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As COVID-19 Spreads, How Effective Are Partial and Voluntary Remote Work Policies?

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:18

Simply reducing the number of attorneys and staff in office through voluntary and rotational remote work policies is not enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus, but further measures may help.

         

9th Circuit Shuts Down Public Access to Courthouses

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:17

Hearings will be live-streamed as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit prohibits public access to all locations during non-court weeks.

         

Plaintiff's Lawyers Defend $75M in Punitive Damages in Roundup Verdict

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 17:54

Lawyers for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman, in a brief filed before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, defended the jury's award while challenging U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria's reduction of $75 million in punitive damages to $20 million.

         

Wells Fargo Exiting General Counsel Allen Parker to Take Home $8.3M

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 17:36

Parker fared better than former CEO Tim Sloan, whose $15 million stock award was canceled and who received no severance pay when he resigned under pressure last year.

         

Troutman and Pepper Postpone Merger Date Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:15

"We believe the decision to postpone is in the best interest of our attorneys, staff, and clients," the firms said in a statement.

         

For Supreme Court Advocates, Virus-Era Delays Pose 'Stay Fresh' Challenge

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:04

Preparation for U.S. Supreme Court arguments happens weeks in advance. The court's postponement of March arguments has fueled uncertainty in the virus era.

         

Predicting 3-Month Interruption Over COVID-19, Judiciary Requests $7 Million in Emergency Funds

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 15:50

The Judicial Conference met remotely Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.

         

Facing Corruption Probes, Exelon Hires Former SEC Official, Prosecutor as Compliance Chief

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 15:32

David Glockner will begin his newly created role as Exelon's executive vice president of compliance and audit March 23 at the utility giant's headquarters in Chicago.

         

March LSAT Is Canceled, Fate of April Test Uncertain

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 14:32

Law School Admission Council president Kellye Testy says the organization is weighing options to give the LSAT remotely amid coronavirus uncertainty.

         

Class Action Seeks to Halt Bank of America Foreclosures in WV

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 14:06

A couple in West Virginia filed a lawsuit to stop foreclosures in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic.

         

Recruiter David Lat, Founding Editor of Above the Law, Tests Positive for COVID-19

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:54

Lat announced his test result on Twitter just after midnight Tuesday.

         

As Coronavirus Threat Grows, More Courts Curb Access and Limit Oral Arguments

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 11:51

Federal and state judiciaries in New York, California, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., are among the many across the nation that have been disrupted.

         

Ahead of the Curve: The Coronavirus Rundown

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:55

This week's Ahead of the Curve is all about the coronavirus, from how things went during the University of Washington's first week as an online law school, to how legal educators are helping each other navigate the move online.

         

Lawyer's 'Death Warrant' Remarks Get $18M Verdict Reversed

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:48

"We cannot conceive of any civil case in which it would be proper for the jury to be told that its action would result in a party's death; such is not even permissible in the first phase of a death penalty trial," Judge Brian Rickman, a former DA, said in a footnote.

         

Skilled in the Art: IP Community Braces for Social Distancing + More on the COVID-19 'Patent Troll'

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 08:30

The fallout from COVID-19 is landing on the IP community

         

U.S. News Law School Ranking Released, Paul Weiss' COVID-19 Team, Handling the Uncertainty: The Morning Minute

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 07:00

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

         

The US News Rankings Are Here. How Did Your Law School Do?

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 02:37

With law schools struggling to move online amid the coronavirus outbreak, it unclear whether the new law school rankings will have their usual impact on the academy.

         

COVID-19, Remote Work and Cybersecurity Threats: 7 Pointers for In-House Counsel

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 01:09

The surge in inexperienced remote workers is creating a host of potential cybersecurity threats that in-house counsel need to quickly address, cybersecurity lawyers said. "Hackers love exploiting weakness and they know the entire world is distracted," said Jena Valdetero, partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner.

         

Chief DC Judge Postpones Proceedings Until Mid-April, Trials Until May Over Coronavirus

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 21:19

Judge Beryl Howell wrote that the court "finds that the ends of justice served by these continuances to protect public health and safety and the fair trial rights of the defendant outweigh the best interests of the public and any defendant's right to a speedy trial."

         

Prosecutors Drop Mueller Charges Against Russian Firm Weeks Before Trial

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:55

"It is no longer in the best interests of justice or the country's national security to continue this prosecution," federal prosecutors in Washington told the trial judge presiding over the case against Concord Management and Consulting, accused of sowing discord in the 2016 presidential election.

         

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