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Inside Track: Nuance Is Everything in Outside Counsel DEI Programs

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 11:20

"The whole idea of firing the firms or hitting them with a punitive measure like that undermines what we're trying to achieve together, honestly. Can I give you specifics about why I think that? No. It's just sort of a gut feel," BASF legal chief Matt Lepore said.


'It Humanizes the Issue If I Can't Get Into Their Building': For Some, Disability Advocacy and Client Advocacy Go Hand in Hand

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 11:09

"It is my mission to ensure that inclusive design and the needs of the disability community are at the forefront of all decision-making," said Edward Friedman, a 1L at Yale Law School with cerebral palsy.


Choosing Between Trade Secret and Patent Protection: A Primer for Businesses

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 10:50

When deciding whether to apply for patent protection on an innovation or whether to keep the innovation confidential as a company trade secret, there are many considerations that a business must take into account stemming from the different characteristics of each.


DLA Piper's Big Question: Is It Time For Financial Integration?

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 10:46

Partner concerns around merging profit pools include possible de-equitisation of partners in the non-U.S. arm.


Rate Pressures Could Drive a Big Law Exodus: The Morning Minute

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 07:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Labor of Law: Transportation Workers Hope SCOTUS Will Exempt Their Claims From Arbitration, Push Them Into Court

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 23:36

The case revolves around a federal law that says workers engaged in foreign or interstate commerce can sidestep arbitration and instead use the courts. The question is how broadly to define that group.


Cryptocurrency Suits Could Provide Road Map for Litigation Against NFT Marketplaces, Exchanges

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 22:51

As regulators and litigators hem in their legal theories against cryptocurrency marketplaces and exchanges, attorneys can get a better picture of the potential risk for clients dealing in NFTs.


Appeals Court Rejects Public Defender's Plea to Speed Up San Francisco Trial Dates

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 22:08

San Francisco Public Defender Mano Raju said that at the end of last year there were 475 people with cases past their statutory last day for trial, including 207 people in custody,


'We Are Pushing the Envelope.' How Amy Keller's Team Got a Class of Marriott Breach Victims Certified

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 20:31

Amy Keller, of DiCello Levitt Gutzler, said an "intellectually curious" judge and Marriott's "aggressive" litigation strategy contributed to a May 3 ruling that certified subclasses of plaintiffs suing over its 2018 data breach.


Compliance Hot Spots: Ex-Perkins Coie Partner Heads to Trial in Durham Probe + Kanter Brings Paul Weiss Colleague to DOJ + Cooley Reps Tech Company in Cryptomining Case

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 18:51

Michael Sussmann is set to face a jury over allegations that he lied to the FBI during a meeting about Trump-Russia allegations in 2016.


Federal Court Allows Liberty University Students to Proceed With COVID Tuition Refund Class Action

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 18:26

The students sought to recover the costs of services and activities for the spring 2020 academic semester and alleged that they lost the benefits of those services and activities on account of Liberty's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Federal Judge Says COVID-19 Shutdown No Reason to Extend Deadline for Serving Complaint

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:52

Isha Kamara filed a complaint against her employer, the University of Maryland, but missed the 90-day window to serve process. The district court found "no reasoned basis" to extend the deadline, despite Kamara's argument that service was impeded by the pandemic-related shutdown of the university campus.


Despite Q1 Dip, Leasing Activity Expected to Rebound as Law Firms Plan for the Future

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:20

Law firms are taking advantage of favorable market conditions and making longer-term commitments amid an apparent shift toward "densification."


'Recurring Question of Exceptional Public Importance': 10th Circ.'s Refusal to Rehear Case Draws Dissent

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 17:12

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has declined to rehear a case over what constitutes a "controlled substance" for sentencing purposes, but one judge dissented, arguing that the court was passing up an opportunity to settle an issue "with far-reaching implications in our circuit and nationally."


7th Circuit Nominee's Ruling Upholding Stay-At-Home COVID-19 Order Fuels Republican Criticism

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 15:52

U.S. District Judge John Lee in May 2020 upheld Governor J.B. Pritzker's stay-at-home order that limited religious gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.


1st Circuit Allows Free-Speech Lawsuit to Proceed Against State Court Over Revamped E-Filing System

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 12:45

News organizations were frustrated when the Maine Supreme Judicial Court implemented its electronic case filing system, making some civil case filings inaccessible for more than 90 days due to the new rules.


How I Made Firmwide Chair and Co-Managing Partner: 'A Belief by My Partners That I Had the Character and Temperament to Lead the Firm,' Says Steven Cooperman of Morrison Cohen

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 11:32

"I chose paths after exploring options and based on my gut of what felt 'right,' which was often driven by the people I would be working with."


Marriott Investor's Security Fraud Claims Arising from Data Breach Rejected by Fourth Circuit

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 11:00

The Fourth Circuit dismissed an investor's lawsuit against a hotel chain that had been subject to a data breach, ruling that the company had not made false or misleading public statements about its protection of customer data, its privacy practices, or its cybersecurity risks.


Do Law Schools Need Standardized Tests?: The Morning Minute

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 07:00

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Survey: Most Lawyers Would Not Take Pay Cut in Exchange for Full-Time Remote Work

Wed, 05/11/2022 - 06:59

Some lawyers are concerned that policies will discriminate against women, though one female partner quipped if she worked from home all of the time, it would give her male colleagues "a chance to crawl out from under my shadow!"