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'Intellectual Exercise' or 'Regular Judicial Process'?: Courts' Dueling Views on Waiting for SCOTUS

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 17:58

Recent comments by two neighboring federal appellate judges show the ideological divide over whether courts considering abortion bans—and potentially other pressing issues—should wait for U.S. Supreme Court guidance or push ahead.


Frustration in the UK as 'Uber-Aggressive' US Firms Subvert the Market

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 17:45

Partners are expressing their dissatisfaction with the increasing rates, with one saying: 'The market has been subverted by uber-aggressive U.S. firms, to no-one's benefit.'


Lin Wood to Challenge Appellate Court's Non-disparagement Clause Ruling

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 16:07

"I had no idea at the time that I entered into that non-disparagement clause that these people were going to go out and breach it and sue me for fraud," L. Lin Wood said Monday. "I would have never agreed to restrict my speech if I had contemplated what they ended up doing."


The Nitty-Gritty of Big Law Mergers: Making the Tech Work in 3 Recent Tie-Ups

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 15:42

Chief information officers at Holland & Knight, Dinsmore & Shohl and Thompson Coburn share merger lessons.


Citing Conflict of Interest, Ex-Defender Asks Panel to Recuse Itself or Vacate Order in Her Harassment Case

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 15:15

The woman, identified as Jane Roe, said the selection process for judges in her case favored the judiciary, which is being sued.


Building AI and Machine Learning Technologies: Data Licensing Tips and Traps

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 14:14

Data is the fuel for software development, and developers use historical data from existing products to train algorithms and build AI and machine learning models. Companies are well aware of privacy and regulatory restrictions on data use, but often do not consider the potential impact of data use restrictions on intellectual property ownership and use rights.


'I Did My Job. I'm Proud of It': Personal Injury Lawyer Speaks Out About Feud With Client Over $5.5M

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 13:31

"It's always an interesting situation, where many people choose to attack lawyers for getting paid for their work," said Benedict Morelli in an interview. "No one worries about all of the financial people, the real estate people, who make hundreds of millions and billions."


Straight From the Judge: Jurists Share Tips From the Bench

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 11:02

"Every time you don ... a robe, such as this, you have the opportunity to make a difference," said Chatham County Superior Court Judge John Morse Jr.. "You have an opportunity to make a vital impact."


Law Firms' 'Huge Missed Opportunity': The Morning Minute

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 06:00

The news and analysis you need to start your day.


Appellate Court: Attorneys Representing Labor Union Can't Be Sued Over Untimely Arbitration Demand

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 00:59

The Massachusetts Court of Appeals has ruled that attorneys acting as agents of a union cannot be held liable for actions taken on the union's behalf.


UVA Law Launches 'First-of-Its-Kind' Comprehensive Pipeline Program

Mon, 02/07/2022 - 00:50

Dean and Arnold H. Leon Professor of Law Risa Goluboff told that what makes the Roadmap Scholars Initiative unique is its "comprehensiveness." "It's called a roadmap on purpose because we're helping students create a full roadmap" toward a career in law, she said.


Who Got the Work? : Blank Rome Defends Target, Lowndes Drosdick Reps Emeril Lagasse and More

Sun, 02/06/2022 - 15:30

Welcome to "Who Got the Work? ," a weekly column that highlights the law firms and lawyers around the country who are being brought in to handle key cases and close major deals for their clients.


Nearly $200M in Legal Fees Awarded in Flint Water Settlement

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 20:12

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Judith Levy granted the fees, which are slightly less than lead counsel's initial request of $202 million.


Arizona High Court: Crime Victim's Hiring of Private Lawyer Must Be 'Reasonably Necessary' to Warrant Fee Award

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 17:47

While the Arizona Supreme Court remanded a case back to the trial court to determine whether a victim's private attorney fees can be recovered as criminal restitution, the court provided "broad guidance" for lower courts to consider in similar situations.


Palin Case Prompts Talk About SCOTUS Revamp of Libel Laws: Imagining a World Without 'Sullivan'

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 16:18

"I think Americans sometimes do not appreciate how strong our free speech rights are in this country," said media attorney CJ Griffin of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden.


Michael Avenatti Convicted of Stealing $300,000 From Former Client Stormy Daniels

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 15:08

The verdict followed an eight-day trial in the Southern District of New York, where Avenatti was accused of secretly routing two installments of a $800,000 book deal to a separate account under his own control.


DOJ Investigation Finds Courts Cannot Prohibit Use of Medication to Treat Opioid Addiction

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 14:43

Attorneys involved in the case said the sweeping finding is "unprecedented" and stands to impact how courts across the country address opioid addiction.


Skilled in the Art With Scott Graham: Netflix Says Two Voluntary Dismissals Make Us Prevailing Party + Desmarais and McCarter Guide Glaxo to $1.25 Billion Settlement With Gilead + Stark Set to Be Confirmed Monday

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 14:36

Realtime Adaptive Streaming dismissed a Delaware suit against Netfiix, refiled it in California, then dismissed it again. Now it's arguing to the Federal Circuit that Netflix didn't 'prevail,' and that forum shopping alone isn't grounds for fee shifting.


'A Sham'?: Ex-Congressman and Plaintiff Says Voters, Not Governors, Should Choose Judges

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 14:14

"It's the biggest bunch of balderdash anybody's ever tried to sell," Athens lawyer and former U.S. Rep. John Barrow said of case law made in Barrow v. Raffensperger.


How Cravath's Cuomo Investigation Led to Jeff Zucker's Resignation at CNN

Fri, 02/04/2022 - 14:03

Cravath's work revealed unexpected additional information that led to the longtime CNN president's resignation.