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10/19/2018 05:50 PM
Skilled in the Art: The Revolution Will Not Be on Pleading Paper
A San Francisco judge is encouraging attorneys to file briefs on plain paper. Two IP lawyers were the first to take him up on it.
         

10/19/2018 04:05 PM
In Fracas Over 9th Circuit Nominee, Grassley Calls on Home State Senators to Return Blue Slips
Senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, fired off a letter to two Washington Democrats on Thursday asking them to return blue slips for the nomination of Perkins Coie partner Eric Miller.
         

10/19/2018 03:36 PM
Challenges Mounting for Manhattan DA in Harvey Weinstein Prosecution
In the span of less than a week, the case against Weinstein lost one of three accusers after it was revealed that the New York City Police Department detective leading the investigation didn't turn over witness testimony that contradicted the accuser's allegations that Weinstein assaulted her in 2004.
         

10/19/2018 03:22 PM
Brett Kavanaugh Recuses From Three Upcoming SCOTUS Arguments
All three cases arise from Kavanaugh's previous service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
         

10/19/2018 02:50 PM
DOJ Hooks a Big Fish: StarKist Guilty Plea Offers Some Takeaways for GCs
The last of three companies involved, StarKist agreed to plead guilty to a felony charge of price fixing on canned tuna fish, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
         

10/19/2018 12:57 PM
Ex-President of Washington Bar Association Charged With Theft
Robin Haynes, who was the youngest lawyer to ever head the WSBA before resigning abruptly in 2017, was charged this week with five counts of theft and identity theft in Spokane Superior Court.
         

10/19/2018 12:56 PM
Manafort, Experiencing Health Issues, Gets February Sentencing Date
Manafort, who was convicted in August on eight tax and bank fraud charges, was pushed into the Eastern District of Virginia courtroom in a wheelchair Friday afternoon.
         

10/19/2018 12:20 PM
LSAT Prep Course Bolsters Brain Function, Berkeley Researchers Find
Taking a prep course heightens a person's reasoning abilities, even on tasks completely unrelated to the law school entrance exam, according to new research.
         

10/19/2018 11:51 AM
Titanic Collection Stays Afloat Despite Bankrupt Parent Company
A collection of 5,500 artifacts from the doomed ocean liner has found a buyer, after a planned auction at Troutman Sanders' Atlanta offices was canceled for lack of qualified bidders.
         

10/19/2018 11:38 AM
Judge Orders $2.5M in Penalties, Restitution Against Crypto CEO, Company
In the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's first anti-fraud enforcement action involving bitcoin, a federal judge in New York has ordered bitcoin-denominated hedge fund CEO Nicholas Gelfman and his company, Gelfman Blueprint Inc., to pay over $2.5 million in fines and restitution for operating a Ponzi scheme.
         

10/19/2018 09:36 AM
Attention Law Firms: This GC Wants to Transport You to the Future
Orix USA general counsel Ron Barger wants outside counsel to help him "see around the corners," and central to making that happen, he says, is technology.
         

10/19/2018 08:10 AM
A Third of Companies Aren't Preparing for Digital Changes Ahead
A significant amount of companies don't have digital-related changes on their radar, nor the privacy budgets to meet upcoming global privacy regulations.
         

10/19/2018 08:00 AM
The Case For, and Against, Federal Cybersecurity Standards
Right now laws surrounding cybersecurity and privacy exist on a patchwork level across many different states. Would a singular federal standard be better?
         

10/19/2018 07:59 AM
Over Half of Companies Are Far From GDPR Compliance, Report Finds
An IAPP survey found that 56 percent of companies are far from compliant or will never fully comply with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation.
         

10/19/2018 03:46 AM
New Research Finds Widespread Concerns Over Lack of Brexit Readiness at Law Firms
40 percent of lawyers at large firms expect their employer to move jobs out of the U.K. over the next decade.
         

10/18/2018 07:00 PM
The Law Firm Disrupted: What Is 'True Market Pricing' for Big Law?
When it comes to high-end legal services, prestige matters.
         

10/18/2018 06:50 PM
Gibson Dunn Ends Saudi Arabia Lobbying Contract
The firm has declined to expand the scope of its lobbying to include meetings between Ted Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general under the George W. Bush administration, and members of Congress against legislation affecting oil-producing countries.
         

10/18/2018 04:25 PM
Ted Olson and Gibson Dunn Do Not Need This Client
Instead of a coveted client, the Gibson Dunn partner and his firm now are associated with a murderous nation that kills with impunity.
         

10/18/2018 03:53 PM
Top Plaintiffs' Expert Says McGuireWoods Partner's 'Abusive' Deposition Threatened His Health
The expert, William Sawyer, withdrew from a case against Lumber Liquidators after abruptly leaving the deposition, but defense lawyer, McGuireWoods' Robert Redmond, called it the "worst form of sandbagging."
         

10/18/2018 03:25 PM
Manhattan Appeals Court Questions Reach of State Courts in Defamation Suit Against Trump
Members of the panel at oral argument questioned the breadth of a state court's authority if it did have jurisdiction over a sitting president, going so far as to consider if it could hold the president in contempt.
         

