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  • October 19, 2020

    High Court Won't Review Case Involving 1946 Lynching Docs

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to review a case regarding access to grand jury transcripts related to the lynching of four African Americans in Georgia in 1946.

  • October 19, 2020

    11th Circ. Revives Hedge Fund CFO's Quest For Assets

    An Eleventh Circuit panel vacated and remanded a decision by a Georgia judge who the panel said had denied due process to the chief financial officer of a wealth management company whose CEO defrauded investors out of more than $24 million.

  • October 19, 2020

    Missy Elliott Looks To Keep Copyright Claims In Fla.

    Grammy-winning rapper Missy Elliott fought back efforts by a producer to dismiss her suit claiming he unlawfully tried to sell recordings she created at his studio in the 1990s, arguing that his threats to use the recordings if she did not agree to buy them should be enough to rope him into court in Florida.

  • 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

    Fla. Justices Decline Review Of Airbnb's County Tax Win

    Florida's Supreme Court declined Monday to review a lower court's ruling that Airbnb and other online vacation rental platforms weren't required to collect and remit county taxes on short-term rental bookings.

  • October 19, 2020

    Ghislaine Maxwell's Effort To Seal Depo Fails In 2nd Circ.

    The Second Circuit declined Monday to seal a deposition given by Ghislaine Maxwell, the former girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein charged with helping the financier abuse underage girls, putting Maxwell's testimony in civil litigation on track to be made public before her criminal trial.

  • October 19, 2020

    Hotel Cos. Urge 11th Circ. To Sink Sex Trafficking Cases

    Several hotel parent companies have asked the Eleventh Circuit to toss an appeal by victims of sex trafficking for alleged crimes on their properties, saying a lower court properly held that the complaints against them were merely "shotgun pleadings" that don't show they assisted the traffickers.

  • October 19, 2020

    11th Circ. Judge Rips Firm's Letter In Debt Collection Case

    A debt collection letter from Scott & Associates PC seemed to be "riddled with inconsistencies," an Eleventh Circuit judge said Monday during oral arguments about whether the letter's recipient should be able to pursue a proposed class action against the firm.

  • October 19, 2020

    Fla. Schools Rebut COVID-19 Suits Based On 'Disappointment'

    Two Florida universities have shot back at proposed class actions over their decisions not to issue partial tuition and fee refunds after classes were moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the suits are rooted in students' subjective disappointment that does not hold up in court.

  • October 19, 2020

    High Court Won't Hear FDA Stimulant Seizure Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal of a suit brought by Hi-Tech Pharmaceuticals Inc. challenging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's seizure of dietary supplements containing an illegal stimulant.

  • 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

    Energy Drink Rivals' Design Trial Closes On Colorful Note

    Counsel for the maker of Bang energy drink sang and strummed his guitar for a Florida federal judge Friday, putting a final note on a trial over alleged trade dress infringement by rival Monster Energy Co. almost as colorful as the vibrant can designs at issue.

  • October 16, 2020

    Consumers Seek Class Cert. In $150M Insurance Scam Suit

    A group of consumers is seeking class certification in a suit alleging a Florida health carrier engaged in a $150 million scam to get them to buy shoddy insurance policies, telling a Florida federal court that the carrier engaged in a uniform selling scheme to all consumers.

  • October 16, 2020

    Greenberg Traurig Offers Buyout Option To Staff

    Greenberg Traurig LLP confirmed Friday that it is offering voluntary buyouts to staff members in the U.S. as it continues to adapt to remote working, but agreed to raise severance pay by 50% of what it typically shells out and extend post-departure health care coverage by six months.

  • October 16, 2020

    Brand Battles: Beckham Aims To Block Bedding Co.'s TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, soccer legend David Beckham is seeking to cancel a trademark registration for a "Beckham Hotel Collection" bedding line on the basis that it'll affect his and his wife Victoria Beckham's "elite global advertising brand" — plus three other TTAB cases you need to know.

  • October 16, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: CTO Realty, Bed Bath & Beyond, Alco

    CTO Realty Growth has reportedly paid $21 million for a South Florida retail center, Bed Bath & Beyond is said to be reversing course on its earlier plan to permanently close a Manhattan location and Alco International Group is reportedly buying a Florida development site and could build dozens of townhomes there.

  • October 16, 2020

    Hertz Asks For $1.6B Ch. 11 Loan For New Car Buys

    Bankrupt car rental giant Hertz Global Holdings asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday for permission to accept up to $1.65 billion in debtor-in-possession financing from a noteholder group, saying the funds are needed for continued operations and to replace the vehicles in its fleet.

  • October 15, 2020

    Parkland Victims Rip FBI's Bid To Get Suit Tossed

    The families of students killed in the February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Wednesday blasted the federal government's efforts to convince a judge to reconsider a ruling that kept their suit alive, calling it an improper attempt at a "second bite at the apple."

Expert Analysis

  • Petland Ruling Continues Scrutiny Of RICO Enterprise Claims

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    Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel discusses how the Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Cisneros v. Petland follows the appellate court trend of limiting what qualifies as an enterprise for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's efforts to limit constrictions on the definition.

  • 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.

  • ITC Vs. Court Remedies For Trade Secret Theft Abroad

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    Recent cases illustrate that companies facing misappropriation of their trade secrets outside the U.S. should carefully choose between obtaining significant damages in district courts and timely exclusion orders in the U.S. International Trade Commission, say Charles Sanders and Nathanial McPherson at Latham.

  • How The State And Local Regulatory Landscape Is Expanding

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    States and localities are employing creative methods to emerge as key players in regulatory enforcement traditionally dominated by the federal government, including False Claims Act investigations, unfair and deceptive acts and practices claims, and pharmaceutical sector regulation, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • What To Know About The First Wave Of CARES Act Litigation

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    James Murphy and Daniel Payne at Murphy & McGonigle analyze the first six months of CARES Act litigation and provide insight into how early cases are progressing and who seems to be winning.

  • Anticipating Litigation's Big Role In The 2020 Elections

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    Varying state election laws and increased mail-in voting may leave this November's presidential race without a clear winner, with ongoing and prospective voting-related lawsuits potentially affecting the outcome, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • Insurer-Friendly COVID-19 Case Law Is No Silver Bullet

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    Three recent decisions confirm that individual or consolidated lawsuits regarding insurance coverage for business interruption caused by the pandemic will turn on their own unique circumstances, meaning that insurer-friendly decisions will not preclude coverage broadly, say Jason Rubinstein and Mark Packman at Gilbert.

  • 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.

  • How Private Employers Can Limit Political Discord At Work

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    Lindsay Hedrick and Victoria Bliss at Jones Day examine the restrictions private employers can implement to prevent political expression from negatively affecting the workplace while maintaining compliance with the National Labor Relations Act and state laws.

  • 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.

  • Series

    AGs In A Pandemic: Neronha Talks RI Criminal Justice

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    Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha describes the core principles guiding his state’s criminal justice approach in a way that balances public safety and public health during the pandemic.

  • States' Evolving Patchwork Of Insurance Data Security Laws

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    With key differences in state approaches to insurance data security regulation beginning to emerge, even small and bank-affiliated insurance entities that are granted partial exemptions in some jurisdictions will likely have to develop information security programs eventually, say attorneys at McIntyre & Lemon.

  • 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.

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