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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.


For SCOTUS 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.


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

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 15:50

The Judicial Conference met remotely Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Class Action Seeks to Stop 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.


Attorney'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.


Litigation Leaders: Weil's David Lender on Talent Retention, Trial Experience and Novel Settlements

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 00:33

'We know that the best way to learn is by doing, so we encourage our senior lawyers to give less-seasoned lawyers a chance to get courtroom experience and broaden their focus.'


How Litigation Finance Transformed in the 2010s, And What 2030 Might Bring

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 19:00

As recently as 10 years ago, the term "litigation finance" was more likely met with puzzled looks than an understanding nod in the United States.


Paul Weiss Mobilizes Army of Lawyers to Help Navigate Coronavirus Relief

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:37

Chairman Brad Karp wants "thousands" of lawyers across the U.S. to join what he expects will be an unprecedented effort.


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

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:35

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.


France Slaps Apple With Record Antitrust Fine

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:22

Apple breached competition rules by dividing up the wholesale market and imposing resale prices, the French antitrust authority said in announcing the 1.1B fine.


On Appeal, Lawyers for Hillary Clinton Argue No 'Extraordinary Circumstances' Justify Deposition

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 16:16

A Washington federal trial judge said Clinton and a former longtime aide must be deposed in a public-records suit about Clinton's use of a private email server. The impending depositions are "inappropriate, unnecessary, and a clear abuse of discretion," lawyers at Williams & Connolly and Wilkinson...

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Mikal Watts Files Suit Against Princess Cruise Lines Over COVID-19 Outbreak

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:10

The lawsuit, brought on behalf of a Missouri couple who were passengers on the Grand Princess, alleges gross negligence over the cruise line's "lackadaisical approach" to ensuring the safety of its passengers of the ship, quarantined off the coast of California. The suit is the first to be filed by...

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Daily Dicta: The Coronavirus Diaries

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 03:15

Creative lawyers have been busy filing a variety of coronavirus-related litigation--though none that addresses the most shameful shortcoming.


Citing Coronavirus, Advocacy Groups Call for Release of Aging and Medically Vulnerable Inmates

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 19:29

Josie Duffy Rice, a lawyer and president of the criminal justice-focused publication The Appeal, said suspending visits is a flawed plan.


DC Circuit Grants En Banc Rehearing in McGahn Testimony Suit

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 18:01

The circuit said it will also rehear the House's lawsuit over Trump officials' diversion of military funds for a border wall.


Pierce Bainbridge Sued by Funder as Marc Mukasey Drops Firm as Client

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 16:54

The embattled firm is now facing a new lawsuit from a high-interest business lender and a withdrawal motion by its high-profile lawyer.


Judge Rejects Uber's Claims That It Is 'Not a Transportation Company' in ADA Suit

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 16:51

Uber's claim "that it is 'not a transportation company' strains credulity, given the company advertises itself as a 'transportation system,'" wrote U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California.


How DOJ Is Responding to Coronavirus Threat

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 15:43

In a new court filing Friday, the DOJ corrected an assertion, made earlier in the week, that DOJ attorneys had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. "We are aware of persons in our office in Washington, D.C., who have exhibited symptoms consistent with COVID-19 and have sought medical...

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And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 14:53

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Sullivan & Cromwell; Sidley Austin; Erise IP and Davis Wright Tremaine.


More Courts Curb Access and Limit Oral Arguments as Coronavirus Threat Grows

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 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.