Daily Litigation

  • Ex-USPTO Director To Help Cisco Rival Defend $2.7B Award

    Former U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Andrei Iancu and others at Irell & Manella LLP have been hired as co-counsel to help Centripetal Networks Inc. fend off Cisco Systems' appeal of a $2.7 billion damages award against the networking giant for infringing four Centripetal patents.

  • MVP: Keker Van Nest's Laurie Mims

    Laurie Mims of Keker Van Nest & Peters LLP led a trial team that won former shareholders of FerroKin Biosciences more than $80 million in a post-merger dispute with Shire Pharmaceuticals, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Life Sciences MVPs.

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    Cuomo Trust Likely Protects $1M From Lawsuit Damages

    More than $1 million that former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo earned from a book trumpeting his response to the coronavirus pandemic will likely be protected from potential lawsuits brought by women whose allegations of sexual harassment pushed him to resign last month, experts said.

  • MVP: Covington's Michael Hill

    Michael Hill, of Covington & Burling LLP's commercial and corporate transactional practice, quarterbacked the NFL's media distribution agreements with a quintet of major media companies totaling more than $110 billion, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Sports and Betting MVPs.

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    Boutique Austin Litigation Firm Names New Managing Partner

    The Austin, Texas-based law firm of Reid Collins & Tsai LLP has appointed one of its founding attorneys as its first female managing partner.

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    Dechert Admits To 'Significant Omission' Over ENRC Texts

    Dechert LLP's failure to disclose former attorney Neil Gerrard's text messages as part of ENRC's lawsuit accusing the white-collar pro of colluding with U.K. prosecutors was "a significant omission," the firm's general counsel said in court documents made public Wednesday.

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    Bill May Hamper Judicial Misconduct — And Court Autonomy

    Recently proposed legislation aimed at preventing sexual harassment and discrimination in the federal judiciary is cheered by advocates for judicial accountability, but others call the bill a dangerous encroachment on the independence of the courts.

  • In Their Words: How Judicial Misconduct Was Mishandled

    Fear of retaliation can silence court employees who might otherwise report or divulge the harassment they've suffered, making it difficult to get a sense of the breadth of the problem.

  • Gerrard Lied At Trial About ENRC Whistleblower, Atty Says

    Dechert LLP's former head of white-collar crime was caught lying at trial trying to cover up his efforts to expand a probe into his Kazakh mining client and "screw" it for legal fees, lawyers for Eurasian Natural Resources Corp. told a judge Wednesday.

  • New RICO Suit Targets Fla. Attys Behind Debt Relief 'Scam'

    Four student loan recipients have filed a racketeering complaint against Florida attorneys they hired to settle their debts, accusing the lawyers of running an "illegal nationwide, advanced-fee, student loan debt elimination telemarketing scam" that ultimately led to two of the students being sued by creditors.

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    Tenn. Judge Won't Let Johnny Cash Museum Exit Suit

    A Tennessee federal judge on Monday refused to allow the operator of the Johnny Cash Museum in Nashville to leave a suit it filed last year against a key investor, while sharply criticizing the operator for "negligent and unreasonable delay" in raising complaints.

  • MVP: Reed Smith's John Ellison

    John Ellison of Reed Smith LLP helped secure more than $750 million in indemnity coverage for MGM's settlement with victims of the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Insurance MVPs.

  • Ex-Locke Lord Atty, Others Escape Investors' OneCoin Suit

    Disbarred and convicted former Locke Lord LLP partner Mark S. Scott, along with two associates and Bank of New York Mellon, have dodged an investor suit in New York federal court over the $4 billion OneCoin cryptocurrency scam.

  • MVP: Skadden's David Kavanagh QC

    David Kavanagh QC, the co-head of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP's international litigation and arbitration group, served as lead counsel for a $5.5 billion bilateral investment treaty claim against India that ended up changing the country's tax policies, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 International Arbitration MVPs.

  • MVP: Irell's Morgan Chu

    Morgan Chu of Irell & Manella LLP has won more than $3 billion in patent trial awards for his clients over the last 14 months, including a $2.2 billion victory in March for a client suing Intel over microchip technology, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Trials MVPs.

  • MVP: Jenner & Block's Noah B. Bleicher

    Noah Bleicher of Jenner & Block LLP helped General Dynamics and a small veteran-owned business both win and successfully defend significant protests involving multiple and sometimes simultaneous disputes, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Government Contracts MVPs.

  • MVP: Proskauer's Jon Oram

    Jon Oram of Proskauer Rose LLP played a crucial role in helping the NBA and Major League Soccer safely return to competition months after the COVID-19 pandemic forced all major sports to go on hiatus, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Sports & Betting MVPs.

  • MVP: Skadden's Jennifer Bragg

    Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner Jennifer Bragg was part of the legal team that negotiated Purdue Pharma's guilty plea with the U.S. Department of Justice over its illegal marketing of opioids and helped a testing lab beat a $178 million whistleblower suit, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Life Sciences MVPs.

  • MVP: Latham's Jeff Greenberg

    Jeff Greenberg of Latham & Watkins LLP advised LS Power Equity Advisors LLC and Bolt Energy FinanceCo on a $300 million financing of multiple battery energy storage expansions in California, including the world's largest battery storage project, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Project Finance MVPs.

  • MVP: Paul Weiss' John C. Kennedy

    John C. Kennedy of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP steered international cruise line Carnival on several financings amid pandemic shutdowns, earning him a spot among Law360's 2021 Capital Markets MVPs.

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    Mound Cotton Adds Ex-Kiernan Trebach Insurance Partner

    Mound Cotton Wollan & Greengrass LLP expanded its Fort Lauderdale, Florida, office this month with the addition of a litigation partner with a focus on insurance, malpractice defense and health law.

  • Girardi's Ex-Partners Suffer Setback In Suing Nano Banc

    A California judge on Monday dismissed fraud and other claims brought by former partners of disgraced attorney Thomas Girardi alleging Nano Banc improperly entered into loan agreements with Girardi on a partnership property he used as collateral without their knowledge, but the court ruled the lawyers can amend their complaint and also add new claims.

  • Uber Calls $91M Arbitration Association Fee A 'Ransom'

    Uber sued the American Arbitration Association in New York state court on Monday, saying the ride-hailing giant shouldn't have to pay a $91 million bill, which it calls a "ransom" coordinated by "politically-motivated lawyers" at the "opportunistic" law firm Consovoy McCarthy PLLC.

  • Broadcaster Can Recoup Appeal Fees In Atty Malpractice Spat

    A TV broadcaster has recovered thousands of dollars in legal fees spent trying to overturn a Federal Communications Commission ruling after a former lawyer for what is now Foster Garvey allegedly blundered an FCC license application and cost the client millions.

  • No 'Bad Faith' To Justify Fee Award In Docs Suit, Biogen Says

    Biogen has told the Delaware Chancery Court it should reject a fee bid by firms representing an investor who claimed the company used "glaringly egregious" tactics aimed at driving up the cost of litigation after he sued to access records, saying "bad faith" hasn't been shown.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

  • Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

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