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Litigators of the Week: A Billion Dollar Save for Gibson Dunn Trio

Fri, 03/13/2020 - 00:59

'From day one, we recognized that our biggest challenge was the potential that understandable high emotion could overwhelm the jury,' said Gibson Dun's Nancy Hart.


9th Circuit Again Considers Reviving Retired Players Painkiller Claims Against NFL

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 17:13

At least two out of three judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit who previously revived the suit in an earlier appeal seemed sympathetic to the players' argument Thursday that the league was negligent in administering the way controlled substances were given to players.


Patterson Belknap Files Watchdog Suit Over Trump's Secret Clemency Advisers

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:44

Harry Sandick and Daniel Ruzumna of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler filed the suit on behalf of American Oversight, alleging the clemency advisers are violating a federal act on advisory groups.


9th Circuit Offers Video Conferencing for Some Hearings, Postpones Others

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 16:41

Among the changes the court rescheduled and relocated arguments initially set to be heard between March 30 and April 3 in Seattle to the Ninth Circuit courthouse in Pasadena.


11th Circuit Backs Florida in Fight Over Transgender Inmate

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:15

Reiyn Keohane was born a male but began identifying as female at age 8 and started wearing women's clothing, makeup and hairstyles at 14, according to court records.


Firms Pledge Pro Bono Practices Won't Be Cut During a Recession

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:00

Lawyers in the U.S., Australia and the U.K. say pro bono practices have gained in importance and won't be put on hold in the case of a coronavirus-related recession.


Daily Dicta: A Dirt-y Fight Over 'Organic' Food

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 01:47

Personally, I always assumed organic farmers were one big mellow, patchouli-smelling bunch, espousing the virtues of clean eating, chemical-free produce and heirloom squash. Or not.


US Soccer Taps Latham After Arguing Women Players Are Less Skilled Than Men

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 01:04

The organization faced a barrage of criticism after its lawyers at Seyfarth Shaw wrote that players on the U.S. Women's National Team "do not perform equal work requiring equal skill, effort, and responsibility under similar working conditions."


Attorney Suing for Cruise Ship Passengers: 'This is Norovirus on Steriods'

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 18:50

Florida attorney Jason Chalik, whose firm, Chalik & Chalik Law Offices, was the first to sue a cruise ship company over the coronavirus, filed a second one on Tuesday. He said he was "swamped with inquiries."


In Virus Era, Supreme Court Moot Sessions Carry On at Law Schools

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 17:38

Georgetown's Supreme Court Institute has informed lawyers who are arguing in upcoming cases—and who are serving as moot court panelists—that the moot sessions will be limited to the participants, guests of the advocate and institute staff.


7th Circuit.: Applying 'Bristol-Myers' to Class Actions Would Be a 'Major Change in the Law'

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 17:08

"This change is not warranted by the Supreme Court's decision in Bristol-Myers," wrote the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, reversing dismissal of a class action based on Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California. Wednesday's ruling comes one day after the D.C. Circuit...

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Nokia Seeks to Dismiss Former In-House Attorney's Discrimination Complaint

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 16:54

Sharan Rene Boudreau's attorney, Hal Gillespie of Gillespie Sanford in Dallas, said he was surprised Nokia's attorneys filed another motion to dismiss and called the motion "frivolous."


'It Needed to Be Said': Wisconsin Federal Judge Defends His Article Slamming Roberts Court

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 16:00

"What I said is right. I mean, I think it needed to be said," U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman says in an interview about his new article "The Roberts Court's Assault on Democracy."


Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison for Sex Crimes

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 12:17

"Although this is a first conviction, it is not a first offense," acting New York County Supreme Court Justice James Burke said.


Daily Dicta: When Non-Competes Are Non-Starters

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 01:36

Lawyers are lucky. They're generally not subject to non-compete agreements, thanks to the American Bar Association's model rules on professional conduct. But for the rest of the working world, it's a different story.


Boies Schiller Partners Leave for Vinson, Jenner in NY and DC

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 18:16

More Boies Schiller partners are on the move as the firm faces a period in transition.


In Whole Foods Class Action, DC Circuit Punts on Whether Bristol-Myers Applies

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 17:18

The 2-1 ruling found that Whole Foods' dismissal motion, based on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Bristol-Myers Squibb v. Superior Court of California, was premature. But in a lengthy dissent, Judge Laurence Silberman found that Bristol-Myers should have applied to the class action.


Remaining Plaintiffs in 'Mommy Track' Suit Against MoFo Fight Requests for Records From Freshfields, Linklaters

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 16:36

Attorneys representing two former Morrison & Foerster lawyers who sued the firm claiming it discriminates against pregnant women and new mothers have asked the judge overseeing their lawsuit to quash the firm's subpoenas seeking their personnel files from other firms.


'This Nonsense is Over': Florida Judge Sides With Bilzin Sumberg Partner After 'Brawl'

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 15:12

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman called this commercial case "a fiasco," marred by adverse motions on both sides that did nothing but waste time.


Pierce Bainbridge Founder John Pierce Is On Leave Amid Financing Questions

Tue, 03/10/2020 - 11:04

John Pierce, the firm's founder and public face, is on a leave of absence while Tom Warren is now the firm's acting managing partner, according to a spokeswoman.