Apollo-backed Rackspace filed for an initial public offering Friday, making the Paul Weiss-steered cloud company one of the latest large tech companies to weigh a public debut.
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Paul Weiss Steers Cloud Biz Rackspace's IPO Plans

Apollo-backed Rackspace filed for an initial public offering Friday, making the Paul Weiss-steered cloud company one of the latest large tech companies to weigh a public debut.

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Paramedic Hit By Foul Ball In Playoffs Sues Astros For $1M

A paramedic who was seriously injured when a line-drive foul ball hit him in the face in October during the American League Championship Series in Houston has filed a lawsuit against the Houston Astros, seeking more than $1 million in damages.

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DuPont Will Pay $3.4M To End Texas Hazardous Waste Suit

Agrichemical manufacturer DuPont will pay the federal and Texas governments each $1.71 million and change its operations to settle allegations of years of environmental violations at a facility near Houston.

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SUPREME COURT REVIEW

Feature

The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

Supreme Court oral arguments are always a high wire act. This term, a global pandemic, a docket of hot-button cases and an experiment with remote technology took the challenge to new heights. Here’s a look at the law firms that argued the most, and how they fared.

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Feature

The Majority Of One: How Roberts Is Shaping The Court

The 2019 term has removed all doubt: Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. is the power broker on the U.S. Supreme Court. But unlike past swing justices, the nation's top jurist puts the reputation of the court before his own conservative instincts and is willing to compromise when he needs to.

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Feature

Breaking Down The Vote: The High Court Term In Review

A docket packed with divisive cases. Experiments in remote oral arguments. Defining moments for the court’s new swing justice. Here, Law360 takes a data dive into the numbers behind this historic court term, when the unexpected reigned supreme.

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LITIGATION

Analysis

5 State & Local Tax Cases To Watch In The 2nd Half Of 2020

From Amazon's dispute with South Carolina on taxation of third-party products sold through its website, to courts tackling questions of apportionment and sourcing, the second half of the year promises to give state and local tax professionals plenty to anticipate. Here, Law360 looks at five cases to watch in the second half of 2020.

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Dallas Transit Says Light Rail Costs Suit Was Filed Too Late

The Dallas area public transportation system has told a Texas state judge that a construction company waited more than a decade too long to file a suit alleging it incurred $37 million in unnecessary costs during a light rail expansion project.

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FIFTH CIRCUIT

5th Circ. Won't Overturn Sanderson Farms' OSHA Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's review commission correctly cited Sanderson Farms Inc. for safety violations at a chicken processing plant in Texas, the Fifth Circuit has held.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

New Pharma Co. Defenses For 'Innovator Liability' Claims

Under the so-called innovator liability theory, a handful of states have permitted plaintiffs who took generic medication to sue the manufacturer of the branded form of the drug — but pharmaceutical companies have recently had success fighting such claims with three key strategies, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

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Opinion

Let's Create An Ethical Obligation For Attys To Fight Racism

In this moment of national recognition of historical institutional racism, the American Bar Association must implement a model rule that explicitly declares efforts to fight racism and advance equality to be a matter of attorneys' ethics and professional conduct, say Marc Firestone at Philip Morris International and David Douglass at Sheppard Mullin.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Firms Wanted PPP Money, But Will It Prevent More Cuts?

Law firms accounted for a large portion of the recipients of federal bailout funds designed to save small businesses during the coronavirus pandemic, but some observers speculate that, for a number of those shops, the funds won't be enough to prevent future cuts if COVID-19 continues to drag down the market.

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Law Firm Leaders' 3 Biggest Worries For The Rest Of 2020

After a wildly tumultuous first half of 2020, law firm leaders are now preparing to take on whatever the second half of the year has in store. Here, leaders share their biggest worries for the remaining six months of the year.

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Brown Rudnick IP Litigation Team Leaves To Start New Firm

The head of Brown Rudnick LLP's patent litigation practice has decamped with his team and clients in tow to launch his own firm in New York City, walking away with virtually all of Brown Rudnick's Manhattan-based patent litigation group.

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Miller Canfield Lays Off Attorneys Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Miller Canfield Paddock & Stone PLC has instituted layoffs and furloughs of attorneys and other employees amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to reports.

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NY Bill Would Suspend Two-Fail Bar Exam Rule For Pandemic

New legislation would allow New York public defender and government law graduates who have twice failed the bar exam to continue to practice under supervision for the duration of the state's ongoing coronavirus state of emergency.

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Chicago Federal Court Extends Remote Hearings To Mid-Sept.

The Northern District of Illinois' latest COVID-19 safety order entered Friday extends remote hearings into mid-September and keeps an early August target date for jury trials to resume, and the court's two clerk's offices will reopen to the public on Monday.

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LA Labor Partner Accused Of Sexually Harassing Associate

The head of the labor and employment practice at Los Angeles-based law firm Ivie McNeill Wyatt Purcell & Diggs APLC is facing allegations he engaged in an extended campaign of "creepy" behavior toward an associate that peaked with a "nightmarish" incident during a work trip overseas.

