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Ice Melt Supplier’s Suit Against Municipal Cooperative Isn’t Worth Its Salt, 3rd Circuit Says

2020-07-06 22:20 UTC by Law.comP.J. D’Annunzio and Resources/State and Local Government/News/Civil Appeals/Contractual Disputes/Government/Industrial, Chemicals & Materials/Contract Litigation/New Jersey

A split panel affirmed a ruling in favor of the Morris County Cooperative Pricing Council, which awards and executes contracts for products and services so its members can obtain volume discount.


Justice for All: Implications of the Texas Supreme Court Ruling on Workers’ Compensation for Truck Drivers Injured on the Job

2020-07-06 22:03 UTC by Law.comKenneth ArtzCargo and Shipping/Cases and Courts/State and Local Government/Analysis/Litigation/Litigators/Transportation

Damages paid through workers’ compensation and wrongful death in Texas should not be reserved for spouses and descendants, but made available to parents, siblings and immediate family.


Phila. Agrees to Pay $6.25M to Man Wrongfully Incarcerated for More Than 20 Years

2020-07-06 22:00 UTC by Law.comMax Mitchell and Local Government/News/Philadelphia Eastern PA/Criminal Law/Damages

Attorney Kevin Harden of Ross Feller Casey said the agreement marks the highest settlement in an exoneration case in Pennsylvania that did not involve DNA evidence.


Parker Hudson’s New Leader Aims to Increase Diversity and Keep Growing

2020-07-06 21:25 UTC by Law.comMeredith Hobbs Services/News/Business of Law/Law Firm Management/Law Firm Partners/Law Firms – Mid Size/Leadership

Harrison Roberts said his immediate initiatives for the 75-lawyer firm are to diversify its partnership and maintain a strong culture of client service through the uncertainty of the pandemic.


Broward Lawyer’s Threatening Message Lands Him a Suspension: ‘You Will Never See Me Coming’

2020-07-06 21:08 UTC by Law.comMichael A. Mora and Courts/Bar Associations/Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline/Litigation/Litigators/Florida

“You will never see me coming, and won’t know what hit you when you realize what you’ve brought upon yourself,” the referee’s report quotes the attorney as saying.


As Ghislaine Maxwell Gets Representation, Prosecutors Request Friday Bail Hearing in Manhattan

2020-07-06 21:07 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/News/Criminal Law/Florida/New Hampshire/New York/Europe

Maxwell’s attorneys are Cohen & Gresser partners Mark Cohen and Christian Everdell, according to court filings.


Doing More With Less During Coronavirus Times: ‘You’ve Got to Ruthlessly Prioritize’

2020-07-06 20:55 UTC by Law.comPhillip Bantz, Influence & Power in Law/News/COVID-19/General Counsel and In House Counsel/Legal Operations/Women in Law/Legal Services/COVID-19/Washington

Jessica Nguyen, a former Microsoft lawyer who has served as the first-time top lawyer for three companies, talks about dealing with reduced legal department head counts.


‘Particularly Troubling’: Trump Appointee Calls Out Administration for Not Considering Dangers to Asylum Seekers

2020-07-06 20:22 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Law/Civil Appeals/Immigration Law/Judges/Litigation/Government/California/District of Columbia

Judge Eric Miller, confirmed to the Ninth Circuit last year, wrote separately to say Trump officials’ reasons for adopting an asylum restriction “is contradicted by the agencies’ own record.”


Justices’ Fresh Views on ‘Severability’ Could Boost Obamacare Defenders

2020-07-06 20:13 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle Government/Health Care/Civil Appeals/Health Care Law/United States Supreme Court/Government/Health Care/U.S. Supreme Court

When a federal law has no severability clause, Justice Brett Kavanaugh said in a ruling Monday, there is a “strong” presumption of that the unlawful part be removed without disturbing the entirety of the law. The court next term will address the severability of the ACA’s individual mandate.


New York’s Visitor Quarantine Order Draws Legal Challenge From Arizona Woman

2020-07-06 20:03 UTC by Law.comRyan Tarinelli and Local Government/News/Civil Rights/COVID-19/Government/COVID-19/Arizona/New York

Last month, Cuomo announced that people entering New York from states with high coronavirus infection rates must quarantine for 14 days.


Appeals Court Delivers Setback to Norcross in Fight Over Tax Incentives Investigation

2020-07-06 19:28 UTC by Law.comCharles Toutant and Local Government/News/Civil Appeals/New Jersey

The appeals court affirmed the ruling of a Mercer County Superior Court judge who dismissed with prejudice the plaintiffs’ claim that the governor’s creation of the task force exceeds his statutory authority.


Alan Becker, Co-Founder of Becker & Poliakoff, Dies at 74

2020-07-06 19:21 UTC by Law.comDylan Jackson Services/News

The former state legislator held the distinction of being the youngest member elected to the Florida House at 26 and went on to serve three terms.


‘I Don’t Blame You, Man’: South Florida Lawyer Turns Heads by Wearing Full Hazmat Suit to Federal Court

2020-07-06 19:13 UTC by Law.comRaychel Lean Safety and Health/COVID-19/Florida

“Is there something we should be worrying about?” two police officers who pulled up, rolled down their car window and asked the Miami lawyer.


Law Firms Are Raking in Millions From Pandemic-Era Retail Bankruptcies

2020-07-06 18:41 UTC by Law.comSamantha Stokes Services/Retail/Bankruptcy/COVID-19/Legal Services

Several Am Law 100 firms are reaping the rewards from some of this spring’s most active bankruptcies, including J. Crew, Neiman Marcus and J.C. Penney—some to the tune of more than $10 million.


Florida Changes Bar Exam Date Again

2020-07-06 18:37 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education/Education/COVID-19/Florida

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners inadvertently scheduled the abbreviated online bar exam for the same day as the state’s primary election.


Big Law Firms Received Millions Through PPP Loans

2020-07-06 18:35 UTC by Law.comDylan Jackson Services/Law Firm Management/Law Firm Profitability/Law Firms – Large/Breaking News/Legal Services/COVID-19

Boies Schiller Flexner, Kobre & Kim, Hughes Hubbard, Thompson & Knight and Wiley Rein were among the firms receiving paycheck protection loans.


Medical Records Come Back to Bite Connecticut Lawyer Seeking Release From Prison During Pandemic

2020-07-06 18:31 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Courts/News/Free/COVID-19/Judges/Legal Malpractice/COVID-19/Connecticut

“Some people get out and some don’t,” said defense counsel Richard Brown of Brown Paindiris & Scott in Hartford. “You do the best you can do.”


How Miami Lawyer Corey Lee E-Discovered Himself, And Why You Should Too

2020-07-06 18:04 UTC by Law.comRaychel Lean Technology/Litigators/Internet & Social Media/Legal Services/Technology/Telecommunications/Florida

“There’s really a lot of great information and great stories to be told if lawyers are willing to think about all the technology and all the information sources that are available to them and how they can really help them in their cases,” said Corey Lee, partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth.


Miami-Dade Multifamily Investor-Manager Buys Out Melbourne Real Estate Firm

2020-07-06 05:12 UTC by Law.comLidia Dinkova Real Estate/Real Estate News/Brokerage/Deals/Investments and Investment Advisory/Real Estate/News/Contracts/Deals and Transactions/Mergers and Acquisitions/Real Estate

Tzadik Management acquires JM Real Estate, which manages a 2.5 million-square-foot portfolio valued at more than $300 million.


