Business of Law

  • February 22, 2024

    Stressful Atty Work Can Warrant Disability Pay, Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge held Wednesday that a cybersecurity attorney whose doctors advised that he stop working after heart surgery shouldn't have had his long-term disability benefits claim denied, ruling that a life insurance company ignored evidence that his job was highly stressful and that stress could be dangerous.

  • February 22, 2024

    IP Forecast: Samsung Eyes Ex-Attys' Litigation Funder Chats

    Samsung plans to ask a Texas court to force a patent litigation business to disclose communications with litigation funders ahead of a trial next month over whether the tech giant's former in-house counsel stole trade secrets. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • February 22, 2024

    Was Armorer 'Sloppy' Or 'Scapegoat'? 'Rust' Trial Opens

    An attorney for film prop weapons expert Hannah Gutierrez-Reed told a New Mexico state jury during opening statements in her involuntary manslaughter trial Thursday that the producers of "Rust," including actor Alec Baldwin, used the young armorer as a "scapegoat" in the fatal on-set shooting of a cinematographer.

  • February 22, 2024

    3rd Circ. Won't Protect AbbVie's Atty-Client Communications

    The Third Circuit has denied AbbVie Inc.'s bid to block a Pennsylvania federal court's order to turn over attorney communications from a patent case allegedly cooked up just to extend the company's monopoly on a testosterone drug, but the appellate court's explanation remained under seal Thursday.

  • February 22, 2024

    'Baffled' Judge Tells Attys Flo Health Case Isn't 'World War III'

    A California federal judge on Thursday blasted the parties in a proposed class action alleging that menstruation tracking app Flo Health impermissibly shares users' health information with Google and others, saying with their voluminous expert requests and "nitpicky" discovery letters, they're "litigating this case like it's World War III."

  • February 22, 2024

    Kwok Owed Records About CCP Targeting, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge ordered the Justice Department to hand over evidence it possessed of the Chinese Communist Party's targeting of bankrupt and jailed Chinese exile Ho Wan Kwok, but didn't require the government to hand over other evidence sought by Kwok about Chinese government targeting of his alleged victims.

  • February 22, 2024

    Law Grad With Disabilities Wins Extra Time On Bar Exam

    A Colorado state judge has ordered the state's lawyer licensing authority to give a recent law school graduate with visual impairments and ADHD extra time to take the bar exam next week, finding the test-taker was likely to prove he needs the 50% time extension.

  • February 22, 2024

    NJ Public Defender Gets Partial Win In Atty's Bias Case

    A New Jersey state judge on Thursday tossed several allegations against the state's Office of the Public Defender in a suit brought by a former employee alleging that she was forced to resign because of discrimination and a hostile work environment, ruling that she failed to provide the state agency with proper notice of her complaint.

  • February 22, 2024

    Law Firm Scolded For 'Misbegotten' ChatGPT Use In Fees Bid

    A Manhattan federal judge criticized a special education-focused law firm Thursday for citing ChatGPT calculations to back up its attorney fee request of more than $100,000, calling the move "utterly and unusually unpersuasive."

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Refiles Defamation Case Against Influencer

    The $150 million defamation battle between former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney Allan Kassenoff and the social media influencer he accuses of lying about his nightmarish divorce has entered a new phase as Kassenoff has filed a slimmed-down complaint after the previous one was dismissed for being "far longer than it needs to be."

  • February 22, 2024

    Ex-DOJ Atty Has No Right To Block Testimony, Panel Told

    A former U.S. Department of Justice attorney accused of aiding Donald Trump's efforts to undermine the 2020 election results cannot claim executive privilege to block fellow former officials' testimony at his upcoming attorney disciplinary hearing, according to the Washington, D.C., bar's disciplinary counsel.

  • February 22, 2024

    Former Kamala Harris Tech Adviser Joins DOJ As 1st AI Chief

    Faced with growing challenges involving artificial intelligence and cybersecurity, the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday named a renowned adviser and professor as its first-ever adviser focused on these emerging technologies.

  • February 22, 2024

    Roberts, Thomas Don't Use Marshals For Travel Security

    Newly released U.S. Marshals Service reports show U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas have not used the agency's security services in recent years, a decision that a watchdog says shields their off-hours travels from public scrutiny.

  • February 22, 2024

    Taft Stettinius Adds 6 Dinsmore Attys In Detroit, Chicago

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has hired six attorneys from Dinsmore & Shohl LLP who focus their practices on business law and litigation matters.

