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The Coming Wave of Trial Work Makes Burnout-Watch More Urgent

Wed, 04/28/2021 - 08:30

Trial dates are starting to mount on court calendars again. The adrenaline jolt of trial work might be just the thing for some lawyers hitting the pandemic wall. For others, not so much.

       

What Can a Litigator Bring to the Role of Global Law Firm Chair?

Tue, 04/27/2021 - 08:30

Not all litigators are trusted boardroom advisors. By all accounts, Sidley Austin's incoming management committee chair is both.

       

Ensuring That Arbitration Is Both Cost Effective and Speedy

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 20:16

Why is arbitration sometimes slower and more costly than it should be? We believe the answer lies, in large part, in counsels' insistence on mimicking their courtroom litigation experience, despite the fact that arbitration proceedings are intended to be different.

       

Zoom Court, in One Form or Another, Is Here to Stay: 'Your Clients Want This'

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 08:30

"Where I think we're headed with this is not Zoom as a replacement, it's Zoom as an adjacent," said Miami state court Judge Jennifer Bailey during a forum sponsored by the Online Courtroom Project and NITA.

       

How Midsize Litigation-Based Firms Have Survived (and Sometimes Thrived) in a Pandemic

Mon, 04/26/2021 - 01:00

Each litigation practice has a different pandemic story, but most agree by this point, as one firm leader said, "we're going to be fine."

       

Kirkland Caps Bankruptcy Win With $1B Restructuring Plan for Honeywell Spinoff

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 15:37

A federal bankruptcy judge in Manhattan approved Kirkland's restructuring plan for Garrett Motion Inc., which filed for voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in September. The case pitted Kirkland's restructuring and litigation teams against Quinn Emanuel and Sullivan & Cromwell.

       

Hobbled by Pandemic, a Georgia Court Sets Priorities

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 10:49

The Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit is homing in on one of its biggest goals since the coronavirus forced it to shutter in 2020: strategically slicing through its backlogged docket.

       

Litigators of the Week: A Complete Non-Infringement Scorecard For Intel and Wilmer in Round 2 with VLSI

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 08:30

Wilmer's William "Bill" Lee, Mary "Mindy" Sooter, and Joseph Mueller convinced a Waco, Texas jury that Intel didn't infringe two microprocessor patents. The win comes a month-and-a-half after Intel was hit with a $2.175 billion damages verdict in the same courtroom.

       

Runners-Up for Litigators of the Week and Shout Outs

Fri, 04/23/2021 - 08:25

Runners-up this week include wins by Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, Cooley, and Paul Hastings.

       

Bayer's Potential Path to Get Federal Preemption Arguments in Roundup Cases Before SCOTUS Just Got a Bit Wider

Thu, 04/22/2021 - 08:30

The company has already argued one appeal in the Ninth Circuit claiming that it had no duty to warn Roundup users about cancer risks since federal law governs herbicide labeling. A Georgia doctor whose state law failure to warn claims were tossed on federal preemption grounds is now appealing in...

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Pace University Can't Knock Claims for Fees Over Switch to Remote Learning

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 18:13

U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer is the second judge to find that students had "narrowly stated" plausible claims for breach of contract against the New York university.

       

What Does $2,295 Per Hour Get You? Eric Holder's Time, But Not Covington's Undivided Loyalty

Wed, 04/21/2021 - 08:30

The engagement letter that Holder sent to Oregon Health & Science University on behalf of Covington & Burling spells out his rate, which will be discounted by 10%, and that the firm won't represent other clients in matters "substantially related" to the internal investigation he's leading for the...

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New York Court Worker Unions Question Full Staff Return to Courthouses

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 19:44

The Civil Service Employees Association is one of several unions left with concerns and unanswered questions when the court system rolled out its latest coronavirus reopening decision on Monday.

       

California Appeals Court Weighs Governor's Emergency Pandemic Powers

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 17:27

The unusual scene of two sitting lawmakers arguing against the governor—and defying large Democratic majorities in the Legislature—stems from Republicans' irritation with, and political inability to stop, Gov. Gavin Newsom's dozens of pandemic-related orders.

       

US Labor Judge Puzzles Over Honeywell's Absence in Whistleblower Case

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 15:27

"I will be looking for evidence of mistake, inadvertence, surprise, excusable neglect, or other factors which might explain respondent's failure to respond to the orders issued in this case," an administrative law judge, Steven Bell, said in a recent order in a whistleblower case against Honeywell.

       

Intel, Albright Make a Potentially Big Change in Second Patent Trial

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 12:20

The judge refused to let VLSI Technology admit evidence of big payouts Intel has made to settle other litigation. The decision came after Intel said it had been careful not to open the door to such evidence this time around.

       

Settlement Guru Kenneth Feinberg Has Tips for Those Making Calls on How to Compensate People Injured by COVID-19 Vaccines

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 08:30

Speaking during a webinar Friday, Feinberg, who has overseen settlement funds involving 9/11 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, among others, listed seven positive characteristics of any effective administrative compensation program.

       

Anticipating Growing Demand, Cooley Brings on Longtime Gibson Dunn Securities Litigator in New York

Tue, 04/20/2021 - 07:00

With expectations that securities litigation work will increase, partly due to the busy market for both SPAC transactions and traditional IPOs, Cooley hired Gibson Dunn veteran litigator Aric Wu.

       

Former Judge Michael Luttig Talks First Amendment, Impeachment and Coca-Cola

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 15:30

Michael Luttig chats with the National Law Journal about redesigning a first amendment icon. He and his wife, Elizabeth, are underwriting the redesign and installation of the First Amendment tablet that previously adorned the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

       

Litigation Leaders: Simpson Thacher's Jonathan Youngwood on Building a High Talent, Low Ego Litigation Culture

Mon, 04/19/2021 - 08:30

Youngwood, the global co-chair of the firm's litigation department, says that the firm culture "not only makes Simpson Thacher a great place to practice law, but also provides our clients a team with a distinct advantage collaborating on solutions and sharing information and resources is natural...

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