Mediation and arbitration giant JAMS Inc. on Tuesday said it had "severed [its] relationship" with a retired judge who shared a racist email that portrayed Black people as inherently inferior, saying that JAMS will immediately begin reviewing its vetting process for arbitrators.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu has urged the Federal Circuit to pause a case alleging that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's fee model improperly encourages judges to institute America Invents Act reviews, saying the case should be held until the U.S. Supreme Court moves forward on Arthrex.
New York state urged a federal judge Tuesday to toss a law firm's allegations that state officials abused their power by ordering the firm to stop doing business in person due to the pandemic, saying the firm isn't "somehow exempt" from orders aimed to protect the public health.
Newark, New Jersey, officials urged a federal court on Tuesday to toss a former municipal judge's lawsuit alleging she lost her job because she was falsely accused of being drunk at work, arguing that she wasn't fired but rather lawfully replaced after her term expired.
A majority of the judges on the full D.C. Circuit bench appeared inclined Tuesday to allow a trial judge to complete his inquiry into the U.S. Department of Justice's bid to abandon Michael Flynn's criminal case, pushing back on the former Trump national security adviser's extraordinary petition for immediate dismissal.
A legal consultant who worked on a $22 million advertiser class action against Google Inc. has filed suit alleging that the attorneys who handled the case cheated him out of hundreds of thousands of dollars he was owed for his work on the case.
A California attorney who was called out last year for seemingly misogynistic and homophobic remarks sued the state bar on Tuesday in federal court, arguing that disciplinary proceedings related to the incident would violate his constitutional rights.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday backed a decision denying a Montana sheriff deputy and local judge qualified immunity for the unconstitutional courthouse arrest of an immigrant who was allegedly in the country illegally, finding the sheriff didn't have probable cause for the bust and that the judge was an "integral participant" in the misconduct.
The D.C. Circuit rejected the efforts of attorneys representing hundreds of parents in a civil rights case to collect over $5 million in fees from Washington, D.C., and ruled that a congressional cap that strictly limited the amount they could collect in those cases was perfectly valid.
A federal judge has ruled that mobile home owners cannot pursue a proposed class action accusing the owners of a Florida mobile home park of engaging in a racketeering scheme to dupe individual homeowners and buyers into accepting more expensive land rental terms.
A Minnesota federal judge refused to hold an oxygen canister mask maker in contempt of a deal it inked requiring it not to infringe on a rival's patent and trade dress, saying the deal was struck based on "questionable" legal advice.
Populus Group LLC sued Clark Hill PLC in Michigan federal court on Monday, claiming the law firm cost the Detroit-area staffing agency more than a million dollars when it bungled its advice on the question of how to pay workers with H1-B visas.
A Waters Kraus & Paul LLP attorney called on a Pennsylvania federal court Monday to toss her onetime client's allegations that the lawyer misled her about when a suit over the purported link between the drug thalidomide and birth defects would be resolved, saying the woman filed her claims too late.
After experiencing multiple losses in the courtroom, Houston-based legal recruiting firm Partners Legal Search has abandoned its $1.2 million Texas state court lawsuit that claimed two Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP partners robbed it of a job search fee by skirting the parties' 2017 agreement.
A Tennessee federal judge on Monday handed a win to a prosecutor in a suit filed by a former secretary who claimed her firing was unlawful disability discrimination, finding that she couldn't show bias because never told her boss about her health condition.
New York City and employees of the Kings County district attorney's office have inked a $3.2 million settlement with a class of individuals whose communications to a detective and an assistant district attorney were intercepted through a wiretap scheme spearheaded by Tara Lenich, a former assistant district attorney for the office.
The U.S. Department of Justice has tapped three former immigration judges to the immigration courts' appellate board, including one judge with a nearly 99% asylum denial rate, bringing the board to full capacity after the Trump administration expanded it.
An accountability watchdog group has filed an ethics complaint against a Husch Blackwell LLP attorney who seemingly represented both the Donald Trump reelection campaign and musician Kanye West's presidential campaign simultaneously.
A Pennsylvania judge chastised a local attorney who was exposed to COVID-19 for using the pandemic as a tactical weapon and banned her from entering county courthouse facilities after she ignored the court's directive and showed up for a hearing in person even though her son had the virus.
A federal judge won't rethink his decision to pare down a law firm's suit against a suburban Chicago rival, blasting the firm for its "feeble prosecution" of allegations that the rival mimicked its website to confuse and steal potential clients.
A former Massachusetts state judge who resigned after being accused of sexually harassing a court clinician sought an early win Monday in a civil suit alleging he orchestrated the woman's removal when she expressed reservations about continuing an affair, arguing he was not her employer.
A Brooklyn state court judge has agreed to retire due to "advanced" Alzheimer's disease at the age of 54 after the New York Commission on Judicial Conduct received complaints about "erratic" behavior.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Friday sought to toss an attorney's lawsuit challenging its rejection of an H-1B visa for a Polish-speaking legal assistant in a town of 1,900 people, saying it had not been served properly.
A Massachusetts state court judge charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly letting an immigrant escape federal custody will ask the First Circuit to weigh in on whether her actions are shielded from prosecution due to judicial immunity, according to a filing Monday.
Five BMW drivers who opted out of a nationwide class action lawsuit told a Massachusetts federal court the automaker should face sanctions for repeatedly refusing to hand over discovery, despite the fact that the court has previously ruled that the type of document requested is relevant.
Following the American Bar Association's recent publication of third-party litigation funding guidance, Jiamie Chen and Dai Wai Chin Feman at Parabellum Capital outline some additional considerations, including the ethical limitations on single-case funding and the futility of economic prenegotiations between attorneys and their clients.
As an attorney with cerebral palsy, Danielle Liebl at Reed Smith says that while the 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act has protected her against discrimination, the legal industry must do more to accommodate lawyers with disabilities and make them more comfortable in self-identifying.
Many small towns and rural counties have few lawyers or none at all, which threatens the notion of justice for all Americans and demands creative solutions from legislators, bar associations and law schools, says Patricia Refo, president of the American Bar Association.
Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.
The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.
In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.
Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.
The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.
The U.S. Department of Justice's new Special Matters Unit may resolve some of the concerns regarding the agency's so-called taint teams reviewing potentially privileged material, but defense attorneys must stay vigilant as taint teams' inherent conflict of interest remains, say Jim Brochin and Pat Linehan at Steptoe & Johnson.
The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.
Greater access to virtual court proceedings during the pandemic means an increased likelihood that legal arguments will jump from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, so counsel must tailor statements with the client's reputation in mind, says Mike Dolan at Finsbury.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.
After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.
The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.