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MDL Panel Refuses to Coordinate Lawsuits Over COVID-19 Bank Loans

Wed, 2020-08-05 14:34

In its first orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation refused on Wednesday to coordinate cases brought against banks over their handling of COVID-19 relief loans to small businesses, citing the small number of cases and varied experiences of the plaintiff applicants.


Law Schools That Planned to Return to Campus in Fall Are Reversing Course

Wed, 2020-08-05 14:21

At least a sixth of all American Bar Association-accredited law schools plan to be fully online in the fall, including some schools that announced plans to offer a hybrid of in-person and online classes earlier in the summer.


Trump Impeachment Lawyer Eric Herschmann Leaves Kasowitz Benson for White House

Wed, 2020-08-05 14:02

Eric Herschmann, who'd joined Kasowitz Benson Torres in 1996, argued for Trump at his impeachment trial. Herschmann revealed his new role as a White House senior adviser in court filings in New York.


Splitting With Other Circuits, Appeals Court Rules for Trump in 'Public Charge' Case

Wed, 2020-08-05 13:40

Both the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh and the Second Circuit have recently issued rulings against the Trump administration's public charge rule.


Western New York Settlement Could Set New Standard for Treatment of Transgender Inmates, Advocates Say

Wed, 2020-08-05 11:45

A complaint filed by attorneys from BakerHostetler, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund has resulted in an agreement that inmates will be housed according to their gender identity and guarantees that jail staff use their correct name and pronouns.


'Windows Just Exploded'—Beirut's Stunned Legal Community Reacts to Tuesday's Devastating Blast

Wed, 2020-08-05 11:17

The Lebanese capital's legal community is within close quarters of the as yet unexplained blast that has so far killed more than 100 people.


Bar Exams' Facial Recognition Deployment Is Heightening Test Takers' Anxiety

Wed, 2020-08-05 10:30

Many bar takers are concerned that one too many movements, or a biased AI system that can't accurately assess a nonwhite face, might prevent their law career.


Gowling, Toronto Managing Partner Accused of Defrauding Companies of Millions

Wed, 2020-08-05 08:31

Court documents filed in Ontario, Canada, allege fraud, negligence and breaches of trust and fiduciary duty, all of which the firm denies.


Social Media Giants Struggle With Moderating Content, as Election Looms. Plus: Twitter Hackers Charged in Takeover of Celebrity Accounts

Wed, 2020-08-05 07:30

Facebook has been accused of not doing enough to prevent political misinformation, particularly around the coronavirus pandemic and mail-in voting fraud.


After Arbitrator Ousted Over Racist Email Forward, NRA Wants JAMS and Winston & Strawn to Foot the Bill

Wed, 2020-08-05 07:30

"Winston & Strawn learned about this email at the same time the NRA did, and we immediately agreed that it rendered the arbitrator unfit and he should be removed from the case," the firm said in an email statement.


New Law's Impact, Census Hearing Kicks Off, Cybersecurity Hiring Gets Harder: The Morning Minute

Wed, 2020-08-05 06:00

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Law Firms Must Learn How to Collaborate With ALSPs—Clients Are Waiting

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

"Law firms have to stop seeing things through their own prism—what's good for us. Instead they need to look for what is in the best interest of the clients," says one former firm managing partner. And increasingly, that means collaborating with outside service providers.


Paul Hastings Continues Life Sciences Push, Launches New FDA Practice With Former Sidley Duo

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

The practice, which is under the firm's growing life sciences group, comes on the heels of the firm's creation of a life sciences consulting group in June.


ALSPs Are Still More Threat Than Partner to Law Firms

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

Law firms have tried to stake out a distinct territory inside the legal ecosystem as providers of high-end advisory services, but as the demand for process-oriented work continues to fuel ALSPs, firms could nevertheless find their footprint shrinking.


The Law Firm Subsidiary: Marrying Firm Practice Integration with Flexibility and Agility

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00 catches up with Troutman Pepper eMerge managing director Alison Grounds for its Breaking Tradition series. In this Q&A, Grounds shows the benefits of being connected with a major firm, and how an on-site due diligence project turned into a tech-savvy engagement.


Why ALSPs Are In a 'Unique Position' to Aid Today's Legal Departments

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

In this Q&A for its Breaking Tradition series, catches up with NetApp director of legal operations Connie Brenton. She explains what ALSPs need to have in order to be considered for a job—and why ALSPs may drop the "A" altogether.


What Is New Law? The Definition Can Be Broad, but It's All About Value

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

While most agree that New Law provides a large umbrella, it's also one with a purpose: augmenting and supporting the traditional path of law with increased value.


Law Firms and Outside Legal Service Providers Have Begun to 'Meet in the Middle'

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00 catches up with Integreon CEO Bob Rowe for its Breaking Tradition series. In this Q&A, Rowe explains why the "alternative" designation doesn't work for his company, and where legal services providers fall in the legal value chain.


Breaking Tradition: Why We're Examining the New Law Market

Wed, 2020-08-05 05:00

There are many questions left unanswered about where New Law entrants fit into the preexisting legal space. Our goal for the next 12 months in the Breaking Tradition series will be to further understand New Law and its past, present and future.


Lessons Learned: Destroying Relevant Evidence Can Be Catastrophic in Litigation

Wed, 2020-08-05 00:30

The Fourth Circuit upholds severe sanctions against a party who fails to preserve evidence in litigation.