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Browne George Ross Attorneys File First Lawsuit Over Sen. Richard Burr's Coronavirus-Tied Stock Dumps

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:49

The lawsuit alleges that Burr "has acted as a scofflaw in a time of national crisis" over his selling of $1.7 million in stocks as he received private coronavirus briefings.


6 Ways Tech Can Help Keep Attorneys Engaged, Even While Remote

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:30

From leaning on video to simply taking a snack break, here's how experts say technology can be the key to keeping those relationships where you want, even when face-to-face meetings are impossible.


Ahead of the Curve: The Uplifting (We Hope) Edition

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 12:26

This week's Ahead of the Curve looks at some positive developments that are coming out of legal education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Former Partner Accuses Shutts & Bowen and 2 Colleagues of Defamation, Civil Conspiracy

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 11:47

The law firm has called the claims meritless and is moving to compel arbitration with the former partner.


Associate Job Uncertainty, What's 'Essential'?, Another Partner Out at Freshfields: The Morning Minute

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 07:00

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


California Chief Justice Suspends Trials Statewide for 60 Days

Tue, 03/24/2020 - 01:17

The order also empowered trial courts to adopt any new or amended rules intended to address the COVID-19 pandemic.


General Counsel Need to Consider WARN Act for COVID-19 Layoffs

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:59

"I think right now, state governors are really focused on public health," Cheryl Sabnis, a partner at King & Spalding in San Francisco, said. "I think we're going to see a follow-up round of executive actions that focus on economic health."


With Guilty Plea to 84 Manslaughter Counts in Camp Fire Case, Chastened Tone From PG&E

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:52

"Rarely do we see this many deaths being attributed directly to a company. That's what makes this the rare case," said one criminal law expert.


David Lat Undergoing 'Experimental' Drug Therapy, His Husband Says

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:32

"We won't know for a few more days, whether he's going to get better," said his husband, Zachary Baron Shemtob. "We're just waiting and hoping."


How to Determine What Is 'Essential Business' as More States Order Shutdowns

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 18:29

Violations of orders usually result in a misdemeanor offense, which can mean a fine, imprisonment or both. So far it is unclear how the orders will be enforced.


North Carolina Wins Blackbeard Shipwreck Copyright Dispute

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 17:24

Congress will have to try harder if it wants to block states from using sovereign immunity to act as digital pirates, Justice Elena Kagan writes.


SDNY Prosecutors Oppose Michael Cohen's Release Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:33

Manhattan federal prosecutors on Monday asked a federal judge to deny Michael Cohen's request to serve out the remainder of his three-year prison sentence from home amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying the former personal lawyer and "fixer" to President Donald Trump was at no more risk than his fellow inmates.


Why Ginsburg Joined Ruling Civil Rights Advocates Decry as 'Terrible'

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 16:00

"This ruling weakens our nation's oldest civil rights statute and may shut the courthouse door on some discrimination victims," a leading civil rights advocate said about the Supreme Court's decision in "Comcast v. National Association of African American Owned Media."


Judge Rebukes Unicorn Artist's Motion as 'Insensitive to Others in the Current Environment'

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:49

A plaintiffs lawyer bringing an emergency motion for a temporary restraining order to halt sales of knockoff unicorn and dragon art got a sharp rebuke from U.S. District Judge Steven Seeger, in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. "If there's ever a time when emergency motions should be limited to genuine emergencies, now's the time," he wrote.


DC Circuit Questions White House's Authority to Suspend Reporter Access Over 'Unprofessional Behavior'

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:22

Gibson Dunn's Theodore Boutrous is representing Playboy correspondent Brian Karem in the legal fight over the suspension of his White House hard pass.


July Bar Exam Alternatives Under Consideration Amid COVID-19

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 15:17

A group of legal educators are pushing bar examiners to come up with alternative ways to license this year's crop of law grads amid the coronavirus outbreak.


Top Law Schools Say Firms Are Pushing to Delay Summer Associate Hiring

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 12:48

Law firms say they want the delay, in part, because a move to to pass/fail grading for the spring semester will muddy the hiring process. It's also unclear whether firms will even be in a position—or have the need—to dispatch partners to law schools for interviews in late summer.


Longtime Boies Schiller Partners Join Fried Frank in Latest Departures

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 11:30

Robin Henry and Motty Shulman, who have represented financial institutions at Boies Schiller Flexner for close to two decades, have joined Fried Frank's litigation department.


Cuomo Suspends NY's Statute of Limitations, 'Essential' Court Services Clarified

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:54

New York Chief Administrative Judge Lawrence Marks issued an order Sunday that defined "essential" court matters and said all other court filings would not be accepted until further notice.


Third Freshfields London Partner Leaves After Internal Conduct Investigation

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 10:05

It is the third departure in six months to occur on the back of an internal investigation at the firm.