Business of Law

  • March 29, 2024

    In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

    For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

  • March 29, 2024

    Petition Watch: Off-Label Ads, Retiree Discrimination & PPE

    A Utah attorney has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether allegedly retaliatory IRS summonses can be quashed, and two former pharmaceutical executives are challenging the constitutionality of their convictions for marketing the off-label use of a drug. Here, Law360 looks at recently filed petitions that you might've missed.

  • March 29, 2024

    Manhattan DA Says Trump Violated Hush Money Gag Order

    Donald Trump may have already violated a New York state judge's gag order in the former president's hush money case by impugning the judge's daughter on social media, Manhattan prosecutors said, while Trump's attorneys say prosecutors are trying to improperly expand the order.

  • March 29, 2024

    Northern Texas Judges Won't Adopt Judge-Shopping Rule

    Judges with the Northern District of Texas have opted not to make any changes to how cases are assigned, despite a recent letter from Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging the district to implement an updated policy aiming to prevent litigants from judge shopping, the district's chief judge said Friday.

  • March 29, 2024

    Hogan Lovells Vet's High Court Debut A Study In Contrasts

    Several weeks ago, when a Hogan Lovells lawyer finally delivered U.S. Supreme Court arguments after 20 years at the firm, she parsed arcane arbitration issues and her words weren't widely heard outside the courtroom. But weeks later and back at the high court podium, her words were heard nationwide when she pointedly spotlighted a judge's use of "anonymous blog posts" in a bombshell abortion ruling.

  • March 29, 2024

    High Court SEC Case May Bear On DOJ's Immigration Probes

    A highly anticipated Supreme Court decision on the constitutionality of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's tribunal body could lend support to Walmart and SpaceX in immigration enforcement proceedings, and it may even have the potential to strike the foundation of immigration courts.

  • March 29, 2024

    Dem Cites 'Secret' Report Against Ticketmaster 'Rebates'

    A major congressional critic of Live Nation Entertainment Inc. and Ticketmaster highlighted an expert report from a long-running lawsuit as further proof of the ticketing juggernauts' "rampant, corrupt and abusive practices," although assertions that the report was secret and only newly unearthed may be overblown.

  • March 29, 2024

    Ala. Steel Mill Asks 11th Circ. To Undo $13M Default Judgment

    An Alabama steel mill urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse a misconduct-triggered default judgment that led to workers being awarded $13.1 million in a wage and hour suit they filed alleging the mill shorted hundreds of workers on hourly wages, overtime pay and bonuses.

  • March 29, 2024

    'Antiquated' Doctrine Can't Cut Burford Unit From Turkey Suit

    An Illinois federal judge has refused to block a Burford Capital investment unit from pursuing price-fixing allegations in a consolidated case against major turkey producers, saying federal law largely no longer recognizes the "antiquated" doctrine the producers cited to invalidate the claim.

  • March 29, 2024

    Attys Dodge Sanctions Over Microsoft Word Error, Judge Rules

    An error in an attorney's Microsoft Word settings made sanctions against two firms for filing oversized briefs while representing High 5 Games in a consumer protection class action unnecessary, a Washington federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • March 29, 2024

    Up Next After Bankman-Fried Sentencing: FTX Cooperators

    Now that FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for an $11 billion fraud on the collapsed crypto exchange, it's time for the three top lieutenants who testified against him at trial to face their own judgments — and experts say the cooperators are well positioned to avoid jail time.

  • March 29, 2024

    Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

    The Digital Justice Foundation leads this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, after the Tenth Circuit set aside a fair use win for Netflix Inc. in a copyright suit brought by a former zoo employee who livestreamed the funeral of the husband of "Tiger King" star Joe Exotic.

  • March 29, 2024

    Epiq Says Chubb Owes Costs In Clergy Abuse Data Leak Case

    Epiq Corporate Restructuring LLC has sued Chubb-affiliated insurers in Connecticut federal court seeking to be reimbursed for $2.5 million in settlement costs and roughly $1.8 million for its defense of litigation over Epiq's disclosure of sex abuse survivors' names in a Chapter 11 case.

  • March 29, 2024

    'Rust' Movie Armorer Denied New Trial, Remains Jailed

    A New Mexico state judge on Friday rejected "Rust" armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed's emergency motion to be released from custody and given a new trial based on what her attorneys argued were erroneous jury instructions leading to her conviction over the on-set shooting death of a cinematographer.