States Can Enforce Laws Punishing Presidential Electors Who Break Pledge, Justices Say

2020-07-06 15:29 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle and Local Government/Civil Appeals/Election and Political Law/Regulation/United States Supreme Court/Breaking News/U.S. Supreme Court/Colorado/District of Columbia/Washington

Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Neil Gorsuch, wrote an opinion concurring in the judgment. “In my view, the Constitution is silent on states’ authority to bind electors in voting,” Thomas wrote.


What the 4th Circuit’s Recent Rulings Mean for Health Care Providers, Insurers and the FCA

2020-07-06 15:00 UTC by Law.comMatt Wolfe and La-Deidre Matthews Government/Health Care/Insurance/Analysis/Administrative Law/Civil Appeals/Civil Procedure/Health Care Law/Insurance Litigation

While regulatory ambiguity may shield health care providers from liability under the FCA in some circumstances, due diligence should be taken to ensure compliance with Medicare reporting requirements.


The New Meaning of ‘Meeting’; Bench Trials Get a Bump; SCOTUS Is Still at It…And So Is Jack Abramoff: The Morning Minute

2020-07-06 11:00 UTC by Law.comZack Needles

The news you need to start your day.


Facing Down a Crisis, Big Law’s Pro Bono Departments Prepare to Do Their Part

2020-07-06 10:00 UTC by Law.comSamantha Stokes Services/Analysis/Law Firms – Large/Pro Bono

The Pro Bono Scorecard shows Big Law contributed more than 5 million hours of pro bono last year. Now, as the pandemic pushes millions of Americans to the brink, pro bono leaders are ready for a surge of clients in need.


Norton Rose Was Forced to Shutter Dubai Office After COVID-19 Resurgence

2020-07-06 09:47 UTC by Law.comPeter Shaw-Smith – Africa and Middle East

Following a 14-day closure in late June, the office has now reopened for business.

  Trendspotter: The Meaning of ‘Meeting’ Has Changed for Good—and, Arguably, for the Better

2020-07-06 05:43 UTC by Law.comZack Needles Firm Management/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size

“I believe this recession will be looked back upon and known as the bursting of the bullshit bubble,” one legal industry advisor said. “All the things that we say we needed, must do, and have no choices about turned out to be bullshit. And, there is no looking back.”


Texas Cancels In-Person July Bar Exam, Offers Online October Test

2020-07-04 19:44 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education

Texas becomes the third jurisdiction in a week to pull the plug on its July bar exam, amid rising COVID-19 cases.


Eight Minutes and Forty-Six Seconds: From Sympathy to Empathy

2020-07-03 05:45 UTC by Law.comAlbert S. Dandridge III Rights/Diversity

Hallmark does not make a card to assuage this pain. Godiva does not make anything to combat this bitter taste. There are no floral arrangements to hide what we saw. There is no elevator music to mask what we heard.


In Trump Book Lawsuit, Boutrous Argues Injunction Would Be ‘Futile’

2020-07-03 05:36 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/News/Communications and Media/Constitutional Law/Government/Technology Media and Telecom/Entertainment, Sports & Media/Contract Litigation/California/New Jersey/New York

Mary Trump was sued June 26 by Robert Trump, who has argued that she is forbidden by a settlement agreement associated with her grandfather’s will from publishing information about her relationships with the president, Robert Trump and their sister, former Judge Maryanne Trump Barry of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, without their…

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Impact and ‘Unintended Benefits’ of the Federal Circuit’s Suspension of In-Person Oral Arguments

2020-07-03 13:42 UTC by Law.comGreg Corbett and Marie McKiernan Appeals/Litigation

Ultimately, the same considerations that governed appellate practice before the Federal Circuit for in-person hearings will govern remote practice. However, increased attention to detail both in briefing and presentation of argument should be given to make up for any shortcomings of remote argument.


Oracle Shareholder Suit Calls on Board to Replace 3 Members With Black and Minority Leadership

2020-07-03 05:08 UTC by Law.comAlaina Lancaster Governance/Diversity/Litigation/Technology/Labor & Employment/California

A shareholder suit against Oracle argues that the company is “the oldest and most egregious ‘Old Boy’s Club’ in Silicon Valley.”


Law School Deans Lobby California Court for Diploma Privilege in Virus Era

2020-07-02 23:47 UTC by Law.comCheryl Miller and Local Government/News/Bar Associations/Career Development/Legal Education/Education/COVID-19/California

The deans said the justices gave no indication of which exam option they may favor. State Bar officials, however, appeared early in the meeting to be leaning in favor of an online exam in October, they said.


YouTube Smacked With Class Action Lawsuit Over Its Copyright Enforcement

2020-07-02 23:09 UTC by Law.comAlaina Lancaster Property/Entertainment, Sports & Media/Internet & Social Media/Copyright/Intellectual Property/California

The class action complaint asks the Northern District of California to require YouTube to open up its Content ID copyright identification tool to everyone.


Hong Kong—and Lawyers in the City—Face an Uncertain Future

2020-07-02 22:45 UTC by Law.comVincent Chow – Asia and Australasia

The new law marks the most significant shakeup to Hong Kong’s Constitution since the city’s return to Chinese rule in 1997. Global law firms say they are scrambling to deal with clients’ inquiries about how the new law will affect their bottom lines.


‘I Hope We All Keep Up the Momentum and Keep the Strength:’ Black Women Firm Leaders Speak

2020-07-02 22:31 UTC by Law.comLisa Helem | Vanessa Blum Services/Podcast/Free/Diversity/Law Firms – Large/Leadership/Women in Law/Legal Services/District of Columbia

Grace Speights of Morgan Lewis and Tara Elliott of Latham & Watkins discuss the current landscape and the conversations they’re having about race.


Kline & Specter, Citing Hate Speech Concerns, Halts Advertising on Facebook

2020-07-02 21:59 UTC by Law.comErica Silverman Services/News/Social Media/New Jersey/Pennsylvania

Founding partner Shanin Specter said that some of the recent communications from President Donald Trump and his campaign motivated his firm to make the decision.


US Attorney Richard Donoghue to Leave Eastern District of New York for Role at Main Justice

2020-07-02 21:58 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/Criminal Law/Litigators/Government/District of Columbia/New York

Donoghue will be the top deputy to Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen.


5 Questions With ACLU of Connecticut Legal Director Dan Barrett

2020-07-02 21:01 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Community/Civil Rights/Connecticut

ACLU Legal Director Dan Barrett gave his views on some of the most pressing civil liberties concerns facing Connecticut in a question-and-answer session with the Connecticut Law Tribune.


Higher Law: Evolution of a Practice: Perkins Coie Cannabis Chair Q&A | New FinCEN Guidance | DOJ Leaders Counter Whistleblower Claims | Who Got the Work

2020-07-02 21:00 UTC by Law.comCheryl Miller Law/Financial Services and Banking/Law Firm Mergers/Marijuana/Regulation

Welcome to Higher Law. Perkins Coie’s cannabis leader talks with us this week about building a practice and keeping up with fast-moving changes. Scroll down for the latest FinCEN guidance, and Who Got the Work. Have a happy and safe holiday—and thanks for reading!


Tennessee Follows Florida in Canceling July Bar Exam

2020-07-02 20:55 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education

Candidates who expected to sit for the two-day licensing exam later this month will be given spots in the second administration, scheduled for Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.


Banking On Uptick in Commercial Real Estate Market, McGuireWoods Adds Former REIT GC

2020-07-02 20:34 UTC by Law.comBrenda Sapino Jeffreys Services/News/Business of Law/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firms – Large/Real Estate/Legal Services/Texas

Mason Mote, who joined McGuireWoods as a partner in Houston and Austin on Wednesday, sees potential for increase demand in real estate work in Texas, particularly in Austin.


