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  • April 12, 2017

    Fla. Smoker's $35M Award Restored Against Philip Morris

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a jury award of $35 million to a smoker against Philip Morris USA Inc. and reversed the reduction of the award because the smoker was also at fault for his illnesses, ruling that the state's comparative fault law does not apply to intentional torts.

  • April 12, 2017

    Stallone Sues 'Greedy' Warner Bros. Over Movie Revenue

    Sylvester Stallone sued Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, claiming the studio has fraudulently concealed his share of revenue from the 1993 film "Demolition Man" and told him the movie actually lost money when he asked.

  • April 12, 2017

    2 More Ex-Birdsall Execs Cop To NJ Pay-To-Play Violations

    Two former executives of defunct engineering firm Birdsall Services Group admitted Wednesday in New Jersey state court to taking part in a more than $1 million pay-to-play scheme that has now led to guilty pleas from eight former company employees and the business itself, state officials said.

  • April 12, 2017

    St. Louis Wants Damages From NFL, Teams Over Rams Exit

    The city of St. Louis hit the National Football League, its 32 teams and their owners with a lawsuit in Missouri state court on Wednesday, seeking to recoup losses it says resulted from the Rams’ move to Los Angeles last year.

  • April 12, 2017

    Snarky Judge Clams Up As Ex-JPM Exec Demands Recusal

    A self-described "flippant" New York federal judge was remarkably quiet Wednesday as attorneys in the case of a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive who claims the bank fired her for flagging possible fraud argued whether the 94-year-old jurist should reassign the case because of his alleged bias against the plaintiff.

  • April 12, 2017

    VW Dealer Class Attys Who Asked For $29M In Fees Get $3M

    Lawyers who led Volkswagen AG auto franchise dealerships to a $1.6 billion settlement over the diesel emissions scandal will get $3 million in fees, a California federal judge said Wednesday, a figure far short of the $29 million the firms were seeking under a percentage calculation.

  • April 12, 2017

    NYC 'Black Car' Drivers Not Employees, 2nd Circ. Affirms

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a proposed class action by New York City-area "black car" drivers alleging they were misclassified as independent contractors by their dispatchers, ruling multiple factors made clear that the drivers are not employees.

  • April 12, 2017

    6th Circ. Backs UAW's Win In Union Member's Race Bias Suit

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a quick win given to the United Automobile Workers International in a Civil Rights Act suit from a former casino worker alleging the union discriminated against her based on her race, saying she hasn’t adequately showed there was a hostile work environment.

  • April 12, 2017

    Chadbourne Partner Turns To Court To Halt Expulsion Vote

    The female attorney who lodged a $100 million proposed gender discrimination class action against Chadbourne & Parke LLP on Wednesday asked a New York federal judge to stop the firm from voting her out of the partnership, saying the tactic is designed to publicly shame her and scare off other women partners from entering the case.

  • April 12, 2017

    Patent Suits Fall, IPRs Spike At Start Of 2017

    Fewer patent lawsuits were filed in the first three months of 2017 than in any quarter since 2011, while the number of inter partes review petitions challenging patents reached a record high, according to a report released Thursday by legal analytics firm Lex Machina.

  • April 12, 2017

    FCC Proposes New Rule For Video Relay Sevices

    The Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday proposed a new rule regarding the establishment of performance goals and service quality metrics for judging the video relay service program, which allows people with hearing disabilities to communicate over the phone using sign language.

  • April 12, 2017

    Qualcomm To Pay $815M To BlackBerry Over Licensing Row

    Qualcomm will pay $814.9 million to BlackBerry following a licensing dispute between the two companies that entered into binding arbitration, they announced on Wednesday.

  • April 11, 2017

    Yahoo Hit With Suit Over Drained $17M Human Rights Fund

    Yahoo Inc. and a gaggle of executives looked the other way while the manager of a $17 million humanitarian aid fund created as part of a 2007 settlement with Chinese dissidents frittered away the bulk of the fund on personal expenses, according to a suit filed Tuesday.

  • April 11, 2017

    White House Proposes Executive Branch Overhaul

    The Trump administration plans to call for a major overhaul of the executive branch that would include giving agencies more flexibility to hire and fire employees, the president’s budget director said Tuesday.

  • April 11, 2017

    Dewey Team Mulls Retrial Strategy Amid DA's New Approach

    The Manhattan District Attorney's office has almost finished presenting its case in the retrial of two former Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP executives on charges that they falsely represented the firm’s financial situation prior to its collapse, this time sans the racy drama of the first trial. Now, the defense must decide whether to put on a case of its own, or simply rely on doubt in jurors’ minds during cross-examination.

