Daily Litigation

  • NY Inn Settles Coverage For Law Grad Shower Film Extortion

    The owner and manager of an Albany, New York, Hampton Inn where a law school graduate said she was secretly filmed showering, then blackmailed, settled with its insurers in a Georgia federal dispute over defense coverage of the woman's suit against them.

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    Colo. Firm Says Ex-Director Stole Clients While On Payroll

    Colorado boutique Whitcomb Selinsky PC is accusing one of its former directors of trying to steal clients while he was still employed with the firm to take with him to his new practice.

  • Giuliani's Ch. 11 Dismissal Held Up By Financial Opacity

    The dismissal of Rudy Giuliani's Chapter 11 case was held up Wednesday when the debtor and creditors couldn't agree on the terms of a dismissal order due to lingering questions about Giuliani's available cash and how the administrative costs of the case would be paid.

  • SeaWorld Says Dad Ousted From Bias Case Contradicts Attys

    Counsel for parents and children alleging that costumed performers at SeaWorld-owned theme park Sesame Place snubbed them booted a dad from the case as a way to buy time for more preparation, contradicting his lawyers' claims that he was forced from the case for making a deliberately incorrect deposition statement, the park's corporate owner alleged in a new court filing.

  • High Court Rulings Don't Nix Judge Romance Suit, Court Told

    An investor suing Jackson Walker LLP over an ex-employee's secret romantic relationship with a former Texas bankruptcy judge told the court Tuesday that, despite what the firm says, recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on standing do not change the fact that he suffered real harm from the firm.

  • Hogan Lovells, Saul Ewing Exit Camshaft's, Byju's Ch. 11 Fight

    Two law firms representing Camshaft Capital Fund LP and principal William Morton in the bankruptcy actions tied to the Chapter 11 of education tech company Byju's Alpha have petitioned a Delaware judge to approve their withdrawal as counsel, citing undisclosed Camshaft party failures to "uphold their obligations."

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    Justices Rarely Use Racial Terms In Race-Based Cases

    U.S. Supreme Court justices rarely use racial terminology like "Black," "Hispanic" or "Asian" at oral arguments, even in cases that explicitly hinge on race, according to a new study that asks whether "racial anxiety" may be hindering a more open and honest discussion of these issues in the nation's highest court.

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    K&L Gates Employment Attys Join Shook Hardy In LA

    Shook Hardy announced Wednesday it hired a pair of longtime K&L Gates employment litigators as partners in the firm's fast-growing Los Angeles office.

  • YouTube Gets $92K In Costs Over Nixed Anti-Piracy Suit

    A Florida federal judge has granted YouTube more than $92,000 in legal costs after the company defeated copyright claims by a movie producer who said the platform failed to remove all videos from his large collection of Mexican and Latin American films.

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    Ogletree Deepens Miami Bench With Fox Rothschild Labor Pro

    Labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Wednesday that it has added a partner in Miami with decades of experience who joined from Fox Rothschild LLP.

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    ArentFox Schiff Lands IP Atty From Morgan Lewis In SF

    ArentFox Schiff LLP has added a former Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP associate in the firm's office in San Francisco, strengthening its intellectual property practice with a former prosecutor and litigator who helped a client win a $268 million award.

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    Brown Fox Gains Jackson Lewis Employment Pro In Dallas

    Lone Star State business boutique Brown Fox PLLC has strengthened its labor and employment bench with a partner in Dallas who came aboard from Jackson Lewis PC.

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    Lewis Brisbois Litigator Jumps To Diaz Reus In Miami

    Diaz Reus LLP picked up a new partner for its Miami headquarters who handles complex commercial litigation, class action defense and securities and fraud litigation from Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

  • Ex-Partners Fight 'Cynical' Lin Wood's Judge DQ Attempt

    Former colleagues of retired Georgia attorney Lin Wood slammed a bid to have the judge presiding over a defamation trial next month disqualified over his ties to Alston & Bird LLP, calling the effort "another last-minute, 'Hail Mary' attempt to delay the upcoming trial."