  • March 29, 2024

    GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Discover argued that allegedly misleading statements on compliance and risk management protocols from top brass were "aspirational" remarks on general practices, and an affiliate of Walt Disney Co. shareholder Blackwells Capital asked Delaware's Court of the Chancery to force Disney to open its books and records. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • March 29, 2024

    Catching Up With Former NC Chief Justice Cheri Beasley

    It's been more than three years since former North Carolina Supreme Court Justice Cheri Beasley left the bench, accelerating her return to private practice and paving the way for a contested U.S. congressional campaign.

  • March 28, 2024

    Fla. Judge Axes Club Owners' Suit 'Intended For The Media'

    A Florida federal judge has dismissed a complaint brought by two Little Havana businessmen against top-level Miami officials over weaponizing city resources against them for supporting a local political candidate, saying the lawsuit appeared to be "intended for the media" and needs to be refiled without errors.

  • March 28, 2024

    Munger Tolles, Stroock Alums Tapped For Calif. Judiciary

    Among California Gov. Gavin Newsom's picks for judgeships around the Golden State are a former Munger Tolles & Olson LLP attorney, who will serve on the state's Second District Court of Appeal, and a Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP alumna.

  • March 28, 2024

    Laurence Fishburne Portrays Atty's Harrowing Katrina Ordeal

    This weekend marks the end of a three-week debut run of the one-man show "Like They Do in the Movies," written and performed by Tony Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne — which includes the moving story of what his longtime friend Duane Morris partner Joe West endured at a New Orleans hospital during Hurricane Katrina.

  • March 28, 2024

    WeightWatchers Adds 23andMe's Ex-Legal Head As Its GC

    WW International Inc., formerly known as WeightWatchers, hired Jacqueline Cooke from ancestry-tracking company 23andMe this month as its new general counsel and corporate secretary.

  • March 28, 2024

    NC Atty Says Career Coaching Business Stiffed Him On Pay

    A North Carolina lawyer said this week that he hasn't been paid for his work at a career coaching business in which he owns a minority stake after he discovered the company was bleeding funds and rife with mismanagement, according to an amended state business court complaint.

  • March 28, 2024

    Busy Chief Lawyer Lands On List Of Highest Paid 3M Execs

    While 3M Co. laid off thousands of employees in 2023, including some lawyers, its chief legal affairs officer saw his pay increase, earning over $6.7 million in total compensation as he joined the list of the company's five highest paid executives.

  • March 28, 2024

    Morgan Lewis Accused Of Age, Race Bias By Patent Specialist

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP gave preferential treatment to younger white co-workers of a Black patent prosecution specialist, including more overtime and better pay, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Washington, D.C., federal court.

  • March 28, 2024

    Legal Acumen Helped Lieberman In Senate, Colleagues Say

    While Joe Lieberman was best known for his political career, where he ran for vice president, supported the Iraq war and cast the deciding vote approving the Affordable Care Act, those who knew him as a practicing attorney recalled his integrity, kindness and respect for the legal process.

  • March 28, 2024

    Career Public Defender To Lead Federal Defenders Of NY

    The Federal Defenders of New York named longtime public defender Tamara Giwa as the group's next executive director starting Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Taking A Walk Down Mandamus Lane After 2nd Circ. Ruling

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    The Second Circuit’s recent decision to deny a writ of mandamus, filed by a law firm after a lower court barred it from representing a Salvadoran oil company, adds to the nuanced and sometimes conflicting mandamus case law that requires careful research before litigants seek appellate review, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Roundup

    ESG Around The World

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    While ESG investing has recently become one of the most controversial policymaking issues in the U.S., in this Expert Analysis series, attorneys across the globe tell us about the state of ESG in each of their countries or regions.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Tips For Camp Lejeune Attorneys To Mitigate TCPA Suit Risks

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    To retain and assist Camp Lejeune clients, it is vital to understand best practices to avoid violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which has been at the center of recent lawsuits against attorneys seeking to reach veterans and their families affected by the toxic water exposure at the Marine Corps base, says Libby Vish at SimplyConvert.

  • Series

    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Opinion

    Companies Must Not Back Down On DEI Efforts

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    In the face of recent lawsuits filed to challenge schools' diversity efforts, and a U.S. Supreme Court potentially friendly to purely hypothetical arguments, companies must stand strong and not be intimidated into abandoning diversity and inclusion programs, says Licha Nyiendo at Human Rights First.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

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