10/18/2018 02:32 PM
'Alpha Dog' Still Rules as Quinn Emanuel Sees Growth and Partner Exits
In a year punctuated by prominent partner departures, John Quinn says his firm's bare-bones management structure remains a virtue—and succession planning is for suckers.
         

10/18/2018 02:10 PM
$44M Judgment Entered in Row Over Authorship of Usher Song
A man claiming to have been cheated out of credit for writing a song that was eventually recorded by R&B star Usher has won a more than $40 million judgment in a combined verdict and settlement against two men he co-wrote the song with.
         

10/18/2018 02:00 PM
Higher Law: Canada Goes Legal | Ex-Polsinelli Partners See Green | Who Got the Work
Oh, Canada! Catch up with the lawyering perspective after our neighbor to the north adopts legal cannabis. Plus: former Polsinelli partners found the real green in a record-setting acquisition deal between. Scroll down for Who Got the Work. Thanks for reading Higher Law.
         

10/18/2018 01:32 PM
Kirkland Partner Ditches Big Law for Solo Practice
Joanna Ritcey-Donohue says her new firm, JRD Law, offers clients "concierge-level" counseling on international business risks.
         

10/18/2018 01:29 PM
Automation in Hiring, and the 'Significant Legal Risks'
"Just because something has a statistical correlation, doesn't mean it's a good or lawful way to select talent,” one lawyer says.
         

10/18/2018 01:02 PM
Musk, Tesla Board Sued in Del. Chancery Court Over CEO's 'Erratic Behavior'
A Tesla shareholder has sued Elon Musk in the Delaware Court of Chancery over his recent pattern of "erratic behavior" and accused the company's directors of "gross mismanagement" for failing to monitor the outspoken CEO's statements on Twitter.
         

10/18/2018 12:54 PM
'The Dance of Being a Tech Lawyer in E-Commerce': A Q&A With Etsy's GC
Etsy's GC discusses how she navigates the ever-changing world of e-commerce and internet law and promotes diversity and inclusion within Etsy's nearly 25-person legal department.
         

10/18/2018 12:43 PM
Bill Cosby's Accuser Clears Hurdle in Suit Against Ex-DA
Andrea Constand's defamation case can proceed against former prosecutor Bruce Castor Jr., a federal judge ruled.
         

10/18/2018 12:28 PM
Sotomayor, Asked About Kavanaugh: 'We Are Going to Let These Times Pass'
Sotomayor, in her interview with Univision, also said Puerto Rico has not received the help the island needs to recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. "The richness of the island is its beauty, which we have to work to rebuild again, but we need a lot of help to do it," she said.
         

10/18/2018 12:07 PM
Columbia Law to Launch Six-Month LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers
The school's new Executive Masters of Law in Global Business combines online and in-person coursework and can be completed in about six months. It launches next semester.
         

10/18/2018 11:55 AM
Perkins Coie, Covington Lawyers Are Next Up for Judicial Confirmation Hearing
Trump judicial nominees Eric Miller and Richard Hertling are tentatively scheduled to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Oct. 24.
         

10/18/2018 11:46 AM
Ex-Trump Staffer Hires Hulk Hogan Lawyers for $100M Suit Over Stripper Abortion Report
"Millions of people read about how Miller tried to kill a woman, killed her unborn child, and beat another woman — none of which actually happened," said the complaint filed by former spokesman to the Trump campaign, Jason Miller, who is seeking $100 million from Gizmodo Media Group LLC over its reporting of what he says are false allegations.
         

10/18/2018 11:34 AM
CFIUS Pilot Program May Not Cast as Wide a Net as Feared, Experts Say
Last week's sudden announcement that more foreign investments in American technology businesses would be subjected to national security reviews as early as November as part of a federal pilot program startled many, but some international trade law experts say not as many businesses may be affected as initially feared.
         

10/18/2018 08:37 AM
Kirkland & Ellis to Open Office in Paris
The firm's only other outpost in continental Europe is in Munich.
         

10/18/2018 03:36 AM
Offshore Firms Weather the Storm of Crypto Gold Rush, New Compliance Regulations
Ongoing regulatory scrutiny across the offshore world continues to hang heavy, but law firms are tapping into new opportunities.
         

10/17/2018 10:42 PM
Sidley Austin Partner's Death Deemed a Suicide
The death of Gabriel MacConaill, a bankruptcy partner with the firm in Los Angeles, has been ruled a suicide.
         

10/17/2018 10:00 PM
Labor of Law: Best Practices in Fighting Gender Wage Gap | Social Media Policies in Focus | Plus: All the New Moves, and More
Some management-side takeaways on best practices for confronting the gender pay gap. Plus: all the new moves, and our regular Who Got the Work. Thanks for reading Labor of Law.
         

10/17/2018 04:35 PM
Insurance Giant Hit With Class Action Alleging Underpayment for Mental Health Visits
United HealthCare Insurance Co. is accused of imposing arbitrary reimbursement penalties for psychotherapy provided by psychologists and master's-level counselors rather than doctors.
         

10/17/2018 04:09 PM
GCs Dish About Their Law Firms: Would You Like What You Hear?
Besides the priorities of price and skill set, Corporate Counsel asked some prominent GCs what other factors they consider when evaluating a law firm and whether they talk about firms with one another.
         

