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West Virginia Judge Rules For Drug Distributors in Opioid Case

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 17:55

U.S. District Judge David Faber, in a bench trial that concluded last year in the Southern District of West Virginia, sided with distributors McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen in a 184-page decision about the opioid crisis.

       

Not Just 'Yelling Bumper Stickers': Law Schools Mull How to Address 'Dobbs,' a Changing SCOTUS in the Classroom

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 17:28

As law students begin and return to law school next month, they will be facing a very different landscape both personally and professionally now that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned 'Roe v. Wade.' How will schools respond?

       

NCCU Appoints Interim Dean Following Browne Lewis' Death

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 17:22

North Carolina Central University (NCCU) has appointed Malik Edwards as the interim dean of the School of Law, effective July 5, reporting to David H. Jackson Jr., provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

       

Dentons Pledges Fight to the End in Malpractice Appeal

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 15:54

Global chair claims a loss would impact all "quality" law firms and access to legal services in smaller markets.

       

NY Appeals Court Rules Against Celebrity Chef Todd English in Contract Dispute With Cookware Company

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 15:42

The Appellate Division, First Department court denied English's motion asking that he be granted summary judgment on his breach-of-contract claim and it denied his request for dismissal of the company's counterclaim against him for breach of contract.

       

Plaintiffs Awarded $1.2M in Attorney Fees Under Settlement of Insurance Fraud Class Action Suit

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 15:15

Four individuals who purchased and held long-term care policies with Virginia's Genworth Life Insurance Co. before 2002 filed a class action complaint against the insurer in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in January 2021.

       

How I Started My Own Law Firm: 'I Like Having the Freedom to Make My Own Decisions,' Says Kelly Burris of Burris Law

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 11:42

"I would like to be known as someone who helped open up opportunities for women and minorities—those who are not traditionally in this field."

       

More Than 2,650 Women Partners From 190 Firms Issue Call to Action Post-'Dobbs'

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 08:00

"Our presence and leadership within the bar is without question a byproduct of the freedom each of us has had to make reproductive decisions for ourselves," the thousands of signatories from about 190 firms wrote.

       

This Legal Market Just Keeps Growing: The Morning Minute

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 07:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.

       

Cyber Practices Are Great for Law Firms—If They Can Find the Right People

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 06:00

Law firms already have an uphill climb in competing with other tech-savvy entities in the cyber space. The lack of qualified talent and increasing workloads don't help.

       

Boutiques Dominate 2022 Law Firm Mergers as Big Law Looks to New Markets

Tue, 07/05/2022 - 01:56

Law firm mergers rebounded in Q2, according to a new report from Fairfax Associates, but none of the acquired firms in the deals had more than 30 lawyers.

       

Former Interim Dean of Arkansas Law to Join American Association of Law Schools

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:23

Alena Allen, a former interim dean at the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) School of Law, and "nationally recognized figure in legal education," will become deputy director at the Association of American Law Schools on Aug. 1.

       

Is a Qualified Expert Needed to Explain the Location-Tracking Function of a Cellphone? Appeals Court Says No

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 17:00

The Maryland Court of Appeals reinstated a man's murder conviction, finding a state's witness did not need to be qualified as an expert to testify that cellphone users can adjust a cellphone's ability to track and collect location data.

       

'He Wished He Had Had the Wherewithal to Step Back': Ohio Attorney Receives 1-Year Suspension for Lying About Client Sexual Relationship

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:33

An Ohio attorney received a one-year suspension for multiple ethics violations after a disciplinary investigation revealed that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a client and made false statements about his conduct to opposing counsel, a police chief and a municipal court.

       

Ohio Bar May Drop Question About Mental Disorder From Character and Fitness Application

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:22

The Ohio bar may drop the question about mental health status from its character and fitness application, in part due to a law student petitioning the state Supreme Court to do so.

       

'A Disturbing Lack of Respect for the Law': Convicted Boston Attorney OK'd to Practice in State Court, but Rejected by Federal Court

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:12

"If an attorney who has committed multiple felonies is ever to be reinstated—a debatable proposition in itself—at a minimum he or she must demonstrate a complete acceptance of responsibility and extraordinary remorse and rehabilitation," U.S. District Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV of the District of Massachusetts wrote in his order filed Tuesday.

       

Skilled in the Art With Scott Graham: Time to Change Tactics on 101, or Just Wait for a Better Term? + PTO Launches AI Partnership + Judge Freeman Calls Out Firm's 'Possum Act'

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 16:06

The Supreme Court might be done with patent eligibility for the foreseeable future. Practitioners say that, if there is still a path to review, it's going to require early and careful preparation.

       

3rd Circ.: Port Authority Failed to Prove Ban of 'Black Lives Matter' Face Masks Was Constitutional

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 15:51

Once the Port Authority received its supply of masks, a new policy continued the restriction on "political or social protest" masks and added a section detailing which masks may be worn.

       

Texas Overtakes Illinois as 4th-Largest US Legal Market by Lawyer Head Count

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 15:30

By gaining 6.2% lawyers in 2021 compared with 2020, Texas moved past Illinois on total lawyer head count in the NLJ 500 report.

       

Give Them Credit: Attorneys, Mental Health, and the Billable Hour

Fri, 07/01/2022 - 14:43

By putting their money—that is, their billable hours requirements—where their mouth is, firms will demonstrate they are serious about mental health and well-being—and reap valuable benefits for their bottom line, too.

       

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