Business of Law

  • September 20, 2022

    Court Officials Not Immune From Access Suit, 8th Circ. Says

    The Eighth Circuit has reversed a Missouri federal court's decision to abstain from a Courthouse News Service lawsuit against local and state court officials that asks for same-day access to complaints, saying the defendants are not protected by sovereign immunity and the district court need not skip the case.

  • September 20, 2022

    LDF Launches New Initiative, Appoints DC Head

    The Legal Defense Fund has both announced the launch of a new program that will pool together certain initiatives that integrate its advocacy tools, as well as the appointment of a new head at its Washington, D.C., office.

  • September 20, 2022

    Deputy Texas AG Beats Ethics Claims Over 2020 Election Suit

    A Texas judge has dismissed the state bar's lawsuit against a top deputy in the state attorney general's office that accused him of acting dishonestly when he filed a lawsuit seeking to prevent four other states from certifying election results in 2020, finding that hearing the bar's suit would violate the state constitution's separation of powers doctrine.

  • September 20, 2022

    Newsom OKs Bill Blocking Bar's Legal Service Reform Plans

    Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed a bill temporarily blocking the State Bar of California from moving forward with plans for a so-called regulatory sandbox to experiment with proposals aimed at reducing the cost and expanding the availability of legal services, such as allowing paralegals to perform limited legal work.

  • September 20, 2022

    Trump Tells 11th Circ. No Proof Docs Were Still Classified

    Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold an injunction blocking prosecutors from reviewing classified materials seized at his Mar-a-Lago estate and said the government had not yet proven that the documents were still classified.

  • September 20, 2022

    Paul Hastings Parts Ways With Former Co-Managing Partner

    Amid a leadership change-up at the law firm, U.K. Paul Hastings LLP partner Ronan O'Sullivan has left the law firm about a year after he was replaced as firmwide co-managing partner and just weeks before a new chairman takes the reins at the firm for the first time in two decades.

  • September 20, 2022

    Fish & Richardson Eliminates Litigation Secretary Role

    Fish & Richardson PC has eliminated its litigation secretary position at all 14 offices, the global IP firm said Tuesday. 

  • September 20, 2022

    Senate Confirms Judge Pan To Replace Jackson On DC Circ.

    The Senate voted in bipartisan fashion Tuesday to elevate U.S. District Judge Florence Y. Pan to the D.C. Circuit, filling the vacancy left by now-Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson.

  • September 19, 2022

    Trump Fights Immediately Disclosing 'Declassification' Info

    Former President Donald Trump said Monday that he shouldn't have to immediately hand over specific information on the declassification of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, arguing in a notice that the "time and place" for such disclosure hasn't yet come.

  • September 19, 2022

    Ex-Munger Tolles Partner Sworn In As US Atty In Calif.

    Munger Tolles & Olson LLP partner E. Martin Estrada was sworn in as the U.S. attorney for the Central District of California on Monday, returning to head the office he left for private practice in 2014.

  • September 19, 2022

    DocuSign Wants Out Of Investors' Post-Pandemic Growth Suit

    E-signature company DocuSign Inc. argued in federal court on Friday that forward-looking statements on financial performance that end up falling short of predictions do not constitute fraud, as alleged by a class of shareholders in an action initially filed last year.

  • September 19, 2022

    BakerHostetler, Potter Anderson Trade Barbs In Board Battle

    BakerHostetler and Potter Anderson & Corroon have traded barbs over a now vacated motion to compel filed by AIM ImmunoTech Inc. in a Delaware Chancery Court case over an alleged entrenchment effort by its board, with BakerHostetler saying the biopharmaceutical company may deserve sanctions for bad litigation behavior.

  • September 19, 2022

    Judge Declines To Reinstate Suspended Fla. State Atty

    Suspended Florida state attorney Andrew Warren will not be immediately reinstated after a Florida federal judge Monday denied his request for a preliminary injunction in his First Amendment lawsuit against Gov. Ron DeSantis.

  • September 19, 2022

    Developer's Unpaid Atty Fees Scrutinized As Trial Opens

    A Manhattan federal judge appeared skeptical Monday of claims that the lead defender in Chinese real estate mogul Ng Lap Seng's criminal bribery case took advantage of language barriers to charge an "outrageous" fee while farming work out to more experienced lawyers like Ben Brafman. 