10/17/2018 04:04 PM
Duane Morris Links With Cannabis Trade Group as Legal Pot Spreads
The firm and the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp said it's the first time a national cannabis trade organization has partnered with an Am Law 100 law firm.
         

10/17/2018 04:00 PM
Inside Track: What to Do After Filing for Chapter 11 | Trademarking a Face | Plus, In-House Moves
Lessons in the Sears bankruptcy, Colin Kaepernick gets brand savvy and other in-house news.
         

10/17/2018 02:15 PM
GoPro's Ex-GC, Sharon Zezima, Becomes Top Lawyer at Cannabis Vaping Company
Zezima's newly created role of GC and corporate secretary at PAX Labs Inc. is the second high-profile in-house move in recent months to a vaping company.
         

10/17/2018 01:55 PM
New Social Media Sleuth on the Scene: E-Discovery Company Touts AI Tech
Hanzo, a New York-based company, has introduced an artificial intelligence e-discovery tool that scours for social media posts, including hidden ones.
         

10/17/2018 01:29 PM
No Spring Enrollment for Embattled Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Amid an effort to retain its American Bar Association accreditation, Thomas Jefferson School of Law has opted not to enroll new students for the spring 2019 semester, a move its dean says will bring it in line with many other schools that only accept students in the fall.
         

10/17/2018 01:25 PM
Big Coal Bankruptcies Leave Red, Not Black, for Big Law
Three companies that recently began Chapter 11 proceedings owe millions in legal fees to a half-dozen law firms.
         

10/17/2018 01:21 PM
Hardwick Sentencing Set for December, With Millions Still Missing
A prosecutor in the embezzlement case against Atlanta lawyer Nat Hardwick said at least $5 million went to one of Hardwick's girlfriends.
         

10/17/2018 01:16 PM
V&E Targeting New York, DC, London for Expansion
The Houston-based firm is beefing up offices in financial centers with transactional and finance partners.
         

10/17/2018 01:07 PM
Canada's Cannabis GCs Discuss Life After Legalization
Marketing language and the scope of products permitted remain a challenge for cannabis industry GCs in Canada, even after the country's legalization of adult recreational use.
         

10/17/2018 12:40 PM
White & Case Makes Its Case for 'Audacious' Growth Plan
With a bumper crop of new partners just announced and two years left to reach ambitious strategic targets, White & Case's U.S. growth leader says the firm is plowing ahead.
         

10/17/2018 12:28 PM
Focus on Parkland Judge's Appearance, Not Jurisprudence, Seen as 'Disheartening', Women's Law Group Says
Broward Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer is a female professional at the pinnacle of her career, adjudicating the Parkland Shooting case — one of the biggest in Florida. Yet a news story about her actions on the bench prompted a flurry of comments about her looks, while images of her have been used online as clickbait for sponsored content.
         

10/17/2018 12:00 PM
Suspended West Virginia Justice Convicted in Criminal Fraud Trial
As one West Virginia Supreme Court justice escaped a possible impeachment, another met a less favorable fate: guilty verdicts in a federal criminal trial.
         

10/17/2018 11:59 AM
Law School Suits Provide Rare Glimpse into ABA Accreditation Process
The American Bar Association has asked a federal court to dismiss Florida Coastal School of Law's suit against it, arguing that its accreditation arm followed all the right procedures in finding the Jacksonville campus out of compliance with its rules.
         

10/17/2018 11:50 AM
Treasury Official Arrested for Leaking Reports of Suspicious Financial Activity to Media
FinCEN senior adviser Natalie Edwards allegedly provided images and descriptions of the confidential bank transaction reports to a BuzzFeed News reporter beginning in October 2017.
         

10/17/2018 11:26 AM
'That De-Escalated Quickly': The ABA Has Closed Its Review of Kavanaugh, and Twitter Has Opinions
The American Bar Association has reportedly ceased reviewing its "well-qualified" rating of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, but it's still open season in the Twittersphere.
         

10/17/2018 09:46 AM
DOJ Drums Up Second Threat to a Circuit Court Over DACA Deadline
The Department of Justice is threatening SCOTUS action if the Ninth Circuit fails to reach a decision by Oct. 31 in a pending DACA case.
         

10/17/2018 09:15 AM
John Roberts Talks Kavanaugh, the Court's Shrinking Docket and 'Legally Blonde'
Chief Justice John Roberts said he is among the justices who think the Supreme Court should decide more cases than the 75 or fewer that they've ruled on in recent years.
         

10/17/2018 07:21 AM
Ties to Faegre Spur Mary Bono's Hasty Exit from USA Gymnastics
It's entirely possible that Bono never even met the former Faegre litigator who represented Larry Nassar as the organization's sex abuse scandal was unfolding.
         

10/17/2018 06:00 AM
Baker McKenzie Picks Tampa for US Operations Base
The global firm, which expects to employ 300 people at the Florida center, already has back offices in Manila and Belfast and plans another in Latin America.
         

10/17/2018 05:30 AM
What's Next: Section 230 Unhinged
Also this week: SEC says no to ICO touting agency endorsement. And the app to spark lawsuits.
         

