A Michigan federal judge on Friday questioned the independence of a WilmerHale-led investigation into hundreds of sexual assault allegations against a former University of Michigan sports doctor, and weighed whether the firm and the university's president should address concerns before the court that they're circumventing the legal process.
A union has told an Illinois federal court that Olin Corp. was just frustrated with an arbitrator's refusal to let the company fire an employee after an altercation because there was no just cause to do so, arguing that the disagreement is no reason to overturn the result.
A recently advanced measure to divide seats on Pennsylvania's three statewide appellate courts between new elective districts would cast a political pall over decision-making and undermine foundational concepts of judicial independence, attorneys and legal scholars have told Law360.
A Pennsylvania state court judge has declined to nix a suit accusing BakerHostetler LLP of giving executives with Madrigal Pharmaceuticals Inc. bad advice on complying with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules.
An attorney representing a fired flight attendant in a dispute with Southwest Airlines has hit back against the airline's bid to remove him from the case for allegedly trying to use a process server to intimidate a witness, telling the court the service was proper and the sanctions motion was the true intimidation tactic.
A Florida man got a $22.8 million restitution judgment against him reversed Friday, successfully arguing that it was imposed because of ineffective counsel after he was convicted of collecting deposits from hundreds of homebuyers but not building any homes.
A personal injury attorney accused of not paying his expert witness for work on insurance lawsuits over hurricane damage can't move the dispute to the county where he used to operate a law office, a Texas appellate court has ruled.
A New York federal judge on Friday vacated the guilty verdict of an Iranian businessman accused of violating U.S. sanctions and axed the indictment against him, citing no opposition from prosecutors who've acknowledged disclosure and evidence issues in the case.
A federal judge on Friday shot down a bid by a former Boston City Hall aide to recoup more than a half-million dollars in legal fees after his conviction on charges he extorted a music festival into hiring unneeded union labor was thrown out.
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has ordered an indefinite interim suspension for an attorney who did not appear at a virtual hearing after telling the board he was suffering from health problems associated with COVID-19.
A London judge on Friday dismissed claims that Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska breached a court order tied to a $95 million arbitration award, in a ruling that criticized a Clifford Chance attorney who represented Deripaska's former business associate for lacking objectivity.
A Colorado attorney hired to handle a $3.1 million bitcoin investment bungled the transaction and transferred the funds without receiving the bitcoin in exchange, Florida-based financial services firm One Trade Ltd. alleged in a complaint filed Thursday.
Court records show Black people were underrepresented in the grand jury pool from which 23 New Yorkers were picked to hear evidence and ultimately indict two attorneys accused of firebombing an NYPD car and other cases, federal defenders say, after two Brooklyn federal judges ordered the release of the demographic details.
A Los Angeles judge has said he would consider allegations from one of two feuding brothers that a receiver appointed to oversee an asset sale for their Los Angeles billboard company demonstrated racism against people connected to the company and should be removed.
The California Supreme Court said Thursday that it would permanently lower the passing score for the California Bar Exam and unveiled plans for the test to be administered online in October, according to a letter addressed to State Bar of California trustees.
Two law firms hoping to lead a securities action against stock trading application Robinhood have reconfigured their class counsel proposal after a California federal judge rejected their initial bid for including only men.
A Florida federal judge has recused herself from a proposed class action against a Walt Disney Company subsidiary because the judge has an annual pass to a Disney theme park, making her a potential class member in the suit alleging pass holders were overcharged.
The Seventh Circuit on Thursday revived a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs employee's claim that the agency unreasonably delayed its response to his disability accommodation request for a new van, but upheld the dismissal of claims that the VA's delay constituted race and gender discrimination.
Anderson Cooper, Vox Media Inc. and a New York Times reporter should be released from a former Fox News guest commentator's defamation lawsuit, a Texas federal judge recommended Thursday, finding the court doesn't have jurisdiction over the defendants.
A New York law firm battling a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau investigative demand told a federal judge the agency remains unconstitutionally structured after its recent trip to the U.S. Supreme Court and is now a "Frankenstein's monster" that should not be allowed to continue terrorizing the firm.
Jurors in an upcoming trial can't hear details about Cozen O'Connor's and Blank Rome's settlements linked to claims that a former lawyer induced tens of millions of dollars in investments by helping advertise a large downtown Philadelphia lot as a multi-skyscraper development opportunity, but will learn that the settlements occurred, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday.
The Sixth Circuit on Thursday shot down a second bid to disqualify an Ohio federal judge from overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation after CVS Pharmacy Inc. and other national pharmacy chains accused him of blatant bias.
A New Jersey school board wants to disqualify a lawyer from representing two school administrators who sought the same positions and are slated for dueling depositions.
Turkey's Halkbank asked a Manhattan federal judge to recuse himself from handling the case alleging the bank violated U.S. sanctions on Iran, saying his past remarks suggest he already thinks the bank is guilty.
The American Bar Association on Wednesday defended a professional conduct rule prohibiting harassment and discrimination by attorneys from accusations it tramples on lawyers' First Amendment rights, saying in an opinion that the 2016 policy "does not prevent a lawyer from freely expressing opinions and ideas on matters of public concern."
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.
The COVID-19 crisis will continue to affect e-discovery long after we overcome this pandemic. When litigation and investigations reengage and courts start moving their schedules forward, these concerns will need to be addressed, say David Kessler and Andrea D'Ambra at Norton Rose.
The financial impact of COVID-19 is already starting to ripple through law firms in the form of diminished demand and time entry. A few lessons from the 2008 financial crisis and some new ideas can help firm leaders navigate the storm, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.
Remote working doesn’t work when people feel they must apologize for or hide it, and lawyers often feel that way — even in unavoidable, disaster-related scenarios like we see with the pandemic today, says David Pierce at Axiom.
While mediating via an internet conferencing platform during the COVID-19 crisis, remember that visual interactions are of vital importance. A simple phrase can be transformed into a sincere inquiry, a shocked response or a sarcastic put-down depending upon how we visually convey that message, says mediator Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.
With law firms across the country implementing policies to ensure the safety of attorneys and staff and prevent the spread of coronavirus, Andrew Russell at Shaw Keller shares some tips for firms, particularly smaller firms, that may be transitioning to remote work now or in the coming days.
Many law firms are quickly adopting remote working policies during the coronavirus pandemic to keep their employees safe while providing a high level of client service, but it's also important to continue fostering diversity, equity and inclusion, says Yusuf Zakir, director of diversity and inclusion at Holland & Knight.
As lawyers find their typical interactions with clients, prospects and referral sources abruptly postponed or canceled due to COVID-19, there are sanitary and safe business development and marketing opportunities to consider, says Jonathan Fitzgarrald at Equinox Strategy Partners.