For Laterals, Integration Means Getting Familiar With New Colleagues’ ‘Natural Habitats’

2020-07-02 20:34 UTC by Law.comSamantha Stokes Services/News/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firm Management/Law Firm Office Launches and Closures/Law Firm Partners/Legal Services/COVID-19/California/District of Columbia/Pennsylvania/Texas

Four recent hires shared with us the ups and downs of integrating virtually into their new law firms.


Disciplinary Commission Says NY Judge Should Be Admonished Over Inappropriate Comments

2020-07-02 20:30 UTC by Law.comRyan Tarinelli and Local Government/News/Court Administration/Judges/Judicial Ethics/New York

During a conference in 2017 on a separate case, Gerber remarked that a defendant’s daughter “was ‘dressing for attention,’ by which he meant ‘for men to look at her,'” the commission reported.


Judge Invalidates Regular-Use Exclusion Based on ‘Seismic’ Pa. Supreme Court Decision

2020-07-02 20:25 UTC by Law.comMax Mitchell Litigation/Pennsylvania

According to attorneys, the decision marks the first time a state court judge has extended the holding in Gallagher to a regular use exclusion, and creates some tension with at least one federal court in Pennsylvania.


To Help NYC Protesters, 500 Attorneys Volunteer With Legal Aid’s New ‘Cop Accountability Clinic’

2020-07-02 20:25 UTC by Law.comJane Wester and Local Government/News/Constitutional Law/Criminal Law/New York

The lawyers involved come from 20 different firms, including Cravath, Swaine & Moore; Debevoise & Plimpton; Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe; Schulte Roth & Zabel; and Sidley Austin, according to a Legal Aid spokesman.


March 2021 Trial Date Set in Halkbank Sanctions-Busting Case, as Defense Loses Bid to Delay

2020-07-02 19:50 UTC by Law.comTom McParland Government/Financial Services and Banking/News/Criminal Law/Government/Litigation/Banking & Financial Services/District of Columbia/New York/Europe/Middle East / Africa

In his order, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said he considered the need to monitor the developing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on federal court functions, fairness to both sides and the “avoidance of unnecessary delay.”


The Racism Conversation: What Are We So Afraid Of?

2020-07-02 19:09 UTC by Law.comEugene Pettis of Contributors/Legal Services/Commentary/Columns/Civil Rights/Diversity

The weight of this issue requires full engagement toward change. Authentic conversations have the power to peel back the layers of hurt and pain in one’s life, to clear away the historical harm that has calcified through avoidance and neglect.


Skilled in the Art: PTAB Appointments Headed to Supreme Court + Interest Rates Fall, Patent Suits Rise + Life, Death or Settlement in ED-Tex

2020-07-02 19:08 UTC by Law.comScott Graham in the Art/Intellectual Property

Arthrex cert petitions are starting to hit the Supreme Court, and patent filings may be the new stocks and bonds for investors.


Trump Watch: Senator Raises Alarm Over Judiciary’s Slide ‘Away From Diversity’ Under Trump

2020-07-02 18:56 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Watch/Federal Government/Judges

Sen. Cory Booker said that under former President Barack Obama, there was a significantly higher percentage of judicial nominees of color and female jurists than under Trump.


Corporate Legal Departments Should Prepare for Heightened Fraud Risks

2020-07-02 18:53 UTC by Law.comPhillip Bantz Counsel and In House Counsel/Risk and Compliance/Legal Services/COVID-19/Georgia

“Businesses are deciding when and how they can come back to work. And so it’s really easy to begin to ignore the basics around compliance,” said Don Fancher, an Atlanta-based principal at Deloitte.


Texas Firms’ Profits Per Partner 2020

2020-07-02 18:25 UTC by Law.comTexas Lawyer Staff

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Superior Court Upholds Attorney Fees Based on Lawyer’s ‘Frivolous Appeals’

2020-07-02 05:01 UTC by Law.comP.J. D’Annunzio Law Weekly News/Fee Disputes/Motor Vehicle Torts/Insurance/Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Superior Court has upheld a ruling granting attorney fees to State Farm Insurance due to the insured’s lawyer’s “vexatious” conduct in conducting “frivolous appeals” in an insurance dispute.


Labor of Law: NDAs Questioned | 401(k) & Private Equity | Fox News Correspondent Fired | Claims Revived Against Real Estate Company | Notable Moves & More

2020-07-02 05:00 UTC by Law.comMike Scarcella of Law/Investments and Investment Advisory/Legal Services/Employment Law/General Counsel and In House Counsel/Labor Law/United States Supreme Court

Welcome to Labor of Law, and welcome to July. The U.S. Supreme Court this today refused to disturb the Ninth Circuit’s pay-equality ruling in Yovino v. Rizo. Plus: scroll down for views on NDAs, DOL’s new 401(k) policy, and much more, including Who Got the Work and our roundup of all the major covid-19 headlines. Thanks for reading!


Shackelford Bowen Grabs 6 Winstead Lawyers to Start Patent Practice

2020-07-02 16:55 UTC by Law.comBrenda Sapino Jeffreys Services/News/Business of Law/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size/Legal Services/Tennessee/Texas

The group’s addition comes a year after seven commercial litigators left Winstead to open Shackelford Bowen’s Houston office.


Justices Won’t Disturb Equal-Pay Ruling That Business Advocates Challenged

2020-07-02 16:29 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle Appeals/Employment Law/Labor Law/United States Supreme Court/Government/Labor & Employment/U.S. Supreme Court/California/District of Columbia

Additionally, the justices added five cases to next term’s argument docket, including a dispute between the U.S. Justice Department and the U.S. House of Representatives over release of the full investigative report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller III.


Indictment of Ghislaine Maxwell Unsealed in SDNY Case Over Jeffrey Epstein Sex Trafficking Ring

2020-07-02 15:37 UTC by Law.comTom McParland Services and Banking/News/Criminal Law/Breaking News/Florida/New Hampshire/New York/Europe

She was charged in the indictment with two counts of conspiracy, enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, illegally transporting minors for sex, and two counts of perjury.


Court Upholds Dismissal of Fentanyl Overdose Case Against Pharmacy

2020-07-02 15:06 UTC by Law.comP.J. D’Annunzio Law Weekly News/Personal Injury/Wrongful Death/Pennsylvania

“By participating in the scheme to obtain the fentanyl, and by illegally possessing the fentanyl … the decedent was ‘an active, voluntary participant in the wrongful conduct or transaction(s) for which [appellant] seeks redress,'” Judge Victor Stabile wrote.


COVID Kills Merger Momentum; More Furloughs May Be Final; Hiring in Your Own Backyard (Literally): The Morning Minute

2020-07-02 11:00 UTC by Law.comZack Needles

Want to get this daily news briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up. WHAT WE’RE WATCHING MERGER BADNESS – While people are social distancing,


117 Firms Seek Certification in Latest Round of ‘Mansfield Rule’ Diversity Initiative

2020-07-02 10:00 UTC by Law.comDan Packel Services/News/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firm Partners/Legal Services

Diversity Lab CEO Caren Ulrich Stacy had worried that participation would drop as firms focused their attention on the economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis. But the result was quite the opposite.


