Daily Litigation

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    Coinbase, Binance Bring Out BigLaw Guns For SEC Defense

    When the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission escalated its crackdown on the digital assets industry this week by suing Coinbase and Binance, the cryptocurrency exchanges showed they were geared up for a fight by hiring some of the most well-known securities and white collar defense lawyers from firms such as WilmerHale and Latham.  

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    Ex-DLA Piper Atty Accuses Firm Of Pregnancy Bias

    A former intellectual property associate is accusing DLA Piper of firing her just days after she formally requested maternity leave, saying in a New York federal court filing Tuesday that the firm fabricated performance issues in order to oust her.

  • Ill. Judge Slams Bid To Examine TCPA Plaintiff's Electronics

    An Illinois federal magistrate judge's refusal to allow an Illinois marketing company defending Telephone Consumer Protection Act class claims to inspect the lead plaintiff's electronic devices drew frustration from defense counsel Tuesday, who said her motion "got flipped upside down" when the court opted to allow the plaintiff to conduct the desired inspection.

  • Case Against Takeda, Eli Lilly Gets Partial Class Cert.

    A California federal judge has certified a class of at least hundreds of third-party payors who ponied up money for anti-diabetes drug Actos as part of a suit accusing Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. and Eli Lilly & Co. of hiding the risks associated with the treatment.

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    NYC Landlord Wants Law Firm's $9M Rent Bill Enforced In Pa.

    The owner of a towering Manhattan glass office building has asked a Pennsylvania trial court to enforce a $9.2 million judgment that a New York court ordered Gerard Fox Law PC to pay earlier this year in a lease breach suit, even as the firm appeals the judgment.

  • UC Law Can't Toss Name Change Suit With Anti-SLAPP Law

    The University of California College of the Law, San Francisco — recently changed from UC Hastings, over the namesake's purported financing of murderous anti-Native American raids — can't use an anti-SLAPP statute to bat away a lawsuit that seeks to undo the name change, a California appeals court has ruled.

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    Employment Atty Sexually Assaulted Associate, Court Told

    A worker's-side employment law partner fostered a "toxic cesspool" of harassment at the firm where he worked with a female attorney before sexually assaulting and firing her, she told a New York court Tuesday.

  • E-Discovery Co. Expands Franchise Opportunities To UK

    E-Discovery company KLDiscovery Inc. announced Tuesday that it is expanding its franchise opportunities to the United Kingdom.

  • Groupon Investors Defend $2.5M Fee Bid In Chancery Cases

    Groupon Inc. investors contend they're deserving of a $2.5 million attorney fee and expense award they seek in Delaware Chancery Court for what they call "substantial benefits" secured in a proposed litigation settlement, despite company claims the request is "unreasonable."

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    Ford O'Brien Brings On Former SEC Atty In Austin

    White collar boutique firm Ford O'Brien Landy LLP has expanded its office in Texas this week with the addition of an attorney with more than 35 years of litigation experience.

  • Afghan Child Abduction Case Docs To Stay Under Wraps

    The attorney brother of a U.S. Marine lost his bid to access sealed documents in a case accusing the Marine and his family of abducting an Afghan child after a Virginia federal court chided his request for lacking legal arguments.

  • Trump Says Cohen Can't Toss Suit Over Book, Media Remarks

    Donald Trump has asked a Florida federal judge not to dismiss his lawsuit accusing his former fixer Michael Cohen of spreading falsehoods about him through his two books and media appearances, saying Cohen's motion to dismiss relies on references to unrelated legal matters and news articles.

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    Why In-House Counsel Are Taking Historic Rate Hikes In Stride

    As several law firms have significantly increased their rates over the past year amid a slowing economy, the relative silence from corporate clients has been deafening.

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    Smith Gambrell Brings On Ex-Akerman Litigator In Florida

    Smith Gambrell & Russell LLP announced Monday that a former Akerman LLP partner has joined its litigation practice in Jacksonville, Florida.

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    Stinson Expands Antitrust Bench With Ex-Pillsbury Atty

    Stinson LLP has added a former Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP special counsel to the firm's Washington, D.C., office, whose practice will focus on a range of antitrust, competition and financial services issues, the firm recently announced.

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    Onna To Put Its Legal Tech On Google Cloud Marketplace

    Data management company Onna Technologies Inc. announced on Tuesday that it is making its product line available on Google Cloud Marketplace, saying the move makes its services more accessible to customers and further expands its connections with the tech giant.

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    Chancery Won't DQ Selendy Gay In Fortis-J&J Earnout Suit

    Acknowledging that some arrangements were "not ideal," a Delaware vice chancellor nevertheless declined Monday to disqualify Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC from representing a medical robotics developer and entrepreneur caught up in a multibillion-dollar post-acquisition dispute between Johnson & Johnson Inc. and Fortis Advisors.

