Daily Litigation

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    Supreme Court Bar Baffled By 'Unusual' Delay In SG Selection

    President Joe Biden has yet to name his permanent choice to the position of solicitor general six months into his first year in office, leaving court watchers and U.S. Supreme Court practitioners to speculate what's causing the hold-up for one of the top posts in the U.S. Department of Justice.

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    2 Paralympians Say Disabilities Make Them Better Lawyers

    As general counsel around the country joined a call Friday for legal departments to include more people with disabilities, Sidley Austin associate Matt Simpson was unknowingly helping to make their point — by preparing to represent the U.S. in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo next month.

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    GCs, Compliance Chiefs Urge Action On Disability Inclusion

    Top attorneys from The Coca-Cola Co., GlaxoSmithKline LLC, Unilever PLC and other large companies have banded together to call on other general counsel and chief compliance officers to improve the inclusion of those with disabilities in their departments.

  • John Phillips, Aman Brah and Christopher Flail

    Fennemore Expands In California With Three New Attys

    West Coast-based Fennemore Dowling Aaron added a trio of attorneys to its Fresno and Sacramento, California, offices, with the new hires led by an experienced attorney with over three decades of business litigation experience, the firm announced.

  • Harley Tropin and Rachel Furst

    Condo Collapse Litigation Leaders Talk Of Coming Challenges

    As leaders of the team representing victims of the Surfside, Florida, condominium collapse, Harley Tropin of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton and Rachel Furst of Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen PA will have their hands full trying to maximize recovery for the victims and balancing what will sometimes be competing interests between those who lost their apartments and the 97 who lost their lives.

  • Black IP Atty Asks Justices To Rule Title VII Covers Partners

    A Black attorney who said she faced sexist and racist backlash after she complained about the way intellectual property firm Myers Bigel PA treated women is urging the nation's highest court to hold that Title VII — the cornerstone federal workplace discrimination law — can cover law firm shareholders.

  • Burr & Forman Adds 2 Attys To Commercial Litigation Practice

    Southeast regional firm Burr & Forman LLP has added a partner and an of counsel from Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC to its commercial litigation practice group.

  • Attys Seek Fees For Outerwear Biz Stock Award Rescission

    An investor has sued outerwear manufacturer Jerash Holdings Inc. in Delaware Chancery Court asserting his counsel, Ashby & Geddes and Levi & Korsinsky, should be awarded legal fees for their work getting improperly awarded stock options rescinded.

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    Norris McLaughlin Adds Commercial Litigation Member

    Norris McLauglin PA is expanding its commercial litigation practice with the addition of a new member whose first foray into the legal world was clerking for a judge during a highly publicized criminal trial in New Jersey.

  • Gilead Must Foot $1.8M Bill For 'Egregious' Litigation Conduct

    The Delaware chancellor on Thursday chastised Gilead Sciences Inc. for "glaringly egregious" litigation conduct, ordering the company to pay nearly $1.76 million in attorney fees for shareholders who battled Gilead's "overly aggressive" efforts to shut down investigations into its potential malfeasance regarding its AIDS drug development.

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    Charges Against Ex-LeClairRyan GC An Outlier For Trustees

    The guilty plea Thursday of an ex-BigLaw general counsel who embezzled some $4 million as a court-appointed trustee is a rarity among criminal actions triggered by bankruptcy cases and will likely raise scrutiny on other lawyers in the sensitive role.

  • Elliott Greenleaf Loses Bid For Some Docs In Filched-File Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge has limited what documents Elliott Greenleaf PC will get from Armstrong Teasdale LLP as it proceeds with a suit alleging five employees who left its Delaware office to join Armstrong Teasdale poached files on their way out the door.

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    DOJ Honcho Under Trump Joins New Civil Liberties Alliance

    The former head of the DOJ's civil and environmental divisions during the Trump administration, who has been accused of politicizing the department, is joining an organization that has fought pandemic restrictions and the federal eviction moratorium as its chief of litigation, the group has announced.

  • Baker Botts Attys Nab Higher Fees In $7B Stanford Ponzi Row

    A Texas federal judge has approved a fee increase of up to 42% for the Baker Botts LLP attorneys representing a court-appointed receiver in litigation related to a $7 billion Ponzi scheme tied to convicted financier R. Allen Stanford.

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    Jury Hits Novartis With $178M Verdict In Drug Patent Fight

    A California federal jury hit Novartis with a $177.8 million verdict Thursday for selling a skin cancer drug that infringes two patents owned by a Daiichi Sankyo subsidiary, rejecting Novartis' arguments that the patents are invalid and awarding the entire sum the plaintiff sought.

  • Phillip Philbin, Jamie McDole, and Michael Karson

    Winstead Adds Ex-Thompson & Knight IP Trio In Dallas

    Winstead PC recently hired a group of three intellectual property attorneys formerly with Thompson & Knight LLP for its Dallas office.

  • Ex-SFO Official Warned Dechert Of ENRC Criminal Case

    A former SFO official warned a Dechert attorney representing a Kazakh mining company in a fraud inquiry that some of his client's senior employees could face a criminal investigation without clearing the disclosure with the agency's top brass, it emerged at trial Thursday.

  • Fla. Law School Accuses DOE Of 'Agenda' Against For-Profits

    Florida Coastal School of Law filed a federal suit Tuesday challenging the U.S. Department of Education's cancellation of its Title IV participation, saying the move violated the Administrative Procedure Act and appears to be part of a "political agenda" against for-profit education.

  • Home Security Biz Gets Judicial Rebuke For Late Data

    A Third Circuit judge sitting by designation on a fair labor suit in Delaware federal court has scolded home security company Defenders Inc. for submitting discovery after a deadline, ruling the business will not be able to use evidence provided late in its defense.

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    AGs Unveil $26B Global Opioid Deal With J&J, Distributors

    The New York attorney general and six other state attorneys general on Wednesday formally announced a global opioid settlement worth $26 billion with Johnson & Johnson and the nation's three largest drug distributors.

  • House Dem Leaves Capitol Riot Suit Against Trump

    The House Democrat who initiated a civil rights lawsuit against former President Donald Trump and others over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has withdrawn from the case "to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest" as he leads a new committee investigating the attack.

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    'Bullied' Ex-SFO Official Plays Down Ties To Dechert Atty

    A former SFO senior official testified Wednesday that he told a Dechert partner that the anti-fraud agency was being mismanaged during an investigation into his client ENRC, but did not confide he was being "bullied" by senior managers because the two weren't close.

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    Girardi Investigations Fizzled Amid Watchdog's 'Mistakes'

    Plaintiffs attorney Thomas V. Girardi managed to avoid the tripwires that alert the California State Bar to misconduct. But he didn’t entirely escape scrutiny. As cases against him mounted, he also outmaneuvered enforcement officials, exposing the fact that they were ill-equipped to investigate complex financial fraud. This is the second in a series of stories examining Girardi and the system and culture that enabled him.

  • Ex-Boies Schiller Legal Assistant Takes Appeal Off The Table

    A former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP legal assistant said Tuesday she won't appeal after her suit alleging she was fired due to her age and disability was cut down last month when a Florida federal judge found she didn't prove her disability bias claim and made procedural missteps.

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    UnitedLex Must Face Conspiracy Suit Over LeClairRyan Deal

    UnitedLex must face the bulk of a $128 million lawsuit filed by the trustee for defunct law firm LeClairRyan PLLC, a Virginia federal bankruptcy judge ruled Tuesday, saying allegations that an agreement between the two led to the unauthorized practice of law were enough to undergird a conspiracy claim.

Expert Analysis

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

  • Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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