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DOJ's DuCharme Named Acting US Attorney For EDNY

U.S. Department of Justice official Seth DuCharme has been tapped as acting U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Friday, replacing Richard Donoghue, who is in turn taking DuCharme's old job.

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Study Noting 'Racial Tension,' 'Nepotism' Shakes Philly Courts

Court leadership in Philadelphia County on Friday vowed to take action following the release of a damning report from an outside consultant detailing "a culture of nepotism, mistrust and racial tension that is constantly brewing" for staff and judges alike.

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Flynn Case Paused, DC Circ. Weighing Judge's En Banc Bid

The D.C. Circuit hit the brakes Friday on a panel's recent ruling instructing a federal judge to immediately grant the government's request to end the prosecution of former Trump administration national security adviser Michael Flynn as the full appeals court considers whether to rehear the matter.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

A new survey showed that corporate counsel are divided on whether they think recent work-from-home adjustments will continue or be reversed once the pandemic wanes, and a separate report revealed that more attorneys are getting comfortable with litigation funding. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​

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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.

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Podcast

Law360's Pro Say: Absolutely (Not) Immune

The U.S. Supreme Court ended its term with a bang this week, rejecting President Donald Trump's claim that he was absolutely immune to a subpoena for his financial records by New York state prosecutors who are pursuing a criminal investigation.

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Client Says Hagen Berman Pulled Fast One On Special Master

A Minnesota woman told a Pennsylvania federal court that Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP used clients' protected information as "a sword and a shield" to hide its alleged wrongdoing in its report provided to a special master, who was investigating the firm's bid to drop clients suing GlaxoSmithKline and others for birth defects caused by thalidomide.

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Law360 Practice Groups of the Year

LAW FIRMS

Advisors LLC

Arnold & Porter

Baker McKenzie

Bass Berry

Bernstein Litowitz

Beveridge & Diamond

Boies Schiller

Brown Rudnick

Cohen Milstein

Davis Polk

Day Pitney

Debevoise & Plimpton

Dorsey & Whitney

Duane Morris

Edelson PC

Fish & Richardson

Fisher Phillips

Foley Hoag

Genova Burns

Ghidotti Berger

Gibson Dunn

Goldstein & Russell

Goodwin

Hagens Berman

Harvey & Binnall

Hodgson Russ

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Horwood Marcus

Hughes Hubbard

Hunton Andrews Kurth

Ivie McNeill

Jenner & Block

Jones Day

Jones Walker

Kane Russell

Kelley Drye

Kessler Topaz

Kirkland & Ellis

Kline & Specter

Labaton Sucharow

Latham & Watkins

Lieff Cabraser

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will

McKool Smith

Mike Scott Law

Miller Canfield

Morgan Lewis

Nixon Peabody

Norton Rose

Nutter McClennen

O'Melveny & Myers

Paul Weiss

Pietragallo Gordon

Pryor Cashman

Reed Smith

Rivkin Radler

Roberts Law Group PLLC

Schiff Hardin

Sheppard Mullin

Sidley Austin

Simpson Thacher

Skadden

Stern Tannenbaum

Stroock & Stroock

The Ammons Law Firm

Thompson Coe

Tucker Law Group

Vedder Price

Vezina Lawrence

Weil Gotshal

Wilkinson Walsh

Williams & Connolly

WilmerHale

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES

Airbnb Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

American Bar Association

Apollo Global Management LLC

Apple Inc.

Association of Corporate Counsel

BDO USA LLP

BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Barclays PLC

Booking.com BV

Brooklyn Law School

CITGO Petroleum Corp.

Cato Institute

Center for Justice

Citigroup Inc.

Comcast Corp.

Credit Suisse Group AG

Daimler AG

Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Deere & Co.

Deutsche Bank AG

DoorDash Inc.

Drexel Hamilton LLC

DuPont de Nemours Inc.

Endo International PLC

Equifax Inc.

Evercore Inc.

Facebook Inc.

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

GLF Construction Corp.

General Electric Co.

Getty Images Inc.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.

Google Inc.

HSBC Holdings PLC

Houston Astros

Infinite Global

International Business Machines Corp.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Johnson & Johnson

Lake Whillans

Legal Services NYC

Lucky Brand Dungarees Inc.

Major League Baseball Inc.

Mazars LLP

Merck & Co. Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

New York Yankees

Novartis AG

Palantir Technologies Inc.

Pfizer Inc.

Philip Morris International Inc.

RBC Capital Markets

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Sanofi-Aventis

Sirius XM Radio Inc.

Spotify Technology SA

Tenneco Inc.

The Brattle Group Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Wayfair LLC

Waze Mobile Ltd.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services

Bureau of Labor Statistics

California Supreme Court

Comptroller of Maryland

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.

Food and Drug Administration

Louisiana Supreme Court

Mississippi Department of Revenue

Montana Department of Revenue

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

Small Business Administration

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Army

U.S. Attorney's Office

U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

U.S. Department of Homeland Security

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court

Wisconsin Department of Revenue