  • Pa. Panel Says Atty Needed Client To OK Draft Of Settlement

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Monday sent a settlement agreement between two restaurant co-owners back to Allegheny County after it found the county's trial court didn't determine if an attorney had gotten his client's approval to finalize a "redlined" version of the agreement before it enforced the settlement.

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    Pillsbury Blasted For 'Unreasonable' Atty Fees In Cinema Row

    Chinese cinema magnate Hui Qin has accused top attorneys at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP of spending too much time handling routine court filings, telling a federal judge that the firm "egregiously inflated" a fee estimate in litigation filed by several of his investors.

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    Tech Co. Says Court 'Gutted' $30M Case Against Locke Lord

    Safety syringe technology company Retractable Technologies Inc. has asked a Texas appellate court to reverse a trial court order regarding allowable evidence it says runs contrary to Fifth Circuit precedent, arguing Friday the decision will prevent it from succeeding in a legal malpractice suit against Locke Lord LLP alleging Retractable spent millions pursuing "ill-fated claims" based on bad legal advice.

  • Bernstein Liebhard To Rep Tupperware Investors In Stock Suit

    Bernstein Liebhard LLP will serve as lead counsel for a proposed class of Tupperware Brands Corp. investors over claims that the company misled shareholders with false financial reports, according to an order filed Monday in Florida federal court.

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    Non-Atty Parents May Represent Their Kids, 5th Circ. Says

    Parents who want to represent their children in court — even those without law degrees — may do so in some cases, according to a newly published Fifth Circuit opinion that overturns a previous district court ruling, which blocked a mother from representing her minor children when fighting against a mask mandate in the Dallas Independent School District.

  • Buchalter Wins Bid To Arbitrate Worker's Sex Harassment Suit

    A California judge on Monday granted a request from Buchalter APC and its former products liability group chair to send an employee's sexual harassment claim to arbitration, rejecting her argument that her case falls under a new federal law prohibiting employers from requiring workers to arbitrate sexual harassment claims.

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    Litigator Who Opened Bradley Arant's Dallas Office Goes Solo

    The litigator who Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP lured away from his own boutique firm to help open its Dallas office four years ago has departed to open another new firm.

  • Ex-WSJ Reporter Says Dechert Hacking Suit Isn't Too Late

    A former Wall Street Journal reporter hit back in D.C. federal court at several motions to dismiss his suit accusing Dechert LLP, its partners and several others of hacking into his email account and leaking his inappropriate communications with a source, saying his claims are not time-barred because he thought he was hacked by sovereign government entities, which are shielded from litigation in the U.S. in most circumstances. 

Expert Analysis

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

  • Why All Law Firms Should Foster Psychological Capital Author Photo

    Law firms will be able to reap great long-term benefits if they adopt strategies to nurture four critical components of their employees' psychological wellness and performance — hope, efficacy, resilience and optimism, says Dennis Stolle at the American Psychological Association.

  • A GC's Guide To Litigation, Inspired By Sun Tzu's 'Art Of War' Author Photo

    With caseloads and spending increasing, in-house counsel might find themselves called to opine on the risks and benefits of litigation more often, and they should look at five Sun Tzu maxims from the ancient Chinese classic "The Art of War" to inform their approach to any suit, says Jeff Golimowski at Womble Bond.

  • ChatGPT Is A Cool Trick, But AI Won't Replace Lawyers Author Photo

    Generative AI applications like ChatGPT are unlikely to ever replace attorneys for a variety of practical reasons — but given their practice-enhancing capabilities, lawyers who fail to leverage these tools may be rendered obsolete, says Eran Kahana at Maslon.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Valuable In IP And Continued Learning Author Photo

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's recent elimination of a rule that partially counted pro bono work toward continuing legal education highlights the importance of volunteer work in intellectual property practice and its ties to CLE, and puts a valuable tool for hands-on attorney education in the hands of the states, say Lisa Holubar and Ariel Katz at Irwin.

  • Increasing Public Access To Legal Services: A Practical Plan Author Photo

    Recommendations recently issued by a special committee of the Florida Bar represent a realistic, pragmatic approach to increasing the accessibility and affordability of legal services, at a time when the disconnect between the legal profession and the public at large has widened considerably, says Gary Lesser, president of the Florida Bar.

  • Priorities For Improving The Legal Industry In Texas Author Photo

    To assist Texas lawyers in effectively executing their duties, we should be working on succession planning, attorney wellness, and increasing understanding of the grievance system by both bar members and the public, says Laura Gibson, president of the State Bar of Texas.

  • Leading Your Law Firm's Creation Of A New Practice Group Author Photo

    Marjorie Peerce and Peter Jaslow at Ballard Spahr discuss the challenges of building a new law firm practice group from the ground up, and how sustained commitment, communication and collaboration are the key ingredients for success.



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