Daily Litigation

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    'There Will Be Blood': Musk Eyes Legal War In Help Wanted Ad

    Elon Musk is beefing up Tesla Inc.'s litigation department, and he's seeking a team of "hardcore streetfighters" down for some blood and who will report directly to him. What he's not looking for: the "white-shoe" lawyers over at Perkins Coie LLP or Cooley LLP, according to Musk's Twitter announcement.

  • 'Seriously, We Are Done': Judge Quits Trial, Says Atty Lied

    A California judge abruptly declared a mistrial in a sex trafficking case and recused himself after defense counsel complained that jurors may have seen the defendant's feet shackled, telling an attorney from the Federal Public Defender's Office that he is stepping down because he thinks "intentional misrepresentations" are being made.

  • Wynn Settles Defamation Suit Over Atty's Press Release

    Court records filed Thursday show billionaire Steve Wynn has agreed to drop his lawsuit accusing civil rights attorney Lisa Bloom of defaming him by publishing a press release that accused him of pressuring casino dancers to strip down.

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    MyPillow CEO Sanctioned For Claims In Voting Machines Case

    A D.C. federal judge has sanctioned MyPillow founder Mike Lindell and dismissed his claims against Dominion and Smartmatic, the voting technology companies who are suing Lindell for defamation after he said on television that they had contributed to election fraud.

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    Snapshot: Legal Tech Co.'s Suit Aims To Shield Debtor Advice

    A legal tech nonprofit is fighting in New York federal court for the right to coach low-income debtors through debt collection proceedings, repped by a team of attorneys from Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP, in a closely watched case that touches on tensions over laws regulating who can practice law.

  • Trump Pays $110K To NY AG For Not Complying In Biz Probe

    Former President Donald Trump has paid a $110,000 fine for his failure to comply with the New York attorney general's probe into his business practices and filed affidavits ahead of a Friday deadline to keep a court's contempt order lifted.

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    The Supreme Court's Week: By The Numbers

    The justices this week returned to a semblance of their normal routine in the wake of an unprecedented leak of a majority opinion earlier this month, issuing two opinions that underscored the ongoing divisions at the court. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a data-driven dive into the week that was at the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as law firms expanded their footprint with new hires. Meanwhile, a new study showed attrition rates are higher for nonwhite attorneys. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • Legal Tech Roundup: MyCase, Case Works

    A legal technology company disclosing its fourth acquisition in less than two years leads this roundup of recent industry news.

  • Funder Says Mining Investor Still Owes For Egypt Arbitration

    A litigation funder has sued a Finnish mining investor who won some $100 million in arbitration against Egypt after his iron ore project was shut down, arguing that the investor owes as much as £16.74 million ($20.7 million) under their deal to fund the proceedings.

  • Judge Cuts 'Unreasonable' Atty Fee Bid In $98M Mattel Deal

    A California federal judge has granted final approval to a $98 million settlement between investors and toymaker Mattel Inc. and PwC, but slashed the requested $24.5 million in attorney fees, saying it was too high.

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    NJ Judge's Novel Approach Helped 'Most Vulnerable' People

    New Jersey's top federal judge spoke on Thursday at a State Bar Association event about non-traditional case management techniques, highlighting a class action involving the state's Department of Education and Department of Corrections that she helped bring to a resolution through a unique approach.

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    Snell & Wilmer Plans For Growth With New Dallas Office Lease

    Dallas newcomer Snell & Wilmer LLP announced this week that it has found a long-term home in the city's Uptown neighborhood, giving it room to grow as it continues to add new attorneys to the office.

  • Robbins Geller Starts Fellowship For Diverse 2L Students

    Securities-focused plaintiffs' firm Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP announced its plans to start a fellowship program dedicated to diverse second-year law students starting in 2023, with the firm selecting two participants as summer associates.

