The Fifth Circuit on Thursday declined a bid by Posco Daewoo Corp. to rephrase a question the appeals court panel put to Louisiana's highest court, despite the Korean trading giant's arguments that the question as stated would not help determine whether it could seize an iron shipment as security for a future arbitration award.
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5th Circ. Nixes Daewoo Bid To Revise Shipment Row Question

The Fifth Circuit on Thursday declined a bid by Posco Daewoo Corp. to rephrase a question the appeals court panel put to Louisiana's highest court, despite the Korean trading giant's arguments that the question as stated would not help determine whether it could seize an iron shipment as security for a future arbitration award. Read full article »

Reinsurance Award Over Boy Scouts Molestation Cases OK'd

A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday confirmed a confidential arbitration award to certain Lloyd's of London underwriters following a reinsurance dispute with Century Indemnity Co. that stemmed from decades-old sexual molestation allegations involving the Boy Scouts of America. Read full article »

Texas High Court Won’t Review $17M Power Plant Award Row

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said it would not take up a bid by Dixie Equipment LLC to review a ruling against it in an arbitration dispute over the construction of a power plant in Mexico, leaving in place a $16.6 million award. Read full article »

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Wine Co. Shareholder Can't Avoid $29M Bill, 11th Circ. Told

An American investor in a Chilean wine company has urged the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a lower court’s decision ordering a controlling shareholder of the venture to cough up $28.7 million, accusing him of playing a “cat-and-mouse game” to avoid paying what he owes. Read full article »

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Fla. Boutique Firm Gains 2 New Hires In Miami

Mark Migdal & Hayden has grown its bench with the addition of a former Berger Singerman LLP partner and a former Genovese Joblove & Battista PA associate who bring experience handling real estate matters and bankruptcy proceedings and representing clients in the fields of franchise law and international arbitration. Read full article »

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Rise Of The CMOs

Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

How Law Firms Are Preparing For The Next Recession

The last major U.S. recession struck the legal industry a decade ago, obliterating some law firms and putting a large number of lawyers out of work. Here are a few ways law firms are positioning themselves to not only survive, but thrive when the next big economic downturn hits. Read full article »

Senate Shake-Up Could Put Graham Atop Judiciary Panel

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Friday he will take over the Senate Finance Committee next Congress, setting the stage for Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to take over the judiciary panel. Read full article »

Analysis

Fla. High Court Gets 'Like' From Attys On Facebook Decision

The Florida Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that the mere existence of a Facebook friendship between a judge and litigator is not grounds for disqualification drew a “like" from attorneys who applauded the court for a narrow ruling that acknowledges the realities of social media relationships. Read full article »

Feature

Meet The Judge Who Controls Fate Of ACA, Trump's AG

The Maryland federal judge in the extraordinary position to decide the future of both the Affordable Care Act and President Donald Trump’s acting U.S. attorney general is an evenhanded and genial jurist known for exhaustively analyzing legal issues, lawyers say. Read full article »

Facebook GC Staying For Now Despite Announced Departure

Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch, who in July announced he would step down from the position at the end of the year, will stay on as the social media giant's top lawyer into 2019, the company said, as it continues to be involved in a slew of scandals that include investigations into its data privacy practices. Read full article »

Stevens & Lee Defends Staffer's Firing In Sex Bias Suit

Stevens & Lee PC says it had legitimate reasons to terminate a legal assistant who claims in a federal lawsuit that she was fired for trying to take advantage of family leaves to deal with medical complications she and her daughter faced as she returned to work after giving birth. Read full article »

Fla. High Court Nominee Process Can Continue, Justices Say

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state's Judicial Nominating Commission, which is screening candidates for three soon-to-open seats on the high court, can continue with the process and does not have to wait until January to send names to the incoming governor. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey of general counsel found that law department leaders are using more of their budget on internal legal services than on outside counsel, and Facebook Inc. announced it will no longer make its workers who claim they have been sexually harassed arbitrate their claims. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

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. Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: CNN v. Trump

On this week's episode of Pro Say, we take a closer look at CNN's win in a legal battle with President Trump over the White House's ban on reporter Jim Acosta. Read full article »

Acting AG Challenged At High Court By Felon Seeking Firearm

An ex-convict who is challenging a federal ban on gun ownership by felons asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to determine the legitimacy of acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, claiming that the controversial appointment was unconstitutional and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, not Whitaker, should be the named defendant in his case. Read full article »

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