10/16/2018 10:41 PM
Allison Rushing, Fourth Circ. Nominee, Defends Experience Before Senators
Rushing, if confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, would be among the youngest federal judges serving on the bench.
         

10/16/2018 10:34 PM
Corporate Law Turns to Australian Startup to Cut Outside Counsel Costs
Persuit, an outside counsel management platform that aims to drive down AFA legal service prices through focusing on transparency, has caught the eye of Microsoft, Walmart and Wabash National.
         

10/16/2018 10:01 PM
Cadwalader's Entire Health Care Group Decamps to Crowell & Moring
The New York-based health care group was looking for a firm "where our practice was mainstream," its leader said.
         

10/16/2018 10:00 PM
Critical Mass: The Roundup Ruling That Could Slash a $289M Verdict
Plus, Talc on Trial: Who Won?
         

10/16/2018 07:00 PM
Compliance Hot Spots: Whiter Compliance Monitors? Some Early Thinking on DOJ's New Guidance
Predictions on what's next after the U.S. Justice Department issued new guidance on compliance monitors; Trump's CFPB is moving to define "abusive" behavior; plus, scroll down for the latest moves and new hires. Thanks for reading Compliance Hot Spots.
         

10/16/2018 04:59 PM
Williams & Connolly Partner, Up for 4th Circ., Discloses $650,000 Income
Allison Jones Rushing would be one of President Donald Trump's youngest judges if confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
         

10/16/2018 04:06 PM
Manhattan Appeals Court to Mull Whether Trump Must Face Ex-'Apprentice' Contestant's Defamation Suit While in Office
Whether a former contestant on "The Apprentice" will have to wait until President Donald Trump is out of office to hale him in to court in her defamation lawsuit is expected to be the central issue before a Manhattan appeals court on Thursday afternoon when it is set to hear arguments in the case.
         

10/16/2018 03:50 PM
Time Off to Train a Puppy? That's Actually a Thing at Susman Godfrey
Neal Manne, a managing partner of Houston-based litigation firm Susman Godfrey, said the firm's unlimited vacation policy for associates includes time off to train a puppy.
         

10/16/2018 02:53 PM
Amid Boycott, Saudi Arabian Conference Draws in Global Arbitration Lawyers
As "Davos in the Desert" dries up due to the controversy surrounding Jamal Khashoggi, international arbitration lawyers from around the world were scheduled to rub elbows with Saudi leadership at another conference down the road.
         

10/16/2018 02:21 PM
Ex-Foley Partner Gets 2-Year Suspension for Document Tampering
A onetime Foley & Lardner partner admitted to disciplinary authorities that he backdated and pasted clients' signatures onto documents related to a client's estate.
         

10/16/2018 01:12 PM
Unprepared for a Cyberattack? The DOJ Wants to Change That
New U.S. Department of Justice cybersecurity guidelines stress preparedness amid reports that many organizations have failed to plan for a breach.
         

10/16/2018 01:09 PM
'Dawn of the Code War': Real-Life Lessons for GCs About Cybersecurity and Ongoing Threats
Former assistant attorney general for national security and current Morrison & Foerster partner John P. Carlin has written a new book about the growing cybersecurity threats against global companies, organizations and governments. He talks about why law firms and in-house counsel need to step up their defenses and those of their clients.
         

10/16/2018 01:06 PM
Covington Lobbyist, Up for Federal Claims Judge, Reveals Firm Pay
In disclosures filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Richard Hertling, of counsel at Covington & Burling, reported earning about $286,000 in 2017 and $276,000 the previous year.
         

10/16/2018 12:09 PM
Why Are Women Lousy Negotiators? Hint: They Don't Lie Enough
Men are outgunning women at the negotiation game. And that negative repercussion carries over to what women earn, contributing to that gender gap in pay.
         

10/16/2018 11:37 AM
Term Limits, 11 Justices, Balancing & More: Reshaping SCOTUS Is in Vogue
Court balancing. Term limits. And more. What follows is a quick look at four proposals—from progressives—to change the U.S. Supreme Court.
         

10/16/2018 09:40 AM
Judge Accused of 'Belligerence' Is Removed by NY's High Court
The New York Court of Appeals said in a unanimous decision that aside from his behavior in the courtroom, his decision to not cooperate with an investigation by the State Commission on Judicial Conduct into his actions also contributed to his removal.
         

10/16/2018 08:00 AM
Flurry of IP Legislation Crosses President's Desk
In one week, the president signed into law the Music Modernization Act and is now weighing a bill to extend the PTO's fee-setting authority and address the under-representation of women and minorities on patents.
         

10/16/2018 07:01 AM
We Should Double Year-End Associate Bonuses
The case for preempting another round of salary increases with something smarter
         

10/15/2018 10:41 PM
Litigation Funder Therium to Launch in Australia
London-based litigation funder Therium Capital Management will open an office in Melbourne starting next year.
         

10/15/2018 07:52 PM
Jones Day Again Tops Trump Campaign's Legal Billing, New FEC Filings Show
After Jones Day, the highest-paid firm identified in Monday's filing was one that had not previously appeared in Trump's campaign finance reports: Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo.
         