  • September 19, 2022

    TelexFree Ponzi Victims Say Foster Garvey Aided Fraud

    Foster Garvey has been hit with a proposed class action in Washington federal court accusing the Pacific Northwest-based firm of aiding and abetting the multibillion-dollar TelexFree Ponzi scheme by giving legal advice to its perpetrators and helping to ensure it ran smoothly. 

  • September 19, 2022

    Legal Services Co. Seeks Partial Toss Of Data Breach Case

    A legal services company has pushed to scale back proposed class claims over a data breach, telling a Texas federal judge that two of the three named plaintiffs hadn't suffered any actual damages from having their personal information exposed.

  • September 19, 2022

    CLE Provider Launches New Diversity Council

    The continuing legal education nonprofit Practising Law Institute has established a council to help create diversity, equity and inclusion programming and develop resources to support DEI professionals, the PLI announced Monday.

  • September 19, 2022

    HP Taps Yahoo GC As Its Next Chief Legal Officer

    Yahoo's general counsel, who also has worked in-house at Verizon Media and AOL, will join HP Inc. next month to lead the legal team, according to an internal company memo shared with Law360 on Monday.

  • September 19, 2022

    Legal Placement Firm Wins $3.6M In Clash With Recruiter

    A Texas federal court has concluded that a BigLaw recruiter who signed a noncompete agreement with his former employer must fork over $3.6 million, largely in placement fees he earned recruiting for law firms like Latham & Watkins LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • September 19, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Dominoes began to fall last week for the legal team of tech billionaire Elon Musk, as scheduled trials and hearings in multiple Delaware Chancery Court suits banged up against each other. Lawyers for Loews Corp. got their day in court, two cryptocurrency firms squared off over a failed merger, and a vice chancellor ticked "no" on the state's vote-by-mail statute.

  • September 19, 2022

    NY Federal Judge To Take Senior Status Next Year

    U.S. District Judge Vincent L. Briccett­­i will take senior status next spring after more than a decade in the Southern District of New York, opening up another seat for President Joe Biden to fill.

  • September 19, 2022

    Roche Freedman Asks 11th Circ. To Nix DQ Bid In Crypto Suit

    Roche Freedman LLP says it should not be disqualified from an appeal over a strained partnership with the self-professed inventor of bitcoin, despite remarks its partner Kyle Roche made in secretly recorded videos calling jurors "idiots" while he was allegedly intoxicated.  

  • September 19, 2022

    Ex-Client Fights Firm's Counterclaims In KPMG Fees Dispute

    An ex-client of Thomas Alexander Forrester & Sorensen LLP has asked a California federal court to nix the firm's counterclaims in a suit over how his settlement with auditing firm KPMG should be divided.

  • September 16, 2022

    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 16, 2022

    DOJ Asks 11th Circ. For Classified Mar-A-Lago Docs Access

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday asked the Eleventh Circuit to pause an injunction against prosecutors' review of the classified materials seized at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, arguing that the district judge's "unprecedented order" endangers national security and is unsupported by law.

Expert Analysis

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • Opinion

    Courts Must Tackle Lack Of Diversity In Class Counsel

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    When federal courts appoint lead lawyers in federal class actions, the counsel chosen are almost always white and male — but if courts adopt a broader view of what kind of experience is relevant for class counsel appointments, the class action bar can be diversified, says Alissa Del Riego at Podhurst Orseck.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • REMOVED: Dual Leadership Roles At Law Firms Present Challenges

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    Editor's note: This guest article has been removed at the author's request.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

  • Collaborative Tech Will Dictate Future Law Firm Success

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    Law firms need to shift their focus from solving the needs of their lawyers with siloed solutions to implementing collaboration technology, thereby enabling more seamless workflows and team experiences amid widespread embrace of hybrid and remote work models, says Kate Jasaitis at HBR Consulting.

  • How To Effectively Prepare A Witness For Remote Testimony

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    Many of the lessons taught in an introductory theater performance class can provide foundational guidelines for virtual witness preparation, including the importance of props, proper lighting and wardrobe decisions, and of acknowledging that the star of your show is not a Zoom expert, say Hailey Drescher at Trask Consulting and Michael Thomas at Foley & Lardner.

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