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Call for Nominations: Professional Excellence 2020

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 09:33

Our goal at ALM Media is to serve the entire legal community and, as part of that, we're adding new wrinkles to our annual Professional Excellence Awards to make sure we highlight the great work and achievements across the full breadth of the legal communities that our publications serve.

         

Law Firms Solid in 2019, Compliance Officers' Risky Biz, Crowell in Singapore: The Morning Minute

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 06:00

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

         

Law Firms Posted Impressive Growth in 2019, Citi Survey Finds

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:30

Small demand increases coupled with growth in billing rates led to a 5.3% climb in revenue among sampled firms.

         

A&O Latest Magic Circle Firm To Extend Parental Leave

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 05:20

The U.K.-based law firm has extended paternity leave to 12 weeks, and extended its neonatal, fertility treatment and adoption policies.

         

DC Circuit Again Rejects Attorney's Push to Get More Info on Trump's Financial Disclosure Form

Tue, 02/11/2020 - 00:11

In tossing attorney Jeffrey Lovitky's lawsuit, the panel said he "has highlighted a potential for mischief."

         

Black Robes, Not White Coats: Conservative 9th Circuit Judges Call Out Court's Ruling on Inmate Sex-Reassignment Surgery

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 22:22

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced its decision denying an en banc rehearing of a case that affirmed a preliminary injunction requiring a prison to provide an incarcerated trans woman sex-reassignment surgery. The dissenting judges criticized the lower court's decision to mandate "an evolving standard of care."

         

Feds Ask for Up to 9 Years in Prison for Roger Stone, Citing 'Contempt for This Court'

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 18:38

"Stone's criminal conduct was not an act of desperation," prosecutors wrote. "Rather, his conduct was undertaken purposefully, by someone who knew exactly what he was doing."

         

Uber and Postmates Lose Move to Stop Enforcement of AB5

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 18:06

U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee rejected a motion for preliminary injunction that Uber and Postmates filed to put the brakes on enforcement of California's Assembly Bill 5, which sought to reclassify their drivers as employees.

         

Orrick's Partner Profits Break $2 Million, Firm Posts Double-Digit Revenue Growth

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 17:41

Orrick's profits per equity partner grew by 14% last year as its large institutional clients entrusted the firm with more work.

         

Elizabeth Holmes' Lawyer Assails Theranos Prosecution as 'Massive Case With Undefined Contours'

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 17:25

Williams & Connolly's Amy Saharia said prosecutors had used "fudging language" in the indictment of the former Theranos chief to keep the charges as "broad as they can possibly be so they can shift their theory as they go along."

         

In-House Compliance Counsel Leading Push for More Guidance From Regulators

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 16:59

A new report from the New York City Bar Association on the increased number of enforcement actions against individual chief compliance officers was sparked by the growing concerns of in-house counsel.

         

With Closing Arguments Slated for Tuesday, Avenatti Will Not Testify in Extortion Trial

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:33

U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York had ruled earlier in the day that if Avenatti were to testify, he could be cross-examined about "highly relevant" allegations that he had stolen from former clients.

         

When Must US Pay Legal Fees? A Vietnam Vet Turns to the Supreme Court

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 15:18

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said Alfred Procopio's case was the very sort of dispute Congress had in mind in the Equal Access to Justice Act. "The government's position here was plainly wrong," the judge said.

         

At Boies Schiller, New Leaders Grapple With Departures, Compensation Questions

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 14:11

Amid a string of 2020 departures, the firm is evaluating partner pay, including whether to stick with a formula compensation system or adopt something new.

         

Using AI to Improve the RFP Process: A Q&A With Globality's Mili Desai

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 14:03

"We've all heard of legal tech. That's sort of the buzzword. But in terms of companies that are going to make an impact on a large scale for large companies, it's a smaller subset," Desai said.

         

Attorney Misconduct Led to $2B Roundup Verdict, Bayer Says in Appeal

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 13:05

In a brief before California's First District Court of Appeal on Friday, Bayer insisted that "egregious and pervasive misconduct" by plaintiffs counsel infected the trial.

         

Amazon's Lawyers Want to Depose Trump in Suit Over $10B Pentagon Contract

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 11:26

Any deposition of Trump at the Washington offices of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher would examine, among other things, his statements about Amazon, its CEO Jeff Bezos and The Washington Post.

         

Chinese Hackers Indicted in Atlanta Over 2017 Equifax Data Breach

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:56

U.S. Attorney William Barr announced Monday that a federal grand jury indicted four members of China's People's Liberation Army for the breach.

         

Fourth Circuit Considers Limits of Federalism

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 10:30

One recent Fourth Circuit decision is an example of the court exploring the role of federalism in federal jurisdiction, in what is known as the "Rooker-Feldman" doctrine.

         

Inter Miami Loses First Round of Trademark Battle With Inter Milan

Mon, 02/10/2020 - 09:30

Inter Milan took away a key victory in the first round of their trademark battle, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office dismissed one of the two arguments made by Inter Miami that it should not be forced to change its name.

         

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