Business of Law

  • November 23, 2020

    Apple's Security Head Indicted In Gun Permits-For-IPads Plot

    Apple Inc.'s security chief promised to donate nearly $70,000 worth of iPads to the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office in exchange for the approval of gun licenses for four Apple employees, the county's district attorney said Monday in announcing bribery charges.

  • November 23, 2020

    NY Courts Survey Finds Room For Gender Bias Improvement

    A recent survey of 5,300 attorneys by the New York State Judicial Committee on Women in the Courts shows that female attorneys, litigants and witnesses experience gender bias in a wide variety of ways throughout the court system — and that men and women have significantly different views of this bias, the state court system announced Monday.

  • November 23, 2020

    WWE General Counsel Among Executives Let Go

    Despite a solid third-quarter financial report, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has dismissed three executives, including general counsel and corporate secretary Brian Nurse.

  • November 23, 2020

    Publisher Says Fox Rothschild Violated Legal Ethics

    The publisher of Business Insurance has asked a New York federal judge to sanction Fox Rothschild LLP, alleging the firm violated professional legal ethics in trying to represent the publisher in one action while simultaneously suing it in another on behalf of the publication's former CEO.

  • November 23, 2020

    7 National Security Names To Watch In The Biden Admin.

    President-elect Joe Biden has so far prioritized both experience and diversity in his choices for a national security team. Here are seven key people likely to take the helm in guiding U.S. foreign policy over the next four years.

  • November 23, 2020

    Sen. Feinstein Says She'll Cede Top Judiciary Committee Spot

    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who faced some criticism for her role in the Judiciary Committee's hearings for Justice Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, announced Monday that she will not seek to reclaim her position as the committee's top Democrat.

  • November 23, 2020

    Big Lots' Ohio Attys Wrongfully DQ'd From Calif. Wage Fight

    A California appellate court has vacated the disqualification of several Ohio attorneys representing Big Lots in an overtime pay dispute, determining that a state court jumped the gun by revoking their temporary admission to work on the putative class action after they solicited current and former employees.

  • November 23, 2020

    North Carolina Switches To Remote Bar Exam For February

    The North Carolina Board of Law Examiners announced Monday it would hold the February 2021 bar exam remotely after refusing to adopt such an option for the July 2020 exam, citing the availability of new options from the National Council of Bar Examiners and the state's rising COVID-19 cases.

  • November 23, 2020

    3 Things To Know About The Calif. Bar's Latest License Plan

    A California State Bar committee recently endorsed a policy allowing an alternative path to licensure for some bar applicants who did not pass their exams over the last five years. Here are three key points to know about the proposal.

  • November 23, 2020

    Cravath Holiday Bonuses Hold Steady Despite Pandemic

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP's 2020 year-end bonuses for associates remain the same for the sixth straight year, which Paul Weiss matched, according to memos Monday, despite the financial fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic that had firms cutting salaries earlier this year.

  • November 23, 2020

    EDTX Judge Mazzant Talks Holding Trials Amid COVID-19

    Eastern District of Texas Judge Amos L. Mazzant III, one of the first Texas federal judges to resume in-person jury trials after an unprecedented four-month suspension due to the coronavirus, granted Law360 an interview to discuss his trial experience during the pandemic. Here, Judge Mazzant talks about the decision to open up his court, the COVID-19 outbreak that interrupted one of his trials and what to expect in 2021.

  • November 23, 2020

    Top Japanese Firm Invests In Legal Tech Platform

    Reynen Court, a legal tech company billing itself as an "app store" for legal technology, has nabbed an investment from Nishimura & Asahi, Japan's largest law firm, the CEO confirmed Monday.

  • November 23, 2020

    15 Minutes With NYC Mayor De Blasio's Counsel

    Any sensitive legal issue facing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, from pandemic-related closures to police reform and concerns surrounding the presidential election, crosses the desk of his counsel, Kapil Longani. Here, Longani shares more about his responsibilities, legal considerations when advising the mayor and a lesson shared with him by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings.

  • November 23, 2020

    Skadden Taps Jones Day Ace To Lead Supreme Court Group

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has nabbed Jones Day LLP appellate litigator Shay Dvoretzky to launch its new U.S. Supreme Court practice, becoming the latest New York-based litigation powerhouse to start focusing more on the high court.

