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  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Partners

    Although women have made some strides toward gender parity in the lower ranks of law firms, breaking into the equity tier remains elusive. These 20 firms, however, are leaders in advancing equality at the top, earning them the designation of Law360 Ceiling Smasher.

  • July 21, 2017

    BigLaw Bias Suits New Wild Card In Fight For Gender Equity

    As gender bias suits pile up against law firms, it remains to be seen how they will impact recruiting in the industry. But some legal experts say firm leaders may want to look at the complaints as blueprints for change.

  • July 21, 2017

    Could An NFL Diversity Rule Be A BigLaw Game-Changer?

    In a bid to elevate more women to positions of authority, law firms are taking a page from the National Football League's playbook.

  • July 21, 2017

    The 2017 Law360 Glass Ceiling Report

    U.S. law firms have long been overwhelmingly dominated by men, particularly at the partnership level, and Law360’s latest Glass Ceiling Report shows that recent progress has been — at best — only incremental.

  • July 21, 2017

    How 4 Firms Are Moving The Needle On Gender Diversity

    A handful of law firms of various sizes and types are outpacing their peers on including women in their ranks. Here’s why four of them are positioned toward the front of the pack.

  • July 21, 2017

    The Best Law Firms For Female Attorneys

    While the legal industry continues to struggle with gender parity, this year’s Glass Ceiling Report shows that some firms are ahead of the rest. Here, Law360 reveals its third annual ranking of the best law firms for female attorneys, based on their representation of women at the nonpartner and partner levels.

  • July 21, 2017

    Texas Groups Seek to Block Release of Voter Data

    The Texas NAACP and the League of Women Voters of Texas filed suit Thursday against state election officials to prevent the transfer of personal voter data to the Presidential Election Commission, arguing those officials have indicated they will hand over the information in a way that violates state laws.

  • July 21, 2017

    5th Circ. Won't Revive $10M Warehouse Fire Coverage Suit

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday shot down a Florida warehouse owner’s claim that Alterra American Insurance Co. owed it $10 million for underinsuring its warehouse, saying the owner's legal claims did not pass muster in multiple states.

  • July 21, 2017

    20 Democratic AGs Ask Trump To Defend DACA Program

    A group of 20 Democratic attorneys general asked President Donald Trump on Friday to defend the Obama administration program allowing unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children to stay in the U.S., a request that came against a backdrop of opposition from some Republican state AGs and an uncommitted White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Wash. Expands Biometric Privacy Quilt With More Limited Law

    A newly enacted Washington state law governing the collection and use of consumers’ biometric information is seen as a more business-friendly alternative to an Illinois law that has provoked a flurry of consumer suits, and may stand as a model for states to emulate in future legislation, experts say.

  • July 21, 2017

    Texas Judge Questions Arbitration For 'Indirect Customers'

    A Texas federal judge on Friday questioned whether he can decide if investors who bought shares in bankrupt biotech firm Palmaz Inc. should be considered “indirect customers” of investment firm Jefferies LLC before determining whether the matter should be arbitrated.

  • July 21, 2017

    Biz Groups Continue 5th Circ. Attack On DOL Fiduciary Rule

    Several financial and insurance industry groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to rule against the U.S. Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule for retirement account advisers, saying the rule’s definition of a fiduciary “defies centuries of precedent.”

  • July 21, 2017

    Latino Lawmakers Ax Texas Event Over Sanctuary City Law

    The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators won't be hosting its annual conference in Texas later this year as planned, becoming the latest organization to move a convention out of the state in response to a controversial “sanctuary cities” law that opponents say undermines due process and scapegoats immigrants.

  • July 21, 2017

    FCA Relators Can’t Self-Represent, 5th Circ. Rules

    The Fifth Circuit on Thursday affirmed the dismissal of a False Claims Act suit alleging a theft scheme at a federal prison facility, ruling that because they act on behalf of the government, relators cannot represent themselves in FCA cases.

