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  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Pa. Panel Won't Revive Racketeering Claims Against Linn Law

    A Pennsylvania appeals court said Monday it would not revive claims from a once-prominent, Pittsburgh-area businessman that his ex-wife and attorneys with Linn Law Group engaged in racketeering and abusive litigation in connection with a contentious four-year divorce proceeding.

  • June 18, 2018

    IHOP Worker Says He Was Fired For Skipping Prayer Meetings

    A dishwasher at an International House of Pancakes filed a discrimination suit Monday in Pennsylvania federal court claiming a cook and other employees harassed him for not joining their prayer group and that he was eventually fired for it.

  • June 18, 2018

    PE-Backed BJ's Leads 9 IPO Launches Exceeding $1.9B

    Private equity-backed BJ's Wholesale Club Holdings Inc. launched an estimated $600 million initial public offering on Monday, leading a flurry of nine companies that set price ranges on IPOs projected to surpass $1.9 billion in proceeds across several industries.

  • June 18, 2018

    Special Immigrant Juveniles Get Due Process, 3rd Circ. Rules

    The Third Circuit found in a precedential opinion that a provision in the Immigration and Nationality Act that strips the federal courts from reviewing removal orders is unconstitutional as it applies to those with certain immigrant statuses, and that a proposed class of immigrant children are entitled to injunctive relief — despite the expedited removal orders out against them.

  • June 18, 2018

    In Their Own Words: Minority Partners On Reaching The Top

    Despite decades of industrywide initiatives, movement up the ladder has stagnated for minority lawyers. Here, five industry success stories tell Law360 about the paths they took and what needs to change in BigLaw.

  • June 18, 2018

    Fisher Phillips Nabs 2 Constangy Brooks Employment Vets

    Fisher Phillips said on Monday it has deepened its bench in three different cities with the addition of two labor and employment partners and one lawyer who will serve as of counsel, announcing that the two partners have come from Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete LLP.

  • June 18, 2018

    Pa. Injury Firm Inks Deal With Feds For Medicare Repayments

    Federal prosecutors said Monday they'd inked a deal with Philadelphia-based Rosenbaum & Associates to resolve claims that the personal injury firm failed to reimburse the government for Medicare payments made to health care providers on behalf of clients.

  • June 18, 2018

    NFL, Texans Want To Arbitrate Ex-Eagles Player's Injury Suit

    The NFL and the Houston Texans want a court to send to arbitration claims that a pocked and scored field at NRG Stadium gave a former Philadelphia Eagles player a career-ending injury, saying the players' union agreed that injury claims like this can only be decided in arbitration.

  • June 18, 2018

    High Court Won't Hear Pa. Utility's $199M Tax Refund Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a Pennsylvania utility’s challenge to a Third Circuit ruling that denied the company a $199 million capital loss deduction on the sale of a subsidiary.

  • June 18, 2018

    Lindquist Fights Nix Of Arbitration In Laser-Tech Advice Row

    Ballard Spahr LLP acquisition Lindquist & Vennum LLP is asking a Pennsylvania appeals court to consider whether the firm should be allowed to arbitrate claims that it provided faulty legal advice to a medical supply company about its ability to rent out patented laser technology.

  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Says RICO Claims Must Cover More Than 9 Months

    Two real-estate insurance companies escaped accusations of fraud from two former customers when the Third Circuit ruled Thursday that the alleged activity did not occur long enough to establish a pattern of racketeering.

  • June 15, 2018

    Pa. Engineering Co. Allowed To Pursue Trade Secret Claims

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday kept alive PDC Machines Inc.’s claims accusing a former project manager and the European company that now employs him of misusing trade secrets related to compressors to develop a competing product that threatens to undercut PDC's ability to market its technology.

  • June 15, 2018

    SEC, Ex-Brokerage Execs Battle For Quick Wins In Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a Pennsylvania federal court on Friday for a quick win in its suit alleging two former transition management brokerage executives bilked clients with hidden costs, but the executives have mounted a rival bid to get the case thrown out as untimely.

  • June 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Upholds UPenn Win In Ex-Worker's Retaliation Suit

    A Third Circuit panel on Friday backed a lower court’s decision handing a quick win to the University of Pennsylvania in a former employee’s suit that claimed she was retaliated against after she filed an age and disability discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

  • The Latest On State-Level Noncompete Reform

    Kevin Burns

    Since the White House’s “call to action” for state restrictive covenant reform, over a dozen states have proposed and enacted laws reforming their use by employers. As more and more states answer the “call” and alter an already inconsistent legal landscape, employers that use these types of agreements should review them to ensure compliance, say Kevin Burns and Brian Ellixson of Fisher Phillips.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Why High Court May Not Rein In Gerrymandering This Term

    Junaid Odubeko

    This term, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two redistricting cases involving claims of partisan gerrymandering. But there are indications that the court may not yet have settled on a constitutional test to resolve the issue, says Junaid Odubeko of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Aviation Watch: Keeping Turbines Spinning, Passengers Safe

    Alan Hoffman

    Engine failures are rare in modern commercial aviation. But recent problems with two types of aircraft engines — including one which led to an in-flight fatality in April — point to the serious technical and legal challenges faced by manufacturers, air carriers and regulators trying to keep planes in the air, says Alan Hoffman, a retired attorney and private pilot.

  • Establishing Diversity When A Trust Is Involved

    Andrew McClain

    The Third Circuit's opinion in GBForefront v. Forefront Management makes clear that traditional trusts and business trusts are treated differently for purposes of diversity jurisdiction. At the same time, the case begs the question of how to differentiate between a business trust and a traditional trust, says Andrew McClain of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.