Daily Litigation

  • Opioid Inquiry Faults Arnold & Porter But Rejects Some Relief

    Arnold & Porter engaged in sanctionable conduct by failing to divulge key documents from Endo Pharmaceuticals before and during a New York opioid trial, but certain requests for harsh discipline aren't warranted, a retired judge wrote in a court-commissioned report released Friday.

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    Rosen Law Firm To Lead Class In Robinhood MDL

    A Florida federal judge appointed the Rosen Law Firm PA on Friday to lead multidistrict litigation that alleges stock-trading app Robinhood caused more than $10 billion in market capitalization losses after its customers were hit in January with trading restrictions on certain stocks.

  • Raymour & Flanigan Loses Bid For COVID-19 Coverage

    The furniture retail chain Raymour & Flanigan lost its bid for COVID-19 coverage after a New York state judge dismissed its suit against a group of insurers, finding that government orders, not the virus, caused the chain's losses.

  • $93.5M Deals In Chicken Price-Fixing Row Get Initial OK

    An Illinois federal judge granted early approval Friday to three settlements totaling $93.5 million that commercial and institutional indirect purchasers reached with Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim's Pride Corp. and Mar-Jac Poultry Inc. to settle claims they conspired with competitors to fix the price of broiler chicken.

  • Student Debtors Lose Fla. Fraud Cases — For Now

    A federal judge has dismissed three consolidated cases accusing a student debt relief operation of fraud and racketeering but left the door open for debtors to file an amended complaint, while permanently dismissing malpractice claims against Florida law firm Berger Singerman over its role in the creation of the alleged scam.

  • Counsel Sanctioned In Newark Health Dept. Bias Suit

    An attorney representing a health inspector of Haitian descent in a national origin and retaliation bias suit against the Newark health department was ordered by a New Jersey federal judge on Thursday to reimburse the defendants for legal fees and costs incurred through the litigation.

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    Swift Currie Scoops Up 7 Attorneys For Atlanta Office

    Southeast litigation firm Swift Currie McGhee & Hiers LLP continued its 2021 expansion with the addition of seven new attorneys to its Atlanta office, the firm has announced.

  • Kemper Strikes $17.6M Deal To End Data Breach Litigation

    Kemper Corp. and subsidiary Infinity Insurance Co. have entered a settlement valued around $17.6 million to end litigation over claims stemming from two data breaches that gave hackers access to customers' personal information, a proposed customer class said Thursday.

  • Jones Day Derides Paralegal's 'Excuses' On Serving Bias Suit

    A fired Jones Day paralegal's "feeble justifications" shouldn't win her a second chance to serve the international law firm with her discrimination and harassment suit, the firm told a Boston federal judge Friday.

  • Atty Asks Del. Justices To Eye Claim Over Racism Accusation

    A former Bayard PA attorney is urging Delaware's Supreme Court to reverse a lower court's decision tossing a defamation suit he filed against another attorney he claims falsely branded him a racist and religious bigot.

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    Jury Axes Sexual Harassment Claims Against MyPhillyLawyer

    A Pennsylvania federal jury cleared personal injury firm MyPhillyLawyer on Friday of allegations from a former paralegal that she was subjected to repeated sexual harassment from attorneys and other co-workers during her brief tenure with the firm three years ago.

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    Goodwin Snags Another Litigator From Manatt In SoCal

    Goodwin Procter LLP nabbed another litigation partner from Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP to join its Santa Monica office, continuing to bolster its West Coast litigation offerings.

  • Clyde & Co Hit With £9M Negligence Suit By Nigerian Biz

    Two Nigerian maritime companies have sued Clyde & Co for almost £9 million ($12.4 million), saying the law firm made them settle a dispute over corporate ownership in the face of "blackmail" and "coercion."

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    Lawmakers Demand Chief Justice Act On Recusal Report

    Two Democratic lawmakers have asked U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. for the judiciary's response to an explosive Wall Street Journal report documenting hundreds of cases in which federal judges failed to recuse themselves despite stock conflicts and questioned his role in the controversy as the head of the judicial branch.

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    Lowenstein Atty, Gov.'s Aide Pulled Into NJ Virus 'Favor' Suit

    A Lowenstein Sandler LLP attorney and the outgoing chief of staff to New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy must face allegations they took part in firing a state health official for objecting to collecting COVID-19 test samples from the chief of staff's relatives, a state judge has ruled in the ex-official's whistleblower suit.

  • Albright Gives Attys Carte Blanche To Seal Patent Filings

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright of the Western District of Texas will no longer require attorneys in patent cases to get permission before filing sealed documents with confidential information so long as they follow up promptly with a public, redacted version, according to a recent order.

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    Lawyers On Air: Firms Find Their Voice With Podcasts

    Attorneys in major firms across the U.S. have been trying on a different professional hat in the last few years: podcast host.

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    Orrick, Cleary Hit With $310M Malpractice Suit

    Renewable energy company TerraForm Power slapped Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP with a legal malpractice suit Wednesday, alleging the firms botched an M&A deal resulting in damages worth more than $300 million.

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    Greenspoon Marder Names IP Partner As New Group Head

    Greenspoon Marder LLP named an Arizona-based partner as the new leader of its fast-growing intellectual property practice group, the firm announced earlier this week.

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    Barnes & Thornburg Snags IP Partner From Womble Bond

    Barnes & Thornburg lured a new partner away from Womble Bond Dickinson LP, with almost two decades of experience in practicing intellectual property law for its Atlanta office.

  • Counsel In $1.8B Biotech Sale Suit Urged To Work Together

    Giving what he called "subtle, but not so subtle" advice, a Delaware vice chancellor on Wednesday urged counsel teams battling to lead stockholder litigation over the $1.8 billion sale of Emisphere Technologies Inc. to Novo Nordisk A/S to put aside differences and work together.

  • Girardi Keese Trustee Wants To Investigate Legal Lenders

    Girardi Keese's bankruptcy trustee wants to investigate several litigation lenders who poured tens of millions of dollars into the firm in recent years, even as it appeared that founder Thomas V. Girardi was spending the money improperly, according to a document filed Wednesday in Los Angeles bankruptcy court.

  • Civil Suit Over Arbery Death Paused Due To Criminal Cases

    A federal magistrate judge has put on hold a civil suit over the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, an African American man shot by three white men while jogging in a Georgia suburb, to let criminal proceedings involving several defendants in the case play out.

  • Nissan Drivers Get OK On $278M Transmission Defect Deal

    A Tennessee federal judge on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to a $277.7 million settlement to resolve claims that Nissan North America Inc. shipped vehicles with faulty transmissions.

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    Burford Capital Earmarks $100M To Bolster Law Firm Diversity

    Litigation funder Burford Capital is earmarking an additional $100 million as part of the launch of the second phase of its initiative to use economic incentives to increase diversity in the legal profession, particularly in leadership and partnership positions.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

  • ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

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    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • 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.

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