The coronavirus has forced the majority of the legal workforce out of the office, but as firm leaders learn that their attorneys and staff can work efficiently from home, many say it is unlikely that they will ever go back to the prepandemic way of work.
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The Eighth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a Minnesota man's conviction of making a murder threat to a federal judge, rejecting his arguments that his statements were privileged because he had been speaking with his attorneys and ruling that threats of violence don't "fall under the scope of attorney-client privilege."
New York's State Board of Law Examiners has announced that the September bar exam, which was canceled last week, will now happen online and in October, according to a notice posted Thursday.
The Senate Judiciary Committee gave bipartisan approval to five district court nominees on Thursday, paving the way for confirmation of three picks for California and one each for Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, including a Jones Day partner and a Foley & Lardner alum.
A bitterly divided House Judiciary Committee moved bills Thursday to make it easier to bring criminal charges against ex-presidents and require the U.S. Department of Justice to share information about probes that lead to a pardon of anyone in the chief executive's family.
BASF and its former counsel at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP have reached a proposed $73 million settlement over claims they concealed that industrial and commercial talc from a Vermont mine may contain asbestos, according to a motion for preliminary approval filed Thursday in New Jersey federal court.
A California attorney and the CEO of a Los Angeles asset management company say they can't be sued in Florida by Adventist Health System over a soured deal to buy 10 million N95 masks for $57.5 million, because they personally have no connection to the deal or Florida.
Former Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell suffered a pair of courtroom setbacks Thursday morning, losing a bid to gag federal prosecutors and lawyers for witnesses in her sex trafficking case, and failing to convince a judge in a defamation suit to keep a trove of documents under seal.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP is one of the latest firms to offer up their legal expertise in response to a national reckoning over systemic racism and inequality, pledging to provide its services free of charge to 20 businesses that are led by at least one entrepreneur of color.
Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP reigned supreme on this week's legal lions list with a win for Burger King in litigation over its Impossible Whoppers, while attorneys at Mahoney Law Group ended up among the legal lambs after a judge slammed them for missing deadlines on behalf of workers suing Denny's.
Arnold & Porter and a legal staffing agency have agreed to pay nearly $60,000 to resolve claims that they illegally screened applicants based on their citizenship status while recruiting for a project two years ago, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.
By navigating a minefield of politically explosive cases amid the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Supreme Court "stepped up to the moment" by maintaining a semblance of normalcy during the global health crisis, veteran high court advocate Michael Dreeben told Law360 in an interview.
A Texas federal judge chastised Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP and the firm's co-counsel Wednesday for calling his reasoning "nonsensical" in a legal brief and warned the firms that future such comments would warrant sanctions.
A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday granted home confinement to Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen, finding federal authorities retaliated against him when he was jailed two weeks ago after he asked questions about a demand that he not publish a book about the president while subject to probation.
Federal prosecutors said that Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen lost his chance at early release from prison after he was antagonistic with probation officers and refused to sign a home confinement agreement, denying Wednesday that it had anything to do with his apparent plans to publish a book about the president.
Two historic New York City courthouses in downtown Manhattan were surrounded by city workers Wednesday trying to scrub and power wash graffiti that first appeared weeks ago, after police cleared a protest encampment in a predawn raid that morning.
A California federal judge on Wednesday shredded two attorneys who missed a deadline for asking the court to certify an overtime class action against Denny's and blamed it in part on the state's shutdown orders, cutting the class component from the case.
A West Virginia judge has urged parties in consolidated asbestos litigation to settle so they can avoid the "dreadful experience" of participating in a live trial requiring social distancing protocol amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
New Jersey judiciary officials unveiled a plan Wednesday to resume jury trials in September under a hybrid system that will combine remote jury selection with in-person proceedings, saying "waiting is not an option" for litigants as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
A California federal judge on Wednesday appointed Cotchett Pitre & McCarthy LLP and Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP to lead a securities action against stock trading app Robinhood, signing off on the more diverse slate of attorneys after previously pointing out that the lead counsel hopefuls were all men.
A special master tasked by a Pennsylvania federal judge to find out if Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP dropped thalidomide birth defect claims against GlaxoSmithKline and others in good faith or simply to save its own skin lambasted arguments the firm made regarding potentially privileged material Wednesday.
Louisiana's high court on Wednesday became the fourth in the country to temporarily grant diploma privilege to the state's law school graduates in a testy split ruling that had one dissenting justice asking: "Just what is the emergency?"
Before California judges take part in any of the social justice protests across the country, they must think carefully about the ethical implications of their participation and consider their obligation to promote confidence in judicial impartiality, a state Supreme Court advisory committee said Wednesday.
A new suit claims Pierce Bainbridge founder John Pierce put up a client in a $1.3 million California home for nearly two years while the man was the plaintiff in a controversial suit against Microsoft, an unusual arrangement that experts said could run afoul of prohibitions on lawyers paying clients.
A new South Korean study demonstrates that the so-called open office adopted by so many U.S. companies is extremely dangerous in the COVID-19 world, which is important to consider as Congress may provide employers federal immunity from COVID-19 suits as they reopen, says Steven Moore at Withers.
As law firms chart their paths forward during these unsettled times, litigation funders are already observing changes in the types of products firms are seeking, such as an increase in one-off case funding requests, says Eric Blinderman at Therium.
As society continues to adapt to COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Ally Coll, president and co-founder of The Purple Campaign.
Over the last year, the LSAT has been anything but unflappable — it has not been the objective, standardized law school entrance exam it's supposed to be, say soon-to-be law student Elliot Fuchs and attorney Saul Bienenfeld.
With distancing and isolation the new norm amid COVID-19, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Silicon Valley-based Jeremiah Chan, head of patents at Facebook.
The 2008 financial crisis revealed that overleveraged law firms suffer the most disruption during an economic downturn and pass that disruption on to their clients, so general counsel should utilize certain metrics to identify appropriately leveraged firms, says Adam Bass at Buchalter.
The COVID-19 crisis shines light on the fact that the federal government and most states do not have the power to toll statutes of limitations, and could lead to a full-scale reconsideration of the Federal Judiciary Emergency Powers Tolling Act or other legislative efforts, say Reed Brodsky and Michael Nadler at Gibson Dunn.
With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from New York-based Teny Geragos, an associate at criminal defense firm Brafman & Associates.
With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Chicago-based Jay Edelson, founder and CEO of plaintiffs boutique Edelson.
In his important new book, "Criminal Dissent," Wendell Bird endeavors to catalog every single actual, or even threatened, prosecution under the Sedition Act and removal under the Alien Friends Act — a monumental undertaking — and the results are striking, says U.S. District Judge Eli Richardson of the Middle District of Tennessee.
Lawyers may be advising clients on COVID-19 matters without the benefit of considered analysis or interpretive guidance, which could lead to legal malpractice suits down the road, but law firm management can mitigate the risks through certain protocols, says Nicole Hyland at Frankfurt Kurnit.
With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from New York-based Nicole Gueron, a litigator and founding partner at Clarick Gueron.
Given the myriad benefits that the marijuana industry provides to the U.S. economy, it is clearly wrong to exclude marijuana-related businesses from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act and other federal stimulus legislation, say Adam Berger and Shuki Greer of Berger Greer.
Cases involving technology-assisted review often suffer from expensive arguments between parties over protocols and accuracy, but a new report card system that would allow litigants and courts to objectively assess a given document review methodology could mitigate those problems, say attorneys at Redgrave and Kirkland.
With distancing and isolation the new norm amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Law360 is sharing reactions from around the business and legal community. Today's perspective comes from Washington, D.C.-based Lawrence Ebner, founder of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.