  • February 21, 2024

    Columbia, Barnard Don't Protect Jewish Students, Suit Says

    Columbia University and Barnard College have a long history of allowing antisemitism to run rampant on their campuses and most recently have failed to protect Jewish students from harassment and violence following the Hamas-led killings in Israel on Oct. 7, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan.

  • February 21, 2024

    Morgan Stanley Bias Award Fight Belongs In NC, Judge Says

    A Morgan Stanley unit must challenge an arbitrator's conclusion that it discriminated against a white male former banker in North Carolina, where he last worked, a Georgia federal judge ruled, saying the arbitrator's presence in Atlanta during the virtual proceeding isn't enough to tether the case to the Peach State.

  • February 21, 2024

    2 Lewis Brisbois Executives Leave Amid Back-Office Shakeup

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP confirmed Wednesday that its chief financial officer and chief client relations officer are departing the firm as part of ongoing efforts to streamline back-office operations.

  • February 21, 2024

    Mass. High Court Pick Challenged Over Past With Governor

    Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey's pick for the state's highest court faced questions Wednesday about potential conflicts of interest arising from her past romantic relationship with the governor from members of the panel that votes to confirm judicial nominations in the state, a rare pushback by the Governor's Council.

  • February 21, 2024

    Cheer Supply Antitrust Claims Axed Again For 'Court's Sanity'

    Plaintiffs in an antitrust suit against cheerleading supply company Varsity Brands will not be able to resurrect previously dismissed claims after a Tennessee federal judge again shot them down in order to preserve "the court's sanity."

  • February 21, 2024

    Tully Rinckey's Employment Terms Violated Rules, Panel Says

    The founders of Tully Rinckey PLLC should be suspended for 90 days for placing improper employment restrictions on people who worked in the firm's Washington, D.C., office, an attorney ethics committee has recommended.

  • February 21, 2024

    Sen. Whitehouse Slams Supreme Court Fact-Finding

    Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee's federal courts subpanel, blasted in a new law review article the U.S. Supreme Court's "improper" fact-finding under Chief Justice John Roberts.

  • February 21, 2024

    Mark Geragos Owes LA Times $218K In Fees Over Libel Suit

    Attorney Mark Geragos must pay the Los Angeles Times $218,000 in attorney fees and costs after the paper defeated his libel suit challenging its coverage of a settlement for Armenian genocide victims, a California state judge said, rejecting Geragos' contention that the defendants "are seeking a windfall."

  • February 21, 2024

    Rutgers Seeks Trim Of Suit Alleging Antisemitic Discrimination

    Rutgers University is seeking to pare down a law student's lawsuit alleging antisemitic discrimination by asking a New Jersey state court to strike nearly 60 paragraphs of allegedly irrelevant allegations from the complaint and to dismiss claims against the law school and several individual defendants.

  • February 21, 2024

    Cochran Firm Rachets Up Fee Fight With Ex-Associate

    The Cochran Firm California is escalating its ongoing dispute over attorney fees with a former associate, alleging in a new lawsuit that the now-departed lawyer lied to a managing partner about her relationship with a client with a lucrative claim.

  • February 21, 2024

    How Trump's Hush Money Trial Helps Or Hurts Jack Smith

    Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's porn star hush money case against Donald Trump is set to be the first criminal trial of a former president in U.S. history, a development that carries potential risks and benefits for special counsel Jack Smith, especially as one expert characterized the New York case as "legally and factually weak."

Expert Analysis

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • 10 Lessons From A Deep Dive Into IP Damages

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    Decisions on challenging an intellectual property expert's opinion can benefit from the in-depth study of court rulings on admissibility grounds, where the findings include the fact that patent cases see the most challenges of any IP area, say Deepa Sundararaman and Cleve Tyler at Berkeley Research.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

  • 5 Reasons Associates Shouldn't Take A Job Just For Money

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    As a number of BigLaw firms increase salary scales for early-career attorneys, law students and lateral associates considering new job offers should weigh several key factors that may matter more than financial compensation, say Albert Tawil at Lateral Hub and Ruvin Levavi at Power Forward.

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    Playing Competitive Tennis Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My experience playing competitive tennis has highlighted why prioritizing exercise and stress relief, maintaining perspective under pressure, and supporting colleagues in pursuit of a common goal are all key aspects of championing a successful legal career, says Madhumita Datta at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

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    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

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