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Business of Law

  • November 30, 2018

    Up Next At High Court: AIA, Double Jeopardy

    The U.S. Supreme Court will examine patent eligibility under the America Invents Act, a securities enforcement action and a historic double jeopardy case when it returns to the bench Monday for the final week of arguments in 2018.

  • November 30, 2018

    Law360's Pro Say: Can The Gov't Seize Your Land Rover?

    If you're charged with a crime, can the government just take your stuff? On this week's Pro Say podcast we discuss the increased use of civil forfeiture and one U.S. Supreme Court case that may change the trend.

  • November 30, 2018

    Fed. Judge Who Struck Down Defense Of Marriage Act Dies

    U.S. District Judge Joseph L. Tauro, who sat on the bench in Boston for more than 40 years and was the first federal judge to rule that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, died Friday morning at the age of 87.

  • November 30, 2018

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Consumer watchdogs from seven European countries filed complaints accusing Google of deceptive practices, a survey found the majority of law departments are eyeing an increase in their legal needs in 2019, and 3M became the first in-house legal department to sign on to the ABA's well-being pledge. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • November 30, 2018

    UK Watchdog Probes Harassment Claims At Reed Smith

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority is investigating claims that a former Reed Smith LLP partner in the London office sexually harassed multiple junior female lawyers, the body confirmed on Friday.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bentham Unveils $500M US-Focused Litigation Finance Fund

    The U.S. arm of Australian litigation funder IMF Bentham Ltd. on Friday said its latest investment fund scooped up $375 million at its first close and is expected to reach the $500 million mark by the end of the year, as the firm looks to meet a growing need for financing resources.

  • November 30, 2018

    Bounds Rebound? Controversial 9th Circ. Pick May Return

    President Donald Trump's only failed circuit court pick so far — Ninth Circuit nominee Ryan Bounds — could get another chance next year, as he has been making the rounds on Capitol Hill and backers have advocated for the White House to renominate him.

  • November 29, 2018

    Hueston Partner, Ex-Munger Atty Among 12 New Calif. Judges

    California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed 12 superior court judges across the state Thursday, including a Hueston Hennigan LLP intellectual property and technology partner and Brown's current deputy legal affairs secretary, who was previously at Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

  • November 29, 2018

    Ex-Trump Atty Vows To Cooperate With Federal Raid

    A real estate tax lawyer and powerful Chicago politician who represented President Donald Trump until May averred to cooperate fully with the federal authorities who raided his offices Thursday, seizing computer equipment and boxes of papers.

  • November 29, 2018

    Attys OK To Accept Fees From Crowdfunding, DC Bar Says

    Attorneys may accept payment that was generated via crowdfunding under most circumstances, but their ethical obligations increase if they become more closely involved in the crowdfunding effort, according to a new opinion by the District of Columbia Bar.

  • November 29, 2018

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Loeb & Loeb LLP snagged this week's top spot on the legal lions list with a verdict clearing client Tata of a discrimination class action, while Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnell LLP ended up among the legal lambs after its client, the University of Wisconsin, lost in a $32 million drug patent licensing lawsuit.

  • November 29, 2018

    2nd GOP Senator's 'No' Vote Likely Sinks Trump Court Pick

    Another of President Donald Trump’s judicial nominees had his hopes dashed Thursday as Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., came out as a “no” vote on Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC shareholder Thomas Farr, making it unlikely he will be confirmed as a district court judge in North Carolina.

  • November 29, 2018

    The Top In-House Hires Of November

    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital named a former Cleveland Clinic attorney as its chief legal officer and general counsel, and Petco picked an ex-Dole Food Co. lawyer to be the company’s new chief legal officer.

  • November 29, 2018

    Law Firm Brass Say Clients Won't Let The Billable Hour Die

    The billable hour is not on its way out any time soon and that, some law firm leaders say, is largely due to the preferences of corporate clients that in many cases prefer hourly billing to alternative fee arrangements when paying for outside counsel.

  • November 29, 2018

    Michael Cohen Admits To Lying About Contacts With Russia

    Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and political champion, admitted to a count of lying to Congress on Thursday morning, telling a Manhattan federal judge he made false statements about the extent of his contacts with Moscow during campaign-season discussions about a Trump real estate project.

  • November 28, 2018

    Jay-Z Slams Arbitration Group's Lack Of Diversity In IP Row

    Music mogul Jay-Z called out the American Arbitration Association on Wednesday for lacking diversity among its arbitrators, arguing in a New York state court filing that the organization has so few African-American arbitrators he can't get a fair adjudication of his intellectual property dispute with Iconix Brand Group Inc.

  • November 28, 2018

    Sidley Austin Reveals Bonuses, Knobbe Martens Ups Salaries

    Sidley Austin LLP announced its bonus scale for associates and Knobbe Martens said it would increase its salary structure for associates this week, according to memos from the firms obtained by Above The Law.

  • November 28, 2018

    Trump Judicial Pick From Kutak Rock Defends Abortion Views

    President Donald Trump's BigLaw nominee for a Nebraska federal judgeship pushed back on criticisms of his past statements on abortion at his nomination hearing Wednesday, saying he would be able to put aside criticisms of Roe v. Wade and rule as an impartial judge.

  • November 28, 2018

    Ex-O'Melveny, Mayer Attys Tapped For Calif. Appeals Court

    California Gov. Jerry Brown has nominated four Democrats to preside over appeals courts across the state in his latest round of appointments, including a former O'Melveny & Myers LLP partner and an ex-Mayer Brown LLP attorney who are currently presiding over trial courts in Los Angeles.

  • November 28, 2018

    Law Firm Leaders: Lewis Baach's Eric Lewis

    During a recent interview with Law360, Lewis Baach Kaufmann Middlemiss PLLC senior partner Eric Lewis reminisced about lunches he shared with U.S. Supreme Court Justices William Brennan and Thurgood Marshall in the 1980s and reflected on how the legal industry has changed since then, both for the better and the worse.

Expert Analysis

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Defamation In Litigation: A Primer On Privileges In NY

    Jonathan Bloom

    Under New York law, statements made in court and other litigation-related communications are, in most cases, privileged. But these privileges have limits, and it behooves litigants — particularly those inclined to speak publicly about their cases — to be aware of them, says Jonathan Bloom of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Skip The New 'Civility Courses' And Think Like A Lawyer

    Alex Dimitrief

    As we watch what passes for political discourse in our nation’s capital, it’s understandable that universities are launching programs on how to cope with ideological disputes. But our country needs fewer people who profess to be open-minded and more people who engage in and honor the conclusions of reasoned debates, says Alex Dimitrief of General Electric Co.

  • Why Law Firms Should Monitor The Dark Web

    Anju Chopra

    Dark web monitoring allows law firms to see what sensitive information may have made its way onto the thriving global underground marketplace where cybercriminals buy and sell exposed data. It can also help lawyers advise clients on a wide range of legal and business matters, say Anju Chopra and Brian Lapidus of Kroll.

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.