  • November 22, 2020

    Cop-Shoving Judge Ruled For Atty Paying Him A $35K Debt

    New York state court administrators are questioning a Buffalo judge — already under an ethics investigation following an altercation with police — after he ruled in favor of an attorney in 2018 who owed the judge thousands of dollars.

  • November 22, 2020

    State Court Budget Forecast: Stormy, With Rising Backlogs

    As state lawmakers begin preparing for upcoming legislative sessions amid a resurgent pandemic, a scattered but largely grim outlook for state court funding is beginning to take shape.

  • November 22, 2020

    Trump Appeals After Failed Bid To Block Pa. Election Cert.

    President Donald Trump's reelection campaign launched an appeal to the Third Circuit on Sunday following a judge's decision a day earlier rejecting its bid to bar Pennsylvania election officials from certifying Joe Biden's win in the state's presidential election this month.

  • November 20, 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.

  • November 20, 2020

    SEC Official Calls On Firms To Empower Compliance Chiefs

    The director of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations has urged investment firms to empower their chief compliance officers, and warned that regulators notice when firms take a "check-the-box" approach to the position.

  • November 20, 2020

    Ex-Fox Rothschild Aide Plans To Appeal Loss In Sex Bias Suit

    A former Fox Rothschild LLP legal aide told a New Jersey federal court Friday that she planned to appeal its October decision dismissing most of her suit alleging that a former lawyer for the firm sexually assaulted her and that Fox Rothschild brushed aside her complaints.

  • November 20, 2020

    Medical Marijuana Co. Sues Law Firm For Malpractice

    An Arkansas medical marijuana company has sued Feuerstein Kulick LLP with a $5 million legal malpractice suit, alleging that the firm misrepresented itself by claiming to be experts in the legal process of the medical marijuana industry and that it cost the company licensure from the state.

  • November 20, 2020

    Fed. Courts Suspend Jury Trials Again As COVID-19 Surges

    Around the country, 25 U.S. district courts have ordered jury trials and grand juries suspended amid a nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases, the federal judiciary announced Friday.

  • November 20, 2020

    Iona College, Law Firm Escape Ex-GC's Defamation Suit

    A New York state appeals court has dismissed a former Iona College general counsel's defamation suit against the school and its attorneys, ruling that the alleged defamatory statements were covered by "absolute privilege" since they came up during a civil proceeding.

  • November 20, 2020

    Pro Say: When A Trial Becomes A Superspreader Event

    Amid skyrocketing COVID-19 infections across the country, a jury trial in Texas ended in a mistrial Nov. 17 after at least 15 participants tested positive for the illness.

  • November 20, 2020

    NY Court Leaders Face Contempt In Judges' Age Bias Suit

    A New York state trial court has ordered the court system's administrative board and the chief judge to justify why they should not be held in contempt for not complying with an order for expedited discovery in a lawsuit alleging that the court system illegally targeted older judges for forced retirement during the 2020 budget crunch.

Expert Analysis

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

  • Justices May Not Alter Religious Freedom Precedent In Fulton

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    One issue the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to consider in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia was whether to overturn the 30-year-old precedent for scrutinizing laws alleged to violate religious freedoms, but the discussion during oral argument suggests the court’s decision may sidestep the issue, say Austin Nimocks and Cory Liu at Ashcroft Law Firm.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Weiser Talks Colo. Health Orders

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    Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser explains how his office collaborated with local governments to enforce COVID-19 public health orders, and how moral suasion and education have limited the need for civil and criminal penalties against businesses.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Rulings Show Limits Of Federal Agency Vacancy Law

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    Recent court decisions applying the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to invalidate improper presidential appointments of acting federal agency heads have had little evident impact, highlighting shortcomings in the law that could become more acute if the presidency and Senate are controlled by different parties, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

  • Professor's 'Self-Defamation' Suit Unlikely To Succeed

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    Hay v. New York Media, a Harvard professor's suit asserting that a New York Magazine article defamed him, is likely dead on arrival because he was the primary source and consented to the article's publication, say Daniel Novack at Penguin Random House and Dakshïna Chetti at Columbia Law School.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Must Drop The Billable Hour To Improve Diversity

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    Implementing pay structures that compensate attorneys for achieving clients' goals rather than measuring success based on hours billed is a necessary first step to keeping underrepresented attorneys in BigLaw, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital.

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