  • Glaser Weil Atty Fee Arbitration Award Upheld In Calif. Appeal

    A Los Angeles-area entrepreneur cannot escape a $462,000 legal fee arbitration judgment in favor of his former legal counsel, a California appellate panel determined, finding that a trial court was correct to approve the amount after he failed to appear at the arbitration, despite his claims of being bedridden due to COVID-19.

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    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Ognjen 'Ogi' Zivojnovic

    Ognjen "Ogi" Zivojnovic of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP successfully represented a small tech company in a patent dispute with Meta Platforms Inc. and got Salesforce Inc. a summary judgment victory when it was sued for allegedly infringing patents, earning him a spot among the intellectual property attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

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    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Kevin Simpson

    Kevin Simpson of Winston & Strawn LLP has represented major companies including Wal-Mart and Hertz in Telephone Consumer Protection Act lawsuits, earning him a spot among the cybersecurity attorneys under the age of 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • Judge Cautiously OKs $1.5M Georgetown Tuition Refund Deal

    A $1.5 million settlement resolving class action claims over Georgetown University's move to remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic scored initial approval, but a D.C. federal judge said he has concerns about the limited payout class members will receive after accounting for attorney fees.

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    Tesla Swaps Cravath Out, WilmerHale In For Antitrust Defense

    WilmerHale has taken over from Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP as counsel for Tesla in a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the company runs an unlawful monopoly on parts for its electric vehicles.

  • Fed. Circ. OKs Judge Connolly's Fine Against IP Biz Owner

    A precedential ruling from the Federal Circuit on Tuesday found that Delaware's top judge has the right to fine a Texas paralegal who is the sole owner of patent litigation outfit Backertop Licensing LLC $200 a day for refusing to show up in court as part of the judge's investigation into whether Backertop and others hid their connection to big-name intellectual property consulting firm IP Edge.

  • Jackson Walker Urges Broad Questioning Of Ex-Judge Jones

    Jackson Walker and the U.S. Trustee's Office on Tuesday defended the questions they plan to ask former bankruptcy judge David R. Jones during a deposition over his concealed romantic relationship with an ex-partner of the law firm, telling a Texas bankruptcy judge the inquiries aren't barred by confidentiality protections.

  • $4.5M Davis Wright Deal In Ore. Fraud Suit Gets Final OK

    An Oregon federal judge has fully adopted a magistrate judge's recommendation to sign off on a $4.5 million deal resolving investor claims against law firm Davis Wright Tremaine LLP for its work representing entities involved in an alleged real estate securities fraud scheme, while two banks were dismissed from the case.

  • Ex-County Exec Wants Firm Kicked Off NJ Discrimination Suit

    A former New Jersey county health director who claims his termination was retaliatory wants the firm representing the county disqualified, arguing Testa Heck Testa & White PA is conflicted due to interactions he had with two of the firm's attorneys before and during his termination meeting.

  • Columbia U. Aims To Keep $600M Patent Win Over Norton

    Columbia University has urged the Federal Circuit to preserve its $600 million willful patent infringement judgment against NortonLifeLock Inc., telling the court that Norton's "kitchen-sink" appeal "raises a slew of issues, hoping something will stick" and challenging Quinn Emanuel's appeal of a civil contempt ruling as "baseless and, ultimately, academic."

  • ACLU Legal Director Leaving For Expanded Georgetown Role

    The American Civil Liberties Union's national legal director plans to step down from a role he has held for eight years, the organization confirmed Tuesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

  • For The Future Of Legal Practice, Let's Learn From The Past Author Photo

    At some level, every practicing lawyer is experiencing the ever-increasing speed of change — and while some practice management processes have gotten more efficient, other things about the legal profession were better before supposed improvements were made, says Jay Silberblatt, president of the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

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