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Pro Say is a weekly podcast from Law360, bringing you a quick recap of both the biggest stories and the hidden gems from the world of law. Each episode, hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson are joined by expert guests to bring you inside the newsroom and break down the stories that had us talking.
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Monday, July 24, 2017

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Ep. 12: All Eyes On Litigation Funding, Plus DMX’s Courthouse Rap

Hulk Hogan’s company-killing lawsuit against Gawker, largely funded by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel out of a grudge against the media company, cast a harsh light on the little-known world of third-party litigation funding. Andrew Strickler, senior legal ethics reporter, comes on the show to talk about why the attention from the case is making litigation funders nervous. Also on this week’s show, the hosts discuss Massachusetts’ highest court ruling that employers can be held liable for disability discrimination if they fire an employee for using medical marijuana, a Ninth Circuit ruling about whether a judge’s Twitter activity merits recusal, and the latest legal woes of rapper DMX.

Full Show (Runtime: 29:03) Top News: Massachusetts says employees can’t be fired for using medical marijuana (7:01) Top News: Ninth Circuit weighs in on whether a judge’s Twitter activity merits recusal (5:09) Legal Industry Minute: Law firm leaders say second half of 2017 looking bright, firms are moving away from non-equity role & Trump taps Ty Cobb to join legal team (1:26) Main Story: Gawker case puts all eyes on litigation funding (9:03) Offbeat: The latest legal woes of rapper DMX (6:03)

Monday, July 17, 2017

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Ep. 11: Lateral Vetting Woes, Plus Monkeying Around With Copyrights

When you hire a lateral attorney do you always know what you are getting? Most firms take steps like background checks, but that doesn’t mean they always find out if an attorney has engaged in improper, or even illegal, conduct. Senior white collar reporter Jody Godoy comes on the show to walk us through some of the problems BigLaw is facing as it looks to vet new hires. Also on this week’s show, the hosts discuss a contentious trial where Quincy Jones says he’s been stiffed on $30 million in royalties from the Michael Jackson estate, a federal regulation that could lead to more class actions against banks, and some monkey business over a jungle selfie.

Full Show (Runtime: 28:30) Top News: Quincy Jones & Michael Jackson royalties trial kicks off (5:30) Top News: Rule issued to make it easier to bring class actions against banks (4:42) Legal Industry Minute: Legal industry is on a job creation hot-streak, firms are on track to hit record number of mergers & BigLaw history of FBI nominee Wray (1:25) Main Story: Firms should beware of the pitfalls of lateral attorney vetting (9:36) Offbeat: A bananas 9th Circuit oral argument about a curious ape (7:14)

Monday, July 10, 2017

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Ep. 10: HIGH COURT SPECIAL - Law360 Talks With RBG, Plus A Term-End Recap

This week’s Pro Say is our Supreme Court special, with guests who join us to talk about exclusive interviews they’ve done with two of the court’s powerhouse women. Senior reporter Jackie Bell discusses her sit down with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and RBG’s views on diversity on the bench. Then, senior reporter Ed Beeson stops by to talk about his interview with Justice Sonia Sotomayor and what she sees as the power of dissents. Also on this weeks show, the hosts break down the workmanlike Supreme Court term and what it taught us about the kind of justice Neil Gorsuch is shaping up to be.

Full Show (Runtime: 32:00) SCOTUS Recap: Lessons from the term & what we know about Gorsuch so far (12:18) Main Story pt.1: Ginsburg’s view of the importance of a diverse High Court bench (9:12) Main Story pt. 2: Sotomayor’s take on the power of dissents (10:30)

Monday, July 3, 2017

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Ep. 9: Travel Ban At The High Court, Plus Everyone Hates Shkreli

The Supreme Court has agreed to weigh the constitutionality of President Trump’s immigration travel ban in a case that pits executive power in the name of national security against a policy some say was just a smokescreen for religious discrimination. Senior immigration reporter Allissa Wickham stops by to talk through the arguments on both sides and what will happen during this summer of limbo with a partial ban. We’ll also talk about the start of the long-awaited fraud trial of Martin Shkreli, the infamous “pharma bro” known for for jacking up the price of a crucial HIV drug by 5000 percent. Spoiler alert: potential jurors didn’t like him much. And we’ll check in on Gawker’s war with Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel who funded the Hulk Hogan lawsuit that ultimately shuttered the company.

