Business of Law

  • September 08, 2020

    Major Litigation Finance Firms Create New Trade Group

    Several major litigation finance firms announced Tuesday they are joining together to create a global association that will focus on advancing the interests of the commercial legal finance industry and on promoting best practices for the sector.

  • September 08, 2020

    Ill. Atty Who Faked Cancer Should Be Suspended, Panel Says

    An Illinois attorney disciplinary panel is recommending that an attorney who lied about having a child with cancer and medical issues of his own to gain favor from courts and opposing counsel should be suspended from practice for three years.

  • September 08, 2020

    Legal Advertiser Can't Escape Firm's 'Heavy Hitter' TM Suit

    A Maryland federal judge has refused to trim parts of a personal injury firm's trademark lawsuit against a former legal advertiser, finding the firm's allegations that the advertiser misused funds for his own personal tax bill might give "necessary context" into the parties' relationship.

  • September 08, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Labor Day's influence on COVID-19 pandemic measures was apparent this week in places like New York, which ushered in new public health protections for workers and a coronavirus tracker for university students.

  • September 08, 2020

    Firm Defends Counterclaims Against Atty In Sex Bias Suit

    Levi & Korsinsky LLP has told a New York federal court its counterclaims against an attorney accusing it of sex discrimination should stand, saying she failed to act in the firm's best interest in an effort to get into the good graces of prospective future employers.

  • September 08, 2020

    Kirkland, Simpson Steer $193M Sale Of Legal Tech Biz MyCase

    AppFolio said Tuesday it will sell its legal software business MyCase to affiliates of private equity firm Apax Partners in a $193 million deal put together with help from Kirkland & Ellis and Simpson Thacher.

  • September 08, 2020

    Mass. Chief Justice Had Heart Attack, But Expects To Return

    Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court suffered a heart attack on Friday but is recovering and expects to resume his duties, according to a statement issued by the court Tuesday.

  • September 04, 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 04, 2020

    Judgment Shows Ex-Baker McKenzie Partner Abused Power

    A former Baker McKenzie London managing partner's conduct when attempting to embrace and kiss a junior lawyer in a hotel room in 2012 represented an "extraordinary abuse of position," according to a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal judgment released Friday.

  • September 04, 2020

    NY Attys Who Reported Overbilling Can Sue Firm Over Firings

    Two ex-Clark & Fox attorneys who say they were fired after reporting overbilling can proceed with a suit against their former employer, a New York federal judge has ruled, finding that the insurance law firm's arbitration agreement is not enforceable.

  • September 04, 2020

    Donziger Trial Delayed After 3rd Atty Protests 'Travesty'

    U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska granted a delay Friday in the criminal contempt trial of Chevron foe Steven Donziger after last-minute changes in his legal team prompted one of the remaining members to protest that holding trial Sept. 9 would be a "travesty of justice."

  • September 04, 2020

    Nelson Mullins, Ballard Spahr Partner Hit With Ethics Suit

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and former partner Steve B. Park, now at Ballard Spahr LLP, have been named in a malpractice suit in Georgia state court stemming from Park's alleged efforts to poach business from a client.

  • September 04, 2020

    Jones Day Must Face Bulk Of Ex-Associates' Leave Bias Suit

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Friday kept alive the core elements of a suit by two married former Jones Day lawyers alleging the firm's family leave policy discriminates against new fathers and that Jones Day retaliated against them after they spoke out.

  • September 04, 2020

    Ex-AIG Atty Says He Was Fired For Reporting Co. Misconduct

    The former head of American International Group's legal consulting arm claims he was fired after making an internal complaint about alleged corporate fraud within the company, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in New York federal court.

  • September 04, 2020

    AAA Adds Former Holland & Knight, Marriott Atty As Its GC

    The American Automobile Association announced Friday it has hired as its general counsel a former Holland & Knight LLP attorney who previously served as associate general counsel for Marriott Vacations Worldwide.

  • September 04, 2020

    NJ Bar Leader Seeks To Usher In Era Of Safety, Diversity

    Attorney Kimberly Yonta knew her mission as the New Jersey State Bar Association's president would be to support small firms and new lawyers, but never anticipated the drastic reframing of that goal by a pandemic, civil unrest and the fatal shooting of a federal judge's son.

  • September 04, 2020

    Law360's Pro Say: Job Requirement: Vaccine

    Pandemic-weary employers are hoping that a coronavirus vaccine will make their workplaces safer, but forcing workers to get a shot is a legal minefield.

  • September 04, 2020

    Hogan Lovells Reverses Virus Cuts For Associates, Others

    Hogan Lovells will reverse pay cuts instituted in June for associates and other employees, the firm said Friday, becoming the latest firm to roll back austerity measures implemented earlier this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • September 04, 2020

    Pruco Tries To Exit Fight Between Atty, Ex-Partner's Widow

    Pruco Life Insurance Co. asked a Florida judge Friday to let it out of a lawsuit accusing a Miami lawyer of scheming to keep $2 million in life insurance proceeds after his former law partner killed himself, arguing that the dispute over the proceeds is between the attorney and his ex-partner's estate.

  • September 04, 2020

    Mass., NY ICE Courthouse Arrest Cases Different, Court Told

    A First Circuit panel's undoing of a preliminary injunction barring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement from making arrests at Massachusetts courthouses has no bearing on a similar case currently before the Southern District of New York, the New York federal court was told in a letter.

