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Working Through a Crisis at Home: What 5 General Counsel Are Learning

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 19:26

"Having video makes a huge difference and it should be used for a virtual cup of coffee or a substantive meeting," advised Richard Nohe, general counsel for BT Americas Inc. in Dallas.

         

For Big Law, Is COVID-19 The Great Recession All Over Again?

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:14

Keith Wetmore, former chairman at Morrison & Foerster, and Bill Brandt, who has helped handle workouts and restructurings for nearly 40 law firms, had big roles during the 2008 recession. Here's their perspective on the major challenges law firms are facing now.

         

Boies Schiller's Natasha Harrison Has Moved to the US—And It's Been Rough

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 18:04

To be closer to clients and partners amid the COVID-19 crisis, the firm's co-managing partner uprooted her husband and two kids from their home near London to a series of hotels and rentals in Florida.

         

For Some Law Firm Support Staff, Pandemic Brings New Uncertainty

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:56

With the coronavirus pandemic resulting in most law firms working from home, some law firm staff are having an easier time adapting than others.

         

Skilled in the Art: Copyright Tiff Over NBA Players' Tats + Paul Hastings Tries to Pump the Brakes on PTAB Rocket Dockets + Judge Puts Foot Down on Over-Litigation of Shoe Patent Case

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:20

They can take away the NBA, but they can't take away NBA video games—at least not because of unpaid tattoo licenses.

         

And the LOTW Runners Up...

The Litigation Daily RSS - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 17:14

Honorable mention goes to litigators from Gibson Dunn; Greenberg Traurig; Cravath; Latham & Watkins; Jenner & Block; Kaplan Hecker and Kirkland & Ellis.

        

'It's Going to Be Extraordinary': Predictions and Advice from Neil Barofsky for Coronavirus Recovery Oversight

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:40

"The potential number of companies or recipients is vast, to put it mildly, which makes certain things more important and certain things very different," Jenner' & Block's Neil Barofsky, former special inspector general under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, says. "It's going to be extraordinarily important what processes and procedures surround the determination of who gets money and who doesn't."

         

Pa. Gov. Wolf's Order Closing Businesses During COVID-19 Outbreak Violates Takings Clause, Lawsuit Claims

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 15:18

The complaint argues that Gov. Tom Wolf's decision to shut down most businesses constitutes an uncompensated seizure in violation of the Fifth Amendment.

         

Slaughters, Linklaters Halt Associate Recruitment Amid Pandemic Disruption

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:08

Several other firms' recruitment pipelines have been affected by the uncertainty.

         

AK Steel's Longtime General Counsel to Depart After $3B Acquisition

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:03

Joe Alter stated that his "last day with the company will come in the next couple of weeks." His announcement follows the completion of Cleveland-Cliff Inc's $3 billion acquisition of AK Steel earlier this month.

         

Lawyers Watch for Consumer Class Actions as COVID-19 Hits Pocketbooks

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 12:14

As class actions over COVID-19 already hit court dockets, lawyers expect to see more lawsuits over price gouging and health claims.

         

Fall Bar Exam Added, Fate of July Test Uncertain Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 10:48

The National Conference of Bar Examiners is giving jurisdictions the option to postpone the July bar exam until the fall, but a growing number of law students want an emergency diploma privilege that will allow them to skip the exam completely.

         

Summer Associate Programs in Limbo, SCOTUS Pushes On, Saving Hospitality Cos.: The Morning Minute

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 07:00

Here's the news you need to start your day.

         

Litigator of the Week: In $100M Cyberheist, Sidley's Cheng Gets Case Tossed Against Bank

The Litigation Daily RSS - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:52

"A moment I will never forget is when I first met the chairman of RCBC in Manila,"said Sidley's Tai-Heng Cheng. "She ordered lunch for me and then looked me in the eye, and said, 'You better win this.' I'm glad we didn't let her down."

        

Brooklyn Photographer Alleges Infowars Infringed His Jeffrey Epstein Death Photo

Law.com - Fri, 03/27/2020 - 01:04

The complaint filed Thursday, alleging copyright infringement over a Jeffrey Epstein image, joins a growing number of litigation against the Texas-based Infowars.

         

'Mild Improvements' for David Lat, but Prognosis Remains Uncertain

The Litigation Daily RSS - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 20:49

"There have been mild improvements in his oxygen and his breathing, but he remains intubated and we are still very far from out of the woods," said Zachary Baron Shemtob, Lat's husband, in an interview Thursday.

        

'Mild Improvements' for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain

Law.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 20:49

"There have been mild improvements in his oxygen and his breathing, but he remains intubated and we are still very far from out of the woods," said Zachary Baron Shemtob, Lat's husband, in an interview Thursday.

         

Freeze in Most NY Civil Filings Brings Concern, Frustration for Litigators

The Litigation Daily RSS - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 19:53

"It's a great handicap, it's major, and I don't like it," said real estate lawyer Adam Leitman Bailey. "We have been filing, but the only things we're filing are affidavits of service and orders to show cause when we have emergencies."

        

US AG Barr Seeks to Expand Home Confinement to Halt Coronavirus Spread in Federal Prisons

Law.com - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 18:42

Barr's directive came as two federal jails in Manhattan and Brooklyn had each reported their first confirmed cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, and the Justice Department faced increasing calls to reduce the number of vulnerable inmates who might contract the virus.

         

'What Justice Requires': Federal Courts in Pa. Fight to Stay Open Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Litigation Daily RSS - Thu, 03/26/2020 - 18:16

Attorneys have unanimously said judges have been very accommodating about continuing cases, or handling them through videoconferencing.

        

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