10/15/2018 07:00 PM
Ahead of the Curve: Neurolaw Comes to Campus
University of Minnesota Law School focuses on an emerging field of study. Will it catch on?
         

10/15/2018 06:22 PM
Judge Dismisses Stormy Daniels' Suit Against Trump
Speaking about President Donald Trump's tweet that sparked the lawsuit, a federal judge wrote: “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement."
         

10/15/2018 06:19 PM
Jeff Sessions Inveighs Against Federal Judges in Heritage Foundation Speech
"Executive branch officers do not work for the judiciary. We work for the president of the United States. Respect runs both ways," Jeff Sessions said in remarks at the Heritage Foundation in Washington on Monday night.
         

10/15/2018 05:34 PM
Boies Schiller Partner Tapped as Special Prosecutor in Arpaio Appeal
Christopher Caldwell has been called on by a Ninth Circuit panel to argue for upholding the contempt of court finding against the former Maricopa County sheriff after the Department of Justice has indicated that it supports vacating Arpaio's conviction.
         

10/15/2018 03:20 PM
Litigation Boutique Spins Off From McKool Smith, Promising Innovative Model
Reichman Jorgensen, with offices in Silicon Valley, Atlanta and New York, is promising to eschew hourly billing and to pay associates on a scale higher than Cravath's.
         

10/15/2018 02:50 PM
Former Orrick CEO: 'Everybody Wins' If Law Firms Invest, Adapt
Ralph Baxter sees a future for Big Law that isn't bleak. But it requires change.
         

10/15/2018 02:17 PM
Bill Cosby Swaps Defense Lawyers Again for Criminal Appeal, Legal Fee Suit
Four new lawyers have signed on to represent Cosby as he fights his criminal conviction and squares off with former attorneys over fees.
         

10/15/2018 01:58 PM
The Entire California Supreme Court Recused in Judicial Pay Case
Lawyers for the state have asked the high court to take up a 2017 opinion which cleared the way for current and former judges to collect $36 million in back pay.
         

10/15/2018 01:39 PM
Judge Rejects DeLorean Estate's Claim for 'Back to the Future' Royalties
A federal judge found the estate for John DeLorean signed over rights to proceeds of the contract with Universal when it settled an earlier lawsuit.
         

10/15/2018 01:21 PM
Defense Group Urges 4th Circuit to Address Certification of 'Uninjured' Class Members
DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar wants the appeals court to find that unnamed members in a class action against Dish Network should not have been certified because they did not have the same injuries as lead plaintiffs in the case.
         

10/15/2018 12:48 PM
Meet the Former Kirkland Partner Under Consideration to Be the Next White House Counsel
Pat Cipollone is a litigator at Stein Mitchell Cipollone Beato & Missner and a former partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington.
         

10/15/2018 12:23 PM
Watching the 'Bandwagon Effect' for Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training
“Other states and jurisdictions will see the lead that California and New York have taken. There is sometimes a bandwagon effect," one labor and employment partner in New York says.
         

10/15/2018 11:47 AM
Pawternity Leave: Are Employers Barking Up the Wrong Tree With Pet-Based Leave?
While pawternity leave might have some wondering if employee benefits have gone too far, many employers are embracing the newest trend in employee leave. And this trend may have more legs than initially thought: four to be exact.
         

10/15/2018 11:35 AM
LegalZoom GC Eyeing New Tech, Expansion Into Foreign Markets
"It's really hard sometimes to look back on a fight and try to think of something positive about it," Chas Rampenthal said of his company's conflict with the NC State Bar.
         

10/15/2018 11:35 AM
DC Judge Tees Up Proof Questions in Mueller's Russian Troll Farm Case
“I'll give you, Mr. Dubelier, that this is an unprecedented case, U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich in Washington said Monday, addressing the Reed Smith partner representing Concord Management and Consulting in a Mueller case.
         

10/15/2018 11:31 AM
King & Wood Mallesons Under Investigation for Overworking Lawyers in Australia
Employees of the Sino-Australian giant were allegedly subjected to grueling conditions, with some employees sleeping at the office to meet deadlines and cope with the heavy workload that arose from a public inquiry into financial sector misconduct that involved some of their clients.
         

10/15/2018 11:20 AM
Biotech Generex Brings on New Legal Boss in Wake of Pharmacy Acquisition
In addition to legal matters, Anthony Crisci will oversee business and accounting operations as the Miramar, Florida-based company's new general manager, chief compliance officer and corporate counsel.
         

10/15/2018 09:13 AM
Debevoise Hires Former Ashurst Asia Disputes Head
Gareth Hughes represents financial institutions on commercial litigation and SFC investigations.
         

10/15/2018 08:48 AM
Justices Turn Away Corporate Complaints in California Lead-Paint 'Nuisance' Case
Michael Carvin of Jones Day, counsel for Sherwin-Williams, said the cases highlighted runaway tort liability claims by states against companies.
         

10/15/2018 08:04 AM
Baker McKenzie Admits 'Shortcomings' in Handling Sexual Assault + More News
The law firm seems to be making the best of an awkward situation. Plus, a note to all Supreme Court aspirants: Buy your domain names now.
         

