Business of Law

  • September 20, 2019

    Trump Taps 2 For 9th Circ., 4 For Trial Courts In Calif.

    President Donald Trump announced two Ninth Circuit nominations Friday along with four picks for district courts in California, renaming an appellate pick who previously faced fierce opposition in the Senate from home state legislators.

  • September 19, 2019

    NY District Court Pick Pulled Amid Home Senator's Opposition

    The White House announced the withdrawal of a judicial pick Thursday, pulling Thomas Marcelle's nomination to be a federal district judge in the Northern District of New York amid long-running opposition from one of the state's Democratic senators.

  • September 19, 2019

    Class Cert. Denied In ERISA Suit Against Tort Firm 401(k) Plan

    An Andrus Wagstaff PC 401(k) plan participant can't turn her Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit into a class action accusing Nationwide of intentionally overcharging the law firm's plan for record-keeping services, an Ohio federal judge ruled Thursday, saying her class definitions were overbroad.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sacramento Home Of Orrick, DLA Piper To Sell For $199M

    The Sacramento office building that houses Orrick, DLA Piper and Jackson Lewis outposts will be snapped up for $199 million by a Manulife Financial Corp. real estate investment arm, according to an announcement Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Bathroom Break Shouldn't Nix Jury Trial, Texas Panel Says

    A lower court judge should not have canceled a jury trial because an attorney in the case left court to go to the bathroom shortly before a pretrial hearing was called, a Texas appeals court ruled Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    Sens. Push Permanent Security For Supreme Court Justices

    A pair of senators introduced a bill Thursday to add permanent additional security for U.S. Supreme Court justices, since the current authorization to protect them while off court grounds is set to expire at the end of the year.

  • September 19, 2019

    What In-House Counsel Weigh Before Using Litigation Finance

    When the leaders of a corporate legal department look for a third-party litigation funder, they often consider not only the cost but other components, including business reputation, according to a panel of experts at a conference Thursday.

  • September 19, 2019

    DOL Nominee Scalia Calls 'Fowl' On Democrat Critics

    Will Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP attorney Eugene Scalia, who has spent much of his career representing businesses, be an effective advocate for workers if confirmed as head of the U.S. Department of Labor? Ask the chicken processors he scored a $10 million settlement for when he worked in George W. Bush's DOL, the nominee said at his confirmation hearing Thursday. 

  • September 19, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Akerman snagged a spot among the week’s legal lions after a jury awarded its model clients nearly $1 million for a swingers club’s unauthorized use of their images, while Hanshaw Burink was among the legal lambs with a loss at the Sixth Circuit for a client fired after golfing during medical leave.

  • September 18, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Fisher Phillips' Roger Quillen

    Roger Quillen has served as chairman of labor and employment law firm Fisher Phillips for the last 20 years. Here, Law360 chats with Quillen about the firm’s recent growth spurt, its strategies for luring top talent and the one quality he thinks associates need to have to succeed.

  • September 18, 2019

    Retired Del. Judge Kevin Carey Jumps To Hogan Lovells

    Hogan Lovells announced Wednesday that retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey will become a partner in its business restructuring and insolvency practice on Oct. 1, joining the global firm after nearly 20 years on the bench, mostly in Delaware's busy bankruptcy court.

  • September 18, 2019

    Key GOP Senator 'Real Doubtful' On 2nd Circ. Nominee

    A Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee voiced doubts Wednesday about President Donald Trump's pick for the powerful Second Circuit appeals court, putting the nomination in question given the thin margins on the committee and in the chamber.

  • September 18, 2019

    Outside Counsel Litigation Spending Has Soared, Clients Say

    Large corporations have increased their outside counsel litigation spending by 20% over the last four years, and those same clients predict they will spend an additional $1.3 billion on outside counsel for litigation in 2020, according to a report released Wednesday.

  • September 18, 2019

    The 4 Firms That Scare General Counsel The Most

    Four law firms strike fear in the hearts of their litigation opponents more than any other in the industry, according to a report released Wednesday that dubs the firms the “fearsome foursome.”

  • September 18, 2019

    Use Of 3rd-Party Litigation Financing By Cos. Likely To Grow

    There will be a coming "explosive growth" in the use of commercial litigation finance by companies, not just to fund litigation but also to monetize claims, a panel of experts predicted Wednesday.

