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    Fennemore Craig Growing In Calif. With Sullivan Hill Merger

    In its latest West Coast expansion, Fennemore Craig PC announced Tuesday it is widening its footprint in San Diego through a merger with Sullivan Hill, with the latter's experts in insurance, construction, commercial bankruptcy and employment law joining Fennemore's existing four-attorney team in the city.

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    Trump Golf Club Says Atty Pushing NDA Was On Her Own

    A former server who says a Trump Organization golf resort fraudulently induced her to sign a nondisclosure agreement after she accused a manager of sexually harassing her should have her suit tossed from New Jersey state court, the resort is arguing, saying her allegations were against a third-party attorney not working as "an employee or agent of the club."

  • Full 4th Circ. Declines Atty's Coverage Case In Fraud Defense

    The full Fourth Circuit won't hear a Maryland attorney's arguments after a panel determined he is not entitled to defense costs from his firm's insurer concerning his indictment on charges that he defrauded financial institutions to gain control of $13 million in frozen Somali assets.

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    2nd Circ. Rebukes Atty For Fake Citation In Latest AI Blunder

    The Second Circuit referred a New York attorney for punishment Tuesday for submitting a brief citing a fake case generated by ChatGPT and not checking over the brief to catch the mistake.

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    Selendy Gay Founding Partner To Open Firm With Quinn Attys

    Selendy Gay Elsberg PLLC said Tuesday that it is being renamed to Selendy Gay PLLC as founding partner David Elsberg is departing to launch his own litigation and trial firm with two Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP practice leaders he used to work with.

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    Small And Midsize Law Firms Cautious About AI

    More than half of lawyers at midsize and small law firms believe that artificial intelligence isn't reliable yet and distrust the technology, according to a report on midsize law firm trends released Tuesday by law practice management platform Clio.

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    Conn. IP Atty Can Send Holiday Cards To Rival's Clients

    A Connecticut magistrate judge ruled Monday that while a settlement agreement barring an intellectual property attorney from contacting his ex-partner's clients extends to the attorney's new firm, it doesn't prevent the lawyer from sending holiday greetings because the prohibition's broadness flouted Connecticut state law.

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    Murdaugh Denied Retrial Despite Clerk's 'Foolish' Jury Chats

    Disgraced ex-lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh was denied a new trial Monday after a judge ruled that a court clerk made "fleeting and foolish comments" to the jury but that there was insufficient evidence that the panel was improperly swayed.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

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    Texas Bar AI Task Force Offers Glimpse At Early Proposals

    A preliminary report from the Texas bar's artificial intelligence task force offered a sweeping look at the challenges and opportunities the technology presents for the legal profession in the state, with possible recommendations touching on attorney ethics, the use of AI in the court system, and other topics.

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    Colo. Atty Censured For Threatening Fellow Phish Fan Lawyer

    A presiding disciplinary judge censured a Colorado attorney who had accused a fellow lawyer of shoving concertgoers while naked at a Phish concert and had threatened in a profanity-laced letter to bring federal claims if he did not pay $50,000.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Chicago Litigation Boutique Founder Joins FisherBroyles

    FisherBroyles LLP announced Monday that the founder of a Chicago boutique firm joined its litigation practice as a partner.

  • Fla. Law Firm Escapes Contractor's Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge has agreed to toss a storm damage contractor's more than $1 million lawsuit centering on an acrimonious breakup with its former law firm, but allowed the contractor a chance at refiling its legal malpractice claims.

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    NJ Firm Says Beach House Purchase Was Aboveboard

    A New Jersey law firm wants an early win against claims it conspired to fraudulently transfer a beach house to its principal in order to shield its assets from a creditor, arguing the firm "briefly held bare legal title" in trust but always intended to turn it over to the attorney and his family.

  • Conn. Firm Accuses Copyright Case Foe Of Filing False Docs

    A Connecticut firm embroiled in a yearslong, multistate copyright battle over images on its website has told a California federal judge that the stock photo website accusing it of infringement submitted false and inaccurate information to the U.S. Copyright Office.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

  • Texas 4th State To Disbar Atty For Stealing $25K In NJ

    A former New Jersey attorney who was disbarred in that state, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania, for misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from clients also lost his license to practice law in Texas on Friday after a state Supreme Court decision affirmed his disbarment.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, as a New York federal judge ruled in favor of a pair of photographers who launched separate but related copyright infringement suits alleging that well-known appropriation artist Richard Prince stole their work.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    New Meritas Chair Aims To Raise Profile Of Network

    As he prepares to step into his new role as board chair of the global legal network Meritas, which connects small and midsize firms to trusted counterparts in other jurisdictions, the Vancouver-based attorney Luca Citton told Law360 Pulse in a recent interview how he plans to raise the organization’s profile.

  • Fla. Firm Says $1M Loan Dispute Doesn't Belong In NJ

    A Florida-based law firm is arguing that a New Jersey federal lawsuit that accuses one of its attorneys and a lender of fraudulently inducing an investor to make a down payment of more than $1 million on a loan that never materialized should be dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • US Fights Trustee's Demand Of Avenatti's Tax Return Info

    The U.S. government asked a California federal judge Thursday to allow it to appeal a bankruptcy court's decision ordering disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti's tax returns to be released to the trustee overseeing the estate of Eagan Avenatti LLP's bankruptcy, arguing that disclosing them undermines Congress' interest in protecting the confidentiality of the information.

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    Law Firm Real Estate Report

    January saw a string of notable office moves by national and regional firms across the country as outfits including Blank Rome LLP, Duane Morris LLP and others announced changes to their footprints.

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