Daily Litigation

  • Law Firm To Get Settlement Info Underlying Malpractice Suit

    A New Jersey judge has ordered a family suing their former attorney for malpractice in an intra-family estate dispute to turn over the financial terms of a recent settlement in the estate case, which the attorney said undermined the family's malpractice claims.

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    Barnes & Thornburg Adds Sports Atty From Nelson Mullins

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP is growing its litigation team, announcing Tuesday that it is bringing in a Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP sports law and Title IX expert as a partner in its Atlanta office.

  • COVERAGE RECAP: Day 35 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 35.

  • Trump Can't Subpoena Jan. 6 Docs In Election Criminal Case

    The D.C. federal judge overseeing Donald Trump's criminal election-interference case denied the former president's bid to subpoena records from the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Building, saying Monday that Trump's "vague" motion resembled a "fishing expedition."

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    NC Justice Wants Probe Of Comments Halted Pending Appeal

    A North Carolina Supreme Court justice, who said her high court colleagues' conduct on the bench is sometimes influenced by gender and race biases in a news interview, filed an emergency motion on Monday to stop a formal investigation into her statements, which she said threatens her seat on the court and violates her First Amendment rights.

  • SEC's High Court Opponent Is A Supreme Court Newcomer

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday will battle for the future of its administrative court with the help of a seasoned high court litigator, while the agency's challenger is placing his hopes on a loyal attorney who has yet to argue a case before the justices.

  • Perkins Coie Inks Prelim. Deal In Cryptocurrency Class Action

    Perkins Coie LLP and a proposed class that sued the BigLaw firm for allegedly misappropriating $10 million in cryptocurrency reached a preliminary settlement to end the case for $4.5 million, according to a filing made in Washington state federal court on Monday. 

  • Atty's Wife's Depo Required In Sex Tape Row, Judge Rules

    The wife of a Houston attorney accused of sharing a sexually explicit video of himself and another woman without the woman's consent has to sit for a deposition next month ahead of a January trial date, a state court judge said Monday.

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    Judge In Del. Asks DOJ To Look Into IP Edge Patent Litigation

    The top federal judge in Delaware concluded Monday that the Texas attorneys behind prolific patent litigation funding outfit IP Edge might have broken the law — and their ethical obligations as lawyers — by litigating ferociously for settlements from tech companies while operating behind a shadowy network of "relatively unsophisticated individuals."

  • Judge OKs Investor Attys' $19.2M Fee For Libor-Rigging Deals

    A New York federal judge on Monday approved a $19.2 million award for attorneys representing investors in a Libor-rigging case against several financial institutions for their role in securing multiple settlements totaling over $74 million.

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    Del. Vice Chancellor Calls Ex-AG Barr 'Doubly Wrong' On ESG

    Delaware Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster has called out as "profoundly misguided" published comments by former U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr criticizing the state's top corporate law courts for "flirtation" with environmental, social and governance principles.

  • Investor Attys Want $19.2M For $74M Libor-Rigging Deals

    Attorneys representing California State Teachers Retirement System in the Libor-rigging case against several financial institutions asked a New York federal judge for a $19.2 million award for their role in securing several settlements totaling nearly $74 million.

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    Nussbaum And Company Win Battle For Counsel Position

    A New Jersey federal judge has appointed Nussbaum Law Group PC, Korein Tillery PC and Hausfeld LLP as co-lead interim counsel in an antitrust suit against fragrance manufacturers, rejecting a bid from other firms led by Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP for the roles.

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    Ward Greenberg Attys Join Freeman Mathis, Hodgson Russ

    Northeast regional firm Ward Greenberg announced that about half of its attorneys will join Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP, with the Rochester, New York, team making the move to Hodgson Russ LLP.

  • Ex-Kirkland Atty Says BigLaw Firm Can't Escape Sex Bias Suit

    A former Kirkland & Ellis LLP associate accusing the firm of sex discrimination has urged a California federal court to disregard its motion to dismiss, arguing that Kirkland has been rehashing already-rejected arguments and improperly tacking on new ones.

  • 3rd Circ. Revives Hacking Suit Against Brach Eichler In NJ

    The Third Circuit has reinstated a lawsuit against Brach Eichler LLC, finding that a New Jersey federal court was wrong to conclude that a dry-solids handling company waited too long to file the action alleging that the firm and others illegally hacked into the business's computers.

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    Willkie Adds Ex-Google Regulatory, Litigation Atty In Calif.

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is expanding its litigation team, announcing Monday that it is bringing in a former Google regulatory and litigation counsel as a partner in its Los Angeles and San Francisco offices.

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    Ex-HSBC Securities GC Joins Cahill Gordon As NY Partner

    A longtime adviser to financial services companies, fintechs and digital asset firms has joined Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP as a partner in its New York office and as chair of its trading and markets practice.

  • Insurer Seeks Quick Win In Real Estate Atty's Hacking Claim

    Arguing that a broad exclusion expressly prevents a payout, the National Liability & Fire Insurance Co. has told a Connecticut state court judge that it should win a feud over whether a professional liability policy protects an attorney allegedly tricked into wiring real estate closing payments to a hacker.

  • Ohio Firm Accused Of Filing False Doc In Shareholders' Fight

    The minority shareholder of vinyl decking business Plextrusions Inc. is asking an Ohio federal judge to disqualify Roderick Linton & Belfance LLP from representing the company's majority shareholder in litigation between the two, accusing the firm of submitting a "demonstrably false document" to the court on its client's behalf.

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    Ga. DA Fights 'Unreasonable' Fees Bid After Sanctions Ruling

    A Georgia prosecutor is contesting an attorney fee request related to her being sanctioned by a federal court in October for abusing the scheduling of a criminal trial she was prosecuting in order to avoid a deposition in a sex discrimination suit against her.

  • Construction Co. Wants Atty DQ'd From Suit Over 'Secret' Deal

    An Illinois construction company urged a Louisiana federal court to disqualify an attorney representing a general contractor in a dispute over a "secret" settlement involving a $145 million project for a sheriff's office.

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    Trump Downplays NY Judge's Safety Risk After Threats

    Donald Trump's lawyers on Monday said safety concerns don't justify a New York state judge's gag orders against the former president in the state attorney general's civil fraud trial, arguing that threats made by others don't present an "imminent" danger and should not result in his loss of First Amendment rights.

  • MoreMarrone Settles DuPont Fee Spat With Co-Counsel

    Two law firms embroiled in a dispute over how to divide some $1.8 million in attorney fees from a successful class action against DuPont have agreed to settle their claims for a six-figure sum before trial.

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    Quinn Emanuel's NY Office Moving To 'Cool' NoMad Digs

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP announced Monday that it will leave its longtime Madison Avenue home for the trendy NoMad neighborhood in what the firm calls the biggest Midtown South relocation of 2023.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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