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Why Financial Regulation Is Big Law's Newest Battleground

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 05:00

Law firms large and small are heavily investing in financial regulation and ex-government lawyers as demand skyrockets at the cross-sector between financial services and tech.

       

Ahead of the Curve: More Questions Than Answers About US News Law School Rankings

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 21:19

This week, we're back with another U.S. News & World Report education rankings update.

       

New Bill Could Block Madison Square Garden Entertainment from 'Blacklisting' Lawyers

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 18:22

The bill's introduction follows a series of highly publicized incidents in which lawyers at various firms have attempted to attend shows or games and been removed from the premises because someone at their firm was representing a client in litigation against MSGE.

       

Q&A: New Assembly Judiciary Chair Trains His Focus on Remote Proceedings, State Bar

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 17:49

"We need to make sure that the role of court reporters is reassured," said new Assembly Judiciary Chair Brian Maienschein. "They do vital work, and we want to make sure that there are reliable, well-paying court reporter jobs and the court reports are accurate."

       

'I'm Disappointed.' Lawyers React to SCOTUS Setting Aside Attorney-Client Privilege Case

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 16:45

The justices' order lets stand a decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit adopting the so-called "primary purpose" test, which requires that the main purpose of a communication be legal advice for it to be considered privileged.

       

SCOTUS Asks DOJ to Weigh Fla., Texas Laws Aimed at Curbing Social Media 'Censorship'

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 16:13

Concerns about the posture of the disputes may preclude a grant of cert from the high court, according to legal experts.

       

Attorney Faces $40M Lawsuit for Allegedly Being 'Active Participant' in Crypto Ponzi

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 15:16

"But even if you are the final person in a conspiracy, you are responsible for the whole conspiracy," Adam Moskowitz, lead counsel for the certified class, said in an interview.

       

Data Platform: Meta Can't Withhold Users' Publicly Posted Information

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 15:13

Bright Data, represented by Wilks Law and Proskauer Rose, has asked a judge to confirm the web data platform isn't legally barred from accessing public information through Facebook or Instagram.

       

Federal Court in Maine Establishes, Appoints Members to COVID-19 Advisory Committee

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:54

The U.S. District Court of Maine has established and appointed members to the Court Operations Advisory Committee to provide recommendations on issues related to the district's ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

       

FTC Finalizes $3M Penalty Against Credit Karma, Vows Tough Stance on Digital 'Dark Patterns'

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:24

The agency is stepping up investigations into online marketing tactics that might mislead consumers into making purchases or might make it hard for them to cancel subscriptions they no longer want.

       

Who's Liable? State High Court Invites Amicus Briefs on Foreclosure Matter

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:20

Amicus briefs must be filed on or before Feb. 23 to the Clerk of the Law Court at lawcourt.clerk@courts.maine.gov.

       

Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act Claim Against Ford Doesn't Meet Monetary Threshold for Federal Jurisdiction, Judge Concludes

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 14:08

"... [E]ven if the court were to consider the full damages sought by the plaintiff through her complaint, this calculation is too speculative and falls short of demonstrating jurisdiction by a preponderance of the evidence," the court said.

       

6th Circ. Dismisses Products Suit Against Chrysler Maker, Rejecting Plaintiff's 'Safer Design' Theory

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 13:52

A plaintiff's inability to reimagine a safer minivan was part of what doomed a products liability lawsuit against FCA, the maker of Fiat and Chrysler automobiles. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, upholding a district judge's grant of summary judgment to FCA, was not persuaded by what the plaintiff argued would have been a safer design for a Chrysler minivan.

       

Attorney Agrees to Public Reprimand for Failing to Supervise Paralegal Who Misappropriated $1.2M in Client Funds

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:45

"Respondent, as the sole attorney working on these matters, and as the managing and often the only attorney in her office, was responsible for protecting client or fiduciary funds under her control, for disbursing those funds only to the person or entity entitled to receive them, for reconciling her escrow account monthly, and for ensuring that non-lawyer staff complied with the same professional obligations," the subcommittee said.

       

Maine Supreme Court Appoints New Member and Alternate Member of Committee on Judicial Conduct

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:18

Both of the appointees will serve in their positions until September 1, 2028.

       

How I Made Office Managing Partner: 'Inclusion, Compassion and Zest for My Work and Community,' Says Liisa Thomas of Sheppard Mullin

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 11:03

"As a biracial woman partner I know that I serve as a role model for others, and I try to be a strong mentor as well. We need clear, actionable methods for developing our leaders, and I hope that my legacy can be developing exactly that."

       

Defending Class Action Certification In Data Breach Litigation

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 09:38

The most common questions and key elements of a negligence claim are whether the defendant breached a duty of care, whether there is any injury as a result of the defendant's breach of any purported duty of care, and whether the defendant's alleged breach caused the plaintiff any damages. While these essential questions and elements apply with equal force in data breach litigation, the difficult question to answer in these cases is "what is the value, if any, of your injury or damages?"

       

Axiom Launches New Law Firm in Arizona With Initial Focus on Corporate Law

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 09:01

"We wanted to show that it can be done the right way," Catherine Kemnitz, chief legal officer and chief strategy and development officer at Axiom, told Legaltech News. The firm received its alternative business structure license in May.

       

States' War on ESG Investing Could Hinge on Obscure KY Suit

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 06:20

"If you publicly announce your commitment to ESG principles, you should expect scrutiny and take steps now to stand behind this position," said Chris Carlson, an associate at Troutman Pepper.

       

Ohio Supreme Court Opens Second Public Comment Period on Proposed Rule Changes Affecting Remote Court Appearances, Expert Witness Qualifications

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 00:13

The Ohio Supreme Court has opened its second public comment period for proposed rule changes that would affect physical versus remote court appearances, expert witness qualifications, and certain civil court and juvenile court rules.

       

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