teen Life Sentences

    The U.S. Supreme Court will grapple next week with difficult questions about life prison sentences for juveniles when it hears the case of Lee Boyd Malvo, one of two “D.C. Snipers” who terrorized the Beltway in 2002. Reporter RJ Vogt joins the Pro Say podcast to explain the complex case and what it might mean for other, less infamous lifers. 

  • October 11, 2019

    DLA Piper Ousts Bigwig Accused Of Sexual Assault

    DLA Piper cut ties with the co-head of its U.S. emerging growth and venture capital practice, a little over a week after a female partner told the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that he sexually assaulted her and the firm retaliated against her when she complained.  

  • October 11, 2019

    Up Next At High Court: Puerto Rican Debt Crisis, DC Sniper

    The Puerto Rican debt crisis and the D.C. sniper shootings are among the cases that will come before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. The justices will grapple with the scope of the Constitution's appointments clause and their own recent juvenile sentencing rulings. Here is what to expect.

  • October 11, 2019

    States Can't Monetize Power Of Law, Group Tells Justices

    A group called Public.Resource.Org has filed its opening shot in a U.S. Supreme Court case over whether states like Georgia can claim copyright ownership of legal texts, saying private publishers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize the value of legal authority.

  • October 11, 2019

    Jones Day Tries To Exit 'Sexist' Bias Suit, Ex-Associates Balk

    Two married, former Jones Day associates asked a Washington, D.C., federal judge not to dismiss their discrimination suit against the firm Thursday, saying it misrepresented precedent in its bid to defend a "sexist" parental leave policy that favors women over men.

  • October 11, 2019

    'Horsefeathers!' Pierce Bainbridge Investigator Slams Ex-Atty

    The law firm hired to investigate alleged misconduct by an ex-Pierce Bainbridge partner told a New York trial judge on Friday that it should be excused from the former partner’s wrongful termination lawsuit, sparring with the ejected attorney and drawing a rebuke from the judge.

  • October 11, 2019

    Chicago's Ex-Chief Judge Turns To 'Unfinished Business'

    After 25 years on the federal bench in Chicago, former Chief U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo is returning to private practice as a man with a mission, ready to tackle "unfinished business."

  • October 11, 2019

    ADR Giant Taps Diversity Pro After Jay-Z Beef With Industry

    An alternative dispute resolution provider has hired its first diversity program manager just months after a spotlight was placed on arbitrator diversity by music mogul Jay-Z in an intellectual property dispute, the organization announced Thursday.

  • October 11, 2019

    Brooks, Orrick, Sheppard Win Awards For Gender Diversity

    Brooks Kushman PC, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP have been honored for the stand-out gender diversity and inclusion in their leadership and IP groups.

  • October 11, 2019

    A Diverse Legal Bench Starts From Within, Judges Say

    When it comes to diversifying the nation’s judicial bench, those in a unique position to help make it more diverse are the people who currently sit on the dais, judges and judicial experts said during a recent event.

  • October 11, 2019

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    California's attorney general released long-awaited draft regulations on how companies should implement the state's consumer privacy law, and President Donald Trump signed executive orders that require agencies to publish all informal guidance and limit its use in enforcement. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • October 11, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week has seen asset manager BlueCrest drag a U.S. hedge fund into court following its expansion into the U.K., a City watchdog sue a Panamanian connected to an illegal land sale scheme and a Hong Kong food distributor file suit against shipping giant MSC. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 10, 2019

    Buckley Co-Founder Retired Amid Misconduct Probe: Suit

    An insurer for Buckley LLP is seeking to avoid paying the law firm's $6 million claim for a "loss of key employee" following the departure of co-founder Andy Sandler, arguing in a lawsuit that coverage is unavailable because the firm failed to disclose on its insurance application that it was investigating allegations of misconduct by Sandler shortly before his retirement.

  • October 10, 2019

    Newsom OKs Calif.'s First Atty Dues Increase In 20 Years

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the State Bar of California the green light to charge attorneys nearly 30% more — an additional $123 — in licensing dues in 2020, the first increase in more than two decades.