NY Appeals Court Keeps Block Against Mary Trump in Book Fight, But Lifts It for Her Publisher

2020-07-02 01:11 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Appeals/Communications and Media/Constitutional Law/Government/Litigation/Entertainment, Sports & Media/Contract Litigation/California/District of Columbia/New York

“The legitimate interest in preserving family secrets may be one thing for the family of a real estate developer, no matter how successful; it is another matter for the family of the president of the United States,” Presiding Justice Alan Scheinkman wrote.


Latham Picks Up New Partners on Both Coasts

2020-07-02 00:19 UTC by Law.comSamantha StokesLegal Services/News/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firm Partners/Law Firms – Large/Private Equity and Venture Capital/Legal Services/COVID-19/California/New York

Although M&A activity has slowed this year, there’s plenty to do for private equity clients, said Eric Schwartzman, a new Latham partner who arrived from Cooley.


Watch the Video: Judge Caught on Camera Stealing Political Opponent’s Sign

2020-07-01 23:49 UTC by Law.comAngela Morris Services/State and Local Government/News/Election and Political Law/Judges/Texas

Democratic challenger Marlene Gonzalez said she’s upset that Judge Laura Strathmann took her political campaign sign. But Strathmann countered that she took the sign from her neighbor’s property because he was upset that Gonzalez put up the sign without permission.


Inside Track: General Counsel Are Still Starting New Jobs During COVID-19 Pandemic

2020-07-01 23:25 UTC by Law.comKibkabe Araya Track/Analysis/General Counsel and In House Counsel

The number of general counsel appointments looks to be almost back to normal in June, which is similar to May, after dismal numbers in the spring at the start of the pandemic. Also, in-house lawyers join an initiative to mentor young Black attorneys.


‘This Is a Big Deal’: BIC General Counsel Reacts to Counterfeit Lighter Order

2020-07-01 23:15 UTC by Law.comPhillip Bantz Counsel and In House Counsel/International – Asia and Australasia/Trademarks/Legal Services/Retail & Consumer Goods/Trademark/California/Connecticut/China

The International Trade Commission’s order bans counterfeit BIC lighters from being imported into the U.S., but BIC is going to have to help Customs and Border Protection enforce the order.


Legal Services NYC, Orgs Press Marks on Pandemic Protections for Low-Income Foreclosure Litigants

2020-07-01 22:45 UTC by Law.comTom McParland and Local Government/News/Court Administration/Litigation/Real Estate/Consumer Protection/COVID-19/New York

Among the proposed changes, the letter called for improvements that would connect homeowners with legal services providers for settlement conferences and give pro se litigants greater access to court filings in e-filed cases.


Cuomo Signs Bill Strengthening Protections Against Evictions During COVID-19

2020-07-01 22:40 UTC by Law.comRyan Tarinelli and Local Government/News/COVID-19/Legislation/COVID-19/New York

The measure aims to help keep people in their homes by blocking courts from issuing a warrant of eviction against a residential tenant in certain situations.


Parents of Parkland School Shooting Victim Can Sue Security Guard for Negligence, Florida Court Rules

2020-07-01 22:36 UTC by Law.comRaychel Lean Appeals/Wrongful Death

“Obviously, he [Nikolas Cruz] is the one who’s immediately responsible for this carnage, but there were a lot of people who basically just screwed up, and they could have prevented this and they didn’t,” the plaintiffs’ lawyer said.


Maureen Platt Reappointed to 8-Year Term as Waterbury State’s Attorney

2020-07-01 21:40 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Courts/News/Litigation/Connecticut

The Criminal Justice Commission reappointed Waterbury State’s Attorney Maureen Platt to another term Monday. The prosecutor says working closely with community stakeholders will be a top priority.


Ahdoot & Wolfson, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy Will Lead Zoom Privacy Class Action

2020-07-01 21:34 UTC by Law.comAlaina Lancaster Media and Telecom/News/Class Actions/Privacy/Cybersecurity/Technology/Class Actions/California

U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh issued specific guidelines on adding new law firms to the litigation after pushing back on attorney billing in major class action cases over the last couple years.


7 Steps to Pivot Your Business Now

2020-07-01 21:11 UTC by Law.comKimberly Rice Practices/COVID-19/Law Firm Client Relationships/Law Firm Marketing and Business Development

With national shelter-in-place orders in place now for several months with information on resuming business in the new normal changing every day, lawyers must consider pivoting how they operate their businesses in today’s sub-normal climate.


COVID-19 Brings Law Firm Mergers to a Halt

2020-07-01 20:59 UTC by Law.comDavid Thomas Services/News/Law Firm Mergers/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size/Law Firms – Small

The last time Altman Weil’s quarterly numbers were this bad, the legal industry was still dealing with the effects of the Great Recession.


“It’s Difficult for Women to Speak Up in Virtual Meetings”

2020-07-01 20:56 UTC by Law.comVivia Chen Services/Commentary/The Careerist/Gender Diversity/Women in Law/Legal Services

Catalyst’s latest survey finds widespread optimism that COVID-19 will create a more equitable workplace. But read between the lines.


New and Notable FARA Filings: Steptoe’s UK Work, and Linklaters Reveals More

2020-07-01 20:11 UTC by Law.comC. Ryan Barber Firms – Large/Lawyer Rates and Arrangements/Lobbying/Public Records/Government/Legal Services/District of Columbia/Europe/Latin America

Recent disclosures made under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, for law firm advocacy for foreign governments, offer glimpses of compensation and rates.


Florida Cancels July Bar Exam, Will Offer Online Test in August

2020-07-01 19:56 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education/Education/COVID-19/Florida

Bar officials had come under increasing criticism over plans for an in-person test at a time when COVID-19 cases are skyrocketing in Florida.


First Amendment Advocates Protest ‘Extraordinary’ Order Blocking Publication of Mary Trump’s Book

2020-07-01 19:50 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/Technology Media and Telecom/News/Communications and Media/Constitutional Law/Government/Litigation/Technology Media and Telecom

An attorney for Simon & Schuster confirmed in court filings that Mary Trump informed the publisher she was the primary source of The New York Times investigation into the Trump family’s tax records.


Online or In Person? Law Schools Diverge in Fall Semester Plans

2020-07-01 19:25 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education/Education

At least five law schools have unveiled plans for fully online classes in the fall, even though the majority of schools are hoping to offer a mix of in-person and online coursework amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


20 Texas Lawyers Disciplined, According to Office of Chief Disciplinary Counsel

2020-07-01 19:24 UTC by Law.comAngela Morris and Local Government/News/Bar Associations/Legal Ethics and Attorney Discipline/Texas

The State Bar of Texas announced Wednesday the disbarments of three lawyers, suspensions or probation of 11 lawyers, public reprimands of two lawyers and private reprimands of four.


Overcoming Suspicion, Cheshire Lawyer Clinches Settlement for Man Who Sued Girlfriend After Falling on Ice

2020-07-01 19:23 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace Injury/Premises Liability/Insurance/Connecticut

Cheshire plaintiffs counsel Frank Bartlett helped secure a $250,000 settlement for his client, who sued his girlfriend, after falling on accumulated ice in her driveway.


As Firms Emerge From Quarantine, Some Furloughed Staff Won’t Be Joining Them

2020-07-01 19:22 UTC by Law.comPatrick Smith Services/News/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size

While each firm is different, many experts and industry insiders predict a shake-up in staffing as firms evaluate how they work moving forward.


Critical Mass: Bayer Pays Billions to Settle Roundup Lawsuits, But Cases Remain. A Prominent Plaintiffs’ Lawyer Gets COVID-19. With a New Baseball Season, Could a Ticket Refund Class Action Strike Out?