  • September 04, 2020

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Top in-house lawyers said they're disappointed by the slow progress of women representation at the general counsel level in the Fortune 1000, and the ex-general counsel for Shoplet admitted in state court to pocketing millions using the online retailer's PayPal account. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

  • September 04, 2020

    Stinson Atty Aids COVID-19 Relief Effort On Navajo Nation

    As COVID-19 cases began spiking on the Navajo Nation, located primarily in Arizona, an associate at Stinson LLP's Phoenix office used his connection to the reservation to coordinate a relief effort to send personal protective equipment to first responders and others at risk in the community.

  • September 04, 2020

    Legal Industry Job Growth Flattens In August

    A three-month run of job growth in the legal industry came to an end in August, when employment in the sector was exactly the same as in July, according to U.S. Department of Labor data released Friday.

  • September 04, 2020

    Del. Courts Maintain Pandemic Rules But Plan For Easing

    Delaware's chief justice on Friday ordered pandemic-related courthouse and court activity restrictions kept in place for another 30 days, but also said the state will seek to resume jury trials and relax other measures in October — provided the spread of the disease remains under control.

  • September 04, 2020

    Brooklyn Court Closed After Positive COVID-19 Tests

    The chief judge for the Eastern District of New York shut down the main Brooklyn courthouse Thursday evening after court officers tested positive for COVID-19, Law360 confirmed on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Settle And Sue' Malpractice Cases Have New Clarity In Calif.

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    A California state appellate court's recent decision in Masellis v. Law Office of Leslie F. Jensen provides a road map for proving causation and damages in settle-and-sue legal malpractice cases — an important issue of long-standing confusion, says Steven Berenson at Klinedinst.

  • What You Say In Online Mediation May Be Discoverable

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    Mediation conducted online with participants in different states makes it harder to determine where communications were made, increasing the risk that courts will apply laws of a state that does not protect mediation confidentiality, say mediators Jeff Kichaven and Teresa Frisbie and law student Tyler Codina.

  • Opinion

    Texas Should Cancel Its 2020 Bar Exam

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    An in-person bar exam in July would pose unacceptable health risks and put applicants at an unfair disadvantage, so the Texas Supreme Court should instead initiate a COVID-19 diploma privilege for this year, say professors Renee Knake and Dave Fagundes at the University of Houston.

  • 10 Tips For A Successful Remote Arbitration Hearing

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    As I learned after completing a recent international arbitration remotely, with advance planning a video hearing can replicate the in-person experience surprisingly well, and may actually be superior in certain respects, says Kate Shih at Quinn Emanuel.

  • Opinion

    To Achieve Diversity, Law Firms Must Reinvent Hiring Process

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    If law firms are truly serious about making meaningful change in terms of diversity, they must adopt a demographically neutral, unbiased hiring equation that looks at personality traits with greater import than grades and class rank, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University College of Law.

  • Cybersecurity Steps For Law Firms Amid Heightened Risks

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    With large swaths of the population indoors and primarily online, cybercriminals will be able to exploit law firms more easily now than ever before, but some basic precautions can help, says Joel Wallenstrom at Wickr.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For Law Firms To Support Work-From-Home Culture

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    Now that law firms are on board with fully remote work environments, they must develop policies that match in-office culture and align partner and associate expectations, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    Republicans Keep Confirming Unqualified Judicial Nominees

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    What emerges from the group of 200 federal judges confirmed by the Senate under President Donald Trump is a judiciary stacked with young conservative ideologues, many of whom lack basic judicial qualifications, says Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

  • Tips For Crafting The Perfect Law Firm Alert

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    As lawyers have had more time to write in recent weeks, the number of law firm alerts has increased massively, but a lot of them fail to capture readers and deliver new business, says Richard Torrenzano at The Torrenzano Group.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Elrod Reviews 'Shortlisted'

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    Renee Knake Jefferson and Hannah Brenner Johnson's new book, "Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court," is a service to an overlooked group of nine women who were considered for the U.S. Supreme Court before Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was confirmed, and offers constructive tips for women looking to break through the glass ceiling, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Mandatory State Bars Likely To Remain Intact, For Now

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    A Texas federal judge’s recent holding in McDonald v. Sorrels that mandatory bar memberships do not violate members' constitutional rights indicates that such requirements survive the U.S. Supreme Court's 2018 decision in Janus, but it may mean that the Supreme Court will address the issue in the not-too-distant future, say Majed Nachawati and Misty Farris at Fears Nachawati.

  • The Law Behind The Strange Departure Of US Atty Berman

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    In the wake of this weekend's confusing, contradicting statements regarding the removal of Geoffrey Berman as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, it is useful to ask what law governs here, why the standoff with Attorney General William Barr ended the way it did, and what history teaches us about these circumstances, says Daniel Levy at McKool Smith.

  • 11 Keys To Success At Remote Mediation

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    Attorneys should accept that remote mediation may be their only current option for resolving a dispute and take steps to obtain a fantastic outcome for their clients, including making sure the right people attend the remote mediation and beginning the session with an apology, says Eric Meyer at FisherBroyles.

  • Pandemic Could Bring Student Exodus From Legal Profession

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    A recent survey shows that law and prelaw students have serious concerns about the quality and value of remotely provided legal education, and rapid action from the legal community is necessary to prevent promising young people from leaving in favor of other professions, says Mehran Ebadolahi at TestMax.

  • The Privilege Implications Of Using Online Collaboration Tools

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    While few courts have addressed the attorney-client privilege or work-product doctrine in the context of online collaboration tools, existing case law supports five best practices as organizations increasingly use these tools in the COVID-19 era, say Christopher Campbell and Marcus Sandifer at DLA Piper.

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