Business of Law

  • September 14, 2020

    GOP Leader Makes Late Drive To Leave 'No Vacancy Behind'

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has just shy of four weeks left before his chamber's 2020 session is relegated to lame-duck status, and with dozens of court nominees still on tap, the question hangs over Washington as to how many he can get confirmed before the November election.

  • September 14, 2020

    Mayer Brown, Norton Rose Latest To End COVID-19 Cuts

    Mayer Brown LLP and Norton Rose Fulbright's U.S. offices will end pay reductions for both lawyers and staff by the end of the month, the firms have confirmed to Law360.

  • September 14, 2020

    Pruco Gets Out Of Fight Between Atty, Ex-Partner's Widow

    A Florida state judge has let Pruco Life Insurance Co. out of a lawsuit accusing a Miami lawyer of scheming to keep $2 million in life insurance proceeds after his former law partner committed suicide, ruling that a phone call to Pruco was not enough under Florida law to put the insurer on notice of a potential dispute over beneficiaries.

  • September 14, 2020

    Insurer Says Rejection Of COVID-19 Loss Suits Growing Daily

    Aspen American Insurance Co. has told a Texas federal court that it should follow the "daily-growing" number of courts rejecting businesses' claims seeking COVID-19 closure coverage, since its policyholder, a Minnesota dental office, failed to show physical damage from its claimed revenue loss.

  • September 14, 2020

    Mass. Chief Justice Ralph Gants Is Dead At 65

    Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court died Monday at 65, less than two weeks after undergoing surgery following a heart attack.

  • September 14, 2020

    15 Minutes With Cummins' General Counsel

    To create stronger relationships and engage more holistically in diversity and inclusion expectations, Cummins general counsel Sharon Barner reduced the number of outside counsel serving her legal department from about 150 to 25. Here, she explains more about that process and her diversity and inclusion requirements from law firms.

  • September 13, 2020

    How Some Attys Are Ditching BigLaw For Public Interest Work

    Some BigLaw attorneys who want to transition to public interest worry about weathering a significant pay cut and skepticism about their commitment to social justice. But making the jump is not impossible, experts say, and it might be more common than originally thought.

  • September 11, 2020

    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 11, 2020

    Dentons Offers Early Retirement, Flips Some Virus Cuts

    Dentons is offering older business professionals and paralegals in the U.S. who have been with the firm at least 15 years the chance to retire early, as it partially rolls back several austerity measures instituted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm confirmed on Friday.

  • September 11, 2020

    Ex-Judge Turned Fox Personality Faces $10M Sex Assault Suit

    Fox News commentator Andrew Napolitano is facing a $10 million lawsuit in New York federal court accusing the former New Jersey state judge of sexually assaulting a criminal defendant whose case he handled in the 1980s and then attempting to cover it up.

  • September 11, 2020

    La. Court's Data Leaked After Suspected Ransomware Hack

    Louisiana's Fourth Judicial District Court appears to be the latest public body hit by an increasingly prevalent form of ransomware, according to a threat analyst who told Law360 on Friday that a cache of nonpublic documents lifted from the court had been dumped on the dark web.

  • September 11, 2020

    Pandemic Delays Legal Consultancy Elevate's IPO To 2022

    Legal consulting and technology company Elevate has delayed its initial public offering until 2022 amid the economic upheaval caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the company confirmed on Friday.

  • September 11, 2020

    NewLaw Sees Upturn As In-House Attys Respond To COVID-19

    Since the coronavirus pandemic hit, alternative legal services providers say they’ve done more business with new clients, received money from investors and avoided layoffs as in-house teams redirect their legal spending amid the economic downturn. And experts say this trend will only continue.

  • September 11, 2020

    2nd Circ. Upholds Lien Against Fired King & Spalding Atty

    The Second Circuit refused on Friday to cancel a lien on potential winnings in David Joffe's lawsuit alleging King & Spalding LLP unlawfully fired him for raising ethics concerns, with the appellate panel saying his former counsel was given the lien because Joffe's own behavior prompted his attorneys to withdraw.

  • September 11, 2020

    SoftBank Taps Ex-Milbank Atty For Top Compliance Spot

    SoftBank Group Corp. has appointed an in-house attorney and former Paul Hastings LLP and Milbank LLP lawyer to fill the role of group compliance officer following the unannounced departure of his predecessor earlier this month.

  • September 11, 2020

    Pro Say: Are You Ready For Some Football (Lawsuits)?

    The National Football League kicked off its season this week, but there was never an offseason for football-related litigation.

  • September 11, 2020

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    A judge said in-house lawyers for six banks don't have to sit for depositions in a case accusing them of rigging foreign currency prices, and California put the finishing touches on a revision to a law making it tougher for businesses to treat workers as independent contractors. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 11, 2020

    Fla. Justices Won't OK Diploma Privilege For JAG Candidates

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition for an emergency rule that would have allowed recent law graduates under contract to join the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. armed forces to be admitted to the Florida Bar without taking the bar exam.