2020-07-01 18:23 UTC by Law.comvtariyal Mass/Chemicals and Materials/Class Actions/COVID-19/Mass Torts

After months of negotiations, Bayer finally announced last week a series of settlements worth up to $10.9 billion that would resolve the bulk of the Roundup pesticide litigation.


Litigation Boutique LeVan Muhic Stapleton Formed by Big Law Alums

2020-07-01 05:55 UTC by Law.comErica Silverman Services/News/Business of Law/Law Firm Office Launches and Closures/Law Firm Partners/Law Firms – Small/Litigators/Legal Services/Class Actions/ERISA/New Jersey/Pennsylvania

“Ultimately, we want to be a true litigation boutique firm: agile, efficient, innovative and adaptable to different subject matters and forums,” said John Stapleton. “We focus on complex commercial litigation of a very broad scope.”


What’s Next: Privacy Plaintiffs Target FinTech Firm Plaid + SCOTUS Has Simple Test for Generic Dot-Com Trademarks + A Slippery Slope of Killer Robots

2020-07-01 16:40 UTC by Law.comAlaina Lancaster’s Next/Litigators/Privacy

A lawsuit filed by Robins Kaplan claims Plaid has violated the privacy rights of millions of consumers.


Ahead of the Curve: Will Summer Associates Get Hired Over Zoom?

2020-07-01 16:16 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan of the Curve/Education Law/Legal Education

This week’s Ahead of the Curve examines how remote hiring has quickly become the norm in the legal profession. Plus, the Marriott Wardman Park hotel, legal education’s home away from home, is on shaky ground and could close.


Virtual Hearing Will Give Law Grads Voice About Plans for Fall Bar Exam

2020-07-01 16:13 UTC by Law.comCheryl Miller and Local Government/Career Development/Legal Education/Young Professionals/Education/California

“The information we learn from you will be provided to members of the court for their consideration in making a final decision,” the message said. “No decision will be made at the meeting itself.”


Immigration Judges Sue DOJ, Alleging Unconstitutional Gag on Speech

2020-07-01 14:47 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Law/Judges/Litigation/Government/District of Columbia

It’s the latest clash between the immigration judges’ union and the Justice Department, after DOJ officials pushed to decertify the union.


Patent Litigation Is on the Rebound, Led by WD-Texas Filings

2020-07-01 14:22 UTC by Law.comScott Graham Media and Telecom/News/Administrative Law/Intellectual Property/Patent Litigation

Some aggressive nonpracticing entities—and perhaps growing interest in litigation funding—have put 2020 district court filings 16% ahead of the previous six months’ pace.


‘Failure Is Striking’: Trump-Tapped Judge Throws Out Administration’s Asylum Restriction

2020-07-01 13:37 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Government/News/Government/Immigration Law/Judges/Government/California/District of Columbia

U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly panned DOJ attorneys for leaning heavily on a single newspaper article in arguing the asylum restriction was exempt from rulemaking procedures.


Law Firm Leaders Rethink Travel; Diploma Privilege Movement Gains Steam; Progress for Client Relations Pros: The Morning Minute

2020-07-01 11:00 UTC by Law.comZack Needles

Here’s the news you need to start your day.


Troutman Pepper Merger Goes Live, Even as Pandemic Keeps New Colleagues Apart

2020-07-01 10:00 UTC by Law.comMeredith Hobbs Services/News/Law Firm Management/Law Firm Mergers/Law Firms – Large/Legal Services/COVID-19/Georgia/Pennsylvania

The pandemic-induced shutdown has been the greatest immediate challenge for the Troutman Pepper merger, said the firm’s vice chair, Thomas Gallagher.


How Cultivating Existing Client Relationships Can Boost Business Development

2020-07-01 03:44 UTC by Law.comScott Wallingford Firm Client Relationships/Law Firm Marketing and Business Development/Legal Technology

Advances in CRM software can help connect lawyers across the firm, allowing them to compete as one firm and build on the successful results they have already delivered for clients.


Compliance Hot Spots: Musical Chairs at Main Justice | The Return of Jack Abramoff | Litigation Funding and the False Claims Act | Cadwalader Builds White-Collar Team

2020-07-01 02:15 UTC by Law.comC. Ryan Barber Hot Spots/Legal Services/Lobbying/Regulation/White Collar Crime

Welcome to Compliance Hot Spots, our white-collar and regulatory dispatch. We’ve got the latest moves at Main Justice, and scroll down for our roundup of headlines, Who Got the Work and more. Thanks for reading, and your feedback is appreciated!


US Magistrate Judge Stays Discovery, as CNN Seeks Dismissal of Devin Nunes’ Defamation Suit

2020-07-01 00:50 UTC by Law.comTom McParland Government/News/Litigation/Entertainment, Sports & Media/Consumer Protection/California/District of Columbia/New York

U.S. Magistrate Judge Ona T. Wang of the Southern District of New York granted the news network’s request to stay discovery in the case until a federal judge could rule on CNN’s motion to dismiss the case, which was transferred from the Eastern District of Virginia last month.


Lawyers Accused of Molotov Cocktail Bombing Can Return Home, 2nd Circuit Rules

2020-07-01 00:15 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/News/Criminal Appeals/Criminal Law/Government/New York

Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman have been indicted on charges of arson and use of explosives, among other offenses. Each pleaded not guilty.


Colangelo Recruits Former Hartford State’s Attorney to Lead Diversity Efforts

2020-06-30 23:49 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Community/Diversity/Connecticut

On the same day the state’s Criminal Justice Commission was going to vote on her reappointment as Hartford State’s Attorney, Gail Hardy accepted a position Monday doing outreach work for the Office of Chief State’s Attorney.


NY Appeals Court Orders New Trial for Man in Case Where Judge Took Over Witness Questioning

2020-06-30 23:36 UTC by Law.comJane Wester and Local Government/News/Court Administration/Criminal Law/Judges/New York

The appellate panel ruled that the jury’s guilty verdict was not against the weight of the evidence, but they found that the trial judge in the case had gone beyond his permissible capacity to intervene to clarify confusing testimony and facilitate the progress of the trial.


Upstate NY Judge Delayed Decisions in Small Claims Cases, Judicial Conduct Commission Says

2020-06-30 23:27 UTC by Law.comRyan Tarinelli and Local Government/News/Court Administration/Judges/Judicial Ethics/New York

In six small claims cases, the judge delayed providing a decision for between five months and multiple years, the commission reported.


Corporate Attorney Esuga Abaya on Journey From Big Law to Boutique

2020-06-30 23:22 UTC by Law.comErica Silverman Services/Recruitment and Staffing/Q&A/Business of Law/Weekend Editor’s Picks/Law Firm News/National News/Law Firm Associates/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firm Management/Pennsylvania

“I found more fulfillment working with startups and small businesses, and especially leveraging my expertise to help Black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs.”


Report: Very Few Law Firm Mergers on Horizon for Rest of 2020

2020-06-30 22:56 UTC by Law.comDavid Thomas Services/News/Law Firm Management/Law Firm Mergers

Fairfax Associates tracked 26 completed mergers in the first half of 2020, which is down from 2019’s 30. But that number is expected to drop as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic take hold.


‘I Don’t Miss LaGuardia’: How Managing Partners Are Reevaluating Their Jobs During COVID-19

2020-06-30 21:50 UTC by Law.comPatrick Smith Services/News/COVID-19/Global Law Firms/Law Firm Management/Law Firms – Large

Social distancing measures and travel restrictions have changed how a very public-facing job at law firms is done. Will the changes remain intact once the pandemic is under control?


