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At Boies Schiller, Uncertainty Looms After Dunn and Isaacson's Exit

Sun, 06/14/2020 - 19:30

The work generated by Bill Isaacson and Karen Dunn, and a group of departing West Coast partners, could be as much as $100 million in business—nearly a quarter of the firm's 2019 gross revenue.


And the LOTW Runners Up...

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 17:10

Honorable mention goes to lawyers from Foley Hoag; Husch Blackwell; Kirkland & Ellis; O'Melveny & Myers; Stris & Maher and Goodwin Procter.


SDNY Prosecutors Charge Art Dealer in Alleged $20M Fraud Scheme

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 16:41

Among the notable pieces connected to the alleged scheme were works by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Christopher Wool, as well as an untitled 2012 painting by Rudolf Stingel, depicting artist Pablo Picasso.


Ice Cube's Big3 Basketball League Ends Fraud, Malpractice Suit Against Quinn Emanuel

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 14:43

Big3's lawsuit, which Quinn Emanuel had derided as "fantasy-laden," lasted just 11 days.


Citing Pandemic, Avenatti Again Tries to Route Stormy Daniels Theft Charges to California Court

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 14:11

The embattled celebrity attorney, who was convicted in February of trying to extort Nike Inc., has renewed his bid to transfer the case charging him with stealing money from his former client, adult-film star Stormy Daniels, from New York to Los Angeles.


DC Circuit Doesn't Sound Eager to Force Dismissal of Case Against Michael Flynn

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 12:23

"I don't see why we don't observe regular order and allow him to rule," Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson said at one point during Friday's hearing in the D.C. Circuit. Flynn's lawyer, Sidney Powell, argued there was no longer any case or controversy, and the trial judge must dismiss the case against...

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Is It Time to Change How We Think About Bench Trials?

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 10:21

As the backlog of cases build, we write to start a dialogue and suggest that trial lawyers and trial judges, both of whom are understandably concerned about timely case resolution, need to give more thought and consideration to bench trials.


Litigator of the Week: Sidley's Seitz Shuts Down Out-of-State Plaintiffs in Essure Mass Tort

Fri, 06/12/2020 - 02:11

The decision "recognizes that plaintiffs must bring their claims in a state that has real connections to those claims," Seitz said. "As a result, state courts will not expend their judicial and financial resources on cases that have no connection to that state or its citizens."


9th Circuit Certifies Question in Litigation Funding Suit to NY Court of Appeals

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 19:25

The certified question from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit asked the New York Court of Appeals to decide whether the arrangement qualified as a "loan" or "cover for usury" under a state statute, which caps the amount of interest that can be charged for lending.


'Wise Lawyers Keep Accurate Time Records': Calif. Court Denies Attorney's Bid for More Fees

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:58

Attorney Michael Traylor was seeking $308,000 for early work on a case that ultimately yielded a $7 million settlement. The Second District Court of Appeal found that Traylor hadn't handed over his file to lawyers who took over the case and had submitted three separate accounts of time spent on the...

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'Gross Abuse of Executive Power': Trump Faces Second Lawsuit Over Forced Clearing of Lafayette Square Protesters

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:51

"This case concerns a day that will live in infamy. It's the day that our federal executive branch unleashed a military and paramilitary force on a band of peaceful protesters assembled in historic Lafayette Park across from the White House," the complaint reads.


Florida Chief Judge Is Clamping Down After Reports of Porn on Zoom, PDA and Attorneys With No Pants

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:43

One attorney appeared on the livestream wearing a business suit without any pants — a faux pas he inadvertently gave away by crossing his legs.


CNN's General Counsel Rejects Demand by Trump Campaign: 'That's How Free Speech Works'

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 17:37

"It is yet another bad faith attempt by the campaign to threaten litigation to muzzle speech it does not want voters to read or hear," wrote CNN general counsel David Vigilante.


Top Litigators Karen Dunn, Bill Isaacson Leave Boies Schiller for Paul Weiss

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 15:48

Paul Weiss is now planning to enter the Northern California market, aligning with its new partners' tech client base.


Daily Dicta: Lowering the Barr

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 01:30

Bill Barr is gunning for a place in history as one of the worst attorneys general. What a disappointment he has turned out to be.


'It's a Moral Issue': Plaintiffs Attorney Navan Ward Talks About George Floyd Protests

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 21:54

For Ward, a principal at Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles and African American, the issue of racial justice is personal.


Alston & Bird Takes on Trump as a Client by Adding Spears & Imes Litigation Partner

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 19:20

Joanna Hendon is representing President Donald Trump, three of his children, and his company, The Trump Organization, in a lawsuit alleging they defrauded investors by promoting doomed products and services.


Brian Benczkowski Stepping Down as Head of DOJ's Criminal Division

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 18:20

The former Kirkland & Ellis partner will be replaced by his top deputy, Brian Rabbitt, a former Trump White House lawyer who joined the criminal division earlier this year after serving as Barr's chief of staff.


From $111,000 to Zero? This Florida Ruling Shows How Insurance Litigation Can Go Wrong

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 17:04

The case resulted in a plaintiff's award that continually shrank until it amounted to nothing — plus attorney fees for the defense.


Federal Judiciary Group Releases Guidelines for Resuming Jury Trials

Wed, 06/10/2020 - 01:39

A subgroup of the federal judiciary's COVID-19 Judicial Task Force suggests having cleaning personnel continuously wipe down the handrails of courthouse stairwells due to limitations on elevator capacity. It also flags constitutional challenges criminal defendants might have due to remote testimony...

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