Lieff Cabraser said Thursday that it plans to challenge a $1.1 million repayment ordered by a Massachusetts federal judge who said the firm had overbilled a class of investors in a $300 million settlement with State Street Corp. over its foreign exchange practices.
More than diversity statistics, female lawyers are increasingly paying attention to law firms' workplace culture, seeking interesting and rewarding work that will provide more job satisfaction, panelists said Thursday during an American Bar Association webinar.
A day after defending themselves against misconduct allegations, the team prosecuting actress Lori Loughlin and other wealthy parents in the "Varsity Blues" case was accused Thursday of holding back notes the parents say could help prove their innocence.
Pierce Bainbridge’s acting leader has resigned along with three name partners and a rainmaker, part of what current and former attorneys describe as a cascade of departures in recent months that have left the litigation boutique reeling.
California-based law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP has been hit with a lawsuit in Los Angeles court claiming one of its name partners was involved in Hollywood honcho Aaron Kaplan's alleged plot to plant spy cameras in the bedroom of his brother's widow.
The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday that in times of emergency, such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the chief justice can take steps to mitigate difficulties the bar and its members may face in meeting requirements of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.
A lawyer with the California Army National Guard is under hybrid state and federal oversight, the Ninth Circuit said Wednesday, and was properly granted a removal to federal court of a case accusing him of practicing law in California without a license.
Troutman Sanders LLP is hitting back against HealthSouth Corp.'s attempt to ax $200,000 in fees the firm was awarded for work it did before it was disqualified from representing a whistleblower in a suit alleging HealthSouth falsified patient records, arguing that the award was appropriate.
A Florida magistrate judge rejected calls by a unit of retail giant Kroger to sanction an attorney and his firm for missing court deadlines in an Americans with Disabilities Act suit, finding that Kroger's team had also shown a lack of "professional courtesy" in the case.
A Michigan strip club sued the Small Business Administration in federal court on Wednesday, claiming the agency violated the Constitution by implementing regulations barring COVID-19 relief loans for establishments that have "live performances of a prurient sexual nature."
A pair of investors in what was supposed to be a national vape shop franchise sued the business and its attorney in Florida federal court Tuesday, claiming the lawyer helped the franchiser hide allegations of fraud levied in several lawsuits from potential backers.
A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday denied Wonder World Learning LLC's bid to sanction Nixon Peabody LLP and its client for allegedly running a "massive scheme" to hide key documents in the trademark dispute between the preschool franchise Kiddie Academy and its former franchisee based in Texas.
Federal prosecutors in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case on Wednesday denied allegations that they instructed the scheme's mastermind to lie to Lori Loughlin and other parents and then hid the evidence for over a year, a bombshell claim that experts say is a bad look for the government even if it may not derail the case.
A shareholder in his family's manufacturing business urged a Kansas federal judge to disqualify two law firms from representing both the company and his siblings on its board of directors in his derivative suit over alleged self dealing, arguing that dual representation is a conflict of interest.
A Florida appeals court on Wednesday removed a judge from a suit accusing a Publix big-rig driver of causing a fatal auto collision while using a cellphone, saying the judge's comments at a hearing showed "disdain" for the company's legal position and its corporate policy on drivers' cellphone use.
The economic turmoil unleashed by the COVID-19 pandemic has left few businesses throughout the world untouched, but for arbitration and litigation funders, the past few weeks may mark the beginning of a boom.
Law firms accused of malpractice in underlying multidistrict litigation against Syngenta AG have urged a Kansas federal court to dismiss the suit, saying that the attorney for the farmers bringing the case has continued to defy a court order to participate in planning conferences and in submitting reports.
Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP swatted away a malpractice suit from the former outside business partner of an attorney at the firm over their shuttered Jersey Shore lounge after a state appeals court found Tuesday that the lawyer’s purported misconduct was not tied to his work for the firm.
An Arizona appeals panel on Tuesday vacated an $8 million award against an attorney accused of wrongfully pursuing medical malpractice claims against a doctor, saying a new damages trial is warranted because the attorney should not have been held liable for abuse of process.
The California Institute of Technology on Monday urged a California federal judge to double its more than $1.1 billion patent win over Apple Inc. and Broadcom Ltd., slamming the companies for "truly egregious" misconduct throughout the case, including purportedly inhibiting Caltech's discovery efforts and dragging their feet on disclosing evidence.
Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP has decided to suspend its summer associate program for 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the firm announced Tuesday though it says it will pay the associates who had been selected and will offer them full-time positions after graduation.
A D.C. federal judge said Tuesday that there is something "untoward" about King & Spalding LLP requesting to seal information about its rates while seeking attorney fees in the form of public dollars, following the firm's win in a Freedom of Information Act dispute with the federal government.
A Pennsylvania lawyer who already lost a suit against trial firm Pierce Bainbridge over the alleged theft of a case involving the video game "Gears of War" shouldn't get a do-over in a second suit, the firm told a federal judge on Monday.
A California water district has asked a federal court to reject environmental and indigenous groups' accusations that it ignored deadlines for it to help the protected steelhead fish navigate the Vern Freeman Dam, arguing that the groups' expectations, especially during a pandemic, are unrealistic.
The American Arbitration Association doesn't have to foot a $12 million legal bill after arbitrators' ethics violations voided the outcome of an arbitration proceeding in a more than $100 million dispute over liability for sinkhole damages, the Fifth Circuit ruled Tuesday.
Some insurers are unethically offering low settlement figures to policyholders who are in dire need of immediate financial assistance, and plaintiff attorneys have an obligation to ensure that their clients receive a fair payout, says Mike Arias at Arias Sanguinetti.
While law firms suddenly pivoting to remote work due to coronavirus restrictions are busy dealing with logistical challenges, an equally pressing and perhaps more difficult task may be adjusting a long-standing brick-and-mortar culture to working remotely for the first time, say Heather Clauson Haughian and Grant Walsh at Culhane Meadows.
As more courts begin to explore remote hearings during the COVID-19 crisis, attorneys and courts should be aware of some of the common concerns accompanying video- and teleconferencing technology and make allowances to avoid these issues, say Attison Barnes III and Krystal Swendsboe at Wiley Rein.
Mediator Jeff Kichaven has heard from several first-chair trial lawyers and senior claims executives that they are reluctant to adopt online video mediation even during the COVID-19 crisis, and says this reluctance is grounded in reality.
The formula for making decisions at BigLaw firms has historically been rooted in IQ-based factors, but with the ongoing pandemic, lawyers and firm leaders are increasingly dealing with issues that require emotional intelligence — from establishing effective virtual offices to retaining firm morale and client confidence, say Jolie Balido and Tina van der Ven at NewStar Media.
Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.
While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.
Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.
In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.
Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.
When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.
As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.
Remote depositions are a useful tool for meeting discovery deadlines while allowing all parties to stay at home amid the COVID-19 outbreak. But they come with a unique set of challenges, say Eliot Williams and Daniel Rabinowitz at Baker Botts.
The American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct require lawyers to be zealous advocates for clients' interests, but how do these rules apply in this unprecedented time of COVID-19? Anne Lockner at Robins Kaplan offers some pointers.
In the midst of this health crisis when lawyers are working from home with their loved ones around all day, practitioners need to ensure their “home” and “office” settings coexist without one trumping the needs of the other, says Luciana Fragali at Design Solutions.