Expert Analysis

  • New Best Practices Under E-Discovery Spoliation Rule

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    The amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) provides explicit criteria for imposing sanctions when electronically stored information has been lost during discovery, but courts are still not consistently applying the new rule, with some simply ignoring it in favor of inherent authority, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.

  • How Law Firms Can Create Content Decision Makers Will Read

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    According to our recent survey, the one simple attribute that attracts both in-house counsel and C-suite executives to content is utility, but it’s also clear that both groups define utility differently and prefer different content types, says John Corey of Greentarget.

  • Opinion

    Limits Of Justice System Prevent Scrutiny Of Gender Bias

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    A Jane Doe plaintiff’s recent decision to no longer remain a named plaintiff in a sex discrimination class action against Jones Day, in order to avoid risks of disclosing her identity, speaks volumes about the structural challenges that allow discrimination to persist in some of our country’s most powerful business sectors, says Joseph Abboud at Katz Marshall.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Finance Can And Should Protect Its Reputation

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    This month’s controversy surrounding alleged financial misrepresentations by Burford Capital underlines the need for litigation financiers to unite in educating the public about the value of litigation finance, lest opportunists use cases like this to disparage the industry as a whole, says Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors.

  • Crisis Messaging To Protect Law Firm Brand And Bottom Line

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    When crises occur, such as data security incidents or gender bias suits, a well-prepared law firm has a thoroughly tested communications plan at the ready, which ensures the firm is the most proactive news source, prevents the crisis from escalating and notifies stakeholders about mitigation efforts, says Zach Olsen at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    What You Should Know About Courtroom Closures

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    At attorney Greg Craig’s trial in D.C. federal court this week, the courtroom was cleared so prospective jurors could answer sensitive questions. Even seasoned litigators were left wondering about the nature of this subtle, yet significant, issue involving Sixth Amendment public trial rights, says Luke Cass at Quarles & Brady.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Seaweed Scientist's Odyssey

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    In the early 1980s, I was working on my Ph.D. in marine biology and ecology. As part of an international team of scientists studying oil spill impacts on marine ecosystems, I saw a niche opportunity to combine science and law, says Andrew Davis of Shipman & Goodwin.

  • US V. Craig And The Criminalization Of Nondisclosure

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    A D.C. federal court's recent decision in United States v. Greg Craig highlights important points about the contours of a concealment charge under the false statements statute — under which silence can be criminal — and indicates that deliberate engagement with a governmental unit can itself impose a duty to disclose, say Eric Nitz and Emily Damrau of MoloLamken.

  • Opinion

    Clients Benefit From Law Firm Expense Growth

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    Although there continue to be corporate clients who are seduced by the idea that cheapest is always best when it comes to outside counsel, there are many negative implications on service delivery that result from myopically focusing only on cost reduction at the expense of quality and innovation, says Keith Maziarek at Katten Muchin.

  • Opinion

    Changing Ethics Rules Is Key To Law Firm Innovation

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    As demonstrated by the California bar proposal to allow nonlawyers to invest in law firms, we can change the legal ethics rules in a way that protects clients while permitting firms to innovate and serve clients better, say Todd Richheimer of ​​​​​​​Lawfty and Peter Joy of Washington University Law School.

  • National Coordinating Counsel: Key To Virtual Mass Tort Team

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    The national coordinating counsel is at the helm of both the design and execution of the virtual law team, providing case leadership and subject matter expertise, and ensuring consistency and efficiency throughout a mass tort litigation, say attorneys at Sidley Austin and FaegreBD.

  • Calif. Justices Create Arbitration Compromise Conundrum

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    The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heimlich v. Shivji leaves parties in arbitration that made or intend to make an offer to compromise under Section 998 of the California Civil Procedure Code with difficult choices regarding when and how to notify arbitrators about existing offers, say Daniel Rozansky and Crystal Jonelis at Stubbs Alderton.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Castillo Reviews 'Raising The Bar'

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    A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

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    Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

  • Compliance Imperatives For Defensible Data Disposal

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    Companies in a host of industries have recently faced steep compliance fines for data breaches from domestic and international regulators. Defensible disposal of corporate data presents an excellent opportunity to mitigate the impact of these data-driven risks, says Julia Brickell of H5.

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