  • September 11, 2020

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

    The past week in London has seen a patent holding company sue Apple, a German financial planner take retailer Boots to court over debt, and a jailed legal adviser to an Emirati state-run fund take aim at Dechert LLP and the head of its white collar team. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 11, 2020

    Georgia Zoom Trial Interrupted With 9/11 Images, Porn

    A Georgia federal court Zoom hearing on the state's use of electronic voting machines was interrupted mid-testimony Friday morning when images of the Sept. 11 attacks, pornography and a hand-drawn swastika took over screens.

  • September 10, 2020

    Texas Bar Drops Proposal To Limit President's Powers

    A State Bar of Texas director on Thursday withdrew a proposal to limit the right of the Bar president to act as the organization's spokesperson in light of racist and sexist social media posts, saying at a virtual Bar meeting that it's "highly likely" the president would sue in retaliation and that the Bar should instead develop a code of conduct for officers.

  • September 10, 2020

    The Biggest Surprises Of Trump's New Supreme 'Short' List

    The new list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees that President Donald Trump unveiled Wednesday featured several conservative rising stars on the federal appellate bench. But there were also some unconventional choices spurred by political motives, and at least one glaring omission.

  • September 10, 2020

    NJ Justices Scrap Rule Requiring Firms To Include Atty Name

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has nixed the requirement that a law firm's trade name include the name of an attorney and describe the nature of its practice, but maintained that firm names cannot be misleading or suggest their ability to obtain results, state judiciary officials said Thursday.

  • September 10, 2020

    BroadwayHD Rides Away With Ex-SoulCycle Atty As GC

    BroadwayHD has named a former SoulCycle attorney as its new general counsel, the theater streaming service said Thursday.

  • September 10, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Grants Atty Fees In 'Demeaning' Goat IP Case

    The Federal Circuit ordered a New York attorney to pay legal fees Thursday, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up his challenge to a restaurant's registered trade dress that he personally found "demeaning" to goats.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    ABA Must Seize Opportunity To Respond To Bar Exam Chaos

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    The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.

  • When Judges Are Not Neutral

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    The Sineneng-Smith case recently decided by the U.S. Supreme Court and the ongoing Michael Flynn saga in D.C. federal court arguably demonstrate that all courts do not always act as neutral arbiters, says Douglas Lang at Dorsey & Whitney.

  • How Pandemic Is Affecting The Pace Of Judicial Opinions

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.

  • Q&A

    Coping With A Pandemic: Burns & Levinson's Josef Volman

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    As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Boston-based Josef Volman, co-chair of the business law group at Burns & Levinson.

  • 6 Steps For Law Firms Looking To Improve Their Culture

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    The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.

  • Virtual Courts Amplify Lawyers' Corporate Spokesperson Role

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    Greater access to virtual court proceedings during the pandemic means an increased likelihood that legal arguments will jump from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, so counsel must tailor statements with the client's reputation in mind, says Mike Dolan at Finsbury.

  • Law Firms Must Note Pandemic's Outsize Impact On Women

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • The 'Rocket Docket' Show Goes On Despite Setbacks

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    After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Jury Selection Success Shows Viability Of Remote Trials

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    The success of a Broward County, Florida, court earlier this month in conducting jury selection online is a true testament of faith in the jury system, and there is no doubt trials can be conducted via a video platform during the pandemic, says Chief Judge Jack Tuter of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.

  • Opinion

    Pandemic Lays Bare The Inequities Inherent In The Bar Exam

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    The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.

  • Understanding The 5 Stages Of Mediation In A Virtual World

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    Mediation is a process with defined stages, but the rise of virtual mediation may inject changes into each stage that may soon spread to in-person mediations and influence the expectations of participants, says Wynne Carvill at JAMS.

  • Opinion

    ALI Consumer Contract Restatement Is Biased Advocacy

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    A recent restatement of law from the American Law Institute attempts to create out of whole cloth a separate area of contract law for consumer agreements, and is the latest example of the organization’s shift toward advocating for policy agendas, says Sherman Joyce at the American Tort Reform Association.

  • Pandemic May Change The Way We Design Our Courthouses

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    With access to courthouses currently curtailed, it is worthwhile to reflect on the design considerations that go into making these buildings work for the legal profession, and how the COVID-19 crisis might leave its imprint on these public spaces, says Elisabeth Ross at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Mediator Confidentiality Promises Carry Serious Risks

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    A mediation agreement that promises to keep evidence confidential could result in a legal malpractice case for the mediator, and the risk has increased in the COVID-19 era of online sessions, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

  • Rebuttal

    The Fallacies Of Feinstein's Judicial Fitness Standards

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    In a recent Law360 guest article, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., decried the Senate's confirmation to the federal bench of appointees she characterized as lacking basic judicial qualifications, but at least three of her criticisms are inimical to an independent judiciary, says Christopher Wetzel, a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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