Daily Litigation

  • Litigation Funder Sues Wyoming Co. With Same Name

    Litigation funding company Parabellum Capital LLC has filed a trademark lawsuit in Colorado federal court against a Wyoming company called Parabellum Capital Inc., but the Wyoming company appears to be backing down.

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    Baker Donelson's 'Growing' Atlanta Office Hires 2 Of Counsel

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has brought on two attorneys from FordHarrison LLP and Hawkins Parnell & Young LLP to its Atlanta office, strengthening its labor and employment group and its complex litigation and class actions group, the firm announced Monday.

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    How Texas Is Central To A&O Shearman's Post-Merger Plans

    Law360 Pulse caught up with Doreen Lilienfeld, co-managing U.S. partner for A&O Shearman, and Emily Westridge Black, managing partner of the firm’s Austin shop, to discuss their post-merger plans for Texas

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    Rising Star: Weil's Pravin Patel

    Pravin Patel of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP successfully defended refrigerator maker Dometic Corp. against multiple class actions asserting billions in damages filed in Florida and California, defeating allegations its refrigerators for RVs leaked coolant and had design defects, earning him a spot among the class action practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Jones Day's Jim Saywell

    James R. "Jim" Saywell of Jones Day has a passion for all aspects of his issues and appeals practice, and recently prevailed before the Third Circuit as lead counsel in defense of Whirlpool against a large consumer class, earning him a spot among appellate practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Filippatos' Tanvir H. Rahman

    Tanvir Rahman of Filippatos PLLC secured a $12 million settlement for a former Fox News producer who said she was used as a scapegoat during the network's legal battle with Dominion Voting Systems, earning him a spot among the employment law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    McKool Smith Hires Ex-Sidley Litigator In Los Angeles

    McKool Smith has hired the former co-leader of Sidley Austin LLP's national trial practice initiative who has spent the last few months running a solo practice after spending almost nine years with his former platform, McKool Smith announced Monday.

  • Utility, Attys 'Colluded' On $178M Ore. Wildfire Deal, Court Told

    Berkshire Hathaway-owned utility PacifiCorp is facing allegations from plaintiffs firms that it "colluded" with a trio of other law firms to reach a "paltry" $178 million settlement with survivors of deadly Oregon wildfires allegedly sparked by the utility's equipment, according to a filing in Oregon state court.

  • Bankruptcy Judge's Affair Sank Barge Company, Ex-CEO Says

    The former CEO of a now-defunct barge company claims that a Houston bankruptcy judge's affair with a Jackson Walker attorney helped destroy his business, saying that Jackson Walker shouldn't escape racketeering claims because it hid its part in the lucrative relationship.

  • 'Texit' Atty Sues State Rep., Judge Over Defamation Fees

    A civil rights attorney who has represented the group behind the "Texit" movement filed a lawsuit against a state representative and court officials in a North Texas county, accusing the group of colluding to run up attorney fees against him in a defamation case connected to the pro-Texas-secession group.

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    McCarter & English Pushes To End Biotech Malpractice Row

    McCarter & English LLP faced accusations Friday in New Jersey state court that it was making "fictitious" defenses in a malpractice suit by a biotechnology company, saying in response that it was being treated as a "scapegoat."

  • Morgan & Morgan Opens Latest Fla. Office In Port St. Lucie

    Morgan & Morgan PA has announced its latest Florida office opening with a new 5,000-square-foot office location that officially started operations earlier this month in the "Treasure Coast" city of Port St. Lucie.

  • Judge Recuses As Tech Firm Slams Dow Chemical's Request

    An Ohio federal judge has recused himself from a trade secrets case brought against Dow Chemical Co. after the technology firm that sued it showed the court a settlement offer without approval that would grant Dow Chemical's recusal motion, which the tech firm said was a "cavalier approach to a drastic remedy."

  • Lin Wood Loses Bid To DQ Judge In Ga. Defamation Case

    A Georgia federal judge on Friday refused to recuse himself from presiding over a trial in the defamation case against retired attorney L. Lin Wood from his former colleagues, ruling that Wood's disqualification bid against him is "untimely and, in any event, meritless."

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    NJ Justices To Review Ban On Out-Of-State Atty Referral Fees

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will review an ethics advisory opinion that would ban Garden State-certified attorneys from paying referral fees to out-of-state attorneys, according to court orders filed Thursday.

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    Greenberg Traurig Adds Former SEC Regional Director In SF

    A former regional director for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's Salt Lake City office has left the public sector to join Greenberg Traurig LLP in San Francisco.

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    Calif. Firm Beats Rival's Claims In 'Sweet Justice' TM Fight

    A California federal court on Thursday nixed a personal injury firm's countersuit against its rival in a battle over the trademark use of the term "Sweet Justice," ruling that the firm's counterclaims are a "mirror-image" of the underlying suit.

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    DC-Based Boutique Lehotsky Keller To Open Boston Shop

    Steve Lehotsky, a partner with Lehotsky Keller Cohn LLP, a litigation boutique that specializes in corporate legal defense and challenges to government regulations, announced this week that he's moving from Washington, D.C., to Boston and will open an office for the firm there.

  • 2nd Circ. Upholds Ax Of Ex-Ropes & Gray Clerk's Bar Exam Suit

    A former Ropes & Gray LLP attorney who was fired after twice failing the New York bar exam can't sue the state agency that administers the test for failing to accommodate her disabilities, the Second Circuit ruled Friday, finding the agency is protected by sovereign immunity.

  • DOJ Fights Bid For Recording Of Biden's Hur Interview

    An audio recording of President Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur is protected by executive privilege, and so is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act, despite what conservative organizations and media outlets have said, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Washington, D.C., federal judge.

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    Several State Courts Impacted By Global Tech Outage

    Several state courts have been impacted by a global Microsoft Windows outage Friday morning causing operational challenges and courthouse closures.

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    Sorrels Law Lands Hoover Slovacek Appellate Pro In Houston

    A longtime trial and appellate attorney at Hoover Slovacek LLP has come aboard at Sorrels Law in Houston.

  • Apple Wants Litigation Funder To Explain Role In Patent Row

    Apple Inc. wants a Delaware federal judge to order litigation funder Omni Bridgeway LLC to turn over documents explaining its relationship with Finnish company MPH Technologies Oy and its financial interest in MPH's ongoing patent litigation against Apple in California.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another action-packed week as BigLaw firms expanded their footprints and Donald Trump scored a court victory. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Rising Star: Davis Wright's Adam Sieff

    Adam Sieff of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP has defended social media and technology companies like Yelp, Google and TikTok against attempts to limit their speech, helping to block a California law that would have restricted how online content is created and published and earning him a spot among the technology law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Negotiate My Separation Agreement? Author Photo

    Kate Reder Sheikh at Major Lindsey discusses how a law firm associate can navigate being laid off, what to look for in a separation agreement and why to be upfront about it with prospective employers.

  • DoNotPay Cases Underscore Hurdles For AI-Fueled Legal Help Author Photo

    Recent legal challenges against DoNotPay’s "robot lawyer” application highlight pressing questions about the degree to which artificial intelligence can be used for legal tasks while remaining on the right side of both consumer protection laws and prohibitions against the unauthorized practice of law, says Kristen Niven at Frankfurt Kurnit.

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