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Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 22:00

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, and good evening from Washington. We've got some new reporting on the firms that got PPP loans, and check out new and notable FARA registrations. Scroll down for major white-collar and regulatory headlines, and Who Got the Work. Thanks for reading!

         

Where Women See Progress at the Top Echelons of the Plaintiffs Bar, Attorneys of Color See Little

The Litigation Daily RSS - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 21:29

At the top ranks of the MDL plaintiffs bar at least, women lawyers have made great strides in the past few years according to a new report from law.com. But attorneys of color have not broken into the upper echelon of repeat players in MDL leadership appointments in the same way.

        

Federal Circuit Continues Expanding Appointments Clause Decision

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 20:20

Patent applicants whose appeals were rejected by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board will now be entitled to new hearings, the court ruled Tuesday. Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in later this year.

         

Big Law Firms Got Millions of Dollars to Preserve Payroll. Some Made Cuts Anyway

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:40

At least nine Am Law 200 firms that received PPP loans cut jobs or salaries before or after they received the loans.

         

How Bridgeport Attorney Overcame Police Report Allegedly Minimized His Client's Injuries

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:37

Bridgeport attorney Peter Reynolds helped get a $100,000 settlement for his client.

         

Grand Jury Summonses Will Be Sent Out as Phase Three Begins for NYC Courts

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 19:02

The grand jurors will return to courthouses outfitted with acrylic barriers, hand sanitizer and markings to promote physical distancing.

         

Lack of Standing Foils Fox Shareholder's Lawsuit Against Officers in Del. Court of Chancery

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:57

Chancellor Andre Bouchard wrote that a Fox stockholder hadn't adequately proven that about $82.4 million in stock given to Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch interfered with the company's sale to Disney and therefore didn't have standing to bring derivative claims.

         

With New Jersey Judiciary Grappling With Resuming Jury Trials, State Bar Raises Constitutional Questions

The Litigation Daily RSS - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:26

A report released Monday by the New Jeresey state bar expressed skepticism toward expanded use of technology in jury trials, and expressed concerns that unequal access to technology in society could lead to less representative jury pools.

        

While Judiciary Grapples With Resumption of Jury Trials, State Bar Raises Constitutional Questions

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 18:26

The state bar report expresses a wary view of any expanded use of technology in jury trials, and expresses concerns that unequal access to technology in society could lead to jury pools that are less representative of the population.

         

Coronavirus and Data Privacy Laws Drive Legal Departments to Spend More on Class Action Defense

The Litigation Daily RSS - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:57

A new survey from the law firm Carlton Fields found that in-house legal spending on class action lawsuits increased for the fifth year in a row.

        

Legal Departments Continue to Spend More on Class Action Litigation

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:57

"Over the last several months the plaintiffs' bar has been extremely active. We thought the activity might have slowed down because of the pandemic and the opposite has happened," Julianna McCabe, a shareholder at Carlton Fields in Miami and director of the firm's class action survey, said.

         

These 25 Connecticut Law Firms Got Millions in Federal PPP Loans

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 17:00

Twenty-five Connecticut law firms received at least $1 million in PPP loans that the federal government made available to provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

         

Hughes Hubbard Lays Off Attorneys and Staff After Receiving PPP Loan

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:51

The firm received between $5 million-$10 million from the SBA in April to save more than 400 jobs.

         

5 Challenges Legal Departments Are Still Having With the CCPA Post-Enforcement Deadline

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:42

While some may be playing the waiting game—anxious to see just how aggressive regulators will be in their enforcement—others could still be struggling to understand certain key provisions of the CCPA that are hindering their efforts to remain in good standing.

         

'Small Acts of Courage': Hershey General Counsel Damien Atkins on Driving Diversity

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:26

"It is one of those crucible, fulcrum moments that come around every 20 or 30 years."

         

Marriott Can Bring Third Parties Into Sex Trafficking Lawsuit, US Judge Rules

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 16:10

The ruling, however, left open the question of whether, before trial, Marriott's claims against alleged third-party traffickers should be severed from the plaintiff's cause of action against the hotel chain.

         

FisherBroyles Gains Media Law Partner From Duane Morris

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:53

Veteran media lawyer Cynthia Counts said FisherBroyles "affords greater flexibility and autonomy for me and my practice."

         

Firms Are Designing New Offices With COVID-19 in Mind

Law.com - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:48

Health and safety concerns related to the coronavirus require firms to have more flexibility in how their space can be used.

         

DC Circuit Orders the Release of Secret Electronic Surveillance Records

The Litigation Daily RSS - Tue, 07/07/2020 - 15:32

"Precluding public access because of the personnel-hours required to produce those records is no more warranted than precluding public access to high-profile trials because of the costs of crowd control," wrote Chief Judge Merrick Garland.

        

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