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  • December 07, 2022

    Asylum Program May Be Faster But Not Fairer, Study Finds

    Only 7% of families won asylum after being assigned to a Biden administration program aimed at decreasing the amount of time it takes for asylum-seeking immigrants to get their cases processed after arriving at the Southwest border, a new report has found.

  • December 07, 2022

    McDermott Adds Benefits Attorney To Boston Office

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP has added an attorney with nearly 40 years of experience to its benefits and executive compensation practice group to be based at the firm's office in downtown Boston.

  • December 07, 2022

    Ex-Florida Pain Doctor Gets 3½ Years For Insys Kickbacks

    A former Florida pain management doctor was sentenced to 3½ years in prison Wednesday in Tampa federal court after he was convicted of taking kickbacks in exchange for prescribing higher doses of Insys Therapeutics' fentanyl spray Subsys.

  • December 07, 2022

    Harvard Bribe Middleman Didn't Take A Cut, Jury Hears

    A fencing instructor who prosecutors say acted as the middleman in a bribery scheme between a Harvard University coach and a wealthy businessman was not paid for his illegal services, a Boston jury heard Wednesday as defense lawyers sought to attack his credibility.

  • December 07, 2022

    Mass. Man Gets 7 Years For $50M Energy Grant Scheme

    A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted in Boston federal court of participating in a scheme to defraud the U.S. government out of more than $50 million in energy grants.

  • December 06, 2022

    9th Circ. Backs CVS' Win Over $121M Drug Overcharge Claim

    A panel of Ninth Circuit judges on Tuesday swiftly rejected arguments that lengthy jury instructions and excluded evidence had improperly sunk a $121 million lawsuit that claimed CVS' now-defunct discount program deliberately overcharged customers for generic drugs.

  • December 06, 2022

    Sens. Press Silvergate Bank On Oversight Of FTX Transfers

    Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren and two of her Republican colleagues have demanded that Silvergate Capital Corp. explain why it didn't catch or report suspicious transactions at the heart of the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, despite its legal obligations to do so.

  • December 06, 2022

    Ex-Harvard Coach Eyed $7.5M In Fencing Scheme, Jury Hears

    A former Harvard University fencing coach demanded a windfall $7.5 million payment after recruiting the son of a wealthy businessman to the Ivy League school, a Boston federal jury heard on the first full day of testimony Tuesday in the admissions bribery trial.

  • December 06, 2022

    Court Cans Boston Beer Co. Investor Suit Over Hard Seltzer

    The Boston Beer Co., the brewery behind Truly Hard Seltzer and Samuel Adams, is officially off the hook in a proposed class action from an investor who claimed the company hid declining alcoholic seltzer sales during the pandemic to artificially pump up stock prices.

  • December 06, 2022

    Consumer Claims American-JetBlue Pact Sparked Price Hikes

    American Airlines and JetBlue's codeshare agreement for New York and Boston has increased fares and diminished flight choices for consumers, according to a proposed antitrust class action filed in New York federal court Monday.

  • December 06, 2022

    DSW Stock Tip Case Dropped After Witness Gets Cold Feet

    Boston prosecutors have dropped a case alleging the founder of inmate money-transfer service JPay and another man used nonpublic information to trade shares of Designer Shoe Warehouse, because a key government witness stopped cooperating.

  • December 06, 2022

    Tribe Wants $240K For Legal Costs In Casino Bribery Probe

    The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe of Massachusetts is seeking nearly $240,000 in restitution from its former chairman and an architect it hired for a casino development project after the pair were convicted of bribery and extortion.

  • December 05, 2022

    Pfizer, BioNTech Seek To Nix Moderna Vax IP Suit, Countersue

    Several Moderna patents related to technology behind the mRNA platform in COVID-19 vaccines are invalid, rival vaccine-makers Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech told a Massachusetts federal judge on Monday in a bid to dismiss Moderna's infringement suit and in counterclaims of their own.

  • December 05, 2022

    Maine AG Pushes High Court To Let Cable Rebate Law Stand

    Maine's attorney general is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to pass on a challenge to a state law that requires cable companies to prorate customers' final bills rather than charge them for the full month, arguing that the First Circuit had correctly determined that the statute wasn't preempted by federal law. 

  • December 05, 2022

    Dem Lawmakers Propose Huge Investment In Indian Country

    Federal legislation unveiled on Monday would dramatically reshape the government's relations with Indigenous tribes, expanding support in areas such as public safety and health care, while ceding some issues — namely, the prosecution of on-reservation crimes — to Native leaders.

  • December 05, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware popped the champagne on two notable retirements last week while disputes continued in court over the value of a certain rapper's cognac brand. Newly filed suits targeted Peloton, TransUnion, AT&T, Warner Bros. Discovery, and TradeStation, among others, and a vice chancellor bounced a lawsuit from a basketball legend to an outside referee.

  • December 05, 2022

    1st Circ. Skeptical Of Ex-NuVasive Rep's Noncompete Appeal

    A former NuVasive Inc. sales representative faced headwinds Monday during his second trip through the First Circuit, this time trying to convince the panel that a judge shouldn't have taken a shortcut in awarding his former employer $1.6 million in damages for his breach of a noncompete agreement.

