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  • October 19, 2020

    Montana Judge Sets Aside Acting Land Bureau Head's Acts

    Land management plans approved by William Perry Pendley while he unlawfully served as the acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were vacated on Friday by a Montana federal judge who sided with the state's governor on the question.

  • October 19, 2020

    Construction Co. Sues Contractor Over $2M Embassy Project

    A California subcontractor that says it couldn't complete a $2 million contract for roofing work at the U.S. embassy in Colombia due to defective materials sued in Maryland federal court after the contractor finished the job.

  • October 19, 2020

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

  • October 19, 2020

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

  • October 19, 2020

    What BigLaw Can Do To Actually Retain Female Attorneys

    Even as BigLaw firms are recruiting women into their ranks in larger numbers, their presence in leadership and equity partnerships remains stubbornly low. Here’s a look at why this is happening — and what firms can do.

  • October 19, 2020

    Female Attorneys Gain Ground In Battle For Clerkships​

    More female attorneys are landing highly sought-after U.S. Supreme Court clerkships, and the experience can turbocharge their careers.

  • October 19, 2020

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    At most U.S. law firms, equity partnerships are still overwhelmingly male, but women at some firms are starting to shake up that reality and smash the glass ceiling that has prevented them from advancing to the uppermost ranks. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers — the firms that are outpacing their peers as the legal industry works toward closing the gender gap in its top ranks.

  • October 19, 2020

    Wearing Natural Hair In BigLaw

    In this video, four Black women share their thoughts about wearing natural hair as BigLaw attorneys. In order of appearance, the attorneys are: Rukayatu Tijani, founder of Firm for the Culture and a former BigLaw associate; Delilah Clay, legislative & regulatory advisor at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP; Rachel Boyce, associate at Cooley LLP; and Crystal Nwaneri, associate at Fenwick & West LLP.

  • October 19, 2020

    Tribes Denied In Bid To Block Keystone Pipeline Construction

    A Montana federal judge has rejected tribes' efforts to stop construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying they "blurred" key distinctions between a small cross-border segment and the controversial pipeline's full length in the United States.

  • October 19, 2020

    Biden-Trump Contest Has Fate Of Green Regs At Stake

    The 2020 presidential election will determine whether the country gets four more years of environmental deregulation or a concerted effort to tighten existing pollution controls and be part of global efforts to curb climate change.

  • October 19, 2020

    NY Court Trims Docs For Handover In NY AG's Trump Probe

    A New York judge reversed course and decreased the number of documents a former Trump Organization attorney must produce to New York's attorney general in a probe into whether President Donald Trump inflated asset values.

  • October 19, 2020

    Targa Must Repay $129M In Failed Crude Processing Deal

    Midstream resource management company Targa Channelview LLC will have to return $129 million plus interest that energy company Vitol Americas Corp. paid it to build a crude oil storage and processing facility, after a Texas state court ruled that Targa breached a construction agreement.

  • October 19, 2020

    Man Who Fell Into Chevron's Unmarked Well Wants $1M

    Chevron Corp. was hit with a lawsuit for injuries a man says he suffered when he fell 15 to 20 feet into a concealed sinkhole surrounding an old unmarked Chevron well while clearing land in West Texas.

  • October 19, 2020

    Trump Asks Justices To Grant Bid To Halt Vance Subpoena

    President Donald Trump asked the U.S. Supreme Court again on Monday to halt enforcement of a grand jury subpoena for his tax and other records issued by the Manhattan district attorney's office, saying the records request risked public disclosure.

  • October 19, 2020

    Road Workers Can't Get OT For Commute In Company Truck

    A group of workers who directed traffic around construction sites aren't owed overtime pay for time they spent traveling to and from their worksite in a company pickup truck, an Ohio federal judge has ruled, finding the commuting time was not an "indispensable" part of their jobs.

  • October 19, 2020

    Justices Will Review Wall Funding, 'Remain In Mexico' Policy

    The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up challenges to the Trump administration's decision to divert funds to finance the president's long-promised border wall and its policy forcing asylum-seekers to wait out their immigration court proceedings in Mexico.

  • October 16, 2020

    In Their Own Words: Being A Woman In BigLaw

    Firms are recruiting more women than previously to their ranks, but still have trouble retaining them at the same rate as men. Law360 asked three female attorneys who left BigLaw about how firms could better serve the women who work there. Here's what they have to say.

  • October 16, 2020

    Law360's Glass Ceiling Report: What You Need To Know

    While law firms continue to tout efforts to close the gender gap in their ranks, parity is still a distant goal, our annual survey shows.

  • October 16, 2020

    Glass Ceiling Report: How Does Your Firm Measure Up?

    Law firms have long struggled to clear the barriers women face in the legal industry, particularly when it comes to accessing the top ranks. Law360's 2020 Glass Ceiling Report looks to shed light on the progress firms have made and where they aim to be.

  • October 16, 2020

    Trump Changes Course, Approves Calif. Wildfire Relief Bid

    President Donald Trump on Friday reversed course and approved California's request for wildfire disaster relief in the midst of a historic and devastating fire season for the Golden State, according to California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

  • October 16, 2020

    Building Material Cos. Restart Review Clock On $5.5B Tie-Up

    Builders FirstSource has refiled its notification with U.S. enforcers for an all-stock deal to buy BMC Stock Holdings, restarting the merger review clock on the companies' bid to create a building material supplier valued at about $5.5 billion.