  • April 11, 2017

    J&J Hid Talc Cancer Risk For Profit, Jury Told

    Johnson & Johnson hid the cancer-causing nature of its talcum powder products to preserve “corporate image over human life,” counsel for a woman who developed ovarian tumors after using J&J’s products said during Tuesday opening statements in the fifth Missouri jury trial over J&J's talc.

  • April 11, 2017

    United Airlines Incident Highlights Limited Consumer Rights

    A viral video of United Airlines forcibly removing a passenger to give up his seat for airline crew underscores the limited legal rights that passengers have to challenge boarding procedures, experts say, raising questions as to how swiftly lawmakers might embrace consumer protection regulations amid public outrage over the incident.

  • April 11, 2017

    Food Delivery Biz Forks Over $5M In Contract Worker Row

    DoorDash, a California-based online restaurant food delivery provider, confirmed Monday that it has agreed to pay $5 million to settle claims by delivery personnel that they were illegally misclassified as independent contractors.

  • April 11, 2017

    Guilty Drug Return Co. Should Forfeit $181M, Feds Say

    Pennsylvania federal prosecutors on Tuesday asked for an order requiring a nearly $181 million forfeiture from Guaranteed Returns and two of its executives after a jury found them guilty of stealing $116 million worth of refunds from drug manufacturers and then obstructing a subsequent investigation into the scheme.

  • April 11, 2017

    Settlement Struck In O'Quinn Foundation Executor Suit

    Although a trial was supposed to begin last week in a dispute pitting the estate of deceased Houston trial lawyer John M. O'Quinn against the man appointed as executor of the estate, the parties have instead reached a settlement, attorneys involved told Law360.

Expert Analysis

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy β€” Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    In this multipart series, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., explores the metamorphosis that needs to take place in the world of corporate law firms in order for them to survive and thrive in the future.

  • OPINION: 3rd-Party Litigation Funding Needs Transparency

    Lisa A. Rickard

    The practice of third-party litigation funding, in which funders front money to plaintiffs law firms in exchange for a cut of any settlement or money judgment, is growing increasingly popular. Currently, litigators are not required to disclose the involvement of third-party funders, but transparency will improve justice in courts, say Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, and Mark Behrens, a partne... (continued)

  • Coming Soon: The 3-D (And 4-D) Brief

    Martin Bienstock

    From e-discovery to attorney profitability, the technologies of the 21st century have had a major impact on legal practice. Yet the tech revolution has had surprisingly little impact on the form and content of legal briefs β€” the very bread-and-butter of many legal practices. This is about to change, according to Martin Bienstock of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC.

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • Why Have Lawyers Forgotten About The Middle Class?

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    Sorry, fellow lawyers, judges and legislators, but the jig is up. It’s time to show the public the cards up our sleeves and give them a chance to weigh in on the fairness of a system that touches so many aspects of their everyday lives, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel of LegalZoom.

  • Overhauling Law Firm Records Departments For A New Reality

    Raymond Fashola

    As automation increases, so do business challenges that impact overall law firm operations. Records departments are facing roadblocks associated with antiquated processes, ever-changing regulatory requirements, and emerging technologies. As a result, firms are reassessing the needs of their records department staffing models, says Raymond Fashola of HBR Consulting.

  • Should Your Law Firm Move To The Cloud?

    Paul R. Kiesel

    Don't kid yourself into believing, currently, that cloud options are cheaper. Cost is not the justification for moving your law firm to the cloud, says Paul R. Kiesel, founder of Kiesel Law LLP and immediate past president of the Los Angeles Bar Association.

  • Leveraging Trial Strategies To Improve Your Negotiating Skills

    Audra Dial

    Just as with trial, early and thoughtful preparation for negotiations with an opponent are critical. Audra Dial, managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend LLP's Atlanta office, shares five lessons from the heat of battle in trial that she believes can make you a better negotiator.

  • Old Skills, New Tricks: Opportunities For Law Librarians

    Cynthia Brown

    Just because we are dealing with bytes and not books does not change the staffing or need for expertise. The information being sorted and the questions being asked today are not ultimately that different from what might be seen as old-fashioned, traditional librarian work, says Cynthia Brown, director of research services at Littler Mendelson PC.

  • Reconciling The Practice With The Business Of Law

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    The tension between practicing law and managing the firm is giving way to the realization that the latter had been largely overlooked, meagerly funded, and often underappreciated, says Dr. James Bailey, a professor at George Washington University School of Business and the keynote speaker at the Legal Marketing Association Southeast conference in September.