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Good News for Plaintiffs Bar: Damage Awards Reach 10-Year High in Employment Suits

Tue, 2022-08-16 15:08

"There has not been a more powerful time to be an American worker and to be able to shape how you work," said Gregory Brumfield, employment practice area lead at Lex Machina.


In Bid to Protect Emergency Abortion Needs, State AGs Ask Court to Block Texas' Challenge to US Guidance

Tue, 2022-08-16 14:43

The AGs argued federal guidance should protect emergency abortions when it will stabilize the mother's health.


DC Circuit Rejects Political Speech Limits for Judiciary Workers

Tue, 2022-08-16 13:38

An injunction blocking AO political activity restrictions on its workers applies only to the two employees who brought the challenge, Lisa Guffey and Christine Smith, and not all 1,100 AO employees.


Lawsuit Over Customer's Off-Premises Assault Allowed to Proceed Against Convenience Store

Tue, 2022-08-16 13:26

"The question of whether Mac's Convenience ultimately bears liability for the off-premises assault in this case will be answered not through the duty prong of the negligence analysis," said Levy, "but under the fact-based inquiry of whether Castonguay can demonstrate that the duty was breached and that the breach was a proximate cause of Castonguay's injuries."


3 Ethical E-Discovery Lessons for Plaintiff's Attorneys in the Alex Jones Trial

Tue, 2022-08-16 13:22

While Alex Jones' attorneys dropped the ball when they inadvertently disclosed privileged information, the opposing counsel might have some lessons to learn about e-discovery ethics and best practices as well.


How I Made Chief Pro Bono and Social Impact Officer: 'I Combine My Passion for Social Justice With a Keen Business Mind,' Says Joanna Plichta Boisen of Davis Wright Tremaine

Tue, 2022-08-16 11:06

The major ingredients to successful business development are authenticity, creativity, emotional intelligence, grit and competence. If you have most of these attributes, your chances of success are incredibly high.


Loeb & Loeb on Why Now Is the Time for In-House Web3 Expertise

Tue, 2022-08-16 11:00

"We are not like 'Lets jump in!' because it's still a new thing. [But] we are also not going to wait around till everything is done," said Melanie Howard, the chair of the firm's intellectual property protection and luxury brands practice.


Newest Mansfield Rule Broadens Leadership Hiring Considerations, Pushes for Transparent Advancement and Compensation Policies

Tue, 2022-08-16 10:00

The sixth iteration of the diversity certification requires firms to consider lawyers from each of four underrepresented categories for leadership roles.


Big Law Is Helping Europe's Major Football Clubs Through Tough Times

Tue, 2022-08-16 04:39

After two years of COVID losses, soccer bosses are attempting to regroup with the help of deep-pocketed investors and their Big Law advisers.


Former Associate Discusses Why He Left Big Law to Launch Job Board Startup

Tue, 2022-08-16 00:00

Lateral Hub's founder, a former Fenwick & West associate, became a legal tech founder after his own lateral move opened his eyes to roadblocks he felt were unaddressed by current job boards. Looking forward, he sees more law firms embracing innovating hiring processes in the near future.


Nicki Minaj 'Barbie-Que' Chips Are Giving Mattel IP Nightmares

Mon, 2022-08-15 18:51

Mattel v. Rap Snacks is part of a surge in trademark litigation detected last week by Radar.


Ex-Assistant to the Solicitor General Rejoins Gibson Dunn in Washington, DC

Mon, 2022-08-15 17:38

Appellate litigator Jonathan Bond returned to the firm this week after five years in the Office of the Solicitor General, where he argued 10 cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.


'Their Credibility ... Is Shot': Plaintiffs Lawyers Targeted at Earplug Bankruptcy Hearing

Mon, 2022-08-15 16:58

Monday's hearing before Chief Bankruptcy Judge Jeffrey Graham in Indianapolis focused on whether to grant a preliminary injunction halting combat earplug lawsuits against 3M, whose subsidiary, Aearo Technologies, filed for Chapter 11 on July 26. The hearing is expected to last through Tuesday.


The Marble Palace Blog: What It's Really Like to Argue Before SCOTUS

Mon, 2022-08-15 16:54

A new book reveals the angst, drama and adventure of arguing before the Supreme Court.


Ahead of the Curve: Tips for Surviving Law School—and Life

Mon, 2022-08-15 16:08

This week, we're exploring advice on what (and what not) to do to prepare for the start of a new school year.


Data Rights, Data Duties, & Data Risks: The American Data Privacy and Protection Act

Mon, 2022-08-15 15:55

While the ADPPA represents compromises between Democratic and Republican leadership of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, particularly around the thorny issues of state law preemption and private rights of action, there are other legislative and big tech industry players pushing their own agendas for comprehensive national data privacy and security frameworks.


8th Circ. Sides With University of Minnesota in Firing of Openly Gay Athletic Department Employee

Mon, 2022-08-15 15:54

After the University of Minnesota Duluth relieved Jen Banford of her duties as part-time director of operations for their Division I women's hockey team, she filed suit against the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota alleging she was fired for being openly gay, according to the opinion.


Appeals Court: Law Firm's Debt Collection Activities for Client Aren't Subject to Consumer Loan Law

Mon, 2022-08-15 15:43

"We hold that a law firm that prepares promissory notes or undertakes debt collection activity on behalf of a HOA client is not subject to the MCLL because it is not a 'lender' that is 'engaged in the business of making loans' under the provisions of the MCLL," Judge Brynja M. Booth wrote on behalf of the 7-1 majority. "Rather, a law firm is in the business of providing legal or debt collection services to its client."


Uncertainty, Inevitability Abound as SEC Crawls Toward Finalization of ESG Rules

Mon, 2022-08-15 13:13

Demand for environment, social and governance disclosures may finally be met with federally standardized reporting, but how the agency will meet those goals is still unclear.


Even With M&A Down, Funds Work Is Up. Law Firms Are Taking Notice

Mon, 2022-08-15 13:00

Partners from Kirkland, Simpson and Debevoise all see rising funds work, along with an active lateral market.