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Podcast: 'Big Law Loves Litigation Financing': Legalist's GC Breaks It Down

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 15:49

Third-party funding is a recipe for Big Law attorneys to increase their book of business and make clients happy, says Legalist GC Curtis Smolar, a former Fox Rothschild partner.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 13:20

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Irell & Manella; Gibson, Dunn; Hogan Lovells; Covington & Burling; Willkie Farr; Quinn Emanuel and Sidley Austin.


Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz Join Trump Impeachment Team

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 10:45

Dershowitz on Friday said on Twitter that he will present oral arguments on the constitutional grounds against impeachment.


Litigators of the Week: Big Law Trio Deflate Suits Against Viagra and Cialis

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 02:53

'The suggestion that these medicines might be linked to melanoma in patients was something our clients felt very strongly was not true.'


Phila. Judge Cuts $8 Billion Risperdal Verdict Down to $6.8 Million

Fri, 01/17/2020 - 00:34

Although the two-sentence order did not outline his reasoning for drastically cutting the $8 billion jury award, the decision brings the punitive damages award to 10 times the $680,000 compensatory award for plaintiff Nicholas Murray.


As Trials Loom, Monsanto Looks to Settle Some Roundup Cases

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 19:53

Four Roundup trials are set to start in the next month as Bayer's Monsanto is in talks to settle some of the thousands of lawsuits across the country.


Parnas Lawyer Wants His Client to Tell Congress All About Ukraine Scheme

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 19:29

Joseph Bondy said that his client is prepared to take his story public, in the hope that it could help Parnas' criminal case, after earlier attempts to provide information to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office were rebuffed.


To Fight Antitrust Claims, Gilead Invokes Legal Industry Noncompete Contracts

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 19:05

White & Case's Christopher Curran equated the arrangement over HIV medication to agreements by lawyers within a law firm not to compete with each other for clients.


DOJ Says Search Warrant Ruling Could 'Seriously Disrupt' Investigations

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 14:21

The U.S. Justice Department is asking the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit to reconsider a ruling that questioned the government's use of a "filter team" to review files taken from a law firm as part of a criminal investigation.


Oops. Errant Filing Spills Beans on $11M American Family Insurance Settlement

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 13:27

The filing, which was supposed to have been sealed, was available on Pacer for nearly two weeks.


Daily Dicta: In Fight Over Frozen Head, Quinn Emanuel Heats Up the Stakes

Thu, 01/16/2020 - 00:44

This is a lawsuit about a frozen head. And it involves Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan founder John Quinn. Need I say more?


Avenatti's Extortion Trial in New York Delayed Following Arrest in California

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 19:00

Avenatti's defense lawyers said Wednesday that the problems created by their client's arrest extended "far beyond" the trial's start date, and hinted he may have to file papers with the court as an indigent person.


Fifth Circuit Rules BP Must Pay $15M to Walmart Over Oil Spill Losses

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 18:03

Tuesday's ruling is among the largest payouts BP has challenged, and Walmart is among the most high-profile businesses to make oil spill claims in a class action settlement now valued at more than $10 billion.


Fate of $500B XRP Cryptocurrency Market Now in California Judge's Hands

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:59

If the class action against Ripple Labs proceeds, it would not only threaten to eliminate XRP's utility as a currency, but it would upend and threaten to destroy "the $500 billion XRP market," according to the financial tech company's motion to dismiss.


Medical Device Maker Agrees to Pay $37.5 Million to End Cases Over Kickback Allegations

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 17:58

About $6.2 million in settlement money will be divided among the whistleblowers, according to the Justice Department.


How Kirkland's Paul Clement Is Defending Obama's Consumer Protection Bureau

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 14:29

"This case presents a remarkably weak case for invalidating an Act of Congress. There is no actual contested removal, and the current director views herself as serving at the pleasure of the president," the Kirkland & Ellis partner told the Supreme Court on Wednesday.


Meet the House Impeachment Managers: Pelosi's Prosecutors Who Will Make the Case to Remove Trump

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 10:41

Nearly all of the managers selected for the Democrats have law degrees, and some are former prosecutors themselves.


Litigators from Boies Schiller; Paul Weiss; Cleary and Robbins Geller Launch New Boutique

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 08:30

The new 15-attorney spinoff comes just a week after three other Boies Schiller Flexner partners based in Miami announced the formation of their own boutique firm.


Daily Dicta: VW Declined to Hire Louis Freeh for $15M. Now He's on the Other Side—and VW Is Crying Foul

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 01:29

In a motion to disqualify filed in San Francisco federal court, the VW team from Sullivan & Cromwell argue that Freeh's 'conflict of interest and receipt of confidential information' should bar him from serving as an expert witness for the plaintiffs.


Talc Trial Resumes With New Defense Team After Johnson & Johnson Lawyer Scolded By Judge

Tue, 01/14/2020 - 17:28

Allison Brown of Skadden and Morton Dubin of Orrick were in Middlesex County Superior Court to represent Johnson & Johnson at openings in the punitive damages phase of the case.