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David Lat Transferred Out of ICU, Taken Off Ventilator in Coronavirus Fight

12 hours 42 min ago

"I'm doing worlds better than when I was unconscious and intubated, having a machine breathe for me because I couldn't do so myself," wrote Lat, 44, in a 6-paragraph public post on his Facebook page that appeared Saturday night.


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

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?

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri, 03/27/2020 - 07:00

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


Brooklyn Photographer Alleges Infowars Infringed His Jeffrey Epstein Death Photo

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 Still Uncertain

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.


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

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.


Some Firms Press On With Summers, While Others Wait and See

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 18:09

The coronavirus pandemic and its economic impacts have law firms considering belt-tightening, but it's not yet clear whether many firms will cut or change their summer associate programs.


Hogan Lovells Raids Emergency Supplies to Get N95 Masks to Health Providers

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 18:06

Thanks to a grassroots mobilization effort within the firm, internal supplies designed to be used in a terrorist attack or traditional natural disaster have found a new purpose.


Concerned About COVID-19, Advocates Push Policy That Lets Judges Release Ill Federal Prisoners

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 17:09

Groups are trying to spread the word about the "compassionate release" option, in which federal inmates can petition a judge for their release over health concerns.


Higher Law: Q&A: Social Equity in Cannabis Industry | Big Law Firm Sues Maine | Marijuana Is 'Essential' | Upcoming Webinars

Thu, 03/26/2020 - 17:00

Welcome to Higher Law. A corporate lawyer's take on social equity laws Cozen O'Connor's challenge of Maine's recreational regs DLA Piper of Canada's guidance on a $69 million acquisition "Essential" marijuana during the covid-19 pandemic