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Ex-Clerks and Experts Left Puzzled by Vague Report on 'Dobbs' Leak

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 18:18

"I suspect the justices decided that the risks to the separation of powers were greater than the risk of not finding the leaker," said law professor Josh Blackman about the high court's choice to not use federal investigatory resources.


Define 'Reasonable Time': Appeals Court Reinstates Injury Suit Due to Vague State Law

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 17:12

After a lower court denied a plaintiff's motion to substitute as untimely, the South Carolina Court of Appeals reversed, saying the meaning of "reasonable time" in the governing statute is unclear.


Federal Judge: Bad Blood Over Unrelated Bankruptcy Case Not Grounds to Demand Contract Assurances

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 16:10

"Given that Kearsarge rejected any attempt at cooperation with Skyview, it was unreasonable for it to demand assurances in the form of a bond or letter of credit," stated Judge Patti B. Saris. "Despite a record of full performance between the parties, Kearsarge's demand for a surety for the full notional value of the outstanding trades further supports this conclusion."


Design Patent Appeal Splinters Federal Circuit Panel + Susman Scores $163M Jury Verdict + Finnegan Protects Under Armour's House

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 15:50

Mark Lemley's argument about design patent obviousness and the Supreme Court's KSR decision fell short of a win, but has served to raise the profile of the issue.


T-Mobile's $350M Settlement Scrutinized as New Cyberattack Emerges

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 15:39

One day after T-Mobile announced a new cyberattack, a federal judge heard arguments on Friday whether to approve a $350 million data breach settlement.


Alex Jones' Texas Attorney Dodges Sanctions Despite Misconduct

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 14:51

"The respondent is reaping the benefit here of an impressive number of important mitigating factors," the judge wrote.


7th Circ. Acknowledges 'Typical' Challenges Faced by Black Women in the Workplace, but Ultimately Sides With Employer

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 14:14

"We realize that Bragg's reports of racial insensitivity are typical of the challenges Black women face in the workplace," stated Judge Diane Wood, in her written opinion for the court. "Nonetheless, we must decide cases based on the record before us."


When Can Your Mechanic Sell Your Car? Virginia Appeals Court Clarifies in First-Impression Ruling

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 14:02

In a case of first impression addressing the application of the Virginia Abandoned Vehicle Act, the Virginia Court of Appeals overrode a jury verdict that had found an auto body shop and its owner jointly liable for converting a customer's vehicle.


Here's Who Will Decide What Penn State's Reunited Law School Should Look Like

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 09:59

More than 700 nominations have been whittled down to a 14-member panel, charged by Pennsylvania State University President Neeli Bendapudi to develop recommendations regarding reuniting the university's two separately accredited law schools into a single institution.


What's Behind London's Partner Hiring Frenzy?

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 07:09

It's certainly not a busy deal market, writes the London Lawyer. There's something else going on.


Historic Upheaval in Big Law: The Morning Minute

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 06:00

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'Judicial Hellhole?' Southern Lawyers Divided Over Georgia's Designation

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 05:04

"I was a judge for 11 years, and in those 11 years 90% of the med-mals resulted in defense verdicts," said plaintiff attorney Dax Lopez of DelCampo Grayson Lopez. "That is not unusual, and I think we sort of lose sight of that."


Arizona Republicans Likely to Appeal Mail-In Voting Challenge to State High Court, Lead Counsel Says

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 00:39

"Since this case is about issue of first impression, we always believed it would end up before the Arizona Supreme Court," said counsel to the AZGOP, Alexander Kolodin of the Davillier Law Group. "No trial court or court of appeals is going to upset the apple cart on something this major."


Siding With Plaintiffs, Federal Judges Kicks 9 Lawsuits Against Zantac Manufacturers Back to State Court

Fri, 01/20/2023 - 00:10

"Could the plaintiffs have filed a motion that made their intent clearer, such as by expressly disclaiming any request to consolidate for trial? Yes, they could have—and no doubt wished they did. But my role is not to grade or foot-fault the quality of the plaintiffs' filings. I must decide if the plaintiffs actually proposed consolidation for a joint trial. They did not," U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Alker Meyer wrote.


The Influx of Wealth Into Singapore Could Be a Major Boon for Lawyers

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 20:55

Lawyers say the decades Singapore has dedicated to building and finessing its systems, regulations, and image as a hub for financial services, technology and innovation as well as dispute resolution, are finally paying off.


New Notre Dame Law Program Helps Diverse Students Network With Big Law Employers

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 19:15

"The networking opportunities were a way to strengthen our shared DEI goals with our law firm partners, and promote efforts to increase diversity among top law firms by directly connecting firms with top-tier candidates from communities underrepresented in the legal profession," Max Gaston, Notre Dame Law School's director of DEI, said in a statement.


Law Firms Kick Off 2023 With Westward Push in Smaller Markets

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 18:37

Two Am Law 100 law firms this month landed in smaller cities out West, reflecting the larger trends of law firms pursuing secondary markets and expanding in the region.


The Law Firm Disrupted: No Sense in Wishing That ESG 'Just Goes Away'

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 18:19

Corporate leaders may be tired of the pressure to focus on the social and environmental consequences of doing business. Law firm bosses might feel the same way, but they've also got an upside.


Uncertainty Plagues 3M Combat Earplug Global Settlement as Judge Declares 'Impasse'

Thu, 01/19/2023 - 17:35

A federal judge in the multidistrict litigation scrapped mediation talks this week, while, in bankruptcy court, 16 plaintiffs firms opposed a request for more time to come up with a Chapter 11 reorganization plan.