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Law Firm Profitability and Learning from the Past

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 11:57

Future partners will be identified, developed, and elected from the associate ranks, so they truly represent the future of the firm. Reducing the number of associates from which to choose future partners is a risky undertaking.


State Appeals Court Finds Attorney Ineffective for Failing to Object to Client Wearing Jumpsuit, Shackles at Trial

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 11:41

At one point during trial, the judge said to the prosecutor, "I practiced law for 20 years and been on the bench for 12. I have never as a lawyer or a judge allowed someone to be tried in prison garb," according to the appellate decision.


Can Cravath and Sullivan & Cromwell Disrupt the London Legal Market?

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 07:23

The Wall Street beasts are stirring in London after 50 years of relative dormancy—but is the fanfare warranted, asks the London Lawyer Briefing.


US 3rd Circuit's 5 p.m. Deadline Proposal Prompts Calls for Better Bench-Bar Communication

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 18:22

The Pennsylvania and Philadelphia bar associations, the Third Circuit Bar Association, the Department of Justice and the Pennsylvania ACLU were among the organizations to submit public comment to the court objecting to the change.


The Law Firm Disrupted: The Merger That Wasn't

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 18:19

A combination with Hogan Lovells would have helped Shearman & Sterling return to where it stood among the largest firms in the world over two decades ago. But was that the only reason it made sense?


Thumbs-Down: Patients Are Suing Across the Country Over Hospital Records Accessed by Facebook

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 17:11

One lawyer compared the hospital suits to data breach litigation, where "courts have been all over the place" about what compensation to award to claimants.


Higher Law: Recreational Marijuana Measure Loses Big In Oklahoma | New York Prepares for New Licenses | Cannabis Company 1906 Welcomes New Legal Officer | Pennsylvania Bill Eyes Adult-Use Sales

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 16:14

Oklahoma voters overwhelming rejected a measure to legalize adult-use marijuana. The election results may spell trouble for legalization efforts in other red states, an industry lawyer says.


The Shift: AI Was Supposed to Help Improve Diversity. Now It's Being Regulated for Bias

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 15:46

Each week, the Barometer newsletter, powered by the ALM Global Newsroom and Legalweek, brings you the trends, disruptions, and shifts our reporters


Brazil Rolls Out Long-Awaited Data Protection Sanctions

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 15:00

Lawyers expect a wave of demand for advice from companies that need to strengthen their internal safeguards in order to avoid fines and restrictions on handling personal information


LegalZoom Co-Founder's Newest Venture: Overture Law, an 'Invite-Only' Referral Platform

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 14:33

Co-founded by LegalZoom's Brian Liu, Overture Law looks to leverage an invite-only membership together with billing and collection automation technology to empower attorneys to ethically share fees with one another.


Florida Judge Awards Gilead Sciences $131M Judgment

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 14:29

"When you see a judgment like this one for $131 million, that's really meaningful and in some respects, it is as powerful or nearly as powerful as criminal prosecution," said Jason Mehta, a partner at Foley & Lardner and an expert not involved in the matter.


Hinshaw Adds 23-Lawyer Firm With Strength in Aviation and Aerospace Litigation

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 14:06

The firm's move, expanding in Chicago, is the latest sign that some Am Law 200 firms are keeping up growth partly through combinations this year.


'We've Got to Make These a Priority': Blue Slip Process May Be 'Tested' for Emergency Judicial Vacancies

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 13:58

U.S. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, made the statement as the committee, which he chairs , voted out only a single judge during the 30 minute hearing despite nearly a dozen scheduled for their first vote in the confirmation process.


10th Circuit Affirms Reliance On 'Effective Vindication Exception' to Refuse to Enforce Arbitration Provision

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 09:58

In a suit filed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently affirmed a district court's reliance on the relatively obscure "effective vindication exception," first announced a decade ago by the U.S. Supreme Court, as the basis to refuse to enforce an arbitration provision in a defined contribution retirement plan.


Dominion Says Fox Legal Chief Should Have Blocked Airing of False Claims

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 06:51

The release of Viet Dinh's deposition on Tuesday and a court filing by Dominion on Wednesday are throwing scrutiny on Viet Dinh, a Harvard-educated lawyer and former assistant attorney general who's been the media giant's legal chief since 2018.


Can Law Firms Hold the Line on Layoffs, Rates in 2023?: The Morning Minute

Thu, 03/09/2023 - 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Federal Judge Abused Discretion in Adding $36M to Jury Award, Appeals Court Says

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 18:34

"In any event, it was the role of the jury to determine whether to award prejudgment interest," Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote for the panel.


DoNotPay Slapped With California Class Action for Unlawful Practice of Law

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 18:20

"DoNotPay is merely a website with a repository of—unfortunately, substandard—legal documents that at best fills in a legal adlib based on information input by customers," the complaint says.


Meet the Judge Tasked With Overseeing the Ohio Derailment Lawsuits: Benita Pearson

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 18:20

U.S. District Judge Benita Pearson, who sits in Youngstown, Ohio, is now overseeing 18 lawsuits filed against Norfolk Southern over its Feb. 3 derailment.


Eighth Circuit: S. Dakota's 1-Year Filing Deadlines for Ballot Initiatives Violate First Amendment

Wed, 03/08/2023 - 18:18

The Eighth Circuit has affirmed the grant of a permanent injunction against the enforcement of South Dakota's one-year filing deadlines for submitting petitions to initiate state statutes and to amend the state's constitution, holding that both statutory deadlines violate the First Amendment.