Full Show (Runtime: 27:00) Top News: Team for “Pharma Bro” Shkreli has a tough time finding unbiased jurors (6:57) Top News: Gawker gets OK to probe Thiel's dealings with a law firm behind case that doomed the company (3:47) Legal Industry Minute: DLA Piper grapples with a ransomware attack, more on firms facing equal pay litigation & Paul Hastings to pay $46.5 million in fiduciary breach suit (1:43) Main Story: High Court takes up contentious travel ban case (9:13) Offbeat: Dentons associate arrested for trying to extort partners at the firm (5:08)

Monday, June 26, 2017

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Ep. 8: The Tough Class Action Landscape, Plus Redskins Score Big

This week the Supreme Court ruled to limit where mass torts can be filed, just the latest decision that makes it hard to win class action lawsuits. Law360 In Depth reporter Sindhu Sundar comes on the show to walk us through the current state of the class action law and what steps firms are taking to thrive in a market that has undergone big changes. The Pro Say hosts discuss the high court handing the Washington Redskins a final victory in the decades-long battle over the team’s name and also share updates on gender bias litigation brought by partners against Chadbourne and Parke and Proskauer Rose.

Full Show (Runtime: 36:42) Top News: High Court OKs “offensive” trademarks like Redskins (11:37) Top News: The latest on BigLaw partners suing for gender discrimination (4:03) Legal Industry Minute: Anderson + Wanca sues ex-associate over trade secrets, public company GCs see higher paydays, & first openly LGBT judge nominated to NY high court (1:33) Main Story: MDLs are the new darling as firms adapt to the tough class action landscape (14:03) Offbeat: A legal fight over a big prize in a billfish tournament, hubris, and polygraph tests (5:22)

Monday, June 12, 2017

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Introducing Law360's Pro Say Podcast

Hosts Amber McKinney, Bill Donahue and Alex Lawson give a look at what to expect from Law360's weekly Pro Say podcast. Why did we start this thing? What kind of stories can you expect each week? Click play to find out. (Runtime: 2:03)

Monday, May 22, 2017

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Ep. 7: The Fallout From Ransomware, Plus Uber's IP Woes

The giant WannaCry ransomware attack rocked the globe last week, but that might be nothing compared to the legal aftershocks. Law360 senior privacy reporter Allison Grande joins the show to discuss the possible legal repercussions from the breach and what companies can do to make sure they aren’t impacted by the next one. The Pro Say hosts dive in to the newest developments in the self-driving car war between Google’s Waymo and Uber and discuss the latest law firm to be hit with a gender bias suit by a female partner.

Full Show (Runtime: 29:39) Top News: A ride through the self-driving car war between Google’s Waymo and Uber (7:48) Top News: The latest law firm to be hit with a gender bias suit by a female partner (5:04) Legal Industry Minute: California bar passage rate dips, higher percentage of law school grads have jobs, Seyfarth Shaw lays off 40 employees (1:16) Main Story: WannaCry ransomware attack has legal aftershocks (11:36) Offbeat: A lobster poacher on the hook for restitution to the South African government (3:54)

Monday, May 15, 2017

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Ep. 6: AIG's Bailout Battle, Plus Trump's Judges

While the 2008 financial crisis may have been nearly a decade ago, wrangling over federal bailouts is still making its way through the courts. Law360’s senior banking reporter Evan Weinberger comes on the show to walk us through a case challenging the constitutionality of the government takeover of insurance giant AIG and what it means for government power during a crisis. We also take a look at Donald Trump beginning to put his stamp on the federal judiciary with the nomination of 10 judges while 129 judicial vacancies remain. Then, we close the book on the long-running criminal case over the collapse of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf with a look at the verdict, how the DA was more successful in the second trial, what jurors really thought, and just how hard it is to convict C-suite executives.

Full Show (Runtime: 29:02) Top News: Trump nominates 10 federal judges (6:46) Top News: The final chapter in the Dewey criminal saga (6:11) Legal Industry Minute: Legal jobs bouncing back, Allen & Overy’s new performance review system, and Reed Smith program for new parents (1:10) Main Story: AIG bailout constitutionality & implications for government crisis power (11:10) Offbeat: Lawsuit over Starbuck’s viral sensation, the unicorn frappucino (3:55)

Monday, May 8, 2017

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Ep. 5: Trouble Indemnity, Plus Fyre Festival Debacle

In a buyer’s market for BigLaw services, corporate clients are increasingly getting firms to shoulder the risk of unforeseen or unwelcome outcomes from legal work. These indemnity provisions can have a serious downside, as Law360 senior legal ethics reporter Andrew Strickler explains on today’s show. The Pro Say hosts talk about the legal fallout from the Fyre Festival, a private-island music festival that was billed by its organizers -- including Ja Rule -- as the “cultural experience of the decade,” but devolved into something at least one lawsuit has described as more like “The Lord of the Flies.”

