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  • October 19, 2020

    Ill. Judge Axes Ex-Merrill Lynch Trader's Spoofing Charge

    An Illinois federal judge has narrowed the government's case against two former Merrill Lynch traders accused of deceptive trading in the precious metals futures market, throwing out the criminal spoofing charge facing one of the traders after ruling it can't be prosecuted as a scheme.

  • October 19, 2020

    Trust's $2M Suit Over Alleged Scam Tossed Out

    A trust company hasn't lobbed allegations particular enough to advance civil racketeering claims against a businessman who allegedly defrauded it out of $2 million, thousands of dollars of which was earmarked for digital currency trading, an Illinois federal judge said Monday.

  • 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

    Ex-Jimmy John's Worker Defends Mixed No-Poach Suit Class

    A former Jimmy John's employee is fighting back against claims that his proposed class misses the mark because it seeks to include both supervisors and workers in a suit accusing the sandwich chain of imposing anti-competitive, no-poach policies on its franchises.

  • October 19, 2020

    Role In Sports Gambling Ring Gets Ill. Man Home Detention

    An 85-year-old Illinois man was sentenced Monday to three months of home detention and a year of probation for his role in an illegal gambling ring that allegedly was spearheaded by his son and involved the brother of Hall of Fame Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

  • October 19, 2020

    Greenberg Traurig Pulls Another Cyber Pro From Bryan Cave

    Greenberg Traurig LLP has continued bulking up its global data, privacy and cybersecurity practice by adding a third cybersecurity lawyer from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • October 19, 2020

    Defunct Cos. Used In Visa Fraud Scheme Get 1 Year Probation

    Two defunct companies owned by a Chinese businesswoman convicted of using them to carry out a six-year visa fraud scheme were each sentenced on Monday to one year of probation.

  • 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

    Advice To GCs To Cope With Dire Times: Say 'This Sucks'

    Corporate leaders often turn to their general counsel during difficult times to help mitigate worker burnout and distress, but one deputy general counsel offers a counterintuitive approach: holding what he calls the "This Sucks" talk with employees.

  • October 16, 2020

    4 Things To Know As McDonald's Embarks On Its GC Search

    The Golden Arches' U.S. general counsel has temporarily taken over as the corporation’s top lawyer after the former legal chief retired this month due to an illness, ending a storied career that included major franchising transactions across the globe. Here, Law360 looks at four things to know as McDonald's starts the search for its next top lawyer amid the pandemic.

  • October 16, 2020

    Patients Say Ill. Allergan Ruling Is Irrelevant To Implant MDL

    Patients accusing Allergan Inc. of making an unsafe breast implant argued Thursday that Allergan's recent defeat of an Illinois suit over the implant won't help a New Jersey federal judge decide whether to dismiss their suits from multidistrict litigation over the product.

  • October 16, 2020

    3 Firms Help Cboe Scoop Up Dark Pool Operator

    On Friday, the company that operates the Chicago Board Options Exchange announced its long-anticipated purchase of one of the largest alternative block-trading trading systems in the U.S., in a deal steered by Davis Polk, WilmerHale and Morgan Lewis.

  • October 16, 2020

    Conagra Escapes Shareholder Suit Over $11B Pinnacle Deal

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday tossed a putative class action alleging packaged food company Conagra Brands Inc. misled shareholders about Pinnacle Foods' financial state at the time Conagra bought the competing food company for nearly $11 billion.

  • October 15, 2020

    Chicago Can't Skirt Discovery In Marriott Data Breach MDL

    Chicago doesn't seem to be playing fair in responding to Marriott International Inc.'s request for information about whether the city sued it over a data breach to generate revenue, a special master overseeing multidistrict litigation over the breach says.

  • October 15, 2020

    Ill. Janitorial Co. Says Insurer Must Cover Workers' BIPA Suits

    An Illinois janitorial services company asked a federal judge Wednesday to grant it summary judgment in a dispute over whether its insurer must defend it in two lawsuits alleging it violated the state's biometric privacy law, saying those claims allege an "employment practices wrongful act" under its policy.

  • October 15, 2020

    Dems Plead Case Against Barrett Confirmation

    As Republican senators voted Thursday to move forward U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's virtually guaranteed confirmation, Democrats made passionate and personal pleas to their colleagues to slow down the process.

  • October 15, 2020

    Workers' Rights Lawyers Urge Senate To Reject Judge Barrett

    The National Employment Lawyers Association urged senators to reject Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, accusing the appeals court judge of "narrowly" interpreting civil rights laws and routinely siding with companies over workers.

  • October 15, 2020

    Law360's The Term: Breaking Down The Barrett Hearings

    Judge Amy Coney Barrett is almost through what she described as an "excruciating" confirmation process after finishing her Senate testimony Thursday. This week, the team breaks down the highlights from the hearings with a special guest.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • SEP Users Should Jettison Antitrust For Patent, Contract Law

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    Because the recent holdings in Federal Trade Commission v. Qualcomm and Continental Automotive Systems v. Avanci demonstrate antitrust's flaws in resolving disputes over licensing rates for standard-essential patents, users should employ contract and patent law for more flexibility in negotiations and litigation, say Erik Puknys and Michelle Rice at Finnegan.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Perspectives

    Barrett Should Be Questioned On Children's Access To Courts

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    At a time when children's lives are so threatened by avoidable climate change chaos, understanding U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's views on what standing future generations have to seek declaratory relief in Article III courts should be an essential part of her confirmation hearings, says Julia Olson at Our Children's Trust.

  • 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.

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