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  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Opioid MDL Order Shows Need For Broad Funding Disclosure

    Alex Dahl

    The judge in the national opioid multidistrict litigation recently ordered lawyers to disclose whether their cases are financed by third parties. This has drawn attention to courts’ responsibility to address problems surrounding third-party litigation funding, but a uniform funding disclosure requirement would be more effective, says Alex Dahl of Strategic Policy Counsel PLLC.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • And Now A Word To The Panel: Happy 50th!

    Alan Rothman

    As the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation heads to Chicago for its May 31 hearing session, Alan Rothman of Arnold & Porter observes the panel’s golden anniversary with a retrospective look at its origins in the enactment of the MDL statute in April 1968, and reviews its most recent hearing session held in Atlanta on March 29.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.