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  • More Than 60 Cos. Say Reversing Roe Is 'Against Our Values'

    Lyft Inc., Levi Strauss & Co. and Ben & Jerry's Homemade Holdings Inc. are among the dozens of companies that have signed a statement saying abortion restrictions "go against" their values and "are bad for business," as the fate of the constitutional right to abortion established nearly 50 years ago remains in question.

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    Brown Rudnick Elects New CEO & Management Chair

    Brown Rudnick LLP announced Wednesday that it named partner Vincent Guglielmotti its new chief executive officer and management committee chair, following his predecessor's decision to step down and return to a full-time legal practice.

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    Amid BigLaw Data Attacks, Breaches Surge For Smaller Firms

    A Law360 Pulse analysis finds that law firms' data breach reports nearly doubled in 2021 compared with 2020, and have continued to rise this year. While BigLaw firms have been high-profile targets, small and midsize law firms are more likely to fall prey to cybercriminals.

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    Law Firms' Biggest Cybersecurity Liability: Senior Partners

    Senior partners often represent law firms' biggest and highest-profile clients and have access to their sensitive intel, such as trade secrets and financial information, making them prime targets for data breaches, according to cybersecurity experts.

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    GC Spending Moves More In-House, Mostly At Smaller Cos.

    A new survey shows that general counsel, especially at smaller companies, are spending more of their legal budget in-house and less on outside counsel, with increases mostly in the areas of due diligence and labor and employment.

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    Nutter Snags Life Sciences Patent Atty From Wiggin And Dana

    Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP announced Tuesday that it has hired a patent attorney with over two decades of experience in the life sciences field as a partner in Boston.

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    'Extreme' Staff Shortages Delay Cases And Close Courts

    Delayed hearings, shortened hours, a lack of security, closed courthouses: Many state judiciaries are finding it difficult to return to normal operations in the face of staffing shortages that courts have called "unprecedented" and "extreme."

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    5 Firms Get Kudos From Accenture For Diversity Efforts

    Accenture on Tuesday named five law firms as winners in the latest round of its annual diversity awards, which recognize "tangible progress" in diversity, equity and inclusion among the information technology company's outside counsel.

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    What's Behind Microsoft's Prominence At Law Firms

    The rapid adoption of Teams serves as another example of Microsoft’s ubiquity in the legal industry, but opinions differ on what's driving the tech giant's push to woo law firms.

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    The Other Talent War: Firms Vying For Tech Pros In Hot Market

    Just as the talent war for associates and lateral hires continues to ramp up, the more intrepid firms are also now competing for different kinds of hires — technology and sales talent.

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    Black Attorney Population Has Stayed Flat For A Decade

    The percentage of Black attorneys in the United States has remained flat since 2012 despite a decade of increased visibility for diversity and inclusion issues, according to the 2022 National Lawyer Population Survey conducted by the American Bar Association.

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    Firms More Unified On Billable Expectations For Associates

    Midsize law firms have a wide range of expectations for billable hours for equity partners but are much more unified around expectations for nonequity partners and associates, according to a recent survey by the Managing Partner Forum.

  • Cigna Underpaid Insureds' Claims, Suit Says

    Cigna has been hit with a proposed class action lawsuit in Connecticut federal court by people covered by the insurer who allege that the company breached its fiduciary duties and underpaid their claims, leaving them "exposed to the threat of balance billing."

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    Immediation Founder On Future Of Online Dispute Resolution

    Though the coronavirus pandemic may have hastened the adoption of digital court proceedings and arbitrations, those technologies are now here to stay, Laura Keily, founder and CEO of the Australia-based online dispute resolution platform Immediation, told Law360 Pulse in a recent interview. 

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    Conn. Justices' Split Decision Lets Bausch Lens Case Go On

    The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled on behalf of plaintiffs in a case focused on Bausch & Lomb's faulty artificial in-eye lenses, finding that the case can move forward under Connecticut's product liability law.

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    Here's Where BigLaw Is Focused On Opening Up Shop

    Fueled by another year of strong financial growth, large law firms have continued to expand into new territories through mergers and lateral hires in 2022, with metropolitan cities such as Miami, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., being the top destinations.

  • Roy Moore Meets Doubtful 2nd Circ. In Defamation Appeal

    The Second Circuit appeared skeptical Friday of Roy Moore's attempt to revive a $95 million defamation suit over his appearance on the Showtime series "Who Is America?" featuring comedian Sacha Baron Cohen.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This week in legal industry news, attorneys at one BigLaw firm achieved a first after successfully serving a temporary restraining order to a defendant in a hacking case via nonfungible token. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    For Depp Atty, Sudden Fame Can Bring Rewards — And Risk

    Camille Vasquez was a relatively obscure associate at Brown Rudnick LLP before her representation of Johnny Depp in his defamation case against Amber Heard landed her on the fast track to partner — and made her a minor pop culture icon.

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    Will ALSPs Be Wary After UnitedLex, LeClairRyan Bust Up?

    Alternative legal service provider UnitedLex has agreed to pay $21 million to settle claims it accelerated the demise of a dying law firm through its partnership with now-defunct LeClairRyan. Here, Law360 Pulse takes a look at the settlement and impacts it could have on the relationship between BigLaw and ALSPs.

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    How GCs Can Thwart Funding For Bribery Schemes

    In most corporate bribery schemes, employees use their knowledge of the company's finance and other systems to procure funds, according to two experts who described details of recent funding schemes on Thursday to show in-house counsel and compliance professionals how to better manage the risks.

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    Crypto's Grayscale Retains Verrilli To Help Make Case At SEC

    Grayscale Investment LLC has retained former U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. as it braces for the possibility that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may deny its application to convert its Grayscale Bitcoin Trust into a spot bitcoin exchange-traded fund.

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    Senate Confirms Jones Day Atty To Calif. Federal Court

    The Senate on Thursday confirmed Jones Day attorney Robert Steven Huie to the Southern District of California, while the Judiciary Committee advanced five of President Joe Biden's other judicial nominees, including picks for the Seventh and Ninth Circuits.

  • Trump Org. CFO Hires Cadwalader Atty To Fight DA's Tax Case

    Longtime Trump Organization finance chief Allen Weisselberg has bolstered his legal team in his tax fraud fight with the Manhattan district attorney, adding Nicholas Gravante Jr. of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP as lead trial counsel.

  • Hartford Must Pay Medline Legal Fees To End Federal Case

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday ordered Hartford Fire Insurance Co. to pay part of medical device company Medline Industries Inc.'s legal fees as a condition of dismissing its federal libel coverage lawsuit that has been refiled in state court.

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