How Women in Big Law Are Stepping Into the Court Fight Over the Equal Rights Amendment

2020-06-30 21:35 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Law/Government/Law Firms – Large/Litigation/Women in Law/Government/California/District of Columbia/Illinois/Nevada/New York/Tennessee/Virginia

Female attorneys like Loretta Lynch and Jeannie Rhee of Paul Weiss and Beth Brinkmann with Covington & Burling are filing amicus briefs in a Democratic lawsuit seeking to force the addition of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution.


Allstate Insurance’s $14M Settlement Is Good News for Policyholders With Personal Injury Claims

2020-06-30 21:10 UTC by Law.comMichael A. Mora Actions/Insurance/Class Actions/Florida

So far, Allstate and several other companies have paid close to $14 million.


National Momentum Builds for Diploma Privilege as Oregon Makes Bar Exam Optional

2020-06-30 20:37 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Associations/COVID-19/Legal Education

A national surge in COVID-19 cases, recent protests over racial injustice, and the challenges of social distancing are prompting a growing number of state supreme courts to rethink plans to hold in-person bar exams in July and September.


Breyer Predicts ‘Entanglement and Conflict’ After Court Backs State Aid for Religious Schools

2020-06-30 20:32 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle and Local Government/News/Constitutional Law/Legislation/United States Supreme Court/Education/U.S. Supreme Court/District of Columbia/Montana

“As I see the matter, our differences run deeper than a simple disagreement about the application of prior case law,” Justice Stephen Breyer said in his dissent in the case Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue.


Law Firms in Australia Grow Earnings Despite COVID-19

2020-06-30 20:19 UTC by Law.comChristopher Niesche Law Firms/International – Asia and Australasia

Australia has been insulated, in part because of ongoing work from the fallout of last’s years Royal Commission into the banking sector and because Australia has not been as badly affected by COVID-19 as other parts of the world.


Cheerleader Can’t Be Kicked Off Pa. High School Team Over Snapchat Post Saying ‘Fuck Cheer,’ 3rd Circuit Rules

2020-06-30 20:12 UTC by Law.comMax Mitchell Law Weekly News/Constitutional Law/Education/Pennsylvania

Eyeing school discipline over social media posts, and when they run afoul of constitutional free-speech protections, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit granted summary judgment Tuesday in favor of the student who challenged the school’s decision.


Bayer’s Gamble: A $1.1B Class Settlement That Could End the Roundup Weed-Killer Litigation

2020-06-30 20:09 UTC by Law.comAmanda Bronstad and Courts/Weekend Editor’s Picks/Class Actions/Mass Torts/Toxic Torts/Industrial, Chemicals & Materials/Class Actions/Consumer Protection/California/New Jersey/Germany

The class action settlement, which faces judicial scrutiny and the potential that objectors could unravel the deal, includes a controversial science panel that some lawyers criticized. The deal also provides up to $150 million in attorney fees.


Siena College Poll Finds Broad Support for Police Reforms Among NY Voters, But Less for ‘Defunding’

2020-06-30 19:26 UTC by Law.comRyan Tarinelli and Local Government/News/Civil Rights/Government/Legislation/New York

The poll, which comes in the wake of a flurry of lawmaking in Albany around police reform, also found that a majority of surveyed voters said the deaths of Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd “are part of a broader pattern of excessive police violence toward Black people.”


TAKE NOTE: Texas No Longer Needs Your Consent for an Experimental Jury Trial, Thanks to Emergency Order

2020-06-30 18:52 UTC by Law.comAngela Morris Services/State and Local Government/News/COVID-19/Litigation/Litigators/Legal Services/COVID-19/Texas

Texas trial lawyers have mixed feelings about a new Texas Supreme Court COVID-19 emergency order that deletes a requirement that lawyers and litigants have to consent before their cases move to an experimental jury trial.


Judge Issues Temporary Restraining Order in Lawsuit to Block Publication of Trump Niece’s Book

2020-06-30 18:41 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/Technology Media and Telecom/News/Constitutional Law/Election and Political Law/Government/Entertainment, Sports & Media/Contract Litigation/District of Columbia/Florida/New York

A Dutchess County Supreme Court justice on Tuesday granted a temporary restraining order blocking President Donald Trump’s niece Mary Trump and her publisher Simon & Schuster from publishing, printing or distributing any portion of her upcoming book about the president.


COVID Could Prompt Litigants to Choose Bench Trials Over Juries, Thanks to 6-Month Backlog of Civil Cases

2020-06-30 18:33 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Courts/News/COVID-19/Judges/Litigation/Legal Services/COVID-19/Connecticut

“We will be able to right the ship within six months,” said James Abrams, the chief administrative judge for civil matters in the Superior Court system.


Lawyers in Mexico Rushing to Prepare for USMCA Trade Terms

2020-06-30 18:32 UTC by Law.comAmy Guthrie – North America

The new trade agreement for North America takes effect July 1, ushering in tougher labor, content and wage requirements.


Prosecutors Seek February Trial, as Halkbank Asks for More Time to Prepare Defense in Iran Sanctions-Busting Case

2020-06-30 05:37 UTC by Law.comTom McParland Government/Financial Services and Banking/News/Criminal Law/Government/Litigation/Banking & Financial Services/New York/Europe/Middle East / Africa

Halkbank’s attorneys plan to proceed with a planned motion to have Berman recuse himself from the case, Williams & Connolly partner Robert Cary said Tuesday. But, he warned, trial preparation presented a host of practical concerns, including the defense team’s ability to physically meet with its client.


The Events of 2020 Have Changed Our Collective Mental Health—and Risk—Profile

2020-06-30 16:58 UTC by Law.comPatrick Krill Health

Leadership and management must be educated about the changed mental health landscape we are facing. Perhaps surprisingly, a foundational component of this education should be to immediately dispel one of the most common refrains of 2020, specifically that we are “all in this together.”


In Key Win for, Justices Strike Down Broad Rule Limiting Generic Trademarks

2020-06-30 16:06 UTC by Law.comNate Robson | Scott Graham Media and Telecom/News/Intellectual Property/Trademarks/United States Supreme Court/Internet & Social Media/Technology/Intellectual Property/Trademark/District of Columbia/Europe

The justices found that because is not generic to the public, it is not generic.


Who Benefits From Big Law’s Black ‘Exodus’?; Roberts Responds to Conservatives’ Criticism; Devin Nunes Suing CNN: The Morning Minute

2020-06-30 11:00 UTC by Law.comZack Needles

Here’s the news you need to start your day.


Buoyed by Recent Gains, Firms Embrace Opportunistic Hiring Amid Pandemic

2020-06-30 10:00 UTC by Law.comDan Packel Services/News/Weekend Editor’s Picks/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firm Partners/Law Firms – Large/Legal Services

Strong finances and a willingness to invest for the future have kept some firms active in the lateral market, despite growing uncertainty over the financial impact of the coronavirus.


With Hong Kong’s Future as a Finance Hub Unclear, Singapore Is on the Rise

2020-06-30 06:00 UTC by Law.comBen Seal Dispute Resolution/Capital Markets/Government/Law Firm Management

As Hong Kong remains shrouded in uncertainty, Singapore appears to be gaining prominence as an alternative for the business world.


Risky Business: Malpractice Suit Alleges Hartford Firm Got a Fee for Referring Client to Fraudster

2020-06-30 00:44 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Courts/News/Elder Law/Legal Malpractice/Banking & Financial Services/Legal Services/Connecticut

“Cases like these can be useful for lawyers doing risk analysis,” said Mark Dubois, an expert on attorney ethics.