  • October 16, 2020

    Vance Asks Justices To Deny Trump's Bid To Halt Subpoena

    President Donald Trump's request to the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a grand jury subpoena for his tax and business records should be denied after lower courts thoroughly rejected the president's arguments, the Manhattan district attorney told the court Friday.

  • October 16, 2020

    Energy, Climate Policy Chasm Divides Trump And Biden

    The energy policy divide underpinning next month's presidential election couldn't be more stark, with President Donald Trump's commitment to fossil fuels and deregulation pitted against former Vice President Joe Biden's multitrillion-dollar vow to combat climate change.

  • October 16, 2020

    Bloomberg Urges 2nd Circ. To Knock Down Drywall Co.'s Suit

    Bloomberg LP has pressed the Second Circuit to uphold a lower court's decision to ditch a drywall subcontractor's suit accusing Bloomberg and others of construction bid-rigging, saying a federal judge was right to reject "stale and irrelevant evidence."

  • October 16, 2020

    Enviros Say Feds Failed To Justify Clean Water Act Change

    Environmental groups from across the U.S. are seeking a win in their challenge to a new federal rule they claim kneecaps the Clean Water Act for certain waterways, saying federal agencies have failed to provide a rational explanation for the change.

Expert Analysis

  • Environmental Policy And The Election: Part 1

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    Attorneys at Akin Gump outline both presidential candidates' key environmental and energy policy goals, and identify recent Trump administration environmental rules that may be invalidated through the Congressional Review Act if Democrats win control of both the House and Senate.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic

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    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • Ill. Ruling Bolsters Trend Against No-Injury Monitoring Claims

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    The Illinois Supreme Court's recent ruling in Berry v. City of Chicago, rejecting claims for medical monitoring by plaintiffs not suffering present physical injuries, reflects a growing trend and could influence other state courts to rule similarly, say John Ewald and Matthew Bush at King & Spalding.

  • A Justice Barrett Could Bring Clarity To Property Rights Law

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    While Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s recent Seventh Circuit decision in Protect Our Parks v. Chicago Park District reveals no particular vision on property rights, it suggests she would help clarify a famously muddled area of the law if confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, says Bryan Wenter at Miller Starr.

  • UK Pandemic Recovery Offers Opportunities For Green Cos.

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    The U.K. government's plans to use regulations and funding to accelerate the transition to a green economy after the COVID-19 pandemic promise significant opportunities for companies and investors focused on clean technologies, says Samantha Deacon at Goodwin.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Fight Voter Suppression This Election Season

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    Lawyers should use their unique skill sets, knowledge and spheres of influence to fight burdensome ID requirements and other voter suppression tactics that may influence the 2020 elections, and to participate in potential post-election litigation, say CK Hoffler and Allyce Bailey at the National Bar Association.

  • Why Sustainable Finance Is On The Rise

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    With green bonds, green loans and sustainability-linked debt instruments appearing with increasing prevalence in the bond and loan markets, opportunities within sustainable finance look set to continue their upward trajectory as environmental, social and governance factors increase in importance for both companies and investors, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • 4 Enforcement Actions Highlight SEC's Focus On Earnings

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's four enforcement actions settled in the days before its fiscal year-end show the regulator is keeping an eye on issuers' earnings management and financial reporting, and demonstrate the dangers of fixating on analysts' earnings targets, says Lori Echavarria at WilmerHale.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Employer Arbitration Agreement Pointers From 2 Rulings

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    While two recent decisions from the New Jersey Supreme Court and Third Circuit address separate employment arbitration agreement enforceability issues, both reaffirm the strong federal policy favoring arbitration and offer some clarity on when a court versus an arbitrator determines whether an agreement exists, says Kirsten Grossman at Nukk-Freeman.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms

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    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Courts Should Welcome Well-Crafted Amicus Briefs

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    A Seventh Circuit judge's recent order granting leave for three organizations to file amicus curiae briefs in Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation is a reminder that relevant, nonduplicative amicus briefs can provide courts with helpful perspective, important facts and legal arguments, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • NY Art Disputes Highlight Fame's Role In Copyright Suits

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    The long-standing art disputes in New York involving 5Pointz and The Andy Warhol Foundation demonstrate that the Visual Artist Rights Act operates differently than traditional copyright law and that arguments about an artist's fame outside of VARA can undermine public policy, say Susan Kohlmann and Jacob Tracer at Jenner & Block.

  • 3 Keys To Avoiding Pandemic-Related Construction Suits

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    By paying close attention to contractual compliance, contemporaneous documentation and fair dealing, construction parties can avoid claims stemming from the pandemic’s impact or position themselves to prevail when litigation is unavoidable, say Colby Balkenbush and Ryan Gormley at Weinberg Wheeler.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Miller Talks Iowa Derecho

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    The intense, straight-line windstorm that devastated Iowa in August brought out scammers and charlatans, but state Attorney General Tom Miller says that the COVID-19 crisis had prepared his office's Consumer Protection Division to take swift action on price-gouging and other problems in the wake of the disaster.

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