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Evolving International Class Action Landscape Poses Challenges for Law Firms

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 11:29

As plaintiff firms evaluate risks of international class actions, rules in various jurisdictions are often still patchy. Often faced with lengthy trials, litigation funding gains relevance, especially across the E.U.


'No One Person Can Oversee It': Quinn Emanuel Names Chairman, Co-Managing Partners

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 09:00

In a departure from the management structure the firm has employed for the last nearly four decades, John Quinn, co-founder and longtime sole managing partner, is transitioning to the newly created role of chairman.


M&A May Be Slower but Big Law Dealmakers Aren't Ready to Panic

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 06:00

Several M&A partners said they did not expect associate cuts or staffing adjustments with the new level of work.


Lead Plaintiff's Lies Jeopardized Rare Class Action Trial Over Joint Supplement

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 01:49

A last-minute legal fight ensued prior to a May 23 trial against the makers of Joint Juice when class counsel sought to replace his lead plaintiff, who had impersonated a lawyer, then lied about it in a deposition, in a separate case against exercise equipment manufacturer Peloton.


Attorney Suspended After Anonymous Letter Revealed He Withheld Nearly $50K in Fees From Partner Law Firm

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 01:17

Attorney Scott A. Rumizen was dissatisfied with the fee structure he had in place with a partner firm. Rather than renegotiating, however, he falsified settlement statement disbursement sheets and underpaid the partner firm by nearly $50,000, according to state ethics authorities.


Top Law Firms Prepare for 'Wave of Complex Litigation' as Germany's Energy Market Primes for Post-Russia Shock

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 01:01

Lawyers from Freshfields, Hengeler Muller, Noerr and Fieldfisher discuss measures being implemented in the event Moscow cuts off Germany's gas supply, including enabling energy companies to unilaterally increase prices.


DC Court of Appeals Adds 450 Seats for July Bar Exam

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 19:41

The D.C. Court of Appeals announced late Thursday that the University of the District of Columbia will provide 450 extra seats, above the 1,100 seats available at the D.C. Armory, increasing seating capacity for the July Uniform Bar Exam to 1,550.


Miami Law Names Its Next Law Dean

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 18:50

David Yellen, who has served as chief executive officer of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver since June 2021, is set to become the new dean of the University of Miami School of Law on July 1.


Bench Report: A Former Clerk on How To Stop Harassment in the Judiciary + Nominations Galore + Judicial Safety

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 17:50

Aliza Shatzman was an aspiring assistant United States attorney and excited to start a clerkship in the D.C. Superior Court in August 2019, but it wasn't long after she started that she began facing harassment and discrimination from the (now former) judge she clerked for.

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Higher Law: Davis Wright Tremaine Obtains Cannabis Border Documents | Feds Return $1.1M in Seized Cannabis Cash | Ascend and MedMen Settle Sale Dispute | New Chair Joins Massachusetts Cannabis Commission

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 17:04

"It's our hope that CBP, in agreeing to divulge this information, is not going to continue these practices," said Davis Wright Tremaine's Caesar Kalinowski.


It Means Something Different to Be a Tech-Savvy Firm Today

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 17:04

Gone are the days when law firms could say "I have this e-discovery tool" or even "we're using AI" and have that be enough for clients. Embracing technology is table-stakes for many firms today, which means that to truly be innovative, something more is required.


'I Don't Want Weird Stuff to Decorate or a Butt Pillow': What—and What Not—to Buy the New Law Grad in Your Life

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 16:54

With law school graduations and bar preparation in full swing, lawyers took to social media to offer practical gift ideas for those making the transition from J.D. to Esq.


Seyfarth Shaw Admonished and Sanctioned for 'Abusive' Discovery Conduct

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 16:33

A federal judge in Colorado said the firm "turned this case sour with nasty litigation tactics."


'From the Ashes of Calamity': Lawyers React to Swift $997 Million Resolution of Surfside Condo Collapse Litigation

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 16:25

"Next time you hear someone disparage our profession, it is worth remembering some of the exceptional work done here."


Philadelphia Court Corrals Roundup Litigation Into Mass Tort

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 15:34

The order consolidates about 100 suits against Monsanto Co. and suburban Philadelphia-based chemical producer Nouryon alleging that the herbicide caused the plaintiffs to develop cancer.


DC-Area Law Deans Urged Court to Prioritize Their Students for Upcoming July Bar Exam

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 14:54

Washington, D.C.-area law deans appear to be at odds their colleagues from around the country about whether local law students should be given priority for the upcoming D.C. bar exam, which will have limited seating.


'Distinction Is Meaningless': Appellate Court Vacates Restitution Award Based on Insurer's 'Cryptic Description of Benefits'

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 14:38

The Virginia Court of Appeals vacated a criminal restitution order, finding the trial court erred in combining two vague insurance benefits when considering the amount owed to a landlord whose rental property was set ablaze.


State Court Revives Asbestos Mask Negligence Case Against 3M Over Improper Jury Instruction

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 12:57

A Washington state woman's negligence claim against 3M has been revived after the Washington Court of Appeals said the trial court gave improper jury instructions.


Tennessee Supreme Court: Seats Are Filling Up for July Bar Exam, Deadline Closing Early

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 11:59

The Tennessee Supreme Court said in a statement May 11 that the Board of Law Examiners made plans and reserved more than sufficient space based on the number of applicants who tested in previous years, but the number of applicants for the July exam has significantly increased primarily due to other states and the District of Columbia's restrictions.


How I Made Partner: 'Have a Good Work Ethic, Collaborative Spirit and Commitment Developing Technical Expertise,' Says Ken Kumayama of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 11:44

"I would encourage associates to find the right balance for themselves, which will promote job sustainability and ensure you get the most out of the experience."