10/12/2018 04:28 PM
Hardwick Convicted on All Counts
Federal jurors convicted the Atlanta lawyer on Friday of one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, 21 counts of wire fraud and one count of making false statements to federally insured banks.
         

10/12/2018 03:57 PM
High-Powered Legal Factions Gear Up for Harvard Admissions Trial
The legal showdown between nonprofit group Students for Fair Admissions Inc. and the president and fellows of Harvard College begins Monday, and it's teeming with prominent lawyers.
         

10/12/2018 01:44 PM
One Big Law Attorney's Journey with Depression, One Firm's Response to the Profession's Problem
A Baker Hostetler lawyer discusses her depression, and Latham & Watkins' COO talks about what her firm is doing to dispel the stigma of mental health challenges.
         

10/12/2018 01:40 PM
Meet Donald Trump's Latest Batch of Judges
Three appeals court picks—David Porter, Ryan Nelson and Richard Sullivan—were among the 15 names the U.S. Senate confirmed to federal judgeships Thursday, after Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed to vote on a batch of judicial nominees as part of a compromise.
         

10/12/2018 01:39 PM
Kaepernick's Trademark Application for Face, Hair Is 'Ambitious,' IP Lawyer Says
The application filed by Bruce H. Bernstein, a co-managing partner at Greenblum & Bernstein, includes nearly a score of classes of products and services.
         

10/12/2018 01:22 PM
Skilled in the Art: A Farewell to Judge Jeremy Fogel
Also, the wide applicability of WesternGeco, and bye bye BRI, hello Phillips.
         

10/12/2018 12:52 PM
Boies Schiller Cleared to Keep Billionaire Ex-Client's File Amid Fee Dispute
With a New York state court ruling on Friday, Boies Schiller can continue hanging onto a discovery file that serves as leverage while the firm tries to recover more than $825,000 in unpaid fees from a billionaire former client.
         

10/12/2018 12:13 PM
Digital Branding: 'Cause We Are Living in a Digital World
As with traditional branding, a digital brand is simply the perception individuals have of a business or organization online. Digital branding uses a combination of Internet branding and digital marketing to develop a brand over a range of digital venues, with an objective to establish and build trust with potential clients, especially during the decision phase of the selection process.
         

10/12/2018 12:11 PM
Ex-Polsinelli Partners' Cannabis Company Sells for Record High
The bud business has been good to a few former Big Law partners.
         

10/12/2018 11:31 AM
Pop Stars and the President, Pre-Kanye
Attention is always paid when the worlds of music superstardom and the commander in chief collide.
         

10/12/2018 11:26 AM
In LaCroix's False Branding Lawsuit, Risk Management Lessons for Corporate Law
From coordinating with other departments to keeping language simple, legal experts share tips for mitigating, if not preventing, the chances of facing a lawsuit stemming from product labeling.
         

10/12/2018 07:06 AM
A Day of Reckoning for NY Law Firms When the Lease Expires
Manhattan law firm offices are designed to dazzle clients with breathtaking views and the latest wizardry at a cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars a month. But a decade later when the lease expires, law firms face a day of reckoning.
         

10/11/2018 07:00 PM
The Law Firm Disrupted: Of Blood, Toil, Tears and Legal Tech Software
What should software collaboration in the legal technology space look like? Chapman and Cutler might be on to something.
         

10/11/2018 04:19 PM
Ethics Allegations Against Brett Kavanaugh Face Hurdles
Judicial ethics scholars disagree over procedurally how the complaints against the now-Supreme Court justice will be resolved.
         

10/11/2018 03:56 PM
Boies Schiller in Spat With Billionaire Over Unpaid Legal Fees
Boies Schiller Flexner withdrew from representing billionaire Alex Shnaider in September, citing irreconcilable differences and unpaid legal bills. Now Shnaider's arguing that the firm is improperly withholding a case file he needs for an upcoming trial.
         

10/11/2018 03:39 PM
'Ever Argue With a Woman?' Florida and Texas Lawyers Fight Over Trademarked Slogan
Florida lawyer Melissa Wilson sued San Antonio lawyer Heather Clement Tessmer and her firm over use of a slogan that's similar to the trademarked one that Wilson holds.
         

10/11/2018 03:13 PM
Death of Stanford Law Student, Wachtell Associate Ruled an Accident
Leon Cain, a 3L at Stanford Law School who had recently signed on to begin his career at Wachtell, died last month from what a medical examiner described Thursday as "multiple blunt force injuries."
         

10/11/2018 02:59 PM
Steve Bannon Helped Formulate Citizenship Question for Census, DOJ Filing Says
Bannon was among a list of names the Trump administration said were included in discussions surrounding the question about citizenship.
         

10/11/2018 02:42 PM
Insurance Litigation Balloons in Insurer-Friendly Federal Courts, Report Finds
A new report found major increases in homeowner, automobile and most other types of insurance disputes filed in federal court, where insurers are significantly more likely to prevail over claimants.
         

10/11/2018 02:30 PM
Jurors Deliberate Hardwick's Fate in Embezzlement Trial
In closings, the government cast Hardwick as liar and a thief who knowingly stole money from Morris Hardwick Schneider's escrow accounts, while his lawyers said he was duped by the firm's former controller.
         

