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Along Came SPACs, and Then SPAC Litigation

13 hours 23 sec ago

Lawsuits related to special purpose acquisition companies will have many similarities to traditional securities and M&A litigation, but will also develop their own rubrics given the unique features of the SPAC model, writes Stephen Blake of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.


Wake Up, Big Law: Your Diversity Issues Might Very Well Become Loss-of-Influence Issues

13 hours 54 min ago

Progressives are calling on the Biden administration to expand the pool of potential federal judicial nominees beyond the Am Law 200 partners and prosecutors who have routinely filled vacancies during the Obama and Trump administrations.


What's Up With All the Trade Secret Action at the ITC? Two Latham IP Litigators Weigh In

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 07:30

In the wake of a big trade secret win at the Commission for electric car battery maker LG Energy Solutions, Latham's David Callahan and Bert Reiser discuss how parties are harnessing the protections of the Defend Trade Secrets Act at the ITC.


Atlanta Federal Judge Announces Intention to Go Senior But Remain at 'Full Blast'

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 18:00

"We have right now the same number of judge positions we did in '79. It's a completely transformed judiciary in terms of the volume of cases, volume of business, the population," Judge Amy Totenberg said. "The prospect of being able to actually add judges and have very much active senior judges is...

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Litigators of the Week: This Debevoise Duo Fended Off a $650M Arbitration Claim For the Republic of Iraq

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 07:30

Catherine Amirfar and Ina Popova of Debevoise & Plimpton on Monday secured a complete defense win in a bilateral investment treaty arbitration brought by Agility Public Warehousing Company.


Another Batch of Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs that Shows that You Guys Don't Make This Part of the Job Easy

Fri, 02/26/2021 - 07:25

Death penalty vacated: Check. Antitrust precedent set: Check. Former LOTW verdict flipped: Check.


How This Senior Judge Became the Federal Judiciary's Most Effective Evangelist for Virtual Trials

Thu, 02/25/2021 - 07:30

U.S. District Senior Judge Marsha Pechman in Seattle says the pandemic has forced the federal judiciary to try cases in Quonset huts, gymnasiums and, at least in her court, virtually in jurors' homes. "We should be thankful that the American public is willing to invite us in," she says.


How Jurors Perceive Time in the Virtual World and Why You Should Care About It

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 07:30

Austin, Texas trial lawyer Carl Guthrie suspects remote jurors expect virtual trials to be "instantaneous" much like the medium used to present them.


Paul Weiss' Mark Pomerantz Joins Manhattan Prosecutors for Trump Probe

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 18:02

Pomerantz is on leave from the firm to work as a special assistant district attorney.


In Rare Showdown, SCOTUS Hearing Reunites Former and Current Hogan Lovells Partners

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 15:43

The unusual faceoff between current and former Hogan Lovells partners began with good luck wishes from Neal Katyal and ended with high praise for the "junior" advocate, now-Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General Colleen Sinzdak.


After COVID Causes Problems with Mail and Paper Checks, Boies Schiller Makes Extra Push to Get Au Pair Class Members Paid

Tue, 02/23/2021 - 07:30

While 75% of the 13,000 class members—mostly young people from abroad who have provided live-in childcare to families in the U.S.—have been able to cash checks, the undeposited checks that remain outstanding average almost $1,850.


How Irell's Morgan Chu Is 'Spoon-Feeding' a Billion-Dollar Damages Case to Jurors

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 21:46

Chu told a Western District of Texas jury Monday that "nearly a billion" Intel processors infringe his client's two patents. But he hasn't given jurors a number, yet. Wilmer's William Lee said the right number is zero for VLSI's "imaginary products."


How Kirkland's First Black Partner Advocated In and Out of Court to Get 4 Maryland HBCUs to the Precipice of a Historic $577M Settlement

Mon, 02/22/2021 - 07:30

In a high-profile case where Kirkland teamed with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, Mike Jones says that courtroom advocacy was sharpened by presentations made to newspaper editorial boards and legislators.


Litigators of the Week: The Quinn Emanuel Trio Who Fended Off Citi's Attempt to Claw Back Half a Billion in Mistakenly Wired Funds

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 07:30

Adam Abensohn, Benjamin Finestone and Robert Loigman grabbed headlines this week in the case spinning out of a nearly billion dollar blunder that rocked the finance world.


This Week's LOTW Runner-Up and Shout Outs

Fri, 02/19/2021 - 07:25

Latham & Watkins scored a huge win at the ITC in a trade secret showdown over electric vehicle batteries.


California Supreme Court Asked to Move Cases Out of Slow-Moving Appellate Court

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 22:01

A Northern California attorney who accused three Sacramento appellate justices of allowing cases to languish for years has asked the state Supreme Court to transfer dozens of matters from the Third District to other appellate districts.


A Lawyer's Death and $4M Insurance Policy: Inside Florida's First Federal Remote Civil Jury Trial

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 14:41

Armed with heartbreaking security footage, a toxicology report and testimony from witnesses around the country, jurors had to decide whether the former Tampa attorney died accidentally or by suicide.


Trial by Combat

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 11:42

Should Rudy Giuliani be disciplined for his conduct relating to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capital and his participation in frivolous lawsuits?


Flattery Only Gets You So Far: Plaintiffs Counsel's Praise Doesn't Nudge Gibson Dunn's Stance on Fees in iPhone Throttling Case

Thu, 02/18/2021 - 07:30

You can hardly blame Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy founder Joe Cotchett for trying the catch-more-flies-with-honey approach.


Judge Calls for DOJ to Probe Prosecutors' 'Systemic' Disclosure Problems in Iran Sanctions Case

Wed, 02/17/2021 - 17:46

The order from U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan of the Southern District of New York, followed a blistering September opinion that took to task the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office for making "countless" belated disclosures to lawyers representing Ali Sadr Hashemi Nejad before, during and after...

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