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    Remote Work Is Complicating Employee Safety, GCs Say

    Chief legal, security and compliance officers believe they are under heavier pressure to keep their employees safe from physical harm, as they report that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased physical threats, according to the results from a recent survey.

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    1Law's Jason Velez On Nonlawyer Investment

    Attorney Jason Velez launched his firm 1Law to experiment with new ideas around how to deliver legal services, including through technology. Here, he speaks with Law360 Pulse about seeking nonlawyer investment for the firm and other innovations.

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    How Law Firms Learned To Trust The Cloud

    Data security concerns kept law firms out of the cloud for many years, but more and more firms are leaving on-premises data centers and migrating their data and applications online.

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    Why Biden Must Tread Carefully With U-Turns In Court

    The Biden administration has not been shy about reversing the government's stance in high-profile court cases, U-turns some experts say are necessary but others warn could harm the government's credibility in court and encourage future presidents to change course more often.

  • Chancery Keeps Alive $13B Columbia Pipeline Deal Challenge

    A stockholder suit seeking damages from Columbia Pipeline Group Inc.'s former CEO and top financial officer for skewing a $13 billion company sale to TransCanada Corp. survived Delaware Chancery Court dismissal arguments on Monday, in an opinion that also retained an aiding and abetting claim against the buyer.

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    How Firms Handled 'Pressing' COVID-19, Social Justice Issues

    Nearly three in four law firms started programs or initiatives to address racial injustice in response to the Black Lives Matter movement and last summer's civil unrest, according to a Monday report from the NALP Foundation and the National Business Institute.

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    Male Attys Avoid Women's Groups Out Of Fear, Report Says

    A large majority of men in the legal profession don't actively support gender equity efforts out of fear, according to a report released on Monday by the American Bar Association's Commission on Women in the Profession.

  • No DQ For Polsinelli In Slot-Maker's 'Sham' Patent Suit

    A Delaware federal judge has declined to boot Polsinelli LLP from an antitrust case brought by its slot-maker client, NRT Technology Corp., calling any conflict-of-interest risk in the case "minimal."

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    Law Student Activism Heats Up: Is BigLaw Listening?

    More than 200 law students have pledged to boycott Seward & Kissel LLP over what they called the "unethical private" prosecution of attorney Steven Donziger, the latest salvo in a growing movement from students and activists to place pressure on corporate law firms over their representation and internal policies.

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    Black Judges On Building A More Diverse Bench

    Six barrier-breaking Black judges speaking at a panel discussion Friday credited Black legal organizations like the National Bar Association for giving them the support they needed to make it onto the bench, and they stressed that Black jurists will play an essential role in building the Black legal community of the future.

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    Pa. Energy Giant Promotes GC, 3 Other Execs

    PJM Interconnection, an energy company north of Philadelphia that operates the country's largest electricity grid, said Friday it had promoted four members of its executive team, including the company's general counsel to senior vice president.

  • BigLaw Firms On Fence About Mandatory Atty Vaccination

    When the time comes to head back to the office, law firms are still on the fence about whether to require attorneys to be vaccinated, according to honchos at Winston & Strawn LLP and DLA Piper LLP.

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    BigLaw Eyes HBCUs, But Rankings Mindset Still Prevails

    Last year's racial justice movement translated into an outpouring of law firm commitments to advance diversity and more BigLaw recruiting at law schools at historically Black colleges and universities. But the new interest appears to have been limited, and increased recruiting activity did not always translate into jobs.

  • GC Ranks Are More Diverse Since 2013, Study Says

    A new study from management consultants Russell Reynolds Associates shows gender and ethnic diversity in the appointment of Fortune 500 general counsel has increased steadily since 2013.

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    Legal Honchos Join Call To Pass Biden's COVID-19 Stimulus

    Some of the big shots in New York's legal industry urged Congress in an open letter Wednesday to pass the Biden administration's coronavirus stimulus package, saying the country is "still struggling" to recover from the economic fallout the pandemic has caused.

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    COVID-19 Hasn't Forced An Exodus Of Women From BigLaw

    Even with the COVID-19 pandemic placing extra burdens on working mothers and other caretakers, the legal industry did not see a wave of female attorneys leaving BigLaw last year, according to legal recruiters and data provided to Law360 Pulse.

  • Verizon Notches Win In $95M Settlement Coverage Fight

    Verizon Communications Inc. won a Delaware court ruling Tuesday upholding its entitlement to seek insurance coverage for its $95 million settlement in 2014 of a bankruptcy trustee suit to claw back $2.3 billion of indirect payments from then-insolvent FairPoint Communications.

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    Reps. Want To Add Lower Court Judges, But Divided On How

    A House hearing Wednesday showcased bipartisan interest in boosting the number of federal judges on busy lower courts, but also illustrated potential snags, from partisan fights over timing to the thorny question of adding appellate seats, especially in the Ninth Circuit.

  • Dentons Promotes 42 North American Partners

    Dentons has promoted 42 attorneys to partner and three to counsel across its North American offices, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    The Leadership Dilemma Law Firms Face Amid COVID-19

    Law firms of all sizes are grappling with whether to keep leaders on longer to maintain a sense of consistency and normalcy amid the global crisis or to implement a transition to bring in new perspectives and ideas.

  • Class OK In Labaton Sucharow, Quinn Emanuel-Led Dell Suit

    The Delaware Chancery Court has certified a stockholder class in a consolidated suit being steered by Labaton Sucharow LLP and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP that accuses Dell's founder, four directors and the company's controlling investor of shortchanging minority shareholders by billions on a stock swap deal.

  • Future ABA Resolutions Must Stick To New Limits

    Future resolutions by the American Bar Association House of Delegates must advance at least one of the association's four primary goals, the policymaking body has decided, responding to criticism that some past resolutions lacked focus and were not directly related to the practice of law.

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    Pandemic Worsens Career Barriers For Marginalized Attorneys

    The move to remote work during the coronavirus pandemic has attorneys juggling their jobs and household tasks and family care, with an especially devastating effect on the careers of women, attorneys of color and those in other marginalized or minority groups.

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    PepsiCo, Others Make List Of 135 'Most Ethical' Companies

    Ethisphere Institute, a for-profit organization that recognizes companies that promote best practices in corporate ethics, on Tuesday released its 15th annual list of the World's 135 Most Ethical Companies, including PepsiCo, International Paper and four others that have made the list every year from the beginning.

  • Del. Justices Let $12M Attorney Fee In Versum Case Stand

    The Delaware Supreme Court on Monday let stand a $12 million fee awarded to stockholder attorneys who won removal of poison pill measures that threatened to block Versum Materials Inc. from taking a $1.2 billion higher alternative bid in a 2019 merger.

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