Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.
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BigLaw’s Mental Health Stigma Shows Signs Of Fading

Sometimes viewed as an “invisible” disability, mental illness has long been forced under wraps because of the risk attorneys could face bias and stigma. Here’s how lawyers, law firms and other groups are starting to take on the status quo. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry. Read full article »

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David Boies On How Dyslexia Shaped His Practice

One of the country’s highest-profile litigators, the Boies Schiller Flexner LLP chairman was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in his 30s. In an interview with Law360, he talks about practicing law with the learning disability. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry. Read full article »

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AIG Unit Needn't Defend Co. In Fire-Resistant Wood Dispute

An AIG insurer doesn’t have to defend or indemnify a Chicago-area lumber retailer in three lawsuits alleging it sold a building contractor fire-resistant wood that didn’t comply with industry standards, because none of the underlying actions allege the retailer engaged in potentially covered accidental conduct, an Illinois federal judge ruled Friday. Read full article »

Insurer Must Face Clergy Sex Abuse Claims Coverage Suit

A Minnesota federal judge on Friday ruled that the Catholic Mutual Relief Society of America can proceed with its lawsuit seeking to force Arrowood Indemnity Co. to pick up part of the tab for a slew of clergy sex abuse claims against the Diocese of St. Cloud, finding that the Catholic insurance group has standing to sue its fellow insurer. Read full article »

Insurer Off Hook In Contractor's Rain Damage Suit

A Washington federal judge on Monday threw out a construction company’s lawsuit alleging that its insurer should have covered water damage at a condominium property during a roof replacement, saying the claims are barred by an exclusion in the insurance policy regarding damage that arises during an ongoing project. Read full article »

Energy Cos. Win Nix Of Suit On Okla. Quake Insurance Costs

A federal judge on Monday threw out a proposed class action asserting that a slew of oil and gas companies should be forced to pay for Oklahomans’ earthquake insurance premiums given that their use of hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal wells has allegedly caused a rise in man-made earthquakes in the state. Read full article »

LITIGATION

State Farm Sues Amazon Over Exploding Vape Battery

Insurer State Farm has sued Amazon and another company allegedly responsible for making a vape battery that caused a $400,000 fire in the house of one of its policyholders, according to a lawsuit removed to California federal court on Friday. Read full article »

Insurers Fight Asbestos Firm's Quick Win Bid In Payback Row

Three health insurers have urged a federal judge in Texas to reject a bid from national asbestos law firm Shrader & Associates LLP to toss the insurers' lawsuit alleging the firm failed to pay their due out of settlement funds, saying the firm was wrong to assert they lack standing to bring the suit. Read full article »

Insurers Won't Cover Verizon's $95M FairPoint Settlement

Verizon Communications Inc. can’t use its insurance policies to cover the $95 million it paid out to settle claims that it lied to competitor FairPoint Communications Inc. when it sold off some of its landline infrastructure for $2.3 billion, insurers said in a suit filed in New York state court. Read full article »

Warner Media Wants Out Of Benefits Suit Over HIV/AIDS Meds

Warner Media LLC urged a California federal judge to toss a suit over a program that requires HIV/AIDS patients to get their specialty medication only at a CVS pharmacy or by mail order, arguing that the patients couldn’t sue for a benefit — the choice of pharmacy — that was not provided in the company's health plan. Read full article »

DEALS

Bain Capital Eyes Potential £1.17B Takeover Of UK Insurer

Esure Group PLC has received unsolicited takeover interest from Bain Capital Private Equity LP, with a potential proposal that would value the U.K.-based insurance company at 280 pence per share, or roughly £1.17 billion ($1.5 billion) in total, according to a Monday statement from Esure. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

What If The Auto Loan Securitization Market Crashes?

With memories of the Great Recession still fresh, fears that the auto loan securitization market is headed for a crash similar to the ill-fated residential mortgage backed securities market are on the rise. Albert Fowerbaugh and Julie Rodriguez Aldort of Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP consider the types of claims that various participants might assert if the market veers off course. Read full article »

Roundup

Clerking For Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Proskauer, Partner Agree To End Pay Equity Suit

Proskauer Rose LLP and a female partner on Friday agreed to end her $50 million sex discrimination suit alleging that the firm pays her less than her male colleagues and threatened to fire her when she complained. Read full article »

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'Come Loaded For Bear' Before Manafort Judge, Attys Say

Lawyers who have appeared before the Virginia federal judge overseeing the fraud trial of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort offer two pieces of advice for arguing in his courtroom: Be prepared. Be concise. Read full article »

Dentons Grows In Latin America With New Chilean Office

Dentons announced Monday that it is combining with a Chilean firm, a move the firm's leadership boasted will further shore up its presence in Latin America and enable it to provide legal services to clients around the globe. Read full article »

Dems Again Denied Kavanaugh Bush-Era Docs From Archives

Senate Democrats’ latest long shot to get D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s documents from his time as President George W. Bush's staff secretary fell short, as the National Archives again has rejected a request for information on President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee. Read full article »

Del. Court Returns To Full Strength With 2 New Judges

The U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware has added two federal judges to the bench, bringing the court, recently swamped with patent litigation, to full strength for the first time in more than a year. Read full article »

Gov't, PACER Users Can Appeal Suit Over Fees

A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Monday greenlighted an appeal in a class action challenging the government's use of fees for the Public Access to Electronic Court Records system, allowing both sides to argue that the court got it wrong in a liability decision that found the government misused $200 million in fees. Read full article »

Interview

15 Minutes With WeWork's General Counsel

WeWork general counsel Peter Greenspan's relationship with the company began in 2014 when he was approached to help the rapidly growing office space sharing startup hire a real estate lawyer. Greenspan, an alumnus of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, spoke to Law360 recently about his first three years at WeWork, what makes for an ideal partnership with outside counsel and why the legal department at WeWork is so special. Read full article »

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