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Daily Dicta: Who Knew? Selling Social Media Followers Is Now a Federal Offense

5 hours 34 min ago

Pro tip: Don't hire a lawyer based on how many Twitter followers they have. You're welcome.


Second Woman Files EEOC Claim About Ex-DLA Piper Partner Lehot

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 19:58

Lawyers at Wigdor LLP previously alleged that former DLA Piper partner Louis Lehot assaulted partner Vanina Guerrero, leading to his departure from the firm. The Wigdor lawyers now represent a second woman, an unnamed former human resources manager, who claims she was fired after complaining she...

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Irell IP Ace Ellisen Turner Jumps to Kirkland

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 19:47

The patent lawyer is the eighth partner to leave the premium boutique in the last two months for firms with global reach.


Former Wynn Resorts GC Accused of Approving Spy Operation

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 18:04

Kim Sinatra is accused of playing a role in a plan to send spies posing as clients to a hair salon of a former Wynn Resorts employee who had spoken out about casino mogul Steve Wynn.


Daily Dicta: Lawyers Shred Trump Counsel Harder's Letter Threatening CNN

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 15:00

"This is an absolutely ridiculous letter.," tweeted Gibson Dunn's Ted Boutrous. "No serious lawyer would ever think of sending such a frivolous letter making such a baseless threat."


Judge Nixes Bid to Screen 'The Godfather: Part II' Clip at Roger Stone's Trial

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 12:24

Federal prosecutors can admit a transcript of the scene, where Frank Pentangeli lies during congressional testimony.


'It Was a Late Night': How Lawyers Reached a Last-Minute $260M Opioid Settlement

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 01:13

Paul Hanly of New York's Simmons Hanly Conroy said co-lead counsel were finalizing details of a deal until 1 a.m. on Monday.


Daily Dicta: In Pickup Truck v. North Dakota, the Truck Wins—Thanks to Kirkland & Ellis

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 01:01

Partner Craig Primis called the case "an important step in ensuring that states do not cavalierly seize people's property under absurdly low burdens of proof that stack the deck against defendants."


Defense Says Post-Verdict High-Fives, Photos With Jurors Merit Judge's Recusal in $8B Risperdal Case

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 19:17

The defense team said the judge's greeting showed bias, but plaintiffs counsel said the recusal allegation was a 'vituperative' allegation against a sitting judge.


SDNY Judge Denies Bid by Madoff Trustee to Recover $343M From Citi in Clawback Suit

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 17:19

While Citi was "reckless and deliberately indifferent" to the risk Bernie Madoff presented, its actions did not rise to the level of "willful blindness" necessary to claw back the funds, the judge concluded.


Chevron Moves to Collect $3.4M Legal Fee Judgment from Lawyer Steven Donziger in Florida

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:56

Chevron Corp. and suspended New York attorney Steven Donziger have been foes since the 1990s, when Donziger sued on behalf of indigenous and farmer communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon rainforest.


SCOTUS to Hear Major Challenge to Independence of Obama-Era Consumer Bureau

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:38

A team from Paul Weiss, led by appellate veteran Kannon Shanmugam, convinced the justices to hear a constitutional challenge to the single-director power scheme at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


300 Law Professors Criticize Cipollone's Opposition to Impeachment

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 15:55

The law professors claim that White House counsel Pat Cipollone's letter "fails to recognize the seriousness of the charges against President Trump for abusing executive power for personal political gain and violating federal election law."


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 12:09

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Sidley Austin and Finnegan Henderson.


Litigators of the Week: How O'Melveny, Willkie and Epstein Becker Litigators Teamed Up to Challenge Trump's Wall

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 03:03

"Our challenge was not a partisan effort or about political views, but rather a defense of the Constitution and delicate balance between the executive and legislative branches upon which our government is founded."


5th Circuit Questions Won't Block Sweeping New Challenge to Abortion Regulations

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 01:17

The three-judge appeals panel described the abortion case as "extraordinary" because the plaintiffs, represented by a team from Debevoise & Plimpton, seek to challenge a raft of state laws under a "cumulative effects" theory.


Co-Defendants in Alleged Campaign Finance Scheme Linked to Giuliani Associates Plead Not Guilty

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 18:51

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos said he expected the Justice Department to produce "fairly voluminous" discovery materials, including 10 search warrant applications, electronic records from more than 10 email accounts and financial records from more than 50 bank accounts.


'Jurors Want to Punish': Why Jury Verdicts Go 'Nuclear'

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 18:10

Lawyers and legal experts list a host of reasons for larger jury awards such as the $8 billion Risperdal verdict last week, including evolving societal norms, changes in the plaintiffs bar and the actions of defendants.


Shawe, TransPerfect Sanctioned by Del. Chancellor Over Custodian Billing Dispute

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 17:42

Thursday's ruling was the latest turn in Philip Shawe's long-running feud with the Chancery Court and its appointed custodian, even after he secured full control of TransPerfect in a 2018 court-ordered auction.


Amid Partner Losses, John Pierce Says 'Not Everyone' Can Be a SEAL

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 16:44

Six partners, some of whom have been at the firm for less than a year, have left Pierce Bainbridge since August, according to announcements at their new firms or public posts.