The Seventh Circuit revived a law firm's suit against Lupin Ltd. and its subsidiary Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. over unpaid fees Monday, saying the company was subject to the lengthy statute of limitations on written contracts in Illinois even though it never signed the firm’s engagement letter.
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7th Circ. Gives Law Firm 2nd Shot At Suing Lupin For Fees

The Seventh Circuit revived a law firm's suit against Lupin Ltd. and its subsidiary Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc. over unpaid fees Monday, saying the company was subject to the lengthy statute of limitations on written contracts in Illinois even though it never signed the firm’s engagement letter. Read full article »

Law Firms' Dominance In Crosshairs Of 'Emerging' Providers

The challenges to law firms’ dominance in the legal sector coming from alternative legal service providers and others are just beginning, according to a group of panelists who spoke Monday at a legal technology conference in Maryland. Read full article »

Jones Day's Francisco Got $2.2M After Taking Solicitor Job

U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco took in more than $2.23 million from Jones Day last year after making the jump to the Trump administration, according to recent financial disclosures. Read full article »

NY Gov. Signs Bill Creating Prosecutor Misconduct Watchdog

With a legislative deadline looming, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday evening signed a bill creating a first-of-its-kind watchdog group for state prosecutors and approved changes he said would fix constitutional flaws in the law. Read full article »

WHITE COLLAR

Ex-Texas Judge Can't Shake Bribery Conviction On Appeal

A former Texas state judge who pled guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for issuing favorable rulings against some criminal defendants can't set aside his conviction based on the argument his attorneys were also suspects in the investigation, the Fifth Circuit has held. Read full article »

Insys Execs Say Expert Witness Switched Sides

The founder and former top executives at opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics Inc. told a Massachusetts federal judge Monday that they were double-crossed by a doctor who plans to testify against them in the government’s racketeering case in an alleged scheme to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl spray. Read full article »

Ex-Pa. Mayor Steered City Work To Donors, Jurors Hear

The former Democratic mayor of Reading, Pennsylvania, went to trial on bribery charges on Monday as federal prosecutors accused him of taking campaign contributions from engineering firms in exchange for contracting opportunities worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Read full article »

LITIGATION

Ex-Napoli Bern Atty Wants $4M Award Against Firm Confirmed

A former partner at the now-defunct asbestos plaintiffs firm Napoli Bern Ripka & Associates has asked a California federal court to sign off on a $4 million arbitration award, including sanctions, against the firm as part of a fee dispute. Read full article »

NJ Atty Sheds Former Client's Suit Over IT Work, AmEx Bill

A New Jersey family law attorney said Monday he was “wrongly attacked” in a former client’s now-dismissed suit alleging the lawyer owed him money for information technology work, as well as for the alleged unauthorized use of the ex-client’s credit card. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC. Read full article »

Mediation Tips For Settling Big-Dollar Business Disputes

Throughout a mediation, there are times of heightened uncertainty when something might happen to swing the leverage in one side’s favor. These windows of opportunity can be maximized by a number of methods other than in-person mediation sessions and formal exchanges of settlement numbers, say Robert Fairbank and Kimberly West of Fairbank ADR. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Firms Saw Growth Surge In First Half Of 2018

During the first half of the year, law firms enjoyed one of the strongest periods of growth since the onset of the Great Recession, according to a quarterly survey of firms' financial health released on Monday. Read full article »

Effort To Boost Diversity In Leadership Touts Top Law Firms

An effort launched last summer to encourage law firms to affirmatively consider women and attorneys of color for leadership roles and promotions by taking a page from the NFL's diversity playbook is cheering its first-year success — with 41 law firms crossing the goal line. Read full article »

Vendors Say AI Will Allow Attorneys To Do Better Legal Work

Artificial intelligence is not yet a part of the standard operating procedure at all large law firms, but in a decade it probably will be, Womble Bond Dickinson chief knowledge officer Bill Koch predicted at a legal technology conference on Monday. Read full article »

Kavanaugh Meets Top Senate Dem Opposing His Confirmation

President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court hopeful, D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, on Monday met with his first Democratic critic: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the Judiciary Committee ranking member who has been leading the charge against Judge Kavanaugh's nomination. Read full article »

Feature

Lawyers Need To Disrupt Themselves To Succeed

Even if their business models don’t seem broken, lawyers in the 21st century must fight against complacency, push themselves to adopt unfamiliar skills and maintain an open mind, according to a new book published by a University of Miami professor of law, who contends that embracing innovation is the way for attorneys to keep up with clients’ ever-evolving needs. Read full article »

Interview

15 Minutes With Plated's General Counsel

Tina Mohanty didn't envision making an in-house transition until the co-founders of meal kit maker Plated approached her with an opportunity she couldn't refuse. Here, the company's first general counsel shares how her plan to remain in private practice transformed into an almost four-year career — and which is her go-to recipe. Read full article »

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