Business of Law

  • February 24, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    H1-B visa approvals fall despite a rise in petitions, the SEC announces it will drop collateral bars that result from misconduct predating the Dodd-Frank Act, and the U.S. Supreme Court takes on patent infringement via overseas shipment. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

  • February 24, 2017

    ABA Pushes Back On High Court LSAT Accessibility Appeal

    The American Bar Association has urged the Supreme Court not to consider a visually impaired man’s lawsuit over the organization’s alleged failure to provide certain provisions for taking the LSAT, rebutting contentions that it is the party responsible for the widespread administration of the test.

  • February 24, 2017

    Gorsuch's DOJ Stint Target Of Watchdog's New FOIA Suit

    Watchdog group Fix the Court filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in D.C. federal court Friday, demanding extensive records from U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch’s tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice after it failed to respond to the group's months-old document request.

  • February 23, 2017

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Sidley Austin rose to the top of this week’s legal lions list with a win at the U.S. Supreme Court that limits the law’s reach on overseas patent infringement, while K&L Gates met with a less favorable fate when the justices revived a False Claims Act case against its client, Wells Fargo.

  • February 23, 2017

    Holland & Knight Protests DQ Bid To Judge’s ‘Dismay’

    A New York federal judge scolded Holland & Knight LLP for a letter it submitted in a case pitting First NBC Bank against ethanol distributor Murex LLC, saying the unsolicited filing contesting a bid to disqualify the firm did not reflect well on it and that its attorneys had "abused the court's courtesy."

  • February 23, 2017

    Ginsburg Bemoans Loss Of Core Values At Book Launch

    America is not going through the best of times, according to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who said Thursday that the country has started to drift away from some of its core ideals.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ill. Law Firm Ex-Clients Can't Arbitrate Privacy Row As Class

    A pair of former clients of Illinois law firm Johnson & Bell Ltd. can’t arbitrate their claim the firm put their confidential data at risk on behalf of a putative class of Johnson & Bell clients, an Illinois federal judge said Wednesday.

  • February 23, 2017

    BigLaw Partners Uneasy About Trump Judiciary Comments

    Members of the legal community including partners at several BigLaw firms on Thursday expressed concern over statements made by President Donald Trump toward federal judges and courts in the aftermath of an order temporarily blocking his immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying the remarks could have “grave consequences.”

  • February 23, 2017

    Del. Judicial Political Balance Mandate Unfair, Atty Says

    A Delaware attorney is challenging a portion of the state’s constitution requiring a balance of representation from “major” political parties in state judicial positions, saying in a lawsuit filed in Delaware federal court that the process is unconstitutional and unfairly excludes members of nonmajority parties and independents.

  • February 23, 2017

    Trial Consultants Q&A: DOAR's Roy Futterman

    You can see an attorney have a sudden realization that we move from trial to trial, that we work on many cases in a year and spend weeks in courtrooms. When attorneys realize all of this, they often move us from the kiddie table to the big boy table. Then we pick up a turkey leg and get to work, says Roy Futterman, director at DOAR Inc.

  • February 22, 2017

    4 Tips For Easing The Pain Of Answering Firm Subpoenas

    By and large, lawyers see responding to third-party subpoenas dropped on their firm as a thankless job. Often vague or overreaching, these requests for information related to current or past clients can be a hassle, so here are four ways keep the headaches to a minimum.

  • February 22, 2017

    NY's Sen. Gillibrand Says Gorsuch Confirmation Likely

    New York’s junior Democratic Senator said President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court will likely be confirmed, reportedly saying Tuesday that 10th Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch will be the next associate justice.

  • February 22, 2017

    Davis Polk-Comcast Call May Have Sparked DreamWorks Deal

    A Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP attorney's phone call to a Comcast executive about the potential representation of a financial adviser in a business transaction may have spawned the cable giant’s $3.8 billion deal for DreamWorks, according to documents from an insider trading suit against a Hong Kong investor.

  • February 21, 2017

    Sidley-Authored Report On 9/11-Era Torture Defamatory: Suit

    A group of psychologists accused a Sidley Austin LLP attorney of crafting a report for the American Psychological Association that unfairly laid the blame on them for interrogation tactics used by the U.S. military after the 9/11 attacks, saying in an Ohio suit that he ignored evidence and bolstered a story by the doctors’ critics.

  • February 21, 2017

    ABA's Gorsuch Rating Due Out Before Confirmation Hearings

    The American Bar Association will release its laborious evaluation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch before his confirmation hearings kick off on March 20, handing senators a powerful factor for evaluating whether to promote the Tenth Circuit judge to the nation’s top bench.

  • February 21, 2017

    Munsch Hardt Co-Founder Dies In Australian Plane Crash

    Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC on Tuesday confirmed that one of its founding partners, noted bankruptcy and banking attorney Russell Munsch, was among those killed in a fatal plane crash in Melbourne, Australia, on Monday.

  • February 21, 2017

    US Law Firm Expansion Follows The Money, Report Says

    Law firms tend to enter regions experiencing rapid growth in emerging corporate sectors by attempting to lure away key partners from other firms, while the days of large regional firms catering to businesses in specific geographic areas are gone, a recent paper said.

  • February 17, 2017

    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.

  • February 17, 2017

    Auditor Reviewed Dewey's London Tax Docs, Jury Hears

    A defense attorney for ex-Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP Chief Financial Officer Joel Sanders on Friday questioned the firm's former overseas finance director’s assertion that certain accounting maneuvers Sanders had pursued were improper, showing a New York jury evidence that outside auditors had reviewed the transactions.

  • February 17, 2017

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Facebook's general counsel dodges a defamation claim over a press statement, Anthem and Cigna face off over the future of their merger, and the D.C. Circuit revives a suit challenging the SEC's controversial in-house court. Those stories top the corporate legal news you may have missed last week.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 15, What’s Your Number?

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • My Strangest Day In Court: When My Expert Had A Meltdown

    Esther Holm

    As I was going through one of the plaintiff’s claims — post-traumatic stress disorder — with my expert witness, the good doctor could not even recall the elements of the disorder! Then, suddenly, he pointed his finger at a young juror, remembers Esther Holm of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

  • Talking 'Bull': Episode 14, It's Classified

    Roy Futterman

    In this weekly column, real-life New York City jury consultant and psychologist Roy Futterman parses fact from fiction in "Bull," the new TV series airing on CBS about a fictional NYC jury consultant/psychologist. Spoiler alert ...

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.