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'Wildly Excessive': A Dozen State AGs Denounce Fee Request in Apple's Throttling Settlement

5 hours 29 min ago

In a proposed amicus brief, 12 state attorneys general, including 10 that were part of a $113 million settlement with Apple last month, criticized the $87.7 million in attorney fees proposed in a class action settlement over older Apple iPhones.


Justices Skeptical Over Ex-Law Student's Constitutional Claim for 1.98 GPA Dismissal

7 hours 32 min ago

"I don't understand your constitutional claim," said Justice Eva Guzman to a lawyer arguing for an ex-law student suing over his dismissal for a 1.98 GPA. "Why didn't he just go back, when he could have?"


Paul Hastings Changes Course, Issuing Associate Bonuses Early; Weil, Davis Polk Jump Into Bonus Season

8 hours 7 min ago

After initially delaying payouts of the additional bonus, Paul Hastings decided it didn't want its associates to wait for the normal year-end bonus schedule in March to get that extra cash.


Analysis of the Am Law 200 Financials, RFPs and Giving Thanks

12 hours 19 min ago

Welcome back to the latest edition of your Pro Executive Briefing. If there are business of law topics or data you are interested in learning more


Former SDNY US Attorney Berman Picks Fried Frank for Return to Private Practice

13 hours 34 min ago

Geoffrey Berman will chair the firm's white-collar defense practice and sit on its governance committee.


After Sliding at Pandemic's Start, Law Firm Subsidiaries Are Soaring

13 hours 35 min ago

Captives focused on e-discovery, alternative staffing and automated legal expertise all witnessed clients back off amid the widespread economic uncertainty of late March and April, but interest then rebounded.


How to Stop Worrying About Zoom Trials and Learn to Love Litigating Online

15 hours 5 min ago

"It benefits a lawyer to be more conversational than the stemwinder, old-style fire and brimstone type of oratory because you're literally in the jurors' face," Alameda County Superior Judge Brad Seligman said during the second day of an online summit called "COVID, the Court, and the Future of the Jury Trial."


With Profit Growth Expected in 2020, Big Law Outlook Remains Positive for Next Year

17 hours 35 min ago

Law firm demand contracted by about 0.7% in the first nine months of the year, but total expenses were down 2.1%, according to a new report that projected a positive 2021 outlook for firms with strong brands and diverse practice areas.


October Online Bar Exam Pass Rates Are Rolling In and Trending Up, Mostly

Mon, 2020-11-30 23:33

Pass rates are up in two of the first three states to report results from the National Conference of Bar Examiners' October online exam.


US Magistrate Judge Andy Austin Is Retiring. Here's What He's Doing Next

Mon, 2020-11-30 18:49

"I made the decision I was even more ready to retire now than I was," Austin said. "It's just a reminder that life is unpredictable."


At US Supreme Court, California Defends COVID-19 Capacity Restrictions

Mon, 2020-11-30 18:11

Also on Monday, seven families and two community groups sued the state in Alameda County Superior Court, alleging the state's pandemic-related restrictions on school operations are illegally infringing on the education of students who don't have ready access to technology.


Proceed With Caution: Regional Firms Learned Lessons in Nimbleness This Year

Mon, 2020-11-30 16:15

Economic conditions and underperforming lawyers are among the greatest risks to profitability, firm business leaders said in a recent Thomson Reuters survey.


Will Law Firm Partnerships Take Advantage of New Tax Measures?

Mon, 2020-11-30 14:56

A new tax work-around has the potential to benefit law firm partners who pay high state and local taxes, but the complexities may prevent some firms from using it.


Proskauer And Fried Frank Match Bonuses—With a Twist

Mon, 2020-11-30 14:48

Like some others, both firms put small twists on their end-of-year bonus announcements, so it's not the same scale for all associates.


NY's 1st Dept. Rules for Software Developer in Dispute Over Major League Baseball Gaming App

Mon, 2020-11-30 14:24

An app developer alleged that MLB's tech arm fraudulently entered a nonexclusive contract for STA to develop an in-game app that allowed users to earn points by predicting the outcome of events in baseball games.


Five Takeaways From the Trump DOJ's Latest Census Fight at SCOTUS

Mon, 2020-11-30 14:23

During Monday's arguments, the justices focused almost exclusively on whether the case was ripe to decide and whether the court should await more information about how many undocumented immigrants would be excluded.


Courts Have Dealt 2 Strikes to GOP Challengers in Pa. Election Cases. Will SCOTUS Be the Third?

Mon, 2020-11-30 14:20

Counsel for U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pennsylvania, who challenged the expansion of mail-in voting, said he was busy filing an appeal. Lawyers for the Trump campaign, which lost in its case against Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar over administration of vote counting, have said they are turning to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Australian Firm Institutes 'No Bystanders Rule' on Sexual Harassment

Mon, 2020-11-30 10:34

The rule says that staff "must report" any incident of sexual harassment they witness, hear about or experience.


Firms Aren't Anyone's 'Guinea Pigs': Potential for Failure Is Hindering Innovation

Mon, 2020-11-30 09:00

While law firms are embracing experimentation and innovation at a large scale, their risk aversion is impacting how far they will go, according to a new report from Thomson Reuters.