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.
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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 »

Calif. High Court To Hear Suit Against Atty Over Monster Deal

The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Monster Energy Co., which is seeking to revive its suit against an attorney who allegedly breached a confidentiality agreement in the settlement of an underlying suit blaming Monster’s energy drinks for the death of a teenager. Read full article »

Lloyd's Sues Over Coverage Advice In $64M Malpractice Row

Lloyd's of London underwriters sued a New York lawyer Thursday for allegedly advising them to deny coverage for a malpractice case against a former Dickstein Shapiro LLP lawyer that resulted in a $64 million judgment and later litigation that cost them more than their coverage limits. Read full article »

Med Mal Atty Must Face Suit Over Touting Win Online

An attorney can't escape a suit accusing her of defaming a dentist after the Nevada Supreme Court held that a state free speech law does not shield an online statement highlighting a trial win, which allegedly implied the dentist was partly liable for a $3.4 million malpractice verdict. 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 »

NY Atty Pleads Not Guilty To Fatally Shooting Daughter's Mom

A New York City attorney pled not guilty Friday in New Jersey state court to charges of fatally shooting the mother of his daughter in their New Jersey home last month before allegedly fleeing to Cuba, while his lawyer called on prosecutors to turn over additional discovery about the case. Read full article »

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Fla. Judge To Be Reprimanded Over Recommendation Letter

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday approved a public reprimand for a Miami judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme. Read full article »

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Fla. Judge Told To Step Aside Over Prosecutor Past

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a trial court judge should have recused herself from hearing a post-conviction motion by a man on death row, noting that she had been one of several prosecutors collaborating on death penalty cases at the time he was convicted. Read full article »

NBA Rape Accuser's Atty Told At 9th Circ. 'No Trial Is Perfect'

A Second Circuit judge sitting by designation on a Ninth Circuit panel appeared unswayed Friday by a woman's attorney who argued that prejudicial evidence, including a sex belt, improperly convinced a jury to clear NBA star Derrick Rose and his friends of rape charges, saying “no trial is perfect." Read full article »

NJ Judge Says Prior Politics Won't Bias Him In Grocery Row

A Republican New Jersey state court judge has declined to recuse himself from a supermarket competition case involving an attorney from his town who supported his Democratic political rivals, ruling that a “reasonable” person wouldn’t find that a 14-year-old election campaign would impact his impartiality. Read full article »

Robbery Smear Won't Help Class Rep Hopeful, Judge Says

A Manhattan federal judge scolded a would-be class representative in an investor suit against Helios and Matheson Analytics for suggesting a rival vying for the role may have committed armed robbery. Read full article »

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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 »

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 »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

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 »

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 »

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 »

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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 »

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