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Data: While New Securities Filings Took a Dramatic Dip in the First Half of 2021, SPAC Suits Surged

Wed, 07/28/2021 - 09:00

Cornerstone Research reports plaintiffs filed 112 new class action securities cases in federal and state courts in the first half of 2021, 25% fewer than in the second half of 2020. Despite the overall dip, there were 14 federal filings involving special purpose acquisition companies in the first...

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As Vaccine Requirements Become More Common, Could a Mandate Be on the Way for New York Court Workers?

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 19:09

Recent pronouncements from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio left observers asking whether the New York state court system might issue a vaccine mandate of its own.


What Do Judges Want? Georgia Appellate Jurists Discuss Their Decision-Making Processes

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 16:14

"I always tell people to request oral argument," said Court of Appeals of Georgia Chief Judge Brian Rickman. "You've just gotten a judge additional time to look at your case."


In-House Grocery Chain Litigator Neal Cope on Getting 'Comfortable in an Uncomfortable Environment'

Tue, 07/27/2021 - 08:30

"That might mean working in an area where you don't have as much experience as somebody else," Cope says, "but you're handling the matter, you know who to go to if you need help, and to really push to grow and support the business."


Miami Attorney Who Once Lived On $2-a-Day Now Runs an Insurance Defense Firm

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 14:07

"I said, 'OK, I'm going to sleep in the parking lot of this building until I can make the money that I need to pay the rent and the deposit. And I did," said Tanaz Salehi, who's now managing shareholder of Salehi Boyer Lavigne Lombana.


Barnstorming Litigators Were the Profession's Remote Work Pioneers. Look Who's Shaping the Future of the Legal Workplace ...

Mon, 07/26/2021 - 08:30

Law firms had the capacity to go virtual and remote as quickly as they did in part because of their experience accommodating plane-hopping litigators with national and international trial practices. As trial work picks up, it's those same litigators figuring out what firms will look like going...

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Litigators of the Week: The Plaintiffs' Team Behind the Revamped $26B Proposed Opioid Settlement

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:30

The lawyers representing municipalities across the country played a central role in getting the proposed deal with Johnson & Johnson and three opioid drug distributors back on track. "With this settlement and the injunctive relief terms, we have the potential to improve public safety for the...

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Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and a Shout Out

Fri, 07/23/2021 - 08:25

Latham and Paul Weiss score an antitrust win and a Weil partner continues his winning interlocutory ways.


What Is Big Law's Role In Solving the Access to Justice Puzzle?

Thu, 07/22/2021 - 08:30

Two judges who participated in a national roundtable suggested that large law firms can play a pivotal role in creating better access to the justice system for the indigent in the United States — and have plenty of incentive to do so.


AAA GC Douglas Kelly Wants His Outside Litigators to Treat In-House Lawyers Like Team Members, Not Just Clients

Wed, 07/21/2021 - 08:30

"Yes, I may be general counsel now and may have lots of other responsibilities, but I speak litigation. And I have lawyers who speak privacy, and I have lawyers who speak antitrust," Kelly says.


United by Fraud

Tue, 07/20/2021 - 08:30

A new report out from ISS Securities Class Action Services lists the largest federal securities class action settlement by state. The report's lead author and one of the country's lead plaintiffs lawyers weigh in on the relative dearth of new blockbusters on the map.


New Crop of Older New York Judges Seeking Approval to Stay on Bench

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 18:58

A total of 29 state court judges are seeking certification or recertification this year, according to a list from the state court system. Last year, the process became a point of contention after the court system's Administrative Board forced out 46 older judges by denying them certification.


How This Boies Schiller Litigator Has Come to See His Stutter as an Asset

Mon, 07/19/2021 - 08:30

Bill Marsillo, who has been at Boies Schiller for nearly 22 years, says his stutter probably forces him to prepare for oral argument more than most lawyers. But he says that extra practice also provides him an opportunity "to play the chess game out repeatedly" in his head and be better prepared...

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Litigators of the Week: The Davis Wright Tremaine Duo Who Made a Joke of Roy Moore's $95M Suit Against Sacha Baron Cohen

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 08:30

DWT's Elizabeth McNamara and Rachel Strom successfully argued that a release the former Alabama chief justice signed prior to his appearance on the satirical Showtime program "Who is America?" barred precisely the claims he was bringing.


Two Weeks' Worth of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 07/16/2021 - 08:25

A big Quinn Emanuel First Amendment win at SCOTUS leads our latest batch of runners-up.


The Dangers of 'Prosecution by Soundbite': Dropped Charges Against Forex Trader Strike a Cautionary Tale for Antitrust Enforcers

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 08:30

The U.S. Office of Comptroller of the Currency dropped its regulatory case against former currency traders at JPMorgan and Citigroup last week. The move came nearly three years after they were acquitted of criminal antitrust charges. The traders' lawyers at White & Case and Wilmer wonder what took...

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Veteran Commercial Litigator Jack McElroy Elevated to Firmwide Managing Partner at Shutts & Bowen

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 15:08

"The demand for legal work has grown tremendously, and we have to compete with our fellow law firms to get and retain legal talent," said McElroy, who is based in Orlando.


3 Tips to Keep Remote Arbitrations from Running Off the Rails

Wed, 07/14/2021 - 08:30

Nicole Westbrook of Jones & Keller has some suggestions about how to overcome screen fatigue to put on an effective case for clients during remote arbitrations.


Non-Profit In-House Lawyer Stephanie Phillips Discusses the Cross-Company Bonds Forged in the Fires of Litigation

Tue, 07/13/2021 - 08:30

"Some of the greatest relationships I have with divisions at the company are with the divisions that have had the most litigation," says Phillips, the associate generate counsel of VEIC, a Vermont-based non-profit focused on energy efficiency. "How do we get people to understand how important this...

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Litigation Leaders: What the 'Cravath System' of Talent Development and Generalist Approach Mean to Gary Bornstein and Kevin Orsini

Mon, 07/12/2021 - 08:30

"For our litigation department, associates at all levels of seniority rotate through practice areas, building a broad base of experience, working with partners and clients on various kinds of matters and across industries, and developing the agility that we believe is crucial to our lawyers'...

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