10/11/2018 02:23 PM
Experts to Law Grads: Don't Freak Out About Public Service Loan Forgiveness—Yet
The U.S. Department of Education approved a mere 1 percent of initial Public Service Loan Forgiveness applications, but experts say the approval rate should increase over time.
         

10/11/2018 02:17 PM
Legal Ops Expert Hans Albers Leads 2,500-Member ACC in Europe
A conversation with Hans Albers, the recently elected president of the European Association of Corporate Counsel, who talks about the biggest legal challenges for in-house counsel in Europe today.
         

10/11/2018 01:58 PM
448 Tribes File 'Historic' Amicus Brief in Opioid Lawsuits
About 44 percent of pregnant women on the Blackfeet Tribe reservation in Montana tested positive for opioid use.
         

10/11/2018 01:26 PM
Think Big Law Is Your Ticket to Success? These 4 Big-Company GCs Came From a Midsize Firm in Texas
The general counsel of General Motors, Chevron Phillips Chemical, LyondellBasell Industries, and American Air Liquide Holdings all once worked at the now-shuttered litigation boutique Beirne, Maynard & Parsons.
         

10/11/2018 01:24 PM
Former Attorneys to Rick Gates Sue for $368K in Unpaid Bills Related to Mueller Charges
Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack was allowed to withdraw from Gates' criminal case in February after claiming irreconcilable differences with its client.
         

10/11/2018 12:36 PM
Johnson & Johnson Wins Verdict in New Jersey Talcum Powder Trial
After two mistrials in similar cases that had juries in Los Angeles deliberating for days, a New Jersey jury took just half an hour to decide that Johnson & Johnson's baby powder did not cause a woman to get mesothelioma.
         

10/11/2018 12:35 PM
Amid Mounting Litigation, Insys Brings on Ex-Mylan GC as New Top Lawyer
Mark Nance is now the chief legal officer and GC at the Phoenix-based company, which is the target of several lawsuits over the the potent opioid medication Subsys.
         

10/11/2018 12:31 PM
SEC Files Suit Over False Endorsement of ICO
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday unsealed a complaint against cryptocurrency company Blockvest alleging that the company and its founder falsely claimed its initial coin offering had SEC backing.
         

10/11/2018 12:07 PM
Unlike Gorsuch, Kavanaugh Jumps Into SCOTUS Cert Pool
Two justices—Neil Gorsuch and Samuel Alito Jr.—have stayed out of the pool, which means that their clerks give them independent assessments of petitions.
         

10/11/2018 11:46 AM
Heat Star Udonis Haslem Sues Vet Over Neutered Purebred Mastiff
The Heat star claims he's out $30,000 in training spent on his Cane Corso plus uncalculated breeding fees.
         

10/11/2018 09:22 AM
Court Tosses Charge Against Harvey Weinstein as Brafman Faults NYPD Handling of an Accuser's Account
Weinstein's defense lawyer Benjamin Brafman told the court he will soon move to dismiss the entire complaint, but a Manhattan ADA said the case would move "full steam ahead." The disgraced mogul is still facing five sexual-offense counts.
         

10/11/2018 08:31 AM
When it Comes to Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support in Legal, What About the Staff?
While law firm staff are a part of the same “toxic environment as attorneys, mental health and substance abuse support and resources available to them are not.
         

10/10/2018 10:30 PM
Siri Can Record Police Officers, But Is It Legal? It Depends
With the help of a new app called 'Police,' Siri can trigger the video function on an iPhone and record traffic stops.
         

10/10/2018 10:22 PM
Seoul and Tokyo: A Tale of 2 Legal Markets
South Korea has no plans to further open up its legal market to foreign law firms but liberalization continues in Japan.
         

10/10/2018 10:09 PM
Counsel Scramble to Prep for New CFIUS Foreign Investment Rules Taking Effect Next Month
“This is a time where proactivity is in the best interest of entities that are looking at foreign investors, said one adviser.
         

10/10/2018 10:00 PM
Labor of Law: Mandatory Sexual Harassment Training in NY | Is California's Female Board Law Legal? | Plus: Who Got the Work
Takeaways as New York implements its new sexual harassment law, and California's governor signs a suite of #MeToo-inspired bills. Plus: Uber faces a new worker-classification test, and scroll down for the latest moves. Thanks, always, for reading Labor of Law.
         

10/10/2018 08:37 PM
Trump Names 13 More Nominees for the Federal Bench
The picks include a number of current judges and Big Law partners.
         

10/10/2018 04:33 PM
Judge Tentatively Strikes $250M in Punitives From Roundup Verdict
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Suzanne Bolanos issued the tentative ahead of a hearing on Wednesday afternoon.
         

10/10/2018 04:32 PM
New Report Finds Female Path to Law Firm Partnership a Sluggish Crawl
A survey found that given the legal industry's current growth rate, it would take nearly a century for women to make up half of the equity partnership tier.
         

10/10/2018 04:09 PM
Ex-Big Law Partner Ravelo Sentenced to 5 Years for Vendor Fraud Scheme
Prosecutors said former Hunton & Williams and Willkie Farr & Gallagher partner Keila Ravelo defrauded her law firms and client MasterCard out of $7.8 million to fuel a lavish lifestyle.
         

