Small Law

  • Counterclaim Tossed In Attys' Fight Over Broken Biz Alliance

    A federal judge has handed one victory in a larger battle to a lawyer and his Philadelphia-based law firm suing another attorney over a business relationship gone south, agreeing that a counterclaim from the defendant for breach of contract can't stand.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

  • Law Firm Hit With Suit Over Abandoned Patent Application

    A Louisiana-based medical software company has sued a law firm that was hired to help it with an application for a patent for its platform, saying the firm's alleged negligence led to the application being abandoned.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    O'Toole Scrivo Construction Pros Join Murphy Schiller

    Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLP, which is headquartered in New Jersey, has tapped new partners Anthony D. Capasso and R. Brant Forrest to lead its construction law and litigation practice groups as the pair departs O'Toole Scrivo LLP.

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    Taylor English Picks Up Corporate Ace From Fla. IP Boutique

    Taylor English Duma LLP has brought on a seasoned corporate attorney who has represented prominent entertainment clients and was most recently a counsel with intellectual property firm 500law.

  • 2 Arbitration Bodies Donate $750K For Diversity Efforts

    Two nonprofits focused on the alternative dispute resolution field — the American Arbitration Association-International Centre for Dispute Resolution Foundation and the JAMS Foundation — jointly announced on Monday a $750,000 grant to support efforts to increase diversity among arbitrators and mediators.

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    Ex-Lynch Carpenter Atty Hits Firm With Whistleblower Case

    A former associate for Lynch Carpenter LLP has brought a whistleblower suit in Los Angeles Superior Court claiming labor code violations, discrimination, breach of contract and retaliation after allegedly witnessing "multiple instances of unethical conduct that he believed constituted fraud and/or legal malpractice."

  • Law Firm Beats COVID Vax Refuser's Religious Bias, ADA Suit

    A Maryland federal judge threw out a suit from a legal secretary who said a Baltimore law firm fired her because her religious beliefs barred her from getting a COVID-19 vaccine, ruling she hadn't explained what religion she adhered to or how getting vaccinated would violate its precepts.

  • Move Puerto Rico Defamation Suit To Illinois, Judge Advises

    A $3 million defamation suit brought by a Chicago-based lobbyist against two Illinois attorneys belongs in the Land of Lincoln, a Puerto Rico magistrate judge determined in a report and recommendation.

  • Mass. Law Firm Can't Escape Ex-Client's Data Breach Case

    A small Massachusetts law firm will have to face an ex-client's proposed class action claiming it was negligent and failed to protect her and others' personal information from hackers who breached the firm's computers and stole data, a Boston federal judge has ruled.

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    Seton Hall Aims To Erase Ex-President's 'Sensational' Suit

    Seton Hall University has called on a New Jersey state court to throw out its former president's claims he was forced out for blowing the whistle on alleged misconduct by former board chair and prominent criminal defense attorney Kevin Marino, saying the suit is "what can best be described as gamesmanship, and at worst sheer dishonesty."

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    Legal Groups Seek Update On What It Takes To Be A Lawyer

    The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has announced a "major update" to its 2014 survey, this time teaming up with the Law School Admission Council to tap thousands of attorneys to get an updated view of what it takes to be a successful lawyer.

  • 5th Circ. Revives Widows' Collections Suit Against Law Firm

    The Fifth Circuit has revived a proposed class action against Louisiana law firm Shows Cali & Walsh LLP regarding its efforts to recoup grant funds awarded in connection with Hurricane Katrina, saying a reasonable jury could find the law firm violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

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    Paris-Based Boutique Leaders On Firm's Push Into DC

    While a number of U.S. law firms have expanded into Europe in recent years, the Paris-based Pinna Legal has flipped the script by recruiting a White & Case LLP partner to open the international arbitration and litigation boutique's first U.S. shop in Washington, D.C.

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    Pa. Firm Partner's Equity Suit Sent Back To State Court

    A dispute between two firm partners is being remanded to Pennsylvania state court after a U.S. district judge ruled Friday that the case lacks the geographic diversity required to be in federal court because both attorneys remain members of the firm, despite one submitting notice of her intent to withdraw.

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    How Small Law Firms Are Preparing To Embrace AI

    The promise of generative artificial intelligence remains outside the gates of many small law firms, but that hasn't stopped some from using this time to evaluate and test products before securing access to this new technology.

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    Lambda Legal Elects New Board Of Directors Chair

    LGBTQ+-focused legal charity Lambda Legal has announced that the former vice chair of its board of directors has been elevated to the role of chair following an election by the board's members.

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    The Trio Of Attys Fighting New Jersey's 'County Line' System

    New Jersey's "county line" ballot system where candidates are grouped by party endorsement rather than by office — and an anti-democratic tool, some argue — has become one of this primary season's hottest issues as a battle shapes up pitting a congressman against the governor's wife for a U.S. Senate seat.

  • LA Billing Scandal Atty's Estate Can't Revive Fee Dispute

    The estate of an Ohio attorney who was accused of participating in a highly publicized billing settlement scandal involving the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power has lost two probate court bids to recoup fees from the late attorney's former colleagues, with an appeals panel determining the court lacked jurisdiction.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    'Perfect Storm' Caused 2023 Surge In Law Firm Leasing

    U.S. law firms in 2023 took on nearly 17 million square feet of office space, an unprecedented level of leasing activity driven by major law firm moves into trophy buildings in New York City, according to a report from commercial brokerage firm Cushman & Wakefield.

  • Law360 Legal Lions Of The Week

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Littler Mendelson PC kick off this week's edition of Law360 Legal Lions, with a win for business groups striking down the National Labor Relations Board's joint employer rule.

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    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

  • Atty Claims Privilege On Docs In Patent Suit Origin Probe

    An attorney whom Delaware Judge Colm Connolly is considering referring for disciplinary action as part of a probe into third-party patent litigation control and funding turned over some documents requested by the judge on Thursday, but said others are being withheld as privileged.

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