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New Normal Sets In for White-Collar Lawyers in the Virus Era

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 01:03

"Actually interviewing people as part of an internal investigation, appearing before the government in whatever capacity—that is just not something that lends itself to remote work," a white-collar partner at Quinn Emanuel says.

         

Engineer at the Heart of 'Waymo v. Google' Pleads Guilty to Trade Secret Theft

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 23:27

Anthony Levandowski, a pivotal though silent player in the civil dispute between Google's Waymo subsidiary and Uber, admitted downloading at least 20 files from his Google Drive, including an internal tracking document with details of Google's self-driving car program.

         

The Law Firm Disrupted: The Great Disruption

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 22:00

Lawyers can be a lifeline in the coronavirus crisis, even if the scope of the need for pro bono services has yet to come into focus.

         

China Pushes for Increase in Online Dispute Resolution as It Reboots Economy

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:42

The country was promoting online dispute resolution even before the coronavirus outbreak. Now, the government wants to see more of it, as business in the country resumes. But questions remain as to whether it will catch on for international disputes.

         

'Be Kind' During the Pandemic, and That's an Order

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:02

"Be kind to one another in this most stressful of times," U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg said.

         

'We Want Them to Thrive': In Diversity Efforts, Beveridge & Diamond Pivots Toward Retention

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 19:13

The environmental law firm appointed a chief talent officer and continues to prioritize diversity efforts, even as its demographics surpass industry norms.

         

David Lat, Battling COVID-19, Speaks From Hospital About Fears, Hopes and What People Should Know

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 19:11

Battling the novel coronavirus, Lat said that he's experienced intermittent fevers, joint aches, chills, fatigue and coughing for about 12 days, and, since last Sunday, has been pushing through labored breathing that requires him to receive oxygen.

         

Big Law Goes Remote: Updates on Law Firm Closures During the Coronavirus Crisis

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 19:00

Firms across the country are making decisions on whether to keep offices open amid the coronavirus pandemic. We catalog here those firms that have confirmed their plans.

         

'Maiden Voyage' on a Stormy Sea: 2nd Circuit Holds 1st Set of Oral Argument Teleconferences in Face of Coronavirus

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:25

All three judges participated from locations outside the courthouse, and Courtroom 1703 sat empty. Katzmann donned a jacket and tie as he presided, but did not wear his robe, he told the Law Journal.

         

Zofran MDL Bellwether Trial Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:09

The trial, originally scheduled for May 4, comes in a case brought by the parents of Maia Rodriguez, alleging their daughter was born in 2004 with heart defects due to her mother's use of Zofran during pregnancy. The trial would have been the first in more than 450 lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline.

         

Queens Supreme Court Justice Tests Positive for Coronavirus, Presumed First Case Among State's Judiciary

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 18:03

Justice Margaret Parisi-McGowan last sat in Part 52 of the Queens County Supreme Courthouse on Friday. That courtroom has been disinfected, court officials said.

         

Number of Securities Class Actions Against Non-US Issuers Holds Steady for Third Year

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:39

"It seems to be an area of high interest in the shareholder plaintiffs' bar in the United States, and I don't see any letup in this particular trend," David Kistenbroker, the managing partner at Dechert in Chicago and global co-leader of the white-collar and securities litigation practice, said in an interview Thursday.

         

Higher Law: Cannabis and COVID-19 | Who Got the Work: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Defends CBD Company | Headlines: Weed at Work, Hemp in Texas, and More

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 17:00

Welcome to Higher Law. On tap this week: Cannabis and the coronavirus Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher's work for CBD company State laws on recreational marijuana and workers. Thanks for reading!

         

Dallas Judge Gets Public Warning, But Her 15-Month Delay Didn't Break Ethics Rules

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 16:28

The judge on Thursday received a public warning, a lesser sanction than the public reprimand ordered in 2019.

         

In Coronavirus Shadow, Justices Will Review Class Actions, Arbitration, Job Bias and More

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:34

Kirkland's Paul Clement has four petitions on the justices' Friday conference list. Meanwhile, the court, responding to the COVID-19 crisis, is extending deadlines to file new petitions.

         

With Law Students Jittery, Profs Try to Engage Them Online

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 14:29

From amusing lecture videos to daily video chats with the dean, law schools are scrambling to provide student support and foster interaction amid the quick shift to online classes.

         

System Error: The IT Issues Plaguing Attorneys' Transition to Remote Work

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 12:30

As more attorneys work remotely during an unprecedented pandemic, limited network capacity, internet speed slowdowns and other technical issues may hinder their workflow.

         

Tax Scheme Was Illegal, German Court Says

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 11:46

Two British traders were handed suspended prison sentences, while millions are to be recovered from the banks.

         

The Rub with Pass/Fail Grades, Hackers a 'Remote' Possibility, Justice Denied with Court Closures: The Morning Minute

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 07:00

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

         

Labor of Law: 'All Hands on Deck' for Labor and Employment Firms | Revisiting 'Trans World Airlines' | COVID-19 Headlines | O'Melveny Partner Joins Pence Team

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 01:00

Welcome to Labor of Law. It's "all hands on desk" for labor and employment firms, as the COVID-19 pandemic spreads. Plus: check out some of the latest L&E rulings from the Sixth Circuit, and scroll down for Who Got the Work.

         

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