Daily Litigation

  • Conn. Atty Loses Early Win Bid In Referral Fee Row

    A Connecticut state court judge declined to hand an early win to one attorney accused by another of pocketing a promised referral fee, due to the former lawyer's purported non-cooperation with the discovery process.

  • COVERAGE RECAP: Day 36 Of Trump's NY Civil Fraud Trial

    Law360 reporters are providing live coverage from the courthouse as former President Donald Trump goes on trial in the New York attorney general's civil fraud case. Here's a recap from day 36.

  • Group Says Doctor COVID-19 Disinformation Suit Isn't Moot

    The New Civil Liberties Alliance has told a California federal court that a suit over a California law punishing medical professionals for COVID-19 disinformation should move forward despite a newly enacted law repealing it because doctors still suffered damages and the state is sidestepping a potentially adverse ruling.

  • 2nd Circ. Revives Timed-Out Siemens False Claims Act Suit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a whistleblower's years-old lawsuit against Siemens that alleged the manufacturing company had provided false certifications to the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, finding that a lower court improperly tossed the suit for procedural reasons surrounding service of his complaint.

  • Va. Judge OKs $2M Fees For Foley In LeClairRyan Ch. 11

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge has approved just under $2.1 million in fees for Foley & Lardner LLP for its work on defunct law firm LeClairRyan's bankruptcy after Foley agreed to drop its fee dispute with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP, which succeeded it as counsel to the Chapter 7 trustee in the case.

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    Reed Smith's Former Arbitration Head Will Step Down

    The former leader of Reed Smith's international arbitration practice, José Astigarraga, has announced that he will be retiring from the firm next year to become a full-time arbitrator and mediator, a new chapter in his career that he said was prompted by self-reflection during the pandemic.

  • 4th Circ. Backs SSA's Win In Court Clerk's Benefits Suit

    The Fourth Circuit refused Tuesday to reinstate a lawsuit from a former court clerk alleging the Social Security Administration incorrectly denied her disability benefits after she suffered a series of strokes, saying her health condition didn't bar her from being able to perform her basic job duties.

  • Proud Boys Attys Pulled Back Into Jury Research Co.'s IP Suit

    Several attorneys defending Proud Boys members must face a new claim in a jury research firm's copyright suit alleging they wrongly used its reports to bolster clients' Jan. 6 insurrection criminal defenses, a D.C. federal judge has ruled roughly two months after excusing all but the one attorney who commissioned a report.

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    Feds Fight Girardi Keese Trustee's Professional Fee Requests

    The federal government has objected to the Girardi Keese bankruptcy trustee's bid to pay more than $3 million in fees to herself and several other professionals, telling a Los Angeles bankruptcy judge the trustee has failed for nearly three years to analyze hundreds of millions of dollars worth of unsecured claims against the defunct law firm.

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    Group Says Berkeley Law Allows 'Unchecked' Antisemitism

    The University of California, Berkeley School of Law and the university itself have fostered a "long-standing, unchecked spread of antisemitism" that has led to harassment and violence against Jews on campus, a Jewish advocacy organization says in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

  • Ex-NJ Judge Can Get Cop Records In Discrimination Suit

    A former New Jersey Superior Court judge will soon get internal affairs records for the Woodbridge Police Department officers she has accused of racial bias, false arrest and malicious prosecution, as a federal magistrate judge has ruled that case law supports her bid for the files.

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    ​​​​​​​MSG Can't Duck NY Liquor License Probe Over Atty Ban

    The New York State Liquor Authority has the right to review Madison Square Garden's liquor licenses over its policy of banning lawyers suing the company and its owner from entering its venues in New York City, a state appeals panel ruled this week.

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    Nossaman Atty Rejoins Lewis Brisbois As Enviro Co-Leader

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has welcomed back as a partner an environmental litigator from Nossaman LLP who was previously head of the California Environmental Protection Agency's Department of Toxic Substances Control, the firm said Tuesday.

  • Davis Malm Misled Investors In Defunct Startup, Suit Says

    A group of investors in a now-defunct Massachusetts startup who say the company's founder pocketed some of their funds and used the rest to satisfy judgments in prior court cases are accusing Davis Malm & D'Agostine PC and one of its partners of misleading them as to how their money was being used.

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    Buchanan Ingersoll Triples Shareholder Promotion Across US

    Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC has announced it is elevating three times as many attorneys to shareholder in its 2024 promotion class as in the previous year.

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    Akerman Elevates Trio Of Miami Attys To Special Counsel

    Akerman LLP has three new special counsel after promoting a trio of Miami attorneys this week.

  • Texas Faces $342K Fees Ruling In 'Bill Of Rights Nativity' Row

    A Texas federal magistrate judge has recommended the Lone Star State pay more than $342,000 in attorney fees and about $4,000 in costs to Freedom From Religion Foundation for its successful First Amendment challenge to the removal of an exhibit from the state capitol building in 2015.

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    4th Circ. Denies Ex-Defender's Bid To Hurry Harassment Trial

    The Fourth Circuit said Tuesday it won't interfere with the trial schedule in a former public defender's sexual harassment case against the federal judiciary, rejecting the attorney's arguments that the district court has moved too slowly on her preliminary injunction request.

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    IP Atty Rejoins Fox Rothschild After Sleep Number Gig

    An intellectual property partner has rejoined Fox Rothschild LLP's Minneapolis office after leaving earlier this year to work at bed manufacturer Sleep Number Corp.

  • Citrix Barred From Discussing OT Deal Terms With Employees

    A North Carolina federal judge barred Citrix from communicating with employees about a $5.9 million overtime settlement after the workers' counsel asked for a protective order, agreeing that Citrix's human resources "plainly violated" the terms of the deal when they held meetings to discuss its terms.

  • Atty For Ex-UPS Worker Decries 'Harassment' By Teamsters

    An attorney who pursued an unsuccessful race bias suit on behalf of a fired UPS worker urged a Florida federal judge to reject a Teamsters local's push to make him shoulder part of its attorney fees, calling the union's sanctions bid part of a "pattern of harassment."

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    Law Firm Leaders Cautiously Optimistic Heading Into 2024

    Major U.S. law firms are steadfast in their commitment to the pursuit of further growth despite ongoing economic uncertainty. Here’s what the leaders of four Leaderboard firms have to say about how the legal industry is preparing for next year.

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    The Litigation Footprints Of Law360 Pulse Leaderboard Firms

    Follow firms' litigation tracks through federal district courts across the country with our interactive map.

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    These Firms Top The 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard

    Presenting the 2023 Law360 Pulse Leaderboard — the 100 firms that are besting their peers on measures of prestige, social responsibility and the reach of their legal practice.

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    The 2023 Practice Footprint Ranking: How Firms Stack Up

    These firms are being singled out for their stellar litigation footprint and transactions work. See who's leading the pack in the categories of variety of cases, range of jurisdictions, closing large merger and acquisition deals, and handling registered offerings.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.



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