  • December 05, 2022

    Deal For Crypto Biz Circle Among 2 SPAC Mergers Falls Apart

    Cryptocurrency company Circle's plans for a go-public merger with special purpose acquisition company Concord Acquisition Corp. was canceled Monday after failure to gain regulatory approval, both parties said, one of two planned SPAC mergers to fall apart amid weak market conditions.

  • December 05, 2022

    Grubhub Drivers Can't Ax Arbitration After Postmates Ruling

    Grubhub's delivery drivers cannot avoid arbitration in an employee status case because they are not engaged in interstate commerce transportation work, the First Circuit ruled, applying the same logic from a similar case involving Postmates Inc. delivery service from a week earlier.

  • December 05, 2022

    Bribery Or 'Rush To Judgment'? Harvard Fencing Case Opens

    A Boston jury on Monday heard dueling narratives about the relationship between a former Harvard University fencing coach and a wealthy businessman, with the government claiming the executive paid $1.5 million to get his two sons into the Ivy League school while the defense slammed prosecutors for a "rush to judgment."

  • December 05, 2022

    Calif. Restaurant's $2M Wine Theft Suit Headed To State Court

    A California Italian restaurant robbed of $2 million in wine succeeded in getting its case for insurance coverage remanded to California state court.

  • December 05, 2022

    The 2022 Law360 Pulse Prestige Leaders

    Check out our Prestige Leaders ranking, analysis and interactive graphics to see which firms stand out for their financial performance, attractiveness to attorneys, ability to secure accolades and positive legal news media representation.

  • December 05, 2022

    In Law Firm Race For Revenue, Top Dogs Stand Alone

    Inflation, hand-wringing over the economy and even a possible recession will do little to close the widening revenue gap between a handful of legal giants grossing billions each year and other law firms, with longtime market consolidation only solidifying their dominance as BigLaw braces for a downturn.

  • December 02, 2022

    Don't Miss It: Sidley, Kirkland Guide Week's Hot Deals

    A lot can happen in the world of mergers and acquisitions over the course of a week, and it's difficult to keep up with all the deals. Here, Law360 recaps the ones you may have missed, including transactions helmed by Sidley Austin LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • December 02, 2022

    Faulty LastPass Security Exposed Users' Data, Suit Says

    Weak cyber defenses at password software developer LastPass US LP are to blame for a data breach that left its customers' information vulnerable to hackers, according to a putative class action filed in Massachusetts federal court on Friday.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Pricing Trends In Law Firm Use Of Litigation Funding

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    As BigLaw firms increasingly include litigation funding as a financing option for clients, internal pricing groups are taking the lead on standardizing and centralizing firm processes, and aggregating risk budgets, says Brendan Dyer at Woodsford Group.

  • Reviewing Separation Agreement Compliance Before Layoffs

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    As a potential recession triggers layoff considerations, employers should begin reviewing their separation agreement templates to ensure they include the desired protections for the employer while complying with applicable, and recently amended, state laws, says Victoria Hubona at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • Could State Ownership Solve US Cannabis Policy Issues?

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    Provincial cannabis wholesalers in Canada are enjoying huge profits, begging the question of whether a government-owned cannabis model could eventually be replicated in the U.S. to tackle issues ranging from social equity to overproduction — but this would undoubtedly introduce other complex challenges, says Hilary Bricken at Harris Bricken.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • State AG Consumer Protection Shift Isn't An Election Fad

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    We are starting to see the first signs of a new state attorney general consumer enforcement paradigm emerge — with creative use of most favored nation clauses as structural tools — and that is unlikely to end when the last ballot is counted for the 2022 election, says O.H. Skinner at Alliance for Consumers.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

  • Navigating Whether Workers' Cannabis Use Is Protected

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    Although a recent Nevada decision that an employee's nonwork cannabis consumption wasn’t protected against employer retaliation suggests state "lawful activities" laws may not always cover off-duty cannabis use, employers must also ensure policies and practices don’t run afoul of such statutes, says Jennifer Mora at Seyfarth.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Argue Open-Mindedly

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    Queens College President Frank Wu reflects on how Yale Kamisar’s teaching and guidance at the University of Michigan Law School emphasized a capacity to engage with alternative worldviews and the importance of the ability to argue for both sides of a debate.

  • ABA's No-Contact Rule Advice Raises Questions For Lawyers

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    The American Bar Association's ethics committee recently issued two opinions concerning the no-contact rule — one creates an intuitive and practical default for electronic communications, while the other sets a potential trap for pro se lawyers, say Lauren Snyder and Deepika Ravi at HWG.

  • 4 Key Skills For An Effective Attorney Coaching Conversation

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    As BigLaw firms are increasingly offering internal coaching as one of many talent strategies to stem ongoing lawyer attrition, Stacey Schwartz at Katten discusses how coaches can help attorneys achieve their goals.

  • Perspectives

    How Civilian Attorneys Can Help Veterans

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    With legal aid topping the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' annual list of unmet needs of veterans facing housing insecurity, nonmilitary volunteer attorneys can provide some of the most effective legal services to military and veteran clients, say Anna Richardson at Veterans Legal Services and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

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