10/10/2018 04:00 PM
Inside Track: GCs in Crisis Mode | Yes We Cannabis! | Plus New In-House Moves
This week we peer into the world of legal marijuana, take some lessons in crisis management from the top of the legal department, and examine what happens when your outside law firm files for bankruptcy.
         

10/10/2018 03:25 PM
Leading Litigation Funder Sets Aside $50 Million for Women-Led Matters
With Burford Capital "sitting atop a pile of money," the company thinks it's found a new way to help close the legal industry's gender gap.
         

10/10/2018 03:03 PM
Adidas Hires Former Bayer In-House Leader as New GC
Jan Heinemann's transition from pharmaceutical to fashion comes days after Bayer named St. Louis-based Monsanto Co. executive Scott Partridge as the general counsel for its expanded U.S. operations.
         

10/10/2018 02:17 PM
Labaton Agrees to Pay $4.8M to Settle Special Master's Overbilling Inquiry
Labaton acknowledged it should have disclosed a $4.1 million referral payment and agreed to make several internal changes.
         

10/10/2018 02:04 PM
An Inside Job: Business Development for Associates
Instead of focusing on solving the problems of someone outside of the firm, find opportunities to serve someone within the firm and impress an influential partner.
         

10/10/2018 01:52 PM
Ex-US Attorney Joins Firm Advising Cannabis Industry
Former Kansas U.S. attorney and Polsinelli partner Barry Grissom said he found cannabis prohibition to be "anti-law enforcement.”
         

10/10/2018 01:31 PM
Kavanaugh and Alito Question ACLU's Challenge to Immigration Policy
Kavanaugh, appearing for his second day of arguments as a justice, asked whether the Supreme Court "should be superimposing a time limit into the statute when Congress, at least as I read it, did not itself do so.”
         

10/10/2018 01:20 PM
Circuit Court Nominee Chad Readler Quizzed on DOJ's Defense of Trump Policies
Democratic senators zeroed in on Chad Readler's role in the DOJ's decision to drop its defense of the Affordable Care Act's pre-existing conditions provision.
         

10/10/2018 01:06 PM
Listen Up, Counselor! Here's How to Get What You Want From Clients
Craving clear instructions? Wishing for repeat business? In three decades as a law firm partner, I've figured out it's up to me to create the right conditions.
         

10/10/2018 12:51 PM
Will You Report Sexual Harassment or Bullying? Be Honest.
A notable percentage of female lawyers experience harassment and bullying, yet the vast majority of them never report it, a recent study finds.
         

10/10/2018 11:21 AM
Breached Records Up, Breach Incidents Down in First Half of 2018, Report Says
Gemalto's 2018 Breach Level Index found 4.5 billion records were stolen, lost or compromised worldwide in the first half of 2018, a 133 increase over the first half of 2017.
         

10/10/2018 11:20 AM
Boies Schiller Nabs Prominent Attorney Susan Estrich From Quinn Emanuel
Estrich will be a Los Angeles-based partner in the appellate practice at Boies Schiller, which has made a string of recent hires in California.
         

10/10/2018 09:55 AM
Firms Vie for Top M&A Billing as Dealmakers Zero In on US
Latham hits a trifecta, and other takeaways from Mergermarket, Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters' rankings for the first three quarters of 2018.
         

10/10/2018 09:15 AM
Trump-Appointed Judge Sentences Man in Mueller Case to 6 Months in Prison
U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich credited the defendant, Richard Pinedo, for promptly accepting responsibility and agreeing to assist the special counsel. "I commend you for that," Friedrich said in court.
         

10/10/2018 07:47 AM
Marcia Coyle: Kavanaugh's Partisanship Doesn't Just Vanish Now
"The Senate confirmation process was contentious and emotional. That process is over," Kavanaugh said at the White House on Monday. "My focus now is to be the best justice I can be. I take this office with gratitude and no bitterness."
         

10/10/2018 05:00 AM
What's Next: Google's 'Cambridge Analytica' Moment | IoPlease | Murder It Tracked
Google's legal and policy team said “immediate regulatory interest would be sparked if the company disclosed a data breach involving Google+ users.
         

10/09/2018 10:33 PM
Federal Circuit Judge Wants to Rethink 'Natural Phenomena' Case Law
Judge Kathleen O'Malley says the court has been too broadly applying the Supreme Court's Myriad decision for the last four years.
         

10/09/2018 10:07 PM
Becca Heller's Journey From Yale Law Student to MacArthur 'Genius'
The 2010 law grad never imagined the refugees resettlement project she started with some Yale Law School classmates a decade ago would morph into a major player in refugee rights and land her a coveted MacArthur Fellowship.
         

10/09/2018 10:05 PM
In Arpaio Case, Deeply Divided Ninth Circuit Stands By Decision to Appoint Special Prosecutor
In dissent, Judge Consuelo Callahan wrote, "The majority's we-see-no-reason-why-not approach does not justify its admittedly unprecedented—and unauthorized—intrusion of executive power."
         

10/09/2018 10:00 PM
Critical Mass: Ominous Order for Opioid Defendants
Also this week: A hard to swallow LaCroix class action, and Feds probing asbestos trust.