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Business of Law

  • March 21, 2019

    College Bribery Defendants Tap Quinn Emanuel, Dentons

    Attorneys from Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, Dentons and Greenberg Traurig LLP have been added to the ranks of defense counsel in the college admissions fraud scheme federal prosecutors revealed last week.

  • March 21, 2019

    Atty Sanctioned For 'Repugnant' Claims About East Indians

    A California federal judge has sanctioned an attorney for his “repugnant” request to hold a hearing to purportedly demonstrate a pattern of noncompliance with the American with Disabilities Act among hotel owners of East Indian descent.

  • March 21, 2019

    DOJ Appellate Atty Moves To US House Counsel's Office

    The General Counsel's Office for the U.S. House of Representatives has added a former U.S. Department of Justice appellate attorney, another potential sign House Democrats are gearing up for legal battles with President Donald Trump.

  • March 21, 2019

    O'Melveny Adds Ex-Obama Adviser As Privacy Co-Chair

    O'Melveny & Myers LLP has tapped a national security and counterterrorism adviser to former President Barack Obama as partner and co-chair of its data security and privacy group, the firm said in a press release Thursday.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360’s Guide To Trump’s Judicial Picks

    With more judicial vacancies at the start of his term than any president in the past three decades, President Donald Trump has an unusual opportunity to reshape the federal judiciary. Here is Law360's comprehensive guide to the nominations.

  • March 21, 2019

    Foreclosure Firms Get High Court Help, But Questions Remain

    Lenders and the law firms they hire to perform nonjudicial foreclosures can take some comfort in the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision that the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act doesn't broadly apply to these out-of-court proceedings, but the ruling still leaves some questions to sort out, experts told Law360.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    Paul Weiss earned the title of top legal lion this week with a win at the U.S. Supreme Court for law firms that provide nonjudicial foreclosures, while Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz ended up among the lambs after a jury found Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller likely led to a man’s cancer.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360's Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2019 Legal Industry Editorial Advisory Board.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Justice Thomas Breaks 3 Years Of Silence At Hearings

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas asked a question at oral arguments for the first time in over three years Wednesday morning, breaking his silence in a Mississippi death penalty case where the lead prosecutor excluded virtually every potential African-American juror.

  • March 20, 2019

    Greenberg Traurig Trio Launch Boutique 'Firm For The 2020s'

    Three former Greenberg Traurig LLP partners, including Marc L. Mukasey, who currently represents President Donald Trump in a New York state investigation into his charity, have launched their own trial and government investigations boutique, saying in a Wednesday announcement that it is geared to be a "firm for the 2020s."

  • March 20, 2019

    SRA Money Laundering Compliance Probe Targets UK Firms

    The Solicitors Regulation Authority will launch a new probe to ensure law firms in England and Wales are in compliance with a recently enacted set of money laundering regulations, the body announced Wednesday.

  • March 20, 2019

    New Mass. Top Court Favors Tough Queries, Long Arguments

    In their year and a half together, the seven justices of Massachusetts' top appellate court have formed a hot bench that should have attorneys expecting deep questions on legislative history and longer oral arguments than in the past, experts say.

  • March 20, 2019

    Restaurant Franchise Giant Names Ex-Jones Day Atty As GC

    Flynn Restaurant Group LP, the largest franchise operator in the country and owner of Applebee's, Arby's, Taco Bell and Panera Bread Co. restaurants, has promoted an in-house attorney who previously worked at Jones Day to be its new general counsel.

  • March 20, 2019

    Law Firm Leaders: Thompson & Knight's Mark Sloan

    Mark Sloan has served as managing partner for Texas-based Thompson & Knight LLP since 2015. He spoke to Law360 about the challenges he faces running a law firm in a fiercely competitive legal market such as Texas, as well as his law firm's plans for the future and his personal take on what it takes to be a successful law firm partner.

  • March 20, 2019

    Supreme Court Says Foreclosure Firms Not Debt Collectors

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that law firms that conduct nonjudicial foreclosures, or foreclosures outside of the court system, are not generally considered debt collectors under a key federal law that sets out a host of restrictions on the debt collection business.

  • March 19, 2019

    Ending Bias A Priority For Judiciary, Calif. Top Judge Says

    California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye used her annual State of the Judiciary speech on Tuesday to highlight the problem of discrimination and sexual harassment in the justice system, calling for a more accessible and equitable judicial branch.

  • March 19, 2019

    ‘In A Timely Manner’: Three Decades Of Judgeship Bills

    Partisanship has played a large role in the small passage rate of new judgeship bills since 1990. New judgeships create new vacancies, and neither party wants to give the other the upper hand.

  • March 19, 2019

    Gorsuch, Ginsburg Strike Rare Accord In Tribal Tax Case

    Tuesday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on whether a Native American company should be required to pay a Washington state fuel tax featured a rare agreement between justices who have often locked horns, with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ditching her liberal colleagues and joining a concurrence by Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Expert Analysis

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.