  • July 21, 2017

    EEOC Says Manufacturer Would Only Hire Hispanic Workers

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission accused a Texas-based fiberglass conduit and strut manufacturer on Thursday of discriminating against a class of applicants seeking laborer jobs by declining to hire them because they are not Hispanic.

  • July 21, 2017

    KeyBank Loans $142M To Nonprofit Harmony Housing

    Nonprofit Harmony Housing has scored a $142.4 million loan from KeyBank Real Estate Capital, most of which is for a portfolio of affordable rental properties in Florida, Texas and elsewhere, according to an announcement on Thursday from KeyBank.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ex-ArthroCare CEO Can't Escape Wire Fraud Charges

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday refused to toss wire fraud allegations against the former chief executive of ArthroCare, the medical device company that purportedly deceived investors by artificially inflating sales.

  • July 21, 2017

    Citing Deal, Texas Justices Toss Bus Monitor's Disability Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted a joint request from Dallas County Schools and a fired bus monitor who alleged disability discrimination, and vacated its May ruling that had reinstated a $160,000 jury award for the monitor citing a settlement between the parties.

  • July 21, 2017

    Texas High Court Won't Review Ex-US Rep's Suspension

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review a former U.S. representative and defense attorney’s argument that his law license was wrongly suspended for 18 months after a scheduling conflict with two impending trials.

  • July 20, 2017

    Texas Partnership Ruling Lets Midstream Cos. Breathe Easier

    When it wiped out a $535 million judgment in a closely watched pipeline partnership dispute, a Texas appellate court this week reassured a shaken midstream energy sector its companies can rely on the steps they take to disclaim creating a partnership, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Series

    My Strangest Day(s) In Court: The Life Partners Bankruptcy

    Joseph Wielebinski

    The bankruptcy courtroom was filled with interested investors. They hung on every argument and every word of testimony. When Life Partners management argued that the allegedly fraudulent business model worked just fine, they cheered, recalls Joseph Wielebinski of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr PC.

  • A Circuit Split Could Keep Patent Cases In East Texas

    Sean Murray

    Patent defendants in the Eastern District of Texas rushing for the escape hatch post-TC Heartland should proceed with caution. There may be a circuit split on the intervening-decision doctrine, which means a great many of those defendants may be found to have waived their venue defense, says Sean Murray of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Mortgage Servicers Should Review Escheat Compliance

    Kendall Houghton

    Several significant developments have transpired in the world of unclaimed property law that could have a significant impact on mortgage servicers’ compliance efforts. Fortunately, there are several defenses to escheatment that a mortgage servicer could potentially rely on, at least in certain states, say attorneys with Alston & Bird LLP.

  • Insights From Recent Rise In Nuisance And Trespass Cases

    Carlos Romo

    Property owners are increasingly turning to common law nuisance and trespass claims for suits against neighboring industrial activities. Why has there been an upsurge in these cases? Carlos Romo of Lewis Bess Williams & Weese PC examines recent state and federal cases highlighting various legal issues associated with these types of claims.

  • Medtronic Case Illustrates High Bar For Inequitable Conduct

    Richard Stanley

    The Federal Circuit's Therasense ruling six years ago brought substantial changes to proving inequitable conduct in patent cases. What effect have the heightened standards had in practice? A recent Texas federal court opinion in Barry v. Medtronic highlights several notable issues, says Richard Stanley of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.

  • Gilstrap's Venue Test: The 4 Factors And What They Mean

    Yar Chaikovsky

    On the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's TC Heartland decision, Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas recently ruled on venue issues in Raytheon v. Cray — but the court did not stop there. The judge also laid out a four-part framework for determining what constitutes “a regular and established place of business,” say Yar Chaikovsky and Wei Wang of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Unstructured Data Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

    David Turner

    Recent amendments to the Rules of Civil Procedure mean issues like spoliation, sanctions and adverse impacts are focus areas for many attorneys, providers and clients. David Turner of FTI Consulting Inc. discusses the technological best practices regarding preservation and proportionality, as well as the challenges associated with clients' structured data.