Katten Makes Some Furloughed Business Administration Employees Permanent Cuts

2020-06-29 23:30 UTC by Law.comPatrick Smith Services/News/Law Firm Management/Law Firms – Large

After monitoring the firm’s output and needs over the past several months, Katten said its new ways of working have made some administrative jobs redundant.


Landlords Barred From Suing Over Cuomo’s Eviction Moratorium, McMahon Rules

2020-06-29 23:15 UTC by Law.comTom McParland and Local Government/News/COVID-19/Government/Landlord Tenant Law/Litigation/Real Estate/COVID-19/New York

“While it may be the case that governor has overstepped his authority under New York’s Executive Law, curing those alleged harms would require this court to ignore the doctrine of state sovereign immunity and principles of federalism embodied in the Eleventh Amendment,” wrote Chief Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.


Go to Prison: Unsealed Docs Show Judge Noted Roger Stone’s ‘Repeated Attempts to Intimidate’

2020-06-29 23:08 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Law/Government/Judges/Government/District of Columbia/Florida

“[T]he court has been forced to address his repeated attempts to intimidate, and to stoke potentially violent sentiment against, an array of participants in the case, including individuals involved in the investigation, the jurors, and the court,” U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson wrote.


‘Bitter Disappointment’: Conservatives Seize on Supreme Court Losses to Push Trump’s Reelection

2020-06-29 21:42 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen States Supreme Court/Government/District of Columbia

Legal conservatives point to recent rulings on DACA, LGBTQ rights and abortion to argue that, despite President Trump’s best efforts, not enough has been done to shift the Supreme Court in their favor.


‘Panic, Violence and Bloodshed’: Pittsburgh Hit With Class Action Over Police Response to Protests

2020-06-29 21:07 UTC by Law.comMax Mitchell and Local Government/News/Civil Rights/Class Actions/Litigation/Class Actions/Pennsylvania

The lawsuit is likely the first case to be filed in Pennsylvania over the widespread protests, which often led to high-profile police crackdowns, including in Philadelphia where the mayor and police commissioner recently apologized for using tear gas to disburse protesters who were marching on a highway.


Amid Controversy, Connecticut’s First Black State’s Attorney Leaves Office

2020-06-29 20:52 UTC by Law.comRobert Storace and Courts/News/Civil Rights/Criminal Law/Judges/Connecticut

Hartford State’s Attorney Gail Hardy removed herself from consideration for a second term on Monday. The move follows the commission’s four-day suspension of Hardy on June 18 for her role in the handling of four police-involved shootings. Hardy had been the Hartford State’s Attorney for 13 years.


Roberts Sharply Counters Criticism of His Vote Striking Down Louisiana Abortion Law

2020-06-29 20:31 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle Care/State and Local Government/Weekend Editor’s Picks/Civil Appeals/Constitutional Law/United States Supreme Court/Health Care/U.S. Supreme Court/Louisiana

Among progressives, there was a sense that Chief Justice John Roberts Jr., although providing the key vote to strike down a restrictive state abortion clinic law, had left open a broader challenge to reproductive rights.


You’ve Made Your Bed, Now Lie In It — Binding Settlement Agreement Defeats A Post-Settlement Judgment

2020-06-29 20:23 UTC by Law.comRudy Kim and Chris Han Property/Litigation/Patent Litigation

Holding that the parties’ executed agreement mooted the issues in the case, the Federal Circuit recently reversed a district court’s decision to grant summary judgment of non-infringement despite the parties’ agreement. The decision builds upon prior Federal Circuit case law giving effect to settlement agreements.


State Bar Task Force Recommends Expanding Eavesdropping Powers to Hate Crimes

2020-06-29 20:07 UTC by Law.comRyan Tarinelli and Local Government/Bar Associations/Criminal Law/New York

A New York State Bar Association task force report recommends adding hate crimes to the list of offenses that allow for eavesdropping and video surveillance warrants.


Florida’s Law Schools Team Up to Fight Racial Injustice

2020-06-29 19:35 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education

They will partner with local organizations to take on issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline and disparate criminal sentences.


How I Made Partner: Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll’s Shaylyn Cochran

2020-06-29 19:24 UTC by Law.comTasha Norman Rights/Employment Law/Litigation/Young Professionals

“I would encourage junior attorneys to examine why they seek [partnership] and, importantly, what they plan to do once they attain [partnership].”


Another Japanese Law Firm Forms Singapore Alliance

2020-06-29 18:30 UTC by Law.comAnna Zhang – Asia and Australasia/Law Firm Mergers

Japan’s Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has formed a formal law alliance in Singapore, becoming the second major Japanese law firm to gain access to local law practice in the city-state.


An ‘Exodus’ of Black Attorneys From Big Law Could Be a Boon for Smaller Firms

2020-06-29 18:00 UTC by Law.comBen Seal Services/Analysis/Diversity/Law Firm Associates/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size

“We were told in no uncertain terms that the onus was on the Black associates to claw our way into the inner circles or the all-boys’ clubs,” said one Black associate who left an Am Law 100 firm.


Mintz Picks Up Boies Protege Who Counts Sony, Ron Howard as Clients

2020-06-29 05:47 UTC by Law.comDavid Thomas Services/Law Firm Competition/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size/Litigators

An 18-year veteran of Boies Schiller Flexner, Courtney Rockett was one of the few female equity partners left at the firm. Mintz’s broader platform and services will allow her to grow her client base, she said.


Attorney Accused of Firebombing NYPD Vehicle Responds to Supporters During Arraignment

2020-06-29 05:23 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/News/Criminal Law/New York

Urooj Rahman, who worked as a tenants’ attorney in Bronx Housing Court before her arrest, pleaded not guilty before U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Cheryl Pollak of the Eastern District of New York during a brief hearing plagued by background noise, as has become commonplace in virtual court appearances.


Fractured SCOTUS Ruling Keeps CFPB Alive, But Gives More Oversight to President

2020-06-29 16:09 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle Government/Banking and Finance Laws/Constitutional Law/Consumer Protection/Regulation/Breaking News/Banking & Financial Services/Government/Consumer Protection/U.S. Supreme Court

Justices Elena Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor agreed with Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on the severability question but disagreed that the single-director structure was unconstitutional.


Roberts Is Key Vote, as US Supreme Court Blocks Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

2020-06-29 15:24 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle and Local Government/Civil Appeals/Constitutional Law/Breaking News/U.S. Supreme Court/District of Columbia/Louisiana

“The result in this case is controlled by our decision four years ago invalidating a nearly identical Texas law,” wrote Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. in his concurrence in the judgment.


Why Firms Aren’t Rushing to Reopen; Am Law 100 Firms Failing Women; When Lit Funders and Whistleblowers Link Up: The Morning Minute

2020-06-29 11:00 UTC by Law.comZack Needles

Here’s the news you need to start your day.


For Many Firms, Client Relations Pros Have Been the Missing Link Through the Crisis

2020-06-29 10:00 UTC by Law.comBen Seal Services/Analysis/Law Firm Client Relationships/Legal Services

The pandemic has separated clients and lawyers. Client relations professionals are bringing them back together.

  Trendspotter: Law Firms OK’d to Reopen, but ‘Aren’t Hurrying to Become Test Cases’

2020-06-29 06:35 UTC by Law.comZack Needles Firm Management

Just because law firms can reopen in some cities, doesn’t mean they are.


