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Forget Reefer Madness, Pot Law Goes Mainstream

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 01:20

Demands from existing clients and the lure of new business opportunities has overtaken the taboo around marijuana for many major law firms.


How I Made Partner: Desmarais' Laurie Stempler

Thu, 09/05/2019 - 01:16

"If you do not genuinely care about people or you do not think about how you can help others, you cannot leverage your network to develop business."


After Initial Skepticism, Judge Approves CVS-Aetna Merger

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 19:51

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon found that the evidence presented to him was enough to ease any antitrust concerns he had.


Inside Track: How Origination Credit Affects In-House Diversity Efforts. Plus, Growing Pay Gap For GCs.

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 19:05

Origination credit structures at law firms may deter in-house counsel's diversity efforts when hiring outside counsel. The gender pay gap between male and female GCs is widening, a recent survey found. Also, the Steve Madden GC talks about how his legal department is working around the U.S.-China trade war.


California Appellate Court Finds Inaccessible Website Violates ADA

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 18:09

The ruling from the Second District Court of Appeal upholds an injunction forcing a Los Angeles restaurant to make its website accessible with screen reader technology, which the visually impaired use to browse the internet.


Clark Hill Acquires Las Vegas Litigation Boutique

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 17:44

The Detroit-based Am Law 200 firm has combined with Gentile Cristalli Miller Armeni Savarese, more than doubling the head count in its Las Vegas office.


Wanted: Lawyers Open to Risk Ready to Work in Growing Cannabis Industry

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 17:19

Two Major, Lindsey & Africa recruiters say in-house lawyers who likely take risks work in highly regulated industries. Those are the candidates cannabis companies are looking for.


FTC Official Urges State Attorneys General to Sue Google Over Kids' Privacy Violations

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 17:17

The Google penalty was part of a settlement with Federal Trade Commission general counsel Alden Abbott and New York Attorney General Letitia James. A dissenting FTC commissioner says other attorneys general should file lawsuits over the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act violations.


Critical Mass: Opioid Case Forges Onward Toward Trial. J&J Judgment Motion in Mesh. Who's Repping Google in a Medical Privacy Class Action?

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 17:06

A federal judge overseeing 2,000 lawsuits over the opioid crisis has rejected some key defenses ahead of a high-profile trial next month.


'Fake It Until You Make It': Lawsuit Claims Hanzo Archives Pushed Fake AI Products to Law Firms

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 17:02

The whistleblower lawsuit claims Hanzo employees were manually conducting web searches for clients because its artificial intelligence platform was not functioning.


Skilled in the Art: Viasat Demands $9M in Fees—and $2 in Punitives + How Far Can Judges Go in Touting Their Districts?

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 16:53

Fresh off a $49.3 million jury award over contract and trade secret claims, satellite communications company Viasat is now demanding that Acacia Communications pay a whopping $2.


Greg Craig Found Not Guilty of Deceiving DOJ About Ukraine Work

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 16:23

The verdict came on the first day of jury deliberations, and caps off a three-week trial.


Estée Lauder Picks Former Thomson Reuters Legal Boss as New General Counsel

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 16:04

Deirdre Stanley, who served as GC at Thomson Reuters and its predecessor company for 17 years, succeeds Sara Moss, who was promoted to the newly created role of vice chairman in July.


Is Chambers Ignoring Women?

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 15:00

The industry's gold standard directory remains stubbornly white and male in its coveted lawyer rankings, particularly in the most elite practice sectors.


Dentons To Merge With Argentina and Uruguay Firms

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:18

With the addition of the two offices, Dentons will have opened five new offices in Latin America this year.


'Assured' Uncertainty: Why First Circuit's Decision Related to Puerto Rico's Insolvency May Shake Up the Municipal Bond Market

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 12:00

The First Circuit missed an opportunity to provide bondholders with much-needed certainty concerning their ability to enforce an issuer's obligation to pay from special revenues pledged to secure their bonds in the event of a municipality's insolvency proceeding without first obtaining relief from the automatic stay.


Feeling 'Very Good,' Ginsburg Draws Thousands in Arkansas Appearance

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 10:22

After undergoing radiation treatment in August, the justice has four more events scheduled before the next term starts in October.


What's Next: Bitcoin's Purported Founder Ordered to Fork Over Half His Fortune + Pleading the Fifth with Your Thumb + State Appeals Court Clarifies Concealment in Sexual Blackmail Case

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 08:30

A self-proclaimed founder of Bitcoin is ordered to split ownership of his estimated $10 billion worth of bitcoin with the estate of his former business partner in a case that some say demonstrates that judges can keep up with crypto nerds.


DLA Piper Boosts Dublin Office With Four Local Partner Hires

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 08:17

The latest hires come after the global law firm hired another four partners to staff its new office in January.


Brexit Worries Slow Law Firm Growth, Opioid Defenses Booted, Bump-Stock Battle: The Morning Minute

Wed, 09/04/2019 - 07:00

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