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  • Houston Firm Doesn't Owe Ex-Atty Back Wages, Jury Finds

    A Texas state jury on Monday said that a Houston commercial litigation firm doesn't owe a former associate any back wages, finding after a contentious and emotional trial that there was no employment contract between him and the firm during the relevant period.

  • NY Law Firm Settles OT Suit With Ex-Paralegal

    A Long Island, New York, law firm has reached a settlement with a former paralegal who accused the firm of stiffing her on tens of thousands of dollars in overtime pay over the course of her nearly eight years as an employee.

  • Judge Puts 'Petulant Child' Atty In Timeout On Witness Stand

    A state court judge told the former associate of a Houston law firm Thursday that he was playing into the narrative of behaving like a "petulant child," just as his former employer had painted him across three days of trial in the parties' $32,000 back wages dispute. 

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    Mich. State Bar Says Judges Ethically Must Keep Up With AI

    The State Bar of Michigan has issued an opinion stating that judges have an ethical obligation to understand advancing technology, including artificial intelligence, and to ensure its use in the legal system is consistent with the law, making Michigan one of the first state bars to explicitly address the issue.

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    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, Winston & Strawn LLP and Spector Roseman & Kodroff PC lead this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions after a California judge certified three classes of athletes challenging NCAA restrictions on their name, image and likeness rights.

  • NY Lawyer Cleared Of Using Wife's Court Job For Apt. Sale

    A Manhattan jury acquitted a local lawyer Thursday of charges that he took advantage of his wife's job in the state appellate court system to push through a $3 million penthouse apartment sale amid ongoing civil litigation.

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    NY Bar Groups Seek To End Atty Brick-And-Mortar Office Rules

    The New York State and New York City bar associations urged Gov. Kathy Hochul in a joint letter on Wednesday to sign a bill repealing the century-old requirement that lawyers admitted to practice in the state maintain physical office space, saying it is "antiquated" and its early purpose no longer exists.

  • NJ Panel Finds Conflict Of Interest In Counsel Substitution

    The New Jersey Appellate Division has nixed a last-minute attempt by Ruprecht Hart Ricciardulli & Sherman LLP to represent Trinitas Regional Medical Center in a medical malpractice case, as one of the firm's partners previously represented the plaintiffs and failed to give proper notice about the potential conflict.

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    How These Attys Won $1B In Defective Seat Belt Trial In Philly

    Kyle Farrar, a Houston-based partner with the four-attorney firm Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball LLP, said it was his client's character that helped convince a Philadelphia jury last month to award nearly $1 billion in damages in a case against Mitsubishi over a seat belt defect that left his client paralyzed after a 2017 rollover crash.

  • Immigration Law Firm Paralegals, Staff Near Union Contract

    Just over 30 paralegals, legal assistants and other staff members of Massachusetts-based immigration law firm Curran Berger & Kludt are hoping to finalize a collective bargaining agreement with the firm's management before the end of the year, marking a rare occurrence for paralegals in private practice.

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    How Military Service Bolstered These Attorneys' Careers

    Attorneys who are also veterans spoke to Law360 Pulse recently about how their experience in the military helped them transition into law, and why law firms should actively recruit veterans.

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    What Small Firms Should Consider In Acquiring A Practice

    Looking for the right match for the potential acquisition of a small firm or solo practice is a lot like dating, experts on a panel at the New York City Bar's small law symposium said on Thursday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    November is shaping up to be another busy month for the legal industry as BigLaw firms made new appointments and kicked off year-end bonus season this week. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

  • 'Stop Being Cute': Tensions Run High In Texas Firm Wage Row

    Tensions between a Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner and his former employer boiled over Wednesday during the second day of trial in a back wages dispute, with a Texas judge threatening to hold the ex-associate in contempt while admonishing counsel for the Houston firm for making a comment the judge said came close to homophobia.

  • NC Atty Convicted Of Phone Threats Wants High Court Review

    A North Carolina attorney convicted of a misdemeanor after allegedly threatening rape and murder against a real estate agent and his family has asked the state's high court to intervene in the case, arguing successive lower courts have failed to protect his right to a trial by jury.

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    Burns Charest Adds Ex-Assistant US Atty To Dallas Office

    Clay Mahaffey, a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas and the U.S. Department of Justice, has joined Dallas-based litigation boutique Burns Charest LLP as of counsel in an effort to expand the firm's False Claims Act case docket.

  • Options For Nonlawyers Spark NYSBA Task Force's Interest

    Despite the New York State Bar Association's opposition to nonattorneys practicing the law, the co-chair of the association's task force on the post-pandemic future of the profession encouraged NYSBA during a weekend House of Delegates meeting to study the possibility of creating certified paraprofessionals to assist with some types of legal advice.

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    Chamblee Ryan Expands To Houston With Ex-Nationwide Atty

    Dallas litigation firm Chamblee Ryan PC is adding a Houston-area office with the help of a longtime in-house attorney at Nationwide Insurance.

  • Oregon Supreme Court OKs License Path Without Bar Exam

    The Oregon Supreme Court has approved a unique new way to become a licensed attorney that doesn't involve passing the current bar exam.

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    As AI Gains Buzz, Attys See Decline In Demand For ESG Work

    When it comes to client work, lawyers are intrigued by the possibilities of artificial intelligence, but they're expecting lower demand for guidance on environmental, social and governance matters, a new survey out Wednesday shows.

  • Ex-Atty Was 'An Embarrassment' To Houston Firm, Jury Told

    The head of a Houston commercial law firm told a jury on Tuesday that an ex-associate was "an embarrassment" who was putting the firm at risk with what he described as "spotty" work during the first day of trial in a back-wages dispute between a current Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner and his former employer.

  • Jailed Murdaugh Fraud Accomplice Turns In Ga. Law License

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Tuesday accepted the voluntary surrender of a law license from an imprisoned attorney who helped disgraced South Carolina lawyer and convicted murderer Alex Murdaugh scam millions of dollars from his housekeeper's estate.

  • Houston Atty Can't Force Arbitration Of Poaching Claims

    A Houston attorney can't force a rival law firm's poaching claims against him into arbitration, after a Texas appellate court on Tuesday said the lawyer was seeking a "second bite at the apple" through arbitration after his bid to resolve the matter in court failed.

  • Pa. Firm Urges Revival Of Defamation Claims Against Investor

    A Pennsylvania law firm that says it was subject to "a public campaign of harassment" from an ex-client angered over its handling of a shareholder suit urged the Third Circuit on Monday to revive its vexatious litigation and defamation claims that were whittled away in recent years by a federal judge.

  • Atty Dinged For Failing To Produce Allegedly Infringed Works

    A decision from the Ninth Circuit has put a lawyer personally on the hook for more than $100,000 in legal fees arising from a failed lawsuit he filed over an allegedly copyright-infringing PowerPoint presentation, signing off on a California federal judge's decision that the lawyer either refused to hand over the allegedly infringed works or intentionally continued to litigate after it became clear the infringed works did not in fact exist. 

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