One Year In, Morrison & Foerster’s Latin America Practice Pushes Ahead Despite Obstacles

2020-06-29 02:00 UTC by Law.comAmy Guthrie Law Firms/International – Latin America

Big Law expansion in the region preceded the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, but lawyers say they are plenty busy.


Lawyer for Trump Sibling Seeking to Block Publication of Book About President’s Family Relationships Tells Court Time Is Running Out

2020-06-28 20:09 UTC by Law.comJane Wester Government/News/Constitutional Law/Contractual Disputes/Government/Entertainment, Sports & Media/Contract Litigation/New York

Attorney Charles Harder wrote that while Mary Trump’s book, “Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man,” is set for publication July 28, publishing lead times mean that bookstores and reviewers could receive copies “any day now.”


Federal Judge Affirms City’s Right to Bar Confederate Battle Flag From Parade

2020-06-26 23:55 UTC by Law.comR. Robin McDonald and Local Government/News/Civil Rights/Constitutional Law/Government

A Trump appointee ruled the city of Alpharetta was within its rights to stop the Sons of Confederate Veterans from carrying the Confederate battle flag in its annual Old Soldiers Day Parade.


A Nonbinary Attorney’s Journey: ‘I Wanted to be Who I Am, Fully, With People I Work With.’

2020-06-26 23:41 UTC by Law.comSamantha Stokes Services/Q&A/Diversity/Law Firm Hiring/Law Firms – Large/Legal Services/California/Florida

Rafael Langer-Osuna, of Squire Patton Boggs, said a large portion of Big Law is business development. “It’s easier to develop strong relationships with people if you’re comfortable being who you are,” they said.


Roger Stone Gets 2-Week Pause on Prison Time After Judge Nixes 2-Month Request

2020-06-26 23:32 UTC by Law.comJacqueline Thomsen Government/News/Criminal Law/Government/Judges/District of Columbia/Florida

The judge said Stone must remain in home confinement during that time.


Skilled in the Art: Frankenstein’s Software Staggers Into Tse’s Court + IP Laterals for Morgan Lewis, TroyGould + Caveat Emptor on Model Jury Instructions

2020-06-26 23:16 UTC by Law.comScott Graham in the Art/Technology Media and Telecom/Artificial Intelligence/Automation/Intellectual Property and Williams-Sonoma throw down over AI software and copyright liability.


Some In-Person Trials Resume in NJ State Courts, but New Jury Trials Are Still Far Off

2020-06-26 20:54 UTC by Law.comCharles Toutant Administration/COVID-19

Phase 3 of the post-pandemic plan will eventually include new jury trials. A judiciary spokeman said that “no dates have been set for the start of Phase 3.”


Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry Sides With Exoneree in Fight for Wrongful Imprisonment Compensation

2020-06-26 20:34 UTC by Law.comAngela Morris Appeals/Government/Litigation/Government/Texas

“The governor recoiled at the prosecutorial misconduct that deprived [Alfred Dewayne Brown] and his lawyers of the exculpatory evidence that would ultimately set him free,” said an amicus letter by former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.


Whistleblower’s Deal With Litigation Funder Doesn’t Doom False Claims Case

2020-06-26 20:28 UTC by Law.comMike Scarcella Government/Health Care/Litigation Funding/Whistleblower Laws/Government/Health Care/Contract Litigation/District of Columbia/Florida

The federal False Claims Act is silent on whether a whistleblower can enter into a litigation funding agreement. “We decline to interfere in Congress’s legislative prerogatives by engrafting any further limitations onto the statute; that task is appropriately left for Congress,” an Eleventh Circuit panel said in a closely watched case.


Successful Innovation May Hinge on Properly Explaining Efficiency Rather Than Tech

2020-06-26 19:55 UTC by Law.comFrank Ready Services/Analysis/Innovation/Legal Technology/Legal Services/Technology

Attorneys don’t always understand the technologies being deployed within their offices, but it may be an over-reliance on general terms such as “efficiency” that’s the real hurdle to innovation buy-in.


Chicago Lawyers Not Sprinting Back Into the Office as Illinois Reopens Further

2020-06-26 19:27 UTC by Law.comDavid Thomas Services/News/Law Firm Management/Law Firms – Large/Law Firms – Mid Size

The benefits of working remotely are outweighing the risks the pandemic is presenting, according to several Chicago-based partners.


Microsoft Names Winning Firms in Legal Innovation Challenge

2020-06-26 19:09 UTC by Law.comGina Passarella Cipriani Services/Technology Media and Telecom/News/General Counsel and In House Counsel/Innovation/Law Department Management/Law Firm Client Relationships/Legal Technology

Pitches by K&L Gates and a combo team of Perkins Coie, Greenberg Traurig and Davis Wright Tremaine exemplify the broadening services and skill sets clients expect from their outside providers.


Berkeley Law Announces Fully Remote Fall Due to COVID-19

2020-06-26 18:45 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education/Education/COVID-19/California

The law school had hoped to offer a hybrid of in-person and online classes for the fall semester, but concluded that the constraints imposed by the university were too much to overcome.


Pa. Judge Blocks Transfer of Proprietary DNA Info Sought to Speed Development of COVID-19 Vaccine

2020-06-26 18:21 UTC by Law.comMax Mitchell Property/Trade Secrets/Biotech & Pharmaceuticals/COVID-19/Trade Secrets/Pennsylvania/Asia Pacific

Although Inovio contended that the transfer was necessary to develop sufficient quantities of a promising vaccine it already has in the works, Saltz said the notion that public benefit hinged on VGXI immediately transferring trade secret information was speculative.


Fund of Up to $630 Million for Jeffrey Epstein Victims Opens

2020-06-26 18:02 UTC by Law.comJim Mustian and Larry Neumeister and Courts/News

The fund’s administrator says late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s estate appears to have “sufficient liquidity to pay the claims” even though well over 70 women may apply.


Concordia Law Will Close After Transfer Plan Falls Apart

2020-06-26 05:21 UTC by Law.comKaren Sloan Education/Education/Idaho

The Boise law school is scrambling to help incoming students secure other options and find ways for 145 2Ls and 3Ls to complete their legal studies.


‘We Can Create Systemic Change’: A Q&A With Cummins General Counsel Sharon Barner

2020-06-26 05:11 UTC by Law.comPhillip Bantz, Influence & Power in Law/News/Q&A/Diversity/General Counsel and In House Counsel/Women in Law/Legal Services

“I know it’s not fair. I know we are tired. But we cannot give up. Our lives and our children’s lives depend on us,” Barner wrote in a recent statement on racial injustice.


‘The Entire ACA Thus Must Fall,’ Trump’s DOJ Demands at US Supreme Court

2020-06-26 14:01 UTC by Law.comMarcia Coyle Government/Health Care/Civil Appeals/Health Care Law/United States Supreme Court/Government/Health Care/U.S. Supreme Court/California/District of Columbia/Texas

Responding to the Trump administration’s move to scrap Obamacare in the middle of a pandemic, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra asserted: “Now is not the time to rip away our best tool to address very real and very deadly health disparities in our communities.”


Women of Color Practicing Law, Bolton’s Book Bet, Berman’s Bright Future: What You Said

2020-06-26 11:30 UTC by Law.comThomas Phillips

For some women of color, the list of reasons to leave Big Law is long and detailed. So why stay? What one Latinx woman said about her particular situation,


‘Obergefell’ Turns Five; Law Firms Branch Out; Lawsuits Get Less Easy to Bring in Pa.: The Morning Minute

2020-06-26 11:00 UTC by Law.comZack Needles

Here’s the news you need to start your day.


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