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    New Stevens & Lee Leader On Serving With Ex-3rd Circ. Judge

    Karl S. Myers recently left the appellate practice he launched and led for more than 16 years at Stradley Ronon to practice alongside former Third Circuit Judge Thomas I. Vanaskie at Stevens & Lee. In a recent conversation with Law360 Pulse, Myers talks about the move and what comes next.

  • Attys Try Again To Beat BP Spill Relief Malpractice Claims

    A group of law firms and attorneys asked a Louisiana federal judge Thursday to throw out malpractice claims brought by fishermen who sought monetary relief after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, saying those claims are time-barred and that the fishermen were to blame for their applications being rejected.

  • 5th Circ. Says Service Error Dooms Excessive Force Case

    The Fifth Circuit declined to revive a "gruesome" police brutality case brought by the family of Darrall Thomas, who was wrongly identified by police in a Texas suburb as a suspect in an ATM break-in and was "tased and brutalized" by police until he died, saying that a failure to properly serve the officer who committed the violence doomed the suit.

  • Littler Adds Wood Smith Employment Litigator In LA

    Littler Mendelson PC is expanding by adding a Wood Smith Henning & Berman LLP labor and employment litigator as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office.

  • Polsinelli Must Face Negligence Claims In $35M Crypto Fraud

    Polsinelli PC must face a defunct cryptocurrency trading club's argument that the law firm and a former partner failed to detect illegal activity that ultimately drained the club's coffers, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Gibson Dunn Boosts Silicon Valley Chops With Cooley Hire

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired a 20-year veteran of Silicon Valley securities litigation practice who joins its partnership from Cooley LLP, the firm has announced.

  • Gibson Dunn Denied $300K Fee In Contract Dispute, For Now

    A New York federal judge denied Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's bid for more than $300,000 in attorney fees, agreeing Tuesday with the co-founder of a soccer promotion company run by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross that the firm's request is premature because the employment dispute between the one-time business partners is not over.

  • Ex-Roche Freedman Atty Says Firm Is Harassing His Clients

    Attorney Jason Cyrulnik, a former name partner at law firm Roche Freedman, accused his old firm of sending a "barrage" of improper subpoenas to former Roche Freedman clients who followed him to his new firm.

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    Wilson Sonsini Accused Of Stiffing Recruiter Over Atty Hire

    A legal recruiting outfit has accused Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC in California federal court of refusing to pay up after the firm hired an attorney that the recruiter had offered up as a job candidate.

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    Legal Malpractice Payouts More Costly In Hot Lateral Market

    Firms are facing higher payouts on legal malpractice insurance claims this year because of an increasingly active lateral recruitment market and rapidly changing laws, according to a new report by insurance broker Ames & Gough.

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    NYC Bar Elects Jenner & Block Litigator To Be President

    The New York City Bar Association said Wednesday that a media and entertainment litigator and co-chair of Jenner & Block LLP's trademark, advertising and unfair competition practice has been elected to be its next president.

Expert Analysis

  • Persuading The Court With Visual Aids In Written Argument Author Photo

    Robert Dubose at Alexander Dubose describes several categories of visuals attorneys can use to make written arguments easier to understand or more persuasive, and provides tips for lawyers unused to working with anything but text.

  • BigLaw Vs. Mid-Law Summer Programs: The Pros And Cons Author Photo

    There are major differences between BigLaw and Mid-Law summer associate programs, and each approach can learn something from the other in terms of structure and scheduling, the on-the-job learning opportunities provided, and the social experiences offered, says Anna Tison at Brooks Pierce.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Take Time Off? Author Photo

    David Kouba at Arnold & Porter discusses how attorneys can prioritize mental health leave and vacation despite work-related barriers to taking time off.

  • Law Firms Must Prioritize Mental Health In Internal Comms Author Photo

    The traditional structure of law firms, with their compartmentalization into silos, is an inherent challenge to mental wellness, so partners and senior lawyers should take steps to construct and disseminate internal action plans and encourage open dialogue, says Elizabeth Ortega at ECO Strategic Communications.

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

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