Full Show (Runtime: 29:16) Top News: Fyre Festival crashes and burns and suits are rolling in (7:35) Top News: DOJ wins in court to block the $54B healthcare merger of Anthem and Cigna (4:40) Legal Industry Minute: Obama-era solicitor general rejoins Jenner & Block & law firm merger developments (1:25) Main Story: Indemnity provisions can put law firms on the hook for big risks (10:13) Offbeat: The Eagles sue alleged real-life Hotel California over TM use (5:22)

Monday, May 1, 2017

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Ep. 4: Bid Adieu To Dewey, Plus Trump's New Trade Weapon

A pair of guests - reporters Jody Godoy and Stewart Bishop - come on the show to share stories about their time in court covering the second criminal case related to the fall of law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf. We’ll also take a look at the implications of Trump’s trade moves and discuss a group of Lyft drivers who have hit Uber with a lawsuit over tracking software nicknamed “Hell.”

Full Show (Runtime: 26:39) Top News: Trump’s recent trade moves (5:28) Top News: Uber hit with lawsuit over tracking Lyft drivers with “Hell” software (5:05) Legal Industry Minute: Ranking of 1Q BigLaw lobbying, Fried Frank bonuses to administrative staff, & Kirkland snags ex-Obama counsel (1:35) Main Story: A look back at criminal cases related to the fall of Dewey & LeBoeuf (9:27) Offbeat: How much profanity can you post to Facebook before you lose labor law cover? (5:04)

Monday, April 24, 2017

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Ep. 3: A Firing At Chadbourne, Plus Michael Jackson's Taxes

On the heels of a gender discrimination suit lodged against Chadbourne & Parke LLP, firm members just voted out the partner who brought the suit. Vin Gurrieri, Law360 senior employment reporter, joins the show to talk about this latest development in a case that has put a spotlight on pay disparity in BigLaw. The hosts discuss a bombshell tax case involving Michael Jackson, hundreds of millions of dollars, lying on the witness stand, and . . . Whitney Houston. Also, we’ll look at a high court ruling with broad implications for litigation misconduct sanctions.

Full Show (Runtime: 29:25) Top News: Bombshell Michael Jackson tax case (6:27) Top News: Supreme Court tackles litigation misconduct sanctions (5:00) Legal Industry Minute: Associates stick with BigLaw & developments in investigation of the death of a NY appellate judge (2:03) Main Story: Pay disparity in BigLaw, the case of Chadbourne & Parke (10:58) Offbeat: Would-be lawyer who doctored his verdict slip (4:55)

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Ep. 2: United's Debacle, Plus Gorsuch's Big Cases

Everyone watched the video of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight. This week, we’re joined by senior transportation reporter Linda Chiem who talks us through the potential legal fallout. We’ll also tackle newly minted Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch’s start on the bench, with a look at two cases where his vote could be the deciding one.

Full Show (Runtime: 27:09) Top News: Cases where Justice Gorsuch may be the deciding vote (10:00) Legal Industry Minute: Death of first black woman on NY’s appellate bench, MBE pass rates, & Boies Schiller acquisition (1:42) Main Story: Potential legal fallout of United Airlines bloody passenger removal (9:43) Offbeat: BigLaw partner arrested after being on the lam for 20 years (5:43)

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Ep. 1: Hacking BigLaw, Plus Dan Aykroyd's Vodka

Do you think cyber attacks only happen to multinational corporations and government targets? Not so, says Law360 In Depth reporter Ed Beeson, who comes on the show to discuss how hackers are increasingly targeting BigLaw and what the industry can do to stay safe. The hosts also discuss comedy legend Dan Aykryod’s vodka company winning a trademark case over its skull-shaped bottles, and a landmark Seventh Circuit ruling about sexual orientation discrimination.

Full Show (Runtime 26:49) Top News: Dan Aykroyd’s vodka company TM win (4:37) Top News: Landmark 7th Circ. ruling about sexual orientation bias (5:30) Legal Industry Minute: Cost of joining the Trump administration, crumbling mergers & Chadbourne partner vote (1:56) Main Story: Hackers are targeting BigLaw, here’s how to stay safe (10:20) Offbeat: What NOT to do when filing your next legal brief (4:24)