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PG&E Pleads Guilty to 84 Manslaughter Counts in Camp Fire Case

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.


Yo Ho Ho: 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.


Amid Coronavirus Outbreak, SDNY Prosecutors Oppose Michael Cohen's Release

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...

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Why Ginsburg Joined a Decision 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."


When Crisis Calls: How Law Firm Leaders Are Responding to COVID-19

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 14:51

Amid the turmoil and upheaval caused by the global spread of COVID-19, many law firm leaders are facing unprecedented decisions. Whether due to actual exposure or the risk of such, escalating concerns necessitate choices which have implications that extend far beyond the firm's financial health to...

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In Latest Departures, Longtime Boies Schiller Partners Join Fried Frank

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.


Daily Dicta: Sheltering in Place? Top Litigators Share Their Favorite Legal Movie (Besides 'To Kill a Mockingbird')

Sun, 03/22/2020 - 23:28

As we hunker down and shelter in place, what legal movies are most beloved by top litigators? A who's-who of the legal profession shares their picks--and why.


Plaintiffs in Tezos ICO Class Action Reach First-of-Its-Kind $25M Settlement

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 21:31

The proposed deal, reached after two rounds of mediation, would leave open the question of whether the initial coin offering qualified as a securities offering, which would have required the Tezos backers to file a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


NY Chief Judge Thanks Judges, Lawyers for Continuing Work in 'Unprecedented Situation'

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 19:18

"As you know, our courts are critical to the functioning of our society, and even more so during a public health crisis like this one when the public needs to know that our government is working for them," Chief Judge Janet DiFiore said.


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

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 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.


How We're Surviving as a Shut-In Workforce: 'Know Where Your Mute Button Is' and Be Patient

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 18:00

As the country combats the COVID-19 crisis, lawyers are settling into a new work reality. We checked in to see how they're coping.


Coronavirus Pandemic Poised to Slow Down Trump Legal Fights

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 16:05

The pandemic has shuttered courthouses across the nation, all but guaranteeing that major Trump administration legal battles will drag on for longer than expected.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 15:21

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Baker Botts; Kirkland & Ellis and Quinn Emanuel.


COVID-19 Puts Depositions In Danger

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 15:13

"Lawyers are saying, 'I don't want to come to your office,'" Corpus Christi solo practitioner Monte English said, adding that some attorneys also oppose remote depositions. "Some people feel they need to be face-to-face to cross examine a witness, if that's part of being able to confront your...

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'Kind of a Mess': Phone Arguments Make Rocky Debut at DC Circuit During COVID-19 Pandemic

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 14:05

Judge Thomas Griffith said he was locked out of arguments for five to six minutes after he got dropped from the phone conference.


Litigators of the Week: With $268M Award, A Loud and Clear Win for Morgan Lewis Pair

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 00:58

'It's gratifying to know that the foundation intends to put the proceeds of its recovery towards the same kinds of medical research efforts that produced the remarkable technology that forms the basis in this case.'


'Be Kind' During the COVID-19 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.


US Judge Approves $13M Google Street View Privacy Settlement With No Payout to Class

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 20:02

The cy pres deal provides payouts to the privacy advocacy arms of universities and non-profit organizations and no direct funds to class members. Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness contends that the settlement creates an unfortunate standard.


SF US Attorney David Anderson Predicts 'Permanent Cultural Change' in Federal Prosecutors Office After Coronavirus

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 19:19

David Anderson, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California, discusses efforts to maintain regular federal law enforcement activities in irregular times and the office's top priorities, including preventing and stopping the spread of the virus in lockup.


Battling COVID-19, David Lat 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.