Top News

  • March 21, 2017

    Trump Starts Putting Imprint On Judiciary With 6th Circ. Nom

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday picked Kentucky federal Judge Amul J. Thapar for a spot on the Sixth Circuit, marking the first judicial nomination since the selection of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 21, 2017

    Philly DA Hit With Federal Corruption Charges

    Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams on Tuesday was hit with a federal indictment for allegedly accepting gifts and favors from two unidentified business owners in exchange for an appointment as a special adviser, a promise to intervene in a criminal case and other official actions.

  • March 21, 2017

    Tax-Dodging Moneyman Gets Nearly 6 Years, $10M Fine

    A Manhattan federal judge hit onetime Morgan Stanley banker Morris Zukerman with almost six years in prison and a $10 million fine Tuesday, calling the massive tax dodge he admitted to in June a crime of "unmitigated greed."

  • March 21, 2017

    Web Streamers Can't Use TV License, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit sided with the major broadcast networks Tuesday and ruled that internet streaming services cannot use the same automatic copyright license that traditional cable companies use, reversing an earlier decision to the contrary.

  • March 21, 2017

    Justices Greenlight 4th Amendment Claims After Court Date

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday said the Fourth Amendment allows wrongly imprisoned defendants to sue even after the start of a case against them, but the court refused to rule as to whether defendants can sue for malicious prosecution.

  • March 21, 2017

    High Court Throws Out Laches Defense For Patent Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court decided Tuesday that laches cannot be a defense in many patent infringement cases, holding in a case over adult diapers that its 2014 decision largely eliminating the defense in copyright cases applies equally to patent law.

  • March 21, 2017

    High Court Strikes Down Disputed NLRB GC Nomination

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that onetime acting National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Lafe Solomon improperly served as acting counsel while he awaited U.S. Senate confirmation to a permanent appointment, upholding a D.C. Circuit ruling that most of his three-year tenure violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act.

  • March 20, 2017

    Dewey Execs Say State's Secrecy Warrants Dismissal

    Former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives Stephen DiCarmine and Joel Sanders asked a New York judge on Monday to dismiss all charges in the middle of their fraud retrial, saying prosecutors' failure to disclose details about witnesses' statements had crippled their defense.

  • March 20, 2017

    Partisan Sparks Fly At Gorsuch Hearing’s First Day

    Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, pushed back against accusations of bias at the opening of his confirmation hearing Monday, as criticisms over the Senate delay on filling the late Justice Antonin Scalia's seat dominated much of the first day.

  • March 20, 2017

    FBI Confirms Probe Into Possible Trump Team Ties To Russia

    FBI Director James Comey on Monday confirmed that the FBI is investigating both links between, and potential coordination between, election campaign officials for President Donald Trump and the Russian government, while throwing cold water on Trump’s claims that he had been wiretapped by the previous administration.

  • March 20, 2017

    High Court Won't Hear Menendez Corruption Charges Appeal

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., when the justices refused to review a Third Circuit decision upholding his corruption charges based on an inquiry into the senator's motives to determine whether legislative acts are constitutionally protected.

  • March 19, 2017

    Canada Prevails In $383M Eli Lilly Case

    Canada has prevailed in a CA$500 million ($383 million) arbitration claim filed by U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly over the alleged wrongful termination of its drug patents.

  • March 17, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Backs Dow's $5.9M Fee Award In Bayer Patent Case

    The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a lower court's decision that Bayer must pay Dow $5.9 million in attorneys' fees because its suit against Dow over soybean patents was based on a "contorted reading" of a license and "should never have been filed."

  • March 17, 2017

    Treaties Bar Muslim Bias Suit Against Airline, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Friday tossed a $120 million discrimination suit from a group of friends who alleged they were kicked off an American Airlines flight from Toronto to New York in 2015 because they looked Muslim, saying their claims are barred by international treaties.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump Asks DC Circ. For Power To Fire CFPB Chief

    The Trump administration said Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s leadership structure was unconstitutional and asked the D.C. Circuit to allow the U.S. president to fire the bureau’s director at will, but stopped short of asking the court to eliminate the agency.

  • March 17, 2017

    Trump’s DOL To Embrace ‘Humility,’ Acting Solicitor Says

    The new acting solicitor of labor revealed a more compliance-focused agenda for the agency under President Donald Trump on Friday, stressing the need for “a little bit more humility” at the Labor Department following its heavy enforcement and regulatory activity during the Obama administration.

  • March 17, 2017

    EU Regulators Demand Policy Tweaks From Facebook, Twitter

    Social media giants including Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have a month to propose changes to their terms of use policies to comply with European consumer protection laws and address scams that occur via their platforms, or else face “enforcement action,” the European Union’s top regulators said on Friday.

  • March 17, 2017

    Pastor, Tech Expert Guilty Of Bitcoin Bank Bribery Scheme

    A Manhattan federal jury convicted New Jersey pastor Trevon Gross and Florida tech expert Yuri Lebedev on Friday on charges that they schemed to co-opt a small credit union in order to make it easier to process unlawful bitcoin-dollar exchanges and to obstruct a government investigation.

  • March 16, 2017

    Trump's Proposed DOJ Budget Could Cut Civil Rights Funding

    The Trump administration's Thursday proposal to cut the U.S. Department of Justice’s budget even as spending on immigration enforcement and other areas increases is another indication that the new administration will put less emphasis on civil rights, fair lending, antitrust and other areas, experts say.

  • March 16, 2017

    Dewey Defense Takes Aim At Cooperator's Plea Change

    A lawyer for a former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executive being tried a second time for fraud sought on Thursday to undermine the credibility of a primary government cooperator by grilling him about his change in guilty plea.

Expert Analysis

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

    Marti-Martin-Robinson.jpg

    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.