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Additional Allegations Brought Against Virginia Department of Education as Motions to Dismiss Are Pending

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 15:06

Attorneys with Susman Godfrey, Merritt Law, and the Civil Rights Clinic of Georgetown Law are bringing additional allegations against the Fairfax County School Board and the Virginia Department of Education on behalf of families with students with disabilities, alleging that the school system was complicit in ensuring students did not receive the necessary services, according to the amended complaint filed Jan. 20.


Inside Track: How Legal Teams Can Help Keep Activist Investors at Bay

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 14:52

"If an activist does buy into a company, the company should seek to meaningfully engage with the activist, rather than ignoring them or dismissing them out of hand," the law firm Herbert Smith Freehills said in a client briefing.


Amy Wax Files Grievance Against Penn Carey Law Dean Over Push for Sanctions

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 13:29

"Even though at times hard to hear or read, everything Prof. Wax is accused of saying finds support in social science research and other empirically based sources and has been expressed by various critics and commentators all over the country and the world," Wax's attorney, David Shapiro, wrote in the grievance.


New Mexico Jury Returns $52M Punitive Damages Verdict in Insurance Bad Faith Suit

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 13:05

A New Mexico jury hit Public Underwriters Liability Insurance Company with $52 million in punitive damages, finding the insurer violated the Unfair Practices Act in an insurance bad faith case after a decade of litigation.


Why Big Law Must Balance Layoffs and Laterals: The Morning Minute

Thu, 01/26/2023 - 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Judge Dismisses Wrongful Termination Claims by Former Charlottesville Police Chief

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 20:08

"Contrary to the unfortunate remarks of Dr. Brackney and her attorney, the decision was made by a respected and experienced United States District Court Judge, who considered a lawsuit of 73 pages with over 150 pages of exhibits containing facts set forth in 11 counts against 11 defendants and determined that no plausible claims had been stated," said attorney for the defendants, David Patrick Corrigan of Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, of Richmond, Virginia.


'A Contrivance by Clever Lawyers': Plaintiffs' Appeal Asks to Exclude 3M From Earplug Bankruptcy

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 19:26

Plaintiffs suing over combat earplugs filed a brief on Wednesday before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit to affirm an Aug. 26 bankruptcy decision not to extend a Chapter 11 case's automatic stay to include the debtor's parent corporation, 3M.


Attorney Prevails Over Former Supervisor-Turned-Client in Dispute Over Contingency Fee

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 17:38

Two licensed Virginia attorneys brought their fight over a contingency fee in a civil litigation case before the Virginia Court of Appeals.


Reversing Attorney Fee Award, State Appeals Court Rejects 'In for One, In for All' Rule Outside of Insurance Context

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 16:43

That rule requires an insurer to defend all claims brought against an insured if at least one claim falls within the scope of the insurer's duty to defend, but the appeals said it "makes little sense" to extend that concept beyond the insurance context.


Survey Says Latin American Legal Departments Will Bring More Work In-House

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 16:34

But consultancy ODDS Legal found that general counsel based in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru still require assistance on complex matters such as compliance, privacy and ESG.


DoNotPay Discontinues Legal Products, CEO Threatened With Jail Time Following GPT-in-Court Proposal

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 16:13

"The World's First Robot Lawyer" has announced the discontinuance of all "non-consumer legal rights products" effective immediately.


Get Used to Rumors: Extent of Legal Tech Layoffs Likely to Remain Hidden

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 16:01

Legal tech layoffs often stay under the radar, but there is good reason for it—revealing a large staffing cut can cause a company a significant financial hit.


Noom GC Quits, Saying 'We All Need to Step Back and Take a Breath'

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 16:00

Michal Rosenn said she feels fortunate to have built "a world-class legal team that is deftly navigating the challenges and opportunities of today's tech environment."


Meeting Client Expectations to Provide Good 'Customer Service'

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 15:19

Buyers of legal services are now a highly sophisticated and connected community. What the clients now not only want but insist on, is operational efficiency, effectiveness and transparency.


Build New Habits to Achieve Your Goals in 2023

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 14:18

Absorbing and learning is one thing. Putting principles into practice for sustained periods of time is something else altogether.


10th Circuit: Flight Attendant's Proposed Accommodations 'Weren't Plausibly Reasonable' in ADA Suit Against Frontier Airlines

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 14:06

"An employer can incur liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act for failing to accommodate an employee's disability," Judge Robert E. Bacharach wrote. "Under the Act, the employee must request a 'plausibly reasonable accommodation.'"


Fourth Circuit En Banc Seems Likely to Remove Limit on Attorney Fees, Eyes Future Standard

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:56

"Other circuits have wrestled with this problem, and they've all agreed is it's not a categorical bar. So we say it's not. Now the question is, do we give guidance. If you'd like guidance, we should have that discussion," said Circuit Judge Paul Niemeyer.


Seattle U Law Responds to 'Incendiary Allegations' of Discrimination Against Visiting Professor

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:43

Seattle University School of Law Dean Anthony Varona wrote in an email to students and faculty Monday that the school is conducting an internal probe into allegations of racism against a visiting professor that were made public by the university's student newspaper.


Ransomware Attack Not Covered: 'No Direct Physical Loss of or Damage to' Intangible Computer Software, State High Court Says

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:35

The insurance policy phrase "direct physical loss of or damage to" has been prominent in the news the past few years thanks to the spate of business interruption cases stemming from the pandemic, but one state high court recently had occasion to examine that policy language in a different context: cybersecurity.


Covering History in the Making

Wed, 01/25/2023 - 13:13

U.S. Supreme Court reporter Marcia Coyle looks back at her 35 years of coverage here at The National Law Journal.