  • September 17, 2019

    Brown Rudnick Energy Head Tapped As API's Top Lawyer

    The American Petroleum Institute tapped the co-head of Brown Rudnick LLP's energy and environmental practice, who's also a veteran regulator and lobbyist, to serve as the petroleum industry group's top lawyer.

  • September 17, 2019

    Mass. Judge Indictment 'Shatters' State Power, Law Profs Say

    A group of 15 law professors from around the country filed an amicus brief Tuesday in support of a Massachusetts state judge accused of helping a man escape federal immigration authorities, saying the case "shatters" the balance of power between state and federal government.

  • September 17, 2019

    Quinn Emanuel Wants Out Of $8.9M Arbitration Award Row

    Quinn Emanuel urged a California federal judge on Monday to let the firm withdraw as counsel for a broke Indian yarn company that was ordered to pay $8.9 million to two U.S. cotton suppliers after an unsuccessful antitrust suit against them.

  • September 17, 2019

    Legal Tech Co. Ironclad Raises $50M In Series C Round

    Legal technology company Ironclad Inc. brought in $50 million in a Series C funding round steered by Fenwick & West LLP, the company announced Tuesday, bringing the startup's total funding to $84 million.

  • September 17, 2019

    Fed. Court Leaders Revamp Plan For Misconduct Complaints

    In their latest #MeToo-era move, federal court leaders on Tuesday approved a new-and-improved process for addressing employee complaints of sexual misconduct and workplace discrimination.

  • September 17, 2019

    Flaws In 2007 UK Legal Reform Spark Call For More Changes

    Shortcomings stemming from the regulatory structure of legal services created 12 years ago in the United Kingdom, including confusion about who is regulated and an inconsistency between consumer expectations and the breadth of protection, should spur additional reforms, according to an interim report published Tuesday by University College London.

  • September 17, 2019

    Feds Escape Bias Suit Over ALJ Hiring Process

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has ducked the racial discrimination suit of an attorney who contended that the agency’s selection process for administrative law judges illegally discriminated against black applicants.

  • September 16, 2019

    4 Key Takeaways As Opioid MDL Distributors Seek Judge's DQ

    An out-of-the-blue crusade by drug distributors and pharmacies to disqualify the judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation has little chance of succeeding, but it could lay the foundation for future challenges to the judge's sweeping rejection of legal defenses, experts say. Here, Law360 explores four key takeaways about the motion's impetus and likely fate.

  • September 16, 2019

    Morgan Lewis Offers Buyouts To Its US Legal Secretaries

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP is offering voluntary buyouts to all its legal secretaries in the United States, the firm confirmed on Monday.

  • September 16, 2019

    Retired Judges Warn Of Attack On Judicial Independence

    A group of retired Massachusetts judges on Monday asked a federal court to toss charges against a state judge who allegedly helped a migrant dodge an immigration officer, saying that the case could have "devastating" consequences for judicial independence.

Expert Analysis

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    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • The Need For New Legal And PR Strategies In The #MeToo Era

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    As a result of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, organizations should take a stand to strengthen corporate culture against misconduct, and activate those values through communication and training, say David Weiss of Epstein Becker Green and Matt Purdue of Peppercomm.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.

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    'Big Tech' Questions Echo Early Days Of US Corporate Law

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    The current calls to curb the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon recall an earlier time in American history, when the “bigness” of oil, steel and tobacco was front and center in national politics. And in those debates, the top lawyers of the day had a major voice, says John Oller, author of the new book "White Shoe."

  • Setting The Record Straight On Women In Court Reporting

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    Today, 89 percent of court reporters are women, but I remember sitting behind my steno machine in the '80s and being asked by a judge if I, as a woman, would have the emotional fortitude to work a murder case, says Karen Santucci, chairwoman of the Plaza College court reporting program.

  • Opinion

    Limiting Supreme Court's Size Is Not Enough

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    The proposal by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., for a constitutionally mandated nine-justice U.S. Supreme Court does not address any of the well-known problems with the current system — problems that could be solved through a nonpartisan package of reforms, says Gordon Renneisen of Cornerstone Law Group.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

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