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  • May 18, 2017

    Proskauer Atty Can Proceed As 'Jane Doe' In Sex Bias Suit

    The female partner suing Proskauer Rose LLP for $50 million over alleged gender discrimination can shield her identity from public disclosure and proceed with the case under a Jane Doe pseudonym, a Washington, D.C., federal judge ruled Wednesday. 

  • May 18, 2017

    Senate Panel Advances Judge Amul Thapar For 6th Circ.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the nomination of U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to fill a vacancy on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Thursday, President Donald Trump’s second judicial nominee.

  • May 18, 2017

    EU Fines Facebook $122M Over Lies During WhatsApp Deal

    The European Union's top antitrust enforcer slapped Facebook Inc. with a €110 million ($122.4 million) fine on Thursday for providing incorrect or misleading information during a 2014 European Commission investigation into Facebook’s $22 billion acquisition of the messaging service WhatsApp.

  • May 18, 2017

    Smokers Can Rely On Engle To Prove Liability, 11th Circ. Says

    The Eleventh Circuit handed smokers a win Thursday with a ruling that says federal law does not bar them from using the landmark Engle tobacco class action's jury findings to establish strict liability and negligence claims.

  • May 18, 2017

    4 Automakers Pay $553M To Exit Takata Air Bag MDL

    Automakers Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW have agreed to pay a combined $553.6 million to settle allegations in pending multidistrict litigation over dangerously defective Takata Corp. air bags, the plaintiffs announced Thursday.

  • May 18, 2017

    FCC To Move Forward On Net Neutrality Rollback

    FCC commissioners voted 2-1 Thursday to move forward with a process that would reverse Title II broadband classification, the legal footing for the commission’s 2015 net neutrality rules.

  • May 18, 2017

    Fla. High Court Says County Voters Can't OK Slot Machines

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed denial of a slot machine permit for a Native American-operated racetrack in northern Florida, issuing a key finding that counties across the state lack authority to approve such gambling expansion through local referendums.

  • May 18, 2017

    White House Pulls NAFTA Renegotiation Trigger

    The Trump administration officially informed the U.S. Congress on Thursday of its intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, opening a 90-day window to consult with lawmakers about the best strategy for retooling the controversial trade accord.

  • May 17, 2017

    GM In Tough Successor Liability Fight Over Nonswitch Claims

    General Motors was put on the defensive Wednesday in a battle over whether car buyers can adapt a Second Circuit ruling that resurrected previously barred ignition switch litigation to assert other vehicle defect claims against post-bankruptcy GM, facing tough scrutiny by a New York bankruptcy judge over its successor liability defenses.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sessions Memo Could Create Friction In Plea Negotiations

    Most criminal cases end in plea deals, many after long and intense negotiations — a process that sometimes hits road bumps and may see more after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions told federal prosecutors last week to pursue the "most serious, readily provable offense."

  • May 17, 2017

    Seyfarth Shaw Layoffs Could Be New Normal For BigLaw

    Tough decisions regarding attorney layoffs like those announced by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on Tuesday are likely to become commonplace in a market where demand for law firms remains sluggish, expenses are high following a pay hike for associates last year and firms are fighting to keep high profits for equity partners.

  • May 17, 2017

    GSK Makes $24M Demand As Hospira Trial Wraps

    A subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline told an Illinois federal jury on Wednesday that Hospira should pay up to $24 million for breaching a contract to fill syringes with a GSK-manufactured flu vaccine, though Hospira says it was the one damaged as a three-week trial wrapped Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sterling's Ex-Mistress Says Wife Can’t Recover $2.6M In Gifts

    Former NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s ex-mistress argued to a California appellate court Wednesday that she was wrongly sued by his wife and ordered to return $2.6 million in gifts under claims they were marital assets transferred without consent, saying Shelly Sterling should have sued her husband for damages instead.

  • May 17, 2017

    Shkreli Loses Bid To Suppress Docs In Securities Fraud Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused a bid by former pharma executive Martin Shkreli to suppress evidence from his securities fraud trial related to his former hedge funds given to prosecutors by drugmaker Retrophin Inc., finding that Shkreli’s Fourth Amendment rights were not violated.

  • May 17, 2017

    House Votes To Add 4 Bankruptcy Judgeships

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to add four bankruptcy judges to the nation’s courts Wednesday, and convert several more temporary posts to permanent ones.

  • May 17, 2017

    Fired Trump Golf Club Worker Settles Retaliation Suit

    A Donald Trump-owned golf club has settled out of court a former employee's wrongful termination suit alleging she was fired for reporting a manager had sexually harassed her, according to court documents filed in Florida federal court Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    $51M In Attys' Fees Granted For Bosch Deal In VW MDL

    A California federal judge on Wednesday approved $51 million in attorneys’ fees and $1 million in costs for lawyers working on a $327.5 million settlement with drivers and parts manufacturer Robert Bosch GmbH as part of the Volkswagen emissions cheating scandal.

  • May 17, 2017

    Two Suspended NJ Attys Stole Client Funds, AG Says

    Two suspended New Jersey law partners who formerly operated a Newark firm were indicted Wednesday on charges they stole $140,000 from clients’ settlements and used it for business and personal expenses, and, in the case of one of the attorneys, alimony.

  • May 17, 2017

    WilmerHale Atty, Ex-FBI Head Tapped To Lead Russia Probe

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday appointed WilmerHale partner Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to head up the investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

  • May 17, 2017

    Ex-Client Hits BakerHostetler With $1.4M Bill For Russia Spat

    Russia-focused investment company Hermitage Capital Management Ltd. asked a New York federal judge on Tuesday to make its former lawyers at BakerHostetler reimburse Hermitage for more than $1.4 million it spent to disqualify the law firm over a conflict of interest posed by its work on a massive tax scam investigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • 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.