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  • August 22, 2017

    Science No Salve For J&J In Talc Cases, $417M Verdict Shows

    Johnson & Johnson's $417 million loss in the first California jury trial over the alleged link between its talcum products and ovarian cancer, following a string of defeats in Missouri, highlights the drugmaker's uphill battle in using science to try and convince emotional jurors it hasn't lied to consumers.

  • August 22, 2017

    Jury Selection Kicks Off In Menendez Corruption Trial

    Prosecutors and defense counsel on Tuesday combed through potential jurors to serve on the corruption trial of Sen. Bob Menendez and Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, with the government dismissing a juror whose relatives work in legal capacities and the senator tossing a juror with family ties to law enforcement.

  • August 22, 2017

    2nd Circ. Won't Give Litvak Interim Get-Out-Of-Jail Card

    The Second Circuit said Tuesday that former Jefferies Group trader Jesse Litvak can't delay the start of a two-year sentence while appealing his conviction on one out of 10 mortgage-backed securities fraud charges.

  • August 22, 2017

    Trump Says He Is Willing To Shut Down Gov't Over Wall

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he is willing to shut down the government to get a southern border wall funded and implied that he is still considering pardoning former Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

  • August 22, 2017

    Dakota Access Owner Accuses Greenpeace Of 'Eco-Terrorism'

    The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline hit Greenpeace and a roster of other environmental groups with a racketeering suit in North Dakota federal court on Tuesday, claiming the project was targeted by “eco-terrorism” that ultimately interfered with the pipeline’s construction and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from lost investors and reputational ruin.

  • August 22, 2017

    Split 9th Circ. Says $8.5M Google Privacy Settlement Sticks

    An $8.5 million settlement reached in a privacy class action against Google Inc. can move forward, a split Ninth Circuit panel ruled Tuesday after wrangling over whether it was fair to award a chunk of the funds to class attorneys’ alma maters.

  • August 22, 2017

    1st Amendment Claim Can't Touch TSA Agent, 3rd Circ. Says

    The Third Circuit said for the first time Tuesday that Transportation Security Administration airport screeners cannot be sued for allegedly retaliating against travelers who exercise free speech, sending back to Pennsylvania federal court the case of a man who claimed he was arrested after a TSA supervisor lied about him making a bomb threat.

  • August 22, 2017

    BigLaw Associate's Husband Denies Insider Trading Charges

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Fei Yan denied insider trading charges Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, who inquired about the defendant's wife — a suspended Linklaters associate from whom Yan is accused of soaking up secret merger information.

  • August 22, 2017

    Mercedes To Repair Seat Heaters In Around 270K Cars

    Mercedes-Benz USA LLC will install new seat heater wiring in as many as 270,000 vehicles to settle claims the equipment could spark or catch fire as part of a proposed class action settlement filed in California federal court on Monday that the plaintiffs’ counsel says is worth at least $54 million, in addition to warranty and reimbursement relief.

  • August 22, 2017

    AARP Gets Wellness Regs Kicked Back To EEOC

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must reconsider two regulations surrounding employer-sponsored wellness programs that had been challenged by the AARP, a federal judge found Tuesday, but he kept the rules in place for the time being to avoid "disruption and confusion."

  • August 22, 2017

    ‘Top Chef’ Acquittals Not Satisfying But Right, Juror Says

    One of the 12 jurors who acquitted a group of Massachusetts Teamsters of trying to strong-arm the “Top Chef” television production into hiring them for unneeded truck-driving work said prosecutors failed to prove the defendants knew they were trying to do something against federal law.

  • August 22, 2017

    Judge Again Denies Class Cert. Over Lufthansa Flight Delay

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday denied class certification for a Lufthansa passenger on a delayed international flight, saying that even a second, narrower class proposal was still not cutting it.

  • August 22, 2017

    Pa. Limited Partners Can’t Rely On Pre-2017 Good-Faith

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a real estate dispute that no implied presumption that parties in limited partnerships must treat each other in good faith existed until the state’s General Assembly amended the statute on such partnerships in 2016.

  • August 22, 2017

    DC Circ. Says FERC Botched Review Of $3.5B Fla. Pipeline

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel said Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately analyze the greenhouse gas emissions impacts of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline to Florida it approved and ordered the agency to redo its environmental review of the project.

  • August 22, 2017

    US, S. Korea Begin Kicking Tires On Trade Deal Retooling

    The top trade officials for the U.S. and South Korea concluded the first phase of their effort to explore possible changes to their bilateral trade agreement Tuesday, with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer vowing to carry the process forward over the next several weeks.

  • August 21, 2017

    Rite Aid Asks Calif. Panel To Undo $8.7M Firing Verdict

    Rite Aid Corp. urged a California appellate panel Monday to discard an $8.7 million jury verdict for a former manager who said he was wrongfully fired after being injured in a store robbery, saying the trial judge prejudicially excluded evidence showing legitimate, nondiscriminatory grounds for letting him go.

  • August 21, 2017

    Judge Guts Damages Theory In Greenberg Forgery Case

    The New York judge overseeing a legal saga centered on allegations that an ex-Greenberg Traurig LLP partner tried to cover up that a hedge fund client forged a contract amendment and then burned the document to thwart a forensic test decimated the plaintiff’s damages arguments in a recent decision.

  • August 21, 2017

    Atty Linked To Neo-Nazi Metal Gone From Patterson Thuente

    Patterson Thuente IP has fired a partner from its Minneapolis office after a local news publication described him as being connected to a record label that pushed fascist and neo-Nazi-leaning heavy metal bands, Law360 confirmed on Monday.

  • August 21, 2017

    Why Midsize Firms Run The Gamut On Diversity

    Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.

  • August 21, 2017

    Law Firms Head Back To School For Diversity Guidance

    A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Legal Incubators Can Help New Lawyers And Society

    Martin Pritikin

    Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.

  • How To Prioritize Your Law Firm's Crisis Response Plan

    Michelle Samuels

    If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • Proposed Illinois Data Privacy Laws May Be Problematic

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    Illinois is moving forward with legislation that will bolster its reputation for having the nation’s strictest data privacy laws. But the pending bills might stifle e-commerce while providing little relief to consumers, say Debra Bernard and Daniel Burley of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Closing Argument

    Stephen Susman

    In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.