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GE's Jack Welch and the Inside Counsel Revolution

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 14:02

Jack Welch, GE's legendary CEO, died last weekend. Lengthy obits about his business career followed. But few know of the vital role Jack played in the inside counsel revolution.


Judge Thomas Griffith to Retire from DC Circuit, Giving Third Vacancy to Trump

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 09:33

The judge most recently made headlines with his opinion in the House's lawsuit seeking to compel testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn.


Daily Dicta: VW Opt-Out Plaintiffs Crash with Minuscule Damages

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 01:55

A San Francisco federal jury this week awarded the first 10 bellwether plaintiffs a combined $5,747 in compensatory damages—which is just sad.


Dueling Briefs in Nazi Art Theft Case Point Up Issue of Federal Ruling's Effect on State Case

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 00:51

Much of the hotly litigated fight over whether the state's Court of Appeals should grant leave to appeal focuses on the interpretation of, and weight to be accorded to, a previous federal case involving a different drawing from the same 1930s art collection.


California Judge Candidate Who Changed Name to 'Judge' Not Likely to Win Election

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 20:26

Judge Mike Cummins strategy of legally changing his first name to "Judge" did not land him a seat on the Los Angeles County Superior Court.


Chief Justice Roberts Condemns Schumer's Remarks About Kavanaugh and Gorsuch as 'Dangerous'

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 17:57

A spokesperson for U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer said in a statement that "the comments were a reference to the political price Senate Republicans will pay for putting these justices on the court."


California Judge Hit With Misconduct Charges for 'Undignified, Discourteous' Comments

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 16:08

The California Commission on Judicial Performance is proceeding with a complaint against Judge Jeffrey Bennett. His attorneys at Klinedinst said the judge "sincerely apologized to the commission and implemented a thoughtfully developed plan for improvement and change."


Kirkland Nabs Skadden's National Security Practice Leader

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 15:08

Ivan Schlager's two decades at Skadden were capped by leading the firm's national security practice. His move comes at a time when CFIUS work has been heating up.


Litigators and Privacy: The Last People You Want to See, or the First?

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 14:30

In their consideration of possible worst-case cyber attack scenarios, organizations often focus on the various types of attacks and their relative severity. But, the worst-case scenario is not the breach, it's the reputational damage, regulatory enforcement action, the business interruption, and...

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10th Circuit Sent Judge Carlos Murguia to 'Medical Treatment' After First Sexual Harassment Claim Surfaced in 2016

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 13:39

Chief Circuit Judge Timothy Tymkovich told Carlos Murguia that he wouldn't initiate a formal complaint after the district judge "successfully" underwent the medical treatment.


Daily Dicta: Judge Scolds LA Litigator in Fight over Blade Runner Flying Car Deal

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 02:16

Litigators are story tellers. But do you want to be an Ernest Hemingway or a Herman Melville?


9th Circuit Holds That a Privacy Violation Is a Concrete Injury in Facebook Settlement Over Private Message Probes

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 17:24

Alan Butler, general counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said the appeals court order continues "a string of good decisions on standing to enforce privacy statutes."


Libel Litigator Lin Wood Settles Second Defamation Suit With CNN

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 16:00

Longtime libel lawyer Lin Wood promised his family he wouldn't try another case. Instead, he's settling pending defamation claims—and filing new ones.


Justice Gorsuch Would Be 'Grateful' if You'd Answer His Question

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 15:25

"If we could avoid disparaging our colleagues and just answer my question, I would be grateful," Gorsuch said at one point in Tuesday's arguments in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau case.


Cleary Nabs FTC Competition Chief Bruce Hoffman for Antitrust Team

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 10:52

Bruce Hoffman, a former practice leader at Shearman & Sterling and Hunton & Williams who led the FTC's Bureau of Competition, will counsel clients on global antitrust issues and litigation.


Firms Rack Up $160M in Fees Over Opioid Litigation

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 10:00

The fees come from more than $690 million in settlements so far involving two counties in Ohio and the state of Oklahoma.


Daily Dicta: 6 New Lateral Moves that Matter

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 00:40

Clifford Chance; Mukasey Frenchman & Sklaroff, Sidley; Morgan Lewis and Foley & Lardner all announced notable lateral litigator hires on Monday.


Lawyer at NY Trusts & Estates Firm Is Severely Ill, Others Being Tested for Coronavirus

Tue, 03/03/2020 - 00:05

City officials said the 50-year-old attorney worked at Lewis and Garbuz, a trusts and estates law firm in Midtown that lists six lawyers on its website.


After Investigation Into Class Action Billing, Law Firms' Fees Slashed

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 17:25

Plaintiff law firms Labaton Sucharow and the Thornton Law Firm say they are evaluating options after a judge referred the firms' conduct to a disciplinary authority.


Invoking the 'Interest of Justice,' Judge Taps Sidley's Alan Raul to Represent Roger Stone Jurors

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 17:11

Raul is a former associate counsel to President Ronald Reagan, a member of the conservative group Checks and Balances and the head of Sidley Austin's privacy and cybersecurity practice.