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In Santander Class Action, State Appeals Court Clarifies Treble Damage Calculation for Creditors Who Charge Unlawful Fees

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 14:55

The Maryland Court of Appeals, answering a certified question of law from the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, has ruled that a creditor who violates the Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions (CLEC) by charging unlawful fees is required to return three times the amount of those fees.

       

What's Next: Judge to Quash Twitter Subpoena | SCOTUS Won't Review Trial Ban

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 14:43

Welcome back to What's Next , where we bring you the latest on the intersection of law and technology. You can email

       

Boggs Calls on New Lawyers to Serve Needs of People in Expanding 'Legal Deserts'

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 14:03

"Being from rural Georgia myself, being a litigator in rural Georgia but also having been a trial judge in rural Georgia, I can speak from experience that we truly have legal deserts in Georgia where our citizens have no access to lawyers at all," Presiding Justice Michael Boggs said.

       

How I Made It : 'I Demonstrated a Commitment to Developing the Next Generation of Lawyers at the Firm,' Says Sheila Adams of Davis Polk

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 14:00

"I would also advise, particularly early on, to be a sponge: Gain as much experience in your chosen practice area as possible, make a commitment to always improve, and challenge yourself continuously to be the best version of yourself as a person and professional."

       

Rebranding Your Law Firm? Read This First

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 12:31

If your firm is making substantive changes, a rebrand helps to communicate that internally and externally.

       

Syracuse Law Graduates 45 Inaugural Online JD Students

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 12:09

When Syracuse University College of Law started its first-of-its-kind J.D. interactive (JDi) program in 2019, no one realized just how prescient it would prove to be. On May 6, 45 JDi students graduated alongside 154 of their peers from the school's residential J.D. program.

       

How I Made Partner: 'Always Be Nimble and Able to Adapt to Changing Circumstances,' Says Meredith Schultz of Boies Schiller Flexner

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 11:04

"It is important to make the effort to get to know people outside of work and maintain connections with them. It may be good for business, but more importantly, having close friends in the same industry who "get it" is good for one's well-being."

       

Dechert's ENRC Court Defeat: How Bad Could It Get for the Firm?

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 09:15

Questions are being asked about what liabilities the firm could face, what its insurance covers and what the judgment means for its reputation.

       

Reed Smith Offers Billable Hour Credit for Sustainability Projects

Wed, 05/18/2022 - 05:14

The credit is part of a two-year sustainability plan which includes carbon emission targets and comes at a time when firms are ramping up ESG efforts.

       

'A Sham Website'?: Chhabria Questions Legitimacy of Plaintiff in Subpoena to Unveil Anonymous Twitter User

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 22:03

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria pointed favorably to an amicus curiae brief that suggested a test balancing the interests in favor of disclosure or continued anonymity.

       

'Is That Serious?': Judge Dubious of Anti-Vax Group's Free Speech Claim Over Facebook Censorship

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 19:52

The Children's Health Defense sued Facebook in 2020, alleging the company censored the group's posts at the behest of the federal government.

       

Taking Stock of the Term's Pending Cases | Jackson's 4 Clerks | Brown v. Board's Complete Story

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 19:30

We take a look at eight pending cases that many court watchers are following.

       

Supreme Court Declines to Review Central District's COVID Jury Trial Ban

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 18:47

The decision means a criminal case against a physician will return to the trial court, and four other dismissed cases could face the same fate.

       

With Support Staff Hard to Find, Some Firms Are Turning to Untrained College Grads

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:50

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts for this decade, openings for paralegals and legal assistants will outpace the average across occupations.

       

State Files First Wage-and-Hour Complaint Against Cannabis Retailer, Officials Say

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:46

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries and Office of the Attorney General filed a $300,000 wage-and-hour complaint against a cannabis business in Spokane County Court on May 11, which the offices said is the first litigation of this type against a cannabis retailer in the state.

       

What GCs Should Know About California's Blocked Board Diversity Laws

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 17:03

It's possible, but unlikely, that activist investors and groups could successfully leverage the recent California rulings to go after companies that have diversity policies.

       

State Appeals Court Untangles the Complexities of Interest Calculations on Failed Tax Lien Purchases

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 15:59

The Colorado Appeals Court considered the question of interest accrual in the event of a failed treasurers deed conveyance: does it begin to accrue on the date it was paid or from the date the court ascertains the reimbursement amount?

       

Judge Affirms Back Pay Award, Rejecting Argument That Plaintiff Would Have Been Laid Off During Pandemic

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 15:01

The court found the employer's arguments were "speculative and not supported by evidence."

       

SEC Reaches $6B Settlement With Allianz Global

Tue, 05/17/2022 - 14:48

The case marks the latest white-collar crackdown under the Biden administration that targeted corporate employees, and required an admission of guilt.

       

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